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MAYBE A STEP FORWARD TOMORROW September 27, 2016

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Tomorrow we are scheduled for the auto pilot to be replaced. That consists of a control head, a processor, a flex gate compass and a rudder indicator. After trying to wire in an on/off switch on my old one, things rapidly started to die. Finally nothing worked. The total system is expensive, but not only does it steer the boat in several different modes, but also gives the radar and chart plotter headings. Without the system running, you only get heads up radar. Those headings do not seem to be very accurate. One of the problems I noted is that it would shift from heads up to a compass heading when it wanted to. To figure out what was happening, I would go below and look at the compass that has several colored lights on it that depending on there sequence tell you what it is doing. No lights, just intermittent operations. Well that basically means your electronics are useless. We are trying to sell the boat including an electronics package. This would mean a big drop in price. So we decided to spend a chunk of money to hopefully save a bigger chunk. Plus if we are sailing, and I do want to sail to Pensacola this fall, it would be nice have a working autopilot.

The second step forward was on my body. I had my pre-op meeting for my cataract surgery. That will be the end of October and the first week in November. They do one eye at a time. I think they do that so if they mess one up, they get an opportunity to figure out why. Hmmm. The old eyes have been getting worse over the last couple years. Now they seem to be gaining speed in there downward spiral. Be happy to get them fixed.

I have started on fixing the wood on the inside. The mate is working on the varnishing, I am doing the wood replacement. Hopefully will start cutting the wood later this week and over the weekend. Then install the pieces and get them varnished next week. That should get things looking like normal again.   Heard there is the first cold front of the season coming tomorrow. With cooler weather, I will be able to finish the outside bright work.

The awning was put off till October. With the expense of the autopilot that will have to be delayed till next year or for the new owners. Nobody is beating the hatch in to look at her let alone buy. So maybe we will get to use the old boat for a while.

I do not really want to go to the mountains at the beginning of the winter. The son-in-law says the air is getting a little chilly. That means cold. I also noticed the snow on the mountains is moving down lower every week. Still can’t believe this is happening to me.

There is a big tropical wave heading for the Windwards.  We have a lot of friends their.  We pray God has mercy on them.

DOES IT EVER STOP FALLING APART September 19, 2016

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By the time we sell this thing it will be a new boat. The auto pilot was not turning off which caused one to disconnect the control unit to get it back to standby. Not good in an emergency. The local Furuno people said that was like crashing your computer. Not good for it. My guy in Pensacola said that was BS. Put a switch in that made it convenient and sell the boat. By yesterday afternoon nothing worked. No autopilot, no compass, and who know what else. We decided to bite the bullet and order a new kit which includes the controller, compass, rudder indicator and processor. Big bucks, but things that would be a problem in a survey. There are things that those items do that downgrade the chart plotter if not working. So here we go.

Tomorrow it is the normal stuff, replacing my 6 YO starting battery. It needed a boost from the house batteries to crank the main engine. Its time. We have water damage on sever spots in the interior. So tomorrow it is off to the lumber yard to get a sheet of plywood and start replacing areas. Some were caused by leaks, some by having ports open when we were not aboard and a squall hit. The leaks are about finished. The ports, well, we are in the land of air conditioning, so the ports are closed. I do open the hatches when we have a cool dry morning. A boat is a small space and needs airing out on occasion. Finish tomorrow with grocery shopping and a hair cut.

Sound like a normal boring life. We have to take the boat out one of these days. This past weekend I spent playing with the dead autopilot. One of these days. Need to put the dinghy in and crank it up. It has been a month and it does not like to crank right off like it should. Projects.

The mountains are calling me…. The ones surrounded by clear blue warm water,        gentle tropical breezes and palm trees by the sandy beach, oh my.

THERE IS A TIME TO SOW AND A TIME TO REAP September 14, 2016

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With a boat that is not quite true. Boat are a depreciating asset. The guy who said a boat was a big hole in the water you poured money, had it right. The mate has swallowed the anchor plus she wants to move to the mountains to be closer to the grandkid. Friends and relatives remind me that she spent 18 years living my dream on a boat, and it may be her dreams time. Hmmmm.

