The Dreaded Toe Rail

The dreaded toe rail is boat work from hell. I’m well into 40 hours spread out over a year and a half on this project, but should be done real soon. Just finished a 3rd coat of Sikkens Cetol Light and next its 2 coats of the clear.  

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Maui Windsurf Video Selfie

Maui Windsurf Video Selfie from John Coffey on Vimeo.

Windsurfing video selfie at Kanaha State Park in Maui using a rubber mast mounted Contour Roam 2. Many thanks to Matt Pritchard for renting the most amazing equipment for my week stay. Hope to get back next year for a wave clinic.

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Haiku Maui

We’re halfway through our stay in the beautiful upcountry of Haiku on the north shore of Maui. It’s a far cry from the high rise hotel areas on the leeway side. I’ll be posting a more complete post of the trip when I get back to Philadelphia. This is the street we are staying on which is just off the Hana Highway.     

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Bike road rage in West Philly!

West Philly Bike Road Rage from John Coffey on Vimeo.

I just so happend to be giving my Contour HD camera a bit of a work out since it is now spring and it’s daylight when I go to work and come home. Bike riding has become so dangerous in recent years due to smart phones, ignorant drivers and in this case a lazy Mr Softee driver. This was an especially enertaining ride home and is not typical of my commute. Camera is an older Contour HD and I like using it because it has a wind filter which cuts down on wind noise.

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Sailing Season 2015 has commenced!

The season has begun, nice south winds that kept our boat speed at 5-6 knots for a few hours. Off to Lakes Bay Atlantic City to pick up a new windsurf board. My last one!

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Almost splashed!

Just over 6 weeks ago, Swan Creek in Rock Hall Maryland was completely frozen over. I’m taking a few moments to get motivated to head back to the boat yard and start the horrible task of waxing the hull. But it looks like In Like Flynn will be splashed by next week.

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Spring Cleaning Season

A cold front brought in frigid temps to the freezing mark in Rock Hall MD today. I did a day trip to take off the boat cover but the lines that secure it were all frozen, and the wind was blowing off the bay making it a very cold day. I did manage to get in the boat and start up the heater so I could hook up the batteries and start working on the stopcocks. Well, hopefully it’s warmer by the end of the week. Three weeks till splash if I’m lucky!

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Windsurfing Selfie with Contour Roam 2

Windsurfing Selfie in Hatteras from John Coffey on Vimeo.

Today the Philly weatherman posted a graphic reading “In the last 12 days only 32 Hrs.above freezing”. Well if that isn’t enough to get me to stay inside and edit video from last August at Pamlico Sound in Hatteras NC. Everyone knows what a GoPro camera is but I’ve been a loyal user of the Contour cameras and really love their Flex Strap Mount which fits amazingly snug on the mast just above the boom. In the past I’ve kept the Contour Roam 2 in a waterproof housing but noticed the extra weight of the housing caused a bit of a bounce in bumpy water. This time I put my faith in the cameras claim that it is waterproof down to 3 feet. Well, it sure was and the footage was much smoother than what i had experimented with before. The other camera used was a waterproof Kodak Zx3 a fine camera that is so easy to use, Samantha had no problem getting the other shots of me. Looking forward to heading back there in 6 weeks but I think I’ll be needing a new warmer wet suit.
Boat Drinks, Jimmy!

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