Friday, February 20

Nominated for Liebster Award

Questions for the Liebster Nominee from Bigdumboat: 

Our task was to answer Dyad's ten questions that they hear too often about their boat.

1. What kind of a boat is that anyway? 

Catalina 34, cruising sailboat.  We enjoy the journey and studying the natural beauty of the world, as much as the destination.  

We spend more money on beer per week than fuel for the year.

2. What was it before? (Translation: What was it's original purpose or function?) 

Prior to us our sailboat raced in the LYC Harvest Moon Regatta in 2008 & 2009 which was two very rough storms for the Regatta.  It was placed on the market right after the 2009 Regatta.

She is a slow beamy boat and not a fast boat, that does not cut through the water easily with a winged keel.  We do not race her, since I like to win and racing down the Gulf with two large retrievers does not sound fun for the dogs or us.

We stopped being mostly live aboards when our aging sick dog could not jump on to the boat (or really I could not pick him up safely on to the boat).  We hope to be live aboards again.

3. Did you have it built? (Challenge: make sense of this fuzzy question.)

No, she was built in 1987-88.  We have owned her since 2010.  We do not buy new sailboats, since we have a saving plan for us to go cruising across the Gulf and the islands. Debt free is our only way, or we go without. 

4. Where was it built? 

Built in the USA.  I believe in a production yard in California

5. What's it made of? or Is it stainless?  

Exodus has a fiberglass hull, with teak and cherry woods interior and exterior, metal mast, dog hair in the cockpit and cabin, and lots of love.

Oh yes, stainless steel metal does stain!  The salt air tarnished the stainless steel, so the closer to the coast the faster the metal will tarnish.  Wash it and wipe it down twice a week when near the coast.

6. Are you going to paint that thing?  

I think that she looks fine.  After five years we just had the bottom repainted so that we can go through Louisiana with less fear for the high clay content in the intracoastal waterway and less fear of developing blister in the warm salt water.

She has a gel-coat aka exterior epoxy-based paint. We do not have to paint her since the paint last 30+ years especially if we keep away from over excited buffers.  The gel-coat provides a 'water barrier to the fiberglass underneath'.  If we paint her topside, then we will have to repaint it more often.

7. What's the length, the draft, the width?  

Length: 34 feet

Draft: 4 feet winged keel.  So if we get stuck, then we wait for high tide or call TowBoatUS.

Very Beamy: 11.9 feet.  I love the extra room, and the aft cabin with king size bed.

8. What'cha got for power? 

It is a sailboat.  We have the wind captured by either the main sail or a 110 genoa sail or both.

As an endless researcher and a lover of finding how things work, here is what I have found about the science of sailing.  Using Edmund Bernoulli's Principle of pressure and velocity our sailboat can be imagined as an airplane turned on its side where the keel and the sails act as wings by 'providing the lift from the fluid passing around them'.  So the shape of the sails and wind direction are the greatest factors affecting how much power or speed that we have.

If we are not doing five knots, then our Universal 23 hp engine comes alive.

Read more about the theory of sailing in the works of Arvel E. Gentry, an aerodynamicist who studied sailing in his Ranger 23 in Washington state, and published works in Sailing Magazine in the 1970s, revolutionized the theories of sailing.  Read more about the evolving science of sailing, and NASA's recommended reading about the physics of sailing in Physics Today, February 2008. 

9. How fast does it go? 

It depends on the current, incoming/outgoing tide, wind speed, and wind direction.  On average in the Intracoastal waterway or the bays with no seaweed, our engine moves us 6 knots (nautical miles per hour) through the water.

10. Can I have a tour? (Translation: Can I come aboard and snoop?)* 
* this question we would never ask anyone, but it's asked of us often.

Do you like dogs?  I depends how long our yellow lab and golden retriever has been on the boat without vacuuming their hair off the rugs.

We are proud of Exodus and her improvements that we have made over the past five years.

May we see the inside of your boat, too?  To see what ideas that we would like to do to our boat.

When it warms up, I shall attach the go pro to Whitley, and she will give you a dog's eye tour of Exodus.

Since high school I had always wanted to learn to fly a plane.  It was such a romantic idea to fly through the clouds among the birds, see the world from up high, and travel faster to my next destination.  Fifteen years ago I began taking flying lessons in our small Texas town.  I had even made it to landing, but an improper act by my instructor, nausea that I felt after flying for a hour, and hatred to the loud noise of the Cessna, my love of flying stalled out.  

What is surprising is how many sailors are pilots.  On a regular basis when I meet a sailor somehow the discussion gets to planes, and I find out that they are pilots as well.  One sailor-pilot that we met has the dream job.  He flies families to the islands in a private jet and captains their boat around the islands.  Wow that sounds fun.  He had mentioned to me flying a motorless soaring glider plane that detach from the back of airplane.  No engine noise, sounds divine.

I have bungee jumped from my ankles over water, solo jumped from a plane over the foothills of the mountains, and achieved 11 hours of piloting time in a Cessna 182.  My love of flying planes had just evolved into sailing.

While I believe that my posts should be a great source of information and provide links to even better information for interested people to read more about, I have expanded on my Liebster Award nominee to include my fascination with the science of sailing and flying planes.

Ten Questions for eight new Liebster Award nominees from EXODUS.

 1. Favorite place you visited and why?
 2. Nicest thing a stranger has done for you on your travels?
 3. Worst weather that you were stuck in and how you passed the time?
 4. Were there any new companions (animal or human) that joined you on your trip?
 5. What place would you never go back to and why?
 6. What was the craziest thing that you have seen on your travels?
 7. What is your favorite food that you miss from home or childhood?
 8. What is the newest food/meal that you have tried? Did you love or hate the meal, and why?
 9. Where are you most looking forward to visiting?
10. Make up a short story on who Liebster was?

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