Tropical Boating

Stories of my adventures with boats: sailing them, paddling them, fishing in them, fixing them, nearly getting killed in them, and loving them. No life is complete without a boat to mess about in.

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Klepper Foldable Kayak Adventures

Klepper Kayak Pieces In the late 1990’s I bought a Klepper Aerius Expedition foldable kayak with factory sailing kit from Sweetwater Kayaks in St Petersburg, FL. I thought it was the neatest thing in the world and still do, but it gets little… Read more

Sun Cat Wily Conch For Sale

2013 Sun Cat Nationals We bought our beloved 2006 Com-Pac Sun Cat, Wily Conch, back in 2009 and have enjoyed owning her very much. At right is one of my favorite moments, sailing in the 2013 Sun Cat National Championship Regatta with my friend,… Read more

Repowering the Old Pontoon Boat

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Pontoon Boat Restoration

Sanding Deck I repainted the whole deck after the repairs detailed in the first post in this series. I once again used Behr deck paint from Home Depot, but this time tried their non-skid additive. It is a fine powder, almost like flour, and… Read more

New Life for an Old Pontoon Boat

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Pontoon Boat Restoration

Old Lowe Pontoon Boat We bought an old 24 foot Lowe pontoon boat from a local fishing guide. He had coated the pontoons with , replaced the deck with 3/4″ ply, added a small center console and 20 gallon plastic fuel tank, and powered it with an… Read more

Wingsail Laser World Championships

Al Hemingway interviews Chuck Taylor Development of new wingsail designs continues at Solid Wing Sails here in Punta Gorda, with the latest versions designed to work on Laser sailboats. Inventor Chuck Taylor decided that the 2014 Charlotte… Read more

Cowmaran Trip Up The Myakka River

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series The Cowmaran

Cowmaran Crew Ever since he created the Cowmaran, Don has talked about wanting to take it as far as possible up the Myakka River, just to see what is up there and see how far the boat can get. He and his wife took an experimental journey up the… Read more

Wing Sail on a Hobie Bravo

Hobie Bravo in Yard Trailer Early in March 2013, I got a call from Chuck Taylor of X Wing Sails asking whether I would help him test out a wing sail on a Hobie Bravo. He had been helping us remove the boats from the former site of the Charlotte… Read more

Watertribe 2013 Everglades Challenge Start and Checkpoint One Pictures

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Everglades Challenge 2013

First Launchers At 7:00 am on March 2, 2013, conch horns and bagpipes sounded and race organizers gave the signal for participants in the Everglades Challenge and Ultra Marathon to launch their boats and start down the… Read more

Speck Tater’s View of the Watertribe 2013 Everglades Challenge

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Everglades Challenge 2013

Hare On Fire on the Beach This is my third year going to the start of the Watertribe Everglades Challenge, and I decided this time around to see more than just the start of the race. The past two years, I have witnessed the start from the… Read more

Replacing RC Sailboat Electronics

Kyosho Fairwind Sailboat About 15 years ago, I decided to buy a remote controlled sailboat to get a quick sailing fix in the pond. Not being interested in building a model, I bought a ready-to-sail Kyosho Fairwind from a local hobby shop, took… Read more