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Posted by on Sunday, May 19, 2019 in Florida, ICW Travel, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Southbound Cruising the AICW

Watch episode 97 here!

We continue cruising Southbound along the Atlantic ICW as we leave Eau Gallie Yacht Basin, stop at Pine Island, then Fort Pierce, and finally arrive at a really cool anchorage called Peck Lake.

While in Ft Pierce, we had a really cool visit with a few of our fans. It’s really humbling to have folks enjoy our videos enough that they want to see MORE of us. Well – maybe it’s just the ladies. Surely, it can’t be the weirdo.

We also had a good chance to get to know our new homemade dinghy a little better. We’re really enjoying it so far and it’s proving to be a very useful, multi-purpose tender.

Finally, we wrap up this post with our arrival in Peck Lake. REALLY cool anchorage! The beach is just on the other side of a 100 yard wide spit of land, and the anchorage is really well protected as well.

Oh yeah! We also got to meet up with Billy and Sierra from Tula’s Endless Summer while at Peck Lake. Much more to come about that little visit in a future post.

 

 

 

December 16, 2018

Today we got up and left the dock. As we were leaving the basin, we had some dolphins at the bow. We had a nice motor today. We anchored at Pine Island, one of our favorite anchorages on the Florida ICW.

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Ben and Molly sailed the dinghy around the anchorage. I read my book. We had a nice sun downer beer and juice in the cockpit, then we had tacos for dinner. Ben and I watched a movie.

December 17, 2018

We left Pine Island this morning and had more dolphins with us today. At the end of the day, we anchored in Fort Pierce.

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Ben went to the fuel dock and filled up the jerry cans. After he got back, we went back to the Marina for dinner with some new friends who watch the videos. We had a really fun night, and really enjoyed meeting new people.

We also decorated our Christmas Tree tonight. 

December 18, 2018

We got up and moved to Peck Lake today.

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We anchored next to Tula’s Endless Summer. Ben sailed over to say hi and they jumped into the dinghy with him. Jetty, their dog, did not like them leaving and she jumped in after them. She was trying to follow them as they sailed away. They had a dramatic rescue and plucked Jetty out of the water.

We had a nice evening on the boat. Ben wiggled at Molly’s loose tooth. No luck getting it out. I read my book and enjoyed the comfort of our cockpit on one of our new Sport-A-Seat chairs. I love these chairs! 

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Posted by on Sunday, May 19, 2019 in Florida, ICW Travel, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Sailing Southwardly

KWatch episode 96 here!

Titusville, FL is where we find ourselves. Time for showers, a bit of provisioning, and to refuel the boat so that we can continue making miles SOUTH.

We use the new Chameleon Dinghy for the first time, we enjoy lunch with the prior owner of Sandflea, and we wrap it up by taking a slip at the Eau Gallie Yacht Basin in Melbourne, FL.

The crew is excited for clear water, palm trees, and warm breezes – but for now we have to continue working our way South through the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway until we reach our “jumping off point” of Key Biscayne, FL.

 

 

 

December 10, 2018

Today we left New Symurna at 8:10. About 10 minutes in our engine kept dying! We figured out that we were calculating our fuel usage using .5 instead of .7 and we were out of fuel! We pulled over to the side of the ICW and threw out the anchor. We were aground, and the anchor was only about a foot in the water off the bow! We put fuel from our jerry cans in the tank and had to get the boat rocking to get off the bottom. We were finally on our way. It was a cold and windy day today. We anchored in Titusville.

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On approach to the Titusville anchorage, we were hailed on the radio and guess who it was? It was Captain Murphy! The man who we bought the Sandflea from!

We went ashore to get cards from the marina so we could use the bathrooms and the dinghy dock. We took Molly to the park for some play time. Today is the day we use the dinghy for the first time!

December 11, 2018

Today we went ashore to have lunch with Murph. He picked us up and we went to a great restaurant. It was yummy and we had a great time chatting and getting to know Murph.

