I've used this forum so many times for information that I thought I ought to join.
I am the proud owner of a British built 24' 1967 Penryn sloop
named "Waltzing Matilda". I am new to sailing, (I didn't know how to sail when I started this voyage) and thought that doing the great loop would be a good way to learn about boats larger than canoes and kayaks. I launched from Ft. Smith AR 2009-11-22, traveled down the Arkansas River to the Mississippi
, 300 miles to the Atchafaylaya River then the ICWW at Morgan
City, through New Orleans
and Ponchatrain into the Rigolese, across the Mississippi
Sound and ICWW to Apalachacola, across the Gulf to Tarpon Springs, I am currently at anchor
in St Petersburg FL, I've used a total of 30 gallons of fuel
and ripped my Genoa
twice but I figured out how to sail (it aint rocket science).
My vessel is very simple, no fancy things like auto pilot, refrigeration
, standing room, just the bare minimum to survive, I do have a handheld GPS
and run OpenCPN
but only to check my position or look for shoals. I've noticed that most cruisers are much older than me, I'm 34 and really enjoy the cruising lifestyle.
I stop and work at marinas
when I run out of money
, I make friends at local watering holes to get showers, my little dog is very good at attracting nice folks.
While I am here in St Pete I am going to try to find the former owner(s) of my vessel, I know that she was in this area as recently as 1995, I know that somebody had named her "Truna" although she was un-named when I aquired her. If any locasl know of someone who used to have a great little Robert Tucker designed sailboat with a single
cylinder Sabb inboard get them to read this post.