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October 28, 2014

Splashing The Sailing Vessel "CLOWN-FX"

Finally got the new boat splashed. I am trying to get use to clocking into work......a real job, It doesn't leave much time each day. I have been squeezing every little minute out of each day for the past couple of weeks. Then there is Mon Capitain, Lamar, and so on and so on. But it finally happened this past Sunday. The little boat got wet.

She will be re-named soon. She will be know as "Clown-FX". Long story, will unfold in time and be explained. So far, I have been on the boat for three days now, she has been a dream to sleep on. Just love the gentle rocking of the tides at night. If you haven't experienced it I probably can't explain.

I has been a long day and I am going to take a quick duck out of here. But first let me just say thanks to all the people that have got me here......Steve, Lamar, Nancy, Scott, Tommy, Stephanie, GATOR, Branden......man the list is fucking long. You know who you are. And it is so good to be back on the water even if it is in a "small" way.
Cheers to yawll.

Click on any of the photos to see ALL the photos.



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Splashing The S/V CLOWN-FX


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Splashing The S/V CLOWN-FX



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Splashing The S/V CLOWN-FX



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Splashing The S/V CLOWN-FX



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Cheers from the bowls of "Clown-FX" !!!!



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October 27, 2014

The Misfortunes of S/V Joy as told by its Captain

I have know the Captain of the S/V Joy for quit some time now. I actually have worked on the boat for quit a bit. And in my humble opinion she is on of the most beautiful boats in the Savannah area. I often have day dreamed of owning her. She is just that fine. You can see photos of the boat HERE
So when I heard of her latest drama I was feeling the pain of the Captain.
The following is her version of "the Drama":

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DT: October 27, 2014
TO: Sheila Sorrels/Boat U.S.
FM: Carol Pine, owner/captain of JOY, Morris Leigh 30 sailboat
RE: Insurance claim

The following is a description of the grounding and damage incident involving my sailboat, JOY:

On October 23, 2014, I passed south to north through Hell Gate into the Vernon River off the coast of Georgia at approximately 9 am. It was one hour after high tide at Egg Islands, the closest tide station to Hell Gate.
One hour later (two hours after high tide), I followed a route from Fl G #87 at the north entrance to Hell Gate that I had traveled two years earlier with a local, knowledgeable boat owner. The route was created to take me through deeper water past shoals and onto a path along little Wassaw Island. The depths on the chart and Garmin chart plotter ranged from 19 feet to 40 feet.
At N 31degrees 52.252, W 081degrees 03.631 in a charted area of 22 feet, the depth dropped suddenly to 8 feet to 3 feet. I had been traveling at a very slow speed, under two knots. My boat nudged up on the sandbar and I immediately went into reverse to attempt to get off the bar which was hard sand. JOY’s draft is 4 feet 7 inches.
The wind was very light, 0-5, day was clear and the sea was flat.
I hailed a passing boat with passengers and the captain offered to return after dropping off his passengers to offer assistance. When he returned, he said it was too shallow to approach and I told him thanks and I would call Boat U.S. (I have unlimited towing insurance)
At that point, I called nearby Delegal Marina for the local number of Boat U.S. towing and asked them to call Boat U.S. with my location on my behalf. They did.
The tide was falling. I tried various means to get off the bar: putting weight on one side of the boat to heel her, unfurling the genoa and attempting to heel her more in the light wind. Using combinations of forward and reverse on the engine to move my boat.
After about a 1 to 1.5 hour wait to hear back from Boat U.S. Towing, I called again to discover that there had been a miscommunication. I told the Boat U.S. towing captain that “our window of opportunity may have closed” with the falling tide and time passing. I suggested that coming out at that point might be futile. He suggested coming out anyway to assess the situation and I concurred. He arrived about 2 p.m., approximately 1hour before the tidal low.
Captain Strickland said that there had been a miscommunication about my situation and that was why he had been delayed in arriving.
Like all worried boat owners, my first words to him were, “Please don’t hurt my boat.”
Captain Strickland said that he would attach a tow line to my boat and put pressure on the line – enough to keep Joy from drifting further onto the hard sand bar as the tide began to rise.
From approximately 2:30 p.m. until about 4:30, Captain Strickland gradually pulled my boat off the bar. There was considerable pounding on the hull and rudder as this occurred and my sailboat was heeled dramatically in both directions. At one point, the tow line snapped because of the load and we had to replace it with a second line on my boat’s bow.
As Captain Strickland was approaching the end of this process, he asked me to start my engine and put it in gear, which I did – forgetting that the dingy painter was slack. The line, of course, fouled the engine and Captain Strickland freed the dinghy, to his credit.
Once my boat was off the bar, approximately 4:45 p.m. on October 23, my tiller was frozen in position. It is my opinion that the severe pounding of the hull and rudder during the process of removing JOY from the sand bar was the cause of damage.
Captain Strickland towed Joy to the nearby Delegal Marina where we spent the night and I arranged with a diver the next morning to remove the painter line from the engine’s propeller and assess the damage as best he could.
Because I had no steerage, Boat U.S. returned on the morning of October 24, 2014 and towed Joy to Sail Harbor Marina on the Wilmington River in Savannah. I stayed overnight on my boat that evening with my guest Carol Rone and JOY was pulled on the morning of October 25, 2014.
Steve Barech, the owner of Sail Harbor Boatyard, has supplied an estimate of parts and labor required for the repair of JOY as well as photographs.
They are attached.

