Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Xmas eve

click, click, click...click, click, click. On and on at 5 AM. Wan\sn't the clock but about that loud. Was it the voltage regulator on the solar panels? Shouldn't be because the sun isn't up yet. Click click click. On a boat when you hear a strange sound, it could be anything. Got up and went outside. Click, click, click. It wasn't coming from our boat. It had woken up the roosters who all added to it and it was louder outside. CLICK, CLICK, CLICK. And then, very softly and very far away I heard "And come let us adore him. And come let us adore him." It got softer for awhile and then louder. The carollers must have gone over the hill or behind a house singing and playing their drum to celebrate Christmas Eve. A good way to start the day. Merry Christmas Eve to everyone.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Alarm clock

Our 5 Am alarm clock.  
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They changed something and now I can't post the usual way so I am sending this by email.
 Some local creatures.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

West Palm to Green Turtle Cay

This is why it is called "blue water sailing" The second one is the Cape Canaveral rocket as it passed over the Bahamas. Also a hitchhiker, sunset over the banks, wild parrots and sunset in West Palm.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Jensen Beach

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

Thanksgiving at Vero

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

Nov. 20

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.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bald Eagle

Don't know how clear this is or if you can enlarge it BUT that really is an American Bald Eagle standing on the sign.  WOW!  This is the first time I have seen one so low.  Sometimes you will see them on high branches.  This one didn't seem bothered by us at all as we went past.

Nov, 2013.

We left Saint Augustine with Willie Nelson's "On the road again" humming in my head.  Must have had the current with us most of the day as we made it just south of New Smyrna in one day.  The next day we got as far as Eau Gallie and just pulled off the

channel and anchored.  A little rolly but not too bad.  Lesson is to pull in as far as possible.  Next day mad Vero about 1 in the afternoon.  I was surprised to see empty bouys available so we just grabbed the first one we saw. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

RE: photographing the ac races

The first America (a replica) and the most recent (New Zealand and Italy) challengers.   These were taken 8/27 in San Francisco where I went with my brother and sister for a few days to see the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series.  Can you imagine the NZ boat going over 50 miles an hour in a 20 knot breeze 100 yards offshore?  In the picture on the right she was only doing 38 knots or about 42 miles per hour.   The wing sail is 131 feet, larger than the wing on a 747.  As seen in the right picture, the hulls are completely out of the water when they reach or go downwind.  Sort of like an iceboat. 
They only race in winds below 22 knots because it is too dangerous.   For more google America's Cup.


Monday, July 29, 2013

America's cup

Trials at San Francisco

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bahamas Revisited

Hello KYC cruisers!
Do any of you recognize Green Turtle Cay?
You are invited to view my most recent works 
at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center - 128 Ocean Ave. 
Monmouth Beach, NJ 
Wed - Sat, 10 AM - 2 PM.  

Over 30 of my paintings and drawings are on view through July 20 
Join me on Saturdays from 11 - 1 PM or at the 
Gallery Chat on Sunday, July 14 from 2 - 4 PM.

See you there?
Florrie Hill (SVs/La Liberté and Harmony)

Monday, July 8, 2013

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

active captain

Found a new (to me) site:   Activecaptain.com    Sort of like the Waterway guide combined with Captain Bob.  Shows nautical maps with anchorages, marinas, shoaling etc.  You need to sign up but it is free and you can see other peoples reviews or make your own. 
Now that it has turned warm, all the boaters are in various stages of going north.  The migration has begun!   Us too.  We were going to head out today BUT there is a fire about 10 miles north of us which has closed I-95 because it has combined with fog.  The ICW is just a few miles downwind from there.  Then there is a front coming down from the NW with rain and thunderstorms.  Looks like next week would be a good time to join the parade.


Yesterday we drove up to Cape Canaveral to see some friends (Kal and Brian) who have hauled "Serenity" to fix their saildrives which lost both engines to a fishing line (actually parachute cord) getting wrapped around the props.   Really good to see them again.

Friday, April 5, 2013



A few weeks ago there was a mother and baby dolphin that would come around our boats.  The little one seemed to be stuck to its 6' mom's side with invisible glue.  This week, all of a sudden there was a "new" smaller dolphin (about 3' long) fishing on its own.  I named it "Zippy" because it zoomed around, chasing fish, and splashing like a maniac.  I think "mom" was enjoying a more leisurely lunch a short distance away.  We have been so lucky to watch a dolphin grow up this winter!  Maybe sometime I'll get a picture of Zippy again.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Hanging out in Vero

Went out to get on the dink...

There was supposed to be a picture here of a cormorant sitting on the swim ladder sunning itself.  I think it is somewhere in cyberspace.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Florida? Winter???

