Found our Blue Water Boat… Dreadnought 32

dreadnought 32

Dreadnought 32

The Dreadnought 32 is located in Pasadena TX.  We are headed there now to complete the deal on our future Cruiser.   We have found a 1976 Dreadnought 32, it is in dire need of a complete refit inside, but this is where we are going to start.    The Dreadnought is a 10 ton full keel cutter rigged vessel, that is quite similar to the West Sail 32.

dreadnought 32

1976 dreadnought 32 needing full refit

The biggest difference being that the Dreadnought is 10′ beam and the West Sail is 11′.   Specifications for the boat are here.

Right now we are headed to south Texas to make the purchase.  From there our plans are to complete the refit as we can, keep in mind we still drive our semi truck full time.   But we hope to possibly splash the dreadnought (which will officially be “4 Winds”) in January of 2018.   Preparing to depart full time cruising in 2020.

I am going to document the entire process of the refit right here so keep a look out for new updates.

This boat is equipped with a Westerbeke Diesel.  Not the original Saab, and the interior is to be completely gutted.   The engine is currently removed as well as all the rigging on deck.   She will receive all the needed repairs as well as a complete set of new sails.

Improvements we will make are: full head with shower, full v-berth with storage, AC/DC refrigerator and freezer, Air Conditioner (probably won’t get used much), all new bulkheads, counters, storage, keeping current three burner propane gimbled stove with oven, all new sails, replace sprite and boomkin,

I will update with more information regarding the previous name of this dreadnought and hopefully more information on her previous lives and history.  We look forward to hearing from other readers on any information you might have on this boat.

And as far as Dreadnought boats go, there were only 83 ever made, I have found a list of several of them, we hope some owners will come across our blog and shout out with information about their boats, and where they have taken them.

So, are we going to circumnavigate the globe?  Hmmmm…. maybe…   Stay tuned!

How to tell if you’re a liveaboard

You might be a liveaboard if…

I just ran across this list of “you might be a liveaboard if…” and laughed ’till i cried!

Want to submit your own “You might be a Liveaboard if”?  Submit it here and your might get published in this list!

Just tack these phrases onto the end of ‘You might be a liveaboard if’.  If you already live aboard, you’ll understand each and every one.  If you don’t live aboard yet, you will get it when you do!

… your most important iPhone app is the Weather Channel…

NOAA is your homepage

Liveaboards never waste water!… you freak out when your friends turn on their water faucet and walk away…

the local Kingfisher builds a nest on top of your TV antenna and you leave it because the reception is better…

you’re late for work but the boss says nothing because you’re wearing a life jacket…

you use a winch handle to tenderize conch…

(more…)

Cruising to Little Rock Day 3

4winds nite shot Little Rock

Cruising to Little Rock Day 3.  The final leg of our journey.

As we got up early this morning we headed out for what will be the final leg of our trip to the new home for us and 4winds.  We departed Rockwater around 7 am and headed out, our first stop would be Lock 7, Murray Lock and dam.

Everything went great.  Uneventful, right up to the point where we arrive at Little Rock Yacht Club.

AT Little Rock Yacht Club…

Cruising to Little Rock, it never dawned on us that there would be a challenge in figuring out how to approach the marina.  As we came in from the channel the water depth got shallow quick.   We drifted in finding water at the 4 and a half feet deep.   With a 4 foot draft I was sure I would find that one hump 6″ higher!  But we didn’t and we made it in safe.   Later we found out that if we had gone behind the Island the water was plentiful there.

Now 4Winds is in her new temporary home.

We have docked, and as this story is being published a day late, we are back on the truck and won’t be back to her for another month.  Hopefully in time for the leaves to be changing to their fall colors.

Thanks to all for keeping up with our trip

Jack and Kathie

4Winds

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Cruising to Little Rock Day 2

Capt. Neccessities

Waking up at 3 am this morning… Cruising to Little Rock?

Woke up early this morning to the boat rockin’ and rollin’.  And anchored out on the Arkansas River is this is just not supposed to happen.   We had gusty winds pick up and had us going a round and a round on our anchor, even against the current.  But the anchor held and the wind died… off to bed again…

7:30 Am we get our day started

We officially get up a little later than planned.   But at 7:30 the sun is up and we have to face the fact that the motor may not run…  But it did.  And up comes the anchor and off we go.   Now we left mile 95  and Lock 6 is at 108.  We make good time but as we approach the lock it is starting to rain.  And let me tell ya, don’t ever brag about conditions could be worse.  Because as I did, all Hell broke loose.   We are in site of the lock and according to the National Weather Service 72 mile a hour wind hit us, Zero visibility, and  the bottom fell out of the cloud.   I wonder, who did i Piss off?

