Meanwhile… Last year….!!

Hello people. Indeed it’s true… I’m not dead! Zoot Allures sort of is and the dream is hanging on a thread. But I’m still here and poor old Zoot is waiting patiently for circumstances to take a different turn. Not much has happened in the last year. Just a pandemic and and a lot of work before that. I guess it’s time to throw up a bunch of pictures and brief on where I’d left off.

So…last summer I took a quick trip back to Boston . Getting there was a bit of a nightmare!

The connecting flight got cancelled in Montreal. The above video lasted over 45 minutes after the plane left the gate. The next day I took a local plane to Toronto, then a bus, then a train, than another plane and eventually got to Boston the following evening. Events there were hanging and meeting up with some old friends. Marc took me in at his amazing home way out in western Mass.

And also a reunion with a bunch dudes, mostly Berklee music students we used to work together parking cars at Avis on “Waist”land Avenue.

Thanks to Rob there were way to many lobsters and clams. Unfortunately a heat wave and time restrictions left me wanting/needing more. It was quite a trip! Oh yes… I also went visited old friends in Lowell coinciding with the Lowell Folk Festival. Not much boat stuff but I did catch a glimpse of a schooner in Boston Harbor on my way out.

Back home… I spent the rest of the summer at the farm house in Nafplio. I took Zoot Allures’ sails down with me to give them some TLC and also got a Speedy Stitcher… a great little tool and a must have for any sailor! Lots of house work had to be done, it’s a farm house, but there was also time for other projects.

Aaaand finally... before all of that happened, I finished the CLC Eastport Pram project!

So as you can see I’ve managed to keep myself busy. This whole winter has been a drag. But I’ve been doing a ton of research on electric motors and prismatic Lifepo4 batteries. Maybe my next post will be about that. The old Perkins is dead….again. I cant turn it over, even by hand. I think the starter is stuck in the flywheel…. depressing!

And so, as always…

Stay tuned… and don’t hold your breath,

Capt Pete

ps… Stay safe!! This pandemic is far from over!

pss……… Airport bookstore…I’ll pass.

sdr

pssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss…… poor old Zoot Allures

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Meanwhile… in May…

Time for a Zoot Allures update.

We’ll, for starters, I guess ya’ll have figured it out that ol’ Zoot is staying high and dry this season. I just didn’t have the time and the energy to prepare her plus family reasons are keeping me from sailing afar.

But I have been keeping up with maintainance as much as possible. Eg…. I’m fixing up the cockpit combing windows. Over many years water has destroyed the sandwiched balsa and they need love. So I removed as much rot as I could and filled them with thickened epoxy and some 6mm plywood where nessasary. And I also made new window panes for looks. I’ve painted them with a couple of coats of epoxy and shall install them after the vacation.

And speaking of vacation… I left Athens yesterday for Boston for 12 days. My connecting flight in Montreal got canceled so I spent the night there and today (instead of waiting 3 days for my new flight) I changed my flight, took a local flight to Toronto, then a bus and train to the international airport and am awaiting at my Toronto gate for Boston which is already delayed.

What else to do than write a post.

So stay tuned and say oohmmm.

Capt Pete

Ps… Don’t do what I did like quiting smoking on such a traveling endeavor!

Pss this has been written on a phone… cantcha tell….?

Pass… my ass hurts!

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Meanwhile…. in April…!

….as in …before Easter. (Catching up isn’t my forte here).

The Launch!

After about a month(!) of the poor little CLC Nesting Pram sleeping and bonding next to Zoot Allures, we finally got a chance to launch the freakin’ thing.

Armed with a bottle of Prosecco and friends we got it down to a small port, cracked open the bottle, poured some on the pram, some for Possidon, more for us, and got it wet.

Badabim badaboom. Not much to write here. I went out for a little spin and so did the others

Time was tight so we rapped her up and tucked her away beside Zoot Allures….. and it hasn’t been touched since!! How lame is that. But one thing for sure….. it’s come a long way since it was bare bones sheets of wood.

And on that note……

Stay tuned, keep on truckin’

Capt Pete

ps… the rig is coming along…..

pss…. WordPress is getting worse and worser when it comes to formatting a simple page layout with text and pictures. I missed the opportunity to chew their butts off when the had a dumb fanfare conference here.

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