So Thursday evening March 2nd Mom tripped and fell on the concrete. She
was walking across the deck where the tables were above the TIKI here in
Marathon and broke her wrist. Brad came over that evening at about 21:30
and wrapped it. Then Friday morning we went to the ER and had it
x-rayed... well it's broke alright and so they refered her to an
orthepedic who happened to be in town this Friday and she put it in a cast
and said to see her next week. It'll probably be 6 weeks to 2 months to
heal and we're not going to sail when she can't hold on to anything so we
got a mooring ball. We moved on to it the 5th. We're on W3.
We had to motor over but the exhaust is leaking terribly so I wrapped it
in aluminum flashing and used a hose clamp to hold it in place. It still
leaks but not as bad. We got the mooring ball just as smooth as if we'd
done it a hundred times.
Sam and I finally figured out how the swim ladder works and we did a
little video about it yesterday. We'll post it when we're done with it.
But one person can pull it up and put it down now. I knew that it was not
correct back there on the stern to be carried around all the time.
Tonight we went to Barnacle Barnie's again to listen to Mike sing and talk
with our friends. We were there for about 4 hours and had dinner. The
poor waitresses and kitchen staff were sooo overworked. But the food is
pretty good there and the atmosphere on the beach is wonderful. Good
music, good friends, good food... oh my! Now it's time for bed... OH... a
few days ago we saw a comet in the south western sky... turns out it was
very large and could have done a lot of damage. I'm still trying to find
out how close it was.
Date: Sat March 12 22:30:00 UTC 2023
Sea Food Festival
Fish Fish and more Fish!.
Today we all went to the Sea Food Festival and looked at all the booths,
met some interesting folks we hope to be good friends with and ate lots of
wonderful fish!. They had lobster, fish and chips, crab cakes, chowder,
fish dip, smoked fish, smoothies, Margarita bars and beer. We met some
wonderful folks selling dresses and hand made cotton blankets/towels from
Turkey. They were amazing. We are going to get some at their shop in
Boot key later. They have rugs there as well. We spent the day with
Moral Compass. The most wonderful thing about this harbor is it's like a
big resort with your best friends! There is always something going on!
Date: Mon March 14 13:28:00 UTC 2023
Working on the Rig in BootKey.
Good morning folks! This morning Sam and I adjusted the standing rig
tension on the Mizzen mast. We knew it was loose but it was seriously
loose, less than 100lbs. We got a tension gauge at from another boater about a month ago.
So we adjusted the tension to about 550 lbs. It feels a lot better and
I'm sure the vibration will be reduced as well. We will put up a video of
the process in a few days.
Date: Wed March 15 22:30:00 UTC 2023
It was a good day today.
The morning started with a bread making class at the tiki at City Marina.
Hannah made bread with several other boats. The class was taught by Neil
and Elizabeth from Twocan. While Hannah was there sam and I worked on
adjusting the standing rigging for the mizzen mast. It was very loose and
we made a YouTube of it. Then we polished a few stantions before going
ashore to West Marine. Then we went to Castaway's for lunch with
Moral Compass and Suprise. The food was great and it's a wonderful
resturant/bar tucked away in a little building that you don't even think
is a resturant till you get inside and it grows to a big place with a very
nice setting. We had sushi and cheese cake.
Suprise came to West Marine to rescue me. I had walked
there to pick up teak oil and metal polish and Hannah had asked them to
pick me up and bring me to lunch with everyone. We had a great time. Then
Hannah went to do laundry and I met Mirage at the boat to do our bottom.
He took about an hour and a bit to clean the bottom. Yesterday I had run
the engine but it would barely go in reverse. The prop was all barnacled
up but now it is clean and works a lot better. The engine started right
up today and ran a lot faster before topping out.
This evening I spent with Skylark talking about how to adjust his rigging
which I lent him the tension gauge for as well as brought him a shackle
for his anchor. Now Hannah is baking the bread and we are relaxing. The
wind has picked up and it is supposed to rain but the temprature is
wonderful. Good Night all! Check out our youtube site. The link is on
the front page of the web site on the left hand side.
Date: Tue March 21 13:50:00 UTC 2023
Cleaning up Boot Key Harbor and a busy week.
Last Saturday the 18th we helped clean up he Mangroves where the tides and
winds have lodged all kinds of trash in their roots. We pulled out
several bags of trash and a couple buckets and a mattress. We had to tow
the matress to shore. We tied a rope around it and pulled it with our
poor little dingy at about 1/2 knot. We had to go about a mile and by the
time we got there the rope was about 1 inch from pulling of the matress.
Afterwards there was a gift give away with lots of advertising and gift
cards from the local community from resturants and the like. It was a lot
of fun Ryan from Intreped organized it. I guess it happens every year.
But it was a long hot day with a fun ending. We got a gift certificate to
Burdines down harbor a little bit.
Sunday was a very stormy day with winds reaching 29 knots and lots and lots
of rain. I have now identified more caulking to re-do becuase of little
water leaks on the outside. So this morning I pulled out some of the
offending caulking so it can dry out.
Yesterday I bought a used Victron 100/30 from Ryan and tried to get it
hooked up. It's not charging and I'm not sure why but I think it has to
do with the batteries because I have not been able to get anything to
charge. I'm really pulling my hair out (Literally because I keep catching
my hair on the screws on the top of the aft lazzerette where I'm doing
boat yoga to put it in). It's quite frustrating because this should be
pretty simple but it's not working. I have tried 3 different solar
chargers now and none of them work. I think it's the batteries perhaps
being nearly full? I'm not sure. I suppose it's possible to have 3 bad
chargers but that's a pretty big stretch.
The month is flying by and we need to be ready to go but our exhaust elbow
is not in yet and I'm getting worried about it. The guy supposedly working
on a temp fix for me is not contacting me back. I need to get it going
soon or we'll be here for the summer.
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