Thursday, December 31, 2015

Christmas Sail

Ho Ho Ho and away we go! We left Shroud Cay on a blustery day trying to get to Big Majors Spot. We had some thirty miles to go and had no intention of using the diesel. We had a SE wind. Not ideal. We took off close hauled and then fell off a bit to get some speed going and not bash ourselves too much with the wind and waves.

We ended up sailing about thirty miles but still had another ten to go before we dropped the hook. We were running out of daylight so even though we hated to do it we started the engine and motor sailed into the harbor.

Even though we were reefed down in 20 knots of wind on the nose we had a pleasant time out there on the Exuma bank. Sailing on Christmas day was on the bucket list. Check that one off.

We had a Fench Canadian boat come up over our bow just a wee bit too close which got me to let out  little more headsail. We passed him on the low side and then came up in front. He tacked over in frustration and I had thoughts of covering him but what the hell. That was enough fun for me.

Christmas just wasn't the same without the kids. This was our first time without them being around for the holidays. Not liking it one bit. Definately one of the drawbacks to this cruising life.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015


You ever have a flashback moment? You see or hear or smell something that takes you back to days gone by? I think we have all had these moments from time to time. I had one while in Brunswick Georgia rolling through town on a bicycle. The scene looked familiar to me and it triggered a memory. A good one. After giving it some thought and smiling to myself, I wondered at the the life I was now living and just how the heck I got here. From a kid riding his bike all over the streets of Buffalo NY to the retired guy riding a bike around the town of Brunswick GA. From a factory nerd at a mega corporation with a house in the burbs to a scruffy old guy with all his possessions stuffed into a boat. It baffles me some days when I think too much about it. It really is amazing how life's little twists and turns can take you to unexpected places if you allow it to.  

I was pedaling through a neighborhood where you might say I stuck out like a tumbleweed rolling through Manhattan. Here I am, an old guy on a borrowed bike with a backpack waving and nodding to people who probably wonder if I’m lost or just goofy. I was totally comfortable with my surroundings. Debra and I bike through here all the time. No one ever bothered us and all we ever got were smiles and a hello from most people.

I stopped at an intersection for a school bus. Some kids down the street were joking around and tossing a football. Some little kid hops off the bus and yells, “You too old to be riding that bike. Let me have it!” He had a serious look on his face until I smiled and then his big grin showed up. In that moment I was taken back to my childhood in the late 60’s in the city of Buffalo NY.

I had a friend named Ray who was a classmate at St. Matthew's School. He was a member of “The Three”, the nuns called us. The Three caused most of the problems in class. Myself, Ray and Dave were constantly looking for laughs and we thought everything was funny. We were also constantly in trouble and held after class. Getting your knuckles rapped with a ruler or a garden hose to the ass together made for a friendship that lasted all summer. We lived streets away form each other but we biked back and forth between houses and everywhere in between.

Ray lived in a “bad” section of our old neighborhood. The area was changing and some people didn’t like it much. I was told not to ride my bike to Ray's else I would get beat up and left on the street to die. Most likely my Mom told me I would get stabbed. She must not like knives. Ray was my best friend and he had all the cool stuff at his house like comic books, cap pistols, records, slot cars, etc. Ray also had the hottest Mom I had ever seen. She was a blond hippie chic who made awesome lunches and then lounged in the Sun to work on her tan. To hell with the bad neighborhood! Stab me if you want as long as I get another look at Ray’s mom lounging in the Sun in that bikini. 

“Hey Mrs S can Ray come out to play?” Most times I just raced into his driveway and left a squealing skid mark and shouted, “Ray Ray Oh Ray Ray!” We never rang doorbells or knocked. Windows were always open and someone was usually outside if it was a nice day.

One sunny afternoon I was riding my bike over to Ray’s and there were a bunch of kids in the street yelling and shoving each other. Big kids. It looked like a touch football game was getting underway. I tried to avoid the crowd by jumping a driveway and continuing along the sidewalk when I was grabbed by the arm! My bike spun around and I almost ditched. “Gimme your bike!”. A kid about my size had me by the arm and my bike by the handlebars. He tried to wrestle me off but we’re talking about my prize possession here, a metallic gold Huffy Stingray type bike with a gold flecked banana seat and sissy bar with chromed fenders. I had a death grip and took a beating but I was not letting go of my ride. I got a few punches in when a large arm came up behind me and whacked my assailant in the head. “Leave him alone! Peanut!, Leave him be!” The little shithead named Peanut let me go. The big kid asked me if I was OK. He told me they were playing a game of touch and asked me if I played. Uh. Yea, but…  Peanut was glaring at me at this point when the bigger dude says, “I need you on D. What’s your name? OK Paul, Peanut is going to watch your bike and give it back to you when the game is over.” My eyeballs went wide and I tried to peel out of there but Peanut had a hold of me again. “Don’t worry. Peanut will bring it back else I beat his ass.” I watched Peanut ride away with a smirk on his pudgy face while I took up the cornerback position. I knew football. I played in the Kensington 90 pound painters division. We kicked ass. Unfortunately 90 lbs was about where I stayed until I became a teen so my football days were numbered.

I had a good game. Two blocked passes and one interception with a run back. I got some nasty looks and some unique new names but the big dude laughed and asked me who my favorite player was. At the time it was Lem Barney for the Detroit Lions. The big kid laughed and from then on in that section of my old neighborhood I was known as Lem. Peanut brought my bike back and let it fall against a tree. This got him another punch and I was told to come back again. For the next month or so I played football in the street and Peanut rode my bike around until he got bored with this and joined the game. My parents assumed I was at Ray's house reading comic books and not playing football in the streets as a potential stabbing victim. Peanut and I became friends. I can't remember his real name but I remember the fun and the competition we always had with one another. Every now and then Ray and his Mom would pass by in their station wagon. Ray would see me and just wave a little. Ray was not allowed to play in the streets I was told. At the time I didn’t really get what was going on but I assumed Mrs S probably thought Ray would get stabbed.

Eventually we moved to the suburbs. I still had the Huffy. I road it all the way back to Ray’s one day. There was no football game. Nobody took my bike. The street was absent of kids. Peanut didn't live there anymore. The neighborhood had changed. Ray had changed too. His Mom was still hot. I never returned.

On the way back from Winn Dixie on this hot day in Brunswick I pass a guy mowing his lawn. I get a wave. Guy crossing the street smiles, “Alright alright”. A woman on a porch waves hello. I see the little kid from the bus sitting on some porch steps. He looks up and yells, “Old man you tired yet?!” I laugh as I peddle past his wise guy smirk. 
Not yet Peanut. Not yet.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

We're Sinking! No. You are not. Ya Boob.