To make a long heavy story short, we listed the boat last Saturday. Know anyone that wants a very confortable cruising boat. Since we got back, we have been working at restoring the boat after 2-1/2 years of sailing. It is amazing how much has worn out. With the exception of a few items, she is about ready to go again. Get the groceries on board, then off she can go.

Since we listed , the mate has become a slave driver to get everything fixed. She is even becoming a varnisher. Doing good. She likes that because she is doing the inside and it’s still in the 90’s outside. Big things include getting the water maker back from the manufacturer. It has a leak that we thought was an “O” ring. Replaced it and it still leaked. The local distributer sent it back to the factory to see what was wrong. They think it might need honed. Hopefully that is an inexpensive job. The awning needs a panel replaced. I need to replace some paneling that has water stains on them, and that’s about it. Knock on wood.

What are we going to do after the boat sells. You ready for this. We are moving to Colorado. That is home of the Grandkid. I have never been away from water since I was born. This will be a challenge. I spent my life moving further south till I was on the water. Lifetime goal accomplished. I never wanted to see snow again in my life. Well on vacation a few weeks ago there was snow on the higher peaks. This may become a failed goal. I did not mention how I love humidity. Sitting in the warm, humid cockpit this evening, it is hard to even imagine living in snow country. Real snow country. I do not know if I can tolerate 6 months without going outside of a condo.

The mate could be packed and out of here in just a few hours. She is done sailing. She has one more trip in her and that will be to Pensacola to close the loop. We plan to do that in early December for about a week or two. The rest of her cruising will be day trips. I am still pushing for the Bahamas. Those are fighting words. Shoot, after 50 years, what a few more fighting words.

Oh yea, we did pass 50 years of blissful married life a couple weeks ago. OK, those of you who have been married for the better part of a life time know it is not always blissful. I still have a few cousins who have been married longer, friends I would be hard pressed to name. I do not think our kids know anyone but their parents that have made it more then 2 10ths that time. Good for us. Its been good. Especially the sailing part. Oh.

Well got to get back to getting this old boat looking like a silk purse.

 

 

 

SUPER TOURIST August 29, 2016

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We went to Moab, UT. Moab is the town near both Arches National Park and Canyon Lands Park. Both of the parks look like the Roadrunner’s home. Did not see him or Wild E. Coyote. Only a small chipmunk.

Arches is a park that has rock Arches all over the place. It also has rocks that are balanced on top of tall spindles of rock. You walk under them and look up and can feel like an ant. Hope the rock, that has been there for millions of years, does not decide to fall.

The arches are large and you climb up to them, sit under them. The views are spectacular.

The Canyons are what it’s name implies. They are the canyons of the Colorado and Green rivers that come together in the park. The canyons are wide and deep and amazing. My daughter has hiked both these canyons and Grand Canyon. She says the only difference is that the Grand Canyon is huge. Colors the same.

To look at too many pictures go to my Facebook. It also has pictures of Telluride and Mountain Village.

When we got here it was in the 60’s. A little chilly, but ok. The temperature stayed about that until we left for Utah. There the temperature was in the low 80’s. Perfect. The elevation there is around 4000 feet. That means there is oxygen. Perfect.

When we got back to Telluride there was a dusting of snow on the higher peaks. Above 12000 feet. Telluride is about 8000 feet. I really never wanted to see snow again in my life. By Saturday it had all melted away except a very little on the highest peaks. Sunday morning it’s back…, and a little further down the peaks. This afternoon it was almost all gone again. It is 61 in town. We go home tomorrow.

We get to go to Tampa for a tropical depression with expected 10 inches of rain. That should mean the temps should be in the 70’s to low 80’s. Perfect for this not want to be mountain man to make a transition to confortable temperatures. Plus there will be lots of oxygen.

IT’S COLD, NO OXYGEN, BUT REALY A BEATIFUL PLACE August 23, 2016

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We got here Thursday afternoon, Temp was in the high 60’s, warmer then we were expecting. Till Monday the temps were in the high 60’s and not bad. Nights are in the low 40’s. One does not venture out in those temps.

