July 28 -- 110 in the shade...


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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Feb

15

2018
Life in a Tropical Boat Yard–Day 1

Life in a Tropical Boat Yard–Day 1

Yesterday was a productive day–for an island. We went to bed around 10 and I was up at 630, ready to go. I answered some email, popped out yesterday’s blog post, and headed our the door at 745. Notice I say ME, not WE…. Our goals yesterday were straightforward: Get Functional. That means, literally, starting with the basics: electricity and water. The original plan was...

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Feb

14

2018
Life in a Tropical Boat Yard–Day 0

Life in a Tropical Boat Yard–Day 0

This is the first in what I’m hoping are daily dispatches from the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour on Virgin Gorda, BVI. Dad and I arrived yesterday after nearly 24 hours of grueling travel that involved a drive to Tucson (with Mom, Sheryl, 3 dogs, 4 suitcases, 1 generator, 1 electric wheelchair, and a bunch of other Mexico supplies), before we even got on the plane....

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Feb

09

2018
Boaty McBoatface

Boaty McBoatface

A few years ago, the British government posted an online poll to have the citizens of the country name their newest icebreaker. The Royal Navy figured that the British–being a sophisticated, conservative, and dignified people–would select a name that reflected the great seafaring culture of the island Empire. And what was the respectful and colonial name selected by the erudite populace (by over 20 percent)?...

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Feb

01

2018
The End of the Year

The End of the Year

Today is the last day of January. For my company, it’s the end of our fiscal year and our team has been busy closing deals, entering time cards, and processing invoices in an effort to hit the numbers arbitrarily defined by our executive leadership and approved by our board. Our story is no different than any other moderately sized American organization. At the end of...

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