After lunch, he dropped us off at the grocery store. We got some groceries and walked back to the marina. While we were just about to get in the dinghy to go back to the boat, we were recognized by some folks who watch the videos. They have 3 kids. We went down to their boat and had a nice chat. 

After visiting with them, we went back to the boat and put away the groceries. After that we went ashore to take showers. We came back to the boat and had dinner. 

December 12, 2018

Today we got to the Eau Gallie Yacht Basin Marina, where we took a slip. We put the dinghy on the deck and did some laundry. Tonight we went to a potluck dinner (Molly called it a Lucky Pot) with other boaters in the marina. It was fun. 

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Posted by on Sunday, May 19, 2019 in Florida, ICW Travel, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

New Adventures!

Watch episode 95 here!

There’s something very exciting about the moment an old sailboat leaves the dock and sets out for new adventures over the horizon.

An organic chemical cocktail of uncertainty, anxiety, excitement, happiness, and even a little fear is produced by such salty stimulus. It’s a potent mix of emotions, and a mix that would rival that of any type of drug or adrenaline rush.

Sandflea has LEFT THE DOCK!

A new adventure is officially underway as our little ship begins to make progress South & East.

 

 

 

December 4, 2018

We left the dock at Reynolds Marina in Green Cove Springs today! We left at 11am and made it through the bridges in Jacksonville and docked at the free docks at 2:45.

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Mike, Allison and two of their girls came to the boat and brought dinner. We had a great time hanging out on the boat and visiting with them again!

December 5, 2018

We left the free dock at 10 this morning. It was a rough start getting off the dock. The current was really strong, and the wind was blowing us towards the dock. We finally managed to scrape ourselves off the dock. It was really scary, we almost got caught on the corner of the dock where it’s broken and rusted. That would not have been good for our hull.

We had a long, cold day today and got anchored in Shell Bluff Landing around 5:40.

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I made chicken pot pie for dinner.

December 6, 2018

Today we went from Shell Bluff to just past St. Augustine. It was a pretty easy day. We anchored by the Fish Island Marina where Quinn and Becca have their boat. They are the ones who made our new dodger for us. We tried to dock there, but it was just too rough at the old broken dock. We rowed the dinghy over to their marina where they cooked us lunch.

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After lunch we came back to the boat and just hung out. We had our stern anchor out and it dragged a good bit. Ben pulled up the stern anchor later in the evening and we were fine. We had creamy potato soup for dinner. Molly beat Ben at Connect 4. Ben and I had hot chocolate mixed with baileys and watched a Christmas movie.

December 7, 2018

Anchored at Fort Mantanzas today.

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We hung out on the boat and Ben edited some video. We had spaghetti for dinner and we watched a family movie, Hook. Beautiful sunsets here!

December 8, 2018

We got up and left Fort Mantanzas at 10am. We anchored in New Smyrna at 4:40.

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We had 4 cheese pasta peas for dinner. Later in the evening as we were preparing for bed, we heard the sound of explosions. We looked outside and we were treated with a lovely fireworks show!

December 9, 2018

We stayed anchored in New Smyrna today. There was so much wind and rain, it was crazy! Ben had to put the pump in the dinghy and pump out the rain water. I was feeling a bit sick because we were bumping around so much! We just sat around and hung out on the boat. Our swing track on the GPS was everywhere! Later in the evening, we put up our “Christmas Tree.” We had roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, and brown gravy for dinner.

Ben and I watched a movie.

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Posted by on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Boat Projects, Moving, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Moving Back Onboard the Sandflea

November 26-28, 2019

Watch Episode 92 here!

It’s finally time to move back aboard the good ship Sandflea! In this post we rent a uHaul truck, fill it up with cruising gear and food, and make the 1-way trip to Florida.

We pack up the moving truck and get ready for the 7 hour drive to Green Cove.

We are greeted with a beautiful sunrise as we drive South to Green Cove Springs and the Sandflea.

The next day we finish unpacking the truck and getting everything onto the boat so we can return the moving truck. It’s so cold when we wake up!

Getting the boat organized!

November 29-30, 2019

Watch Episode 93 here!

