Saturday, November 29, 2014

We are still alive and kicking! Alberg 30 refit coming soon!

We are still here and doing well. Unfortunately we have been very busy, and as a result have not kept up with the blog. There are a few reasons for that; the first being that my computer is limping along after having coffee spilled on it. I have it up and working but it is not very easy to use (requires an auxillary keyboard, an auxillary fan for starters). Another problem is that someone stole my Canon T2i. I admit that I was careless in leaving it on the dock the day I motored Sal around the corner to the next marina to be hauled. When I remembered that I had left it on the dock about 30 minutes later, I went back to look and it was already gone. Some asshole at Bay Point Marina had stolen it off the dock. I put signs up asking for it to be returned and informed the office in case it was turned in...but of course it has not found its way home. After these 2 electronic setbacks I took a break from posting. It has been on my mind but I just never could get myself around to it. I hope to replace the camera soon but for now I'm just using the cell phone for photos. Fortunately, they're pretty hi-tech these days:

This stunning photo was taken with the camera on my phone. It's a beautiful sunset across the Elizabeth River, which is a pretty typical view during my shift on the ferry.

The first mate and I have been busy learning and testing for additional new skills that will hopefully help us earn a small living when we set sail on Salacia. The first mate completed her personal trainer certification, which will complement her yoga teaching, and allow her to coach others toward health and wellness. She enjoys it, and hopes to find a way of sharing the love of physical activity with others. 
And I have finally completed my captain's license. I am now a 100T Master Near Coastal with Sailing Endorsement Inland. This is a big accomplishment for me. I worked for quite a while getting all the paperwork straight, not to mention the years at sea beforehand. I had quite a bit more sea time than what was required for the license. It finally came in last Friday. I hope to continue working the ferry and possibly even assume a shift as a captain soon. In the meantime, I have been working a lot of weekends as a deckhand to put money into the refit fund.

I'm legit!

The unfortunate part of us being so busy is that we have not done very much with Sal in a few months. She is patiently waiting for her refit to begin. I hope it will begin soon. I am working now to procure all the parts to build a 14'x40' shelter over her. Getting her under shelter is priority one! This will allow me to refinish decks, hatches and just about any other work that will require her to stay dry.
 I have been thinking a lot about where to start. I think I am going to tackle the interior, then the deck and finally the hull, in that order. At least that's the plan for now. I am still pondering repowering her, and I have noticed that her rudder needs some basically a complete refit will be in order. This is just fine with us because we have the time and spreading the work out will allow us to fund the project. When she is complete we will have a better-than-new Alberg 30.

Tall Ship Godspeed docked at waterside near mile marker zero on ICW a few weeks ago.

I will be posting more often and I hope to get the electronic situation under control here in the next month (it's yet ONE MORE unexpected expense added to the pile...ugh).

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Just Checking In

Hello all, I am just checking in., not much to report. The boat has been home for about 6 weeks now. We have begun to unload her. The mast has been removed and placed on sawhorses in the back yard and we have slowly begun to unload her. 
I will be posting pictures soon but we currently experiencing some computer issues due to some spilled coffee. I am currently researching the bow boat shed as a feasible shelter for Sal while she is being refit.

Check back, pics will be coming soon!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Salacia our Alberg 30 is now home

Here she is sitting by the house. What a relief!
Busy day ahead, just a quick update, I will post more later

Sunday, August 3, 2014

She's Out of the Water

The business around here continues. However, I finally found the time to get ole Sal out of the water and onto the trailer. This will be a short post as I have more pictures and a few videos to download and I still have to get her home. 

Boatel forklift lifting mast off, it didn't cost me anything. Big savings!

Here the boat is set on the trailer. At this point she was a bit wobbly up there with no bow support and only 2 hull supports. I had to move her to a place with electricity where I could fabricate and weld rest of the supports

There is the trailer and boat, long project almost finished


Adding bow support before heading home for the day. I was tired

Returned the next day to add the remainder of the hull supports

There she is on a finished trailer, I tried to keep the supports away from hull so I can work on it, Looks pretty good I think.

I will post more pictures and a few video as I get them downloaded. I am off to marina this morning to crane mast up on boat and secure it. If rain holds out for a few days I will be able to get her into my yard.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Too Many Pokers

Over the last couple of months since completing Sal's trailer, I feel as though I have become stretched too thin. I have yet to get our Alberg 30 out of the water. This is starting to concern me. It seems with each passing day I get busier and busier. I have taken on a part time job as a deckhand to add hours to my 100T captain's license. I am constantly volunteering my services to help a few friends repair engines that need rebuilding. Along with a few other obligations and a full time job, I am just busy; too busy. As the old saying goes I have too many pokers in the fire!
As I lay in bed last night I was considering what can I do to regain control and the answer is quite simple. Focus...focus on one thing at a time. 
We will get Salacia out of the water. Once I do I want to make sure that I have a clear plate to ensure that she gets finished in a timely manner. So I just need to to buckle down, clear some of these projects I have already started, and then learn to say no to any new ones for the time being. 