Monday afternoon it rained in Telluride. It snowed on the peaks. This morning I can look out the living room window at a 14,000 ft. peak and there is still snow on the top.

Oxygen is just something one must get used to. I may be to old to start that process. The grandkid was born in Vail at 7500 feet. She has lungs that would be the envy of a free diver. She runs and bikes and never gets out of breath. Grandpa is a block behind trudging along taking a deep breath every 4-5 breaths. If I try not to keep up with an 8 Y.O. and stay off the hills I may survive. Telluride is at 8,ooo Ft. The ski area is centered around Mountain Village which is at 10.000 feet. Between the two towns is a ridge at 12,000 feet. You take a gondola for free from one town to the other and over the ridge. I have posted pics on my Facebook page.

The weather here is like Tampa with 35 degrees less temp. The mornings are sunny and it rains about 3pm. When it is not raining, it is very dry here. I am afraid to touch my noise, may get a nose bleed. I am afraid my skin will dry up and flake off. All this is why people move to Florida.

I am hiking as much as possible. We took off to see a mine Saturday. The mate gave up about ½ way. Now that is a first. I have been doing my yoga and that has helped my knees and hips. I was doing good and would have had no problem going to the mine and back…, I think. This afternoon we are going to drive up there. It is a showery day, and we would get rained on hiking there. Before that we are to go to the local museum. It is housed in the old hospital and has part of the hospital restored as it was in the 1800’s. My daughter says it is scary. The rest is mostly old mining equipment.

We are thinking about going out to the Moab desert for a couple days. It is not the season to go out to the desert, so we are having a hard time finding a motor home to rent. It is also hard to find a hotel open. They are closed for the hot season, or something. If we do not make it there, there are other places to see.

We got here Thursday afternoon, Temp was in the high 60’s, warmer then we were expecting. Till Monday the temps were in the high 60’s and not bad. Nights are in the low 40’s. One does not venture out in those temps.

Monday afternoon it rained in Telluride. It snowed on the peaks. This morning I can look out the living room window at a 14,000 ft. peak and there is still snow on the top.

 

Oxygen is just something one must get used to. I may be to old to start that process. The grandkid was born in Vail at 7500 feet. She has lungs that would be the envy of a free diver. She runs and bikes and never gets out of breath. Grandpa is a block behind trudging along taking a deep breath every 4-5 breaths. If I try not to keep up with an 8 Y.O. and stay off the hills I may survive. Telluride is at 8,ooo Ft. The ski area is centered around Mountain Village which is at 10.000 feet. Between the two towns is a ridge at 12,000 feet. You take a gondola for free from one town to the other and over the ridge. I have posted pics on my Facebook page.

The weather here is like Tampa with 35 degrees less temp. The mornings are sunny and it rains about 3pm. When it is not raining, it is very dry here. I am afraid to touch my noise, may get a nose bleed. I am afraid my skin will dry up and flake off. All this is why people move to Florida.

I am hiking as much as possible. We took off to see a mine Saturday. The mate gave up about ½ way. Now that is a first. I have been doing my yoga and that has helped my knees and hips. I was doing good and would have had no problem going to the mine and back…, I think. This afternoon we are going to drive up there. It is a showery day, and we would get rained on hiking there. Before that we are to go to the local museum. It is housed in the old hospital and has part of the hospital restored as it was in the 1800’s. My daughter says it is scary. The rest is mostly old mining equipment.

We are thinking about going out to the Moab desert for a couple days. It is not the season to go out to the desert, so we are having a hard time finding a motor home to rent. It is also hard to find a hotel open. They are closed for the hot season, or something. If we do not make it there, there are other places to see.

IT IS TIME August 15, 2016

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That is a good thing. We will be heading to Colorado to meet the grandkid on her own turf. Daytime temps are in the 60’s. I have not been in that cold of an environment for over 3 years. I am not looking forward to that part of the trip. We have been digging out our winter clothes and seeing what fits and has not rotted away. We should be able to handle the 60’s. Nighttime temps are in the low 40’s. That will be a challenge.

