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EYE ONE October 31, 2016

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Caribbean, Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Repairs, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.
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Yea, that was the big thing last week. Started taking eye drops on Monday. That helps elevate the blood pressure as one anticipates Thursday’s surgery. Thursday we are at the surgery center at 7:30. I am nerves.

First I have a phobia about needles. One of the first things they do is put a needle in your hand. Should be easy. The lady says that sticking people is all she does. Should be easy…. Cannot find the right vein in my hand. OK lets move to the inside arm. By this time she is into the bag of rusty bent needles. The lady has not helped to lesson my phobia.

Secondly, you are awake during the surgery. I mean not get up and walk around wake, but you can hear, see and follow instructions. No pain. Good thing. Following instructions was enough.

This Thursday is eye two. I do not want to meet the needle lady again, but the surgery was OK.

I always want to know what is going on to the most detail. They do a good job of giving you reading material about what is going to happen. What they missed is what recovery is going to entail. Right after surgery your eye is extremely dilated. You can see light and you’re in a semi-darkened room. The difference between the old and new lens is amazing. My white had become an egg shell color. Now the white with the new lens is really white.

Then Friday morning I woke about 4 A.M. I could not make out anything out of the new lens. I could tell there was light and darkness, that there were lights in the clock and thermostat. Could even begin to see individual numbers. I am not a happy camper. I get up and reread all the info that they give you about what can go wrong and what they do. It is not what is happening. I did get maybe a hour more sleep. With daylight I could see some, but would need the other eye to walk around and do steps.

8:30, I am on the phone and talk to nurse Ruth. She is the answer lady. I start to tell here and she interrupts and says your eye is still dilated. We talk for another couple minutes and it is obvious she know more of what I am seeing or not, then I do. She spends half the time telling me bench marks of what is suppose to happen and not happen. I feel better, but still could not see much. Tonight I can see better out of it then I can out of the other eye which was my good eye. I am ready for Thursday.

Couple things are a pain in the bute. I can not lift more then 25 pounds. I sorry, I live on a boat. Everything I do you lift 25 pound for some reason. The other is I can not have my eye below my waste. Like do not bend over to pick something up. Try doing that. It is amazing how often one bends over. That is to be for 3 weeks after surgery. I have projects to do every day. Have to do the projects to keep the boat ready to go. I have ran out of little projects. Today I varnished the edge of the cockpit table. That was the big project for the day. I did convince the mate that the garbage weighs 25+ pounds. Do not know how long that will last. Almost wanting to take that back. I would have something to do.

Sunday, the mate leaves for Colorado. I know she is going to look hard for a place to live near the grandkid. I just hope her brain is working better then her heart. The reasons other then just the added expense of the condo are still valid.

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WOW BIG CHANGES, AND NOT IN THE EXPECTED WAY October 24, 2016

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Caribbean, Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Repairs, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.
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The particular condo we were looking at sold. No problem, there are several exactly like it on each floor. With its sale, my daughter a realtor who did not sell it but was able to find out the details of the sale. One of the shocks was a special assessment that was about 20% of the total price. Plus they want the extra money on close. That would be a major hit to our retirement. The assessment is used to put new roofs on the buildings and redecorate every unit. This is done about every 5 years. That killed that deal.

We also had the boat cleaned up like never before. It really looks good. Makes you want to stay. Plus it is paid for. Where we are located is reasonable and a very nice neighborhood. It has been our home for 19 years. Can you believe.

Then we find that where the daughter and family have been living is over. They are looking at a house about 30 miles away from where we were going to buy. Not good.

One of the considerations I did not like was the lack of medical facilities in the area. There is a medical clinic in Telluride, but no hospital. They can set arm and legs, but not set up for strokes or heart attacks. You are a hour away from a full hospital. Today I am in great health, but am 72. It can’t go on forever, maybe another 40-50 years, but not forever.

Another concern was the cost of living in Telluride. It is ridicules. You would have to take a day and go to Denver to shop for normal closes and things for your home.

All right, you know what’s up, we are trying not to sell the boat. We have a contract with the broker and we have given notice on wanting out of it. We also raised the price to the insured value. If the broker could find someone to pay that amount, we would sell. No one would give us that much in the future. We would have to take the money and run.

I feel for the mate. It is not fun loosing a dream. But she is going to Telluride for a week. I will be home recuperating from my cataract surgery. One this Thursday, one the next Thursday and then she is off for 7 days.

Therefore it looks like my dream is some what together. No long range cruising, we can get out more, once we have the boat back together. Still planning the trip to Pensacola.

