Florida East/West Rendezvous June 24 - 26, 2011

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  • December 25, 2011 8:55 AM
    Reply # 781206 on 543374
    WoW! That's quite an interesting series of adventures you've had! Even as you attempted to portray your experiences as negative I could see what grand fun it was. I can identify with the thrill of buying a new boat over the misgivings of those close to me, the potentially calamitous first sail, after discovering that she wasn't as sound as had been represented, and the prospect of having to spend a lot of money to make things right. Been there and got the T-shirt!

    Even after all the disasters on my maiden voyage, I had the time of my life. I was looking for adventure, and freedom, and I received both in full measure. But as I understand it, freedom and adventure necessarily come at a price or they wouldn't be worth much. Once I looked past the surface resentment in your post, I saw much joy, adventure, and the tenacious spirit of a man determined to succeed. I saw a sense of humor and an ability to laugh at oneself rarely seen in this kind of forum, and I found myself wishing it were me on your boat having those experiences. Thanks for brightening my Christmas morning and getting me psyched up about my Clementine again! Dang, I can hardly wait for spring!

    I hope that by now your wood has dried, the flames are crackling in the fireplace, and most of all I hope that you're scheming and planning your next boatventure. I wish you a blessed Christmas. 

    Last modified: December 25, 2011 8:58 AM | Anonymous
  • December 25, 2011 10:00 AM
    Reply # 781226 on 543374
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Christian: I'm sure that with a blast of hylon from an old fire extinguisher - Santa will be able to invade through your chimney -- and bring holiday cheer !! 


  • December 25, 2011 11:22 AM
    Reply # 781261 on 543374
    Deleted user
    Wow!  What a yarn, Christian.  Not to make light of your plight but you had me in stitches.  Probably not the same kind your Clementine is going to bestow on you, however.  I think this little story needs to make it onto the next Windblown to be preserved forever.  Ah, boating....

    Loved the part about "Westsail southwest".  Thought I was the only one sailing on that Egyptian river.

    Better luck,
  • December 26, 2011 8:48 AM
    Reply # 781663 on 543374
    Santa Showed!

    How cool is this?!  Santa did come!  he did! he did!! he did!!!   He must have really burned his buns though, because I did get the fire going before I went to bed.  If I had known, I would have left him some spoiled milk (all I've got), stale cookies (all I've got) and what little is left of the first aid cream (I injure myself pretty regularly).  I never suspected such a bright, cheery, Christmas surprise!  AND YOU GUYS ARE IT! 

    I really didn't think that anyone would be interested in hearing about my antics, let alone post comments, let alone actually enjoy reading my postings and being entertained!  I don't even mind that the entertainment comes at my expense, visa vi my miserable misadventures.  This has pretty much been a main theme of my life story, so I'm long since used to it.  I even know that part of the amusement stems from the fact that you think most of my misfortunes are my own fault, and I don't seem to realize it.  That's OK too.  I can see how it might seem that way to you, but I know better.  Don't get me wrong (which everyone does), I definitely screw up now and then, but on the whole, I really don't think its my fault.  You might think I'm arrogant for saying this, but like I said, I'm used that.  While we're at it, not only do people not like me, but they think I'm a real jerk too, so I'm used to that as well.  It does bother me at some level, but I have so much debris and rubble inside, that I rarely have time to get that far down into it, to the place where it actually hurts anymore.

    I do have some return comments however:

    1.  Actually Eric, I didn't have one second of "fun" the whole way.  It was one of the most miserable experiences I have ever had, and I have had plethoras (wow! I spelled that right without spell-checker!).  I can look back on it now with some humor, only because subsequent misfortunes have pushed those out of the front of my mind.  Also, I can see how my exploits would be entertaining and even amusing to other people.  They would be funny to me too, were it not for the fact that they were happening to me.  I am also able to cope with it all, because like I said, I am confident that it really isn't my fault.  I usually do things competently and sometimes even the right way, so I can't be nearly as hard on myself as my wife is.  I have concluded (or, at least, I am fairly sure), that Satan is behind it all.  There is no way in hell (well, maybe in hell) that so many diverse and unconnected things could possibly go wrong in such a perfect, unbroken sequence over such a sustained period of time, simply as a product of the natural laws and the efforts of one person.  In fact, even if I was TRYING to make these things happen, I couldn't come close.  It's like that mousetrap game that some kids had back in childhood (in the 60's), but under nuclear power.  Remember?  The metal ball rolled down a track, knocking things over that tripped other items that pushed things into harm's way that started fires that burned down buildings that fell on spectators that ran the wrong way into traffic that caused crashes that resulted in insurance claims that weren't paid because my last payment was lost in the mail and it was one day (and only one day) past the grace period, and so on and so on and on and on and on.   

