Category Archives: Equipment Failures

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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Good to the …

I know what you’re thinking, and you’re probably right, but be patient.  We’ll get there. April 29, 2014: While the run-aground in the ICW was certainly not fun (and quite embarrassing on my part) it, thankfully, was a very minor … Continue reading

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If It’s Called a Dripless, You Would Think It Wouldn’t …

April 29, 2014: Uh-huh.  Go on.  Say it.  DRIP.  We found while motoring that morning that we had a steady drip coming out from the stuffing box around our propeller shaft.  The stuffing box is basically a seal around the shaft … Continue reading

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Bonnie the Bunny

April 20, 2014: Tomorrow was it.  We were going to head out around daybreak to make our final passage south to the Keys.  We were beyond excited.  We spent the morning cleaning and readying the boat for the next day’s … Continue reading

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No Autographs Please!

April 19, 2014: I don’t know if I’ve ever said this before, but for those of you out there who think cruising is all cocktails and sunsets, I can assure you it’s not.  Owning a boat is a lot of … Continue reading

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The Back Door Marine Supply Guy

April 15, 2014: After our leisurely stroll through the Dali museum in downtown St. Pete that morning, it was time to focus on some boat chores that afternoon.  We were in the market for a portable oil change kit.  While … Continue reading

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In the Hands of Heisenberg

It wasn’t ten minutes after we hung up with Steve that we had the engine cranked and warming.  We were pulling our dock line off of the mooring ball to head over to the SMMR, Inc. shop on Salt Creek … Continue reading

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The View From Up Top

April 14, 2014: You guessed it.  Another mast climb.  After we let our hair down and painted St. Pete red on Sunday night, Captain was quick to wake on Monday morning and put this crew to work! Thankfully, this time we were … Continue reading

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