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Cruising to Little Rock Day 3

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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

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Cruising to Little Rock Day 2

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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.

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Cruising to Little Rock- Day 1

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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

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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…

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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

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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

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More done today

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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!

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What a week

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Things are starting to get real

Want to start this week by thanking everyone that is following us on twitter.  And i will start posting more I Promise!  Now things are starting to get real, the boat is coming together. I currently drive a semi and Kathie goes with me everywhere I go.  And as you might have guessed, we are setting ourselves up for our Great Adventure.   This week has been a setback / Advancement in our progress in setting sail in the fall of 2017,   we had some truck troubles (rear differential), and that has set us back.   But on the bright side, our cal 25 is making great progress being home for a week or so. Now you are thinking, a Cal 25 is not a liveaboard, and you are right.    We are learning to sail, and living on this smaller boat when we are not on the truck is just fine. So expect a 38 to 40 foot blue water boat to come sometime Late next year. Our plan is to Pay off the truck this October.   All our repairs should be paid off by mid summer next year, then start saving for the big adventure.    We are going to go into the financials more in another post, but we are planning to save up enough to cruise for up to one year, keeping the truck in the event we start running low on money. If our financials work out, at some point, the truck will be sold to add to our “retirement fund” ! What we have accomplished this week so far is:
  • Paint the topside
  • Down size on our possessions
  • Lose our drone (no aeriel shots for a while)
  • Take care of some needed maintenance
Be sure to visit our YouTube channel for videos including a time-lapse of some of the work getting done this week, you will soon find a time-lapse of the work we did the other day! So far we have 25 gallon water capacity, 5 gallon sewage holding, 2000 watt inverter working off of two batteries this will go to four batteries as we are struggling with the two and they are old. Well more to come soon Thanks to everyone! Oh and I want to mention some folks I feel as if I know as I have been following their same adventure  Aubrey and Robb, their kids, and their service dog Onyx, living on S/V Miss Lone Star. Check our their website at http://misslonestar.net/        

Sorry we have been down

Just want to post that we apologise that we have been down for a few days.  We are back up and running and want to say we appreciate everyone that visits. Be sure to check out our Facebook and be sure to keep up with us on Twitter Too!    

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