Archive for: ‘November 2011’

Polebarn 101

November 27, 2011 Posted by Deb

Polebarn 101Chuck has been telling everyone (when they are looking for some bit for the boat) that he has one of those in his polebarn back home in Iowa. The polebarn in Iowa is becoming quite famous. And, no one here really knows what this “polebarn” concept really is. So here’s Chuck, at Richard’s storage container, giving polebarn 101 lessons, on how to make most efficient shelving.

Bombed Out Resort II

November 22, 2011 Posted by Deb

Hurricane Lenny took out this resort. The property has been in insurance nightmare limbo until last year as the insurance companies sorted out who was going to pay. Nature is in the beginning stages of undoing this resort but it is still in pretty good shape.

Central Plaza


Second Floor Bar Off the Main Plaza

Former Flagstone Sidewalk

The Best Room Left

Conference Center

View Toward Marigot


A Bit Behind

Better Than Some I’ve Owned

Root Beer Float

November 19, 2011 Posted by Deb

Ingredients – Take one Y Valve and add muriatic acid as needed.  If you know what this is and where it comes from, you’ve been on a boat or two.  If you don’t, you don’t want to know.

Simpson Bay World View

November 17, 2011 Posted by Deb

Simpson Bay Overview

Breakfast in Simpson Bay

November 16, 2011 Posted by Deb

Morning in Simpson BayMy office in Simpson Bay. Got up early this morning and made English muffins. Nice breeze in the cockpit. No better place to get things accomplished.

Other Megayachts of Simpson Bay

November 12, 2011 Posted by Deb

November 11 is the Dutch side’s version of the US Fourth of July. Staying open on the Dutch side is not an option unless you’re very tightly associated with the tourist industry. There are stories of the police raiding places that are open, jailing the owners, and doing an immediate shutdown sans bill paying and meal serving.

Here’s a shot from the helm looking toward the Dutch side.

Looking out from Cockpit Dutch Side

The island is home to the megayachts and to a degree we benefit from their annual migration. The support systems for the megayachts create a great number of specialists and specialty stores and they are all looking for business during the hurricane season. Hurricane season 2011 is winding down and the mega’s are returning. One old Dutch mega is an immaculately maintained 1930’s vintage boat. They actually have to drop and anchor and modify the drive train to go in reverse.

Anyway, in the same lagoon as the megayachts are these beauties.  We call them the “Other Megayachts of Simpson Bay.”

MegaWrecks 1

MegaWrecks 2

Deb’s Birthday

November 1, 2011 Posted by Deb

It was a hot work day as we finished up adding the last of the solar panels and two new controllers. The new controllers are great because they not only monitor everything with remote displays, they also will each charge a starter battery, despite being a different type. We doubled our solar power output from 310 to 620 watts and have not run the diesels since we dropped the hook.

As the sun set, we cleaned up, pumped up the dink, grabbed flashlights (most don’t dink in the dark around here because there have been some nasty accidents), and took off for Marigot. Deb is not a fan of French cuisine but her hope was for Creole. We ran up a tab, declined the sturgeon, I helped with most of the drinks, and dinked home in the dark like we did around 700 times, 17 years ago. I really like finding my boat in the dark when I’m in bad enough shape to make it challenging. Kind of funny what you get good at.