Carol Pine
Owner/Captain
S/V Joy
October 27, 2014

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A Day Sail With Friends on The S/V Joy



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A Day Sail With Friends on The S/V Joy



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Cheers Yawll !!!



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October 20, 2014

"My Ass In A Fruit Jar !!!!" or Capt. Lamar Has A New Heart

So, for all of you that follow this blog and those that know me know Capt. Lamar. Those of you that don't know him loose out.
This is one of my best friends for a lot of years. No, not a "BBF" stupid shit. A real person and a real friend that I can take the time to call a real friend.
Today he had his heart operated on and thank God he did good and is alive (doped up of course.....he he he) and the man will probably outlive me. Hooray !!!!

Over the past weekend he betted his son and some friends that they would not catch any fish. If they did then he would clean them. Well they caught fish, most by a girl, and a cute girl at that. :) He cleaned fish. LOL
If you ever meet him you would love him like I do.
Damn I have been so stressed.

Love ya Captain. Oh and there is a pack of cigarettes in that vase of flowers by the bed....the one with the hidden compartment. He he he he. Whiskey is coming by the paid off intern soon.
Get your ass out of there...miss you already on Oatland Island.



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Cheers from all us pirates on Oatland Islland !!!!


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Nancy and Lamar



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Captian Lamar


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Lamar and Nancy McDonald, Christmas Day, 2010


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The Terror Of Oatland Island



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The 1978 North American Spirit 21 Comes Home To Savannah

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1978 North American Spirit 21

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1978 North American Spirit 21

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1978 North American Spirit 21


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Cheer !!!!

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October 16, 2014

The Ogeechee at Hwy 25 in Millen, Georgia


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The Ogeechee at Hwy 25, Millen, Georgia

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The Ogeechee at Hwy 25, Millen, Georgia

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Cheers!!


October 15, 2014

Aqua Seal or how to keep your boat from sinking

I recently had to help a friend who's boat was taking on water very fast. The situation was becoming critical as the minutes ticked by. A diver had to be called out, many pumps installed, and hours of panic ensued. It all could have easily been avoided if only this simple product had been on the boat.
"Aqua Seal, a chemical grout, will run you about $150.00 and it could possibly save your life and your boat. I will have it on my next boat for sure.
See more info here: Aqua Seal
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Aqua Seal - The Chemical Grout


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Aqua Seal - The Chemical Grout


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Cheers now, ya hear?!

October 12, 2014

For Sale: 1987 Wellcraft Antigua Cabin Cruiser

For Sale: 1987 Wellcraft Antigua 265 (27' Long) Cabin Cruiser Boat. This boat is in the water in Savannah, Georgia. The boat runs great and has lots of new upgrades. New items: Pro Marine charging system, Two new batteries, water pump, 21 inch TV and marine TV antenna.
The boat also has a marine 12 volt air conditioning system. Running water and shower. Sleeps five people comfortably. Would make a great live aboard boat if needed.
The motor runs great. It is a Mercruiser Alpha One 350 magnum In board/Out Board.
It has a bimini/dodger that comes with the boat but needs minor sewing repairs.


The boat does not have a trailer but it can be delivered locally for a fee. If you have any questions email me here and leave a phone number if possible.
My name is Butch, I am a friend of the owner. I have a clear title and bill of sale in hand.
The first person with $7,500.00 cash takes it. Or make me a serious offer. Can be seen on weekends only as I work for a living.

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For Sale: 1987 Wellcraft Antigua 265

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For Sale: 1987 Wellcraft Antigua 265

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For Sale: 1987 Wellcraft Antigua 265

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Cheers yawl !!!!!


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October 08, 2014

Antigua - Sounds Like An Island Huh?

For Sale: 1987 Wellcraft Antigua 265 Cabin Cruiser. This boat is in the water and open for inspection in Savannah, Georgia. For contact info please go to ButchPetty.com
Now Taking serious offers.