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New Crew For Christmas

December 23, 2017

Digging deep into our storage locker we came upon two stowawayds (thanks to a very dear friend in Victoria, Annie Boldt). Trying to introduce them into the ways of the sea has been difficult as they are more used to sleds and ice. However, persistence and patience has paid dividends as we teach them the intricacies of navigating through the pirate infested waters of French Caribbean waters. Here are a few pictures of our new crew getting used to the ropes, so to speak Being armless has presented a few problems with winch work but they’re getting the hang of it and learning fast.

Steering has been a snap as they run between the sections of the steering wheel while trying to keep the Christmas tree in the upright position. Anchoring, of course, is a big component and again without arms, a challenge but I promised that some time in the far future I’ll fork out for an electric windlass so then all they have to do is push the button. And the there’s the dinghy. They love the engine and I’m always warning them of the water police and speeding through the anchorage. Finally, though, and the item they enjoy imbibing in to a big degree is the apres-work activities. I didn’t tell them that it’s not really Appleton rum but rather a great brand from Martinique called Clement Agricole.

MERRY CHRISTMAS – May You All Have A Jolly Season Along With Our Stowaways.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Boyd permalink
    December 23, 2017 20:13

    And the best to you two as well.


  2. December 23, 2017 20:19

    You can always explain to your sliver.-headed crew about their long-lost uncle, Chip Log.
    Have a great Christmas. Wx here for tomorrow is forecasting up to 10 cm of snow, we already have two inches of trampled frozen slush for a base.

  3. Wayno permalink
    December 23, 2017 21:28

    I saw snow once. Even touched it. Nice one Tony, Happy Christmas mate.

  4. Barrie permalink
    December 23, 2017 22:07

    Tony and Connie,

    I wound not rely on this crew if I were you.

    Wishing you the very best this holiday season and always.

    Barrie and Sandra

  5. Louise B permalink
    December 23, 2017 22:26

    You’re hilarious. How do you expect them to push the button on the electric windlass with no arms?

    Merry Christmas to you both.

    • December 23, 2017 22:36

      Jump on it!

      Tony GibbOnboard Sage

  6. Judi Klontz permalink
    December 23, 2017 22:30

    Best wishes for a HaPpY cHrIsTmAs and all the best in 2018. It’s 40 C in Queensland !

  7. December 23, 2017 23:32

    Ha ha, this blog had me laughing OUT LOUD!
    I bought those at Craig and Barbs store way back ‘in the day’ and I have 3 or 4 smaller ones at Dad’s house in our Xmas box. I love them+++
    They came from the drift wood that collects on the little bay below Ogden Point Cafe.
    Some very smart artistic woman made a lot of $ on them that year.
    I have forwarded this blog to Barbie too as I know she will get a kick out of them too.

    So have a merry merry guys.. always hard to get hept’d ( ? spelling) up about a real Xmas in the tropics so we don’t really try. .now the NYE party is worth getting hept’d up for alright.

    We are off to PV mañana for 2 nights for a change of scenery.

    Love you guys and missing you and these harmless armless guys really take me back!!!!

    Annie B.

  8. December 24, 2017 04:55

    Ho, ho, ho! Great news! Happy Christmas to new and ‘old’ Sage crew. Hope the newbies enjoy Marin/St Anne as much as we did last year!

  9. Edwin permalink
    December 24, 2017 15:29

    Sooo– stick it up your windlass–I guess!! Merry Merry kids. Teddyo.

  10. David Reck permalink
    December 24, 2017 19:53

    Who would carry wooden wise men on boar their boat? You obviously are in a calmer amchorage than we are. We need safety harnesses to keep them in place on Strider.

    Merry Christmas!

    Dave & Marcia

    • December 24, 2017 21:57

      They are wise so they keep their balance.

      Tony GibbOnboard Sage

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