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Lorraine DlsenAugust 25, 2013 - 10:50 am

Would love to follow you, but not with Instagram, but with email. Will check out if you have a link to follow that way.

Greats photos!


Our weekend. Plus a video!

Good times. Great friends. Fantastic sailing. That pretty much sums up our weekend complete with an afternoon, sunset sail with our friends on Saturday.

Somehow, we managed to out run the pocket of nasty weather that rolled through as we were headed out, and ended up with one amazing afternoon sailing in the Gulf.

And maybe my favorite video to date.:)

A few snapshots from the afternoon…

>>>i’m a sucker for sailing themed beers with cute labels.<<<

>>>how cute are these girls? love them!<<<

>>>awesome blue cheese guac! thank you pinterest for the recipe!<<<

>>>awesome friends + cold beer. what more could you want?<<<

>>>Our first-ever dinner party on the boat! We used our Magma marine grill (for the first-time ever on Saturday) after conveniently dropping the grill bowl off the dock into the water last week as we were cleaning it…and having to purchase a replacement. I’m sure that won’t be the last thing we lose overboard.<<<

>>>caprese skewers…and steak, chicken, + shrimp kebabs.<<<

>>>delicious lemon orzo pasta salad, watermelon-feta salad, and mini key limes pies!<<<

Hope you had a great weekend too!

>>Thanks for visiting LAHOWIND sailing blog! We’d love for you to get to know us and follow our story as we attempt to navigate a whole new world of sailing.

Chris JamesAugust 20, 2013 - 3:47 am

Favorite things about this post:
1) full sail (Oregon beer)
2) synchronized waving
3) Kim’s face when her and Jereme were waving under water

[…] in August, ya’ll might remember >>this fun little shin-dig<< we threw on our boat with our friends Heather+Jesse and Denise+Ryan. It was our very first […]

Mark StraubNovember 28, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Love your website/blog. I just found it the other day and am beginning to explore and follow your journey. I have high hopes of doing the same thing in the future. I love your pictures, so bright and colorful. Thanks for taking the time to share with others.

Tour de Crayton Cove!

On Sunday, I headed down to the boat to see if I could lend Jer a hand with a few boat projects he’s been working on. I made a point to stop and snap a few photos of the adorable Crayton Cove area before I walked down the dock to our boat.

We love having our boat docked down here at Crayton Cove — where 12th Avenue South meets the City Dock and Naples Bay.  It’s so quaint and charming.  Truly an unspoiled gem in Naples. We’ve definitely taken advantage of the Ships Store and Napoli on the Bay, a small pizza + ice cream shop that we’ve frequented.:)

As the Crayton Cove website says…”it’s an old salt’s delight!”

So, here’s a little Crayton Cove history lesson for you today…
In 1915, Annie Rivers and her son Chiz were among the first settlers of this area, then known as “The Back Bay,” because it provided the town’s first sheltered moorage. The Back Bay Docks, managed by Brembury Storter, catered to the fishing trade and, reportedly, a few prominent bootleggers. By 1927, Back Bay had become the community center for the year-round pioneers who were building the Tamiami Trail, creating a fishing industry, and laying the foundation for Naples. In 1935, Benny Morris purchased most of the area from Ed Crayton, and, to show his appreciation, renamed it “Crayton Cove”.  Today, Crayton Cove is anchored by the City Dock and hosts a handful of great stores and restaurants. Each year, it is the site for the Great Dock Canoe Race, arguably one of Naples’ most popular events, which celebrated its 37th anniversary in May 2013.

*We actually attended our first ever Great Dock Canoe Race this past May and watched all the action from the cockpit of s/v LAHO.  

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Chris JamesAugust 20, 2013 - 3:39 am

Haha, Chiz

Saturday Sail with Kim’s Parents!

Kim’s parents were in Naples for the weekend…so needless to say we had to try and get them out on the boat for their first-ever sailing experience!

The weather around here has been so unpredictable lately with lots of rain and thunderstorms popping up whenever. I was a little nervous we wouldn’t be able to get out sailing.

