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Sailboat Jumps!

What do you do when the sails are up, but the wind is non-existent?

…Sailboat jumps of course!

We may or may not have had a little too much fun taking turns jumping off the bow this weekend. Jer and I were joined by our good friends Chris+Heather for a Saturday sail off the coast of Naples.

A group of dolphin joined us as we headed out of Gordons Pass. I only (kinda, sorta) captured one dolphin on video (go figure), but a few of them were riding right with us just as we exited the Pass. Dolphin sightings never get old in my book.

Once out of the pass, we put up the main and jib, but the wind was not on our side that day. Instead, we entertained ourselves by jumping off the bow. Our friend Chris definitely wins “best jump!”  Jereme’s cannonball was a close second.

Here’s our first EVER iMovie video!!!  :))))

I’m not going to lie, it’s definitely a super beginner production, but holy moly I’m clearly already obsessed with iMovie! I cannot wait to make our next video. Oh, and please excuse the cruddy iphone and instagram videos. I will be exclusively using the GoPro or my Canon 7D for video coverage here on out.

PS – Warning! A certain someone in this video is extremely pale. Note to self, get tan. 😉

LahoWind Sailboat Jumps! 06.22.2013 from Laho Wind on Vimeo.

Happy Sailing!

Out with the old, in with the new (boat name)!

To change or not change your boat’s name? That is the age old question! Who am I kidding, renaming a sailboat is bad luck according to most.  Believe me, researching for this blog post had me scared straight. Just google “changing a boat name” and see what you find. There’s lots of naming ceremonies, rituals, greek god references, etc. etc. etc.

In a nutshell, according to legend, every vessel is recorded by name in the Ledger of the Deep and is known to Poseidon, the god of the sea. Therefore, if you wish to change the name of your boat, you must purge its name from the Poseidon’s ledger and perform ceremonial duties to rename the boat. What the?!?!

So basically we have to remove every trace of our boat’s current identity? And apparently cannot, under any circumstances, carry aboard any item bearing the boat’s new name until the purging and renaming ceremonies have been completed.  Hmmmm….

I almost told Jereme we had to keep her as Ms. Roxy forever. BUT, I think we found the loophole in that our boat has already been renamed at least once before. So we’re going to do it again, without all the hoopla noted above. And instead of worrying about all the aforementioned ceremonial duties, we decided to worry about the more important boat-naming matters at hand… ahem, a cool, unique name.

Bumfuzzle’s boat naming article on Sailfeed was a great resource and just reaffirmed our original idea for a name. We definitely did NOT want to be one of those people that named their boat “Nauti Buoy” or “Dream Weaver.”

So this week, we removed her existing nameplates to sand and replace Ms. Roxy with the new and improved, LAHO (pronounced LA-HOE, like tahoe).

You might be wondering what “laho” even means? Is it even a word?  The answer is no, “laho” is not a word, according to Webster’s dictionary. BUT it does have a special meaning to us. Both of which are big reasons we actually love “laho” as a boat name!

Jereme is very close with his Grandpa Leo, who went by the nickname Laho (given to him by his father). “Laho Inn” became the namesake of the adorably quaint hand-built family lake cottage in Pike Bay, Ontario on the Bruce Peninsula of Canada that Jereme and his family spent many summers at throughout his childhood. We took a trip all the way from Florida up to the cottage in 2011, and I snapped this picture…

When we were contemplating boat ownership and brainstorming names in 2013, one of us (I’m pretty sure it was me) remembered “Laho,” as a great boat name option. And “Laho Wind” a play on “Laho Inn” made perfect sense for all the accompanying pieces of our sailing journey – blog, social media, etc.

Referring back to Bumfuzzle’s tips, the only one I am now slightly concerned about is #6… ***When choosing a name you must think in terms of what you will become known as. Keeping in mind that when out cruising nobody you meet is going to remember your real names, they will only know you by your boat name.*** …Wondering if we might be called “The ho’s” one day?!….lol! Could be worse I suppose.

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David & ClaireDecember 23, 2014 - 3:37 am

Living the dream. Good for you. I ran across your blog yesterday and tonight we are sitting here reading your entries during commercials of the movie we are watching. Great blog. A note on your boat renaming. One of our favorite memories with our Catalina 36 was our renaming ceremony. We had over 20 friends and family on the boat with a black power canon salute at the end. Pretty sweet.

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Phew! Our first time out of the dock and we didn’t crash the boat.