I have been tweeting lately. I tweeted 'Water water everywhere'. People were concerned. Apparently there was not enough info there to ease the minds of folks who feel we are just a tad over our heads on this adventure. Boat systems have not lived up to expectations and we have stumbled a wee bit but are still in business and it it for the long haul. So with that let me explain Water, Water everywhere.

Where to begin? I will try not to draw this out and over emphasize. You laugh. No really I'll try.

We jumped across the Northeast Providence Channel without incident but I did notice the bow was still heavy. I just looked over at Deb accusingly because of the ton of produt we have stored in the V-berth. Mind you I appreciate all the canned goods and jars of sauce and what not (84 rolls of toilet paper), it's just that the boat feels sluggish if you know what I mean. The bow used to fly off the waves and throw spray over our heads. Now she kind of plunges into them and then gets her nose soaked. I don't like it. So, my goal is to eat my way to a lighter bow. Granted this could backfire and I will find myself wearing a Moo Moo when all my shorts are too tight but what's more important, looking good or having a lighter pointy end?

So we get to Eleuthera and pull into the Royal Island Harbour to ride out the big blow that was coming. Friends went to Current Cut and then jumped to Hatchet Bay the following day. We were going to do the same the next day. Well, that was the plan. We have been playing it cool with the weather ever since the crossing from Floriduh. Remember that episode? I still have a rash. We figured the big winds might show early so we ducked into a safe harbor just in case.

We dropped the hook in the harbour that looks pretty secure. Phew. Done for the night. The next day Deb wanted to do some laundry and make some water before we headed out to anchor near Current Cut. Okey Dokey. The laundry got going and then we started the watermaker. There were some issues that turned out to be a plugged filter but we eventally made a couple hours worth of water. So about 40 gallons. Thing is, the water tank should have been full by now as there was some water already in there. We were confused. I joked to Deb that maybe we flushed it all into the bilge for the last two hours and then I jokingly opened the forward bilge to find it full of water. Joke over. What the hell!? I opened up the hatch near the forward water tanks to see where the water went besides the tank. I look at the fill hose and I see water runnning out of it and into the bilge. Leaky hose. Then I see the screw through the bulkhead that put the hole in the hose. The screw through the bulkhea
d is
used to hold the manual pump for the head that I mounted before we left. So numbnuts (me) drove a screw through the bulkhead and into the fill hose for the water tanks. This went unnoticed until the crossing from hell which must have moved the hose off the screw thus creating a hole in which the fresh water we create from sea water gets dumped into the bilge and then sent back to the sea.

Moment of reflection... I went to school. I have a degree. I had a major and a minor! Technical too! I was an engineer. I did well, depending on who you ask. It was a long career. I fixed stuff. I designed stuff. So why then do I feel so FKING STUPID! "Let's mount this here pump to this here bulkhead. Just drill a hole and drive the screw home. What's on the other side? Who fcking cares! Doh dee doh doh"

I'm looking at the screw and the hose while contemplating putting myself into a home because I have obviously lost too many brain cells to carry on a normal life let alone a life at sea when the flashlight I'm holding moves slightly to the left and I see the shimmer of water. I look to the left into the bottom of the v-berth that houses the water tanks. The water tanks are there but they are submerged in a glimmering pool of water. Huh. Fancy that.

Seconds pass while I stare dumbly into the pool while my brain processes this bit of information. Time slows to a crawl. Are my new water tanks leaking? The water sloshes side to side and a voice echoes from the hallway that stretches into the dark chambers of my mind. "Taste the water Paul!" What? Gross. I'll get diptheria. "Taste the water you moron. See if it's salty!" Oh! Right. Cause of it's salty it means the water tanks aren't leaking, the boat is...


The bow is filled with sea water and We. Are. SINKING!

You want to see a sailor move fast? Show him a bow filled with seawater. I stripped the entire V berth of everything in a minute and ripped the boards off over the tanks. The water was at the top of the tanks and it looked really bad. I ran to the aft deck locker and retrieved the hand pump. Note to self: Do not bury the hand pump under piles of dock lines and garden hose.

I crouched in the berth and pumped like a mad man until the water was below the tanks. From the salon I must have looked like a Chicago cop interogating a suspect, or a polka rock accordian player doing a solo, or...I digress. After I got tired I sat and then waited for the water to rise. It didn't. I pumped some more. Nothing. During all this Debra was in the aft cabin filling some water jugs from the watermaker that was still running. I told her what was going on. She just calmly asked how the water got there. I didn't have an answer except maybe it was from the leaky hatch over the V berth which didn't make sense because all her linens and stuff soaked it all up. "So are we sinking?" Well if we are we're doing it slowly.

Eventually we figured it out. The windlass has a hawsepipe, or a hole in which the chain drops into a locker. This locker has an access door from the V-berth. When the flood hit the deck during the crossing the water ran down the hole and splashed all over the door. The water leaked through and into the cavity the tanks rest in. This cavity is water tight. Well, it holds water nicely. So wave after wave eventually filled this cavity and I've been hauling it around for a week or so. I'm surprised oysters weren't growing on the tanks.

We pumped more out and sprayed chlorine around to kill anything stinky and then we let it all dry out. We are all put back together now and next time we go offshore I will duct tape around the hatch and plug the hawse hole with plumbers putty.

Amazing isn't it? We put the crossing behind us but all this time it was still in front of us causing us more grief. It is my hope that from here on out I will only have mildly amusing stories of us visiting interesting places and meeting wacky, funny and interesting people, not the crazy shit that has been going on lately. There is plenty more to tell but the internet access has been poor. It's basically lights out in the Exumas until you get to G-Town. I have plenty of photos to post as well so when we get some good wifi I'll get them posted.

Keep your bow light and plug your hawsehole.

Note: Notice I was running around with my hair on fire while Debra sat in the aft cabin and quietly filled water jugs? We are different but I think we balance. I need to have a moment of "holy shit we are going to die" before I calm down and get analytical. Deb is like in a coma on the outside before she adds to the analysis of the situation. If we were the same mentality we would be running around bouncing into each other or both sitting there calmly discussing possibilities as to why the boat is filling with water. Deb needs to stay calm in all situations and I need to expend some energy before that can happen. So my only problem with this is if I fall overboard and Deb goes into her analytical coma. "Why would Paul fall over while we are sailing? Should I jibe or tack? Start the engine? Drop a sail?..."

How about a fking life preserver with a line on it! Hello! I'm drowning here!

