Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Tomorrow is the big day. The boat is pretty well ready and the crew has the pre-departure jitters....... or at least the skipper does.
Kelly and Ryan are ready to take over the house as soon as we leave.
The blog will be updated as we can.
Thanks to all our friends who have helped out over the past 3 months.
Pictures will follow when I can get them on.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


On Tuesday night at Dartmouth Yacht Club, a lot of our friends got together and threw us a little going away party.......... disguised as a dock party. Don supplied the ribs and chicken while everyone else kicked in with salads and deserts. The whole night was organized by Bob, Don and Ian and it was a great success. Lights on the dock added to the party atmosphere.
Thanks to everyone for the lovely card and the gifts. We'll carry them with us for the entire trip.
Your help over the past few months is really appreciated....... and YES everyone....... as every guy knows........ the louder you curse at something, the faster it gets done.
All the best and good boating.
Ron & Jan


whaaaaaaaa!!... We wanna get going!! .......... Stop dragging your ass and get us out of here!! ......but unfortunately somebody up there doesn't want us to leave yet.......... First the hurricane.... then the earthquake in Virginia....... Oh well, with the hurricane coming up the coast it's probably better to stay put until next Wednesday...... and that gives us another week to get things ready.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Countdown Continues

Well, time is sure flying by. With only a week to go before we leave for the Bahamas the list of things on the "to-do list" is very quickly dwindling. Starting Monday we start stocking things up and tying up any loose ends. The Insurances, the boat survey, the construction and the re-wiring so as to comply with everyones regulations. We've also been in contact with US Homeland Security about reporting procedures and paying for their "DAYCAL"

This week we created storage areas under berths, wired all the navigation lights. Received our emergency beacon, and replaced our 35 pound CQR anchor with a 45 pound Bruce anchor that will certainly hold us in a storm, and a whole lot more. The stainless steel plate under the chain should protect the deck from dropping a raising 200 feet of anchor rode. ''The last item we "created" was a small boom for raising the outboard motor from the tender. It can also be used to assist a person back on bard from a man-overboard situation.

Here's a few pics of the things we accomplished.