Flight of the Phalarope

I wanted to start this post with a little information on a unique bird and even more unique boat, the infalable, Phalarope:

Reversed sexual dimorphism and reproduction

The sexual dimorphism and contribution to parenting are reversed in the three phalarope species. Females are larger and more brightly colored than males. The females pursue males, compete for nesting territory, and will aggressively defend their nests and chosen mates. Once the females lay their eggs, they begin their southward migration, leaving the males to incubate the eggs and care for the young. Phalaropes are uncommon among birds and vertebrates in general in that they engage in polyandry, one female taking multiple male mates while males mate with only one female.

Should be an exciting summer on board with a motley mix of educational, exploratory, and social cruises. With a loose agenda and very excited, tight knit group of maintenance-aholics, this baby will be dazzling by launch day! Stay tuned as there is an exiting educational program in its development stages nearly ready to deploy. Until then, I will be laying back in the nest, fighting off any agressive female approaches!


Helios 2012 - The Start

The Start...

Saturday we began uncovering Helios from her shrink wrap, a feeling akin to that which butterfly larvae must feel as she breaks from her cocoon this same time of year. We actually found some larvae living on board (luckily above deck) of whose progress towards launch we will track here too!

After three winters stored here at Royal River Boat Yard in Yarmouth Maine, it is finally time to get Helios back in the water where she belongs. First projects are prepping the bottom for paint, assembling the interior of the boat which has received some fresh paint and varnish down below, some new plumbing, repairs and steady dust collection. Being about a week away from launch means we have to accelerate this week to stay on track, hope the weather is nice!

We witnessed the slow start of a fellow yachter amidst the midday sun, ready to hit the ocean yet firmly bound in the mud of the Royal River! It looked like they had about another six hours at least to gain the 5’ of water they needed in tide to float the ol’ girl. Did not look like they brought enough beer for that trip!

I also must mention that this begins the first official “Charlie’s Yacht Services” blog! I know I have a lot to learn since as I write this, I am not sure what will happen once I hit post. I hope to improve the frequency and content of what is added here for the benefit of those interested in the progress of this and other yachts under management here at CYS. That being said, any thoughts or comments on the blog are very much welcome so I can make sure to be adding relevant content as we go.

Check back soon for new posts and project updates, and until then…


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