Galapagos 12 Days of Christmas

Cute video of Galapagos wildlife-

Have a great weekend-

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Why We Travel

If you’ve ever dreamed of sailing across the Atlantic and going through the Azores, this post has some great pictures-

Have Wind Will Travel

“There’s something magical about the Azores,” Phillip told me well before we stepped foot on Andanza to cross the Atlantic.

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When the idea first started to flick like a candle flame in our minds that we might sail across an ocean this year, Phillip immediately started to overflow with what little he knew about the places we might see along the way: Bermuda, the Azores, Peter Sport Café.  Now, this was long before we knew Yannick did not plan to stop at any of these places.  Not a one.  But it didn’t matter.  While Phillip and I love to see new places and explore new shores, we also love the journey in between.  Simply crossing the ocean was enough for us, but Phillip and I are both so grateful that things worked out the way they did and we had the opportunity to spend nine colorful, captivating days in that…

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What is your driving force behind blogging?

If you read through this entire post, you’re going to see very quickly that it’s asks the fundamental questions about,,,why do you blog?

I write this blog for you, for me and my family and as a way to connect with folks about sailing, adventure travel and eventually, when I start writing more, about PTSD.  I don’t write this blog as a commercial engine,,,,,cause it’s not.  Would it be awesome to be be able to write and make enough money to finance great things?  Sure, but thousands of others are doing and expecting the same things, with FAR BETTER BLOGS.  I’m a realist.  I want to write to tell you things you might not know and connect with those who want to read about sailing and adventure travel.  This post by Roberta Pimentel (and Quill and Parchment) asks these fundamental questions,,,,,won’t you ask yourself the same thing?

First of all I want to thank Quillnparchment for the opportunity and the idea of the topic of this post. I think the topic is very interesting and important and I am very glad that I was given the …

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CupHolder and Dry Bilge

I was pretty relieved Saturday morning when I looked over Tulum, as she looked great on the outside, and just as good on the inside.  The gentle cleaning on the inside has paid huge dividends and the Gentlemen we hired to wash the outside is spectacular.

Let me tell you a story:  Several months ago when we checked into our Brokerage Slip behind Shelter Island Boatyard, we knew we needed to get the boat waxed and polished, thus we hired one of the polishers there in the Shelter Island area.  We knew he had a good reputation, but never heard the work was complete or not.  When we went and looked at the boat,,,covers were not put back on and several had blown away. And, a plastic molded cup/drink holder made by Hunter Marine was missing.   No one knew anything about it, nor did they even offer to compensate us.   Last time we use them.  This is what it looks like without a drink holder:

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Needless to say, I was not a happy camper and no one would help me find it or replace it, so we had to do this at our own expense.   Luckily, one of the Gentlemen from Hunter Owners.com got hold of Hunter and asked if they could help.  Hunter found the old plastic molds for this part (as they don’t make the Hunter 460 anymore) and they made me another drink holder insert for the boat.  It took nearly four weeks to get here and we were very afraid it would not fit, but it finally arrived.  However, not before we had a serious offer on the boat, which included a survey and haul-out.  I don’t think this drink holder made the difference, but my pride was hurt that I didn’t have it in place during the survey.  Here’s how it looks now:

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Lots of little things to do on the boat were identified on the survey that the new potential owner could have gotten done quickly and cheaply, but he didn’t choose to look at things this way.  I do.   So, if you look close at both pics, you’ll see the compass is torn apart in the second picture.  That’s because we’re getting it serviced, just like I told the potential buyer I was going to do.  And you should see the way the propeller looks now.  It’s been completely rebalanced, shined and looks like new.

Best thing about Saturday was going below the boat, and seeing that the crack mechanic had been there, and been working.  During the survey it had been identified that the boat’s “Dripless” Shaft Seal had a bit of a drip and needed correcting, which could be done from the inside of the boat.  What a relief, as most Dripless Seals require the boat to be hauled out of the water for repair.  So, when I went below on Saturday and saw that the Dripless Seal had been tightened and there was nearly no water in the bilge, I was very, very pleased.  Most things on boats can be fixed, you just need to give them a bit of time and figure out how to do it.  So, from the survey nearly a month ago, this is four items already knocked out and nearly done: Dripless Seal, Compass, Propeller, Cup/DrinkHolder.  I’ve also replaced the seals on the stern gear lockers and fixed all the handles on the windows in the boat, which are now functioning perfectly.

Can’t wait for the right buyer to come along and see the boat of their dreams, we’ve put a lot of work into her and will continue to improve her.

Take a look, she’s in great shape- TulumIV

See her also on Yachtworld if you want to look there.

 

 

How did you get so many followers?

 

I like to reblog things from others that are said (or photographed) better than I could.  Here’s some hard truth and opinion from a popular blogger on his success.

 

I get asked this a ton. There are many assumptions. Most assume I just clicked follow on everyone’s blog and that’s how I got my following. If you think it’s that easy go and try …

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North Minerva Reef

Good story, good pics. At least a few of our followers have been here!!

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Photos from Minerva Reef:

Looking back at the entrance to North Minerva Reef. Can you see it? (That's our Aries wind vane's blade in the left hand corner.) Looking back at the entrance to North Minerva Reef. Can you see it? (Our Aries wind vane blade sticking up on the left.)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Some of the boats in the fleet anchored inside North Minerva Reef lagoon. All were enjoying this unique experience while waiting to complete the approximately 900 nm passage to New Zealand.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Low tide over the reef. The ocean is the dark blue to the right in this photo, the lagoon to the left, beyond the people walking on the reef.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Giant Pacific clam – this photo does not do justice to the iridescent glow of the blue-green lip. This one measured about a foot across and was embedded in the top of the reef. The reef top is mostly level but has many small crevices and “pot holes” so you want to watch where you walk. Every nook and cranny is occupied by…

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