Filling The Sails

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Fort Worth, Texas  ·  Chronicling my adventure from a life on land to that of a liveaboard sailboat cruiser/voyager
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A man, a dog, and a sailboat - There’s also a very intimate connection between man and water. I’m not talking about the water we drink, but the ocean, the lake, the river, whatever source of water a man feels close to. In order to fulfill a man’s desire to be on or near the water, we sometimes use boats. My boat of choice is a sailboat.  - https://is.gd/4cL6XM

A man, a dog, and a sailboat - There’s also a very intimate connection between man and water. I’m not talking about the water we drink, but the ocean, the lake, the river, whatever source of water a man feels close to. In order to fulfill a man’s desire to be on or near the water, we sometimes use boats. My boat of choice is a sailboat. - https://is.gd/4cL6XM

Master And Commander Style - …we passed them and began pushing them up, forcing them to turn down to get better air and positioning. We took advantage of being upwind as we slowed and allowed them to come alongside. At that point we unleashed an assault…  - http://fillingthesails.com/master-and-commander-style/

Master And Commander Style - …we passed them and began pushing them up, forcing them to turn down to get better air and positioning. We took advantage of being upwind as we slowed and allowed them to come alongside. At that point we unleashed an assault… - http://fillingthesails.com/master-and-commander-style/

My sails are full... - …when sails are working their hardest and accomplishing the most, they are full and quiet. When the sails are struggling and not efficient, they’re very noisy. It parallels some aspects of our lives. When we’re content and working hard to accomplish a goal, we are usually quiet and oriented, not expending energy on distractions or making noise. Likewise, when we’re struggling with something or unable to maintain a proper course,

My sails are full... - …when sails are working their hardest and accomplishing the most, they are full and quiet. When the sails are struggling and not efficient, they’re very noisy. It parallels some aspects of our lives. When we’re content and working hard to accomplish a goal, we are usually quiet and oriented, not expending energy on distractions or making noise. Likewise, when we’re struggling with something or unable to maintain a proper course,

Hatch Board Heaven - As you might recall from my Hatch Board Hell post, my hatch boards were seriously a wreck. I’m happy to report that after some serious work, my friend from work has helped me transition out of the depths of hatch board hell. Take a look at these beauties!  - http://fillingthesails.com/hatch-board-heaven/

Hatch Board Heaven - As you might recall from my Hatch Board Hell post, my hatch boards were seriously a wreck. I’m happy to report that after some serious work, my friend from work has helped me transition out of the depths of hatch board hell. Take a look at these beauties! - http://fillingthesails.com/hatch-board-heaven/

I can finally steer the boat again! - I’ve had the boat out a couple times since installing the new tiller. You know how when you were a kid and got brand new shoes and thought you could run faster? Well, I think my boat may be faster now! Haha.  - http://fillingthesails.com/i-can-finally-steer-the-boat-again/

I can finally steer the boat again! - I’ve had the boat out a couple times since installing the new tiller. You know how when you were a kid and got brand new shoes and thought you could run faster? Well, I think my boat may be faster now! Haha. - http://fillingthesails.com/i-can-finally-steer-the-boat-again/

2017 Harvest Moon Regatta Preparations - After a frenzy of online purchases, I finally gathered the necessary safety equipment. Offshore Automatic Inflatable Life Jacket, crotch strap for life jacket [this thing feels like it’ll hurt if I actually end up using it!]…  - http://fillingthesails.com/2017-harvest-moon-regatta-preparations/

2017 Harvest Moon Regatta Preparations - After a frenzy of online purchases, I finally gathered the necessary safety equipment. Offshore Automatic Inflatable Life Jacket, crotch strap for life jacket [this thing feels like it’ll hurt if I actually end up using it!]… - http://fillingthesails.com/2017-harvest-moon-regatta-preparations/

... And it happened again! - We tacked around a couple times and then “Crack….!!!” I heard the tiller break! I could tell it broke at the very back, under the metal brackets.   - http://fillingthesails.com/and-it-happened-again/

... And it happened again! - We tacked around a couple times and then “Crack….!!!” I heard the tiller break! I could tell it broke at the very back, under the metal brackets. - http://fillingthesails.com/and-it-happened-again/

Hatch board hell - When I bought the boat, the companionway was (and currently is) covered by one piece of painted plywood. It looks terrible, it’s heavy, and it’s difficult to store while underway. It’s hatch board hell.   - http://fillingthesails.com/hatch-board-hell/

Hatch board hell - When I bought the boat, the companionway was (and currently is) covered by one piece of painted plywood. It looks terrible, it’s heavy, and it’s difficult to store while underway. It’s hatch board hell. - http://fillingthesails.com/hatch-board-hell/

​HMR 2017 Training Session #1 - We practiced our man overboard drills. We practiced the figure 8 method a few times and the heave-to method several times. To practice the drills, Forest would throw overboard two half-gallon milk jugs tied together with a cord.  - http://fillingthesails.com/%e2%80%8bhmr-2017-training-session-1/

​HMR 2017 Training Session #1 - We practiced our man overboard drills. We practiced the figure 8 method a few times and the heave-to method several times. To practice the drills, Forest would throw overboard two half-gallon milk jugs tied together with a cord. - http://fillingthesails.com/%e2%80%8bhmr-2017-training-session-1/

20170614 - Some good Wednesday night sailing tonight! Boat: O’Day 28, Starlight Express    - http://fillingthesails.com/20170614-2/

20170614 - Some good Wednesday night sailing tonight! Boat: O’Day 28, Starlight Express - http://fillingthesails.com/20170614-2/

One small step - As I began climbing up the mast ladder, I was exhilarated. At the same time, in the back of my mind was nestled the fact that the mast ladder was raised and supported by a who-knows-how-old halyard on a boat that had been abandoned and left to rot in the Texas weather for at least the last five years!  - http://fillingthesails.com/one-small-step/

One small step - As I began climbing up the mast ladder, I was exhilarated. At the same time, in the back of my mind was nestled the fact that the mast ladder was raised and supported by a who-knows-how-old halyard on a boat that had been abandoned and left to rot in the Texas weather for at least the last five years! - http://fillingthesails.com/one-small-step/

Well, it looks like there's a very good chance this will be happening for me this year. I've been wanting to do this for a couple of years.... My time has come.

Well, it looks like there's a very good chance this will be happening for me this year. I've been wanting to do this for a couple of years.... My time has come.

All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.  -John F. Kennedy

All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came. -John F. Kennedy

I'm really liking this vision chart I just saw in a hospital! Perfect vision is a sailboat! Guess they had me in mind when they made up this thing, since sailboats occupy a lot of what I envision.  #sailboat #sailing #PerfectVision

I'm really liking this vision chart I just saw in a hospital! Perfect vision is a sailboat! Guess they had me in mind when they made up this thing, since sailboats occupy a lot of what I envision. #sailboat #sailing #PerfectVision

#GoAloft, #UpTheMast, #SailboatMaintenance, #BucketList, #Climbing, #MastClimber

#GoAloft, #UpTheMast, #SailboatMaintenance, #BucketList, #Climbing, #MastClimber

How I did a two-person job by myself - I made my way down below and then to the stern inside the boat. I was relieved to see the bolts still sticking through the transom. Very gingerly, I held the bolts and slipped the backing plate over all three.   - http://fillingthesails.com/how-i-did-a-two-person-job-by-myself/

I made my way down below and then to the stern inside the boat. I was relieved to see the bolts still sticking through the transom. Very gingerly, I held the bolts and slipped the backing plate over all three.