Six Years In!

 

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Hard to believe it’s been six years since we purchased our boat. Once we left our first marina, we spent several years living exclusively at anchor or on a mooring ball. After many adventures, we’ve come full circle and are resting in a marina again.

We’ve thoroughly explored Southwest Florida and the Keys. We even made it to the Bahamas this past spring.

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Our past two winters have been spent in Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, Florida. We stayed a few months at Laishley Park Marina in Punta Gorda. Now we are at Palm Island Marina, in Cape Haze, Florida. Our Bahamas trip was almost 1200 miles round trip! The old boat has some hours on her now, but she’s been steadfast. We’ve got no regrets.

For those of you contemplating the liveaboard lifestyle, all I can say is go for it. The good days far outnumber the bad.

Cheers, to six years.

Too Many Marina Fires Recently

It seems I read about another marina/boat fire almost weekly. The cause is almost always the shore power cord, mostly at the boat connection, but sometimes on the power pedestal. I know at least a half-dozen friends who have their shore cord melt. In one case, it caught fire but was extinguished quickly.

Check your shore power cord or cords often. 

Feel for heat. Unplug them. Look for burn marks or melting.

Pets dead, boats razed in North Fort Myers marina fire

http://www.winknews.com/2016/10/16/several-boats-caught-on-fire-in-fort-myers-marina/

 

Cause of marina fire that destroyed 12 to 15 boats unclear

http://www.richmond.com/news/local/henrico/article_d9d0e794-4d0b-586b-a04a-5a5b33e19d83.html

 

Shelter Bay Marina fire

http://laconnerweeklynews.com/main.asp?SectionID=4&SubSectionID=62

 

A quick Google search reveals dozens more incidents.

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This happens in the summer when A/C units overload the system. This happens in the winter when electric heaters overload the system. My personal observation is that newer Marinco cords are often the culprit, but so is the boat owners overuse of their product. A 30 amp cord can easily be overloaded by multiple thermostat controlled appliances, such as a water heater and electric heater running at the same time. Sometimes the connections aren’t tight enough or secured properly. Fortunately, most often the cord melts and fails before causing a fire.

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It can happen at either end.

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I’ve read that using di-electric grease on the connections helps. I know that making sure the connections are tight and secure helps. Do me a favor, check yours when you have the heat on. Check them when the A/C is on. Be aware of the load you are placing on the cord(s).

Ultimately, I think I’ll switch to the Smart Plug System someday.

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Have you heard about a boat fire near you? Did you check your cord?

Be safe, and Happy Holidays.

 

Thanksgiving Thoughts

It was late December, 2010 when Kim and I began this journey. After having sold all of our stuff and quit our jobs, we came to Florida to live on a boat. A LOT has happened since then, and we have no regrets. We’ve been blessed with an incredible life, and for that we are eternally grateful.

I have many reasons to give thanks. In no particular order, here are a few of the reasons I’m a happy man this Thanksgiving:

Our boat

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After almost six years, we are still deeply in love with Leap of Faith. She’s been a great vessel, sturdy and reliable. She’s forgiven our mistakes, and carried us through the storms. We couldn’t have asked for a more rock solid platform to fulfill our dreams on.

My Wife

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I’ve got to give it to her. Kim has been a fantastic mate. Through it all, good days and bad days, she’s been steadfast. I’ve put her through too many trials to mention here, but she’s stuck with the lifestyle, (and me). Together we’ve explored most of Florida, all of the Keys, and a big chunk of the Bahamas. She’s huddled below as lightning struck all around us. She’s been through waves bigger than we should have ever been in. She’s gone without so many things that other women take for granted, like hot showers and even a working head. She’s supported me and encouraged me in my writing career. God bless her. Love you, Kim.

My Career

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When I wrote Leap of Faith, I had no idea what would come of it. To my amazement, people bought it. They continue to buy it today. I was encouraged to continue writing. To date, I’ve published nine books. My readers have been a loyal bunch. Their support drives me. My success as an author still astounds me. It’s our only source of income, and we’re doing just fine, thank you. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to do what I do. I’ve got no timeclock to punch, no boss to answer to, and no particular place to be. I’ll continue to write as long as the readers continue to buy my stuff. I can’t thank those people enough.

 

Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday. This year we are spending it at Palm Island Marina, in Cape Haze, Florida. It will be filled with gratitude on my part. I couldn’t ask for a better boat, a better wife, or a better career. I’m a lucky man.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF YOU. 

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The Passing of a Legend

RIP Captain Jack

Today the cruising world lost a beloved member. Captain Jack passed away at the age of 93, on his boat in Boot Key Harbor, Marathon.

We met him on our first trip to Marathon over five years ago. He’s greeted cruisers from all over the world upon their arrival in Boot Key.

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He had a special affinity for pretty ladies. His favorite thing to do was hand them wild flowers that he picked of the hibiscus tree near the marina.

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He also liked to ask for hugs, then try to cop a feel! No lady was safe from his charm.

He also painted sea scapes on shells, and would gift his creations to his special friends. Kim still has hers:

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One morning a few years back, he came onto the morning radio net and announced that he had “lost his equilibrium.” It didn’t stop him though. He got hooked up with a Home Depot shopping cart and used it as a walker. He’s been a mainstay of the cruising community in Marathon for longer than most of us have been alive. He had thousands of stories to tell from his long life on the water.

He’ll be greatly missed by many.

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Farewell, Captain. We are all wishing you fair winds and calm seas on your journey. Thanks for touching so many lives.

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The Boat Galley

In the digital age, there are many resources available for one to learn about the cruising/liveaboard lifestyle. Personal blogs, sailing and cruising websites, and a host of cruising and liveaboard Facebook pages. In my mind, there is one that stands out for it’s constant stream of pure, helpful information.

http://theboatgalley.com/

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http://theboatgalley.com/

Outfitting Your Boat

Boat-Friendly Recipes

Provisioning

Food Storage

How to Cook on a Boat

And more, including product reviews, helpful hints, what works, and what doesn’t work.

 

We’ve had the pleasure of being neighbors with Dave and Carolyn Shearlock the past two winters in Boot Key Harbor, Marathon. We’ve watched them go through the trials of outfitting a new boat. We’ve followed them through their Bahamas trip via Facebook.

If you haven’t already discovered their website or Facebook page, Follow the links for more information than you can absorb on the liveaboard life, and how to make it easier. You won’t be disappointed.