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The Holidays

By the First Mate

Where have we been and what have we been up to?  Well, to be honest, some pretty exciting stuff. 

Thanksgiving has quickly come and gone.  

Chuck started practicing Christmas carols on his cornet this afternoon.  Well, it's pretty exciting for me....

We are house sitting again which provides us with a garage and work space we may use over the winter to finish more interior pieces. A ton more sanding, painting and varnishing in our future.  I can't wait until this project is finished but it sure is looking pretty so far.  

After a brief and very cool summer enough of the interior was finished and we were able to re step the mast just in time for the first snow. We had hopped to raise it the day before but the day turned bitterly cold and just as we deciding; Go or no go, the wind picked up and quickly made the decision for us.  We were bummed because it was highly possible that may have been our last opportunity but the next morning turned out bright, clear and reasonably warm. Thankfully we had a few extra hands and the job was complete in under three hours.

The next day Chuck put the dodger back on and tarped off the cockpit.  It snowed the next morning.  

Picking up new computers on Monday. For the last month or so we've been sharing a power cord slowing us down quite a lot.  Both our units will now have the same operating system and video editing programs and we should be able to get quite a lot done.

Summer is gone and Winter is here.  Our friends who've been with us the longest know this is the time we are able to sit down and write, produce video and catch up with friends.

Speaking of catching up, we are now 57 videos in our Refit.

For our Patrons we will be introducing a once a month Dinner Series where we hope our Patrons feel as if they are breaking bread and sharing the dinner table with us.  Similar to our Q&A series we hope to answer questions, share sea stories and some favorite recipes along the way. 

Drop us a line and let us know how your Summer went.  Once we get our new computers operational you will be hearing more from us.

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1. Darrell | December 14, 2017 at 02:53 PM EST

Chuck and Laura.

Hope you guys have a wonderful and blessed Christmas season. All the best in 2018 and we look forward to an update of all the progress being made on LeaLea. You two rock!!

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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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