Archive for: ‘June 2014’

A Day Off

June 18, 2014 Posted by Deb

Actually we were waiting for parts, but we took the bikes to St. Simon and Jekyll Islands. We were told those islands are a must see and we agree. Wow. Trees and Spanish moss in all their glory and very good bike and car touring.

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It’s Not All Umbrella Drinks: Brunswick GA

June 12, 2014 Posted by Deb

The above is a recent quote from Casa del Mar who just finished decommissioning their boat in the Rio Dulce.

Tearing the boat down and getting it ready to sit out the hurricane season is the worst part of sailing. The list is long, the jobs suck, the ergonomics are terrible, it’s hot, and we’re dealing with a whole new set of vendors. Of course there is the cost of everything, too. At six times what we paid last year in the Rio, we’re doing a lot of the work ourselves.

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Looks Tight

Looks Tight

So That’s What 100 Feet To Spare Looks Like

So That’s What 100 Feet To Spare Looks Like

On the other hand, the marina is great, the people are wonderful, and the area around Brunswick is legendary. We went out to a Confederate Blue Grass band with about 30 of the folks living on boats here. Oh … and there is a West Marine and a Home Depot here and the hardware stores have been here since the dawn of time and they know where everything is.

Safely Tucked into Brunswick Landing

Safely Tucked into Brunswick Landing

Confederate BBQ

Confederate BBQ

Final Leg of the 2014 Season: Canaveral to Brunswick

June 5, 2014 Posted by Deb

The great weather window we got from Chris Parker would have been nice but as we did engine checks, we noticed the port engine exhaust hose had reached the end of its life and was leaking. We’ve heard this can fill you boat up in a hurry when it goes completely. So … a few laps around Canaveral and a couple sprained thumbs later we were ready but the window was gone. At $107 per day for our slip we waited three more days for an opportunity to get out.

The trip was pretty much without incident, wind, or current. We had traffic (bogies) until St. Augustine including our first double. We avoided a freighter coming up from our stern and he passed to starboard. About two hours later we had to alter course again as he hung a 90-degree turn to go into shore, right across our bow. We had another bogie just bobbing at idle but hitting the engines every 30 minutes to straighten out, producing a big black cloud of diesel smoke. Try reading the nav lights when a freighter is doing that and the AIS has him headed all over the place.

Nineteen Bogies

Nineteen Bogies

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Space Tourist

June 2, 2014 Posted by Deb

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I checked off a bucket list item at the Kennedy Space Center. Deb was pleasantly surprised.

I was a carpenter during the Apollo era and used to take a TV (black and white) to the construction site to watch Walter Cronkite, Erick Severeid, Jules Bergman, Frank Borman and others cover the action. My foreman hated the distraction but mellowed for Apollo 13.

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