Repairing the Broken Boat

Hi there,
Sorry it’s been a while. I was dealing with boat repairs and then came the holidays.

On the last blog, I had mentioned the damage that occurred to the boat. I ended up taking our 2 piece broken mast to an aluminum fabricator. He ended up reinforcing the broken area by putting a short aluminum rod on the inside of the mast, between the two pipes and the welding the mast back together.  The mast was previously broken and welded under the previous owners watch at the same location at some point. The cost was $50 for the repair and took less than an hour. The quick turn around was appreciated!

Next came the the forward shroud that had frayed. I ended up going to West Marine  as I heard they supply you with the tools to get the job done. Well, my first attempt was not so good. I’m sure it would have helped if they gave had given me the correct oval sleeve instead of a round stop sleeve. Talk about frustration….
I surrendered after an hour and a half of trying to put it all together with the help of the the West Marine associate.

Google and Youtube to the rescue! After doing some online research I went back and purchased the correct oval sleeve type and size from West Marine and went to work. After another hour and a half hand wrenching, wire bending / holding (not fun for a pro guitarist) and crimping with my arm pit, I was set. Very comical to watch I’m sure.  It would have been easier with 2 people, but I was just glad it finally came together. Not as neat looking as the previous one, but it will do.

Next part was the easiest. I had to rivet the two shroud attachments back onto the mast, reattach the chain plate on right side and also rivet the base of the mast back in place with some super long rivets that needed to special ordered online. Lesson. DON’T BE A DUMB ASS! Take your mast down as soon as you get the boat out of the water, even if you can’t find a parking spot.

She is finally ready for the water again. More adventures to come soon.

Happy New Year!!!!

Until Next Time,
Dennis Fermin


Redemption Sail / Mast Decapitation

I hope you all enjoyed the previous blog about our previous crazy Bus to RV conversion and travel adventures. If you haven’t seen the pics and crazy videos you can check them out here:

Below is a video clip of Stacey and I redeeming ourselves after our last sail during a rain storm. Not fun in a dinghy! The rain was coming down so hard that we couldn’t see a damn thing and had no idea what direction we were going in. Not to mention that the boat started taking on quite a bit of water. I strongly suggest not doing this in a smaller boat unless you have some type of navigational device and cover to use it under. Get your boat to shore or to the closest dock ASAP!!!!!!! My daughter (19) just happened to be on the boat this time, but I think she may be permanently traumatized by this experience. As usual I should have listened to my wife.

Redemption Sail:


Unfortunately, after a great sailing day we just happened to get into a little fight with a tree while moving the boat to an area so we could dismantle the mast. We lost the fight: the mast came down in 2 pieces, the front stay tore and two stays tore off the mast. OOOPS!!!! We will let you know how the repairs go on the next post. See you then!

Dennis Fermin

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The Adventures Begin

It’s been a slow start after Hurricane Mathew hit. The local community has been doing a lot of cleaning up and damage assessing. Fortunately, the Fermin family faired well with Mathew. Our little sailboat survived! The worst was being without  internet for just over a week.

So here we are trying our hand at a different market lately here in st. Augustine, Fl. The Wednesday Market by the Pier. Wish us luck!

So as promised, I said last time that I would give you run down about our interesting travel adventures over the past several years that have brought us to where we are today. Several years back we were living In a 3,600 square foot home in Ga. until the economy bottomed out. At that time I was a full- time private music instructor. Anyway we figured that we had two choices: we could rent a smaller place without the guarantee of having enough income to pay rent or we could begin our crazy travel adventures. After gaining some knowledge and inspiration from youtube we decided to take on a school bus RV home conversion project and hit the road.

We purchased an older 35 foot dog nose diesel Bluebird built in Ga. and went to work!
It was a challenging, but fun project. Learned lots of new things from steel work to plumbing, constructing walls and bunk beds and all kinds of crazy stuff. We completely re-did the ceiling since it was previously ripped off. Also put in 12 volt and 110 volt wiring throughout. Bathroom, shower, convertible couch, you name it! Way too many detail to get into, but you can catch lots of pictures and videos here:


Although,  It was an interesting, exciting and educational project. I couldn’t quite figure out how to make ends meet and support a family of 6 doing music entertainment while part time traveling so we decided to moved on, parked and eventually sold the bus once we decided to call St. Augustine, Fl. our home (for the time being).

Somehow along the line we have developed a taste for the gypsy lifestyle and the thirst continues! More to come in the next Senora del Mar blog post!

Dennis Fermin

Stacey, my wife babysitting our learner sailboat (Squirt) recently while waiting to plucked out of the water.

Figuring it all out

Most things in life we have found are not as easy as they would appear to be, but anything worth having is worth working for. Currently we are experimenting with a different markets to see which 2 are the best fit to sell our beach pallet art work through. All profits will go towards the purchase of our future sailboat. We have also set up a FB page along with a main website and etsy shop. Check them out and let us know what you think:
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It has been challenging finding the time to make it all happen, but it’s slowly coming together. This Saturday morning we are setting up shop at a new market in Ponte Vedra, Fl. Ok, not a great start I lol. just got a text asking if we can start the following week instead. Wait, I take that back. They were asking if I can perform music the following week. All is good. Wish us luck!

Hoping to find the time and the weather to take our little dinghy sailboat out again here soon to keep up on our sailing skills.

Next blog will most likely be about our previous small space living experiences (don’t want to miss this!) and more specifics on our future sailboat living plans. See you then!

Dennis Fermin

First Steps

So here we are taking our first step raising funds that will be used to purchase Señora del Mar, our sailboat. The first thing Stacey and I decided to do is to put together beach themed pallet art. I just happen to enjoy working with wood and Stacey has gotten pretty good at painting (those painting with a twist classes really paid off!). We decided to get involved with a couple of local farmers markets that I do some music entertainment performing for and go from there.


Well, today is the second time we set up shop at the Marineland Salt Air Farmers market (every Sunday from 10am-2:00pm btw). We sold our first piece, yeah! Not a heavy hitter haha, but it’s a start. We sold a $5 cork necklace so far.


Right from the beginning we decided that we did not want to get in debt in order to purchase the boat and that we didn’t want to sell our current home, but instead to rent it out in order to fund our future adventures. Since we don’t believe in hand-outs we are willing to do some work on the side to earn the money. We are also currently working on getting involved with a Saturday market or two. Wish us luck!

Until next time,
Dennis Fermin