Sept 14, 2017

B4 CheckoutB4Checkout

The name of my boat occasionally results in people looking at the boat with their hand on their chin appearing to think Hmmmmmm.

I am at the age now when I can afford an ocean boat. It has been our plan to buy a boat and live in the Bahamas or other southern waters for longer periods of time. Owning this type of boat has been on the bucket list or something we have wanted to do before we leave this world. So B4Checkout was what we stuck with. Before Catalina 380we check out of this life. So check that off the bucket list. Also, I have been in the hotel business for many years. Checkout is a common term in the industry. And the company that helped us purchase the boat through our investment in the company B4Checkin played a part in the name. Several meanings but always results in great conversation with boaters or anyone interested in names.

We purchased our Cataline 380 in Maine this past June. We had a Catalina 25 prior to this one.

David Clark
General Manager
Atlantica Hotel Halifax

 

 

 

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Glory B

Glory B, Pearson 26 Hull #1715, originally came from Bluffers Park Yacht club. Her first owner was William Head. Later she was sold and to a couple whose first name was Gloria and Bill. Hence the name Glory B, however, this was a play on words because this is a name of a Wedding Hymn of the Catholic Church.

She won a lot of races at Bluffers Park, and then showed up at Frenchman's Bay, where she maintained her winning ways, ultimately she came to Whitby Yacht club in rather sad shape. Her sails were torn, her decks were powder, her rudder bushings were worn, her self starter was not working, she was leaking from three of her six keel bolts, and had mold growing under the floor boards. However, I have an eye for fast hulls and this was one.

The first job was to paint her decks, and clean the mold. While this was going on, Maggie Ross of Nautically yours Maggie ( not in existence now) repaired the sails. Next I had the starter on her motor brought back to operational. Then after cleaning the mold, and fixing the cause,I discovered the keel bolt problem. So, I had the keel dropped epoxied and new keel bolts installed.

However, problems were not over. It was when I was going out to a Wednesday night race in wavy conditions winch we use to hoist the sails hit me above the eye. I fixed this with sail tape and kept on going, swearing to run all the lines back. Which have been done. She was set up for white sail, now she carries a Spinnaker.

At Whitby Y.C, she still wins flags and she has won the non flying sail division of the Lake Ontario 300. However, the crewed Spinnaker division of the 300 still eludes her, she keeps getting beaten by Alchemist of the National Yacht club. But as long as I can rustle up crew I guess I will keep trying. But you have to be good,with great endurance to sail a 26 ft sloop on that race.

Anyway, everyone who has sailed on Glory B has hit their head on something, so again, Well Glory B it has happened again. Glory B to God on high, and peace to those on earth.

Cheers, Ian Robertson

 

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