Monthly Archives: February 2018


Feb

26

2018
Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 12 Shiny Scratches

Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 12 Shiny Scratches

Yesterday we awoke to great plans of getting the gel coating and grinding done on the hull in preparation for Splash as soon as the middle of this week. By our calculations we had just enough gel coat to get us through. Alas when Dad went up and started troweling on the second batch, it hardened up in about 5 minutes into a gooey paste....

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Feb

26

2018
Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Days 10 and 11–Too Busy to Type

Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Days 10 and 11–Too Busy to Type

Warning; 2 days, double post. Executive Summary: Boat is painted, we’re still alive but out of Jack and Cruzan. Friday and Saturday came along with a fury. I think I’ve had my fill of this tropical island. Friday, the glass mon and the electrical mon didn’t show up. I’m not quite sure why. We had a conversation on Thursday and I told them I would...

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Feb

23

2018
Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 9–Shoestring

Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 9–Shoestring

Yesterday I wrote briefly about my Wells Fargo woes so I thought I should update you on where we’re at. I spoke to the guys and told them flat out that I couldn’t keep paying them in cash everyday. I told them if they wanted to come back after the first we could pause the job until then or they could agree to end it...

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Feb

22

2018
Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 8–Rainy Day Blues

Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 8–Rainy Day Blues

Yesterday was the first day I’ve truly been down and frustrated about our (not so) little project. I woke up to see threatening clouds and lots of wind. The guys showed up on time at 9–including Boss Mon–who was there to try to get another “big job” on island. They brought along with them Peter–a mechanic-fix it all guy who was there “to take a...

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Feb

21

2018
Life in a Tropical Boatyard Day 7–Blamping

Life in a Tropical Boatyard Day 7–Blamping

There’s Camping Then there’s Glamping–fancy camping with amenities Now there’s Blamping—Glamping on a boat. That’s what we’re now doing. We achieved a major milestone yesterday and moved onto the boat! It was always our intention to spend the first week in a hotel while we made the boat liveable. Both dad and I agreed that it was time to transition and we checked out of...

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Feb

20

2018
Life in a Tropical Boatyard Day 6–Who needs a crane?

Life in a Tropical Boatyard Day 6–Who needs a crane?

It was another restless night although I did manage to get back to sleep after a couple of hours up from 2 to 4. I got up at 700 and went through the morning routine. Dad joined about 730 and we were on our way out the door by 815. My first stop was the Clarence Thomas (the Hardware store, not the Supreme Court Justice)....

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Feb

19

2018
Life in a Tropical Boat Yard Day 5: Walter White Stopped By

Life in a Tropical Boat Yard Day 5: Walter White Stopped By

We’ve been making some blue down here on Virgin Gorda. In this case, just a blue hull, not anything else “crystalline.” Sunday–a day pf peace of tranquility on the island. But not for us. We’ve now got a routine going. I usually get up and make some breakfast. We invested in good “fuel” for the morning–eggs, sausage, bagels, etc along with OJ and coffee (the...

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Feb

18

2018
Life in a Tropical Boatyard–Day 4 Barnacles Suck

Life in a Tropical Boatyard–Day 4 Barnacles Suck

Saturday. If you read yesterday’s dispatch you know that I was up at 3 and couldn’t get back to sleep. Instead I got up early and went to the boat around 630. I wanted to drain the oil from the saildrive and inspect it before going to Tortola to pick up parts. I got to the boat but couldn’t fit my flathead screwdriver–the one tool...

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Feb

17

2018
Life in a Tropical Boatyard Day 3–Twelve Volt Man

Life in a Tropical Boatyard Day 3–Twelve Volt Man

Since I can’t sleep tonight, I figured I’d post this update in an effort to be productive at 330AM. My head is swimmy from all the 1/2 done projects on the boat. We’re in a critical phase of our refit and the distance, stress, and frustrations are starting to wear on me a little. Add to that the fact that Sheryl and I seem to...

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Feb

16

2018
Making the holes bigger.

Life in a Tropical Boatyard Day 2–The Island Strikes Back

So you know the formula of a trilogy right? The first movie is all about introducing the characters, setting the stage, and giving them a mild win so you fall in love with the dashing young hero, the scoundrel, and the princess. Then in the second movie you put your now-familiar characters in the worst possible situation so that they can show their “true grit”....

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