Saturday, August 31, 2013


Christening Agenda
Welcome everyone as they arrive and give one swag bag to each Family
Boat tour
Introduce Father Javier
Father Javier blesses the Ave Maris Stella 
Trooper Keeton sings Ave Maris Stella or
everyone please take out the blue book mark from your bags and pray the Ave Maris  Stella together
Pass out champagne glasses (Hold for King Neptune Ceremony)
4 volunteers to pour champagne around boat or have everyone lined up around boat and pass champagne bottles pouring a little with each person. 4 bottles
King Neptune Ceremony ( Greg)
Speeches (Kathy)
Eats & Drinks
Disco Cruise
Anchor out and swim
at dusk sparklers

Hail Star of the Sea Hail, thou Star of ocean,
Portal of the sky !
Ever Virgin Mother
Of the Lord most high ! Oh ! by Gabriel's Ave,
Uttered long ago,
Eva's name reversing,
Establish peace below. Break the captive's fetters ;
Light on blindness pour ;
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore. Show thyself a Mother ;
Offer Him our sighs,
Who for us Incarnate
Did not thee despise. Virgin of all virgins !
To thy shelter take us :
Gentlest of the gentle !
Chaste and gentle make us. Still, as on we journey,
Help our weak endeavor ;
Till with thee and Jesus
We rejoice forever. Through the highest heaven,
To the Almighty Three,
Father, Son, and Spirit,
One same glory be.  Amen.
Ave Maris Stella Ave, Maris Stella,
Dei Mater alma,
Atque semper virgo,
Felix coeli porta. Sumens illud Ave
Gabrielis ore,
Funda nos in pace,
Mutans Evae nomen. Solve vincia reis
Profer lumen caecis,
Mala nostra pelle,
Bona cuncta posce. Monstra te esse Matrem,
Sumat per te preces
Qui pro nobis natus,
Tulit esse tuus. Virgo singularis,
Inter omnes mitis,
Nos culpis solutos
Mites fac et castos. Vitam praesta puram,
Iter para tutum;
Ut videntes Jesum
Semper collaetemur. Sit laus Deo Patri,
Summo Christo decus,
Spiritui Sancto,
Tribus honor unus.  Amen.

Stella Maris
Stella Maris
King Neptune Ceremony

"For thousands of years, we have gone to sea. We have crafted vessels to carry us and we have called them by name. These ships will nurture and care for us through perilous seas, and so we affectionately call them "she." To them we toast, and ask to celebrate "The Ave Maris Stella." Then everybody raises their champagne glasses and shouts "TO THE SAILORS OF OLD…TO THE AVE MARIS STELLA"
  Everybody takes a sip.
Then follow with:
"The moods of the sea are many, from tranquil to violent. We ask that this ship be given the strength to carry on. The keel is strong and she keeps out the pressures of the sea." Again the glasses are raised, and the assemblage shouts, "TO THE SEA...TO THE SAILORS OF OLD...TO THE SEA!"
  Everybody takes another sip.
"Today we come to name this lady The Ave Maris Stella, and send her to sea to be cared for, and to care for the The Goodwin family. We ask the sailors of old and the mood of God that is the sea to accept The Ave Maris Stella as her name, to help her through her passages, and allow her to return with her crew safely. " Again, with the raising of the glasses, "TO THE SEA...TO THE SAILORS BEFORE US...TO THE AVE MARIS STELLA."
  A last, long sip by all.
  Now pour champagne over the bow and in the water around all sides of the boat to appease King Neptune, and lay a branch of green leaves on the deck to ensure safe returns. 
Kathy's Speech
I thank everyone for coming to celebrate
this joyous occasion with us
I especially want to thank Father Javier from The beautiful Emmaus Catholic Church for Blessing the Ave Maris Stella.
This is very special to me. It is thru God's grace we have this gift and have called her Ave Maris Stella in dedication to our faith.

St. Thomas Aquinas' explanation of the title "Star of the Sea" for Our Lady  should resonate with all of us. Mary is, after all, the "true north," our guiding star, forever and unfailingly leading us to her Son during our sojourn here on earth. Through whatever life my bring, we need only turn to her, trusting that she will never cast us adrift.
To our friends and family, who have come from near and far. We love every one of you. Your friendship has made our lives so much brighter. I hope we can share many happy days together on the lake.
I want to Thank my darling husband for his devotion and strong work ethic. He made all this possible. May our time on the Ave Maris Stella always be happy and filled with love.
In closing: To my husband , Thank you baby. Everyday with you is like Christmas and every weekend the 4th of July. I love you with all my heart.

I am one of those people that plans to the nth degree. I like things to go according to plan . My Motto, I stole it from the Transporter movies is " Stick to the Plan , Always stick to the plan".

Last weekend I handed out 4 invitations to members of the rosary group I recently joined. One was to a little Japanese lady I had not met before, since I am so new. Well somehow she took my inviting her  to translate into her inviting 6000 members of the parish. I can only hope they don't show up, max capacity on this boat is 12.

I got a call from the deli this morning about my party trays, they misread the order and thought it was for today, until I clarified next week. So that issue was averted.

I am hoping the boat detailer is as good as he claims to be. He said technically he didn't need a key to clean our boat, so I took that as he had master keys so I didn't leave a key. OK issue but I will be up there early so hopefully that job can be completed.

Husband is going to be late. If there is one thing I have learned being married to a Mariner. Its if it can go wrong on crew change its gonna go wrong.


This is Sally and Beaujolais, and they are Two dogs on a boat. For the past five weekends the dogs and I have made the 4 hour drive up to the Lake where our boat is kept at a Marina.The dogs really seem to love the boat life. They have absolutely no problems maneuvering around the boat. We do have to take long walks to the beach 5 times a day for potty breaks, and so far there have been no accidents.
In the aft area I am trying to go for the Hemingway look on a budget. A little worldly. I have since bought and added a 4 shelf mini fridge back here. The tiny fridge in the galley is just too small, and I am sick to death of lugging ice and ice chests.
My husband got a promotion and command of another ship so he didn't get to stay home this summer as planned and work out all the kinks with this boat. So I was left the chore of dealing with the shifty boat dealership South Austin Marine and the lawyer who is filing suit against them for deceptive advertising, Deceptive trade practices etc. Nothing in life is honest and on the up and up anymore, You can't trust anyone especially big business.
In the meantime I have been decorating to my hearts content and learning the local area. I completed my Texas Boater Safety Course and received my certificate. I had tried to take power boating classes but there never seemed to be enough students to make the classes a go , so they were all cancelled. My husband will be back this week, so I will have the opportunity to learn from him. All the while I have been collecting my sea time, so once I am proficient at operating the boat I will have all my ducks in row to get my 100 ton Masters Licence. It is not something necessary for ownership of this type of boat but its something I have wanted to do for self fulfillment.
This is my little galley, where aside from the microwave no cooking has been done. I brought an electric pressure cooker on board as I read somewhere they were good for one pot fast cooking on boats with limited space. Truthfully I still don't know if the stove works, I haven't had the chance to turn it on.

This is the master bed as you can see Two dogs have already homesteaded it.
This is the dining table. Much to my husbands dismay, Yes! I did hang a chandelier above the table.
Every weekend when I go up I stop and buy flowers. It just seems to add that little bit of peaceful ambiance I am looking for.