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Left to Right

Left to Right. The left side of my brain (logic, common sense) has a talk with the right side (goofy, creative).

Left: Why didn't you reef the mainsail knowing a squall was coming?
Right: It was scary up there on deck.
L: Wasn't it scarier to have a full sail up in heavy air?
R: She handled it.
L: A sail slide pulled out of the track!
R: I know. WTF right?!
L: Deb ok? Her eyes were like golf balls.
R: She's tough. I almost shit myself.
L: You deserved a pant load for that stunt.
R: Dude, Did you see how fast we were going?
L: How do we even coexist?

L: What about the beer explosion?
R: That sucked.
L: What made you think a locker with no latches was going to hold back 24 bottles of beer?
R: I guess I got so excited about another case I failed to think it through. Isn't that where you come in?
L: I was busy getting the boat systems in order.
R: Major part of prep is securing stores Bro. Think you failed on this one.
L: So what's the solution here?
R: Drink from cans.
L: How about securing the locker doors.
R: I could just drink the beer and not have to worry about it.
L: You could help to create a lock for the doors and maybe drink less.
R: I could drink a lot and you would completely disappear.
L: I want an eye roll, help me out here.
R: Which one we doing?
L: We have to do both you idiot.


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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Spanked for being stupid

We are now sitting at anchor in Marsh Harbor Abacos drying out after a 33.5 hour adventure at sea. The forecast was SE winds around 10-15 knots and “benign” conditions. Pretty sure “benign” means nothing to worry about. So we didn’t. Now, don’t go thinking that we just blindly sail off into the Gulf Stream without checking the weather for ourselves. We are smarter than that. We knew that our window to cross was getting smaller but the grib files, Parker and other sources pretty much indicated it would be a relatively easy ride. We also knew there could be some squalls to deal with. So if we make tracks and get there in the proper amount of time we’ll be OK. Well, here starts the stupid section of the story.

Calm after the storm

Looking at the wind we were going to have I realized we would be close hauled if we left from Fort Pierce. My brain at the time was debating the merits of trying to fight the Gulf Stream and the wind to make the Little Bahama Banks. The wave heights predicted were 3-4 ft and typically we run the engine until we get through the stream. No sense screwing around in the stream. We were also expecting a bigger wind shift to the south which would get us more speed and more comfort.

For some reason I thought this would be a good scenario. Dumb. Don’t ever plan on going somewhere close hauled, especially crossing the Gulf Stream. The current, the waves and an unfavorable wind shift can leave you clawing against it all to make your waypoint.

So while we clawed against it all, this shit happened:

Under a full main and a reefed headsail we were scooting along at about 7 knots. Sometimes we would take a gust and pop up to almost 8 knots. We were flying. So was the sea. Right over our bow. “Why are the waves so huge?!” The wind got stronger. We went faster. The waves went higher. At one point I heard the anchor clang hard after a wave broke over the bow. Oh shit! The Mantus anchor came loose and was just held by the chain. I had to scramble up on the pitching deck to secure it. Of course as soon as I got up there I received the saltwater enema. Damn it! I was clipped in so I basically had to crab along the deck to get back while more water slapped me in the ass. I flopped into the cockpit and took a little rest while I drip dried.

While under way I check on boat systems every hour just to make sure things are hunky dory. It was time to go below. Before I could hop down we heard a crash after a particularly bad ass wave rolled us. I looked in the companionway and didn’t see anything. It sounded like silverware or pots and pans but then there was some tinkling sound to it. I told Deb I had better check it out.

I get below and I see the floor is soaked with water. What the hell?! I look around for the source and I notice a port was left open. Damn it all! I scramble to close it and we pitch into another wave and I get a face full of ocean. Now I’ve taken it at both ends. I’m now soaked and looking around and slipping in the water. Saltwater is slippery in case you didn’t know. I’m standing in the salon assessing the tossed about cabin and water pours down my neck and back as another wave comes down the deck. Our normally leak free hatches are raining ocean on my head and everything else we have! Aarrgh! Are you kidding me! They never leak! Not much I can do about that all now so I look into the aft cabin to see what’s going on back there.


One of the aft cabin lockers was used to store a few cases of bottled beer (my idea). Stupid me decided to fill it up as much as I could never thinking that the locker that doesn't have a lock might open up at some point.

When a big wave rolled us the bottles burst out of that cabinet like black Friday shoppers pressing the doors at Walmart and spilled out onto the cabin floor. Some bottles broke while others just spun around and fizzed out of their twist off caps. When I got to the scene it was just an orgy of bottles rolling around in their own fluids. Carrie Nation couldn’t have done a better job. I should have taken a picture but I had feet and hands braced to prevent me from joining the brew fest. I stared in wonder. Unbelievable. Deb is going to shoot me.

I retrieved a bucket and started to remove the broken glass and bag the bottles while keeping myself upright. Eventually I felt I would need the bucket to hurl into. The worst thing you can do to me in rough seas is to send me down below and the worst thing that can happen right now would be for me to puke all over this mess. I finally got it all cleaned up and mopped up the floor as best as I could. I poured some vinegar over the floor and mopped that up too in hopes of reducing the smell of stale beer later. When I went below later the aft cabin smelled like a dive bar and a side salad. All the best beers were in that cabinet too with the exception of the Shiner Bock. Those assholes at Shiner better learn how to cap bottles. Every one of them leaked. That was Deb’s beer :)

I broke the bad news to Debra whose shoulders sunk and then she told me the kayak on the bow broke loose. Son of a bitch! I clipped in again and went forward to re-tie the kayak. I get back to the cockpit and I notice after the next big wave on the bow that the snubber I laid on the bow was now washing down the deck. Son of a bitch! I clipped in and secured that as well. Two minutes later the other kayak broke loose. Balls! Can’t anyone on this ship tie a friggin knot! I really should have worn a bathing suit.

Now it's starting to get dark and I take another look forward because I don’t want to be up there in the dark if I can avoid it. Don’t I notice the bow line we had tied to the pulpit has come loose and is dragging alongside the boat. Shoot me! Please!*
I clip in for another salty shower. I’m so water wrinkled now that I could ask for the senior discount at Dunkin Donuts and get it without question.

