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Old 21-12-2009, 10:31   #1
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The Sun Finally Shone on 'Turtle'...

and she finally went for a sail.

My friend Phil,one of the guys who helped me put her back in the water from the swamp after Ike, and I took Turtle out Saturday on Galveston Bay for about 4hrs of easy laid back sailing. One tack almost all the way to Redfish Is. and one tack all the way back to Clearlake in cool but steady 10-15kts. It was a gloriously sunny day if a tad brisk.


She sails just fine after all the work and time on shore. Everything works like it should and all systems funtion without trouble. The skipper however is a bit rusty.


The engine rebuild was a success. It starts easily and runs well and I don't have scrub the black stain off the hull as soon as we get back in like I had to before. There is no stain now.


We will have to work on my docking technique as poor old Phil ended up going over board in the slip when there was a communications failure.
The worst part was my brain failed to see the lack of humour in his predicament and I almost couldn't pull him back on the dock because I was laughing so hard. His first words on being pulled to safety were "Well that didn't go quite the way I planned".


He has a badly strained shoulder but there are no hard feelings. I will be paying much closer attention to his Grey Goose intake in future however(I stuck to having one beer) . He seemed to enjoy retelling the story almost as much as I did hearing it told.


I spent the night on board and although Sunday was equally beautiful I stayed in port and did some minor sail cover alterations.


I think the new marina is just what I needed to be able to get in more sailing. It's about 10min from leaving the dock to raising the sails and last week they got me out of the 38ft slip and into a 30ft which will save me about $45 a month.


Sunday morning I found a Starbucks within a short walk and TacoCabana for cheap breakfast. The West Marine is close as are a couple of more moderately priced suppliers. I took my bike down to the dock so I can get in some riding instead of driving the truck.


I think I have found a new home port for a while.

Turtle seems to be happy too..................m

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Old 21-12-2009, 12:06   #2
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The engine rebuild was a success. It starts easily and runs well and I don't have scrub the black stain off the hull as soon as we get back in like I had to before. There is no stain now.


Sorry I never heard the story.. What stain are you talking about. Oil in the water?
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Old 21-12-2009, 12:24   #3
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Well there was that one as well. Before the rebuild on starting a great stain of semi unburnt diesel soot would float on the water. The stain I was refering to was the smudge pot black on the stern around the exhaust port.
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So happy to see you go down to the sea with your turtle! Wonderful!!
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Old 21-12-2009, 23:42   #5
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It's always great to see a good boat like that sailing again!
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Congratulations!!!
A serious question: Is Grey Goose an alcoholic libation?
"Turtle" looks happy where she is.
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Old 23-12-2009, 08:47   #8
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Yup, that would be Phils poison of choice. I won't have more than 1 beer while sailing it's just to damn dangerous not to mention against the law. As Phil was just along for the ride and not doing anything but keeping me company I didn't see the problem with him having a drink(or 3). After his splash in the marina I may have to alter this approach to guests alchol consumption as I guess I may be considered liable..................m
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I think you have a good point. I've never fallen off the boat or the pier while sober but I've done it several times. That was a couple decades ago. My rule is now is that I don't drink at all while sailing and wait until I'm back at the mooring or the pier. Responsibility for a nice boat and crew is a sobering issue.
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I just stumbled upon the pictures of Turtle beached, with everyone standing around, and then found this thread.

Great job, and beautiful boat. I'm glad that everything worked out and that you have a good location for the boat.
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Those pictures are a constant reminder that the few friends I have are real friends.

Not many people could count on their buddies to even attempt to move a 25ft, 5000+lb boat 50ft over ground on a swampy 95* Texas Sunday afternoon.

I didn't actually ask most of these guys to help me but, as was usual at our old marina, they just showed up and pitched in until the job was done.

It took 10 or 12 guys 9hrs of sweating and grunting using not much more than levers and line, comealongs and anchors to move "Turtle" back to the water.

The gods must have been watching and cheering us on because the water we were wrestling her to is usually only about 18" deep. The plan was then to skid her 100yds through the muck with 1200ft of line and a pickup truck.

As it worked out we were 2days ahead of the full moon and the wind had been out of the south for 2days so the bay was a bit more full than usual and she floated right after she slid down the bank into the water 3'3"+.

It is a job I'll always remember not so much for the success, although that was pretty sweet, but for the hands that made it possible.

Without my friends I would probably have lost my boat................m
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Wow. I hope I make some friends like that. Good story!
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