Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mermaid Figurehead Progress

First mermaid figurehead scale model.

Mike just finished a couple of small scale mermaid figureheads in preparation for carving the full size version for Wrinkles. It won't be long now before he starts carving Wrinkle's very own mermaid figurehead.

Second scale size mermaid figurehead.

Mike doesn't plan on adding the tail onto the full-size mermaid. He added it to make this one easily wall mounted. A tail would likely be broken off in strong seas. The first version is pretty close to his original drawing. We'll post some pictures in our " Mike's Carvings" page if you want to see some other angles.

Scale is a little too big, but location is about right.

 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ouchy!

Carving by the water.

Mike decided to sit in the shade near the water and work on a mermaid carving. It was a really nice spot to relax and enjoy his project until he decided to see why his foot felt like it was getting sunburned. When he looked down to take off his left Croc shoe it was covered in tiny red ants. He quickly moved and got all the ants off of his foot and shoe, but the damage was already done.

Fire Ant Bites

Welcome to the lovely work of Florida's fire ants. Sometimes even paradise has teeth.

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Back To The Boat

I found my wife and we are now back together in Punta Gorda. It felt good to step back on Wrinkle's deck and feel the slight heel of her starboard rail as she accepted us home. A huge thank you to our special friends and family members who shared our many ups and downs during this odd trip. Hopefully that adventure has now come to an end and we can concentrate on prepping Wrinkles for the next leg of our adventure.

THE PLAN:

We have a few projects to work on while we are still in our slip at Fishermen's Village Marina. These projects should keep us busy until we sail over to Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage on October 4th. There we will put Wrinkles on the hard before adding some bottom paint, finishing the teak work, adding a radar system, remounting the rub rail, sewing new cushions for the cabin and lots of other smaller jobs. We hope to be put back in the water by November 1st.

Once we are afloat again we expect to do a two week shake down cruise around Charlotte Harbor. There are some beautiful anchorages there just calling our names. Our next step would be to head out into the Gulf and turn south. We roughly plan to go to Marco Island and one or two spots in the Everglades. Finally a run to Boot Key Harbor in Marathon by Thanksgiving. We have never been to the Keys and hope to explore the area by boat, dinghy, bike, bus and taxi for the winter season.