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Posted by on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Boat Projects, Florida, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Repairing the Water Tank Lid

In this post, Ben repairs the water tank lid on the Sandflea. This post links to 3 different episodes for this build. He does a fantastic job on our new lid. He also moves the filling port to the end so I don’t have to sleep on the pipe anymore! Yay! I do have a great hubby don’t I?!

Watch episode 79 here!

In this episode, I (Ben) repair the water tank aboard our Endeavour sailboat. After hurricane Irma, I noticed flakes of weird stuff are floating in our drinking water.

SOLUTION: Reseal the inside of our water tank with epoxy.

Simple, right? BwAHHahhAhahAhahAHHAAA!!!! Never.

It just doesn’t happen like that with boat projects. It’s way more interesting when the water tank lid won’t come off because it was installed with 3M 5200. That way you have to completely destroy the lid in order to access the water tank.

YIPPEEE!!!

Once you finally gain access to the tank’s interior, it’s covered in weird brown stuff that requires hours of laborious sanding to remove.

WHAHOOO!!!

It sure does feel good though once the work is done and the tank is freshly resealed in 2 coats of food-grade epoxy.

JOB DONE!!!

Oh… no not quite… now you’ve got to fabricate an entire new lid cuz you wrecked the original one, REMEMBER!??!

The fun never ends… not even when my exposed, sweat-drenched skin is covered in grayish-brownish water tank dust which gives my epidermis an unnatural tone that is reminiscent of a near-dead ET that Elliot just found in the river.

Watch episode 80 here!

In this episode, I’ll construct a brand new water tank lid for our Endeavour 32 sailboat. The old was tragically destroyed, by me, with a saw, while gaining access to the interior of the water tank.

The old lid was rotten anyways, so it’s not really as tragic as it sounds.

It’s my intent is for this new lid to be MUCH better than the original one. It will not only be stronger, but it will also be completely sealed from water intrusion so that rot will never be an issue again.

By the way, I know it’s hard to tell in the video, but this project took me nearly a full week of work to complete. Wow! I thought I’d be done with this lid in a couple days… nope. Silly me. Boat projects just don’t work like that, and when you forget that fact, the boat will remind you how it really works.

Watch episode 81 here!

Our Endeavour 32 sailboat gets a new water tank lid to replace the rotten one that was contaminating our drinking water.

This project, like all boat projects, took far longer than I thought it would.

In the end though, I think the results are worth the extra time that it took to construct the custom lid, and to ensure that it is installed properly.

Now, the big boat project on the list is the replacement of our standing rigging.

Oooooh boy.

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Posted by on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Boat Projects, Florida, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Hurricane Irma: Before and After

Watch episode 76 here!

In this post, we make storm preparations to our boat for the impending arrival of hurricane IRMA.

Yes, for the 10 days prior to this somewhat spontaneous trip, we watched the weather reports very closely indeed. We saw the birth of this monster storm off the West Coast of Africa. We saw it devastate the windward islands, the DR, Puerto Rico, and skim across the top end of Cuba. The whole time we were hoping that it take a turn to starboard and head back out to sea.

That never happened.

We packed the car and headed to Florida. The whole way down we watched the Northbound traffic rushing in the opposite direction… an unnerving thing to see or sure. 95% of the traffic is headed in the direction opposite of the way you are headed.

We arrive at the boat with specific plans to prep the boat and leave again the very next day. In fact, we bring enough gasoline with us in the car to get us safely back home, round trip – just in case all the gas station are sold out… a preparation that paid off. Most of the gasoline pumps in FL had plastic bags over the handles.

So in less than 48 hours we arrive in Green Cove, prep the boat, and make it back to Toccoa, GA.

Watch episode 77 here!

So, Hurricane Irma damaged our Endeavour 32 sailboat. The storm blew our boat against the dock, breaking the standing rigging.

The wind was so powerful that it healed the boat over nearly 45 degrees towards the dock – so much that the shrouds were touching the dock.