It wasn’t pretty, or graceful I might add, but we made it safely out AND back in to our slip at the Naples City Dock!

After a few weeks safely secured at the Dock, we decided it was time to bite the bullet and get this girl (ahem, s/v LAHO) sailing. We can’t just let her sit here forever now can we?

The apprehension of having to dock her by ourselves is what’s been stalling us for a few weeks. As newbie sailors, we continue to be very concerned about the docking part of this new adventure. You never want to be “that guy” playing bumper boats in the marina as you try unsuccessfully to dock your boat, while ultimately damaging your or another expensive yacht.

Plus, it doesn’t help that our slip is center stage to the Dock’s observation deck, which is almost always chock full of voyeurs just waiting to see you screw up.:(

After weighing all our options, strategizing a plan, second guessing ourselves a bunch, photographing, videoing, and marking our dock lines with a sharpie, we finally scrounged up the courage to just do it!

We bought this boat for a reason didn’t we?

“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  ~Mark Twain

Sunday afternoon May 26, 2013 (and my birthday!!!), we threw off our lines and set sail! With Oliver in tow, of course!

We headed out of Gordon’s Pass in Naples into the Gulf of Mexico and day-sailed about 3 miles off the coast. It turned out to be not much of a sail since the winds were pretty weak. We only used our jib sail, but practiced tacking a few times while we were out.

After a few hours, we had to motor back in since the wind was rather nonexistent.

Neither Jereme nor myself were all too thrilled to head back in since that meant we would have to finally attempt..DUN DUN DUUUUNNNN… DOCKING!  And by ourselves. Ugh.

So, with a plan in place — Jereme would drive us in, and I would throw off the lines and stop this baby from hitting the dock! — we gave it a GO!  (Not sure who technically had the more difficult job, but there was no chance in hell I was going to be responsible for driving, at least not this early on.)

We very slowly and very cautiously drove into the marina. Jereme gracefully arched the boat out to the right to make the left turn into slip #64. Meanwhile, I was standing on the bow anxiously holding my line (and breath) waiting for just the right moment to do my part to stop the boat.  As luck would have it, out comes a neighboring boat owner to lend us a helping hand. That sure was nice of Gary, but BOY did he throw me off kilter.

Now, what the heck do I do? 

Throw him my line or stick with the plan we strategized over and over again?  Decisions, decisions.

I followed my gut and just threw him my line. And missed. Awesome. I pulled the line back as quick as my hands and fingers could manage and threw it once more. He caught it!  Thank god. Gary quickly placed it over the piling, while I simultaneously pulled the line to stop the boat.

My efforts weren’t quite quick enough. The boat may or may not have kinda sorta hit the dock. Oopsie!

The good news is, it just hit a little bit. If there’s such a thing? No scratches, no damage (other than our ego), and most importantly no damage to anyone else’s property. Yay!!! :)

That’s success in my book.

Jody - s/v Mary ChristineDecember 3, 2013 - 7:04 am

No Way!!! Kim, we have the same birthday!! How cool is that! I just turned 30 this year.

This post is exactly what I needed to hear. I love that Mark Twain quote and it couldn’t be more fitting for us. We are going through what you did and are nervous to take our boat out for a second time in fear of docking on return :) I’m definitely the nervous nelly when it comes to not knowing what I’m doing. Peter doesn’t worry so much. But like you did, we just need to go for it!!
I’m so glad I found this post!

LahoWindDecember 3, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Really?! Wow, that’s crazy! Except I turned 31. Yuck. 😉 -Kim

LahoWindDecember 3, 2013 - 12:23 pm

And then I just saw the rest of your post (for some reason only the first sentence came through on the back end). Don’t worry, you’ll be fine with docking. Just go SUPER slow and take it easy. Jereme has become a pro, while I’m still a little crappy with the lines. But we make it work. -Kim

Why not clean the boat’s bilge and A/C strainers today?

Why not clean the bilge and air conditioner strainers today?

That sounds like fun. Not!

Surprisingly, this project took WAY less time than expected. Our typical boat projects have a funny way of taking, on average, about four times as long as planned. This one took about one hour, start to finish.

Can you believe the amount of crap Jereme removed from one of two strainers. Gross!

Yes! That much gunk and grime came out of that small little bilge strainer he is holding.  Apparently, the old owner didn’t even know that this existed. So it sat unmaintained for atleast 6 years. Yikes! I guess some would say it was a little overdue for a cleaning. Ya think?