I’m now secure in the cockpit and we are moving along despite the waves. The wind has steadily increased to 15-20 and the sea is confused. We would take one on the bow, then get rolled by another. Crazy. I eventually roll up the headsail to level the boat. Still a full main. Darkness falls. I turn on the nav lights. No nav lights. Son of a whore! I clip in and go to the bow to give the lights a good whack. Sometimes the bulb is loose. By the way all the lights were checked the night before we left. I pocketed the dinghy nav light to duct tape it to the bow should I not get the lights to come on. It’s my backup. I got to the bow, whacked the lights. Nothing. I get out the tape, the towel to dry off the pulpit with, and as I was about to peel off a strip of duct tape a wave rolls over me. That’s it! I’ve had it! I march back to the cockpit. Actually I crab along on my wet ass. Screw the lights!

We were still making fantastic time and then a squall hit. Bam! Full mainsail and we heeled over pretty good. Rail was still off the water so not too bad. I looked at Deb and her eyes said she was not amused. I eased the sheet. The squall passed and it's relatively calmer at this point. I look at the radar for more rain. Aww shit. Big squall coming. Deb looks at me and says, “The mainsail! It should be down!” Well it won’t be as fun but sure, I’ll clip in and go forward again. By now I’m so soaked it doesn’t matter. I just hope I don’t get diaper rash.

Deb now tells me she has a freighter on a collision course. How far away? A mile and a half. Ah what a pain in the ass. What’s next? Coast Guard boarding? Submarine pop up under us? We needed nav lights. I clipped in, grabbed a bungee cord and strapped the stupid light to the mast. There you go. Screw you MacGyver! We now have nav lights.

The wind shifted to the south because we were almost done sailing and mother nature thinks she’s hilarious. We are now pointing at the cut into the Little Bahamas Bank where we have previous tracks. When traveling in the dark over shallow water it’s always nice to be able to go where you’ve been. To follow our bread crumb trail. We decided to do just that. You can’t just flop into the Little Bahamas Bank. It has shoals and coral heads so you pick your spots on the chart that look good and pray that some asswipe didn’t sink his ship somewhere along that route for you to slam into.

Oh yeah, Deb wanted the mainsail down.  I take down the main. No I don’t because it’s stuck. It will not budge. At this point I consider inflating my life vest, unclipping and jumping overboard. I can drift in the warm water of the gulf stream all the way to England where I will find a pub and tell them of my adventures by the fireplace wearing my lifejacket while enjoying  beer at slightly below room temperature.

I mounted the first three steps on the mast to reach the mainsail (I’m short) and gave it a good yank. It budged. I then hung all 145 pounds of me off the main and it broke free. Thank you Neptune! I pull the main down and stuffed it in the bag. That’s when I noticed that the top slug that rides the track is not in the track. Hahahaha (maniacal laughter). All the time it was stuck I was plotting the destruction Mack Snails for not replacing the frozen sheave.

We were now motoring and I was calling the freighter on the radio. No response. We have AIS and so does he so they must know we are out here. We ended up almost coming to a dead stop to let the beast lumber by. That's when the big squall hit. Holy shit that was a kick in the face! The wind pushed 40 knots and the rain streamed down while we watched the freighter on AIS. Deb and I just looked at each other wide eyed and probably thinking how lucky we are to have that mainsail down. After the squall we entered the banks and followed our tracks. The seas calmed and the wind slowed the further onto the banks we travelled.

By being chicken and following our previous track we delayed our arrival by almost an hour but we seemed to have avoided the biggest portion of the squall. When I looked at radar I saw we just caught the southern tip of the squall. Finally we catch some luck. It almost looked like we intentionally moved to evade the storm.

We were totally relaxed at this point

The banks were easy peasy and we traveled all night in peace. We were only about an hour from the rest of the folks who left Fort Pierce way before us. We were kicking ass there for a while. By 2PM we passed through the Whale cut, also famous for ass kickings but the wind had blown itself out at that point. We motored our way to Marsh Harbor and dropped the hook. Beers were had.

This whole mess could have been avoided had we been better prepared and used our sailing experience that we have stored in our aging heads. Sailing close hauled is better left for the race course, not trying to cross a raging Gulf Stream. We should have departed from Lake Worth like we planned but we got lazy and didn’t want to bother with the bridges on the way. We would have been on a reach and taking the waves properly. We would have been there much quicker and in splendid fashion. I might have sported a blue blazer and a pipe had we entered the banks that way. Bravo I'd say.

Reef or strike the mainsail in squalls you fool! Imagine the horror had that mainsail not come down.

Securing the deck was going to happen on our lazy down the ICW run towards Fort Pierce. Again, lazy. We know better.

Beer. What can I say? I paid for that stupid move didn’t I? I am now working on getting those cabinet doors to lock closed. I could store less beer? Hahahahaha you funny.

We should know to go with our gut but I for one didn’t listen. The weather was deteriorating and we needed to move fast to get across else we could be waiting weeks or months from getting another shot. The fact we were on a mooring didn't help as we were eager to shed that expense but if I had to do it over again I would not unless we were further south.

Hatch seals. Who knew they leaked! Rain doesn't come in but a foot of water will put enough pressure on it to open the poor seal. Not sure what to do about this other than order new seals. Getting new seals in the Bahamas is like getting Canadian maple syrup. Sure they can get it but its going to cost you. Canadian Syrup is about $45 for a small jar.

Why all the water on the deck? Our boats bow usually rises up quickly with the waves and we maybe get some water down the toe rail is all. When we were in Vero I noticed the bow was so low in the water because of all the stores we have up there. She needs to be balanced. I think this is why we got so soaked. Were the waves really that big or was it because we were so bow heavy that they seemed larger?

After dropping the hook Debra noticed the V-berth was soaked as well. All the bedding had seawater soaked in and a lot of goods got hosed. Thought she was going to cry. Debra was kind of out of it for a few days while we tried to clean it all up. The kicker was the iron skillet she plopped onto the settee cushion so she could get at the oven. This quickly left a rusty ring on the seat. I thought she was going to just toss everything over and go back to the kids. I managed to remove the rust with barkeepers friend mixed into a paste and brushing it over the stain. I’m such a Suzy Homemaker.

Right now we are dried out and smelling wonderful. Like most kids we learned our lesson after getting spanked. I almost turned in my sailing card after this one. Sheesh.

While we were out there having things go wrong we always maintained a good attitude. After a while it was just funny. Pretty much chuckled every time I had to clip in to go get douched by the sea. The only really scary part was the mainsail as that could have been real trouble. We have been in worse seas in Lake Ontario. This was uncomfortable and somewhat unpredictable with the squalls so it had its own level of anxiety but nothing where we felt we were in danger. My knees were never knocking on this ride like they were that day in the Great lakes.

