CapnRehab’s windsurfer is operational

I purchased a windsurfer on craigslist.  It is really old and missing a mast, so I got it for $50.  It sat around on my back porch and remained on my “I should do” list for the last few months.   I figured I should go ahead and get the mast before I move, because parts may be harder to find up in the fridid north Maryland.

Last weekend when I flippedsailed the catamaran I finally had one guy look at my sail and the fitting that connects the mast to the board.  He said come by the shop and he could set me up with a mast and modify the connector for $400.  ouch!   I needed to find an alternate source

Yesterday was “Get a windsurfer mast” day.  I headed over to WaterSportsWest and talked to the owner Steve.

watersports west

watersports west

Steve was great!  He spent about an hour and a half showing me different options and setting up the board to go.  His guess was that this board is from the late 80’s to early 90’s.   I used to have one I got sometime in ’82 or ’83.  This one looks a lot like it.  So I got all rigged up for $260.  I got a mast,  a mast base with extension, a connector to hook the base to the board, a boom and sail battens.  What a difference in attitude from the other guy.  If you’re in St. Pete and need to buy or rent anything for water sports, this is the place to go.  They’ll even deliver rentals.

Since it is Florida and of course Sunny and warm I decided to take it out sailing.

Since my backyard is a beach on Boca Ciega Bay, I went there.

2012-11-17 16.25.08 Colorful sail

2012-11-17 16.25.08 Colorful sail

2012-11-17 16.21.18 CapnRehab Sailing a windsurfer

2012-11-17 16.21.18 CapnRehab Sailing a windsurfer

Sailing a windsurfer for the first time in almost 30 years!  It was harder than I remembered!

2012-11-17 16.30.34 returning to shore

2012-11-17 16.30.34 returning to shore

For some reason, it felt like I needed to stand way forward on the board.  You can see in the picture above that my left foot is in front of the mast and my right foot is just behind it.  But the board has foot straps for the right foot that are way back near the end of the board.  I haven’t quite figured that one out.

2012-11-17 16.22.19 Sailing

2012-11-17 16.22.19 Sailing

Here is a video – not that impressive but it’s me on a windsurfer.

And after the water fun, it was time to relax on the beach with  my favorite adult beverage and watch the sunset.  After dark we even had a campfire.

2012-11-17 17.27.39 Sunset

2012-11-17 17.27.39 Sunset

2012-11-17 17.37.53 Boca Ciega Sky

2012-11-17 17.37.53 Boca Ciega Sky

The Capn is moving North

As I like to put it, I’m sort of like a retarded reverse snow bird.  I lived in Florida the summer of 2011, Maryland the winter of 2011-2012, Florida the summer of 2012, and I’m moving back to Maryland over the Thanksgiving weekend so as to not miss any cold weather the winter has in store for me.  HOWEVER, this time I’m moving North for good.  As much as I love Florida (and I do love Florida), I love Mrs. CapnRehab more.

COUNTER TO OUR PLAN, she landed a BIG promotion , she has found herself a great dressage trainer and bought a terrific horse.

Mrs CapnRehab's horse

Mrs CapnRehab’s horse

So she won’t be following me down here to Florida…  That only leaves me one choice, so it’s off to Maryland I go.  I’ll be leaving some really great friends, and taking with me some wonderful memories.  Memories like:

Being given a sunfish – OK, this is still a work in progress.  (Not much progress)  I am taking it with me and will finish up there where I have a garage to work in.

Being given a sunfish

Being given a sunfish

Working on the boat

Working on the boat

Seeing the Tampa Skyway Bridge

Seeing the Tampa Bay Skyway Bridge

Relaxing at DIsney resorts

Relaxing at DIsney resorts

2012-06-10 Sailing the Big Boats
2012-06-10 Sailing the Big Boat

2012-06-14 Racing the big boat at Davis Island

2012-06-14 Racing  at Davis Island

2012-07-21 The view out my back door

2012-07-21 The view out my back door

2012-10-15 Sunsets on Boca Ciega Bay

2012-10-15 Sunsets on Boca Ciega Bay

I packed a lot of fun into this summer.  I’m headed to some great things though, I’ve landed a job that looks like it’s going to be challenging, exciting and rewarding.  We are buying a house that amazingly enough needs some rehab.  We’ll be pretty near the Chesapeake bay so I think sailing is still in my future.

