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JULY/AUG/SEPT 2009

FEATURING ANDROMEDA
GULFSTAR 43' Motorsailer

BY
 Perry & Stephanie Weinberg

ANDROMEDA was purchased April 1989, and I became the third owner. The Lehman 6cyl., naturally aspirated engine had only 72 hours on it.

 Next was Marathon, FL, for 2 years and up the east coast to New York Harbor, Erie Canal, Great Lakes to Holland, MI.   Fixed and repaired some things and in 1994 went out the St. Lawrence Seaway to Nova Scotia.  Then, down the east coast to Key West, up to Tampa, FL and back to Holland, MI.  12000 plus miles total trip in late summer 1995.

 

1998 went to Chicago and Illinois River to Mississippi to Ohio to Louisiana to the Tenn-Tom Waterway to Mobile, AL, from there to Apalachicola and down to Tampa, FL.

Back to Mexico Beach to a new dock in 2003.  Back up east coast to New York Harbor and Erie Canal and across Lake Ontario to Trent River and finished the Great Circle coming out in Georgia Bay in Lake Huron and back to Slt. St. Marie and Lake Superior.   Back to Holland, MI and back to Mexico Beach, FL, then on to the Bahamas in 2004, coming back to Mexico Beach in 2005.

We spent 2006 in the Gulf of Mexico, added the hardtop in 2003; and  travelled over 85000 miles in 20 years.

Love my Gulfstar - great boat!!  Very well-made hull, extra large cockpit with private aft cabin and head, up front is a salon, head, dinette and V-berth.   In 1973 ANDROMEDA was featured in National Geographics'  America's Inland Waters.   Also 1 of 5 vessels, I believe (2 in 72, 3 in 73).

 I run the 6 cyl Lehmans at 1450-1500 rpm with 23" sq prop approximately 8 knots.

 

Added bow thrusters in 1992, water loss bilge system in 1992, windlass in 2005 - 200 feet 3/8 chain with 45 lb CQR.

 

Isinglass all around cockpit in 2003.     ANDROMEDA is a 1972 Gulfstar 43' Motorsailer on a trawler hull.   She is a shallow draft boat, drawing only 3.6 feet.

 

If you have any questions for Perry, call 727-515-8618.

 

 

2010 Cruiser Expo - Stuart Boat Show

 


GOC Members Alyse & Chris Caldwell
Presenters at the Cruiser Expo!

January 15-17, 2010

We are promoting the 2010 Cruiser Expo during the Stuart Boat Show, January 15-17, 2010 in Stuart FL.   Last year we had the name "Trawler Expo" and realized we omitted too many cruising boat styles.   For that reason we changed the name to Cruiser Expo and now include everyone from sailboats to Searays.

Lake Okeechobee will be up all winter long and I see no navigation concerns for Gulf boats to cross to Stuart on the Atlantic side.

We have a meeting area for an official GOC get-together.  If we get enough response from club members we can turn this into a mini-Rendezvous.  Please email (gulfstaroc@aol.com) or call the office (7727-347-4602), if attending.

For more information check out the website:  www.cruiserexpo.com

Friday, January 15, 2010


Port 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Navigation Rules – Not Your Usual Red Right Returning
Chapman School of Seamanship

Learn from the best on how to navigate from A to Z and to get to those places you’ve always dreamed of cruising to. Even seasoned cruisers will gain insight from this informative seminar.

Starboard09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Mate ONLY Boat Handling Topics
Captains Robb and Stacey Hanrahan, Southern Boating Magazine

Don’t be a do nothing mate! Learn all the basics and more from a couple who have cruised together for more than 12 years. You’ll learn everything you need to know and more on how to help your Captain so the next time you come to port you will be ready to assist in docking in a truly FIRST MATE fashion!

Port 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Knowing Your Electronics
Steven Bowden, Sea Tech Systems/NavCom Digital

This will be a seminar based on the “patchwork quilt” concept of using different digital communication technologies to keep in touch while cruising. The focus will be on the options available (including new products) and the way that cruisers actually use different technologies: Wi-Fi, VOIP, cellular broadband, VHF FM radio, HF SSB radio, AIS, DSC, satellite phones, and satellite broadband terminals when offshore. You will learn how to adapt these technologies to your needs and budget as well how you can economically move your business aboard.

