Santosha for Sale! (Maybe)

I have a friend of mine who is offering me a huge discount on his beloved Cape Dory, so I have listed Santosha for Sale. If I can get what I need for her I can make it happen, if I don’t I will keep her, she is a Fantastic vessel and I am very attached to her.

We had a great Sail on Saturday, blew the winter cobwebs out. Engine fired up perfectly, in fact she was all systems go!

Here is the listing for interested buyers:


Boat Haul-Out and Spring Refits

Hauled Santosha out of the water three weekends ago! The Weather had been awesome so I thought I  would get an earlier start than in previous years.

I was glad I did as the old Doziers yard in Urbanna has been sold and the new owners were planning on re-building the lift starting in April. This gave me only three weekends to get a laundry list of projects taken care of.


On the weather front, it went from being 70 degrees the week before I took her out to being a high of 34 the week after…

After power washing I was surprised to see that the water based ablative anti fouling that I had tried held up very well over the last three years. She needed a coat but there was still a good amount on there. The bottom would have looked way better had I used her more last year. The prop was in better shape than I thought also, there were some barnacles but I was happy with the insta-galve that used last time.


The worst area on the bottom were where I had epoxied some blisters and not left the epoxy to dry long enough before anti fouling, my mistake for not reading the instructions and she peeled a little as she dried out.

We set to on the hull, compounding stains and polishing with Star Bright PTFE polish. This polish bought back a good shine and I hoping that the teflon in there will help keep the old gel coat clean. We shall see…


But the initial results look like it was a good choice. The Pictures do not do her justice.

DSC01237The following weekend was mainly prepping the bottom for the anti fouling and epoxying a few small blisters. We woke up to snow on the Sunday morning so we bailed on any more work that weekend.

Ill post the “After” results next week.


I listen to a ton of podcasts, not just sailing related. Whether its in the car, on the plane, or  at the Gym I normally have one playing.

I have listened to the “On the Wind” (formally 59 North) podcast for a number of years. I first found it searching for Allied Seawind information on the web, Andy Schell and his wife were ocean cruising in an Allied Mistress and blogging.

Recently he has had three guests from England on his show and they are absolutely fascinating:

Rev. Bob Shepton: Talks about climbing and northern latitude sailing

Robin Knox Johnston: Life and Sailing

Nigel Calder: Alternate Energy Systems

Check them out, he has way more including Don Street, The Pardys, and Webb Chiles. All are excellent!


Deck Leaks…

Sorry for the long delay in posting, Its been a combination of the weather in Virginia (which has sucked) plus my iPhone Camera has been out of commission and I rarely ever remember to bring Jeans good camera with me.

I found out a couple of things from the rainy spring. Firstly my hatches leak more than ever and secondly the hull/deck joint which is supposed to be glassed on the inside of the Seawind II was not glassed completely.

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Urbanna Fire

This was way to close, my heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives.

Santosha is fine although she was way to close for my liking. My friend Rob has family in Urbanna and they lost their 1930s cruiser. It had been in the family for forty years. Accidents happen but they are investigating this fire as Arson…

The Green Buildings in the background are the Condos that I lease the slip from.

ATN Top Climber – An Observer’s Review

I have been looking at these, very interesting observations


I had the opportunity to “witness” the ATN Top Climber mast climbing system the other day.  One of my boat neighbors used his to go to his masthead to install a wind instrument.  I stood on the pier and watched.

My boat neighbor climbing his mast in the ATN Top Climber

First, you can read about the system on their website here:

The system works by attaching yourself, via ascenders, to a halyard that is fixed in a static position. The halyard is simply a standing line pulled taut with your winch, upon which you climb with the ascenders.  You sit in the harness, which has a hard seat incorporated into it, and put your feet into the “stirrups.”

You sit in the seat, and there is a strap that goes behind. I think it must feel pretty secure while you’re in the seat.

You can see his feet…

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