The CB on the Scamp touched as I tried to cross a shallow area near the club. I quickly raised it and tacked, hoping the peanut gallery that sits in the patio shade judging us lesser mortals thought I just tacked but didn't touch!
So my neighbor and I will take my Venture 25 from Texas to Naples, Florida next spring (2024). We are planning a trip down the west coast of Florida to to Key West. We will be sailing for ten days to two weeks and need to find a boat ramp where we can park overnight. What I have seen online seems to indicate that none of the public ramps allow overnight parking. Does anyone know of a ramp in or near Naples where we can park overnight?
Agreed, the Slocum story was a pleasure to read. The older stories, like the part by Homer and the destruction of the Spanish Armada could be some heavy plowing, but jumping back and forth between the story and Wikipedia was a great education. A detailed reminder of a one paragraph mentions we might have had in a Lit or history class.
I had always put the defeat on the west Channel with many Spanish survivors coming ashore in Ireland bringing Spanish surnames and helping with the Irish enmity of Britian. But much of this is in the North Sea.
We did actually also pass a recently relaunched original steam powered riverboat the Cannally which we were hailed from having met one of the restorers when refilling our water tanks with assistance from a council worker as the regular riverside tap was under water. Our long journey up river against the growing stronger floodwaters was a very special voyage with lots of sightseeing, visits to historic river towns and many wild and beautiful places.You cannot view this attachment.You cannot view this attachment.You cannot view this attachment.You cannot view this attachment.
Norm, "Men at Sea" is excellent. Bought a good as new copy because I will pass it on when I finish. Gave virtually all of my books away a couple of years ago and no longer hold on to ones I get now.
I have read some of Slocum's works before, but never "The Voyage of the Liberdade". On page 75 now, and am looking forward to many enjoyable evenings (and some days) of the remaining 565 pages of short stories.
That is a cool paddle wheeler even if a replica. They did it well. But it is a bit pricey, but so are the similar boats that do the Mississippi, Red, and Columbia rivers. Many years ago I valued the DELTA QUEEN a near original built in 1926. The new ones are really plush and, like the MURRAY QUEEN the paddle wheels are hydraulically powered. The only other active paddle wheeler with steam power driving a Pittman arm is the NATCHEZ here in New Orleans. The Murray boat is run by Captain Cook Tours and I looked at the site. I want to take one of those trips as one morning they have a Bush Tucker Breakfast.
Kangaroo sausage Double smoked bacon Tomatoes flavoured with native pepper and samphire Mushroom with coolamon herbs Scrambled Egg with boobialla seasoning and ground saltbush Aussie Dukka toast with assorted jams Wattleseed pancakes with lemon myrtle butter Eucalypt flavoured billy tea or coffee
All of that sounds good to me except as a tea drinker I don't want Eucalypt flavoring.
That got me so involved I missed saying to keep up the tour. The photos of new places is a plus.
Update: Sailmaker is leery of mounting spinnaker halyard much above the shrouds, whatever Tom Scott says. Jim Taylor, the designer, says it ought to be okay, but would be for down wind only. Risky to carry the sail across the wind, as with a code 0. Peter Dwyer, the mast builder, says don't do it. Hoist as close to the shrouds as possible, but even then ... Dwyer has never tested the spar for those loads on a P21 rig. If I insist on trying it, go with a small sail. Bill Porter never responded. I can't find anyone who has actually done this mod on a P21. So at this point, I think I'm going to ask for my deposit back and wait for someone else to do the experiment.
We started our Murray River cruise from my home in Wellington East about 2nm upriver from Lake Alexandrina one of my regular sailing areas. Lake Alexandrina is an enormous body of shallow freshwater just inland of the mouth of the Murray River and separated from the ocean but a huge series of barrages keeping the lower reaches of the river and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert as freshwater and about 0.75m deeper. You access the sea via a loch and then a challenging passage through the sometimes breaking waves mouth of the Murray. We however went upstream with the intention of getting to Swan Hill in Victoria and then coming back by bus to pick up our vehicles and yacht trailers to return for the yachts. The river was in minor flood at that time making upstream progress often under sail a relatively slow affair. The first town we encountered heading upstream was Murray Bridge home of the first bridges to span the mighty Murray back in the late 1800's and the only time we dipped our masts. The river guide had the clearances just too tight especially with the raised river level due to being in flood. It was the only time we needed to do this with the subsequent powerlines and bridges being set above our raised mast height to accommodate the huge paddle steamers which once plied these waters and a few now are used for sightseeing journeys. More to follow. You cannot view this attachment.You cannot view this attachment.You cannot view this attachment.