Category Archives: Equipment Failures

BV4 (VIDEO): Across the Gulf Stream to West End

“Never cross with a north wind!”  Can you hear it?  Pam Wall’s little energetic voice?  She repeated this warning many times when we first saw, heard and met her at the Miami Boat Show back in February, 2015.  I had … Continue reading

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Buffett Finale – Skirting the Dauphin Island Regatta Storm

April 25, 2015: Since our Buffett debauchery started early, our night ended pretty early, too.  After a few hours hooting and hollering and bopping flying beach balls at the Buffett concert, we were beat. We crashed hard on the boat … Continue reading

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Bon Buffett Voyage – Day One: A Shoddy Shifter

April 21, 2015: Last year, we spent the Captain’s birthday pillaging the shops of Duval Street, searching for “zee best key lime pie on zee island!”  We were smack-dab, mid-way through our 2014 trip to the Florida Keys and celebrating … Continue reading

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The $3.49 Fix

November, 2014: Okay, so it was $3.76 after tax, but the part–the one itsy bitsy, tiny little part that made our whole engine run–was three dollars and forty-nine cents. How long did it take us to figure that out?  I’d … Continue reading

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Solar Panels Bring the Blues

November 7-9, 2014: After our racy rendezvous with the Sundowner crew in NOLA we were itching to get back out on our boat.  Now that we had our slick solar panels installed and (presumably) working, it was time to take … Continue reading

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The Mishap Recap

May 20, 2014: So, this sailing stuff?  Nothing to it, right?  It’s just ropes (which we call “lines”) that control sails which make the boat move.  That’s pretty basic.  But, then, there’s also the engine, the batteries, the thru-hulls and … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry … We Can Pump Gallons Out at a Time

April 30. 2014: So, we’d done our homework.  We knew we had a Lasdrop stuffing box and that it wasn’t sup-POSED to drip.  We also knew the guys at Gasparilla Marina would be sending a mechanic back out to our … Continue reading

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