Rain

Sitting in the cockpit in a light rain. I am protected by a temporary cover while my new storm hood is under construction. The sun is setting and there is a gentle breeze. That helps keep the mosquitoes away. XO was cuddling for a bit but is now sitting on the opposite side with his forepaws tucked under his body. A nice night. Fair winds and following seas  🙂
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“CRUISERS HELPING CRUISERS”

Sitting on a dock or being in an anchorage the answer is pretty simple. Volunteer to help the boats around you. But what can you do if you are a dirt bound wannabe? (No offense intended, we were all there once and most of us will end up there again.) If you have spare time and ambition the answer is to be an information source. Adopt a cruiser or twoI was very fortunate that when I started full time cruising 10 years ago I made friends with 3 extraordinary people via the Maritime Mobile Service Net (http://mmsn.org) They have followed me and supported me for ten years and still do (with the exception of one we lost to cancer.) With a special mention of Bill Sturridge. What do they do?1. Receive my sailing plan and make sure I get to my destination. 2. Coordinate with International rescue authorities when necessary – like when I lost my lowers 1200 nautical miles from land in the Pacific Ocean. Yes, we saved Reboot.3. Send me “heads up” information on weather and destinations.4. Conta
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Aussie Spirit

I was sitting on Reboot reading. She is rocking 30 degrees (15 a side.) XO unhappy and needy. He doesn t like the continual rocking at anchor. Rain coming and going, “heavy at times.” Like most of the day. Heavy.I look North and what did I see? A fleet of racing sailboats headed for me. Turns out the mark was only 1,000 yards away. Watched them come and round all day. “A man s gotta do what a man s gotta do.” Crazy, but fun to watch.Fair winds and following seas :)Roger sv Reboot
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10 Sept Sunset

We have been sitting at anchor waiting for the wind to die down. We are somewhat sheltered from the waves. This is a good thing as the wind has been peaking over 30 knots. That type of wind normally generates 10 ft or higher waves. Behind the island they are peaking at 4 feet. Not super uncomfortable but not great either. Since our next destination is upwind it would be a very ugly sail should we have set out this morning.Matt and I are sitting in the cockpit watching the sunset. We are in the middle of a frontal passage so it is quite pretty. The wind keeps tricking us. Just as we think it is going to moderate we get blasted with a strong set of gusts.We have had four visits from local Fijian fishermen today checking to make sure we are ok. It is a very nice feeling. The anchor has been holding and there really isn t anyplace to go. If we go into their small harbor we will be stuck and need to get towed back out. So this is not great but we are doing ok. Nice to know they are watchin
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Sunset visitor


Our sunset visitor. He (she?) Is sitting on top of the old radar pole. (I moved the radar to the mast to get more range. Apparently most people don t realize that radar is line of sight. Mounted on top of the pole it has an effective range of about 5 miles to the horizon. People set the range to 32 miles and think they can actually see that far…..) These birds are remarkably unconcerned about people. I was 4 feet from him when I took the picture. He just looked at me. We had one land on Reboot when we were coming from Panama. MIke swatted at him with a boat hook. He just squawked and stayed in place. These are big birds. One would not want to get into a fight with them. The downside is that tomorrow morning we will need to scrub the solar panels. Not fun. XO just sat and looked. I think he was smart enough to realize this was a bad place to try to and go on the attack. When he was a kitten he got up on the panels once and realized he had no traction. Reboot healed and he almost went
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Just another day in Paradise


Are we having fun yet? Forrest and I are sitting in “Bad Ass Coffee” on the Yacht Haven Grand Marina property. At the edge of the property is the free dinghy dock. We, and most likely everyone else out in the harbor uses this dock. The fun part is that we motor in between the cruise ships and Rising Sun. Two walls of steel on the way to the dock. Yesterday we made good progress. I talked to the folks at Neil Pryde sails. Feeling my pain they promised a new main sail in 2 1/2 to 3 weeks! Super. They will deliver it to their agent in St. Martin. That is great as it is a duty free port. The sail is also about $1,000 cheaper than the quote from Quantum. My current (now destroyed) Neil Pryde main was just fine. We took the main down off the mast/boom yesterday. On the deck it didn’t look as bad as in the air but the upper third was still pretty messed up.We cut it into two pieces to make it easier to handle into the dink. Forrest wants to keep it so when Jeanna can come over with the car w
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//WL2K Another Day in Paradise

We are still sitting on mooring ball 44 at the Bitter End Yacht Club, Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda, BYI. Today it has been raining and squally so we have stayed on Reboot and vegetated. Tomorrow the forecast is more of the same but we should get some boat cleaning and minor projects done. Forrest has just made black bean and rice burritos so life is good. We are taking advantage of the good propagation to update the blog. Two big events today. A seaplane landed, taxied over to within 100 feet of us (to the seaplane dock,) discharged its passengers and took off again. And the biggest mega yacht so far has come into the sound and anchored out about 500 yards from us. It is very sleek with a very pronouned sharp bow. It looks like a designers rendering rather than something in real life. The weather forecast for tomorrow is more of the same. On Monday we intend to head down to the Willy-T for the night, then back to Nanny Cay to visit a machine shop, check out, and head for Sint Maarten. Fa
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