Starboard10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Stay Cool In The Cathouse
Lew Ponzini, Pantropic Power Products

Our experts from Pantropic Power will keep you apprised of all the maintenance needed to keep your engines in prime condition.

Port11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Confessions Of A Galley Slave
Captain Alyse Caldwell, Captain Chris Yacht Services, LLC

Don’t be a slave to the galley. How about some realistic menus with practical, yet delicious ingredients. Captain Alyse will put on her Chef’s hat and tell all in this fun seminar. The confidence you gain by provisioning well will leave you more time to relax and play. Learn these simple techniques so you’ll never cringe again when you hear the words, “what’s for dinner.”

Starboard11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Trawler Auxiliary Hydraulics
Eric Folkestad, TRAC Stabilizers

Thrusters, Stabilizers, Windlass, Fire Pumps and Deck Cranes can all be powered by your Auxiliary Hydraulic System. Learn how to add or expand your vessel hydraulics. Trouble shooting and regular maintenance.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch Provided by Sponsor

Beyond The Classroom
Chapman School of Seamanship

Learn more from the experts with hands-on boat handling. 
Come back for more detailed information on this exciting demonstration.

Port2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Sun And You
Jane Cerniglia, ARNP
Penny Forsten, Medical Aesthetician

Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays and prevent skin damage while enjoying the cruising lifestyle. Jane Cerniglia, ARNP and Penny Forsten, Medical Aesthetician, will guide you through the do’s and don’ts of how to have nice skin while out in the wind and the sun. You can have it all, healthy skin and the wind at your back!

Starboard2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Active Fin Stabilizers for Trawlers
Eric Folkestad, TRAC Stabilizers

Learn how Active Fin Stabilizers work, size and placement and regular maintenance. We'll discuss how to get the most out of your current system and what is involved with refitting a trawler with stabilizers.

Port3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Marine Generators
Martin Krooshof, Phasor Marine

Mr. Krooshof is an engineer with Phasor Marine who will bring a cut away generator for this enlightening presentation. Starting with the basic understanding of a generator, he will explain how and why the generator must be operated “under load” conditions at all times. Other topics include generator size selection, energy management, water lift mufflers and scheduled maintenance. To finish it off he will talk about maintenance and what spare parts to bring on your next trip.

Starboard3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Sea Water Pump Impeller Changing
Gary Woods, Gary Woods Marine

Our resident expert and Volvo dealer, Gary Woods, will show you how to change your seawater pump impeller as well as locating separated vanes in your heat exchanger.

Friday Evening Keynote Speaker And Cocktail Party 6:30 PM

Join some of our speakers and Exhibitors for a cocktail party to be remembered.

 

 

 

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Port9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Marine Generators
Martin Krooshof, Phasor Marine

Mr. Krooshof is an engineer with Phasor Marine who will bring a cut away generator for this enlightening presentation. Starting with the basic understanding of a generator, he will explain how and why the generator must be operated “under load” conditions at all times. Other topics include generator size selection, energy management, water lift mufflers and scheduled maintenance. To finish it off he will talk about maintenance and what spare parts to bring on your next trip.

Starboard9:00 AM – 10 AM

Basic Knots
Captain Chris Caldwell, Captain Chris Yacht Services

Often overlooked , a lost skill that is invaluable to the boating lifestyle. Learn knot only how to tie a knot but also which knot is appropriate for the job. Enjoy this hands-on seminar presented by Captain Chris Caldwell for the novice and a refresher course for those experienced salty dogs among you.

Port10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Provisioning For The Long Haul
Captain Alyse Caldwell, Captain Chris Yacht Services

This is more than your typical shopping list – become skilled at how to keep a log book and record where you stowed what! It quickly gets expensive when you are cruising the islands unprepared. Learn from a long-time experienced cruising skipper what to bring along for months away from home base. Whether you are a computer whiz or love your 3x5 cards, it can be done!

Starboard

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Wealth Management
Bill Baxter, Baxter Investment Management

Baxter Investment Management is an independent Investment Advisor who has served investors since 1924. They have focused on quality investments and portfolios custom designed for each investor. They will discuss their market outlook and how to position your investments in these conditions. Their 85 years of experience bring needed perspective in uncertain times.

Port

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Bait Rigging And Fishing While Cruising
Captain Squeeky Kelly, Anchor’s Aweigh Marine

Are we there yet? Enhance your cruising experience by fishing while underway. At Displacement Speeds. Captain Squeeky Kelly will tell you what to use and expect while cruising in a trawler or a sailboat.

