Where We Have Been

Where We Have Been
Where We Have Been

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Project

I am still working in LA, but work has slowed down which means I am getting bored. I can handle bored when I am at home on the boat. In fact my favorite thing to do in life is to be bored sitting on the bow or the flybridge. I don't like being bored 2,700 miles from home, so it is time for a project or two.

We have been wanting a watermaker for a long time. A watermaker changes sea water into drinking water. I had some plans with a parts list saved on my computer so I started hunting for the parts on the internet. It was surprisingly time consuming to find all the parts that I need and at the best price of course, but time I have. I ordered everything I need except for the few small pieces that I know I can get locally once I am back on the boat.

A new off the shelf Spectra brand or equivalent unit would cost $7K and up. I did find one company that basically
sold a kit for $4.5 K. Still way too much. It looks like I will end up with about $1,500 in the one I am building. Once I get back and start building it I will post how it is constructed and how well it works.

I have been also working on plans for a solar water heater and a solar cabin heater. We would love to reduce our dependence on electricity and propane. More to come on that later.




Watermaker design by Leo Litchfield.

The above design is the one I am using to build our watermaker with a few small modifications.



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Working, Working, Working

I have not posted for awhile as I have been working in California for the last couple of months, but hopefully I will be back on the boat soon. After a little bit of maintinence we will be off cruising again. Mean while I dug up a few pics from days gone by.









Thursday, February 12, 2015

It's Been Awhile

Well it has been awhile since I did a blog and alot has been going on. I had been having some heart issues and spent 5 days in the hospital and got two new stents. All is good now and back on the boat and relaxed.

We are still planning on leaving soon so I have alot to do to get Walkaboout ready to go. We have one small oil leak which I hope to fix today. We need a new anchor as I do not trust the one we have. I usually dive on it each time we use it. So I want one I trust enough to deploy and me not get wet. I am also going to have to go up to Indiana and work for 4 weeks to give the cruising kitty a boost so it looks like it will be the end of March before we get out of Boot Key Harbor.

We went up to Ft. Lauderdale yesterday and bought two folding bicycles in preperation for our departure. They seem to me really well made and are comfortable to ride. We had folding bikes before and really liked them, so I think we will get alot of enjoyment out of these.

I found the following youtube and thought it was hilarious. When I was young I worked on a farm for awhile that had pigs. When I started took me two months to eat bacon again. I had to laugh at this video though. I don't know where these people think the rest of the sausage in the store comes from.


Friday, January 23, 2015

New Name

Well it has been awhile since I posted. The reason is we had our kids here with us for three weeks at Christmas and then I went to California for two weeks. I just got back on Tuesday. It is so good to be home although I was called today and put on stand by for an oil spill in Montana. We will see what happens with that.

We have been contemplating changing the name of the boat from Island Queen to Walkabout, but made it official today and installed the new lettering. She has been Island Queen since she was christened in 1978 so it was a hard decision for me. But I have never been particularly fond of the name so I wanted something different. We learned the term "Walkabout" while we were living in Australia. It pretty well sums up where I am in life right now.

Definition of "Walkabout" by Crocodile Dundee (who else) "A spontaneous journey through the wilderness of one's choosing in an effort to satisfy one's itchy feet, a need to be elsewhere, the craving for the open road, that space over the horizon...yes... something like that... you can't quite touch it so you have to go find it because it's you just know it's there...Or maybe it just feels good to go walking around"


New Name Installed

The harbor is full with a waiting list right now.

Full harbor.

Friday, December 19, 2014

This is Why We Live on a Boat

We left Marathon today around 11 am and headed up the Keys with six aboard. Myself, Sharon, Michelle, Nef, Rachel, and Makayla. We had a beautiful run of about 5 1/2 hours to Matecumbe Bite. We anchored for the evening. The kids played on the kayak, we watched a beautiful sunset and had a fantastic supper. Then I got to lay on the floor and play with my first grandchild. I don't think life gets much better. As I am sitting on the flybridge writing this there is a gorgeous sunrise. Life is good.
Pictures just don't do it justice.

Rachel and Makayla

Me and Makayla

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Some of the boats in the harbor are decorating for Christmas and Island Queen is no exception. We have the boat decorated and ready for the holidays. Rachel, Nef, and Makeyla will arrive on Monday. Michelle arrives on Tuesday. Six people on the boat. Good thing we all like each other. It will be an exciting time for us. We have lots of things planned.







Friday, November 21, 2014

Rain, rain, and more rain.

Pretty much the last 3 days.


I know I am probably not going to get much sympathy from the folks up north but it has been raining for the last three days. I did not get off the boat on Wednesday or today. Thursday I made three trips in the dingy to get water but never got on land, just pulled up beside the seawall and filled our containers. Tomorrow I am getting off the boat and going ashore no matter what. The Hunger Games is playing so I think we will go see it. Monday should be sunny and back in the low 80s.

It is so nice being out of the boatyard and back in the water. Life is getting back to normal. Next week we are going up to Indiana for Thanksgiving. We will be gone about a week. It will be good to see everyone. Hopefully we can take some warm weather up there with us.

This is what I would rather see when I look out the window.