I may have caused our Whale water pump to explode. Chalk it up to a rookie mistake, but when I replaced our water lines, I inadvertently attached a pressurized water line to the non-pressurized foot pump.

DOH!

A bit of drama occurred when I flipped on the water pressure breaker for the first time. A minor explosion and a bit of theatrical screaming was the result. The solution, however, is to run a new non-pressurized water line through a very inaccessible area of the boat. Ah the unexpected joys and surprises of boat life!

-Ben

We have a yummy pizza dinner and decorate the Christmas Pole.

After dinner, as we’re getting ready for bed, the water pump explodes all over the floor of the cabin. This is when we realize that Ben accidentally hooked the foot pump up to the pressure water pump coming from our water tanks!

The next day we go to Ace Hardware to get the supplies needed to fix the foot pump, and a new faucet for the galley sink. Molly sends a letter to Santa.

We get back to the boat, and get to work putting in the new lines from the water tank to the sink for the foot pump.

December 1-3, 2019

Watch Episode 94 here!

Molly, our resident swabby, installs our new CPT Autopilot.

Thank goodness there is such a talented engineer aboard our humble sailboat to handle such delicate installation projects.

Ben also handles the task of rewiring the mast lights and VHF antenna. There’s a good chance that everything will work correctly when he’s done, but we’ll see.

After this, the only thing left to do is to leave the dock, point our boat South, and start making our way towards the islands.

Oh man! I can almost feel the warm breeze now. It won’t be long at all until we’re back at our home-away-from-home…

THE BAHAMAS!

Molly helps Ben install the new CPT Auto Pilot, and he hooks up the VHF wire.

We get some rain, so the Swabby bails out the dinghy. The Sandflea is looking ready to leave the dock and start her new adventure!

We’ve had a successful move aboard the Sandflea, Molly celebrates with a juice. Ben installs the new grill, and we have a wonderful dinner with some new friends on SV Gogo.

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Posted by on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Boat Projects, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Poli Glow and Sail Ready!

November 2-8, 2018:

Watch Episode 90 here!

Watch Episode 91 here!

FINALLY, after over a year of waiting and working, it’s time to splash the boat. The travel-lift raises Sandflea from her stands and slowly rolls her over to the water.

The boat is lowered to the water, checked for leaks, and then we commence with stepping the mast back onto the boat.

I was SOOOOOOOO nervous as the mast was being lifted above the boat with the crane! I had spent so much time and effort trying to get all of my measurements just right when I was replacing all of the standing rigging, and it all came down to a single very moment where I would know if I had done everything right.

Turns out that the mast went up without any problems at all.

Wow, Ben… you sure do know your stuff. Excellent work, Ben!

From here, there’s still a bit of prep work to do before we can actually depart, so we don’t waste anytime getting busy with our final projects.

New adventures await!

So, we tune the standing rigging with a Loos tension gauge, we get a new spray dodger, and we also discover an impromptu boat project that MUST be completed before we can sail.

This was our LAST boat work trip. The next trip we make to the boat will be to load up and GO SAILING!

-Ben

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Posted by on Saturday, March 9, 2019 in Boat Projects, Family Time, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Man Vs. Oil Filter and Family Time

October 2018- Ben makes another trip down to the boat. He changes the oil, installs the tracks for our seat cushions, works on the teak, and so much more!

Watch Episode 87 here!

The highlight of this particular video is probably the part where I do battle against a recalcitrant oil filter. For me, it kinda sucked, but for you – I imagine you’ll find it somewhat entertaining.

Oh – Tambi and Molly make an appearance in this one. Also, you’ll be seeing much more of the ladies from here on out… so that’s good news.

-Ben

After all his hard work, Ben meets Molly and I in Savannah for some fun family time! We hang out in Tybee Island for Pirates Fest, and tour Fort Pulaski. We also take a walk down Historic River Street in Savannah, where Molly gets some pizza and Ben and I sample some of the local beers. We also, eat some good food at our favorite restaurant, The Pirates House.

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