Tuesday, October 2, 2018

DECISIONS DECISIONS AND MORE DECESIONS


The Quick Lift up in the flybridge is great IF it is working. We wanted to lower the dinghy and go for a ride on Sunday but a NO GO! The darn Quick Lift was acting up and not performing so the dinghy is stuck up there which is actually better than being stuck in the brackish water here in Vero. Sometimes it is working and sometimes it is not. An expert will need to be called... a major decision!






We bought this boat in 2014 with the original carpeting and we do not like this carpet. Every stain shows up and it needs vacuuming more than once a week, the carpet fibers are floating in the air everywhere! We went to a carpet place to look at samples and bring some back to the boat. Now the big decision (and the big expense) ... WHICH ONE? All the carpeting will be replaced.


Between these two samples
Last Exuma excursion was later than normal and the breeze in the pilothouse was not good, especially dinner time. So we have made a decision to install a fan in a corner. This will also help when we actually decide to drive from the helm here. It gets so muggy.

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Paul has opened the panel to see where the power can come from and we have a couple of "spares" on the panel so now just to do the work and decide where to place this fan. Our company that comes and plays cards with us will be so happy and cooler! Yippee.




As you can see it is not all play and no work..... or I mean all work and no play? We balance it all out as there is a nice refreshing pool here at the marina to cool off in at end of day.



Painted a starfish from Vancouver Island that was getting old and yellowish as it was collected in 2005!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

MINI PROJECTS

Oh No! There is water dripping on the mattress in the guest stateroom! A slow drip, drip but none the less it has to be fixed pronto. After the rain stops of course. Always something that needs a small repair here or there and some that require your attention first. So glad we were here for this rainfall. The stuff being stored on the bed seemed fine and did not have any water over the previous 2 months.




Paul caulking around the hatch. 


The sun is very hard on our 2 teak tables. Every year Paul oils them so they are as good a new! Paul is doing the small table. The big round one looks awesome!

OH NO, what the heck is our toilet bowl doing sitting in the our shower stall ? It seems the seal was leaking slowly ... Paul noticed the smell the day earlier. The Early Warning Sign that something was going to happen. Another unexpected mini-project! 





Bring out the air fresheners during this job

We deserved a lunch out to a restaurant this week. We found this great place on the water in Sebastian, Florida. Delicious! And the great news is at Sam's Club, you can buy 2 $50 gift cards for $80.00. As the Canadian dollar is not doing that well, we take advantage of these savings.




Friday, September 21, 2018

BACK FOR PROJECTS (and fun)

TIME OUT needs some attention and we did not want to wait until January. It is super hot down here at Suntex Marina here in Vero Beach but many projects are inside where we have the AC on full blast. I need a hip replacement so doing the projects now beforehand makes sense as we have the time.

Project 1

The cheap leather-like vinyl along the dash in the pilothouse needs replacing but we just could not figure out how to take off. Paul went under/inside the helm and took off all the screws. This boat was made in China so the small scale men there put this boat together, hence the small openings and weird placement of the screws. This vinyl would peel off and fall on the carpeting and is basically annoying and terrible to look at. It is now being replaced with quality leather-like vinyl. Yippee.


Paul's feet under the helm!


The ugly pieces are off!





Look at this corner, see what I mean about pieces falling off and just plain ugly.

More projects we have planned. This is our "diary" to look back at this all.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

BY THE NUMBERS 2018

58
Day in the Bahamas

14
Nights with guests on board

17
Nights in marinas in Bahamas

8
Nights in marinas in Florida (after we left our home dock)

566
Gallons of diesel used

216
Hours on our generator

97
Hours on our engines

"If a man is to be obsessed by something I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most" - EB White

2
Snorkeling excursions to the Thunderball Grotto at Staniel Cay

3
Times we went to feed the Famous Swimming Pigs, Big Major's Spot

1
Hat sank before we could fetch it out of the water!

5
Lunches out in the Exumas (0 dinners out)

3
Major rain storms we had to travel through

40+ Knots
(or 72 km) an hour of wind when our wind instrument broke!

1
Mahi Mahi caught and eaten

6
Solar Panels were installed in March.

10,000
Feet deep + crossing the Tongue of the Ocean

22
Head scrapes on Paul's head while he is in the engine room (probably more)

18
Lines are attached to our boat to dock while Time Out stays in water during Hurricane Season

10
Hours we still had to drive home WITHOUT air conditioning working in our car! It stopped on the hottest day outside of Washington, D.C.

Our season is over and we miss Time Out already! We miss all the friends we met this year and look forward to when we rendezvous with you all again. We will continue to post when we are doing projects with the boat throughout the Fall.

Thanks for following along!




The above quote is Paul and some others I know! Funny.







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.