I tried on my blue jeans. First time I have had long pants on in a long time. I have seen a sweater back behind my tee shirts. I need to dig it out. I have a couple long sleeve tee shirts. A couple sweet shirts and a light jacket. That’s it folks. Shoes are a joke. I own one pair of deck shoes. I have another old pair of shoes that are some what rotten. I wear them when hauling up the anchor and rinsing the mud off the chain. They stink and make your feet stink, BAD, but serve there function. They stay way back on the aft deck. I am going to have to buy another pair of deck shoes…, maybe when we get back.

We are going hiking. That will be interesting. We are also going for a swim. At a hot spring. Also we are looking at going in the Moab Desert in Utah. We are going to rent a motor home for us old folks. The rest like camping. Like sleeping bags only. The grandkid likes that stuff. I always felt that if one was going on a vacation, why on earth would you go if you must leave the comforts of home? Carrying your home on your back, sleeping on the ground, eating food that only a marine could love. Going behind a tree. Hoping that what ever is in the tree does not want you for a snack. I know there are many of you that think camping is great fun. That is good, your keeping all the people that make camping gear in a job. Keep up the good work.

My adventures have always been around water and sailing. Since being back I have done my best to keep the marine industry going. So far we have done our part for the air conditioning people, now working on feeding the water maker builders. I have not even mentioned the medical community. The removal of cataracts is only a month away. We also have to get the windmill people out. It runs but does not pivot. If they have to bring it down, I want to work on better balancing the blades…, maybe.

My pump rebuild projects are becoming a pain. Two of them I can not get apart. I will have to use the Dremil to cut off a bolt head on each pump. Then get the bolts out and replace them the pump heads. I have rebuilt my freshwater pump and can not fine a small air leak. It is on the intake side of the pump. It is so small, it does not leak water. When the pump is running, you can see air bubbles coming into the discharge hose. There are no bubbles on the intake side. That is driving me nuts. I have had that pump apart so many times, but still the same thing. There is one more thing I can try, but when I tried to do that the other day, I could not get the pump back together. The others are finding a hardware store that sell real stainless steel bolts in the sizes I need.

Next week I probably will not write this. By then I may have froze to death, died of lack of oxygen, fallen off a mountain, knees just fallen apart, or other fun thing that my little mountain girl will lead me into. The kid, when there is no snow to ski on, is into rock climbing and repelling. She is 8 years old and has developed biceps and triceps. I am looking for something to do when we have to get off the boat, but I don’t think it is rock climbing. It does sound like fun. Have to work on my pull ups. If I can even do any. Maybe I should add get a heart attack to that killer list. I am looking forward to this. Not the killer list, but trying to keep up with my mountain girl.

TOMORROW IS THE DAY August 8, 2016

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The mate should be back on board by about 3 P.M. tomorrow WAHOOOO!! It will be nice to have someone to talk to again. Also my cooking is getting boring. I have a small group of things that I can prepare. That means I get one type of meal per day per week, then start the process over again. Last Thursday was grocery and laundry day. I was forbidden to rent a car for the day till the mate got home. That is fine by me. She will probably want to add some thing to my list. I hope so. I am getting tired of my menu. Laundry is fine. When we rent a car, we can get the laundry done.

Tomorrow I will be out of food. That is unless one wants rice and chicken breasts for the foreseeable future. I do rice and pork chop with a heavy coating of Barbeque sauce. The excess sauce goes good with the rice. Not bad. Wednesday we will have to make the grocery trip. I have a good stock for lunch, and I can survive on Toast for breakfast. By the time dinner rolls around on Wednesday, we should be back from the grocery store. I ate out twice in two months. One was last Friday to help have a meal for this Tuesday night. My two meals were at the pool bar at the Yacht Club. Both were very good. One was a poor boy shrimp basket the other was a French Dip. Both were very good. I think I did very well in only eating out twice.

Our hot windless days went away Saturday. There is this tropical low sitting in the Big Bend area of Florida. It never really got itself together, so we get an almost feeder band with wind in the 20’s for a few minutes. But, it rained hard till about 5 pm. Now there is only a heavy mist. Sunday was a little lighter then today. Tampa is very flat. That means the streets flood. Big time.

