The Sailboat Pomaika'i

Port Charlotte to Fort Myers

Sitting here at the Fort Myers airport waiting for the flight back to Jacksonville (but via North Carolina for some absurd reason, Jacksonville is the redheaded step child of travel destinations) going over my simple “one day move” of...

Boat Shopping In Punta Gorda

After getting the settlement check for the boat accident I took a look through the websites that list boats for sales. A quick search found a 1979 Morgan Outisland 415 (41′ foot) for sale in Punta Gorda in SW Florida for just about the same...

Maiden Voyage

Had a productive Saturday. Practiced docking stern first which is harder to do with a sailboat. Since there is only a single propeller sailboats tend to walk (move sideways, in the case of Palani to the port side) in reverse. So you have to...

Trip Down The St Johns

After everything that had happened the day before Friday started out with a wonderful sunrise on the St Johns. Standing on the deck of my new boat watching the sun come up over a river that’s smooth as glass was energizing and filled me with a sense...

Palani Is Launched

Well, the first day of boat ownership was a challenge. A perfect storm of poor planning on my part, inexperience – again on my part and mechanical issues.  Palani is Hawai’ian for “FreeMan” and the sailboat will provide a means of...

Head Remodel

One of the things that came out of the Hurricane Matthews experience was a case of the molds. During the height of the storm, there were a few small leaks that started up at various stages. When the conditions where tropical storm level there were a...

Boat Book

One of the challenges of owning the Palani is that the previous owner died so I don’t have an easy source to what the game plan was and the boat was part way through a refit before I bought it. As the Cabot’s were sometimes sold as just...

Prepping For The Weekend Visitor

Spending the next couple of days preparing for Hurricane Matthew to show up. This weekend should be interesting, my first hurricane. The picture above is Windytv’s prediction of Saturday morning. As with most people in Jacksonville been...

Slaying Gremlins

Finally took care of one of the gremlins in the electrical system this weekend. I tend to dislike troubleshooting electrical issues. It has never been one of my strong suites and I tend to avoid things I’m not good at (or don’t have much...

Busy Day

The goal for this weekend was to finish up the exterior teak. It was another scorcher this weekend, 90’s with 70% humidity and RealFeel was 104. I think the heat and humidity slows me down more than the work. Another day of getting up early to...

Trip Down The St Johns

After everything that had happened the day before Friday started out with a wonderful sunrise on the St Johns. Standing on the deck of my new boat watching the sun come up over a river that’s smooth as glass was energizing and filled me with a sense...

The Palani in the water

Palani Is Launched

Well, the first day of boat ownership was a challenge. A perfect storm of poor planning on my part, inexperience – again on my part and mechanical issues.  Palani is Hawai’ian for “FreeMan” and the sailboat will provide a means of...

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  • Sunrise Under The Bridge
  • Snowy Egret
  • Punta Gorda Mooring
  • Ft Myers Beach Anchorage
  • Highway 41 Black and White
  • Sitting Brown Pelican
  • White Egret
  • Osprey On Piling
  • Brown Pelican On Piling