Westward Ho!!

We left Olympic Marina again this morning. The big difference between this time and last is that we have no intention of returning.

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The marina was great to us and we really need to say thank you to Pavlos Daglis, and Diane Remoundakis for the recommendation to look into the marina. There are many stories of folks with terrible experiences leaving their boats.  It was really nice to have the advice of “locals” to keep us out of trouble!  The Olympic Marina was a home run for us.

So now we head West. This is a first for us and for Morpheus as all of of adventures began in New Zealand and we have been more or less traveling East ever since.

While this is the beginning of our trip home, it is not going to be a fast one!

We will be visiting Montenegro and Croatia over the next couple of months, then it’s back to Spain for some more time in Barcelona, and Seville.

Finally late this year we are beginning to plan a crossing back to the Caribbean where I would expect the boat to become “stuck” for a couple more winters.

My Drone is Toast!

Well, we hope that you have enjoyed some of the recent drone footage because as things stand right now you are unlikely to see much more.

Today, while getting ready to get a bit more footage here at Olympic Marina, one of my drones four motors decided to catch on fire!!  Yes, it may be waterproof but it’s certainly NOT fireproof!!

Yesterday’s footage may be the last and here it is…

Olympic Marina Recommendation

By the way, we have been very happy with everything here at Olympic Marina. Morpheus spent last Winter here while Deb and I were home and we couldn’t be happier with the way things went.  The facilities, the people, and the work are all great.  We would definitely recommend this marina to others looking for a place to keep their boats over a winter season.

Why everything takes so long to do on a boat

One of the first questions I always get about cruising is “What do you do with all your time on the boat?”  The thing one has to realize is that everything takes much longer to do on a boat.  They are complicated systems that need a lot of maintenance.   Here’s a hypothetical example….

CHORE:  Rinse the salt off the plastic dodger windows

1.     Go on deck.  Steal the hose and bucket Jim already has set up.  (This is a huge time saver!)

2.     Spray the dodger windows, port side.

3.     Go to the stern, get the sponge.

4.     Wash the outside port windows.

5.     Grab the hose.

6.     Go Down Below to get the small screw driver required to repair the end fitting of hose that pops off in your hand.

7.     Listen to Jim lecture me on how to use the hose.

8.     Repair the end fitting of hose that pops off in your hand.

9.     Go Below and return the small screwdriver to where it lives so you can find it again.

10. Rinse the outside of port dodger windows.

11. Spray the outside Starboard dodger windows.

12. Give Jim back the hose.

13. Go Down Below get the small screw driver required to repair the end fitting of hose that pops off while handing the hose to Jim.

14. Listen to Jim lecture me on how to pass him the hose.

15. Repair the end fitting of hose.

16. Return the small screw driver down below to where it lives so you can find it again.

17. REALLY CAREFULLY Wash the outside Stbd dodger windows.

18. REALLY CAREFULLY Spray the inside dodger windows.

19. REALLY CAREFULLY take the hose and rinse the Starboard windows.

20. REALLY CAREFULLY give the hose back to Jim.

21. Return the small screw driver Down Below to where it lives so you can find it again.

22. Wash the inside of the windows.

23. Go get the small screw driver down below required to repair the end fitting of hose that pops off when Jim hangs the hose on the lifeline.

24. Pause to Listen to the small silence while no one gets lectured…

25. Repair the end fitting of hose.

26. Get the wrench from below for Jim so he can really fix the hose fitting this time.

27. Fuck it!  Leave the small screwdriver on deck.

28. REALLY CAREFULLY take the hose and rinse the inside of the windows.

29. Listen to Jim say, “Now that the windows are clean, why don’t you polish them…”

30. Kill Jim with the small screw driver, once I find it!

Tornado (Part 2)

While I was stupidly standing in the middle of the road yesterday filming the tornado, this is what was happening under its path. So sad for these boat owners, and clearly I under estimated how lucky we were not to be in its path.