    2.  Actually Steve, not one word of that account was a "yarn."  It happened exactly that way.  In fact, I left out most of the details and several of the other disasters in the chain.  By the way, thanks for going back to edit your posting.  You had me looking up "yam" in the dictionary to discover some category of meaning that I never knew existed.  Also, thanks to your type-o, I now know the difference between a yam and a sweet potato, which I never knew before!  

    3.  Actually Jay, my wife is not "long-suffering."  She's the one who has been making me suffer long (very long).  If she knew I was posting this stuff where someone else could read it, she too, would be going nuclear.  It's worth the risk though, because even though I really didn't intend to talk about her at all, I just couldn't help myself.  By the time I got to the end of the story (that chapter of it anyway), I actually felt better for having done it.  I guess writing might be able to provide me with some kind of therapy, which I definitely do need.  The psychiatrist that my wife and sister sent me to a few weeks back certainly didn't help (I think he had mental problems).   By the way, my sister paid for that (she's a doctor), since my medical insurance wouldn't have paid, even if I had any, which I don't.  This is another one of the real reasons why my wife is so against my sailing.  She's afraid I'll get seriously hurt again and we'll loose the broken down homestead in WV that she hates so much.

    Anyway, thank you for showing me how to post things to the website.  Sandy would never suspect that I could do this, and I'm certainly not going to tell her, so our secret should be safe.  I also appreciate your telling me that my posting was not too long.  My wife says that the main reason she doesn't listen to me is that I go on and on and on.  The truth is, I'm the one that can't get a word in edgewise.  Nevertheless, if I keep on blogging (is that the right word?), which I plan to do,  I'm sure that in short order, I will start to bother my fellow Westsailors (like I always do) and they will start to complain (like they always do).  I really think I should use that blogger.com site that you directed me to.  I already copied and pasted my my first posting there.  Can you put something on the WOA website to direct people to it before I start to cause trouble (if I haven't already)?  Thank you so much!

    If I could impose on your helpfulness for one more thing... I really did have a shipwreck on my way home from Key West, and my boat is going to need a lot of repairs.  I'm also not mechanically inclined and could really use some help here too.  How do I find out about buying parts and getting advice about how to fix things?  Also, If I can sneak some money out of her iron grip, there are all kinds of things I'd like to buy.  First on the list is a self-steering vane.  A lot of my misfortunes could have been avoided if the boat would have been going the right way while I was attending to all the calamities.

    Well, I already feel like I made three new friends, even though they'll probably get tired of me pretty quick.  Thanks you guys!   Your really made my Christmas Merry! (or at least tolerable)

    Your friend (for the time being),


    P.S.  Coincidently Jay, the boat does, in fact, have a halon fire extinguisher in the engine room, but guess what?  Yep, it's defunct too! 
    Last modified: December 26, 2011 9:06 AM | Anonymous
  • December 26, 2011 9:40 AM
    Reply # 781687 on 543374
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Christian:  How about an image of your boat to go with your story?  Email it to me and I'll post with your article.

    I've also forwarded the link to friends on the westcoast in the sailing community.   We of course laugh gently with you and recall many similar events in our boating life -- though usually not all on the same trip :)

    Let's see there is the time that the owner with 11 people on board lost the sea water pump - which allowed the hot exhaust to melt through the cheap water lift muffler spewing hot salt water in the engine compartment and filling the boat with exhaust and salt steam -- he replumbed the fresh water supply into the engine just enough to keep it cool the 5 miles back to the dock - meanwhile he was sticking his head out of the companion way hatch while holding his jury rigged cooling system together... (Quote "next time I'll call for a BoatUS tow")

    Then with a brand new engine - the owner left the sea water emergency cooling pump ON and filled the < 5 hours old engine with sea water -- yes that causes the springs of the fuel injector to later break and rev's the engine to max RPM's until the springs are replaced.

    As for help with fixing things there are a few ways online - use the forum's to post specific issues and members will chime in.  See Members area > Westsail FAQ for collections of fixes and Members area > Images from Members where I've organized a lot of images into albums.

    To have your blog address on our site - just go to View Profile - and add the blogg address to your profile - like you added your photo - then edit your original post and add in the URL to your blog site as a link...

    Happy Holidays


    Last modified: December 26, 2011 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • December 27, 2011 6:25 AM
    Reply # 782202 on 543374
    Deleted user
    Hey Christian,
    Glad to have helped brighten your Christmas.  I'm looking forward to adding you to my "must-read" blog list as soon as I know your blog address.  And don't worry about being long-winded.  On my blog I've been known to go on for pages when I started out by saying that I had nothing to say and I still manage to keep a few readers.  I even get complaints if I don't write often enough, and not just from my mother. 

  • December 29, 2011 3:37 PM
    Reply # 783649 on 543374
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Christians blog is at



    I have also edited his orginial post for content- let's be gentile on this forum - life is just to short.

    Last modified: December 31, 2011 10:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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