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Sailing across the Gulf

Sailing across the Gulf

This afternoon we’ll hold our crew meeting to determine what our exact game plan is for leaving tomorrow. As of right now, the weather in the Gulf of Mexico appears pretty settled with forecasts of 10-15kt winds and 2-3′ seas. This is good news. When we...
We’re sailing!

We’re sailing!

Thursday we got an earlier start in case anything went wrong & we had to turn back. 0629 cast off under a beautiful full moon. Gorgeous sunrise as we entered Tampa Bay about 30 minutes later. We were making great time, averaging 7.8 knots all through Tampa Bay....

An extra day in the boatyard.

We originally thought that the keel fuel tank was the only one that was leaking, but late Tuesday afternoon we determined that the starboard tank also had a pinhole leak. The leak was so small we were still planning on leaving for Clearwater Wednesday. We’d just...
Detour to the boat yard.

Detour to the boat yard.

Sunday, in our preparations for the daysail to Clearwater, we noticed a little more diesel in the bilge than we’d like to see. Any diesel in the bilge is more than you’d like to see. After taking a good look at it, we decided that instead of pushing on to...
L’Attitude’s coming home.

L’Attitude’s coming home.

The time has finally come to sail my sailboat L’Attitude north to bring it home. Since October, I’ve been splitting time in Orange Beach Alabama, my home for the last 2 years & Sarasota Florida, the location of the boat I bought back in the fall. My...