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Is it Spring Yet?

By The Skipper,

Lealea Spring Snow, Alaska

I talked to Tom, the KFSK Station Manager today after my show.  He said they have had snow as late as the 4th of July! As of today, the 7 day forecast has snow into April. We hope not. While the really heavy snows are past (We hope), the sloppy conditions, cold and wet, snow and decaying ice on the ground and alternating rain and snow falling constantly, are challenging, if not outright discouraging.

Still, we were able to make some progress below decks and, sooner or later, temperatures will rise above the threshold for painting and varnishing.

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1. Kevin | April 16, 2018 at 09:53 PM EDT

Hello Chuck and Laura from Nova Scotia. I am relatively new to the world of sailing and I only recently discovered your Youtube video series. I've watched most everything you have posted enjoying them greatly. You two are to be commended for the inspiration you have instilled in sailors like myself. Your love of sailing and for each other is very apparent and clearly shows what can be achieved with the commitment you both share. One of the things I admire most is you report a down to earth view of extended sea voyages upon a modest craft, worts and all. To date I've only cruised the coast of Nova Scotia on my CS27 but hope some day to venture further.

Thank you for sharing...

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"Jim's book is thoroughly, entertaining and honest and for us to be included is an honor. 

If you dream of sailing off into the sunset after you retire we suggest "Sailing into Retirement" is a must read."

Chuck and Laura

Fellow shipmate, Fran Taylor, writes about her many adventures as crew sailing aboard different tall ships and she mentions one voyage in particular  during her time aboard HMB Endeavour where she meets a couple on their honeymoon.  Read the humorous tale of the seasick groom and how a new "private signal" was born among the Endeavour crew.
The first book I read after moving aboard Lealea.  A wonderful journey that got me dreaming.
Looking for a read that will make your stomach hurt from laughing?  This one did it for us!  A definite page turner.
-Chuck and Laura

"This Old Boat" If you can only have one book on sailboat maintenance aboard, this is the one.

-Chuck Rose

"This old boat" If you can only have one book on sailboat maintenance, this is the one.
Chuck and Laura

“The Ashley Book of Knots” by Clifford W. Ashley is, quite simply, the definitive work on knots.  We think if you have more than a passing interest in marlinspike seamanship or decorative knotting this book is pretty much a “Must Have” This book is a high mass volume. 
                       -Chuck and Laura
Fran Taylor was born and grew up in Scotland on the banks of the River Clyde.  She has sailed all over the world in a number of “Tall Ships” and has had a number of articles published. She is a regular on the guest  speaking circuit around Perth where she lives when not pursuing her dreams and answering the call of the sea. In 2012 she took part in the Titanic Memorial Cruise, a special event to commemorate the 100th
anniversary of the sinking. This book tells that story.
The story of Margo Wood and her husband Charles who began the "Charlie's Charts" cruising guide series. When her husband passed away she began to sail as a singlehander.   A wonderful story about a lady I admire a lot. - Laura  
An excellent read for anyone interested in single handed sailing. An inspiration for women. Anne had quite an adventure and this book is especially interesting to Albin Vega owners.- Chuck
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