We have 3 leaks. One by our sink in our stateroom. We have had it for 4 years. To fix it we would have to pull the mizzen mast. All the time we were cruising it had stopped leaking. I think that was because the humidity caused the boat to swell and that sealed it up. At least that is my theory. Now with the air conditioning on, the boat has dried out and we have the leak back. Now there is one in the forward head. Fixing it was one of my projects I did over the last two months. It is still there. I am really stumped on that one. I found a place where I thought water could come in and calked the hell out of it. Looks like I missed. The last one is buy the depth and speed gages. I replaced the depth gage in the Bahamas. It appears that it needs more calk. Even when we had the tropical storm right after we got here, it did not rain like it has for the last 2 days and none of these leaks were around.

The Olympics are on and our wifi does not have it running. I will have to check it again. I can’t imagine that the 2 bars that have TVs do not have it on. They run on the same wifi that I get, so if it is not up I may have to visit the bar tenders.

I tried Saturday to talk to someone about how to get it on, but only got the chef. She is from the old country, I have not figured out which old country, but we have a very difficult time communicating. Plus, I knew when I tried to explain what had to be done to get it on the wifi, we were way beyond her pay grade. So, I check with the BBC news every few hours and get updates and some 30 second film. I tried CNN, but they are to busy beating Trump to a pulp. They did a little blurb on Michael Philips getting his gold. If you did not know that he was a swimmer, you would not have known why he got his metal. They did not even mention that he swam with 3 other on his team. They did not even mention their names. What a bunch of jurks.

Guess I better check on the Olympics.

STILL HERE August 1, 2016

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That could mean a couple things. First, I am alive and here on the boat, still waiting for my beloved mate to come home. That will be cool.   One of the others, Sunday night there was an electrical storm that went on forever and was a major electrical storm. Early Sunday my son came and picked me up to go fishing. Therefore, I spent the night at his house. My boat lays about 10 miles east of his house. The storm was just east of Tampa about 6pm. Big dark cloud with a lot of lightening in it. This thing started growing. From our distance you could see it grow from 40 to 50 to 60k feet. As it grew the lightening expanded.

Where the kid lives he is maybe mile from the Gulf. They had a little rain about 3 weeks ago. Before that was maybe another 3-4 weeks. Well he got some rain. Not enough to write home about.

At 8 to 9 it was maybe at its peak. The lightening was constant. I am sitting on his couch and looking at the lightening and have the radar on the iPad. It was worry some. In fact I had a dream about the boat getting hit by lightening and sinking. When I got back to the boat I am walking down the dock crying and there is a group of people waiting by the slip. There is the Fed EPA, the state EPA, some other government people. Then there were home owners and their lawyers, all wanting to sue for my polluting the waterway. I remember the judge saying I had 0 money left then and forever. I woke up. When I got back to the boat it was there like I left it.

Oh, that meant no fresh water pumps. I have 2 spare fresh water pumps. In 2-1/2 years we were on the last working one that was not working very well. Well , one is total trash. The others 2 needed rebuilding. I did have a kit for one and put it on and it had an air leak on the intake side I could not find forever. To get to the pump is either going under the water heater or over the generator. Either way tears up your hands and arms. I have installed and removed it at least a dozen times. I have strange burses on my arms and blood blisters on my hands. I finely got the air leak defeated. I started on this project Friday afternoon and finished Monday noon. I have rebuild kits for the other pumps. One is to be here any day, the other is middle of August. Oh well, today I have water.

For those of you who have been on board, you know I built a clock for the mate that has Westminster chimes. Not something you run into on a boat. Yea, different. But the mate likes Westminster chimes. Well the Chinese works do not like salt air. The first works lasted a good 15 years. Not really at sea. The last one lasted about two years at sea. Well the new works got here today. The footprint is different. Got to do some modification to the inside of the clock. This meant taking off the face of the clock. Not an easy thing to do. But it is off and tomorrow I will take the saw to the body of the clock insides. Wish me luck.