Starboard11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cruising the Bahamas
Earl Miller, Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board

The Bahamian Ministry would like a few moments of your time, as much has changed in the Bahamian Islands over the years. Where does that leave us now? We want to visit, play, and fish during our holidays. What new information does the Ministry hold for us?

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch Provided by Sponsor

Beyond The Classroom
Chapman School of Seamanship

Learn more from the experts with hands-on boat handling. 
Come back for more detailed information on this exciting demonstration.

Port2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Sun And You
Jane Cerniglia, ARNP
Penny Forsten, Medical Aesthetician

Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays and prevent skin damage while enjoying the cruising lifestyle. Jane Cerniglia, ARNP and Penny Forsten, Medical Aesthetician, will guide you through the do’s and don’ts of how to have nice skin while out in the wind and the sun. You can have it all, healthy skin AND life on the water!

Starboard2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Intracoastal Waterway Cruising Tips
Captains Chris and Alyse Caldwell, Captain Chris Yacht Services

Live vicariously through Captains Chris and Alyse as they take you on a virtual guided tour of the trip from Mobile, Alabama to Miami, Florida to Norfolk, Virginia.  They’ll be discussing everything from navigating your way along the ICW to favorite anchorages and historic visits and most importantly, how to co-exist happily-ever-after in close quarters.

Port3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Painting Your Boat, But Were Afraid To Ask!
Peter Stark, Pettit Paint

How to correctly prep your boat for painting and selecting the paint that is right for your boat.

Starboard3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Learning How To Keep Track Of And Avoid Foul Weather
Lee Chesneau, Lee Chesneau's Marine Weather

Lee Chesneau's Marine Weather's vision is to provide every capable seagoing mariner the knowledge, tools and culture required to embody self-reliance and independent decision-making in weather forecasting, route planning and heavy weather avoidance.

Saturday Evening Keynote Speaker And Cocktail Party 6:30 PM

Join some of our speakers and exhibitors for another lively and entertaining cocktail party you will not soon forget.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Port 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Knowing Your Electronics
Steven Bowden, Sea Tech Systems/NavCom Digital

This will be a seminar based on the “patchwork quilt” concept of using different digital communication technologies to keep in touch while cruising. The focus will be on the options available (including new products) and the way that cruisers actually use different technologies: Wi-Fi, VOIP, cellular broadband, VHF FM radio, HF SSB radio, AIS, DSC, satellite phones, and satellite broadband terminals when offshore. You will learn how to adapt these technologies to your needs and budget as well how you can economically move your business aboard.

Starboard9:00 AM – 10 AM

Turbo Charger Maintenance
Gary Woods, Gary Woods Marine

Gary Woods of Gary Woods Marine will provide you with general tips on how to keep your Turbo Charger spooled up!

Port10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

 

Living In Close Quarters
Captains Robb and Stacey Hanrahan, Southern Boating Magazine

Ever try to live in extremely close quarters with your partner? Not since your dorm room? Captains Robb and Stacey Hanrahan will entertain you with tales of living aboard a boat under 40 feet… and they still wake up every morning with smiles on their faces! Learn the secrets of this happy couple.

Starboard 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Learning How To Keep Track Of And Avoid Foul Weather
Lee Chesneau, Lee Chesneau's Marine Weather

Lee Chesneau's Marine Weather's vision is to provide every capable seagoing mariner the knowledge, tools and culture required to embody self-reliance and independent decision-making in weather forecasting, route planning and heavy weather avoidance.

Port11:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Advances in RADAR and Video Monitoring
David Gratton, Martek of Palm Beach

Mr. Gratton will discuss advances in RADAR technology, AIS overlay onto the RADAR – GPS Chartplotter screen and use of monitors for onboard security video monitoring, engine room, aft deck and other spaces that need viewing while underway.

Starboard 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Plain Facts On How To Select The Current Anchor For Your Boat And Using It Properly.
Captain Chris Caldwell, Captain Chris Yacht Services

This is not just another anchor seminar. Captain Chris Caldwell will have all major
types of anchors on hand to demonstrate the nuances of anchoring.

