Gut Rumbles

December 15, 2005

pissed him off

Recondo 32 responds to "mrchuck" in the comments about his sailboat:

Since all your fans seem to think I'm taking you off to drown you, perhaps you should let them know my qualifications. I held a 100 ton ocean master ticket, I've been the captain of a research vessel, I've been a charter captain, and misc other jobs around boats. No the boat is not ready to go to sea thats why it's going to the yard first for the underwater work and I have a couple of months to do the required upgrades for the trip which is damn near coast wise. All the electronics will have backups and if necessary I know how to do a sight reduction (that's celestial for you armchair sailors). She'll be ready before we roll, you'll be safe, but I still reserve the right to keelhaul.

Recondo may be as crazy as a shithouse rat in a lot of ways (which is one reason I like him), but he ain't dumb. Besides--- this "YOU'RE GONNA DIE! DON'T TAKE IT OUT OF THE BAY!" stuff just pisses me off.

We've become so risk-adverse as a society that I'm suprised somebody hasn't recommended that Recondo sell the boat and buy plane tickets to FLY to Belize. It's much safer that way.

Got-dam. Whatever happened to the philosophy of "No risk, no reward?" If humans had held to that kind of thinking throughout history, we'd still be squatting in caves and worshipping thunder-gods.

I'm not talking about being foolhardy. Hell, if you want foolhardy, just look at what Columbus did. We're better off RIGHT NOW than he was when he set sail. At least WE know where we're going.

And I am reasonably certain that we can get there, too.


I have known Rick, [recondo 32], for over 30 years. If he says it will be ready, you can take that to the bank.

Posted by: Dennis on December 15, 2005 10:34 AM

Dennis, email me. I need your address.


Posted by: recondo32 on December 15, 2005 10:47 AM

Oh you're going to love Belize. It's one of my favorite places on the Carribean. Great weather, Mayan ruins and a decent coral reef for snorkelling.

A polite and civilized population outside of B-City. They all talk with lovely accents, either English or that patois thing and it's the only place in the world where you can get pink tonic water. Somehow it tastes better but maybe it's because you're drinking it while wild flocks of parakeets are flyiing past.

I don't know from boats, but I have to say that tub looks a little small in the picture. I'm not sure I'd want to sail out of sight of land in it myself , but then I'm a flyer. I'd go in a 2 seat puddle jumper over the ocean any day of the week.

I am really jealous about this destination though. It's been way too long since I've been there.

Posted by: Libby on December 15, 2005 11:24 AM

I'll second that on Belize. Make sure you go to Ambergris Cay, It was a great place to dive and party in the late '70's. Don't know about today, would like a current report.

Sounds like Recondo is plenty savvy about boats and passages, you will be fine. Keep us posted about the trip, it sounds great!!! Wish I could go and relive my salad days.


Posted by: knothead on December 15, 2005 01:32 PM

Hey, I'd trust him. And I'd love to stowaway.

Posted by: caltechgirl on December 15, 2005 01:46 PM

But where would you hide CalTG? Just to be clear so Recondo doesn't get mad at me, it's not his judgment in boats or his skills as a captain that put me off, it's claustrophobia.

I don't know how long it takes to sail there, but I figure if it's more than three days, I'd be driving the captain crazy with my motormouth and they'd have me walking the plank.

Posted by: Libby on December 15, 2005 02:44 PM

You fellas need crew, for the ICW or Belize, I'll sign on. Not much with blowmotors, but I can keep that Perkins purrin', and make electrical sparky things work most of the time, even radios and such.

Posted by: ernie on December 15, 2005 04:08 PM

sounds like a fun trip. Be sure to at least a 9/0 reel and a 89# class rod with you. Lots of Wahoo once you get into warm blue water.

Posted by: GUYK on December 15, 2005 04:10 PM

Rob, I found the same sailboat that your friend says is a 32 foot. The ad you show on your blog says it is a 30' and not a 32foot.
I know it is only a 2 foot difference, BUT out in the "blue water", in the "wind", this means a whole lot to the safety and performance of all.
So, call it a 30 foot will ya. IT ain't a 32 foot.

Sorry I pissed you and your buddy off, BUT I have to go to sea several times a year here in the Sea of Cortez, to rescue sailboats that have broken down and are foundering at sea, and hollering their lungs off on the vhf marine radio for help.
You see, Mexico does NOT have any rescue vessels like everybody relies on in the USA!!
Yep, NONE. It doesn't exist.
Sure they have an armada(Mexican Navy), but unless they stumble upon you by accident, they don't do rescues.
Maybe another passing vessel will help you, and then again, maybe not.
Keep your fans posted on this "endeavor".
Hey, that's a good name for the boat,,,,
Saludos y buena suerte,,,,mc

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Posted by: mrchuck on December 15, 2005 06:03 PM

I don't know my aft from a hole in the ground, so I shouldn't even comment on this thread but I forgot to say how much I like the name.

I only know recondo from his comments here but somehow it strikes me as as perfect.

Posted by: Libby on December 15, 2005 06:26 PM

Smooth sailing, amigos...keep the wind at your back.

And ya better damn well send us some postcards!

Posted by: Maggie on December 15, 2005 07:49 PM

You only live once. Get on that boat ;)

Posted by: pril on December 17, 2005 02:38 PM

I was lucky enough to spend a week in Belize a few years back. A couple comments....

1. Stop by Ambergris Cay (the big island off the coast*) and get a pizza. I forget the name of the place but it's right next to a church about a mile up the beach from San Pedro. The island is pretty much nothing but the small town of San Pedro and a beach to the north, so it should be easy to find.

I'm not exaggerating when I say this place has the best pizza I've ever tasted; and I'm from Chicago, where we _know_ good pizza.

2. Take firearms with you on the boat. There are pirates in the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding areas. No Joke. (I hear spreading thumbtacks on the deck at night is a good idea, as these pirates often go barefoot.)

3. I also recommend the parasailing at San Pedro. They give you a _lot_ of rope, and you go higher than I've ever seen them send you on that chute. TAKE A CAMERA UP WITH YOU. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

4. Pizza blah blah parasailing blah blah. Go See The Ruins on the mainland. Prepare for mosquitoes though. If you go to a travel clinic at home they might sell you some of the military-grade mosquito repellent. Great stuff, doesn't smell at all, and you will need it.

(*but of course you know that. A little exposition for the Belize-unaware. This is the island Madonna was singing about in "La Isla Bonita", as well as the location of the sleaziest reality show ever filmed: "Temptation Island".)

Posted by: Strider on December 19, 2005 01:46 PM
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