Captain Ed's Sailing 

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Issue: #39

August 12 2012
Captain Ed's Sailing

Jay Michuad Marine surveyors

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Captain Ed's Sailing 
  What a great week for sailing. Tuesday we almost had a full boat as Brian Morrill, as well as Mike, and Donna Savlen came out for their first time.
We did an over view of the safety and mechanical systems of the boat then went straight out to the ocean where we practiced tacking and jibing, as well as holding a course.
 On Wednesday. Kathy, Brian, and Morgan came out for the day for a casual sail. Brian Merrill concentrated on holding a course, and Morgan Hamilton worked on knots and sailing skills. Kathy just comes out to sail when ever she can.
 On Thursday we skirted around all the storms and had a great sunset sail with Larry Jackson and his friend Penny Layne.
 We ended the week with Brian, Donna, and Mike in dead fog learning and properly executing the Williamson Turn. ( man over board procedure).
 During the man over board procedure we recovered the buoy 5 out of 7 times and there is now a free floating mooring ball as well as a boat cushion out on the ocean. It is to be hoped that I find them this week.
 Mike is a fishing artist, him and Donna are hoping to find a boat to live on, and I will be helping them along the way.  check out Mikes web page Click Here .
 Larry Jackson and his friend Penny Layne are professional musicians taking a break were they could find one in the middle of the week.
 A great way to end the summer and organize up as a family is to book a Hands On Family Sailing Charter with captain Ed's Sailing. Come out and learn some sailing skills as a family while under my instruction.   

   Please, please, please I beg of thee if you are coming sailing with us TAKE  SEA SICK MEDICATION. I can not stress this enough, you cannot believe how sick you can get.


Captain Ed's Sailing gets more popular each year, however there are always great weekends as well as weekdays available.


  At the end of the day you walk away from the boat and leave the cost of owning and maintaining the boat up to me.


  Call or email to reserve your spot for this summer.  

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Should you have a boat survey or not
 This past year I have been noticing that some of my clients owning their own boats have been using Progressive insurance. I am thinking of switching to them myself if I can. The good thing of course would be I hope a cost savings over other companies that insure boats. 


Questionably another advantage of going through them is the fact that they don't always require a boat survey in order to insure the boat. Good and Bad. There are a lot of nice boats out there built in the seventies and eighties are selling at a steal, and waiting for a new home. This again is allowing the average person the ability to own a boat at a reasonable price. 

 By not adding  the cost of a survey you can it seems at first save another few hundred dollars.

 The problem of buying a boat without a survey is that you do not know what you are buying. What is the shape of the rigging, the engine, the sails, and the  other electrical and mechanical systems of the boat. 

 If the boat has not been re rigged the rigging of a boat built in the eighties is definitely shot. The engine can be history at any time as well. If the boat had any wiring done in the eighties by a house electrician it is probably not up to boating codes as well.

 a professional surveyor will find all of the faults to this beauty that you have your eyes on, and in the process save you enough money on your purchase to take care of all of these faults or to at least let you know what you are buying.

 I have had both of my boats the Sarah Maria as well as the Bella Donna both surveyed and ended up changing the rigging on both boats. Because of this I have the confidence to bring my sails in tight and sail them hard when I want.

 During my last delivery I had a shroud let go on me. The results could have been devastating if we were on the other tack. We could have lost the mast. A survey would have pointed out this fault on the boat. 

 There are plenty of good surveyors out there to chose from but the one that I can recommend is Jay Michaud. If you are buying a boat he is the guy to use.




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Mika the wonder dog

Things to do after sailing with 

       Captain Ed's Sailing


  A day sailing on the Bella Donna will take up to 6 hours of your time, at the end of the day, if you still have some energy, there is still plenty of other things to do around Newburyport.


 There are plenty of restaurants around town, such as the Grog, Michaels, The Black Cow, and Loretta's, restaurants. A great place to grab a Sandwich before a sailing trip is at the Warren street market

   Out towards Plum Island you will find Bob's Lobster. 

Make a trip more exciting on your way out to Bob's Lobster by renting an EZ pedal bike from EZ Pedaler of Newburyport

  If you are looking for a place to stay while in the area my client's have stayed at the Essex Street Inn,  The Blue out on Plum Island, as well as The Garrison Inn , and the The Compass Rose Inn

 We live in a great area to try out some salt water fishing as well. For short days I like Channel Edge Charters, or Flounder Fishing, from the Captains Lady . For Longer excursions check out The Clipper Fleet in Salisbury or again the Captains Lady out on Plum Island. 


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   I want to thank friends of Captain Ed Sailing which include all of you who faithfully take the time to read my newsletters. Listed here are friends with web pages that you should check out when you have a chance.


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Captain Ed's Sailing has been doing charters out of Newburyport  Massachusetts since 2005. Well over 200 people have gone through either a Basic Sailing , a navigation class, or a family hands on sailing charter. We offer hands on sailing instruction in a very relaxed easy to understand manner.


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