We have decided to stay in Vero for the season. Weather windows have been too short and we like it here.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
.Tried to put the old, paid for Navionics program from my old phone onto my new phone. The phone accepted it but won't run it. Navionics took 6 days to respond to several queries only to say they no longer support that app. No offer to supply a replacement. I tried one of their apps which uses "govt charts". You would think this was a NOAA chart so I uploaded all the NOAA charts I need and tried again with the new app. The "govt" charts show NO buoy numbers or the names of the bridges on the ICW. They show depth info only at the highest zooms, According to them: "The source category for this layer of detail is listed as government. Our chart sources are proprietary and we do not provide this information publicly." In other words, their chart reading app does not accept the free NOAA charts and you must buy their charts. If this isn't Bait and Switch, ... Needless to say I uninstalled their app and will be using another FREE app which does take both NOAA and Explorer charts. For the computer, I still prefer "OpenCPN" which does everything the high priced programs do and does it for FREE. It works on both the Mac and the Windows environments and, at least on windows, shows me AIS with a receiver.
2015. We are in the water and the bilges are dry. Seals are working as are the engines. Did have some electrical issues so I cleaned off every connection to the 6 batteries and found that I needed to replace 3 of them. Boy batteries are heavy! Went to test out the system and the 110 was NOTHING. I couldn't figure out what I might have done to disrupt the 110 system while working on the 12v system. Spent about an hour tracking down everything and cleaning everything only to finally discover that the plug on shore had loosened and was not connected. AAAARRRGGGG! Talk about feeling stupid. The shifter for the starboard engine was really stiff for the transmission but not for the accelerator. Ordered a new cable only to find out that the problem was in the shifter itself. Cleaned the shifter itself and now it is working just fine.
The anchor chain has been completely replaced with new BBB (the best stuff). The windlass is working fine. AHHHHHH.
This is one of Florrie's drawings which I may have posted before but it is one of my favorites. We went to dinner at Vero Beach a couple of years ago and this is how we got back to the boat when it started to pour.
Friday, December 26, 2014
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Email to this site is also not working. Arrrgh!! I just sent a posting by email and sent a copy to myself. I got it and an automatic message that this site did not. Very frustrating. And when I try to send google feedback and click on SEND, all I get is a new link to some advertisement.
Friday the 13th. Tristadecaphobia and this site is not working. I was going to upload some pictures but can't. We had a front come through last night and thank goodness that we were on a mooring ball. Bright and cheery this morning with a north wind but calm in the harbour.
Blog not working. CaN ONLY PUBLISH TITLES. Here we are in Black Sound, Green Turtle Cay just hanging out for a month.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Now I remember why we usually go outside from Ft. Pierce either to West Palm or directly to the Bahamas. It is to avoid places like Jensen Beach. This is one of the homes for large sport fishermen who think they are the only ones on the ICW. They seem to delight in Waking sailboats and do not respond to requests for a "slow pass". We made the mistake of being there on a Sunday. DUH! But now we are in West Palm and had planned on going across today. Weather looks a little too lumpy in the gulf stream so we "plan" to cross tomorrow when it lays down.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Yep we are still here waiting for a window. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving so there is a potluck. Imagine 200 people, each bring a dish of food to share with each other. Below is the dinghy dock today. Tomorrow it should be double. We don't worry because we can always find ours as it is the Grey one.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
A good day to be on the mooring and not have to go anywhere. Yesterday, we went in and filled the fuel and water tanks. Generator is working. All's well. Today there is a thunderstorm with heavy rain going on. Internet is very slow. A couple of days ago we did walk up to the beach and wrote your name in the sand.