Sunday, December 30, 2007

She's All Wrapped Up!

It was the day after a snowy night. We'd gone out to the boat to start the winterizing process and much to our dismay, this is what we found....

Reel it In Panaroy was soooo cold. She had ice all around her and she was covered with snow.

Here is paul out on the bow trying to clear off all the ice and snow before we move her. We had to get the "poop" tank pumped out before the winterizing man came. It took us about 2 hours to get her cleaned up and the canvas off but we did it.

By the end of the day, she was taking a ride on the lift to her new dry dock parking spot. Sniff sniff.

Here she is all wrapped up like a Christmas present. It's going to be a long 5 months until she "comes out". I can't waituntil we can put our name on the boat. It just got too cold after we got the "sticker" to put on the back. So it will just have to wait until spring.

She looks so big outside of the water. The company that did the shrink wrap did a great job.

Here is what she looks like from the inside. They place these 2x4's to create the circus tent look.

Here is Paul going down under to check on things. He's already counting the minutes.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Captain's Log - 12/1/07

It was a windy wavy day...

Faron gets us set up....

The loot. Hmm.....

Fishing is officially retired fo the season.
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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Captains Log 11/25/07

Hey Faron! Is that you?? We missed you guys this weekend!!!

Paul is looking for that perfect fishing spot. It was cloudy in the morning but the sun did not disappoint. It was a mere 50 but the sun really made it feel much warmer.

Paul catches another keeper today on a tandem trolling rig. While he was trolling, I was basking in the glory of the beautiful sunshine (taking a nap!)

Phew after our day of fishing, Paul worked again on the boat name step 2: trying the get the glue off the boat. Yesterday we tried goo gone. Normally that would work but this is some kind of kick ass industrial strength glue. Today we tried nail polish remover (with acetone). It came off but Paul continued to work on it to ensure that it will never be seen again. He applied wax to the back and then cleaned it up with some windex. Stay tuned next week for step 3.

The Loot!
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Gobble Gobble

Captains Log.... 11/23/07
Working on getting the old name off the boat.... what a process! Step one: Hot water to remove the existing lettering.

Captains Log... 11/24/07
It was the coldest night yet in Maryland.... Woke up at the marina to find ice outside. Are we really going fishing?
Paul's first striper bass keeper! It turned out to be a sunny and wonderful day.
We see many tankers go by. I just like to take pictures of them for no particular reason.
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Monday, November 19, 2007

Captains Log - November 17, 2007

Paul Royston

Nancy Royston

I caught my biggest fish EVER! Look at the size of this jammer! That's gonna make some good eats for sure.

Faron Smith

While Faron did have the biggest fish catch of the day, his "special" catch shown here was very exciting indeed. We're going to have to check the DNR to see if there is a limit on birds. That appears to be two weeks in a row for him. But who could certainly blame him when you are faced with the below challenge of fishing in between the "lines". The "deadliest catch".

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veteran's Weekend!

We went fishing today with sunrise at 6:44am. Boy does that look wonderful over the bay bridge or what? It really is something to see when the slit of the sun is just cresting over the horizon and you get to see the entire red ball of flames come up into the sky. Faron Jr. and I were singing "Here comes the sun". It was priceless.

Paul got a chance to hold the pole a little today while I was at the boat wheel. I did okay but Paul did great! See below!

Our first rock keeper. It made waking up at 5:30 worth it!

We also caught some perch which I really love to eat. We got to break in our live well which was really cool. We caught a bunch of those and I can't wait to eat them up.
Here is Faron Jr. waiting for us to pull into the slip. We've got our dock line duties all lined up. We're a good team.
We had to break early for Grace's baptism so here we are cleaning up the boat before heading out. Since tomorrow is a holiday for Paul, maybe he will be heading out on Reel It In Panaroy tomorrow so stay tuned.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Our first fishing weekend!

Here we are on our perfect morning. Paul's getting ready to take us out!

Pulling out of the Marina...

The sun was just coming up over the Chesapeake.

Here is Nancy fishing from the bow. I think I'm going to have to work on my balance over the winter. Just like Mr. Miyagi says, "Musta have balance". I did catch one from up there!

We caught a ton of fish but nothing that we could keep. The size minimum is 18" on the rock fish so we just had fun catching and releasing. See my shiny new pole and reel!

We stopped for lunch at Kentmoor Restaurant. After Paul, Faron, Faron Jr. and I had a hearty bunch of crabs for lunch, we hopped back in the boat to leave and make our first trip the gas station. I won't ever complain about filling up our truck EVER again! Reel It In Panaroy has 2 gas tanks totaling 230 gallons! Gas on the water is more than gas on land so you can do the math. OUCH. But, it's a small price to pay for all the fun we're going to have on her.

The last bit of drama for the day was when Faron Sr. made the big catch of the day... and it wasn't the kind of catch you take home and fry up in a pan....

Paul sprung into quick action to save Mr. Bird. He got soaked on the swim platform but went to work to save him.
Thankfully, Mr. Bird did not get hooked. He only got a little tangled in the line. Paul got it taken care of and Mr. Bird started to get a little crazy. He jumped off the swim platform with the towel that Paul was using to protect his hands. Mr. Bird was in the water with the towel covering him! Mr. Bird was drowning! We had to save Mr. Bird. Faron Sr. put the boat in action.... Paul quickly got the boat hook and when we got close to him, he lifted the towel off of Mr. Bird and he flew away. Phew... disaster averted. That sure wouldn't have been good if we had killed a bird on our first fishing trip out now would it?

Monday, October 29, 2007

3 Hour Tour....

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, that started from this Delaware Marina, aboard this tiny ship.

The mate was a mightly sailin' man, the Skipper brave and sure. One passenger set sail that day for a three hour tour. A three hour tour.

The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed.

If not for the courage of the fearless crew, Reel It In Panaroy would be lost. Reel It In Panaroy would be lost.

The ship set ground in the slip of this charted marina, with Nancy and the Skipper too!

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Now this is blog of the Royston's, they're here for a long, long time, they'll have to make the best of things, it's an uphill climb. The first mate and the Skipper too, will do their very best, to make the others comfortable, in the Chesapeake Bay's nest. So join us here each week my friends, you're sure to get a smile, from two new boaters who wish they were cast-a-ways, here on

Reel It In Panaroy.

Here she is:

It wouldn't be right if there wasn't more drama involved in our quest to be boat owners and our first night on the boat was full of it. We pulled into the slip and thankfully, Faron and Mickey were there to help with the lines (being that it was my first time and all). After tall stories of our venture and a quick bite to eat at the local diner, we watched a little Rock Star and decided it was time to sleep.

First thing to figure out was how we were to be "arranged" on the bed. Head to the right (starboard), head to the left (port).... did Paul have enough room across the bed? We decided head to the left (port).. that way, we can see the TV from the bed.

At 2am while we were fast asleep... the CO2 monitor started to go off. I immediately shot right up. OMG! For those of you who don't know... Carbon Monoxide is the "silent killer". My advice to you? Don't read the CO2 manual at 2 in the morning. CO2..... we're gonna die! We gotta get outta here and right NOW! So at 3am, we took our pillows and sleeping bags and slept on our friends boat on B dock. Luckily they had given us their key "just in case".

The next day, we investigated further and have come to the conclusion that the device was faulty. We were not running anything and therefore it should not have gone off. We switched out that monitor for a different one and the adventure continues.