Archives for 2010

A Sun Shade for my Com-Pac Sun Cat Sailboat

I dug the 6 holes, each one a fair amount bigger than the concrete block that would fill it. I want to build a pole barn to house my boat collection. I like to keep them all out of the sun and covered, but our Com-Pac Sun Cat had no shelter while … [Read more...]

Making Your Own Fender Boards in 2 Easy Steps

The best way to protect a boat that is rubbing on pilings at the dock is with a fender board. A fender board is simply a piece of wood hung outside of two fenders which are hung off the side of a boat. The board rubs up and down on the pilings, and … [Read more...]

Punta Gorda Sailing Club Holiday Regatta 2010

Sailboats start to appear out of the fog near marker 2 just after 10 am SaturdayDay One Saturday started out very foggy. As Pete and I departed the boat ramp at Ponce Park, I could see the channel markers right by the fishing pier, but not the next … [Read more...]

Sunfish Regional Championship Regatta 2010: Charlotte Harbor Sailing Races

Sunfishers ain't right! Sunfish Regionals fleet starting upwind in the distance Driving over to the Laishley Park boat ramp on Saturday morning, I was hoping the ramp would not be crowded due to a fishing tournament, and maybe I could … [Read more...]

Charlotte Harbor Sailing Regatta 2010: Triumphs & Crashes

Sailing Triumphs and Crashes Albin 322 similar to the Albin 32 we were aboard that day Charlotte Harbor is a great place for sailors! With more than 80 square miles of water, it is large enough to sail in new areas all day, but … [Read more...]

Kids Sailing Camp

Future Sailors Gather for Instruction (click to enlarge) Teaching Kids To Sail — A Learning Experience I volunteered to help out at the Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center July 2010 Kids Summer Sailing Camp. I am not an experienced Sunfish … [Read more...]

The Com-Pac Sun Cat: A Review

The Sun Cat is a delight to launch and rig — plus easy to sail, and comfortable, too! The cockpit in the Sun Cat is surprisingly roomy for a small sailboat. The hinged mast makes it easy and fast to rig — The Sun Cat's main boom, gaff … [Read more...]

Wax or PoliGlow on Blue Boat Topsides

Click any picture to enlarge Compound/Wax vs PoliGlow to Shine & Protect Dark Colored Hull Topsides Making our Com-Pac Sun Cat shiny and easy to clean The original owner had waxed the hull of our Com-Pac Sun Cat, the Wily Conch, twice a … [Read more...]

Hunter 376 Sailboat Delivery

The delivery sail crew Brief cruise from Charlotte Harbor through the Florida Keys and up to Miami Working at a SW Florida yacht brokerage, the opportunity occasionally arises to deliver a recently purchased boat to a new location, and in … [Read more...]

Boston Whaler Rub Rail Reinforcement

Old rub rail protector (click to enlarge) Years ago I spotted a 13 foot Boston Whaler that looked a bit odd, as if the rubrail were larger than normal. I wondered how that guy managed to get a heavier duty rub rail for his boat and went to check it … [Read more...]