Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday - Called on Account of Rain

Let me describe our morning routine. We usually wake up around 5:00 am, go in to the galley and make coffee and then crank up our computers and sit and surf for a couple of hours. Breakfast usually gets squeezed in there somewhere but otherwise we read, share and otherwise find out what's happening in the world. Now the size of our world has gotten fairly confined to subjects having to do with out boating life. We make sure we hit the weather sites (Weatherunderground and NOAA), the forum of the American Great Loop Cruisers Association and, of course as we are in warm and sunny Florida we hit NHL.com and specifically Blues.NHL.com. You see, we're puck heads, and the St. Louis Blues are at the top of the league and as of this date it has gotten down to the last few games and the Blues are in serious contention for the very top ranked spot in the entire NHL. It's very exciting. But I have gotten on a tangent.

As mentioned we really do go to the weather sites first and foremost and the news about conditions in Jacksonville for today were not so good. The prediction was for two waves of thunderstorms to blow through today, one starting mid morning and lasting till mid afternoon and another starting sometime in the evening. And for today the diviners at the National Weather Service got it right. The first wave rolled in about 10:00 am which pretty much cancelled our days work schedule as those tasks we have left to do are things such as washing the boat, changing out our old lines for new ones and the like. So we declared today an official day off. So what do we do on a day off where we are pretty much confined to the inside of Why Knot? Why, we watch several episodes of Doctor Who on DVD, of course. (If you don't know what Doctor Who is...Google it. If I tried to explain it you would think I'd lost my mind. Trust me.) Our salon has a futon couch in it and when it is pulled out it makes the perfect lounging area to watch our TV.

At the moment it is 4:36pm and the second wave of storms have arrived. The western skies are very dark and kind of scary. And as I am typing this I can hear the heavy raindrops falling on the fiberglass and the overhead hatch of the galley. The raindrops are heavier than this morning's continuous showers, the lightening is closer and louder and I would bet the winds will be a bit more than earlier also. My biggest hope is that they clear out of here soon. You see, the Blues hockey game will be on the TV at the marina's tiki bar tonight. Game on!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Back on the Boat in JAX

Good news abounds! We are back on the boat down at Dames Pointe Marina in Jacksonville, Florida. We arrived here on Tuesday evening without a hitch, picked up the rental car and headed to the marina. As it was late (9pm-ish) we decided that the only thing we had to do was hook up the shore power lines and hit the sack. I made a quick check of the engine compartment. The bilge was dry. Everything was ship shape. All of the boxes that we shipped down arrived and were either stacked nicely in our salon or were up in the marina office. We sort of had the intentions of setting off up the ICW on Friday or Saturday but due to an ordering error from Defender.com we have to wait until next Tuesday. We are replacing all of the lines on the boat as some that came with the boat are frayed pretty badly. Also we think that longer lines would be more helpful, especially the bow lines. Anyway, I thought that I had ordered all six lines from Defender but only three were processed and shipped. After a quick call to their customer service center the other three were ordered. They will arrive on Monday some time so we will probably set out on Tuesday.

As our we left the boat with a full holding tank we did take a day cruise on Wednesday to a free pump-out at the Sisters Creek public marina just north of the mouth of the northern entrance of the ICW off of the St. Johns River. Upon our arrival and after a few aborted approaches to the rather short and tricky facing dock where the pump-out gear is located we were dismayed to find that it was broken. Rats. We did make a call to the marina manager (who is not on-site) to report the problem. I am guessing that it is fixed by now and it is my intention that we will start off on Tuesday and make it our first stop.

We had to return the rental car Thursday evening so Wednesday and Thursday were spent running around Jacksonville on errands. We stocked the galley back up to capacity, made stops at West Marine, Walmart and several dollar stores. We think we're set. Today (Friday) and this weekend will include some routine maintenance (mostly cleaning including a full-boat wash), putting stuff away and enjoying a bit of casual and laze-bag time. One of our purchases was a electric trolling motor for the dinghy so I'll get that all set up and checked out.

More later.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sorry for the gap

Hi there and let me say at the outset SORRY FOR NOT POSTING IN A WHILE. The simple truth is that we have not been on or even near Why Knot since early February. More to the point we are far away from sea level...5280 feet from sea level...in Denver, CO. If you remember our plans were to return to St. Louis and Denver so that Lisa could take care of some biz for a few weeks, then we go back to the boat for a month, then back to St. Louis and Denver to finish up the biz, then back to the boat for an extended cruise in the spring and summer, on into the fall. A couple of things happened to that plan. First, Lisa had to take care of the accounting for her family's dealings here in Denver. That got more involved than anticipated. Next, as we thought about it that flying back and fourth at this time of year started to not make as much sense to us as before. So we made the decision to stay put and get everything done in one fell swoop. We now will be able to close the hatch on all of our business dealings very soon. Our flight reservations for the return trip to Florida are on March 27th.