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Old 10-24-2013, 10:46 AM   #21
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Temps got down in the 50's last night and predicted only the low 70's today.

Very cold for this time of the year.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:48 AM   #22
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Just like NJ...last week we were bitchin about the heat....
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Down in the 40's up here in Northern Florida. Time to change to winter uniform (sweat pants).
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:59 AM   #24
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Down in the 40's up here in Northern Florida. Time to change to winter uniform (sweat pants).
I'm still toughing it out with shorts and flip flops.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:26 AM   #25
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Down in the 40's up here in Northern Florida. Time to change to winter uniform (sweat pants).
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:13 PM   #26
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Foggy in Roche Harbor today. Crossing Haro Strait in pea soup yesterday required a close watch for tankers, freighters and ferries doing 20 knots. Glad to have AIS and radar working, looks like the same today returning to BC.
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Crossing Haro Strait in pea soup yesterday required a close watch for tankers, freighters and ferries doing 20 knots. Glad to have AIS and radar working.
Hope you have Jan at the helm in conditions like that!
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We're enjoying the cool weather in Florida. It is 70 degrees F and 53% humidity right now--supposed to get down to the 60s later in the week. I love boating during our winter months. Summer in Florida can be absolutely brutal on the water (A/C but no generator); fans just blow hot air around and the humidity makes mold a problem. Generator may be next year's project.

What is this "winterization" everyone is talking about?
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What is this "winterization" everyone is talking about?
For us in the soon to be frozen Northeast, it's putting your boat to bed on dry land, downing ever larger daily doses of 80 proof anti-freeze and booking plane and lodging reservations for February (cabin fever month) somewhere way far South of the Mason-Dixon Line.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:09 PM   #30
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The heaters are working great tonight. Staying at a toasty 77

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Hope you have Jan at the helm in conditions like that!
She was on lookout. Lots of traffic in ship channels but most interesting were the crab pots that became seagulls.
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Mid-60's here today, no wind, no clouds, nice bright sun. Good boating weather.
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:37 AM   #33
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Cool here... bunk is preheating.
Last night I ran the propane heater for a few hours to keep off the chill. Third time this season though the first two times were early morning dampness more than cold if that makes sense....

I am so looking forward to heading south. The circulation isn't what it once was -- heck, nothing is! -- so that's why the comforts such as a 12-volt 35-watt electric blanket make my life nice. There's nothing like a warm bunk, a fresh book on the Kindle and a calm night at anchor.

This retirement thing is awesome!

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Cool here... bunk is preheating.
Last night I ran the propane heater for a few hours to keep off the chill. Third time this season though the first two times were early morning dampness more than cold if that makes sense....

I am so looking forward to heading south. The circulation isn't what it once was -- heck, nothing is! -- so that's why the comforts such as a 12-volt 35-watt electric blanket make my life nice. There's nothing like a warm bunk, a fresh book on the Kindle and a calm night at anchor.

This retirement thing is awesome!

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Nice blog. $12. a day?
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:57 PM   #35
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Nice blog. $12. a day?
Well, actually it's nudging up a bit as folks have been kind enough to buy thru my Amazon links and 6% comes back to me once per month. That's pretty nifty from my standpoint. Still, when I read the CruisersForum thread on $500 per month I think "gosh, that'd be great" to have that much.

However beachbum I noticed your boat picture and I've got a secret for you (insert laughter) those throttles do not have to go all the way forward don't 'cha know! I poke along a little at a time and anchor out almost always so really, it's just fuel, one haul-out every three years (I scrape my own hull or hire a kid) so it's not that pricey. Food of course is a given but I do a lot of canning (meats primarily, along with lasagne, taco soup and this year I'm going to try stuffed manicotti shells too)

There are times when I do hanker for a marina (water is a real physical problem -- hauling same) so after the engine swap next year I'll see if I can save enough to give Seaweed her own watermaker.

Really though, what more do I need? I have my own home, and now a Kindle so I won't run out of books, fuel in the tanks, water too, food in the lockers and well, life is superb. Right now the wind is blowing, the computer is playing Benny Goodman thru the boat speakers and life really is superb.

Get your Great Harbor and come on out and play. It is marvelous and as long as your boat is set up to provide it's own power, really marinas can be a special treat versus a necessity. For Seaweed in the goal to be ever more comfortable afloat I've added an Air-Breeze, Lewmar windlass, and so far 275 watts of solar.

The eventual goal includes 200 more watts of solar, more batteries (have 450 bank now) and a watermaker. Oh, and 150' more of 1/4" G4 (have 100' but that's not quite enough) ... anyway, it's all good out here.

Good luck. And have fun, 'cause that's what this boating life is supposed to be. I live simply but well aboard my Seaweed, and certainly no other boat would make me happier. Even if tomorrow I was fabulously wealthy I'd keep Seaweed and just make her better.

That's probably a result of growing up on one boat... we just kept making oru home better and to me it is natural to take one with good bones and improve her. Goodness knows Seaweed was not capable of supporting me in comfort when I first bought her, but she's coming right along. A few more years and she'll be even better.

I can't wait!

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Yea, I try and keep those throttles pulled back.

We've made a choice to find another boat within the next few years and hopefully shove off.

I admire your tenacity and keep up your great life!
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:32 PM   #37
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Cold front moving in. Rainy and currently 66.6 degrees.

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November 2nd @ 1:20 pm on our front porch. Unusually warm for this time of year. Doubtful we'll see the indicator in a similarly high position til May 2014, subject to the house burning down in the interim.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:32 AM   #39
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Blowing like crazy out there. 25-35 knot winds from the N-NE. Highs only in the very low 60's today.

Seas are 10-13', ICW very rough. Almost have whitecaps here in the harbor.

Marina filled up with folks hunkering down until this passes.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:47 AM   #40
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Doubtful we'll see the indicator in a similarly high position til May 2014, subject to the house burning down in the interim.
It seems nice here!
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