Category Archives: Captains Quarters

The challenges that go along with being a Captain.

Winter cover is off

So our 2021 season is officially beginning. Our winter cover came of this week. Next on the list are:

  • Drydock wash and wax the side hulls
  • Run new halyard lines
  • Clean and freshen the interior

First splash should be mid-May and then true cleanup on topside. Well that is the minimum planned, then there is the “I didn’t see that needed work too” task list.

The plan is to be ready to sail with friends and guests in June.

Passed OUPV and Masters Tests

Well April 28th was the day.  I passed six Mariners Learning System proctored tests in one sitting.   There are four for the OUPV (rules of the road, deck general, navigation, and plotting), and te Masters 25-100 ton, and the Sailing Endorsement.  The proctors had seen many students take six tests in one sitting, but only I had passed them all. 

As I drove home from the test, I had time to reflect on the process.  I preferred the study at your own pace so I could really absorb the plentiful amounts of information.  I figured I studied over 200 hours, in all my spare time since Christmas through April.  It was a proud feeling of accomplishment.  Now I need to  complete te CPR and First Aid training, drug test, and collect my references.  Yahooo

OUPV Exam April 28

Eeek – Coast Guard exam for the OUPV and Master license is scheduled for April 28.  I need to speed up my ability to mark the chart and perform the math.   Lots of reading and practice questions.

Question of the night.  Are slack water and stand of water really any different?

Send me your sample questions so I can practice.

New website for traveling boaters

Jackie and I have chartered sailboats in the past, and each time, there is a lot of preparation involved on where to anchor, what marinas take transient visitors, where to eat, buy food supplies, and what needs to be seen or visited or climbed when we are in port.  So we developed a new website that brings it all together by port.  Check out  Check it out. Its free to see and advertise.