Wheel house of the ferry where I've been deck-handing; hope to be the captain soon : )

Paddle wheel of the ferry. They are relatively small ferries (67 tons,150 passengers) but they will be a good starting ground for working as a paid captain.

I am working this part time job to boost my experience as a captain and log sea hours. First mate and I are working toward becoming cruisers. We are not wealthy by any means, and so we will have to earn money along the way. I am hoping that with this license I will be able to find work in port. First mate has already done her part by becoming a yoga instructor, and is growing her skills by teaching a couple of classes a week. We are hoping that with these two occupations we can earn money during our journeys to distant places.
Stay tuned- Soon enough Old Sal's refit will begin!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bittersweet Deal

Last weekend I went to the marina to start removing the sails and other stuff stored on the boat in preparations for bringing her home. I went into the marina office to let them know I would be leaving this month. We had gone to a month-by-month on slip payments because we knew we would be taking her out and I'd never bothered to read the fine print...apparently there is a clause that says they require 30 days notice. Because of this I had to pay the slip for June as well. So with no argument from me we are going to keep Sal in the water one more month....horrible, I know ; ) 
Other than that not much else to report. Been giving some serious thought to what areas of the boat I want to address during the refit. Seems as though I could make the list go on for days. I am going to start writing  these ideas down and prioritizing which areas are "Needs" and which are "Wants". Stay tuned for more on that! 

This picture was taken three years ago this weekend. We sailed  across the Chesapeake Bay to Kiptopeke State Park and anchored at the concrete ships for the weekend.

Our anchorage spot was quite nice, a bit of a roll at times but otherwise perfect.

We enjoyed three evenings of this view.

Everyone have a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend!

Friday, May 16, 2014

A day at the park

Often when the wind isn't blowing we look for other adventures locally to enjoy our time together and get some exercise. Last Sunday was one of those days, no wind (...forecasted, anyway...) and a bright sunshiny day. We went on a biking adventure to Back Bay Wildlife Preserve and False Cape State Park. This is a park located at the very southeastern corner of Virginia and is only accessible by bicycle or foot. It's quite a hike to get there. So we loaded up the bikes and headed out for an epic bike adventure, our first one of the year.

We parked at Little Island City Park about 1/2 mile from the Back Bay Wildlife Preserve. I unloaded and strapped the camera on to the rack and we were off on our adventure.

We only made about 100ft from parking lot when we found a launch for kayaks and canoes- here is the First Mate at the launch spot.
 The launch puts into Back Bay, a shallow bay full of wildlife and beautiful scenery. We wanted to check it out, as we had obtained a gently used canoe over the winter and need a good spot to try it out. I always enjoyed canoeing as a youngster and look forward to a future epic canoe adventure from this site. 

As always...someone found the water! She couldn't resist. If there's an ocean she'll jump in, dressed appropriately or not.

We were fortunate that it was low tide and we were able to ride our bikes on the beach along the shore, which extends all the way to the state line into NC.  If we had fatter bike tires we would have been able to explore the beach much further. As is was the tide was on its way in so after an hour or so on the beach we headed back into the park.

Beautiful beaches here, we had it almost completely to ourselves. There were a handful of other walkers and another couple on bikes but that was about it. Because cars are unable to come anywhere close to this beach and sunbathing and swimming aren't allowed, it has remained very pristine.

After returning to the park from the beach we traveled down the gravel trails and finally made it to False Cape State Park. 

After riding for a while we decided to take a break and take some pictures. Here is  the First Mate cheesing for the camera.

Trying upload her pics to success....the place has no cell phone reception. Too bad! It does however, have several marsh pools that are full of wildlife. We saw turtles and snakes swimming, and an egret stalking prey.

Another shot of pristine beaches looking south toward North Carolina, which is only a few miles from this point on the beach.

As you can see from this photo it was a near perfect day for an adventure in the park. It turns out that there was quite a nice breeze blowing off the Atlantic all day. It would have made for a nice sail on Salacia but we had an equally fun time here in the park. 

Looking out over Back Bay

This was one of the nicest days we have spent outside in a long time. After the winter we've endured, it was even more magnificent. The weather was perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed the beach, park and each other's company.