Thursday, February 14, 2019

PROVISIONS AND PREPARATION


The marina here in Vero Beach is very popular and the carts are not always available. I bought this foldable "wagon" or cart for me to cart all the provisions down to the floating docks.





It folds up nicely and fits in the trunk of car and it is fast to put down to a wagon again.



Two patches had to be prepared and put on our dinghy.... 2 small holes! Good thing we check these kinds of things BEFORE we leave the dock. The dinghy is great again. We did not want to research and buy and new dinghy... too expensive.





This is one of three couches, empty then full. All are full now and ready to use in the Bahamas.



This is a pretty small bird I saw today.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

SOLAR POWER

SIX solar panels are now sitting on a custom-made aluminum frame just above our bimini top. We are now experimenting at the dock with all this solar power.
We are quite happy with the power these panels are giving. We will not have to run the generator to keep batteries charged, the solar will do that. We will run our big generator to use our water maker every so often.

Our generator can be noisy and we don't like to hear it for a few hours a day, now the solar will rectify this. Yippee! There is an extra 250 lbs up there so we hope we are not that much more rolly! But, I am hoping we install stabilizers next year!


ALUMINUM FRAME

SOLAR ON TOP

WIRING, CONNECTIONS ETC.

OUR BIMINI TOP AND SIDE CURTAINS BACK ON
It took us over 2 hours yesterday to put the bimini top and side curtains back on up in the fly bridge. Good exercise..... and I am so glad we only take down in the summer for hurricane season!

Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time

Sunday, January 27, 2019

TIME OUT WITH GRANDKIDS

This was their first time to visit us on Time Out. We have skyped with them and it is not the same. They saw this boat with their own eyes. They are five and three, we had a fantastic time. The Brevard Zoo in Melbourne was the highlight with the feeding of the birds and other animals!














These two have been to the Ocean in British Columbia and now to the Atlantic here in Florida! Lucky kids.

We are finalizing the solar up in the flybridge, that will be the next post for the boat fans out there.



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Monday, January 14, 2019

OUR 2019 SEASON BEGINS

Our new year began well as we only took 2 days to drive from our home to Vero Beach! (It is usually 3 days). It was a great drive, zero traffic and zero construction!


This is what we came to see

This is what we left behind in our back yard!

We are on floating docks here and loving the access to get on and off the boat. I had my left hip replaced and I can say everything went well and now back to boat life for us!



This is just one couch of leftover provisions from last year. Back to getting a major list organized and doing trips to the Walmart and grocery store.

We had to go and buy 2 small life jackets as our two grandchildren are going to visit us in Florida (along with their mom and her friend). It will be their first time to see our boat. Talk about excited.... they are too!



After they leave, we will get the final solar panels up and leave our dock for Key Biscayne, Florida where we will cross to Bimini. Let our next adventure begin!