Saturday, June 4, 2016

Time to fix stuff!

We headed back to the boat today after stocking up on long dock lines and cleaning gear.  We lost a fender sometime in the past 4 days, so we adjusted all the lines, added a line, and fixed up the fender situation.  Between storm clouds I headed up the mast for an inspection.  It's always great to get a new perspective!

Now it's time to shop for replacement lights!  We also grabbed the scuba tank to get it inspected/filled.  It was a short trip, but we are happy with what we got done.

On the way home we treated ourselves to artisan ice pops (yes, it's a thing!) at Pop Brothers in Gulfport.  Oh man, that was good!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We're home!

After a rather easy day on the ICW, we made it! We are now officially "home" at the Gulfport Municipal Marina!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Monday funday--fuel, dolphins, and OPLATs

Today's excitement started during Frank's balls-to-04 watch (that's for all our SWO buddies!).  At about 0100 he woke me and called me onto deck (in my skivvies!) so he could investigate intermittent slowing of the engine.  Thankfully it was quickly resolved by switching fuel filters, made especially easy with our Racor dual filter system.  It always happens at night!

0400-0800 watch was awesome again!  Look at that sunrise!  We were offshore between Destin and Pensacola by this point.

Katreina joined me around 0700, just in time for a ton of dolphins to join us!

Just before noon we entered the ICW in Pensacola and began an afternoon on the water with Memorial Day boaters.  They were really quite good with ROR!  

This ICW is really nice--wide and deep!  We had some pretty big thunderstorms in the area, but they kept to the north of us so we pressed on.  After we crossed into Alabama the traffic got more commercial and we saw our first oil platforms.

We pushed on to an anchorage at the west end of Dauphin Island for the night. It was the first time we'd stopped the engines in 56hrs.  Yes, I know it's a sailboat.  But <5kts or 10kts on the nose aren't going to get us where we need to be.  Anchorage was great!  We enjoyed a few beers, I took a quick skinny dip in the insanely warm water, and we took showers up on deck.  And with the breeze it cooled off enough for a good night of sleep.  I've missed all of this so much.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday at sea

I'm happy to report this was a mostly uneventful day!  K and I came on watch at 0400 and enjoyed a quiet sunrise watch.  Ok, she slept and I stood watch!

The rest of the day was fairly uneventful.  We filled diesel with a few of our jerry cans, slept, ate, and stood watch!

The kids joined me for the start of my 2000-2400 watch and a nice sunset.

Trent left us shortly after sunset and once again the girls had some excitement!  ~2130 we heard a loud bang from up forward on deck.  I clipped in to go investigate and found that the noise came from our anchor light assembly finally breaking free and falling.  But the night sky was amazing again!