Sunday, January 31, 2010

varnish and wood work

Emily and I have been hard at work lately to do as much work indoors as possible. AKA varnishing and wood work in the warmth of my Garage and workplace. here are a few pics of how it turned out. Not to bad for sitting on the hard for 10 years! not to mention years of racing in the salt/brackish water of texas. Check it out!

The Dehler 31

They say that Dehler yachts are built tough. Here is a video of a sistership being "tested" you can be the judge :)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

a few pictures from the beginning

Here are a few pictures we snapped of the boat from back in November. Lately we have been working on interior projects such as rewiring the a/c and d/c circuits, working on the headliner, varnishing and resurfacing wood, creating a new nav station center, creating new cockpit seats, cleaned out fuel tank and lines, changed engine fluids and filters, relocated battery compartments, installing a new hatch, and the list goes on and on.

here she is!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

About Me and the Pascagoula Run

I have been sailing nearly since I was born. And if I wasn't sailing, I was swimming competitively. Towards the end of my high school years, I began racing sailboats with a friend of mine from Carlyle Lake. My passion for sailing, as well as the urge to be near the water, grew stronger. After completing two years of college in St.Louis, I transferred to SIU Carbondale where I lived on a houseboat instead of a dormitory. This gave me a chance to really learn what living aboard was all about. Through the constant break-downs, hauling water in the winter cold, tip-toeing over ice-covered docks, and other adventures, one could say I learned more at marinas than from college. Over the past few years I’ve gained a few friends; many of them being older than myself. Along with my actual uncles, these individuals were always there to lend me a hand when I needed it most. Whether it was working on boats, sitting back and talking boats on the water with a drink in hand and good music playing in the background, or making rounds up and down 30A, you could say that I've got a few uncles not unlike the one mentioned by Jimmy Buffet in the song that became my vessel's namesake.

"Pascagoula Run" is a 1985 Dehler 31 sailboat. The plan is to restore/refit the vessel, work out all the kinks, and then head out on a walkabout. My first mate/girlfriend of two years, Emily, is helping me to make this goal a reality. I am very lucky to have someone with as much patience and dedication as Emily. She truly is my best friend.

See You On the Water,

Joel, Emily, and the Pascagoula Run