C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

kayak project day

We made a long one day drive back to Mooresville, NC on the 27th.  With the time created via the marathon drive, I took on the task of finally addressing some maintenance and repair needs on my personal kayak.

Ten to twelve coats of color restoring wax brought back some of the original color to the deck of the kayak.  In the image included the bow is waxed and the stern is awaiting attention.  Note the ever present assistance from Carlie the dog.

With some help from Bud, I also addressed the nagging leak in the forward hatch.  We found a crack at the base of the hatch.  We hung the kayak upside down and laid up a doughnut section fiberglass cloth on the inside of the deck.

With my personal kayak looking good I am all the more eager to head back out to the Outer Banks for the NCOBS Staff Sea Kayak Camp.   It has been too long since I last visited the Core Banks.

Friday, August 27, 2010

a summer visit to our winter home

Our terrestrial travels are going well.  Anne and I departed C’est la Vie on Tuesday.  She is hopefully resting peacefully in Taylor’s Creek.  We spent Wednesday in Mooresville, NC visiting with the Lovett’s.  Thursday we drove to NCOBS’ Table Rock basecamp for an end of season debrief and the Staff Appreciation Dinner.  Anne and I enjoyed catching up with friends and co-workers.  Friday we caught a flight to Fort Myers and then rented a car.   By Friday afternoon we had the power, water, septic, phones, and internet up and running on Sunset Island.  The caretakers have been doing a good job of maintaining the base and thus far nature has been kind.  The image below was taken as we departed on the ferry boat.
Now we are headed back north in our personal car.  We have packed up supplies to do some sea kayaking, bottom paint C’est la Vie, and attend an October wedding in Maine prior to returning to Sunset Island in mid October.