Obligatory Anniversary Post – 4 years

Hardly seems like 4 years, but there it is.  Hope you’ve enjoyed reading.

This year I wrote 35 posts.  I posted mostly about the non-progress on the keel, but also about a few good books I read and a couple of overnight sailing trips I took with friends.

From all posts in the last 4 years, the top 4 posts have to do with sunfish posts.  Yes, I know I don’t have a Sunfish anymore.  Sorry sunfish people – no more sunfish posts since I gave the boat to a good home this year.

The next popular post is about propane tanks.  NEVER rent your home heating propane tank from a supplier.  It will cost you way more than if you just buy it outright.  Yes I know this post is from 2013.  It’s still useful to know.

At 191 views, the next most popular was about removing the Catalina 22 keel weldments.  Yes, I know, I still haven’t glassed those back in. Yes I know this post was from last year.

I have been a bit overwhelmed by work this year.  I definitely let it get in the way of summer fun, but sometimes you have to give up short term fun for longer term goals.  It’s a bit hard to take as weekend after sunny weekend roles by outside my office window.

Work also got in the way of progress on the Catalina 22, I’m expecting to do a bit better on that next year.    I finished tapping the threads for the keel eyebolt this weekend, that should be the next post.

I’m glad I have a Catalina 25 that I can actually sail, and once spring rolls around I am going to spend a lot more time on the water.

Thanks for coming along for another year.   Now enjoy some pictures from the Catalina 25 last weekend.

Selfie on Catalina 25

Selfie on Catalina 25

Heading out to the West River

Heading out to the West River

 

Other sailboats outward bound

Other sailboats outward bound

 

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CapnRehab blog is 2 Years Old!

We’ve had 8700 hits on 160 posts since we started.  That’s an average of 54 readers per post.  I have to tell you I’m surprised.  Most of you are family and friends I already knew.  Some of you are new friends.  Some of you are companies and other weird stuff.  (May have something to do with liking blogs you have no interest so they’ll like you back and get your site more traffic – I just don’t get that)

Because of the “Project that must not be named”  I haven’t done near as much sailing and boat rehab as I wanted (OK – none at all).  And the number of blog posts has definitely reduced this year .vs. last year.  I am happy to report that it is almost over.  I have a projected date of Nov 26 to complete, and the plan is to be done by Thanksgiving.

Good news to report is that all my kids will be here and we get to have a large Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings!  Yay!  I am hoping it will be a double celebration as we celebrate both the project completion and the holiday.

My how time flies when you get older.  It seems like such a short time ago that I brought that first O’Day 22 home. I have spent that time collecting water craft, and here is the list.

  • Wind Surfer – full working order

    2012-11-17 16.25.08 Colorful sail

    2012-11-17 16.25.08 Colorful sail

  • Blue Sea Kayak – full working order
  • Gray Sea Kayak – rudder needs repair
  • Kayaks on the floor

    Kayaks on the floor

  • Sunfish – trailer in pieces, and boat stripped to bare hull (but finally dry inside!)
    Trailer parts in the living room

    Trailer parts in the living room

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  • Catalina 22′ – Inoperable – waiting on keel replacement
Catalina 22 and keel

Catalina 22 and keel

I plan to get all these functional over the winter and I am thinking my new years resolution will be to sail 60 times next year, and go on 3 overnight boat trips on the Chesapeake in the Catalina.

I will also be joining the West River Sailing Association where they race several different kinds of boats.  One of which is an F-16 Catamaran and another is a laser fleet.  Can’t wait to go racing again!

Wish me luck, and thanks for coming along for the ride.