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.






Sunday, May 6, 2018

DEAD LAPTOP!

Okay, I am finished trying to get this old laptop to work and just post from this phone of mine. It has been super windy with rain showers on and off all week. Last night while sleeping winds and waves came in and it was super rough. Just very uncomfortable. I came up to lock the cupboards as I thought some may actually open. Today is going to be an excellent day weather wise and the next few. We have guests arriving Thursday. 


When raining I paint!

After it rains, always a rainbow of colours!


Can't get tired of the beautiful sunsets

Meatballs going into a Crock-Pot after
We don't like to run the generator if we don't need to. We have electric stove so if I want to cook for just a short time bring out our Butane burner. Cook out in the cockpit so inside doesn't get hot. Previous years we would start the generator so I could cook/boil/fry something. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

ROW ROW YOUR BOAT


Laptop not working. So trying on my phone once again.
We dropped off friends at Staniel Cay airport in good time and see the runway is fenced off and they are using a building to check in whereas before a golf cart came with a weigh scale and checked you in at the shaded sundeck.
We helped a motor boat get off a sandbar on our way from dock as we were leaving. Then it was our turn for help. We were almost to the cut into Big Major's when our engine on dinghy stopped. We had to get the paddles out pronto as the current is strong. We got as close to shore as possible and got to a nearby beach. Paul got out the VHF handheld (don't drive dinghy without it) and asked if anyone in Big Major's could swing by and tow us to our boat. A nice tender came along and towed us. Turns out the engine was not taking the water needed to cool it. Paul ordered part needed 10am Wednesday and by Thursday afternoon it was in Staniel Cay by Watermaker Air! Now, how do we get it. Turns out that a family with four children on board next to us was heading to Staniel to also get a part. They got the part for us in exchange we gave them a bottle of wine and 4 packages of chocolate raisins! We were grateful and they too!
Yesterday we towed someone through the cut ourselves. 



Paul getting water pump on



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

EXUMAS FUN WITH FRIENDS

Last Wednesday we went to Atlantis to pick up friends and journeyed to the Exumas. We had a wonderful week full of fun and laughter along with blue everywhere and good weather.



Looking out the window at Staniel Cay Yacht Club restaurant

On Staniel Cay and looking out into the anchorage nearby

Sampson Cay, low tide. Beautiful!

Feeding and petting the nurse sharks at Staniel Cay Yacht Club

A rare selfie of me at Sampson Cay.

Paul dressed as a pirate!

Different shades of blues, so pretty

Our pilothouse is hot and stuffy and we have said if only we could scoop the air into this area of the boat. We already have a store bought scoop for our window in our stateroom. We bought a panel of black curtain and our friend sewed this up for us. We have an extra hockey stick on board and slid the curtain through it. The stick is sitting in a fishing rod holder. This works so nicely and "scoops", redirects the air into our pilothouse. 


Paul and I bought a radio for the boat but the existing one's hole was too big for this smaller one. We had an unused cutting board. So, we put our friends to work again. Paul and our friend got out the jigsaw and sandpaper and created a great 'back plate" to cover the existing hole and put new radio in place. Handy people on board. Boating is not always swimming, we have some chores to complete.



Our laptop is working again after a good full charge on a different plug.