It just so happens I’ve found an O’Day 22 on Craigslist, exactly the model of the one I sold when I went to Florida, but in WAY better condition.

Oday22 for sale

Oday22 for sale

But I did find this other Other O’Day, and it’s a 27 footer….

ODay 27 for sale on craigslist

ODay 27 for sale on craigslist

 

Down to 1 boat

I did it.  I gave it away.  Common sense took hold and Craigslist helped me find someone that wanted a project boat.  So Say goodbye to my ex O’Day 23.

I’m actually OK with it, and the guy getting is seems like a nice guy.

My new (to me) O'Day 23

My ex O'Day 23

I’m now down to one sailboat and two motors.

Me and my new sailboat

Me and my remaining O'Day 22 sailboat

 

Decision Made

OK, I finally got the titles to my boats.  That means I’m good to go to give the 23 footer at the marina to a deserving non-boat owning person.  I put an ad on craigslist, and also replied to an ad of someone looking for a free boat.  The guy responded today, I sent some pictures and he says he wants it.  We’ll be meeting later this week to hand over the title.

Looks like my days of owning two boats are numbered.   – That’s a good thing.

I now own an angle grinder!

Craigslist strikes again!

I figured I would need one for the boat soon, so I’ve been on the lookout.  Finally and ad for two (large and small) showed up.  When I checked them out, the large one had a VERY bad vibration, so I just got the small one.  After the sale, the ad was re-posted saying it was in “very good condition”.  Craigslist is great, for buying and selling stuff – but be sure you’re not buying junk.  I’m happy with what I’ve gotten so far.

angle grinder

angle grinder

7.5 hp Mercury Outboard winterized

Oh, how I love craigslist!

I advertized for someone to help/teach me how to winterize my outboard.  I got a few responses from businesses that wanted to do it, one wanted to do it for $200 and then charge me $65 so I could watch.  Another guy just offered to come pick it up.  I passed on all those.  But I got an email from a guy in annapolis that is a mechanic/ship captain that said he’d show me how for $20.  Just the ticket!

I met up with him yesterday evening and we winterized it.  Turns out it’s pretty simple stuff.  I got to get dirty and smelled like an engine when I got home.  Yay!

Also, I’m updating my other pages (O’Day 22, O’Day 23) as I complete stuff on the list.  The winterize portion for the O’Day 22 is complete.  If you notice anything I miss, let me know.

Note for all you that might want to try www.craigslist.com at home.  Be safe.

 

Done, Done, Done & Done

Project Central Here.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.  I sure did.  Had 2 kids home from college, and daughter and son-in-law visiting too.  For some reason, not everyone wanted to do boat projects.  Can’t figure that one out.  So I had to take time to “Visit”.    My cousin and her husband also stopped by on their way back from New Jersey.  They are such fun!  Come back soon!

I did manage to get some things done. First, as I mentioned in the last post – the tire is now on the craigslist lawnmower. (First Done)

Little Red the lawnmower

Little Red the lawnmower

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Having completed its second epic mowing of the lawn (Second Done) , it has earned a name and henceforth shall be known as “Little Red”.

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Next, following a timely project post from Brian at Dock Six Chronicles, (Thanks Brian) I built an out board motor stand. (Third Done) I’ll probably put a shelf on it at some point, but I want to use it a bit and find out what I want. I did go ahead and put wheels on it. Total cost $0 for scrap wood, $20 in wheels , and $15 for 3 boxes of different sized nails and screws. I still haven’t recovered completely from the move and can’t find all my shop stuff. One thing I still haven’t found are all of my hardware like nails, screws, etc.

Last, I took the outboard motor off the boat and put it on the stand. (Fourth Done)!

Ready to get to work on it!

outboard on stand

outboard on stand