What have we been doing?

We put Cold Watch up on the Hard on September 15th 2013.  That is when you put a boat up on Jack stands on land and store it out of the water for the winter,

The first line of work started with the DC electrical panel.   This what we started with.

Original DC Electric Panel

This is the finished product with many long cold days this winter.

New DC Electrical Panel

The next project was the A/C Electrical Panel (I would show  a before but there wasn’t any)

So this is the completed panel.

New A/C Electrical Panel

This spring we got to work on Tammy’s pet project, the name change.  As there are all sorts of rumors about changing the name and special ceremonies that must be performed we just said “to H### with it, and changed it.”

So you have the before

Old Name "Cold Watch"

The process

Repainting Stern

And we are now officially “Adventure”

Our Boat "Adventure"

We have completed several other projects but I’ll save those stories for a later day.

We would love to here some of your comments so don’t be shy!

Some well earned Thank You’s

I would like to thank several people that without their help we would not be were we are.

The first person would be my wife Tammy.  How she put up with this crazy idea I’m not sure.  But Thank You and I Love You!!!


The next would be Tom, William, and Captain Dan.  My crew through the travels of Cold Watch.  Hair raising at times calm and beautiful at times, but a true learning experience from the very beginning.  A special thank you to Captain Dan for all your knowledge of Captaining a boat and a gourmet cook besides.

IMG_1847 IMG_1583 William

Then a special thank you to Dawn and Emmett for putting up with me through the winter and Tammy and I since we moved up to Duluth.  A base of operation for us while we have been working on the boat.

Dawn Emmett

Then a thank you to all the individual’s that have helped work on the boat.  Tom, Emmett, William, Kaitlyn, and Brandon have helped get her ready for the relaunch later this week.

The story continues….

The boys took off from Waukegan marina.  With good weather they would make the trip from Waukegan to Duluth in 10 days give or take a day.  After we had bought the boat we needed to buy some things for the boat.  We needed a radar and a GPS system.  Radar will tell you if different ships are in your surrounding area & where they are.  GPS will give you your direction, maps and your depth.  We also bought PFD’s also known as personal floatation devices, or life jackets.  We ordered maps, not your basic road maps.  The maps laid out would take up your whole dinning room table.  These maps show you where the deep water, shallow water, rocks, and silt are.  Steve, Tom (oldest son) and Will (oldest grandson) were trying to instal the radar and the gps, now the boat is over 30 years old so the wiring that was done in the boat and the new equipment didn’t match up.  They were mounting the radar and found a cable they needed wasn’t long enough.  So they did what they could, did a temporary mount, hooked up the gps, and finally took off for Duluth. They took off from Waukegan, IL to Racine, WI where they stopped at a marina to fix the radar with the parts they needed.  They followed the coast to Milwaukee until they made it to Leland, MI and stayed overnight.  They needed gas but the gas station was already closed for the day.  In the morning with a full tank of gas and a good forecast took off again.  During that afternoon they reached the gray straits in MI.  A thunderstorm came up that afternoon.  Large waves came over the front of the boat, washing a line off the bow (front) of the boat.  The line went from the bow to where it was tied ran under the boat and through the prop(propeller) the engine stopped right away. What we didn’t know was, when the line went overboard and went through the prop it had enough torque to send the shaft through the bottom of the boat.  Now there is a hole in the bottom of the boat.  The boat was taking on water.  Without an engine they put the sails up.  The cabin (inside the boat) was ankle deep water.  The bilge pump had stopped working.  The bilg pump is a pump that when water reaches a certain point the pump should automatically pump the water out of the boat.  By this time they had made it to Mackinaw. That is at the top of Michigan’s mitten.  Steve had radioed for help, with no engine, no wind they were in trouble.  Someone from the marina was able to go out & pull them in.  With the boys safe, we had to pull the boat out of the water to take a look at how much damage had been done.  Everything was covered with our boaters insurance that we had taken out the week before.  We didn’t expect to have to use it so soon but we are sure glad we had it.  Now our boat is in Mackenaw, MI.  The boat repairs took about 4 weeks. IMG_1670 IMG_1669 They had to send our prop to Detroit, MI to straighten it.  Tom had to go back to work, a couple of guys in the office suggested to hire a captain to sail from Mackinaw to Duluth.  So that’s what we did.  After repairs were completed the boys Steve, Will & Captain Dan took off for Duluth.  Without anymore major incidences they pulled into Barkers Island on Lake Superior August 28, 2013.  We sailed it one last time that Labor Day weekend.IMG_1573 IMG_1657 IMG_1569

How this “Adventure” came about

2010 Marathon Florida Sunset at Barneys 11

It was in July 2011.  Our youngest daughter Beth, Steve & I were on vacation in Marathon, FL.  Marathon is located about 55 miles from Key West, FL.


