Blowing 30 … Look What Wanders In …

Since it’s been blowing 30+ for two days straight, we were slightly surprised to see a boat coming into the marina early this morning.  And not just any boat, but a 130′ Tall Ship named Peacemaker.  We were even more surprised when a bit later they put down the boarding steps and invited us to tour the tall ship.

Peacemaker at Stock Island F Dock

Peacemaker at Stock Island F Dock “East”. 🙂

There are a lot of really cool mega-yachts that come in to Stock Island Marina, but so far none of them have invited “the rest of us” aboard.  Until this morning.  I snapped a few photos….

Securing a bit of the 8000 square feet of sail

Securing a bit of the 8000 square feet of sail

Besides a detour to visit the tall ship, we cleaned the dinghy, cleaned the 3′ grass growing on the waterline, sanded out about 6 alligators residing in my sunny side varnish, 303’d the kayaks & dinghy, put the dinghy on deck …  generally did chores.  So touring the Tall Ship was a highlight today!  Plus it didn’t cost a cent and it came to us, how much better does it get!

Detail aboard

Detail aboard

A wooden tall ship built of Brazilian Hardwood - to build the boat, they had to buy an entire forest in Brazil!

A wooden tall ship built of Brazilian Hardwood – to build the boat, they had to buy an entire forest in Brazil!

Lines

Lines

Three masts, 126 feet high - more than twice the height of Winterlude's mast.  Naturally I wanted to climb, but no one invited me ... yet.

Three masts, 126 feet high – more than twice the height of Winterlude’s mast. Naturally I wanted to climb, but no one invited me … yet.

Lines ... and

Lines … and…

Peacemaker under full sail - glorious!  We missed this part...

Peacemaker under full sail – glorious! We missed this part… But they sailed down from Miami in 30 mph + winds on the beam under full sail.  Had to anchor outside because the draft is 14′ and there are a couple stops in the channel that are not that much….

Traditional steering wheel, not so traditional navigation equipment.

Traditional steering wheel, not so traditional navigation equipment.

And lastly … more lines…..

And yet more lines....

And yet more lines….

More Lines

And lastly, more lines….

We did see inside, but the photos were better outside.  🙂  Want to stop by and wander through?  If you’re in the area for the next couple of days, Peacemaker will be available for FREE public tours.     Cheers!  Jan

Comments

  1. Is Peacemaker in Marathon?

    • Peacemaker is still here at Stock Island Marina, Key West … at least as of today Feb 23 … heard they’re leaving soon, haven’t asked when. Cheers! Jan

  2. Re your TV solution. Do you know of this would work in the Bahamas?

    • By TV solution are you talking about our Winegard G2 portable satellite dish? If so, I’m sure it will NOT work in the Bahamas. But we haven’t tried it… Better ask someone in the Bahamas if they get DirecTV. 🙂 Cheers — Jan

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