I again have dropped the ball and not posted in quite some time. I am promising myself. I’m going to get back on this. We were headed to st Augustine to do boat work back in Oct. we remained there through mid Dec doing a refit on the instruments and more! List at the bottom of post. We final splashed on Dec 13th and remained afloat with no leaks!! A huge win in our book! We moved down the east coast of Florida to vero…Continue Reading “What we’ve been up to…”

When we started the Balmar 60-YP-100-SV alternator and regulator installation last week we found we needed a new alternator support piece. The hole that holds the pin for the alternator was very worn and that is why our alternator was cavitating so badly (and probably why we had several things break related to the alternator!). The part wouldn’t arrive until Monday! We were hoping to leave Dec 15th (Tuesday) for Hilton Head… so we tried to do all the work we could while waiting on…Continue Reading “Installation of Balmar Alternator”

Started day: mile marker 103 Ended day: mile marker 132 We awoke to fog as usual – The anchorage was very quiet and peaceful. We planned to make it to Oriental (about 80 miles).. but quickly discovered this was not meant to be… Stew started the engine and then typically checks oil and looks at engine itself. The engine seemed to be shaking more than usual – rattling actually. It was the alternator again! The pin that holds the alternator in place had sheered off…Continue Reading “Another engine problem”

We stayed an additional night at the Hartge Marina – rained all day Saturday! We did a little cleaning, but mostly watched videos and talked to friends and family. It is good to have a day like that every now and then. The storm was pretty vicious and it was really hitting the boat and hitting us into the dock. The strong winds and waves hit the stern of the boat and made loud slamming noises most of the day. Had we been turned with…Continue Reading “Another engine problem”

This morning it was pouring – poured most of the night. Thankfully Stew caulked the mast so the leak was minimal. It continued raining all morning. We waited and waited for someone to let us know when we might be hauled out. We knew that high tide was around noon so we did yoga, had breakfast, did some work in the cabin, and made lunch. Just as we sat down for lunch Chris, Donny’s son (White’s marina owner), said they were ready to move us…Continue Reading “Back on the Hard”

The Hudson River Maritime museum dock was so quiet in the night and this morning. It was great. Even with all the bridge anxiety yesterday we both slept well. Associated with the Museum is the Riverport Wooden Boat School where people learn to build boats. It was a pretty cool place. Since our last plan had failed so miserably we had to come up with a new plan. Our new plan… call several of the larger marinas in Poughkeepsie and New Hamburg and see who…Continue Reading “Another New Plan”

We awoke to a rainy morning after a VERY rainy night. It was nice just to lay and listen to the rain on the hatch. We still had some cleaning up to do after the mast stepping day and still had not processed some of the packages we received when we arrived at the marina. So we did a little modeling of our new foul weather gear. They were keepers. After the mast stepping yesterday we had a mechanic stop by to help with what…Continue Reading “Can we clear the bridge”

We awoke early and excited about the days events! It was overcast and cool, better than sunny and hot for what we needed to do today. After a quick breakfast and yoga we were ready to get that mast off the boat. While Stew dealt with the marina staff etc I prepared the cabin. Lots of stuff to move and cover incase of rain. We moved the boat to the dock for stepping… it didn’t look too sturdy. Then they lifted the mast onto the…Continue Reading “Stepping the Mast”