to meet Lee Hughes in Florida next week
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Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2003 11:37 AM
Got your two messages about phoning you. I will try and call on Mon 3 Feb in the evening. Don't know where I'll be then. I'm in Port St Lucie at the moment with little wind forecast for the next day or three. I'm averaging 30 miles a day now, but that's using the motor if there's no wind, and I don't like that. It feels like cheating and it wears the wee engine too.
having a day
of admin while I wait for a breeze. I only have a regular camera - the
I hope we can meet - the only question is whether I'll be far enough north by then.
Expect to hear from you Monday night then. Never fear, if you're north of Miami, you'll be far enough north!! Look forward to Hughes Nughes later today? and then I can do one last post (so to speak) before we leave for the sunny south. Talk to you Monday night,
Uncle Al (W3854)
(Al's note: I got a pleasant surprise earlier tonight - 30 Jan - as Lee phoned from Florida. If all goes well, we will meet and the Whiffle Web will have more pictures for you in a couple of weeks.)
sends pics from the first month of his odyssey
busted rudder on Xmas day while sailing towards Key Largo
temporary replacement - never used as I got help to make a proper one the next day
just about to leave Black Point after fixing the rudder
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From: Adrienne Faherty
To: ...; Uncle Al ; ...
Sent: Sunday, February 02, 2003 1:24 AM
Subject: Hughes Nughes
Hughes Nughes 8
Hi again folks,
I stayed at Geoff Orr's place in Fort Lauderdale for 8 days after I
from the trip to Key West. In that time I got my photos developed ...
in them I noticed how sad the varnish work and floorboards of Wanderer
were compared to the rest of her. So, in between helping Geoff to
the plinth for his dock davit, I borrowed his sander and attacked the
After three coats of varnish and two of nice cream paint, I am pleased
to report that Wanderer looks gorgeous. The lovely dark
(or teak) seats look great against the clean cream floors. The whole
is that she looks so tidy and trim that she's like one of the old
small boats that have rich owners who gild the bronze fittings and sail
the boat only on national holidays. I'm very chuffed with the results.
I also varnished and put a little fiberglass on the centerboard and I
the rudder made by Gary Greene until it was smooth. Then I put another
smooth layer of fiberglass over it to cover the spots where I had
it and as a finishing touch Geoff dug out some nice white paint to
the hull and I painted it as well. The rudder was too nice to leave
Once again I am indebted to Geoff for his hospitality. I got everything done on the boat that I wanted to and more, so I was a happy sailor when I puttered off on Monday. Since then I've sailed and motor-jibbed all the way to Port St. Lucie - about 70 miles. I'm having a day off now as there's no wind. Tomorrow, Fort Pierce and then maybe Vero Beach, but the forecast is for light easterlies so maybe I'll have to motor a bit.
There are no dramas to report this time but don't worry, I'll surely screw up again soon and then you'll have something to read about.