Saturday, March 27, 2010

Crew At Work

This is Bosun Brian decluttering Donnybrook. It's amazing how much stuff is brought on board and forgotten about. Two trash bags so far...

Train to Crowley's

This is the view from the Van Buren station as Mike and I boarded the Metra Electric to 93rd/South Chicago. The station is an easy 10 minute walk to Crowley's.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Donnybrook in 2003

This is Donnybrook as taken in late 2003 by either Boat Pix or Yacht Shots (I don't remember which). The title picture of this blog is from a Boat Pix picture I purchased after the 101st Mac race in 2009.
The quality of my 2009 Boat Pix is fantastic and is a bargain when you consider the high quality camera equipment needed produce a 16x20 print taken from a small helicopter. It's cheap if you ever priced renting a helicoper with pilot to take pictures of friends' boats.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Favorite Links

Here are some links courtesy of Danny Pinnell

i550 Sport Boat: A high performance home-built sport boat.

Sailing Anarchy: The web's leading sailing site.

Check Little Things : A good reminder that if something doesn't look right, fix it before it becomes a big problem!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ship by Crowley's

This ship (integrated tug and barge actually) was heading into the lake this afternoon. This picture was taken from Crowley's Harbor Master shed on the Calumet River. Behind the railway lift bridge is the Chicago Skyway bridge.

Donnybrook last fall

This is Donnybrook at Crowley's last fall before her winter neighbors moved in.

Entry #1: March 20, 2010

Spring is here, although you can't tell by today's weather (32 and snow). Yesterday it was 71 and Sunny. That's life in Chicago at this transitional time of year.

This is the view from the helm inside Crowley's inside unheated (or cold storage as I call it) storage shed. There was more activity at the yard than I expected due to the weather. I saw people working on 4 or 5 other boats.

Today Mike and I began topping off battery charge and assessing spring projects. Other than normal spring washing and waxing, rubrail replacement and outhaul upgrade are on the list. We removed the boom end caps to remove the outhaul.