Wednesday, April 18, 2018

ROSE ISLAND

Hanging at Rose Island for a few days. We just picked up friends here at Nassau. We will travel to Exumas with them tomorrow.







Unfortunately our laptop is not working so I did this post on my phone. Hope this turns out.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

WATER SPOUT AT ROSE ISLAND

We checked in at Customs as per usual in Bimini and then travelled to Chub Cay. Our longest, boring day of 10 hours. About 2 hours before Chub Cay we avoided a small rain storm but the big one was to come! We could not avoid the second one.



The big yellow blob is the storm!



Paul wanted a picture of this cloud formation. Look closely do you see a swan-like bird on the right with maybe a monster with its mouth open behind it? Maybe even a fire breathing monster?


After leaving Chub Cay we travelled the Tongue of the Ocean to Nassau. It is over 10,000 feet deep! Good journey to Nassau, stopped for diesel then headed to our usual anchorage at Rose Island. Just before we arrived to Rose we see there is a huuuuge water spout right where we plan to anchor. We got some good pictures and video that I posted on Facebook and Instagram. While we waited for that to pass, another huge storm arrived. Paul was steering and adjusting the boat because the waves picked up.  All good now. We are anchored here. 



We did try to leave for Norman's Cay in the Exumas this morning but too rough, so will enjoy it here for a few days.



Saturday, April 7, 2018

BIMINI BOUND TOMORROW

We finally left Aventura, Fl after a week. We were a barge for awhile because no props on. The props and diver came on Thursday afternoon and we left Friday morning!



Just a few more bridges to go under or wait for an opening to get through Miami and now anchored here in Key Biscayne. We are full of fuel and crossing the Gulf Stream tomorrow. The waves will actually get better later in the day so no rush to hurry in morning. Should take us about 6 hours to cross.

You see billboards while driving, you see flying airplanes advertising Geico down here and now this! A moving big screen both sides that constantly changes. Advertising different stuff.



We dropped the dinghy and travelled to the sand bar here. The dolphins were out everywhere!


Miami Skyline

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

PROP DOCTOR

Both props were taken off by a diver on Monday. One is bad! They are at the "prop hospital" to get fixed right now. We hope by tomorrow afternoon both will be back on and we leave the dock. 




The pictures above are of the same prop. The other had no damage but went for a check up anyway.

While at the dock, and full 50 feet of dock, we put a sunscreen on the outside of the windows. Starboard side only as no dock on the port side. It blocks out significant sun and heat. We are leaving later in the year and the Exumas will be hotter. We will do the port side another day when an opportunity arises. We notice such a difference. We can still see out which I did not want to jeopardize.





We bought a real insulated cooler that is comparable to a Yeti Cooler but the fraction of the price. Paul saw on Youtube that this cooler holds ice just as long but only $45 compared to $200 for a Yeti.


We rented a car from Enterprise and because they were late picking us up at the marina, they upgraded us to a Hemi Dodge Charger! We got a "charge" out of that. We had to run errands for a day. Vroom, Vroom, very loud and very powerful. 



Having fun with my crystal ball taking pictures, the above one is the outboard on the dinghy.


Sunday, April 1, 2018

CLUNK!!

BOATER'S BEWARE of Mile Marker 1070.5 on Intracoastal Waterway near Sheridan St. Bridge, near Hollywood, Florida. Yikes, we hit bottom INSIDE the channel at red marker 38! Not good at all. The sound of us hitting rock (couldn't be soft sand, noooo) was terrible. Needless to say we had to think fast as the current was strong. Paul used the bow thrusters to help get us off as the reverse wasn's moving the boat and probably doing more damage to the prop(s). 

Since the Hurricanes the marinas are packed with boats from the Florida Keys, it is very hard to find a slip down here and after all it is Easter weekend and Passover. We slowly got to Turnberry Marina here in Adventura. Spending big marina fees now waiting for a diver to come on Monday. We are praying it is only 1 prop and he will take it off to get repaired. We thought we might have to have the boat lifted out of the water but a local captain on a boat here suggested this diver to come. Thank goodness for local captains. We are not from here and trying to find good people/marinas/lifts in the area was difficult. 

I know people are wondering where we are ..... I can tell you where we are not... Bimini. We had a weather window Saturday and could not take it. We were so close too. 

I am experimenting with my photosphere ball. See below some cool pictures. I put them on Facebook and Instagram too.




Sun Rise Fort Worth, the day ended badly!



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HAPPY EASTER

Friday, March 23, 2018

SHINY!

If anyone knows Paul, you know he hates to hire out projects if he can do them himself. He relented and hired a few men to come aboard to compound, wax, polish and shine this boat. They exceeded our expectations! What great guys. The below picture is taken through the window looking up to the flybridge. The sun was reflecting off the inside of the boat. Paul was amazed and wanted me to let you know that the picture was taken THROUGH THE WINDOW. So imagine how shiny and clean (including the high up radar arch and all the stainless steel) Time Out is.


Back in 2010 we bought our catamaran Coyaba (see that blog  http://coyabacat.blogspot.com/) here in Florida and bought the Waterway Guide. Every boater needs this book if travelling up and down and across Florida. There are so many bridges down here and this guide helps with that along with all the waterways and marinas etc. It can be outdated right at publication because a new bridge opened or the times of openings have changed. There are so many notes handwritten in the 2010 book that it was time to update the book. Since 2010, there have been new bridges and some gone! This book is a wealth of information on our way south to Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and finally to Key Biscayne where we hope to cross to Bimini shortly. 

I WILL NOT THROW AWAY THE 2010 book.... so many interesting hand written notes to ourselves. Will have to transfer to our new book, neatly.





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This is Bimini. We hope to be there soon!


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

COBIA AND MAHI MAHI

As boaters we are friendly and talk on the dock, especially when a fisherman arrives back from out in the deep waters. These guys brought back a Cobia (right) and a big Mahi. We did catch a Mahi many years ago and love it. I took some cool pictures and asked a bit about the Cobia. The fishermen offered to give us some Mahi and asked if we eat it. I said sure we eat it and love it. 



One half of the Mahi



These pelicans are sure excited. I wish I had took video as there was a piece of scrap Mahi fish about 20 inches long and 6 of them were playing tug a war. 


Saturday, March 17, 2018

DEATH OF A FRIDGE

While I have been doing Walmart trips back and forth Paul has been wiring up the solar panels. I helped just a small bit helping to feed the wire down from the fly bridge to the engine room through a loom in the travel lift. Now the solars are wired and Paul is testing one today!





Our mini fridge in the fly bridge just died a few days ago. Replacing it with the 12 volt one we want is $1,000! But at Lowes a normal plug-in fridge was $116.00. Paul drove there today and brought it to the boat. It is plugged in and has the beer and water in it. He has estimated that one solar panel can run that fridge. It is very energy efficient.




We wish it was a little bigger but I said at $116.00 if we find another one in a couple of years, no big deal, someone can have this one! I can now resume going to Walmart and start buying the fridge stuff! Every square inch of this fridge will be full the day we Escape Florida for the Bahamas. I will post a picture then.



Soon, this blog will have pictures of blue waters, dolphins, Paul and I in swimsuits and a big smile on our faces! Yes, there are swimming pigs at Staniel Cay, Exuma, I will post pictures of that too. We are getting excited.

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