Captain's Log: Stardate 11124.7
Despite the chilly air and the forecast for snow tomorrow (aaaaaarrrrrgh!!), my calendar still says it's Springtime -- and just a few short weeks from the launch of the Enterprise and the start of a great season of racing and boating here in New York.

Having spent some time on board during the warmer of the weekend days, we've already done some big upgrades and repairs. And, thanks to the annual Defender Warehouse Sale, paint and parts are now on the way -- all to keep us on schedule for launch.

On a side note; most of the crew (except, maybe, my father) don't know my sister Jan,who is a producer on Live! with Regis and Kelly, that daytime talk show featuring a man older than the planet itself and a woman who is skinny enough to replace the Cryptkeeper. The reason Jan is pretty much an unknown on the Enterprise because her idea of sailing usually involves sunbathing, a cocktail and a nap -- not exactly a recipe for going fast.

Anyway, Jan's been involved with something pretty major lately. On February 25th, Dean Karnazes, renowned ultra-marathon runner and one of Time Magazine's most influential people, began a cross-country run, starting in California. Think Forrest Gump without the Robert Zemeckis editing team.

For nearly 75 days, Dean will be running 40 to 50 miles daily, from CA to the Regis and Kelly studio in NY – expecting to finish in mid-May -- entirely Jan's project for the show.

The purpose of the run is to raise awareness of health and fitness in the U.S., particularly for children and he and the Live! with Regis and Kelly show have aligned with Action for Healthy Kids, the nation's leading, nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment. This organization is focused on helping schools become healthier places and encourages kids to learn more about good health.

To learn more about the event, you can visit the Live! with Regis and Kelly website. And, if you feel the need to help out with a tax-deductable donation, please visit the donation site.

As you can imagine, this is a highlight in Jan's career (it's all downhill from here, Jan) and a great opportunity to do your part for this great cause.

Captain's Log: Stardate 11120.0
This past weekend, as the temperatures finally went above 50, we decided to pay a visit to Starbase One and check up on the Enterprise's status after the Winter From Hell.

And although there is much work to be done on board before she can once again sail the final frontier, I can't even begin to describe how GREAT it felt to be back on board again. I'm not sure non-boat-owners will understand, but there was a definite "the Snowpocalypse is over, I survived, and I'm finally home again" feeling to it.

Unfortunately, my house batteries were deader than Charlie Sheen's acting career showing an abysmal 11.9 volts despite the solar panel's 0.1 amp of charging power going in. I'm not really all that surprised since I went cheap two years ago and they were showing signs of damage after the overcharging alternator issues of 2010. I'm hopeful I can resurrect the starting battery, showing a measly 12.2 volts.

How expensive are a good set of new house batteries? Let's just say I'm keeping notes of the security camera locations and which tellers look like they'll scare easily at my local bank.

That will also help with the ever-growing shopping cart at Defender.com stuffed with bottom paint, cleaners, marine tex, and various supplies needed to return the Enterprise to her flagship status.

So, even though the tax season looks like it could be very very good for me, I think I need to hold off a year or so before buying any new sails. Plus I may need to bank some dough to move -- but that's a whole other story. I won't go into details, but if you ever run into a guy named Rocky who lives in the apartment below mine, just punch him in the face, then shrug saying, "Captain's orders."

Work begins on the Enterprise next weekend, weather permitting. We launch in less than two months and I've already got the "fever" to go boldly.