If you're lucky enough to live to 100, the years between 50 & 75 are your third quarter. That segment in life could be the waning of your physically agile years, so it's a good idea to stay active. It's also a good time to challenge your brain to keep things limber up there - by mastering something new. We decided to go sailing, and this is a chronicle of our journey.


Antique Boat Bling and a Whaler's Rum drink

Bronze Antique Florian Cross
One of my cousins has an antique shop in Plainfield, Connecticut and he surprises us with random packages sent to California with fire fighter themed goodies from his antique treasure hunts. The florian cross plaque above was mounted with industrial strength velcro, and its holding beautifully, despite the fact that it's weighty. Our boat already has holes in the teak from previous items mounted here and there, and we don't want to add any more, so the velcro is a perfect solution for attaching things utilitarian and symbolic. (Our boat is named Florian, for the Patron Saint of Firefighters.)  What else have you used to avoid holes and mount things to your boat?
Velcro loop attached

Industrial Strength Velcro

The Captain at his newly adorned station

Our new favorite drink - Whaler's Rum and Fresh Grapefruit
We have a lovely friend who told us about this drink, so we call it the Amy West in her honor. This drink is perfect for boat cocktails because there are only two ingredients. Pour two shots (each) of Whaler's Original Dark Rum (available at Trader Joe's for about $9/bottle) over ice in two glasses, and juice one big grapefruit (we use an old fashioned dome & bowl juicer, the kind your grandmother used to juice citrus). Pour the fresh juice in equal parts into the two glasses of ice & rum, stir and enjoy. Don't cheat yourself by using canned juice or a different type of rum. Take this from someone prone to experimenting, and trust me; the subtle flavor and aromas of the Whaler's is so complimentary to fresh grapefuit, it's just scrumptuous.


Neophyte Cruiser said...

A hearty yes on both counts; industrial strength Velcro (holds our coach roof panels in place) and your rum recipe (have to try it soon!).

LittleCunningPlan.com said...

I use velcro to attach most things to the walls in Galapagos. Most recently I sewed a piece of industrial strength velcro on the back of some mermaid dolls I made and wanted to display. Works great! I think I might want to try that drink. A trip to Trader Joe's may be in order.

William McCoy said...

Indeed. Velcro is a low-impact, high result product. I use it for temporary mount of my Compass on the Typhoon cockpit sliding cover and to hold my compression post's footing in place underneath the mast. Handy stuff. Good to see your posts!