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Restore a Sailboat - October 2017

Business occupied my September and I didn’t visit the Ericson 35 once.  Hardly a vacation! 51. New masthead LED light installed. 52. Reminder sign to keep valve under head sink closed is laminated and taped on head mirror. 53. Chart of thru-hull fittings locations laminated and taped between windows. 54. Exterior VHF Speaker installed. 55.... Read more »

Restore a Sailboat - August 2017

My Dad is at the boat in early August when the skies opened up and a deluge occurred. He went below decks shutting the hatches, only to find he needed to put his rain gear on.  Rain was coming in through all sorts of through-bolts on the deck soaking the floor, cushions, counters, etc.  He... Read more »

Restore a Sailboat - July 2017

With the 2017 Mackinac Race missed with this boat, and the crew jumping to other boats to do the race, we begin to attack the lists that are constantly growing.  With the naked eye, you just see things that aren’t right, not going to work, not installed well and you scribble a note to fix... Read more »
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Restore a Sailboat - June 2017

I took on the restoration of this 1976 Ericson 35.  In the beginning, it was an all out rush to get this boat readied for the 2017 Chicago Mackinac, in July.  I didn’t keep track of what I worked on during this period, but later on kept notes, but will try from memory: 1.The first... Read more »

Restore a Boat, or Send it to the Wood Chipper?

In April of 2017, my Dad asked me to go look at a sailboat in Milwaukee that was for sale.  It was a wreck, from observation, maybe restoreable, maybe better off going to the wood chipper.  The structural pieces were there, but the list of things that needed work was so long after looking it... Read more »

My, How Times Have Changed

When I was 14 in 1974, when my Dad bought his first “big boat” with a partner, it was used and they decided to make changes to it.  We ripped out the gas tank out of the back, had a new one built and installed it in the bilge. The stove and oven were fixed,... Read more »
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Turn The Tide: Virgin Islands Relief - Charity Event

You go through each week, getting by, working hard, chasing after things when suddenly your home and your business are gone.  FEMA and the U.S. Army are in your neighborhood delivering water and food. MASH like units are set up down the street to take care of the injured.  Category 5 hurricanes are known to... Read more »

Book Review. Dirty Waters: Confessions of Chicago's Last Harbor Boss

Book Review. Dirty Waters: Confessions of Chicago's Last Harbor Boss
Illinois and Chicago are synonymous for Corruption, Graft, Bribes and Pay-offs.  Can you imagine having a theological education and stepping into this quagmire?  Bob Nelson did in 1987 and became the Director of Chicago Harbors.  With eight harbors holding 5,000 boats and oversold, to get a mooring in a harbor resorted to old school Chicago... Read more »

Tall Ships Festival Lake Michigan July 27 - August 7, 2016

Tall Ships Festival Lake Michigan July 27 - August 7, 2016
Tall Ships America, is bringing the “Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2016,” to Lake Michigan.  If you would like to become a member and support this effort, click here. This is an amazing opportunity to see what sailing was like in times past.  The hand craftsmanship of wooden boats, the stories behind the building of... Read more »
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My 40th Chicago Mackinac Race This Weekend

My 40th Chicago Mackinac Race This Weekend
I remember telling my Dad when he reached his 49th Chicago Yacht Club, ‘Chicago Mackinac Race,’ “You need to quit now, nobody has ever made it to 60 races, that means you have less than 10 years left on earth if you do 50 races!”  Phew – two guys have made it to 60 races... Read more »