The Sailboat Palani

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bad One Night Stand

Hurricane Matthew passed about 40 – 50 miles east of Jacksonville as a Category 3 hurricane on Friday the 7th of October. Pictures and videos at the end of the post. Thursday the 6th of October was spent doing the final preparations. The...

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...

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...

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...

The Cabot 36

Palani is hull number 18 in the Cabot 36 series. She was manufactured in Canada in 1978. She is rigged as a cutter, this means she has 3 sails. The main sail, a large genoa located at the bow and then a smaller jib that is between the main and genoa...

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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