We got a little rusty after sitting on our asses all summer. The cabin and deck are better organized and the systems are all back in order minus the lights and mainsail slug which will be handled soon. Deb is her smiling quiet self and I’m still walking around with that stupid smirk on my face. Next time we get ready to go out there we will shift from happy go lucky cruisers to steely eyed professionals. At least until it becomes second nature again.

Cheers from paradise!

Not sure of all the things that hapened and when because we were so tired after all that. It's actually hard to put it all together. We are not people who can just pop below and go to sleep when in the wash cycle. One of us should have slept while on the calm banks but it was such a relief at that point that we were both a bit giddy.

That's all folks!

*Don't really shoot me you crazy assholes


I forgive Iridium for not having a user friendly app and poor customer service because we were able to phone our daughter on her birthday and then receive photos of our grandson through email. I think we surprised Kelly. She probably thought something was wrong if her cheap parents were using the sat phone. It was nice to wish her happy birthday by voice instead of a text. Chris Parker weather reports and Grib files also come to us via email.

So Iridium, you have a long way to go before your GO! is suitable for the average sailor but we forgive you for your clumsiness because it works and if we can get cute pictures of our grandsons every week without an internet connection then we are happy campers.

We are sitting in Marsh Harbor riding out the big winds at anchor. Holding is excellent and the waves are nothing to speak of. Doing well. I'm working on a post about the horrible crossing. I would have had it out by now but we were too busy drying the boat out.


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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The time has come

Just a quick post before we leave the US.

It's looking like we are crossing over to the Abacos on Wednesday morning and working our way to Marsh Harbor, where we will sit out some bad weather before continuing south. This route was not in our original plans but we knew the weather might dictate where we go so we will take it and run.

For those that have not been following us on Facebook there are some links that might be useful in finding out where we are. First off, I tweet. This is different from I toot. I will use Twitter more often when we are out there because its one of the functions the Iridium Go still has that actually works. The tweets are sent to Facebook so if you don't have a Twitter account you can see them there.

We also have a Spot device that gives our location when we want it to which is usually when we are at anchor or crossing big water.

I will most likely be emailing the blog posts so they will not include too many photos. That will have to wait until we have Wifi. I tend to get too caught up in the scenery to be bothered with taking photos and writing blog posts but Debra loves to take photos so there will be plenty to share at some point. I also promise to take more photos and write more. However, there is a perfectly good Fender Stratocaster waiting for me to strum some tunes and I WILL be learning guitar along the way. My brain needs the exercise.

This should be a fun and interesting trip. Notice I didn't say stressful? Trying to be more positive here. Travelling is always stressful for me but there is also a ton of fun mixed in so it's all good. I'm sure there will be times when I go full Woody Allen (minus the creepy part) and Debra will eye roll me to death but lets hope it's minimal. We have eliminated some points of anxiety on this ship. New rudder and rigging helps immensely. A backup depth sounder is way cool too. Happy voyage ahead.

We met some old friends and new friends while at Vero Beach. We are totally sick of the place now but it is a convenient place to stop. Meeting people who have followed the blog was kind of interesting. Maybe a bit creepy. They were so nice that I found it hard to believe they followed the blog. I imagine for them it was like seeing a movie of a book you read. "He's nothing like I imagined. Thought he'd be taller. What does she see in him? What a knob! He's kind of quiet actually. How many beers did he have?"

We enjoyed Velcro Beach...again. Now it's time to say goodbye. Unless the weather changes we will head south on the ICW to Fort Pierce and make a left. I'm sure we will post to FB as we head out. We appear to be in good company for the crossing. Many boats are ready to go at the same time. Marsh harbor may be a bit crowded. See, there I go again with the negative. I guess it's unstoppable.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mack Snails

The summer we had in Brunswick was total fun and we met some very nice people. We made friends. We saw family. We had a good time. Maybe we had too good a time because there was plenty of work to get done that didn't, but that's OK. We are retired after all. The people we met at Brunswick Landing Marina are the best. There were some who will bust your balls for a good laugh but are there in a flash to help you out when you need it. My kind of peeps. The social hours were some of the best around and the marina made sure you were as happy as can be with the free wine and beer. If we come back to the states again next year I can't imagine there will be any slips available now that word has got out about the place. Good for them. Hopefully the old man gives the staff a good raise as well. They deserve it. 

We did have a list of items that we really needed to happen before we took off for the Bahamas and beyond. Free beer and wine slowed some of the progress on that list but we managed to knock off a few items while we were there.

  1. Bottom Paint
  2. Rigging inspected
  3. New head plumbing
  4. Provision
  5. Re-bed ports

We looked at several places to get the bottom painted including the marina we were at. We got some pricing and decided on Titusville. We figured we would get it done on our way south. We installed two new toilets and re-plumbed the aft head. This was not something I enjoyed but I think it worked out fairly well as we no longer have any odor. I also reinstalled some of our ports with Butyl tape and they are now leak free. So the only thing left to deal with was the rigging. 

We found a guy to inspect the old stays and install the new rigging if needed and he came highly recommended. He was also highly expensive. He had a slight British accent even though when asked he came from Alabama. All Americans love that accent when getting lectured or sold something don't they? American Idol or Dancing with the stars - British accent guy declares you unfit to even sing a bedtime song to your child, or dance at your wedding. It must be true, he’s a smart British guy. Then there’s the Dyson vacuum that must be better than anything else because that British guy says so. So when our rigger came down and said in a Brit accent, “This is the part of my job I don’t like”, I knew we were fucked. It was like the British guy on that talent show on TV telling me my singing sounds like pulling a cat through a chain link fence.  “I condemn your rigging. My report will be emailed. Don’t sail in any wind stronger then a gentle breeze. Pleasant day. Carry on then.” The Jolly Good Rigger then charged me $250 and said he didn’t have time to do the actual rigging. Off he went down the dock. Cheerio old salt!

Well now what? After I stopped imagining myself beating people with a British accent we looked around the web for reliable riggers and settled on Mack Sails. They came highly recommended by several people and despite what happened these people are still our friends. I googled Mack Sails and received mostly positive feedback. After contacting them and getting a price quote over the phone that very minute I got a small but noticeable twitch in my brain that as I look back on now was probably my intuition saying “Run away!!” I mean, you have not even seen my boat or its rigging and you just casually lay a price on me that's not only reasonable but then you schedule a date for removal and tell me it will be done in two weeks! The only way I would have accepted that deal any faster would be someone giving me that price with a British accent. In hindsight the conversation just seemed too fast and casual without very many questions or details. It also seemed like nothing was being written down. It's like I called when everyone was out to a lunch party and I got the janitor who was pretending to take an order.

