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Posted by on Monday, August 7, 2017 in Boat Projects, Florida, ICW Travel, Visiting Family, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

VHF Woes, Christmas & Family in Titusville and Melbourne, Florida

Watch Video 29 here!

I thought we were done with boat work! Don’t you remember all the hot, sweaty work we did before departure? What gives?

Well, in this post Ben installs a new portlight, a new VHF antenna, wire, and transceiver unit. Sounds easy. It’s supposed to be easy, but why does boat work take 10 times as long as it should?

Probably not the most exciting stuff, but HEY, this is what it’s like when you live on a boat – particularly an old boat.

We spend time in Titusville with Baila and we visit some family in Melbourne.

In addition to that, we’re getting closer to a jump-off point for the Bahamas. Won’t be long until we’re staging for our first official crossing. Holy cow, that’s hard to believe…

Getting butterflies in my tummy just typing this up.

(watch the video and Ben will show you how to make a jong.)

12.15 Made it to Titusville today. We anchored by the Train bridge because there was a heavy north wind that was making it really choppy near the main anchorage. Baila is here! We finally caught up! N28*38.941 W80*49.007

12.16-19 Moved closer to the marina into the main anchorage today (12.16). We got fuel and water before we anchored. As we were getting fuel, Baila came to the dock on their way to take showers. We saw a lot of manatees too! There was one drinking the fresh water from a hose while there were divers down in the water.

We took showers and did laundry on the second day here.

We also walked to the grocery store twice while we were here. The save-a-lot is a great place to stock up on cans! They are anywhere from $.50-$.60 a piece! We stocked up on like 125 cans, lots of dry goods, and some other things that we needed. I reorganized some of our food storage places and found places for all that extra food we bought.

We hung out with the Baila crew a lot and met a new boat family. Drew, Jessica, and Marleigh (4) on the boat Wild Child. We also went to the marina’s Christmas party. The same day as the party there was a rocket launch. It was pretty cool.

On our last day here (12.19), we walked to get the propane tank refilled and went to a pizza place, Pistilli’s Bistro & Pizzeria, they made the best pizza we’ve ever had! We also took one more shower before we leave tomorrow. We got a lot of boat projects done/started also. Titusville turned out to be a lot better than we were originally thinking.

12.20 We wanted to leave Titusville today but the North wind was just crazy and the water was way too choppy. So we moved over back by the train bridge for the night. Hopefully we can leave here tomorrow.

Getting closer to Melbourne. We have some packages to pick up at Walmart from a wonderful person, and some packages of other things we needed that we had sent to my Aunt and Uncle’s house. We had a really lazy day today. I worked on the closet shelves some more. Fingers hurt! N28*38.949 W80*48.027

12.21 Went to Cocoa today and we stayed on the boat. Ben and I had an Ernest Saves Christmas movie date night. N28*10.480 W80*38.422

12.22 We are on our way to Melbourne today. We passed the rubble that used to be the great dragon of Dragon Point built in 1971. When I was a kid it was always fun to drive past the dragon. It fell apart and into the water a few years ago.

When we got to Melbourne we anchored near Ballard Park and the Eau Gallie Yacht Basin. Great place, but very shallow. We got stuck while trying to find somewhere to anchor, and Ben had me going from one side of the boat to the trying to rock us enough to get us unstuck.

We walked to the Ace Hardware and to the Boathouse Marine Discount store. Aunt Kim, Uncle Phil, and Khora came to eat dinner with us at the park. They brought fried chicken, salad, and Christmas cookies! It was really great to see them. Molly and Khora played on the playground. N28*07.478 W80*37.592

The Dragon Rubble

12.23 This morning we got up and had breakfast, then we went over to the Marina and got our bimini/dodger connecter worked on at the canvas shop. Then Aunt Kim picked us up and took us to Walmart for some groceries and to West Marine for a new VHF cable and antenna. Molly went to Aunt Kims house with her, and Ben and I put all the groceries away. I completely reorganized all of our settee cubbies and put all the food into the starboard side. Ben and I went to shore and took showers and washed a load of laundry. We went to Squid Lips for dinner with some of my family tonight. They gave us a ride back to the Yacht Basin Marina.

 

12.24 Christmas Eve! Today we just hung out on the boat and worked on some boat projects. I’m still working on the stinking closet shelves. Ben is working on the VHF antenna. We tried to attach the new cable to the old one and pull it through the mast, but that did not work. We spent hours trying to figure out how to get the cable through the mast. At the Marina, a nice guy named Jim that lives there, gave me some fresh herbs that he has been growing. We had a yummy dinner of chicken pot pie (I used some basil and lemon thyme from Jim!), then we watched family Christmas movie with Christmas treats. We had Christmas Tree cakes and hot chocolate.

12.25 Christmas Day! Happy Birthday Jesus! This morning we got up, put on some Christmas music, had some cinnamon bagels (instead of the traditional cinnamon rolls that we usually have, no refrigeration=no cinnamon rolls), and opened presents. Molly got me and Ben some sweet presents when she was with my mom and Ben’s mom during their visits. We got Molly some things when we went to the store in St. Simons.

After fun Christmas stuff it was time to get back to work. Ben got the VHF antenna put up on our radar pole. That’s the best place we can put it, since we can’t get it on the top of the mast. It’s better than nothing I guess. Uncle Phil came by to see the boat. We also went over to the Marina and washed another load of laundry. We talked to Jim while we were waiting on our clothes to dry. We took another shower tonight as well. We had yummy tacos tonight (used some of Jim’s cilantro) for dinner. We had a pretty good day. We are leaving tomorrow!

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Posted by on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 in Boat Projects, Living Aboard, Maryland | 0 comments

Mast Climbing and Fun Times!