We tackled our first storm (major storm that is)

I know you are thinking that storms in the Gulf or Atlantic are bad, I am sure they are….  But let me tell you when you are in a River with limited visibility, and you know there are rock lined shores on each side of you,  your limited on where you can go or what you can do.    Our Bimini tarp broke loose, Kathie is holding it, I am hoping she don’t sail off the boat (LOL) and I am trying to keep it pointed in the wind when….  the motor starts acting stupid, spitting and sputtering and wanting to die.    There are a row of pilons we blow toward them, crash land and grab a line just as the motor gives up.

We are Safe.

Lesson learned…..

Make sure you have tight and secure fuel cap on your tank.   Seems that the cap on our tank has a leak around the gauge allowing water to run right in the tank….    Luckily This was easily fixable, as we have plenty of fuel, and the day is saved.

On to Little Rock

The rest of the trip was uneventful and we safely arrive at RockWater Marina.   Oh, almost uneventful.   This marina can not handle a sailboat with 4 foot draft.  As we are pulling in we went from 12 foot of water to 3 foot in the blink of an eye.   Luckily we got turned around and wiggled until we made it back to better water.

Now we are calling it an night.   Here are some pics of todays events..   Sorry no storm pics, kinda had our hands full with other matters.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Cruising to Little Rock- Day 1

Cruising to Little Rock- Day 1

Day 1 as we began our trip around 7am this morning.   Conditions a bit overcast, but light winds and no rain

We left IH Marina, which is called Murphree’s Marina now that it is under new ownership, at mile 71 on the Arkansas River.  Bound for mile 130 we stopped for the nite here at mile 95.   We only made 24 miles, fighting a strong current as we went up river.

Engine Troubles

As we arrived at mm 95, our engine went to acting stupid, spitting and sputtering.  Eventually dying, as we anchored.  Searched for a fuel filter, it is on here somewhere, but couldn’t find it.  So i took the old one off and blew through it.  Still spit sputter and die.  disconnected fuel line at fuel pump, it is pumping fine.   Hooked all back up and she purred like she is supposed to.   Whew, hope it last.

Dinner.

Kathie decided to do breakfast for dinner.  Good old-fashioned fried eggs and sausage, and I did biscuits on the grill.   Now we are sitting here wishing we were on shorepower for A/C, it is so muggy and no breeze.

Day 1

Our sunset Sept 18 2016

Will update more as we progress…

Little Rock Yacht Club – Our new home for 4Winds

LRYC

Little Rock Yacht Club is going to be the new home for 4Winds for now…

We are getting ready for the 9/16/2016 cruise to the Little Rock Yacht Club in Little Rock Arkansas.  Good By Island Harbor Marina!

We have been in IHM for a couple of years now, and we are anxious to “get on up the creek”.

Here is a link : Little Rock Yacht Club – Where we will be moving to.

We say Good By to this IHM with mixed feelings

We have family here at this marina, as well as close friends. But it has been no secret that we have desired to go to a marina with better amenities.  One thing we won’t miss is the “knocking” fish.   There is some kind of fish that is eating off the bottom of the boat.   Knocking constantly. You can’t think, sleep or have a moment’s peace!

Departure is planed for Saturday Sept. 17th.

We should arrive at LR Yacht club Monday morning providing the lockages go good and there is light commercial traffic. We will have 4 locks to go through.

We will keep you posted.

 

 

Summer is coming to an end…

4winds

Summer Has Come, and starting to go….

As Summer is coming to an end I realize how I have neglected keeping our site up to date.   So here is an “Over All” for

4winds

4Winds with her new paint and non skid

what we have done, and not done this summer.  We started the summer off with our “Anniversary” trip up the Arkansas river and this was the highlight of our Spring.  As we keep working, driving this semi, adding to our nest egg, we start wondering about the future and all we want to do, and realize we are not getting any younger.   So we start wondering when we get to the point we can’t sail any longer (age) what are we going to do?   Now I am 50, and Kathie is…   well, any way, younger than me.   But when we get to the point that we are needing to be “home” and not gallivanting all over the Atlantic, Caribbean, and who knows where else, where are we going to plant roots again…

Are we going to become anchored to a marina somewhere?  Paying those Marina Fees?  And so Our mind wandered…

In the mean time we Came back to Island Harbor Marina several time through the summer, got 4Winds Painted, looking more and more like a respectable sailboat every time we spend time on her.  We didn’t go out as often as we wanted.

By the way this summer Island Harbor Marina has officially changed owners.

And now is under new management.   I am happy for them, although my disgust for the place has had it toll on Kathie and I.

We are making plans to relocate, in September, to Little Rock Yacht Club, in Little Rock Arkansas. This will be our official Summer coming to and end trip.  So Kathie has stayed home through this Labor Day Weekend, as I continue to relocate freight between California and North Carolina, one mile at a time, she has put most of our big stuff (BBQ grill, tools etc.) in storage.