With Mack doing the rigging in Fort Pierce at Cracker Boy Boat Works we decided to let Cracker Boy do the bottom paint as well. We even got a better price than the others. So here’s how the procedure was going to go.

  1. Leave Vero for haul out at Cracker Boy
  2. Haul, drop mast, paint bottom
  3. Launch and go back to Vero
  4. Two weeks later go back to Cracker Boy and get the mast installed and celebrate. Cheers!

What actually happened.

  1. Leave Vero for Haul out at Cracker Boy
  2. Hauled. Dropped Mast.
  3. “Hey Cap! Look at your rudder!” WTF.
  4. Get quotes on rudder repair.
  5. Order new rudder
  6. Remove old rudder
  7. Deliver old rudder to Foss Foam
  8. Sit in yard
  9. Sit in yard
  10. Curse everyone in the yard
  11. Get new rudder. Drink Beer. Cheers!
  12. Mast arrives and placed next to the boat. Incomplete. WTF.
  13. Curse Mack Sails!
  14. Install new rudder. Drink beer. Cheers!
  15. Sit in yard
  16. Curse Mack Sails.
  17. Bottom Painted. Drink Beer. Cheers!
  18. Launch boat without mast. WTF
  19. Curse Mack Sails.
  20. Sit in Vero without mast. “We’re not a derelict boat!”
  21. Curse Mack Sails.
  22. Mack Sails finishes the mast. Drink Beer. Cheers!
  23. Leave Vero for Cracker Boy
  24. Install Mast. Radar not centered. Pin holes on chainplates too small. Hole for wires too small and the best for last…. NO BACKSTAY! They forgot.
  25. Shoot Mack no better not, Curse Mack Sails!
  26. Leave Cracker Boy for Vero with halyards for backstays.
  27. Curse Mack Sails!
  28. Mack sails installs backstay and two of the spreader boots. All they had.
  29. Drink beer. Curse Mack sails!
  30. Waiting on spreader boots.
  31. Drinking beer. Cursing Mack Sails.

The mast was quoted as taking about two weeks. It's been five. Four of those weeks were spent in a dusty noisy boat yard where we had to climb a ladder to get home. They charged us an additional $10 as a liveaboard fee for use of the amenities. The amenities consisted of a one hole bathroom and shower. The shower had no curtain but if you opened the stall door all the way it would block anyone from seeing your bright white ass.

Sitting and cursing with our incomplete mast

We are not vagabonds! We  have sails!
Our finished rudder at Foss Foam

Barrier coat on the rudder

We thoroughly enjoyed this posh resort we were dropped into. The best moment was having the shower nozzle pop off and shoot out into the room sending a stream of water all over the chair holding my once dry clothes. Imagine walking in on a soapy naked fifty something gray hair bent over in the middle of the bathroom. “Oh holy Geezus! Man I’m sorry! I'll come back later.”  No worries. Just grabbing my nozzle!

Dog in the stall comes in second best. I was doing some waste management when a guy walks in with his dog on a leash. He’s at the urinal and the dog decided I was pretty interesting so he crawls under the stall and wants me to pet him. Talk about ruining the moment. “Nice dog pal, but could you reel him in please!” No apologies either. Asshole. I should have strung some toilet paper under the dog’s collar.
So there you have it for amenities. We did use the water and some of the power so I guess the ten dollars is warranted. No, it’s not. We hardly used any of it. Bastards.

Four weeks in a busy boatyard is not fun but we endured. The crew at Cracker Boy was good. They knew what they were doing but they are not cheap. Neither was the rudder but it could have been worse. Al at Foss Foam really came through for us. Good people there.

I look like I'm leaning with the mast

Hands on hips does not mean I'm
about to do the river dance. It means...
 somethings fucked up

Yep. Somethings definitely fucked up.
There was a moment in the yard when they were pulling the old rudder. I mentioned that a sling might be a good idea when dropping the rudder into the hole you just dug. "Nah, we’ll just hold it. This isn't our first day on the job you know." As they finally got the gudgeon plate removed the rudder slipped through their hands and fell into the hole. All three just looked over at me and I just shook my head. Good thing that's the old rudder boys.

Some of the new chainplates
The mast sat beside our boat for a week with nobody doing anything to it. I had to call Mack about every other day to get things moving. A crew finally showed up to re-wire the mast. They mentioned us getting a new tri color masthead light. No. I didn't ask for that. I asked for a deck light, a new sheave, radar mounted and all wiring replaced. I checked on them later and they said they didn't have a deck light and the sheave was OK. No its not! "Yes it is. We put some oil on it and it is fine." Um, no. Come with me junior. We looked at it and I asked them to remove it. I showed them how to remove the pin and then showed them the bushing pushed out of the sheave. "Oh! That's not good." No shit. You really have to watch the people working on your boat. If we weren't there I would have a non functioning oily sheave.

So here we sit in Vero waiting on Spreader booties. You believe this shit? I’m not going to lie and say this was all just a bit of fun and adventure. The truly positive people out there would turn this post into a delightful romp through the trials and tribulations of the cruising life. No, it sucked. It truly did. We were pissed off and angry and depressed at times but I have to say we mostly handled it well and with some laughter. A tear or two has been shed over our accounts but what can you do? It’s all part of this life we are chasing in a twenty five year old boat. Shits just gonna happen. 

We have had some fun moments while sitting on the dirt.
  • Walking to the bar too far. It was just across the creek!
  • Having the train blow the whistle for us as we walked the 10 miles to the pub.
  • Getting to the bar only to find zero craft brews and only grilled cheese for veg heads.
  • Visiting with Deb's Mom and Chuck. Miss you Mom!
  • Seeing old friends from Western NY. You guys have not changed! Good times.
  • Laughing as the train rocked the boat on the jack stands.
  • Playing tunes and enjoying some brews in the boatyard.

While we were sulking in Vero some friends showed up on SV Odin. Bonnie and not Clyde (Craig) pulled in for some laughs. Thanks guys! You really eased the pain. I should probably stop saying “not Clyde” but it amuses me.

If I could describe Mack Sails I would say they are skilled at what they do, they just do it slow and disorganized. It really only takes a bit of communication with the customer and your personnel. You assign a customer a job number and a worksheet is entered into your database. The worksheet has the tasks and the materials required. Your people sign off when completed. Each job has a due date. This date may change due to material availability, staffing, etc. But you have the info for your customer and you can track your work. Its not that freaking hard these days. C'Mon Mack get with it!

