Thursday, February 5, 2015

Cruising health

Florrie chipped a tooth yesterday so it is off to the dentist.  One advantage of staying in the US.

Thursday, January 29, 2015


We have decided to stay in Vero for the season.  Weather windows have been too short and we like it here.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Yanmar problems

Back at st. Augustine because the brand  new yanmar manifold is defective.  Arrrrggggg.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fog and more fog

Weather for Saint Augustine, FL, brought to you by Weather Underground:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Navionics navigation app.

.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.

Splashed in St. Augustine on Catamaran Harmony in 2015.

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.