Saturday, June 16, 2018

HURRICANE READINESS

This is the first time we are leaving our boat in the water for the hurricane season that is now until November. Before we prepare the extra steps needed; we do the usual "putting the boat away" stuff. We flushed and "pickled" the watermaker. We flushed the generator, both boat engines and the outboard motor. The top bimini is put away and all loose objects are gone off decks. We went and bought extra lines to secure this boat at the dock here at Vero Beach.


Top bimini is taken off and put away inside


We bought this product to place on the inside of all the windows to block out the fierce sunlight that shines in right through our curtains. Our air conditioner will not be on when we are away. Just a dehumidifier and a couple of fans.

Example of one window with the Reflectix stuff on

Lots of this stuff around the boat while Paul measures twice and cuts once to fit the windows.





We ordered our new lines at Walmart.com and had delivered to the nearest store. We have 16 lines on our boat to the docks and piles. We want to sleep well when the first hurricane come through Vero!



We used our bridle too as extra security.

We travel to Ontario! I will post on blog one more time in the upcoming week. It is the one I like titled By The Numbers. It is a recap of our winter. Check in here late summer if want as we may come down for a week or two.

We bought a laptop so this post is the first using the new computer and great keyboard. I love it and much better than that small phone.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

TWO MONTHS ALMOST

We arrived in Bahamas on April 8 and we crossed the Gulf Stream back on June 7. We met so many great new boating friends.


We usually travel from Nassau to Chub Cay which is 5 hours then we do a 10 hour day next day. This time I was comfortable enough to anchor right on the Banks. Nothing there. Hours from land. We traveled a short distance from the route that boaters take and left all outside lights on along with the normal anchor light.



When you are out in the big waters you can come across these large "islands" of seaweed. These are food sources for birds on top and fish below. Then because of the various fish below there are Mahi Mahi! That is why the tuna towers are high up on the fishing boats. They are looking for birds and where there are birds.....Mahi Mahi.


We crossed the Gulf Stream with great weather until the last hour. Visibility was poor but we have charts, computer screen to see opening inlet into West Palm.


Dark skies. Not often we use the steering station in pilothouse but last hour we did.


The Intracoastal waterway from West Palm to Jupiter is beautiful. Lots of mcmansions and great landscaping.

Off to Vero Beach where Time Out will have a new home in the water for the season.

Monday, June 4, 2018

CLUNK 2

As promised here are the before and after pictures of our damaged props from north of Rose Island! Glad to moving again. 




Saturday, June 2, 2018

LAST DAYS HERE

We are hanging in Nassau at a marina because our props had a big fight with a coral head on north side of Rose Island. We saw the coral and backed up in time but unfortunately it was a windy morning and our boat blew on another! Bring out a few thousand to get props fixed. They may get put back on today. I will post pictures of before and after. 

Very expensive chips here. A friend bought these.

Our view from our bow in marina one day.
Lots of rain this season

A grocery store across street has these for sale.

This pantry corn is from Thailand. Packaged in November and good until next November. It was delicious.

Went under Paradise bridge to eat lunch at one of 30 huts. Conch salad and fried conch and fries. Mmmmm

We want to cross Gulf and put boat away in Vero Beach and enjoy summer with family and friends.


Monday, May 28, 2018

GOOD BYE TO EXUMAS

Thursday we left Norman's Cay, one of our favourite islands. We enjoyed the mangroves and the snorkeling. I even paddleboarded. It was cloudy the whole time with high winds. There is a multimillion dollar investment happening at Norman's Cay. A super yacht marina is progressing along. Two years ago was when we saw the beginning of the construction, no building yet just the massive docks and seawalls.




We like the birds but not what these birds leave behind! They seem to love our outboard motor alot.

We are in Nassau now. We had a problem on the north side of Rose Island on Friday morning. There will be a post very soon about that! Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

MANGO MASH

Found a wild mango tree on our way to the Blue Store to get provisions. A local gave us a mango a few days ago and today we took a few more. I make a great mango salsa and Paul makes a fruit salad.




There is a community gazebo that the people on Staniel Cay use for barbeques. This arrived new last week.



Hmmmmm....are they roasting pigs that are swimming on Pig Beach?

Windy with always a chance of rain. Weather has not been what is normal down here at this time of year.

Bought our last provisions today. Will head north once weather is in our favour.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

PIG BEACH

Having a great week with guests on board. Sand, blue waters and of course visiting Pig Beach.