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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

CAPTAIN'S LOG

Captain's Log:

03/23/2013:  Preparing for the first cruise of 2013 has been and continues to be FUN!  I know, work, work, work but I continue to learn more about our little ship "0 Regrets".  I have to help of an excellent mechanic with over 40 yr. experience.  Reed is the kinda feller that when asked a questions he talks straight, slow and softly but you had better listen.  Our little ship is in good condition but annual maintenance is a must prior to sailing. 

In preparation we heeded advice from our mechanic and others to run the boat and push it to full speed for several minutes at max RPM's, listen and look.  Well, Adm. Denise took the helm while I played mechanic and pushed the speed to an incredible 10 MPH.  Now tht is max speed for 0 Regrest with over 2,500 RPM.  We typically cruise at 1,600 RPM's at about 7.5 MPH.  Well, I am happy to say the little diesel engine ran smoothly, not blowing any hoses and all looked and sounded smooth.  No clunks or warnings.  I had to hold Adm. Denise back for she wanted to do "donuts" in the lake, scaring all the wildlife and migrating whales.  My readers did not know whales have migrated to Kentucky Lake!

Sorry for the poor quality, the Adm. was drinking.  The chair is quite comforable releaving the Captain from the arduous and physically demand task of standing while driving.  Of course, AUTO PILOT is a great feature, better than cruise control. 

The fly bridge is enclosed with ison glass and canvas, which made the day comfortable at 52 degrees on the exterior.  The enclosed bridge will be our home during the cruising hours of the upcoming Spring Pirate Cruise. 

I have a number of boat projects for this summer but my new "pirates" have do complete some deckhand work along the cruise.  Afterall, no good trip goes unpunished.  We have an abundance of teak on the interior which needs oiling each season.  Therefore, my pirates will be handed teak oil with rags, one to oil the other to wipe.  Not a difficult job but a little time consuming.  Afterall, each day cruise will be 8-10 hrs. and 2-3 hrs. will be needed to rub teak.
Of courese, I have not discussed this with the crew, for they have no choice in the matter. "Trust Me, I am the Captain"! 
The above sign was found at our local, famous BBQ joint, Koth's BBQ.  They do serve excellent pig and always with a smile. The wall is covered with these pearls of wisdom.  I would appreciate the above opportunity if any reader would like to provide the funds.  After all, cruising is no free and requires a $$ committment. 
 
Well, must end this blog post.  Planning the cruise on the Tennessee and will be posting to the Captain's Log each day.
 
Fair winds, following seas and good drink
 
Adm. Denise, Capt. Barry and deckhands Bella and Bailey
 
 
 
 
 

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