I had to call the Coast Guard

Titusville is an interesting place.

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Goodbye Woobie, we will miss you.

Should we sell the Jeep? We have been asking this since we moved aboard. We have many friends that don’t have cars, we have given them rides or loaned them the car.

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S/V Perfect Partner at Sunset

S/V Perfect Partner at sunset

S/V Perfect Partner at sunset

Windy Day

It is a very windy day here in St Augustine, 23mph gusts to 40mph over night. When the wind comes up all sorts of things can happen, most are not good at all. Continue reading Windy Day

DIY Wet Vac

A common problem with cold plate refrigeration is frost buildup. There are few options for removing the frost. One is to shutdown the system until it melts, not practical for a live aboard. Another is to scrape it into the bottom of the freezer, this just changes the problem. To solve this new one you need a way to get the frost(snow) out of the bottom so it does not form a glacier. One could use a shop-vac but those are big and do not store well.

Our solution was US$2.40 of bilge hose attached to a gallon water jug and our rechargeable vacuum the Dyson DC35. It work perfectly removing about a 1/2 gallon of frost.

DIY Wet-Vac

DIY Wet-Vac

Bird Aboard

While we were sailing from Miami, FL to Marathon, FL, the cutest little bird stopped by for a visit. He said hello, and proceeded to jump/fly into the pilot house. I guess he wanted a closer look at the inside of our boat.

Bird on a wire

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All the port holes and hatches were closed, so he couldn’t get out. I followed him down into the pilot house, each time I approached him to try and get him out, he flew further into the boat. We moved into the midships cabin and then to the forward cabin.  He saw the brightness of the large hatch above him and tried to fly out, realizing he couldn’t, he landed on one of the fishing rods.

Last time I had seen sketchy, our youngest kitty, she had hunkered down for the sail in the forpeak of the forward cabin. I was hoping that she was still in hiding and wouldn’t try to assist.

The bird and I looked at each other and I told him “it’s okay” and opened the hatch. As I held it open I quietly said “it’s okay, it’s okay, go on…”,  he took his chance and flew out the open hatch.  As I thought about this cute wonderful experience, I went back to the cockpit, and Syd said, “he made it out”, and I said, “I know, I helped him escape through the forward hatch”.  At that moment, the little birdie came back to say (I assume), “thank you for helping me, I like your boat” ;).

Then he was gone and I cried. It was such a beautiful communication with this little bird who had stopped by for a quick view of our boat. I was touched and so grateful that none of my cats were feeling sporty :).

Here are a few of the final photo’s of his adventure aboard our sailing vessel.

 

Round and round we go

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View from our cockpit, Miami FL

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Missed being out on the water, is it beautiful out here.

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We made it out of the boat yard.

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