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JANUARY 28, 2015

Suffolk County, on Long Island, received a good snowfall from a blizzard on Tuesday and Wednesday. Just before the snow got deep, UPS delivered the Espar heater, which had been overhauled by Oceans Options on Rhode Island. I continue to work with Lew by electronic communication to put together the next video.

Scenes in Brookhaven

 

JANUARY 20, 2015

The boating season is effectively over until spring. I will post occasional notes on my whereabouts, which are planned to include Germany, England and the Caribbean. When I have the 2015 cruise organized, I will post a crew call if I don't have enough volunteers.

 

JUNE 20, 2014

The Rhodes took her first sail yesterday with Christina, a visiting scientist from Germany, as crew. The steering system on Fiona is now disassembled. New chain and wheel sprocket are on order. I found another broken link in the old chain, it did not actually fracture. This must have occurred on the way from Cape Town.

Christina pilots the Rhodes out of Carmans River.

 

JUNE 17, 2014

With Fiona out, the Rhodes 19 splashed-in at Carmens River. I used an old Seagull engine to get the boat from Tookers yard to the slip on the river. This is the only time I use an engine with the Rhodes. It had not been used for two years and goodness knows how old the gas is. It started on the second pull. Back at Weeks Yard, I could not get the shore power to work because the GFI breaker kept tripping. It turned out an outlet in the forward head was leaking to ground. Probably a legacy of the soaking we got in the Southern Ocean. With that fixed, I started to strip the steering system. The steering wheel shaft in the pedestal had not been out and took a little persuasion. (Read a large hammer).

 

JUNE 12, 2014

Fiona was finally hauled out on June 11. The bottom and zincs looked good after one year. There did not appear to be any damage to the rudder an the rudder post bushings. My first priority will be to change the steering chain and maybe the pedestal sprocket.

 

JUNE 2, 2014

Fiona is still in the water at Weeks Yachtyard. Most of the gear has been removed such as sails, food, bedding, clothing, books, etc. She will probably be hauled within a few days to a week. In the meanwhile, Captain Forsyth took the cover off his 50-year-old Rhodes 19 in preparation for a summer's sailing on Great South Bay.

 

MAY 29, 2014

More photos have been added to Capt. Forsyth's recent Newsletter, here.

 

MAY 25, 2014

"From Boat Bum to Bentley Baron!"

 

MAY 20, 2014

Captain Forsyth is now in Bar Harbor, Maine. Not as usual aboard Fiona but instead piloting his 1928 Bentley with daughter Brenda as co-driver. The forecast today for the ride from Rockland was rain with possible hail. As he drives the car with the top down thee xperience was not unlike sailing in the Southern Ocean.

 

MAY 15, 2014

Capt. Forsyth's latest Newsletter has been posted here.

 

MAY 14, 2014

Here are the vital statistics of Fiona's journey:

2013-14 CRUISE SUMMARY

FROM

TO

DISTANCE, Naut. Miles
Patchogue, Long Island, NY Horta, Azores

2313

Horta La Gomera, Canaries

1121

La Gomera Mindelo, Cape Verdes

1015

Mindelo Salvador, Brazil

2417

Salvador Santos, Brazil

1033

Santos Punta del Este, Uruguay

927

Punta del Este Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

1129

Port Stanley Storm Site

353

Storm Site Tristan da Cunha

2216

Tristan da Cunha Cape Town, South Africa

1602

Cape Town Saint Helena

1883

Saint Helena Ascension Is

758

Ascension Is Saint Martin Is

3711

Saint Martin Is Fajardo, Puerto Rico

183

Fajardo, Puerto Rico Bermuda

950

Bermuda Patchogue, Long Island, NY

770

TOTAL NAUTICAL MILES

22391

 

 

 


Fiona off the coast of Maine. Photo by L Schatzer

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