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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

more than a little help from a friend

We owe a huge thanks to a local friend that returned our ready to be primed windlass today.  He who cannot be named works as a military contractor in a facility that services some of the US Navy's vessels.  I went to him for advice in disassembling the windlass.  Over time and countless soakings of salt water many of the stainless steel fasteners seized to the cast aluminum body.  Together we were unable to make progress.  So our windlass took a field trip to a military machine shop where our tax dollars provided all the fancy tools and experience to resurrect our windlass.  Below is a before image of the windlass.

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