Back to the thoughts of when we are just too old to sail…

So that brings me back to the thoughts we are pondering, what to do when we return to the USA from the big blue.  We have decided to make an additional investment in a lot, a piece of waterfront property in Bay St Louis Ms, here we can have our own dock, own utilities, own little piece of paradise, oh and our own worries when a hurricane wants to come our way!  But anyway at least I get to keep my big BBQ grill LOL.

Our current status is still a slave to the pavement, still rolling this truck one mile at a time, but these days are short.  The truck will be paid off in six weeks, and the loan for all the repairs (engine transmission and rear end) will be paid off in and additional 6-8 months, so that puts us free of this debt by mid 2017.   At that point we are getting our blue water boat, as hope to be seeing you on the big blue somewhere!

Have a great Labor Day Weekend all,

Jack and Kathie

Tsunami Information Statement

327
WECA43 PHEB 290438
TIBCAX TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
0438 UTC MON AUG 29 2016 ...TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT... **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE ***** THIS STATEMENT IS ISSUED FOR INFORMATION ONLY IN SUPPORT OF THE UNESCO/IOC TSUNAMI AND OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS WARNING SYSTEM FOR THE CARIBBEAN AND ADJACENT REGIONS AND IS MEANT FOR NATIONAL AUTHORITIES IN EACH COUNTRY OF THAT SYSTEM. NATIONAL AUTHORITIES WILL DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF ALERT FOR EACH COUNTRY AND MAY ISSUE ADDITIONAL OR MORE REFINED INFORMATION. **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE **** NOTICE ***** PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS
--------------------------------- * MAGNITUDE 7.4 * ORIGIN TIME 0430 UTC AUG 29 2016 * COORDINATES 0.1 NORTH 17.8 WEST * DEPTH 10 KM / 6 MILES * LOCATION NORTH OF ASCENSION ISLAND EVALUATION
---------- * AN EARTHQUAKE WITH A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 7.4 OCCURRED NORTH OF ASCENSION ISLAND AT 0430 UTC ON MONDAY AUGUST 29 2016. * BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA... THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO CARIBBEAN COASTS FROM THIS EARTHQUAKE. RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
------------------- * NO ACTION IS REQUIRED. NEXT UPDATE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
-------------------------------------- * THIS WILL BE THE ONLY STATEMENT ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED OR THE SITUATION CHANGES. * AUTHORITATIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EARTHQUAKE FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY CAN BE FOUND ON THE INTERNET AT EARTHQUAKE.USGS.GOV/EARTHQUAKES -ALL IN LOWERCASE LETTERS-. * FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EVENT MAY BE FOUND AT PTWC.WEATHER.GOV AND AT WWW.TSUNAMI.GOV. * COASTAL REGIONS OF PUERTO RICO... THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS... AND THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS SHOULD REFER TO U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES SPECIFICALLY FOR THOSE PLACES THAT CAN BE FOUND AT NTWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV. * COASTAL REGIONS OF THE US GULF COAST... US EAST COAST... AND THE MARITIME PROVINCES OF CANADA SHOULD REFER TO U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES THAT CAN BE FOUND AT NTWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV. $$ 

More done today

We have gotten so much more done today and this week.

Today’s accomplishments show we are getting more done.  By getting the slick top deck non skidded, non skid where you step on board, the blue stripe around the whole boat, another coat of poly on my top.

The top that came with this Cal was a home made cabin, it can be seen in some of our older photos, we removed it and I built a wooden “Pop Top” not quite the top that was original to this boat, but it gave me inspiration!

Our new top more done

The new and improved pop top

I made it out of Oak, tongue and groove with numerous coats of poly on it.  Heavy you ask, yea, made from 3/4″ oak it added some weight, we hinged the front end and put two hydraulic cylinders on the aft end to make it an ease to open.

And went and picked up my semi from the shop.  Ouch, $8,000 for the repairs, that is going to be a set back in our adventure!  Getting the truck back just reminds me my vacation for the week is almost over, gotta go back to work.  But it is all worth it in the long run (Fall of next Year we set sail).

I will be taking pics and some video tomorrow to show the new paint job off.

As I sit here it is 11:30 PM, and the fish are hitting the bottom of the boat feeding and splashing, I think they are telling me I need to haul her out and give her a good cleaning!  Just need to get more done next time home!

Liveaboardcruising Sailing 4winds | Facebook

Join us on Face Book!   Liveaboardcruising Sailingfourwinds
is on Facebook.

Keep up with what is going on.  Even if we don’t get our blog updated as quick as we should, Facebook keeps us in touch.

Source: Liveaboardcruising Sailingfourwinds | Facebook

  • There are currently no Ads to show.

Follow me on Twitter

Please Visit our Sponsors!

Powered by Wordpress, Redesign Theme by Tioreo
%d bloggers like this:
Skip to toolbar