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Merry Christmas to All

Where are you guys, where have you been, we are getting worried. 

It is Christmas eve.  Chuck and I have spent almost the whole day together which is rare these days. As I write Chuck is putting the finishing touches on our Christmas video which will upload this evening or Christmas morning for some.    

My afternoon was blissfully spent drifting around town using my camera for the first time in a long while.  No video, no video. 

For the where.  We are in Petersburg, still, spending another memorable Christmas, enjoying the hospitality and friendship the town has to offer. The longer we stay the more friends we make and Julebukking has once again been the highlight of Petersburg's Christmas tradition.  

Where have you guys been.  My position at Waterways Veterinary Clinic has become a full time position as clinic/retail manager and assistant. All my personal friends will understand how much I am thoroughly enjoying myself by combining my love of animals, boating and retail. I am in doggy heaven. Chuck has been spending his afternoons editing video, writing, practicing the coronet and playing Island Music to local residents on KFSK radio. 

Winter is here and Spring fast approaches. In January we fly to Seattle for the boat show.  To complete Lealea's refit we need a new sink, a new cook stove, foam cushions for the main cabin and a few other bits and pieces. The real work begins again in March when Andy Cowan, our carpenter, says he will have time for the project.  

Now, I must run.  My sourdough rolls (made from 100 year old starter) are coming out of the oven.  Chuck has just started baking the Christmas video and we are ready to sit down and begin our Christmas Eve tradition of binge watching our favorite video(s), "Horatio Hornblower".

To all our friends and family, don't worry. We wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and we will see you soon 

Fair Winds,

Chuck and Laura

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1. Bill Hoover | December 25, 2016 at 04:25 AM EST

Merry Christmas and a great New Year to the some of my favorite people in the sailing world.

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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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