Chasing the Sun, the prequal to my travel blog.

South Carolina Travel Blog

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After the first coat of primer.

 As long as I can remember I have wanted to explore the coast, the islands, the sea and the world by boat. For the last 7 years it has been a dream that has consumed my thoughts day and night. In May of 2002 the sail boat named Carolina Gal found her way into my hands. Inspecting the vessel showed me that a lot of work was need to prepare for a ocean crossing. The boat and I have grown over the years. In a strange way we have become one while under sail. She talks to me from the sounds made in the rigging, flapping of sails and thumping from the water along the hull. Sometimes she speaks softly and other times she yells.

 Not coming from a family with money, I have had to wait on my trip and watch as each season passed until I was comfortable with my financial condition.

A farmer lets me keep the boat here while I work on her.
Working 84 hour weeks and only taking 28 days off all of last year, I have met my goals! Now I am ready to untie the dock lines and head for blue water. The boat was pulled out of the water and moved inland last year so I could conduct a total refit of everything onboard. This takes time and patients. Weather has delayed painting and fiberglass work, late hardware shipments caused a little friction and my job kept getting in the way.

 Searching for the perfect boat was a long drawn out adventure in itself. After looking at boats all along the east coast of the U.S. and online I finally went with Carolina Gal. I drove down from Charlotte, NC to Charleston, SC to take a look at some possibilities. It was love at first sight. Before I even set one foot on her I knew she was the one.

A view from aloft.
She had been left alone and forgotten at a marina. Attention deprived and needing some TLC, I made a cash offer on the spot. Even under the dirt and gear thrown about, she had beautiful lines and soul. She is a 32 foot, Irwin Sloop built in 1970. The first thing I did was to change her name to reflect her energy. I named her La Femme Mystique.

 The plan now is to finish up with the refit and start the big trip in April from Charleston, SC. At times when I have set backs I think about all that I have sacrificed for my dreams. There has been at least two careers that I have given up, relationships and funds. To me sacrifice is the only way to measure how much something or someone means to me. This is the beginning…………..

pvtjoy says:
I wish you safety in your future travel adventures! It sounds amazing! Please blog so I can vircariously live through your writings! :)
Posted on: Feb 29, 2008
tvillingmarit says:
You have a fantastic journey in front of you. I wish you good wind and king Neptun on your side, I`ll be following you. Take care
Posted on: Feb 20, 2008
oldschoolbill says:
You should be VERY PROUD. I respect the way you are doing it much more than someone just strocking a check, or using some plastic. Have a GREAT GREAT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on: Feb 19, 2008
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After the first coat of primer.
After the first coat of primer.
A farmer lets me keep the boat her…
A farmer lets me keep the boat he…
A view from aloft.
A view from aloft.
Needs one more coat of primer befo…
Needs one more coat of primer bef…
Karen helped alot with the boat ba…
Karen helped alot with the boat b…
At a marina pig roast.
At a marina pig roast.
Happy boat.
Happy boat.