So we were thinking this little string of bad luck was finally getting behind us and then don’t I lose my wallet overboard on the dinghy ride back to the boat one night! Son of a bitch.
What the hell will I do without my AARP card!


So I got this new keyboard for my 7 inch tablet. I squint to see the screen and my hands are close together while I'm hunched over the whole thing. I pretty much look like vermin.  But hey, blog posts.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Coming home?

Way back in May we were sitting at anchor in Green Turtle Cay and reading Chris Parker's emails. We were wondering when we could cross to the States. We had a wedding to attend and we needed to get the boat settled in Brunswick GA. We were looking to make it all the way to Fernandina Beach if the conditions were right. They were, sort of. Our window popped open and we took off. At some point in the night we reflected on a little note Mister Parker had in his email that said, "Even a light north wind will add several feet to the waves". You were very correct sir.

We enjoyed a nice sail over the banks in amazingly blue water. The wind would pick up a bit, then die off a bit, but we were moving along. Ahead of us, before Great Sale Cay there appeared what looked like a bright blue hole. A perfectly circular hole of bright light blue water in the middle of a darker blue. "Is that a shoal?" I asked. Our charts indicated there was nothing but relatively deep water all around us. We  pressed on. As we sailed into the blue hole we did not see the depth change. It was just a color change and it was most awesome. We still can't figure out why the round pool of bright blue water existed. My first thought was an alien ship was surfacing from under the sand. Maybe it was a wormhole into a parallel universe that we would pop into, where we were cool and popular people, sailing a new Hinckley in our tanned Hollywood bodies and spending gobs of cash from our bloated Swiss bank accounts. Nope. Still here. Still flabby. Still poor. It was just a blue circle of water.

We left the bank as night fell. I turned on the radar and got a look around. There were a few big boys out there. I counted at least four freighters. Deb looks behind us and said, "Can you see that guy?". I turn to barely make out a sailboat with no lights except some cheap ass garden solar lights hanging on his lifelines. If it weren't for the moonlight we would never have seen the jerk offs. What the hell! No radar signature either, but then most sailboats can't be seen. They were not very far behind us and were heading north along the bank. I wanted to call them on the radio and ask them if they were running drugs, because that would be the ONLY reason to be running dark! I refrained and let them go along their merrily moronic adventure in peace. I guess you would never ask a possible drug runner if they were running drugs. Might be unhealthy.

We encountered large ships throughout the night. Some cargo. Some cruise. Nothing too close. I was having fun with the radar, playing with settings and alarms when I noticed a large blob behind us. Whoa! What is that? Rain is what it was. A big old rain cloud that just squeaked by and we only got a few drops. Unfortunately there was no wind associated with it and we plodded along. This was very cool seeing rain on the radar while we were out there. That little white dome is becoming quite handy.

As the evening continued and we got further from the banks, the wind shifted to the north slightly and the waves picked up. Eventually the waves were hissing at us and we were surfing. I knew they were good sized and for now we were taking them in the butt, but I prayed that they didn't shift. My prayers never get answered. We started getting hit abeam a bit as the waves continued to grow. Ugh. Hate that rolling motion. We continued like this for the rest of the night. The rolling motion made it slightly uncomfortable and we made a bee line towards Ft Pierce instead of Fernandina. Life is too short to be pukey all night in big waves.

When daylight broke we were shocked at the size of the waves. Big ones! We sailed in this all night? Damn. You do not get a feel for the size of the waves at night. Had we known it was going to be like this we would have waited for better conditions. But hey, we were only about fifty miles out now and everything was cool.

Then the wind died.

C'mon man! Can't we catch a little break here? We fired up the motor and cut a groove through the surf. This seemed to take forever. Something about motoring at sea that just gets to your brain. The constant drone of the engine and the worry that tank sludge is going to choke your engine any minute might be part of my problem. I should think more positive thoughts.

When we got to the Fort pierce inlet we had to drop the sails but shit was it rough. I didn't feel like getting on the rolling and pitching deck and getting tossed into the sea so we kept the main up and entered the channel. We had the wind against the current and the channel was raging. Deb loves the rage. We motor sailed up the channel at about 1.5 knots. Eventually we gained enough ground to get out of the raging portion and were doing at least 3 knots. There were people having lunch on the shore watching us. At this speed they got bored with us and turned to watch birds eat french fries.

We dropped the sail in the turning basin and went for our anchorage behind a condo complex. Unfortunately we were at about low tide and it took two attempts to find deep enough water to get to the anchorage. Deb gets a tad frustrated when the water gets thin. It's amazing how relaxed you are when not at the wheel in these moments. I was like a cowboy out on the range, "Well, maybe we ought a mosey on over that way a bit and try her again." We backed out of the trouble spot and tried another approach. It worked and we were in deep water and the hook was down. Couple quick beers, some tidying up and boom, down we go. Sleepville.

We hung out for a bit and relaxed. We had a week of motoring up the ICW that we were not looking forward to but hey, it's Florida. The ICW is pretty much a non issue in this state. We took off for Georgia and a fantastic wedding with friends and family. More on that later.

Approaching the US coast should have brought on feelings of coming home to the land of plenty. The home of the brave. The land of the free. When we got to Fort Pierce I didn't get that feeling of coming home. When we got to Fernandina, a very familiar place, I did not get it either. Brunswick was totally new so no feeling of a homecoming there as well. Strange. We were sitting in the cockpit at Brunswick landing Marina waiting for our daughter Nicole and family to arrive. We heard the car door and ran up the ramp to greet them. When we saw Nicole, Jon and Aiden all standing there with smiles and waiting for hugs, the feeling of coming home washed over us. Now we were home. When we got to the wedding and saw Kelly, Eric and Mason we got that feeling again. Home. All of our friends being greeted in front of the hotel in Providence - home.

It's true. Home is where your heart is.


I'm playing catch up with this blog. I'm never really in sync with our travels and every post is kind of independent I guess. Debra is the time and logbook keeper. She has a blog at It is a fairly detailed account with dates and mileage and stupid things I did. All that stuff I really don't care about. I pretty much just drift through life with occasional bouts of high anxiety that I write about. 

Microsoft can suck it!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Morning Tea, on the hard. Fort Pierce FL

Morning Tea, on the hard.

The morning tea posts are just my ramblings about what's on my mind at the time. When I do not have a blog post of any interest to myself I just dump my brain all over this page and see what happens. 

We're a long way from the islands.

We are cars, trucks. buses, trains and assholes away from the islands.

Enjoy your stay. Here's a ladder.

Grandma and Grandpa have to pass basic training to get home. This limits the amount of alcohol you would want in your system.

