Thursday, October 29, 2009

On shore for the winter

Desert Star is on the 'hard' for the winter.  We have lots of winterizing projects to do and need to ponder shrink wrapping her.  There are only about four places on the Bay that can lift such as wide boat.  It was a great sail down.  The wind was from the north at 20 kts and I motored sailed at 7 to 9 kts all the way down the Bay.  Of course it rained the entire time and was a bit cold.  But I am very glad I was not beating to windward on such a cold and nasty day.

Bonnie drove to meet me and we watched the crew put her up on blocks.  We tried her sitting a bit 'bow up' this year in the hope that less water would pool in lockers, etc.

We have a bunch of winter projects to get done.  Hopefully November will have lots of warm days for us to do work.

We have a lot of trips and events this winter as well.  We are trying to figure out where to charter this winter.  We also need to fit in a trip to Europe - of at all possible.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Aerial Photo

This photo was taken not far above the Chesapeake Bay bridge by a passing helicopter on an Autumn day.

Monday, October 12, 2009

PDQ Cookout

The PDQ Cookout was a big success. About 20 PDQ owners (about 10 PDQs) came and brought food and drink for all to share.  We really enjoyed sharing stories of our boats and adventures.  We hope to get together with all of them again, at future boat shows and of course in warm climates.

James of course was the big hit of the party.  With lots of knowledge and advice for all the PDQ owners.  He is a great guy and handy to know as well.  Someday we will get to meet his wife Jackie.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Boat Show Time!!!!!

Gotta love the boat show.  James is here for a moderate list of repairs and improvements.  Why does the head or holding tank always need repairs when James is around?  Lucky for me...

I was good on purchases - so far.  I did buy a waterproof bag.  I think I am developing a bag fetish.  I also purchased a new Cruising Guide for the Chesapeake. Bonnie can use it to plan our getaways for next year.  I went through most of the catamarans there.  The prices have skyrocketed due to popularity. Even 32 foot catamarans with outboards are $200K. 

No photos this time, sorry.