The damage we sustained was a battered port side toe rail, a couple bent stanchions, and a damaged forward/port lower shroud.

In this video I’ll repair the toe rail, and I’ll show you the damage to the standing rigging.

Now, thanks to Irma, I have 2 more rather large projects to on our to-do list. 1) Repair the standing rigging. 2) Reseal the interior of our water tank. (More on that later)

Never dull moment, that’s for sure. The primary take-away from this video should be this… Yes, our beloved boat is damaged, but we’re thankful to still have a boat to work on – damage and all. A lot of people suffered much more than we did.

After all, bruises and scars add character right??

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Posted by on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Florida, Georgia, Visiting Family, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

3 Weeks Away From Sandflea

Watch episode 75 here!

We go home, we stay 3 weeks, then we go back to Sandflea. That’s the jist.

Let’s see, what else?

Oh, Tambi drives a car for the first time in over a year. It was terrifying. She did alright though. Once the gravel stopped flying, and we tightened our seat belts to the point of maximum tension, things settled down. It was funny because we felt like we were FLYING, even though we were doing 35 in a 55mph zone.

This was a tough period of time to be away from the boat. Prior to this trip, we’ve not been away from the Sandflea for more than a few hours at a time. It’s stressful, and there are so many bad things that can happen while your away. It’s just part of the life though, and something we’ll have to get used to.

So after our 3 weeks back home, we return to the boat to see how she faired after being all by her lonesome. Hopefully there aren’t cockroaches, spiders, mold, and who knows what else on the inside.

-Ben

July 24-August 13

We spend in Georgia. We visit with friends and family. We have playdates. I get sick. Ben and I celebrate our 12 year wedding anniversary. Molly spends tons of time with Grandparents. It was a great 3 weeks!

August 14-28

We head back to the boat. We do some boat work, check out the town of Green Cove Springs, and try (thanks rain!) to witness the eclipse. We also drive down to Melbourne, FL for my aunts surprise birthday party. On the way there is when our phone died and we lost all the photos I hadn’t yet had a chance to export onto the computer.

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Posted by on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Florida, Georgia, Visiting Family, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Leaving our Sailboat and Traveling to Georgia

Watch Epidsode 74 here!

In this post, we prepare our sailboat to be alone for a while, then we travel back to GA to visit our family.

Tambi cleans the oven while wearing her alluring mermaid leggings. Always entertaining. That’s probably the highlight of the video to be honest. You can go ahead and leave a thumbs up after that bit, then move onto something else.

Yes, it’s painful to drive away from the boat after it’s been such an important part of our lives for the last 9 months.

What the heck is it about boats that gives them a kind of human quality? I mean, we call the boat “her” and “she”. Why is that? It’s tough to explain the bond that you form with a boat, but none-the-less, the bond is certainly there. For whatever reason, it’s that bond that makes it difficult to drive away and leave the boat behind.

Lastly, we make a spontaneous stop at my Grandparents house. They are undeniably very happy to see us.

-Ben

7.19.17 So today, we cleaned the stove/oven. We took it off it’s gimbal, and did a major deep cleaning. Ben also installed “heat shields” because the oven gets a little hot and kind of burns dark spots in the wood by the door opening.

7.20-7.21.17 These two days we were just cleaning and organizing everything on the boat getting ready to go back to Georgia for a much needed visit with family and friends!

Since we were so busy working on our to-do list, we didn’t record anything.

And (incase you didn’t read this in an earlier post) sadly, at the end of August 2017, our phone died, and we lost ALL of our photos from the end of June through most of August. I cried. Really. A lot. So there are no photos of these days.

7.22.17 Today we did a major clean out of the composting potty. We’ve put it in “no-use” mode. As long as we’re tied up to a dock with marina bathrooms within walking distance, we’ve decided not to use the potty on the boat.

Tonight we met up with some fans for dinner! We had a great time!

7.23.17 Driving home back to Georgia today! We are so excited to see everyone! Yay!

Our MAJOR to-do list we needed to complete before we could come home to GA.

