Sunday, June 26, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Capt. Marvin Creamer on his boat Globe Star back in the 1980's is a good reminder why.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
here and here. I was reminded of this lesson a few weeks ago when I was getting BIANKA ready for launching. The boat was still on land and I had not yet started provisioning her for the season. I decided to take break for lunch and check out a new waterfront restaurant at the nearby Town beach. It was a little more upscale from the snack bar next to it and had a nice waterfront view overlooking the beach. I had an appetizer, fish sandwich and a glass of wine. The bill came to a little over $41.00. A few days later after I launched BIANKA I went to the supermarket and spent about the same amount of money on groceries that I bought back to the boat. But, with those groceries I had lunches for a week as well as breakfast and some dinners including a delicous Lobster Roll for the same amount. Oh yes, I still had a waterfront view while dining in the cockpit.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
There are some things that I find that are just better to experience on my boat. One of the real treats for me in the beginning of the season is to listen to the live broadcasts of the annual Sea Music Festival held at Mystic Seaport Museum . This weekend was the 32nd one held. It is broadcast live on WPKN 89.5 FM in Bridgeport Connecticut. While being at the site does have some advantages as they have various workshops and concerts during the four days of the of the festival. I still find listening to the evening concerts on board BIANKA with a glass of some libation in my hand as the boat swings around in the breeze and my toe tapping in the cockpit to be another one of those pinch me moments.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Well, hard to believe but, it's been five years since I started my writings and ramblings here on the BIANKA LOG BLOG. My first post is here. Since that time a lot has happened the Westerebeke diesel was removed and replaced by an electric propulsion system. In so doing BIANKA became the world's first Nonsuch with electric propulsion. I've also managed to cruise or travel to some really nice places in the world and hope to travel to many more before the ride is over.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Saturday, June 04, 2011
BIANKA is about to be splashed so I'm busy putting the finishing things that need to be done below the waterline. There are not too many things to do beyond fresh zincs and checking to make sure the through hulls are clear. One thing that needs to be done is to clean the prop and ground plate of whatever growth still remains. I use to spend a lot of time with a hand scrapper accomplishing this task. Then I discovered that a 3M 7772ES Paint and Rust Stripper and an electric drill makes this task so much easier and faster.
Here is the before photo of the prop:
3M Paint and Rust Stripper can make shiny and new. It also does a great job on on the boats Dyna Plate grounding bar making it really shine:
Here is the before photo of the prop:
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
"Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA is predicting the following ranges this year:Having been on board last year and rode out a brush with Hurricane Earl successfully I am not eager to repeat the experience. I will certainly be keeping a weather eye to make sure I am not surprised if one should one be making it's way up the coast.
•12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which:
•6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including:
•3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher)
Each of these ranges has a 70 percent likelihood, and indicate that activity will exceed the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes."