July 28 -- 110 in the shade...


Mar

29

2018
The First Voyage–Part 1

The First Voyage–Part 1

Friday, March 2nd, 2018. D Day…. Our first night on the boat ended up being a loud affair. No, it wasn’t the happy reveling of partiers or the wind whipping through the mast in the marina. It was the rope. Huh? Turns out all ropes are not made equal. To save a (very, very dwindling) buck, I opted to recut our halyard lines (the ones...

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Mar

22

2018
Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 16–Splash Part 2

Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 16–Splash Part 2

Nursing my swollen leg and sporting a swaggering limp worthy of Jack Sparrow, I slowly followed the massive lift with my catamaran hanging from it’s limbs like a Christmas ornament. After what seemed like hours (more like 15 minutes) we reached the launch slip and 2 and a half weeks of nonstop work was about to come to glorious fruition! And up drives Keith the...

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Mar

17

2018
Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 16–Splash, Part 1

Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 16–Splash, Part 1

The morning arrived and I admit that sleep was fitful. Late in the previous day the yard had come by with their giant travel lift and moved the catamaran ahead of us. Now the road was open and there was nothing between us and the water. I think that’s when it hit me that we were on our way and that the “bridge had been...

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Mar

12

2018
Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 15–We Gotta Get out of this Place

Life in a Caribbean Boatyard Day 15–We Gotta Get out of this Place

Getting back to our grand adventure and picking up where we left off after a nice evening on the beach at the FUYC. The night before, Dad and I had boldly announced to the Yacht Club that we were “getting ready to launch!” and they should expect Happy Hour in the cockpit “imminently.” Meanwhile, we had gone to the office and announced that come hell...

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Mar

11

2018
The Triple Constraint

The Triple Constraint

First, I apologize for my delay in continuing our grand Caribbean adventure. My laptop–upon which I rely for pretty much everything in my life–went to the great “Best Buy in the Sky” right after I posted the last update. It seems like the humid salt air of the tropics combined with my tendency to treat every piece of sensitive electronic equipment poorly was just too...

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Mar

01

2018
Life In a Caribbean Boatyard Day 14–the FUYC

Life In a Caribbean Boatyard Day 14–the FUYC

If you think that Dad and I are alone here in the yard working through our boat woes, you would be sorely mistaken. In fact, there is a small community of like minded individuals working to get out of Shipyard Purgatory. The other day Dad and I were walking through the yard when we ran into a young woman trying to give away a bag...

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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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