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General Discussion / Swan Creek Rendezvous
« Last post by Ed Criscuolo on September 20, 2017, 08:58:21 am »
Just a reminder to all that our annual Swan Creek "Hurricane" rendezvous is this weekend, 9/23-9/24.  This is one of our most popular rendezvous, so you don't want to miss it!  The weather forecast is looking good, with clear skies and no rain.

Ron Harbin is the cruise captain.  Please get your RSVPs back to him:

Full details and directions are available on the website:
General Discussion / Re: August Rendezvous and Crab Feast
« Last post by Ed Criscuolo on August 05, 2017, 07:50:35 pm »
Just a reminder. The deadline is approaching and we've only heard back from one person! Don't put it off. RSVP today! :)
General Discussion / August Rendezvous and Crab Feast
« Last post by Ed Criscuolo on July 23, 2017, 05:34:09 am »
Joan and I will be the cruise captains for the August PSA rendezvous. This event will be a crab feast to be held on August 26th, 2017, Rain or Shine. The cost will be $25 per person. Bowley's Marina and Yacht Basin, located at the mouth of Middle River,  has graciously agreed to sponsor us.  Ron Harbin has his boat there and has been extremely helpful in getting things set up for us!  The marina can be reached by land or sea.  The address is 1700 Bowleys Quarters Rd, Baltimore, MD 21220.  More detailed information with parking directions, dinghy docking, and transients is available on the website:

We will need to know how many people plan on coming to be able to order enough crabs for everyone.   
We plan on ordering 8 crabs per person.  We will be sorting them into paper bags with your name on it for easy distribution at the event.

Also, we would appreciate that each family bring something to share.  (This is Joan's favorite part - everyone's tasty sides!)  We will ask people with last names beginning with A-H to bring an appetizer, I-S to bring a side dish, and T-Z to bring a dessert.  We will order the crabs, corn on the cob, paper items, and non-alcoholic drinks.   

Please RSVP as soon as you can.  In addition, there is a hard cutoff date of Wednesday August 23 for receiving your check.   We are leaving for Maine for 3 weeks on July 23, 2017 but can be reached by email (preferably) or by our cell phones.  Cell and Internet coverage is poor up there in the woods, so please know that one of us will get back to you as soon as we can get your message!

Joan can be reached at
   Cell:      301-233-8126

Ed can be reached at   
   Cell:      240-731-8009

We hope to see a lot of you there!  Our 9 month trek down the ICW and the Bahamas was wonderful, yet our time with our PSA friends was greatly missed!
General Discussion / New AIS Radio
« Last post by Ron Harbin on April 27, 2017, 09:58:32 am »
I've tried several times to connect my (Garmin) chart plotter to my VHF (icom).  The radio has DSC and I wanted the radio to know where it was (Long/Lat) all the time so the Coast Guard (and other vessels) would know where I was if I were ever in distress.  This spring, I tried for the last time - and gave up.  I put the radio on Craig's List and got half what i paid for it - it was only 3 years old. 

The replacement radio is a Standard Horizon GX-2200.  It has the GPS built in so there is no need for an input from the chart plotter.  It also has an AIS receiver.  I got it online  from the GPS Store for just over $300.  Several other makers have similar radios but prices are double what I paid and I like Standard Horizon hardware and instructions.  Installation was fairly easy and so was the setup.  I feel the controls are very intuitive.  In addition to the radio, I got a remote mic (my old radio would not accept one).  The mic is also very well designed and has all the AIS functions built it.  As a bonus, I connected the new radio up to my Garmin chart plotter and was amazed at all the AIS features that are available there (target displays, alarms, data, etc.). 

Like lots of electronics these days, this thing will do things you can't even imagine.  But, besides the obvious features, there are a few that I hope to try and use.  I'll try to remember to update this post after I've had a few months to play with my new toy.
P-31 / Barrier Coat
« Last post by Larry Conforti on March 31, 2017, 03:06:21 pm »
After 30years of accumulated bottom paint (Lunasea P31-2 Hull # 82), I had the bottom soda blasted.  My question is, since the original bottom did not have a barrier coat (it had something called Blister Bloc in the resin) do I need a new barrier coat before bottom painting?
Thanks in advance Larry Conforti (Knapps Narrows)
General Discussion / Re: ICW 2016
« Last post by Ed Criscuolo on March 13, 2017, 09:23:27 am »
We stayed in Georgetown for almost 2 weeks, and rode out a 3-day front with winds up to 35kts.

Started back north on Friday, and spent 2 days off Lee Stocking Island, exploring the abandoned marine research station there. Kept looking over my shoulder for Velociraptors! ;)

Now anchored just east of little Farmers Cay.
General Discussion / Re: ICW 2016
« Last post by Ed Criscuolo on February 28, 2017, 07:44:22 am »
More change of plans. Based on available time, and skipped spots, we have decided to come back up the Exumas instead of going to the out islands.

We made it to Georgetown, our furthest point south and east on the whole trip!
N23 31.788'
W075 46.259'

It's cruisers regatta here, so there's over 300 boats in the harbor!! Activities every day. It's like a playground for adults! ;)

We plan to stay for a week or so, then start heading north.
General Discussion / Re: ICW 2016
« Last post by Ed Criscuolo on February 23, 2017, 10:59:42 am »
Since our December hiatus back north for Christmas, we've had a whirlwind of activity.  Too much to cover in detail here.  See the blogs:

A quick summary:

Left Ft. Pierce on Dec 29
Got to Miami, spent 10 days in Oleta River Park waiting for a weather window to cross.
Crossed to Bimini Bahamas on Jan 19.
Spent 5 days in Bimini waiting for a front to pass.
Have been to the Berrys, Chub Cay, Nassau, Allen's Cay, Normans Cay, Shroud Cay, Warderwick Wells, Cambridge Cay, Big Majors Spot.
Had to run south 23 miles 2 days ago to get to a sheltered marina on Cave Cay to ride out a westerly.

Still having a great time!
General Discussion / Re: Sailmakers and canvas repair
« Last post by Philip Alman on December 29, 2016, 05:40:18 pm »
Thanks Ed.

I got estimates from several sailmakers and in the end chose north.  I'm sure they are all good quality but I liked having a rep nearby.  Next on my wish list is a gennaker.   Maybe later this summer.  May try to find a used one this time around.

General Discussion / Re: ICW 2016
« Last post by Ed Criscuolo on November 29, 2016, 01:22:24 pm »
We've had a change of plans.

Couldn't find a slip in Ft. Lauderdale to leave the boat for a couple of weeks.  Its their busy time of the year and everywhere is booked solid.

On a friend's recommendation, I checked here in Ft Pierce, and Harbortown Marina just happened to have a slip open up that very day, and their monthly rate was half of what it would have been in Lauderdale!  So, we scooped it up, and made airfare arrangements to fly home earlier than planned.  We will leave the boat this Thurs, Dec 1, and return after Christmas.

So, this ends the first phase of our trip. The numbers so far:

Days Enroute:       44
Distance Traveled: 1123 NM
ICW Mile Marker:   965 (Statute Miles from Norfolk)
Engine Hours:        179.3
Gasoline:               199.5 Gallons
Oil Changes:          3
Memories:              Priceless :)

In late December we will return, reprovision the boat, and head for Miami/Key Biscane and on to the Bahamas!
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