Feb 26 2009

Get your own “Carpe Diem” t-shirt

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Make custom t-shirts at CustomInk.com

Make custom t-shirts at CustomInk.com

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Feb 25 2009

ACR Nauticast-B Class B AIS Transponder Kit

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I want one so badly!


The Nauticast-B transponder is a plug and play AIS solution. Enjoy the benefits of the AIS system knowing larger commercial vessels are aware of your position increasing your personal safety while navigating at sea.

Unlike receive only AIS devices which do not transmit vessel information to surrounding traffic, the Nauticast-B system allows you to virtually participate in neighboring vessels maneuvering activities for collision avoidance. Announce your identity, position, speed and course over ground to oncoming traffic allows for increased security nauticastb.jpgthat you will be seen in low visibility conditions.

Avoid not being seen because of extreme weather conditions or busy vessel traffic environments. Generate a safety distress message to surrounding AIS equipment, including vessels, base-stations, and possibly SAR teams. All in all, it is a horizon expanding experience; especially in combination with an electronic chart system.


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Feb 08 2009

Small Craft Advisory in Effect

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Jan 06 2009

The first video of “Carpe Diem” by Tyson Dorsey

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After having Carpe Diem’s bottom scraped we were headed out for some sailing but the winds picked up to a piping 30+kts and I decided to keep the sails down. At one point we were running at 3kts under bare poles. Yipeeeh!


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Jan 06 2009

Barnicles

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0107091112.jpgA very heavy growth of barnicles was easily detected by almost no thrust from the propeller and a very limited ability to steer. At the refit in April 2007 I chose to use Petit Vivid for the bottom paint because of the nicely bright colors that were available but it turned out to also have a downside. The haul out last year in February already showed a disabling amount of barnicles. Later this year I’m planing to haul Carpe Diem again and move her to my sister’s lot in Lacrosse FL to complete the inside of the cabin and do some upgrades to the rigging (I 0107091356b.jpgwant that solent stay so badly!). That way I don’t have to deal with high yard fees and have enough time to really finish everything. I was trying to do that while being in the water at Green Cove Springs Marina but not a lot got done so far since I arrived there in June 2007.

Right now my nephew Tyson and I were trying to enjoy some outings on the St Johns River but due to the barnicles I wasn’t able to have much fun. We decided to haul out and scrape off the disabling pest. Also a 0107091115.jpgcouple of weeks ago we got the center board stuck again during a soft grounding so I was able to take care of that at the same time. And finally I marked the sling location on the gunwhales to not pinch the center board anymore. Thanks to Dave’s (travel lift operator) patience and expertice we got it just right.

After scraping the propeller we tried some lanolin on it. Wonder how that’s going to turn out.

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Jan 01 2009

New Years Day

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Dec 31 2008

New Years Eve

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1231082306At anchor on the St Johns River outside of Green Cove Springs.

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Nov 09 2008

Love that Checker’s! Mmmh, mmmh!

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Nov 08 2008

Green Cove Springs at dusk

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Nov 06 2008

Another sunny day in Lacrosse

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