We’ve officially started making progress South!

So many things to learn along the way. It’s amazing all of the little skills that need to be acquired in order to become competent and safe sailors – but we’re chipping away a bit each day and becoming more and more capable as things progress.

Beautiful sights. Sunrises, sunsets, and everything in between has become beautiful in it’s own unique and individual way. So much life and energy out there on the water.

Watch Video 18 here!

10.9 Today I worked on the blog, and Ben uploaded a video to YouTube with the Casa Rio wifi. We went for a 3 mile (round trip) walk to a little convince store for some things we were getting low on (IE: RAVIOLI). We invited Aras over for dinner tomorrow before we leave on Tuesday.

10.10 Today Molly and I did Homeschool and Ben worked on the next video. He also went up the mast today! He was pretty scared. Molly and I thought it was funny. We had Aras over for dinner tonight to say goodbye and thank you for all his help. We rowed over to the Casa Rio Marina again for showers before we leave tomorrow!

 

10.11 Today, we woke up, had breakfast and got ready to head out. We left the dock around 9:30 and we went south for about 6 hours. We anchored in Hill Point tonight and head out tomorrow morning for Solomans Island. N 38*33.157′ W 76*17.043′

 

10.12 Today we headed out for Solomans Island, where we anchored for the night. We took a dingy ride over to a dingy dock at the hotel and walked to the grocery story, West Marine and had BurgerKing for dinner. N 38*20.317′ W 76*27.583

 

10.13 Tonight we anchored in Glebe Creek. It was a beautiful spot. Beautiful sunrise and sunset. Crossed into Virginia today! N 37*59.536′ W 76*29.005

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Posted by on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 in Boat Projects, Maryland, Moving, YouTube Videos | 3 comments

Moving aboard SV Sandflea!

Watch Video 16 here!

When we got home, we got started right away with all the last minute things that needed to be done. We had two weeks left until we were leaving our little town of Toccoa, Georgia for good (or until we get tired of cruising.)

We ordered every last minute thing that we needed to order from Amazon like flags, portable electronic chargers, water containers, ICW charts, and so much more. Those two weeks were like Christmas everyday! We also went shopping for all of the food we might need for the next month or so. We then took things out of bags and boxes and put them in hard plastic containers, we took the labels off of the cans and wrote the contents on the top.

We organized our stuff into keep, take, and toss piles, packed up everything that we were leaving in a closet at my moms house and then we cleaned the basement. We canceled things we didn’t need anymore and we ported my phone number to Google so that I would still have it when we return and not have to pay for 2 phones when we only need one. Now my phone is only good for Wifi.

 

I also got to work sewing all 6 of the settee cushions, the curtain for Molly’s bed, the curtain for the closet, the pillow cases, the napkins, and the cover for the anchor locker in the v-berth. We also bought a king size blanket, cut it and I sewed the edges to make two blankets, one for each of our beds.

Then, one of the last things we did before we left was have our Sail Away Party. It was so bittersweet. We are so excited to move into the next step of our adventure, but it’s so hard to say goodbye to such good friends and family! We will miss them all so much. We will still be able to keep in touch, but it’s just not the same as being able to see them, and hug them and spend time talking to them face to face.

We left bright and early on Wednesday Sept 28 with our rental truck packed, 95% empty. We drove all the way to Maryland, no overnight stop in Virginia this time. It was a LONG drive.  It also rained through all of Virginia and Maryland.

When we finally got to the boat (still on the hard in the work yard), we started to unload some of our things. It felt so good to be back on our boat. It feels like home already.

Around dinner time, Aras (the nice guy we met on our last day here when we were working on the boat last time we were in Maryland) picked us up in his truck and took us to dinner. He also let us stay the night on his boat, and boy was the wind blowing tonight!! It was so windy and rainy.

 

The next day, we had coffee and breakfast with Aras on his boat, and then he dropped us back off at our boat on his way to work.  We continued to fill it up with our stuff. We decided to wait until tomorrow to put her in the water, since it was still pretty windy and rainy. It rained all day while we were working. We drove the rental truck back to Aras’ boat to stay another night (because our boat was still on the hard and pretty much a MESS!) When we got there, Aras had a great looking dinner of spaghetti and garlic bread prepared for us! It was even more windy and rocky tonight than it was last night!

Friday morning, we woke up and had coffee with Aras and then went back to the boat for more organizing. We also put the boat into the water today! It was a great day! The boat is starting to come together and get organized. We went to dinner again with Aras tonight. Tonight was the FIRST night we slept on our boat!

Next post you will get to see our first few days on board in the water!

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Posted by on Sunday, October 9, 2016 in Boat Projects, Maryland | 2 comments

Boat Projects on the Hard

When I last left you, we had just bought our Endeavour 32! Now it’s time to head back to the boat for a second time and complete some boat projects! Watch part 1 here and Watch part 2 here!

We went to Maryland and moved the boat over into the work yard and had the bottom sanded. Then we painted the bottom. There was so much to do to get it ready for us to come back for good. We cleaned the inside, we took out two old broken A/C units, we painted the cubbies and cabinets, put down contact paper to make them pretty, repaired a leaky diesel tank, rubber coated the bottoms of both diesel tanks for protection so they don’t leak again, painted the transom, added the new name and home port, cleaned and waxed the topsides, put up a new bimini, and SO much more!

Before bottom paint

Nice new Bimini!

Sealing the diesel tanks.

Clean and ready for our return!

Taking out the 1st of 2 AC Units.

After bottom paint

Molly working on  homeschool.

Where’s Ben?

Cleaning the composting head…. YUCK! Poo Dirt!

It was 9 hard long days of work, but we got it done. Now we head home where we do some sewing projects, pack up the rest of our stuff, say goodbye, and head back for good!

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