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, April 21, 2012

T/T Segundo on the water at last

On Friday I completed the finish work on the dinghy rebuild - installed the bow & stern eye bolts, installed the water tight hatch in the bow; added the FL registration numbers, and waxed the hull.

Despite  thunderstorms rolling across south Florida on Saturday we launched  the pram and christened her "Segundo"

Segundo is Spanish for "second".  Anne and I settled on the name b/c this is the pram's second life and it is our second dinghy.  Once the celebration ebbed and the bubbly was imbibed, Trish and I took her out for a test drive in the Barron River.

I still have some minor finish work and tweaks (i.e. install the oar locks, install a pad for the motor mounts, replace the metal stern eyes for rope eyes.)  She is a boat so I guess this means she will never really be done.  The next big step will be to figure out how to store her on C'est la Vie's foredeck.

High winds and thunderstorms are forecast for the Gulf waters through Sunday so we have a couple more days to continue prepping for our trip.


  1. Sweet, how did she motor?

  2. Her hull speed under motor is much slower than I expected relative to the same 2 hp Honda on our first dinghy an 8ft porta boat. Segundo actually did better with two passengers likely because the hull remained more flat relative to the surface of the water. Not to worry we did not commit to this design in search of speed.

    We row the dinghy as much as we motor so I am eager to get the oar locks mounted and head out. The winds have died here so I will likely get that done this morning.

    1. It looks like it would be comfortable to row. I was impressed by the waterproof compartment. No doubt that will come in handy.