No one ever said, "this is the life" in regards to cruising. Wait. Yes they did.

When you are approaching a bridge did you ever think this is a bad time to run out of fuel? We did.

Having an engine die before a bridge will either make you panic, or freeze. We did neither. How did that happen?

Cool as a cucumber is a good way to be. Actually I'm more like a pickle. Short, seasoned, and briny.

This is "the life", at times. This is not the time.

On the hard is my least favorite position. Bet inmates feel the same way.

"Sure. Yep. OK. We can do that. Won't take long at all. We'll get right on it. You'll be in and out in no time at all." These are sweet nothings whispered in your ear while you are on the hard.

A boat yard is similar to an elderly care facility. They keep you here with just enough attention to think you are being cared for and then when the money's gone they kick you out.

"I'm Elmer J Fudd. I own a mansion and a yacht."
Something about sailboats that make people think whoever owns one is filthy rich. Except Florida, where they think you are just filthy.

Walking along the railroad tracks and taking a shortcut through a construction site to get to a bar probably enhanced our dirty boat hippie image.

When did walking get associated with being poor and destitute?

You don't have a car? OMG!!

Where are all the people driving to?

Florida. The strip mall state.

We visited The Villages in Florida. Captive Consumers.

Beans Beans the magical fruit...
There is a lack of protein in our diet and we are not supplement people. Deb is not fond of pressure cookers so I might get the dehydrated beans for our journey. No, we are not going to start eating cow parts.

Maybe I don't blog enough because I lack protein.

I'm terrible at meal planning.

Deb is an Irish girl who could eat potatoes for the rest of her life and not complain.

I think the chef can dictate what the galley provides. I could always cook a potato as a side.

Microsoft can suck it. This will be repeated every time I have to use this laptop.

No one told me there would be trains following us all along the ICW.

No one told me that most ICW marinas are near bridges. Noisy, heavily traveled bridges.

No one told me about a lot of things.

Dogs in bathrooms. No! Stop with that! I love dogs but I do not want to be petting one while on the throne.

Annual physicals. Mine was completed in 15 minutes. Nothing like a quickie.

ACA. Without it we'd be screwed.

I realize I'm not a marine mechanic, but then I see what they do all week and I start thinking, hell I can do that!

Cold at 70. I used to wear shorts when it reached sixty degrees in the spring. Now I put long pants on when it drops to seventy.

Debra can sew! Our dinghy chaps look excellent.

We have a leak in the dinghy.

I would not have high blood pressure if i worked in a boat yard.

Why do they take a break from work under our boat.

Sitting and watching money bleed form your accounts is not healthy.

In this age of climate change do insurance boundaries really matter anymore?

Liveaboard fees. Really? I'm solar powered and the only thing I take from you is your water. But now that you are charging me ten dollars a day I'm using the power as well.

When provided electricity at a dock you would think we would go crazy and play tunes, watch TV, make smoothies in our blender and run the vacuum cleaner. We actually forget to turn the power on.

In this whole yard there is only one bathroom with one toilet for each gender. Enough said.

When dropping the rudder I suggested a sling to lower it. "Nah, We dig a hole and lower it by hand."

It's amazing how fast 130 pounds can fall in such little space.

It's amazing how big eyeballs can get when surprised.

Its amazing how red your face gets when the boat owner is glaring at your empty hands above a hole with his rudder sticking out of it.

Our new rigging is so shiny and smooth.

Our new rigging will look even better when it's on the boat.

Two weeks ago: Here's a list of things I want done to the mast besides the rigging. Yesterday: "Mr Bryan did you want anything else done to the mast?"

For some reason I never get tired of talking to myself.

Boatyards are dusty.

"Did you put protein powder in this sauce? It's kind of gritty."

We made some new and fun friends in GA.

Some marinas are nicer than others.

I think a marina has an impact on the attitude and friendliness of it's occupants.

Sometimes nothing can help a miserable person. They just enjoy being miserable.

By far, the best marina we have stayed at is Brunswick Landing.

No see um's. Hate those biting little aliens from hell.

Not a fan of eight foot tides.



Our new toilet system works well. Knock knock on wood.

We also have a fully manual head.

New rudder. New rigging. Anxiety relief.

The engine still gives me bad vibes.

Our prop was incredibly coated with biology. Still is.

I paid extra for the diver to clean our hull.

Unless you are a diver yourself, how do you know what they are doing under there?

Spending so much time in a marina really dulled our seamanship. Now we're in the yard.

It's like riding a bike. Right. You heard how good I have become at that.

Bikes and alcohol. No. Don't do it.

Wish we had bikes right now.

There's a really nice bar across the creek.

Across the creek is a long way to walk.

A train that raced by honked the horn for us. It's still fun no matter what your age.

When transiting a cut in the Bahamas, Deb liked nothing better than a good rage as we entered. Kind of a yahoo moment for her.

When transiting the nations highways Deb is not a fan of the rage.

A middle finger can get you killed in the good ole US of A.

I have such a varied taste in music that I keep it to myself. Lets just say I'm not a top forty hits kind of guy.

Some people like to share their taste in music with everyone in earshot of their thumping speakers.
I like it, so you must to. Kind of like some people with religion.

Religion and politics never get discussed much with cruisers. This is good.

We DO NOT miss TV. At all.

While seated in the doc's waiting room I caught an hour of CNN. See previous line.

We will miss most of the election. Happy dance.

Tablets are way better than laptops unless you lose a file. Where did it go? Where was it saved? I had no wifi connection so it vaporized.

From now on I write out all my blog posts on actual paper.

I always wondered why logbooks and such were written out in pencil and not pen. Ballpoint pens apparently get rusty balls.

I had an awesome post on the Bahamas. It was vaporized. This put me in a severe slump when it came to writing. Hopefully I'm over it now. My seven followers will now have something to do at work.

That's all folks. I promise I will write some more. I had to drag out the old laptop to do this (Microsoft can suck it!) as my bluetooth keyboards keep failing. (ZAGG can suck it!) This also puts a damper on my blog posts. I'm ordering three bluetooth keyboards from amazon. This should get me through to the islands.


Please do not get the impression that this life is not what we imagined. It is. Not all the time, but it is. Going back to land life would be really depressing at this point so let us count our lucky stars.
I tend to write how I feel and right now we are feeling a wee bit depressed because of the money bleed and the delays in getting things done. This does not mean we are not smiling! We know better than to think the alternative to this life would be much better. We are very happy to be out of the rat race and we find humor in most of our daily lives, even if we're sitting in a dusty boat yard.