Wow! That pretty well sums up sailing on January 29th.
We had to wait until around noon before we had enough water to get out of the slip, but it was worth it once we got out there. If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you will find a video of Dolphins swimming along with Monomoy.
Pogo took her position on the foredeck to keep an eye out for Dolphins.
Carol was checking out the other sailboats on the bay.
It was such a beautiful day! I can’t recall the last time there were so many other sailboats on the Bay.
Shane and Renee…
Pogo still looking out, but it paid off; scroll to the bottom of this post and you’ll see a video of the Dolphins swimming up.
Blake was blowing bubbles.
It even warmed up enough for Carol to treat us to a bikini.
Ben let auto drive the boat and went to the foredeck to check out the view.
The entire cruise was under perfect skies.
Auto continued to drive while it was time to drop the sails and make the trip back into the marina.
Dolphins on Pensacola Bay…
The following are photos taken courtesy of Shane and Renee aboard s/v Patriot; photos are of Monomoy under sail.
Often while at anchorage other boaters will dinghy over to us and inquire as to the origin of Monomoy’s name.
When our Ship’s Boatswain, Blake, was 4 years old, he had a favorite book for us to read to him called “Ghost Ship”, which was just released that year. This book was bestselling storyteller Mary Higgins Clark’s first children book and was illustrated by award-winning artist Wendell Minor.
“During his summer visits to his grandmother’s house on Cape Cod, Thomas spends hours walking along the
beach, wondering about the sailing ships of the past and imagining their stories. One afternoon, Thomas digs in
the beach sand and finds an old belt buckle. When he picks it up, something magical happens—a boy his own
age appears: Silas Rich, a cabin boy on a sailboat called the Monomoy that sailed almost three hundred years ago.
Suddenly the world of sailing ships is very near as Silas tells Thomas his tale.”
Blake continues to enjoy the book today, though he tends to read it to himself now.
With the book being Blake’s favorite at the time we sold our sailing vessel Knotical and purchased our next sailboat, Blake was old enough to provide his input on a name; his first choice was Monomoy, and thus it was agreed and subsequently made reputable for our little sailing family.
So there you have the story behind the name of our sailing vessel Monomoy.
Wow! It was like an Elvis moment! We finally had enough water to scrape out of the slip at 1:30pm CST on Saturday the 15th for the first sail of 2011.
Pogo was in awe.
Heading to Pensacola Bay!
Ben’s dad Steve is in town, so we had the chance to get him out on the bay. The wind was fairly light in the 5 knot range, but the temp was around 54, so it made for a relaxing sail of about 2.5-3.5 knot SOG (speed over ground).
Do I remember how to read the plotter? It’s been so long!
Woohoo! The Bay!
Prepping to raise the mailsail; auto was driving!
Other sailors were out.
Returning to the slip.
We only spent a few hours out, but it was worth it; we all had a great time, then picked up pizza to eat dinner on the boat when we returned.
The s/v Peacemaker is visiting Pensacola, FL, so we took the opportunity to take a tour and learn a little bit about the ship.
The Peacemaker, originally named Avany, was built on a riverbank in southern Brazil using traditional methods and tropical hardwoods, and was launched in 1989. The original owner and his family motored in the southern Atlantic Ocean before bringing the ship up through the Caribbean to Savannah, Georgia, where they intended to rig it as a three-masted staysail Marconi rigged motor sailer. The work was never done, however, and in the summer of 2000, it was purchased by the Twelve Tribes, a religious group with 50 or so communities in North and South America, Europe, and Australia. They spent the next seven years replacing all of the ship’s mechanical and electrical systems and rigging it as a barquentine. The refit vessel set sail for the first time in the spring of 2007, under the name Peacemaker.
The Peacemaker will be used to travel between the communities of the Twelve Tribes while providing an apprenticeship program for their youth in sailing, seamanship, navigation, and boat maintenance.
It’s that time of the year again to take care of routine maintenance on Monomoy.
We started with a new filter and fresh fluids in her engine and transmission.
We had been using a 12v oil pump, which sucked the oil out of the crankcase or transmission and transferred it into a holding container. The 12v pump was always mess, but did the job, until the last oil change when it quit running. So we purchased a great manual pump from West Marine. Though it is pricey, it was well worth it!
We then replaced her belts (raw water pump and alternator/fresh water pump), and a new impeller to circulate the raw water through the heat exchanger.
Now she just needs a bottom job and will be ready for spring/summer sailing!
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