Luckily, we had sunshine and clear skies on Saturday and we were able to get out for a few hours in the morning. It was a little choppy in the Gulf, making for a slightly “sportier” sail (plus I was the lucky recipient of a fun little rope burn), so we decided to head back in and enjoy lunch at the dock.

How cute are my parents?! We had such a great time with them and are so glad they came to visit!

Sailing with The Youngs – August 2013 from Laho Wind on Vimeo.

>>Thanks for visiting LAHOWIND sailing blog! We’d love for you to get to know us and follow our story as we attempt to navigate a whole new world of sailing.

Chris JamesAugust 20, 2013 - 3:36 am

Favorite things in this video:
1) close in on faces into blur transition
2) Jereme really working that rope

Least favorite things:
1) Kim’s rope burn

Pump Up the Jam! Converting the Shower Sump Pump to the Backup Bilge Pump

Confused just by the blog post title?  Because I am.

Oh man. Talk about one confusing project!

Converting the sump pump is no fun on its own, but the previous boat owner made this project even that much more fun for us, having taken the liberty to modify the boat systems here and there, and thus making it quite difficult for us to tell what was what.

The previous owner told us there was one bilge pump in the bilge — an off-the-shelf rulematic submersible bilge pump — that he had rigged to a metal bar that dangled into the bilge.  He also had a float switch dangling in the bilge that was supposedly broken. The previous owner also told us there was a sump pump for the shower drain.

Apparently, we should have just taken his word for it on this one.

Instead, somehow Jereme decided, upon closer investigation with his buddy Chris, that what we actually had were TWO bilge pumps: 1.) the one mentioned above, and 2.) another one under the aft cabin bed that was not in use. There was an unused hose entering into the bilge right where this (#2.) pump was located, so we attached this seemingly “unused” pump to the bilge hose and voila! we had an automatic bilge pump on a float switch AND now a backup bilge pump on a manual switch if we ever needed it (i.e. if the other pump or float switch broke).

While Jereme was working on the water tank replacement project, he of course needed to empty the water tank.  He thought, “what better way to drain the water tank than to run the shower?”  Well….turns out, the shower sump began to fill with water and the pump did NOT turn on to pump out the shower sump!  WTH???

Jereme quickly realized what he had done. He had actually disconnected the shower sump pump to use it as the backup bilge pump.

Plans quickly changed, and he thought he would simply need to replace the shower sump pump.  Jereme bought a decent one on and brought it down to the boat to install it.  (Things can never be that easy, right?)

He then realized that we only have two hoses leaving the boat and they are both already in use!  So, we don’t have an outlet hose for the new shower pump.:(

Jereme got back together to consult with his buddy Chris, and together they decided that since the bilge is not dry, and probably never will be, the next best plan would be to simply remove the shower sump altogether, thereby removing a whole system that we would no longer need to maintain.  Seems logical.

It would also free up space for the water tank and give us an actual access point to the bilge (which we did not previously have).

So far, it’s turned out pretty well, but Jereme did keep the old shower sump if we realize what we did was stupid and need to replace it. 😉

*Side note…Turns out, the original float switch that the previous owner said was not working was only wired incorrectly.  Once Jereme rewired the switch, that bitch turned right on!

**Completely unnecessary side note…while Jereme and his buddy Chris were attempting to research and understand the real importance/necessity of having a shower sump, Chris did some Googling and found a boat owner that said “shower sumps are extremely necessary because feces will wash off in the shower and enter the shower sump instead of having feces going into the bilge.”  (I have no sources to reference on this little gem of information.)   I’m pretty sure Jereme and Chris had a good laugh at this since they told me… “well, we are going to have our feces in one sump or another, so why not just co-mingle our feces with our dirty bilge!”  😉

>>Thanks for visiting LAHOWIND sailing blog! We’d love for you to get to know us and follow our story as we attempt to navigate a whole new world of sailing.

[…] barbed fitting end into the hose (since he had recently done the same thing while working on the shower sump removal project).  The existing hoses on our boat are metal reinforced hoses that really just don’t […]

ElwoodSeptember 2, 2014 - 8:03 pm

As a second benifit to not having a shower sump, you can dump some dollar store cleaner into the shower drain and let it slosh around in the bilge with out lifting the floor boards.

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