This living on a boat for the winter seemed like a good idea because...??????? !!!!!  It is 48 in the galley this AM and has been since I got up at 7.  Now the closed-in cockpit is warm enough to enjoy without gloves and a hat but the laptop isn't readable there because the light it too bright!!!!!  Everyone has their generators going this am - it sounds like warm up for the Daytona 500 around here!  Is this really what you imagine as Cruisers???? Brrrrrrrr!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lew & Florrie's Valentine Adventure

Wonderful plans for Valentine's Day:
After opening our presents Lew & I would take the bus to the beach area (check), walk to our favorite shore restaurant for lunch (check), then walk the mile to the terrific ice cream store for dessert. It started to rain a little so we took the bus there and had yummy desserts (check). The rain was very light so we walked (check) back to the marina (about a mile) and sat in the lounge for awhile. Nice. The rain began to look serious so we decided that we'd better get back to Harmony. NOT what we had planned!
Oh well - Florida needs the rain.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


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Same marina, different mooring


Good Morning My Friends,
Today I am so content I could purr… We moved ½ mile up the (Vero Beach City Marina) mooring field to one of my FAVORITE spots on the planet.   We're surrounded on three sides by mangroves.  It is quieter here and less light so the stars are much more visible.  I think I heard a dolphin at 6 AM…. a manatee?  The bikes are finally off the boat and chained to the racks by the Capt's Lounge.  We're "home"… for the winter!  

Lew was surprised at how happy I was to move from mooring #2, near the bridge, to #54.  Oh well.  With the bikes off, finally, I'm cleaning the cockpit this morning. There was a large, fist-sized mud wasp's nest and 5 little ones behind the bikes!  Yikes.  No wasps though.  With the 4 tree frogs we found in Oct in St. A, we were beginning to harbor a veritable Nature Preserve on this boat.

Funny story:  When we got the water tanks "filled" 10 days ago, I got a shower when the tank "burped"!  It spewed like a volcano from the intake on deck, straight up! I cracked up, totally surprised, and the dock hand had to have been amused - never having seen THAT before.  Thank heavens it was a warm day.  Well, yesterday was a warm day again and this time I let Lew do the filling and he got the "shower".  No laughing… but I was glad it wasn't me!  This boat sure has some unusual idiosyncrasies. Eventually we'll figure this out so it won't happen again (I hope).

FYI - we decided not to go to the Bahamas this year.  We have a new granddaughter due around March 16th so it will be easier to go home for a week or so from here.  I hope the weather cooperates!  

Stay warm and I hope you are enjoying your winter, too, as much as possible.
Much Love,

Same marina, different mooring

Monday, January 28, 2013

Changing Batteries.

Today was the day to replace all 6 of the batteries.  Old ones out and new ones in while the boat is on a mooring.  All transportation by dinghy.    Marine batteries are very heavy (about 60 lbs apiece) and, when you have to crawl into the engine compartment and lift them almost to eye level while you are on your knees...  Luckily I had help for that part then he left.  The old ones were almost 7 years old and don't really owe me anything.  I wired each of the new ones  BUT when we tested everything, the two bilge pumps did not work.  Now which wires did I not connect?   On and On but finally, after 5 hours total, everything is working and powered. 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sunset at Vero

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1st Day

Leaving St. Augustine 
January 23rd - Happy 17th Birthday Maddie!  
Now we're 52 miles from St Augustine, made it to Daytona in 8 hours.
It was cold when we left at dawn, slipping off the dock into the quiet slack tide, only the osprey and herons protesting our passage.
Lew was at the helm all day while I read, napped, made lunches, etc.  Dolphins rolled in the water around us now and then.  Pelicans were hunkered on their docks or pilings, keeping warm.  

But the afternoon warmed up.  Fifty miles makes quite a difference in temperature.  Once we dropped the hook in Daytona's ICW, my work started… cleaning the outside windows/hatches of months of dust, beginning to clean the fenders of grime and sea vegetation, and washing at least half the isinglass in the cockpit so Lew can see better tomorrow.  Now it's 5:15 and I've decided to take a break while the generator gives me the juice to work on my laptop.  NO email today - I can't get onto any WIFI until we get to Vero.  Hopefully tonight will be warmer than last night!  It should be.

This afternoon I'm pretty sure I was hearing a race at the Daytona Speedway to the west.  Lots of shore noise, engines revving on the turns I think -  for a long time.  Now Lew is grumbling about the generator - it's leaking water and shut off too soon.  It's always something!  So I'll close for now.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


           Lew           Wally        Wayne
Florrie        Connie    Gaye             Judy
Nora                         John                Bob
A joyous afternoon at Hurricane Patty's. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

present location

29 53,1827N  081 19.2929W  is our present position.  You can cut and paste into Google Earth.  In that image Harmony is the last cat in that line...taken about a year ago. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

We're Baaaaaaaaaaack

Yes it is true.  We finally made it back to the boat in Saint Augustine and all is well.  Company from the 16th to the 20th and then we are free to do whatever.