Category Archives: J.F. Gone

Boat Yard

Thought I would post some pictures of the boatyard. Not your typical yard that’s all asphalt, boats lined up on stands, sanders constantly running, big office/chandlery, travel lift to pull and splash boats. No, it is more like a clearing in the woods at the end of a dead-end road that even most locals don’t know about. Everyone from the pizza guys, UPS man, even the Police (whole nother crazy story) have to ask if they have the correct address. We like it this way.

There are seven of us living here, three on boats, one in a shack, one in a motor home, one in a room on the ground floor of the “Tower”. The Tower consisting of ground floor living quarters (no bathroom), second floor wood shop, third floor is half patio and half TV room for the owner. The owner being an old hippie who resembles a wizard complete w/ long white beard, very low key. There is a stairway that circles the tower to access the different floors, then continues up to an 8×10 deck above the roof. One bathroom at the tower accessed from outside. Flush toilet w/ buckets of seawater. Rain water is collected from the eaves, stored in a cistern, and pumped to barrels on the roof. This supplies the shower and sink. We are on the Atlantic Ocean though it is obscured by Mangroves. Unless you climb to the top of the tower.


Looking back to the yard. Our area is to the top right behind April’s car, obscured by pines. The open-air shop/hang out area to the left.


Our boat shortly after arrival.


An actual Cuban Vessel at our dingy dock. It was used by Cubans to come here. They landed south of here a few miles. A friend of a friend brought the boat here for some unknown reason.


I thought I had a few more pics uploaded here but don’t see any. Next time.


Boat Pics

I shoveled off another layer of snow and went below-decks for some photos. In the first pic you can see some re-fit carnage. I have the settee back-rest removed and wires pulled down. I was looking over the chainplate area as they are being replaced. New rigging is a big item on the list. Likely original and came w/ a broken wire in the backstay. Nothing to inspect, just replace. As always scrolling over the pics will give a brief description and clicking on one will enlarge it.

That’s the 2 bit inside tour. There will be much more graphic photos as spring fills in and the re-fit really begins. I guess actually these are “the” before pics as the next step is to gut her. Then I want to get all the prep fiberglass work done while it is still cold enough to be comfortable in protective clothing.

Fair Winds~EV

Our Boat

Her name is what we will be aboard her in 20 months, J.F. Gone~

J.F. Gone~

Thought I would put up a few pics of our 32′ sailboat. We plan to splash her this summer in Lake Michigan and will begin living-aboard  in Sept.2012 as we head to places warm enough to melt butter and have lobster to dip in it. And the bonus is she will be way easier/cheaper to maintain than our current home and surroundings. What kind is she? Our kind. Paid for, soon done w/ a re-fit and ready to take us where we want to go.  While we will keep searching for our steel hull she will provide exactly what we need for the next few years. She may not be the first choice as a safe Atlantic passage-maker but should we not find said steel hull before we are ready to head north, she has a beam that will allow her to be stuffed in a shipping container and dropped in oh, say, Norway?:-)
On a few occasions I have felt what I call “Boat Bias”. Those times when one is made to feel their boat is not as good as another. Goes for anything I guess, boats, bikes, cars, trucks, horses. Never let it stop me from having a blast on all of them. So indulge me this short rant. Most of those “classic” lined boats capable of blue water end up being Dock Queens anyway and some have features I really don’t care for. Case in point: A boat that I once considered to be towards the top of my fiberglass list. Till an acquaintance bought one. Very nice lines, capable, go most anywhere, cruiser. But, the bilge can hardly be accessed to clear the pump. Same access issues on the motor. Soft decks. (apparently common on this model judging by the number of threads describing re-builds)Flimsy chain plates bolted half-assed to a bulkhead.  Talking to the owner a few months before he bought the mentioned boat he cut our conversation short as soon as I told him what ours is. This has happened a few times actually. That’s cool. We will count up the sea miles in a couple of years. I will remember to report my findings here. Not to piss old Neptune off by sounding cocky. I am just curious to see….and challenged….in an almost vindictive manner….nah…he he, not me.


Shady in Salon

Well now I can’t find the rest of the interior pics. Will post them when found. BTW, the Mustang is for sale.
Have a great day~Everett