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  • News – some good & some bad

    Posted on June 26th, 2010 cwmoore No comments

    First the bad – Bob Armey, Lee’s father, passed away unexpectedly.  It was a peaceful passing with grandchildren & children at his side.  The viewing is Monday 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 and the funeral is Tuesday at 10:00.

    SAM & I were at home for a class when the big storm rolled through.  The next day we started picking up all the branches and detritus.  A lot of the branches were on the roof so I took the blower up and started to clean off.  I noticed some standing water in the gutters.  Further inspection found them full of humus type looking soil.  We cleaned front and back gutters and that took about 4 hours in addition to the 3 hours cleaning the yard.

    Today we drove back to Saugatuck & the boat after working all day on the eves and washing the car.  I am real tired so I think I will say goodnight.

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  • Lots of Rain

    Posted on June 22nd, 2010 cwmoore No comments

    We had a major storm move through the area last night.  Lots of lightning, some major rain.  The captain pretty much slept through the event but the admiral did not.

    Prior to darkness and at the yacht club building we had a Monday group party of about 5 couples.  We had some great discussions and the burgers were good too.  I ate the bread and later regretted it – soybean allergies.

    Today was a Pickens Plan call.  We had a good meeting and a free exchange of ideas.  SAM went out walking and now it is time for lunch.  Boy, the days go fast on the boat and the nights are a bit slower as I wake up more often than I did when I was younger.  BFN – Time for lunch.

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  • Drilling Oil Well animation

    Posted on June 22nd, 2010 cwmoore No comments

    This is an interesting animation I came across while visiting the Pickens Plan site.

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  • Fathers Day Smooth Sailing

    Posted on June 20th, 2010 cwmoore No comments

    [singlepic id=174 w=240 h=320 float=left]The weather machine blessed us with a great days sail & a lake full of boats of all types.  I think this is the official summer kick off weekend.  First we had a beautiful day Saturday that was capped off by the yacht club Summer Solstice party.  Then today we had wonderful sailing and calls from the kids.

    I took a bunch of pictures of S/V Ringle today and some might make it into this blog article.  But first I have to load them.

    I also was the unofficial party photographer last night.  I might put one of those here also.  So all, I bid thee good night.  However, after careful review of the party pictures and given the space alotted in this article I think I will pass on adding two pictures.  All you get to see is our friends Ringle – a 23′ Seward – in full colors.

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  • Beautiful Day

    Posted on June 19th, 2010 cwmoore No comments

    Today we are at rest in our slip in perfect temperatures and winds.  This would be a nice day to be at sea but First Mate decided to go to the art show in Saugatuck.  There is no justice for the Captain.  Ah well, it was a good day for a nap anyway.

    I spent the moring with a running email communication with the former Managing Director of Tokheim Europe.  It was nice to renew old ties.  I invited to come out on the boat if ever he gets over here.  In the course of the emails he said that Bruce Rankin had died sometime ago and this saddened me but then it is all our fate to acheive this same status.

    Just got back from talking with Dan and Kathy about sailor stuff.  Tonight is the Summer Solstice party at the yacht club.  So got to go and prepare.

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  • High Times

    Posted on June 13th, 2010 cwmoore No comments

    Well, not so high times. I have settled into the summertime lazies. Somehow I cannot be bothered by blogs, website, web development or almost any other thing regarding our current state of technology. BTW-my computer crashed big time and all data since I have been on the boat is lost forever.

    Now is the time to view life anew. I ordered recovery software and a new 80 GB HD (Hitachi HTS548080M9AT00) and am hoping all is well with the install to come next week.

    I am ready to Chuck the whole thing but what does an Engineer-For-Life do when technology fails?

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  • New Power!

    Posted on June 6th, 2010 cwmoore No comments

    I spent most of today lugging 4 each of 60# deep cycle batteries out to the boat and then taking the 4 used ones back to land to be recycled.  To those of you that think this sounds like a small task I say YOU TRY IT.  My heart rate was way beyond the target level.  Here is the deal.

    I first loaded the batteries in a hand cart and pulled them the 200 yards out to the boat slip.  Then laded them on to the boat deck.  From there it was to transport them to the cockpit and from there down to the aft quarterberth.  That is a lot of handling.  From there I had to repeat the steps to take the old batteries out to be recycled.

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  • The Weather

    Posted on June 6th, 2010 cwmoore No comments

    The weather has been annoying for the past few days. Yester iafternoon it started raining and it rained until about midnight and then the wind came up to about 35 knots and then the temperature plunged. That is where we are now – 60 degrees , overcast and windy.

    We have been reading a lot the past few days – I am reading “The Divide” right now and SAM is doing internet searches on the perfect diet.

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