Truly Margarita ville.  On our last day of vacation we went to Keys Fisheries.  With our belly’s full we were heading to our car when Steve stopped to look at the stores bulletin board.  On this board has boat listings of all kinds.  Some of which are in the marina behind the fish market.  Steve saw a listing for a 34 foot sailboat price listed at 13,500.00.  Beth & I kept making our way to the car. Once in the car, Steve is pretty excited.  He told us about the ad on the board, and then came the question…Steve asked me, “what would you think of living on a sailboat? Would you be willing to do that?”  My reply: Yeah, sure.  Now my reply was taken far different than what I meant.  When he asked, could you live on a sailboat? and I said yeah, sure I meant sure dear.  I will say yes and then you will obsess about it for a week or two and then it will be out of his system and be done with.  SO I THOUGHT.. Steve’s understanding was just that.  Our vacation was over.  Back in Mankato, MN, back to work to a job Steve didn’t enjoy very much.  then it started, all the new web sites, E Bay, Craigslist, Yacht World, Strictly Sailing and Sailboat Listings.  In August we take our whole family to Wisconsin Dells, WI for a week vacation.  It was there one night during dinner, Steve shared his great vision with the family, Now, having 5 grown kids and their spouses there were some mixed reactions.  After Steve laid out his whole plan about buying a sailboat, taking off & sail around the world.  Everyone turned around to look at me as if to say:  Is he serious? Talk some sense into him!!  After dinner a couple of our kids came up to me, is dad serious about this?  THIS IS CRAZY! HE’S CRAZY!!  I assured everyone it would be alright.  You know your dad, he’ll obsess over this for awhile and then he’ll move on to something else.  It never went away, it stuck.  So as the months went by Steve continued his searches.  January 2013 Steve said to me you need to take a couple days off from work, we are going to the Strictly Sail sailboat show in Chicago, IL.  “What”?  “why”?  To look at sailboats. They have seminars there too.  So, not understanding why we were going to a sailboat show, we went.  At this time I am still not “on board” 100% actually not even 50% really.  The seminars were interesting.  Steve wanted to stop at every booth.  I’m starting to realize this sailboat obsession of his IS NOT going away!!  After we got back from Chicago, I started to pay a little more attention to what he was looking at and what he was talking about.  May of 2013 took us down the east coast on a 6 week vacation.  We started in Maryland for our nephew’s collage graduation and some time with family.  Then down the coast to Myrtle Beach, SC for a few days.  Then headed for Marathon, FL.  While in Marathon, we met up with Bob Williams Who we met at the sailboat show in Chicago.  While meeting with Bob, Steve asked him many questions.  During their conversation, Steve asked Bob if he new anyone who might charter a sailboat for a day or two?  Bob told us he lives on his sailboat and he could be willing to take us out sailing for a day or two.  Well, that clinched it for Steve, and I began to understand his vision.  Sadly our time in Marathon was over too soon, but we will be back.  We had a week in Daytona beach.  It was there we started to look a little harder.  Bob Williams had given us quite a bit of information on what to look for in a sailboat and also what to stay away from.  Bob had also told us it would be better to buy a boat that has been in fresh water, not the ocean.  After all the information we had gotten from Bob and others, Steve was on the hunt even harder now.  Our 6 week vacation down the east coast was almost over.  Our last few days took us to Branson, MO.  Most people go to Branson for the music entertainment, nope not us.  Steve was on his web sites, calling people in the area who had sailboats for sale.  We did go look at one or two boats that week, but nothing we liked.  Steve contacted a couple of sellers in Illinois, so we started our very round about way home to MN.  We had a sailboat to look at in Peoria, IL.  and the other was in Waukegan, IL.  The first boat was nice with a lot of room, but needed quite a bit of work.  Then we drove to Waukegan, IL.  That is where we saw the last sailboat we looked at.  It was very nice inside and out.  We had a lot to think and talk about on our way home.  We had looked at 2 boats in IL that we were really interested in, so over the next couple of weeks we were in contact with both of the boat owners.  We made a list of pros and cons for both boats we looked at.  The first boat we looked at in Peoria, the owner wouldn’t come down on her price, and there were more things about her boat on the cons side.  So we focused more on the boat we saw in Waukegan marina.  The stars must have been in the right places because shortly we had a deal.  WE HAD A DEAL!  WE OWN A SAILBOAT!!  July 20, 2013 we were back in Waukegan signing paperwork.  Drove home that same day.  On Monday the 22nd I drove Steve, our oldest son Tom, and our oldest grandson Will.  Our daughter Beth came along to check out the boat and to keep me company on the trip back to MN.  Now with the boys on the boat and ready to set sail to Duluth….weather is not cooperating!!  They are stuck at the dock in Waukegan due to high winds.  Weather reports in the area said the winds should subside in a couple of days.  On Wednesday the 24th the boys long wait was over, time to set sail.