Author Archives: Sail Kestrel

June 5-13, 2017: Sometimes you’re the windshield, and sometimes you’re the bug

And I’m proud to say that over the last eight days, we have most assuredly been the windshield.  We have been kicking some serious butt on the exterior of the boat:  hull, boot stripe, caprail, and bottom. First we dealt … Continue reading

Posted in Boat Work, NC

May 23-June 4, 2017: And the work just keeps on coming

Week four (two thousand and four?) on the hard, and the jobs are slowly getting whittled away.  We’re down from four pages to two pages, but unfortunately the things that are left are either really massive, really complicated, really time-consuming, … Continue reading

Posted in Boat Work, NC

May 13-22, 2017: Hotter than the Devil’s armpit

Many of our projects, particularly the larger ones, require long stretches of rain-free weather.  We were lucky enough to have one of those this past nine days.  That meant really putting the pedal to the metal and working very long … Continue reading

Posted in Boat Work, NC

May 8-12, 2017: Working hard on the hard

Monday morning, we had the boat hauled out of the water and put on jack stands. If I drove the lift, I’d be so tempted to just gun it . . . When it came out, the hull was covered … Continue reading

Posted in Boat Work, NC

April 30-May 7, 2017: First week in the boat yard

The first week in the boatyard has been all about preparing to work.  We’ve been going over our list of projects and strategizing their order of completion.  We plan on being hauled tomorrow, and we will be on the hard … Continue reading

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April 28-30, 2017: Offshore from Charleston to Oriental, NC

This passage couldn’t have been a clearer example of an important principle we’ve learned in cruising:  plan well, and you will be well. The Captain and I had been agonizing over weather forecasts before we even got to Charleston, trying … Continue reading

Posted in NC, Offshore, SC

April 20-26, 2017: Charleston, SC

We were planning to make Charleston a relatively short stop, but predicted bad weather forced us to stay put.  Gee, rats! We ended up staying a week at the Charleston City Marina on the Megadock.  This is the closest thing … Continue reading

Posted in Marinas, SC