Category Archives: Boatyards

Friends, boats, and cruising

By Mike Jastrzebski A couple of things happened this week that made me think about making friends and cruising. One of those things was a visit by Chris Kling and her new boyfriend, the other was an email from marina … Continue reading

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The Waiting Game

By Mike Jastrzebski I’m not a very patient  person and so waiting for the fiberglass on the bottom of the boat to dry out is a frustrating process for me. Since it seems that we will be on the hard … Continue reading

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On the hook again–well, sort of

By Mike Jastrzebski We’re actually on a mooring ball in Titusville. We have a 9am appointment to have our boat hauled today (Monday) and we decided to treat ourselves to a couple of days away from the marina. It’s been … Continue reading

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Stepping Stones

By Mike Jastrzebski Today I finished installing my new CPT auto pilot and I got to thinking about how preparing to take off cruising is like writing. It’s all in the stepping stones that lead up to the finale. In … Continue reading

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Life on the dock

By Mike Jastrzebski To be honest I would rather be swinging at anchor than living at a dock, but sometimes it’s just not practical. If you’re still working, having running water, shore power, and a place to keep a car make … Continue reading

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What a difference a week makes!

by Christine Kling Bula bula! from Vuda Point Marina in Fiji. For my blog post last week, I wrote the headline, “What’s next?” I had finished my novel and in that post I explained how I was feeling somewhat at … Continue reading

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Two months to launch…

C.E. Grundler The boat, I mean. Not a book. That was last year. This year has been a bit bumpier, and one can only spread themself so thin. For the sake of what little sanity I have left, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Tetanus shot?

C.E. Grundler It seemed like a good idea, all things considered. So I called my doctor yesterday, and asked to set up an appointment. I can’t remember the last time I’d had one, though I know it’s been at least … Continue reading

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‘Ham’ing it up

By Mike Jastrzebski Ten years ago, when we were wrapping up plans to move aboard Rough Draft, Mary and I both got our General Class Ham licenses. We bought an Icom IC-706KIIG transceiver with an AH-4 antenna tuner with the intention of mounting the … Continue reading

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Winding down

By Mike Jastrzebski Things are winding down here at the yard for us. We’ve been doing odds and ends work, splicing some ropes, making sure everything can be latched down properly, etc. We’ve been doing this all in anticipation of … Continue reading

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