Saying goodbye to the good ship Sandflea. See you soon girl!

Finally being able to see family was such a treat!

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Posted by on Friday, October 26, 2018 in Boat Projects, Florida, ICW Travel, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Reynolds Yacht Park in Green Cove Springs, FL

Watch Episode 73 here!

Our sailboat’s new (temporary) home is Reynolds Yacht Park in Green Cove Springs, FL. Nice town, BIG dock.

Yes, the dock we’re tied to is HUGE. It’s made of concrete and is, in fact, a dock that was used by the US Navy during WW2.

Reynolds Marina is pretty nice!. The price is $10/ft per month. That includes dockage, water, bathroom, laundry, and clubhouse access. Electricity is added on top. Easy access to the ICW, and far enough inland to provide pretty decent hurricane protection.

During this video, we get the boat settled in and start prepping for leaving the boat to fend for itself while we head back to GA to visit our family. That means… LOTS of work, believe it or not.

We also procure some wheels for ourselves. 6 wheels to be exact. 2 are on “The Gator”, the other 4 are on the Yaris… AKA… The Land Dinghy.

-Ben

7.13.17 today we left the free dock in Jacksonville at 11:30 to make once daily noon bridge opening. Traveling through Jacksonville by water is so cool. Especially since I have so many memories of traveling through it by car growing up. We went under interstate 95 which I’ve driven/ridden over hundreds of times it feels like. My dad loved looking at the train bridge that you can see from 95.

After a short day, we arrived at the Reynolds Marina and got tied up to the dock. This is our last GPS coordinate for a while!

N 29*59.359 W 81*39.690

We got checked in to the marina and we’ve already met some nice live aboard folks. Someone from down the dock gave us a bike to ride around. We ordered a pizza from Dominoes and got the AC hooked up for the night.

7.14.17 Today we got an UBER and went to a used car dealership to see about getting some wheels. We bought a Toyota Yaris and we named him Aris the Yaris. We went to Walmart and got Molly a booster seat and some other things we needed.

We came back to the boat and had some dinner then took showers! Ben and I watched “The Office” on Netflix.

7.15-16.17 These days are kinda a blur. We took no video. We were just hard at work.  We took down the sails, cleaned the bottom of the dinghy and hoisted it up onto the davits. We cleaned the deck, and did some random boat projects to get ready to go back to Georgia. I also sewed a sheet for our bed in the marina clubhouse while Molly watched cartoons on Youtube.

7.17.18 Today we went to Jacksonville to do some errands. We dropped our sails off at a sail loft to be repaired, looked over, and to have new sun covers made. We also went to Home Depot to get stuff to finish working on the AC unit, back to Walmart, and to West Marine. We also went to Monkey Fist at the Green Cove Springs Marina.

7.18.17 Today Ben made a hood for the AC unit, and we installed the AC unit in the rear hatch. Ben did some random boat projects like emptying out the jerry cans of water, and fuel. He also changed the oil in the dinghy motor.

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Posted by on Friday, October 26, 2018 in Florida, ICW Travel, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Free ICW Dock In Jacksonville, FL

Watch Episode 72 here!

On the St John’s River in Jacksonville, FL, there’s a free dock that we’ve tied our Endeavour 32 sailboat to.

A number of noteworthy things occur in this post, despite a distinct lack of footage/photos for this particular time period…

(If you watch the video)

1) You’ll witness Tambi’s rendition of the timeless Macarena dance.

2) You’ll gasp at the grandeur of the No-See-Um 2.0 Defense System.

3) You’ll see lots of boats and stuff go by a touch of stylish flare.

4) You’ll enjoy watching us and a family of strangers, eat ice cream.

Enjoy!

-Ben

7.12.17 Today we DOCKED at Jacksonville Metropolitan Park free dock! N 30*19.160 W 81*38.455

We are going to dinner tonight with Mike and his family tonight.

We’ll get to Reynolds Marina tomorrow!

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