1:00 PM & 2:00 PM

St. Lucie River Power Squadron

The St. Lucie River Power Squadron will offer two back-to-back seminars free to all boat show attendees. Topics discussed will include educational programs offered, vessel safety checks, safety equipment requirements for each size and class of boat and life jackets, how to meet regulations and what is right for you and your crew.

 

 

 

TRISH IS BACK!

 

The GOC would like to introduce Trish Johnston as a new addition to the GOC staff.   She will be supporting Michele.    Many of you will remember Trish, as she and Irene established the Club many years ago in 1991.   She was with the Club and Capt Jack's Yacht Brokerage until 2000 when she resigned to take on another job.

 

Trish and her husband, Jim, did not own a Gulfstar until 1996 when they did purchase LUAN TWO, a 36 MS, and officially became members of the Club.   

 

Trish has been retired for about 3 years, working part-time jobs to keep her out of trouble.   And when Michele indicated she would like a little assistance, Trish was readily available and agreeable.  We are happy to have her back aboard!

 

 

 

 

 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

CORBY, G.W. "Bo"

Federal Way, WA

49MY1984      

WHITE RHINO

borhino@aol.com

 

HOWE, James & Carol

Grimsby, Ont, Can

44SAIL1979

REST AND BE THANKFUL

 

 

SCHAEFER, Tim & Anne

Leland NC

50KETCH1979

SWEET LIBERTY

sweetliberty@live.com

 

SELTSAM, Dennis & Debbie Hinton

Grand Rivers KY

36MS1971

KENTUCKY STAR

dmsboater@windstrea.net

 

STARR, Cris & Judy

Lehigh Acres FL

52SAIL1975

DRAGONFLY

crisdstarr@yahoo.com

 

Gustafson,

Mark & Sheryl

Anchorage  AK

47SM

THE PHOENIX

smbgus@alaska.net

           

MORE FROM OUR LOYAL MEMBERS.....

 

An Update from the Wheelers:

Home at Last

After wandering around Central America, Mexico and the Bahamas for 17 months (496 days), having travelled 12,186 miles, visiting 9 countries and 16 states, we have finally arrived home.   Our journey, both by land and sea, has been a life changing experience and we remain profoundly humbled by the blessing of such a great family adventure.

The kids have loved moving back into their rooms and seeing our cat, Ike.  Marshall has constructed every known Lego figure possible and routinely runs up to show off his latest creation.   Amy is also enjoying her new elbow room and after going through all her clothes (yes, she tried them all on) found only 10 things that still fit.  I guess that is what happens when you go from little girl to young lady.

Susan and I are overwhelmed by the house and all the stuff.  After living on the boat with all our possessions in a closet no bigger than the average entryway closet the excess of our house seems a little silly.  Susan assures me that I will turn back into a consumer once again but it is amazing to us how happy and content you can be without all the stuff.  Living on a boat, even one as large as ours, may seem spartan to some but we lacked for nothing and we were very content.   Perhaps the hardest thing to get used to is how quiet the house is at night and that nothing is moving.

I wanted to close this final "sailing" update by saying thanks again for your thoughts and prayers over the last year.   They were much appreciated and tangibly felt.  I also wanted to pass along our new contact information.  Our email remains msamwheeler@msn.com.  Our new home phone is 208-461-2029 and our cell is 208-283-0142.  Having been gone for so long we are eager to reconnect with friends and with no immediate plans our schedule is wide open, so put us back on your party invite list and social calendar.  We are well rested and ready to kick up our heels again.

Thanks for journeying with us over the last year and a half.   We are blessed to have you as friends.

The 4Wheelers

Mark, Susan, Amy, and Marshall

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The following is information from Justin and Alyson McNeill, owners of THE ANSWER IV, 44 MC, to Denver Stephens on replacing port screens.

 

1.         Cut nylon screen slightly larger than the port opening.

2.         Place a bead of silicone (Seal All) on the edge of the flange that the rubber seal closes on.

3.         Stick the screen on the silicone.

4.         Place wax paper over the screen and close the port over it.  The wax paper prevents the rubber seal from sticking to the unset silicone and screen.

5.         Dog down the port and leave for 24 hours to allow the silicone to set.

6.         Remove the wax paper, trim the excess screen with either scissors or a box cutter.

 

You now have a custom screen with no screws or gaps.  Your10 ports will cost you less than $15 in total - a tube of silicone glue, some nylon screen and a roll of wax paper.   Most of ours have lasted for 10 years.

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