STILL HAVE A BIG SMILE July 25, 2016

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Yea, can not believe how much that week bothered me. My blood pressure went high. Now I are back to my nice low blood pressure. My ear is getting to look like normal. It had a large low scab. I am cleaning up after breakfast one morning and something fell out of my ear and into the sink. Scared the life out of me. Thought some critter had taken up residency in my ear. After closer examination, I realized what it was. Enough of this, I will not tell you how I would use my high intensity LED head light to stick behind my ear and see all that was progressing. It would just bore you.

This week has been filled with very hot mornings, 80+ degrees followed by thunderheads by early afternoon and storm by mid afternoon. I am not a big fan of lightening unless it is night and a hundred miles away and you can watch it while sitting outside. This stuff is on top of you. First the wind wall of maybe 30 kts. Then the thunder rolls in with the big lightening. Big and close. The funny part is next to no rain. I need rain. There is a mangrove island just outside the marina. It is the roust for sever hundred crows. About sunset then come and sit on the house roofs around the marina. As the sun starts down they swarm around and land over in the mangroves. About 6 am the process reverses…, almost. Instead of landing on the houses, they land on the sailboats and large yachts. Thank God for the awning. Without rain, I need to hose it off every 2-3 days.

I did get the varnish coats on the wood that I needed. It is just to hot to put on the Bristol. You can thin it with Acetone. That’s a joke. For you ladies, Acetone is the main component of fingernail polish remover. It evaporates very quickly. The Bristol will have to wait till September or so.

The mate is coming home on the 9th. I am counting the days. Then in about 10 days later we go see the Grandkid. Looking forward to that. I have never been to Telluride. It looks really nice, even though it has no ocean by it.

We will see what the grandkid can show me. I have a feeling it will be mostly up and down. I saw on Facebook some of our acquaintances that did a 10 mile hike somewhere in the mountains. For those cruisers that remember my hiking skills, 2 miles about put me under. If I would keep up with the Yoga I may get better at hiking. When I keep it up my knees and hips do not bother me. Hiking in the mountains may be over the top. I will end on that.

YESTERDAY WAS A VERY GOOD DAY July 19, 2016

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A week ago I went to a dermatologist to have the spots checked out on my arms and this thing growing in my ear. Looked like a wart. Got some strange sounds from the dermatologist, and the “we will take a sample”. They did and then you begin the 7-10 days of raising your blood pressure while worrying. Well yesterday I got the phone call saying I was all clear. That was one of the happiest days of my life. Do not want any part of the big “C”.

I smiled so much during the afternoon that my face hurt. I had a couple good matinees and was so happy I could not go to sleep till about 2 am. That was after watching an old western. Good guy wins a gun fight with the bad guy on the main street of town. The final seen. That’s the way their suppose to end.

Been working on the bright work that never got finished last October. The varnish is done. I also repainted the depth marks on the anchor chain. I had the chain re-galvanized before we left 3 years ago. It is all worn off and the chain has a lot of rust on it. Digging the chain out and laying it on the deck made a mess. I have some hull cleaner that is very good on removing rust. Yesterday I spent better then half the day scrubbing my deck. That was the first major washing with fresh water in over a year. Now I have washed the deck since we got back, but not to that extent. The deck needs repainting, but it is clean.

I need to put a few coats of Bristol on the wood that I just varnished. Maybe Thursday. Tomorrow is my once every 3 week rent a car and do all the shopping and laundry. This is not as lengthy as last time so I will start at 9 am and try to get back before evening rush hour. Last time I got hung up in rush hour. This is a bigger town then I am used to and has a lot more traffic. Retired people are not suppose to be out in rush hour traffic.

Another strange thing about this place. When we first got here the slip had huge oysters growing on it. They were large enough that the boat could actually scrape against them. I borrowed a big scrapper, the kind you Canadian friends use to break ice, and broke them off. The rules for the marina say that you are to have your bottom scrubbed monthly. I never heard of such a thing. This weekend I put the dinghy in the water and noticed that the bottom of the boat was full of oysters about the diameter of a quarter, The prop looks like a basketball. Time to call the diver. I would like to get it cleaned by the weekend. Would like to go sailing.

Yes the mate is still at her sisters. Less then a month to go. I am ready to be a husband again.