Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fun in Key West

We had an incredible time in Key West. We flew in on Thursday and our friends Schyler and Laurie came down by car on Friday. We found a couple great restaurants that were off the main street of traffic and managed to get a day in at the beach and do a lot of riding on scooters(We had way way too much fun) and walking Duval St. We had Schyler and Laurie bring some Blue down just in case we met up with Dick and Ann on Grey Hound but that did not pan out(well Dick and Ann we are going to just have to drink it all one night and cheer for you guys. It should be one heck of a night).
We had our set-up to receive hot spot signals with us but I apparently still don’t know what I’m doing so could not connect. We are home now and I have it up and running again. We will bring it to the boat this weekend and try it out. Schyler picked up our chain and new anchor in Ft. Lauderdale on their way home so will be working on that over the weekend. It sounds like he got one hell of a deal on the Manson Supreme so that’s a plus in our pocket… The other thing we will be doing this weekend is cutting the hole for the new propane locker. "Photo's by Laure Lillie"

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Let the work begin

We headed to the Syracuse Boat Show to help out at the Fair Point Marina's booth. As usual the booth looked great and it went well. I don't think there were as many people as last year and the weather was mild for this time of year. Jerry had the booth together in no time and its always a good time talking with him while there. Tim was very excited about everything that is planned for the summer and can'nt wait to get the seasons plans for the marina started.

On Sunday we headed up to Kasidah and started pulling things apart. Jon pulled the old door off the propane locker and disconnect lines and then took apart the dripless shaft to either replace with a rebuilt one or replace with a new one. I took the headliner in the V berth down and cleaned the area up to get ready to insulate and replace the soft liner with a rigid one. It was cold up there so only stayed 3 or 4 hours

We head to Key West on Thursday for a few days and Schyler and Lauri will meet us there on Friday. Should be nice weather but not to warm. Schyler has offered to pick up a few items in Ft. Lauderdale for us on his way home. So this will help save on shipping cost(but might cost in drinks :).

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Slippery when Warm.....

We just finished replacing the seals and changing the oil in the new watermaker we picked up on ebay. We did some more buying as well, we picked up: a new step for in front of the helm, some more snubbers for the lines and our new long range wifi unit came in all ready to go.....or so they say.
I just finished our dinghy cover yesterday, which had taken me a couple of weeks, but I am very pleased with it. I made a nice cover for the bow which will zip up and protect everything from spray or just be a nice little area for the dogs to get out of the sun. Jon requested a couple of drink holders be installed, so I will sew up some quick ones for it today.
Our long time friends Jeff and Cathy, who have S/V Otium, came over for dinner last night. It was great to see them!! Jon made some really good pasta while Jeff and Cathy got to try something new: oysters.
The last time we saw them was on Jill’s birthday on the way home from a trip up near Sackets Harbor. We anchored off from Stony Island and they had been sailing with Dick and Ann, from S/V Grey Hound. We had the quickest birthday cake and opening of gifts I think Jill has ever had (I told her after awhile they all get that way), then we left to cross Ontario in not so pleasant condition.
Any how, our house is on the side of a mountain and you can drive up and around the back of the house which we use as our main entrance. Jeremy had backed his car up to a place where the driveway starts to head back down the hill so that Jeff and Cathy could pull right up to the door. Well on their way out they thanked Jeremy for pulling his car down to the bottom of the hill and out of the way. He laughed and said “no it’s still up in the turn around”. At that point I went out to look and sure enough it wasn’t there. The driveway had turned into an ice rink from the 45 degree weather and as we looked down the hill there was Jeremy’s car, sideways and half in the snow bank just waiting for someone to rescue it. Funny funny….. Jon pulled the John Deere tractor out and went to work pulling it out so Jeff and Cathy could get on their way.

Edited by Jill Libby