Monday, February 19, 2018


We did not go to the Exumas, Bahamas last year so I have zero notes to refer to, however a good boater I am! I saved all previous notes. The inside of these couches are empty (ish) right now but in the next 2 to 3 weeks, they will be logged and jammed pack! Let my Walmart adventure begin!!

I have these two couches that you see, plus another one and under our master stateroom bed. Plus I fill up one shower stall.

Under the helm station in the pilothouse is usually a great big green garbage bag full of chips and munchies. 

One week before we leave I will finalize the provisioning by filling up the 2 freezers and the 2 fridges right to the maximum! The below picture demonstrates my great organizational skills. All these notes are great reference points. I totally understand them all and will base our 8 - 10 weeks of 
provisions needed on these notes.

The ladder leading down to our swim platform. The last step is suppose to be under water most of the time, hence all the barnacles clinging desperately to that step. The tides have been very low later in the day and a nuisance getting on and off the boat. (Flip Flops not the greatest, especially when one falls in this brackish water)

Friday, January 12, 2018


These 3 above photos are the BEFORE. They were worn out, cheap material and extremely sticky. We had to sit on towels and I avoided touching the couches with bare skin. We went and got all the couches recovered. They turned out so much better than we anticipated. So pleased with Covergirls in Stuart, Florida. 

This is what is looks like inside once all pieces on board (before it rains here). A giant jigsaw puzzle. There is only so much room to put everything and assemble the backs of the couches to the bottoms then the cushions to the correct couch. Lots of fun and humid! No more sitting on lawn chairs for the past week!

AFTER wow!

Now we can have visitors and no need to explain about this sticky furniture on board. Bring on the guests!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018


All of our couches are out of the boat being reupholstered with CoverGirls here in Stuart, Florida. So far they look so amazing. We are quite excited to get them all back onto Time Out. In the meantime the Rug Doctor is cleaning the carpets. Paul went to Winn Dixie and rented the Rug Doctor machine. Took us no time at all to clean the carpets including the stairs. Nothing sexier than a topless man cleaning the rugs! Salt water takes its toll on carpets and rugs. Start the season fresh.

We left snow and cold from our back yard here to the wonderful sunset! It is cool down here but no comparison to what is happening up north. We are so grateful to be down here.

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Summers in Florida can darken some places! Mold can take over quickly. We had covered the dinghy but let room for air to get in, however not enough air. Heat, moisture and sun are bad combinations. it looked hopeless but we were optimistic to get it back looking half decent.


Look at the seats!

After some hard labour!

Under seats! Before
After, the seats look pretty good.
Bleach, water and other special cleansers helped clean every nook and cranny up. NO MORE COVERING UP THE DINGHY! That is the take-a-way here. We took that cover and put it in the storage unit!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Paul's new board but actually for both of us. It can hold 700 lbs, we can go tandem if we want.

A little snail on the dock ladder. I was careful not to step on him.

We travelled to Fort Lauderdale today and met with some friends that we boat with down in the Exumas. They too are getting ready to leave. They will be leaving very soon, in a week or two. We had to pick up a toilet seat for our master bathroom. All we needed were the hinges but a no can do! We had to buy the whole seat. Oh well!

We got quotes for a new Bimini up top in the fly bridge, a quote to reupholster the furniture and now one air conditioner is not working (guest bedroom). AND Paul's car down here is failing us when it comes to the air conditioner in it! It is a 50/50 determination if it will work or not. That will be gone in 2018! This car of his is giving hints that it wants to leave us. It is not great to be in Florida without air conditioning, that is non-negotiable.

Only a few more days here then off to friends and family for Christmas.

Saturday, December 2, 2017


This is me trying to see where the anchor would be dropping (or bringing it up) with the foot pedals quite a distance away from the bow pulpit. There is an "up" pedal and a "down" one. 

But look what Paul has gotten for me! A remote. I can lean over and not have to stretch my legs way back to the pedals. I will look so professional at the bow when doing the anchoring.

A funny story at the grocery store. An older gentleman asked me in the cheese aisle if I knew which of all these cheeses is the American Cheese. I said "yikes" you are asking a Canadian. I won't be of much help but I told him I think it is cheddar cheese slices or something like that. You will have to ask an American that comes along. I have learned since that day that Velveeta is American Cheese and yes some come in cheese slices. I just remember at Subway when making a sub down here they will ask if you want American Cheese on it, which I have never put on a subway sub yet. I guess I preferred the Swiss or Cheddar.