The water maker is working up to specs. Most of the paneling is back up and varnished. We still have to replace the paneling around the basin in our stateroom. There is a leak somewhere in the overhead. We believe we have found the leak, but want a good rain storm as a final test. We believe         it is one of the bolts holding down the main sheet track. It has passed the hose test, but the leak is very close to the mizzen mast. Could be coming from there. Hope not.

This week I am working on the bright work. I got a couple coats of Bristol on the cap rail today. I will do the cockpit cap rail tomorrow. It is nice to work in temps about 80 degrees. Our first real cold front of the season.

MAYBE A LITTLE LUCK WOULD HELP October 11, 2016

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Caribbean, Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Repairs, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.
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Well the auto pilot works. The Multiple Function Display works. The DSC which is a safety function of the radios that give ones lat/long to the Coast Guard in case you are in an emergency, does not work. The VHF radio also has AIS which give you information on other commercial vessels in a 20 mile radius. With the radar and the AIS one can have very good information on how to avoid a collision. The AIS is not working.

In the last day and a half I have worked on getting these two problems corrected. So far no success. I and a tech I am worked with from Furuno are trying to figure it out. I should say he is working, I am bewildered. But it is not over yet.

We went out for a drive in the boat Thursday. First time we had been out in the boat in weeks. Saturday was the best sailing day in months. We went sailing. It was wonderful.

That is when we discovered that there was problems with the radios Lat/Long and AIS. Sunday, after church and some grocery shopping, I started trying to figure it out. Monday evening I got an email with an idea and a schematic of what I have from the Furuno tech. It got the AIS and the VHF Lat/Long working. The SSB still does not work, so I spent the afternoon reading the manuals and believe I can fix it. I may call the tech in the morning and pass it by him. Hate to screw something up. Electronics is not my forte.

Since the hurricane we have had steady strong winds. Now they are blowing here well into the 20’s. That is what we had for the hurricane. I want to take the boat out and try all the functions that the auto pilot will do. So far I do not think it does anything that the old one did not do. I believe it is a lot easier to set up. It will sail by the wind if set up right. The old one took forever to set up and I only used it once. It was spooky. The old one could not follow a route very well and I did not use that function very often. Spooky.

Another thing it does, if the AIS is turned off, it still will receive targets. If one is going to collided with you it brings your plotter range in and sounds an alarm. Push a button and the alarm goes off…, for a minute. Then it is back buzzing away. One could say that is a nice safety function. One could. We have a boat about 6 slips down the dock. His AIS was on with no one on board. As the wind blew us around in our slips. The angle between the boats would get to where we would be on a collision course. Yes it works and the alarm goes off. It is loud and very annoying, especially when you are trying to track down circuitry. I shut the whole system off, packed up my manuals and schematics and came below to continue my research. That made it about nap time. Must have been a good nap, it only took me a short time to come up with my new solution.

The water maker is to be reinstalled next Wednesday. With the warrantee and a little labor, we get a new Clark Pump. That is the heart of the system. We may be making progress.

SLOWLY MOVING FORWARD October 3, 2016

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Caribbean, Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Sailing the ICW.
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We made the decision to put in a new autopilot. This is a new and improved version of what we had. It has several upgrades. That is nice. It also allows the multiple function display to do all its displays. Without a functioning autopilot, there is no compass input to allow tracking of targets, showing of one own track in a heads up display and a north up display, among other things.

Therefore we ordered a new one. They started installing it on Thursday and we did the sea trial today. We still have some more work to do , but it will have to wait till Wednesday due to our tech going in for medical tests. He is a cancer survivor.

When we first installed the old system it was purchased one item at a time over a few years. To save money we hard wired all the items. Since then there is a plug and play system called a backbone that is installed that makes installation go much easier and faster. Now we will have to take each wire and follow them through the boat and find what color wire actually attaches to each item. Not hard, just time consuming. Hopefully this will be completed on Wednesday.

We have also started removing parts of the interior woodwork that has got wood stains through the years. I have started removing the bad wood. Have purchased the new wood. Some is ready to be cut and installed.

Finally will be the reinstallation of the water maker pump. That should be a warranty job. I hope so. The pot has run dry.

We did go sailing Saturday. For a little while before the wind died. It was wonderful while it lasted. Today’s sea trial was just driving around insuring the compass is pointing the right way and the autopilot follows a given course. That worked. Now we must get the MFD and the autopilot talking to each other.

Now all we need is buyers.