To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

Post-Ian Cleanup

It almost goes without saying that hurricane damage is widespread. Repairs are sometimes difficult and expensive.

The pictures we see from the height of the storm show wind and rain and crashing waves. Sometimes the weather channel will show palm trees bent almost double.

Pushing a 23,000 pound boat around dry land is an insane amount of force.

Our boat didn't go far -- it mostly tipped off the stands. We think rain went down the hinge into the port lazarette, filling the locker and bringing a fair amount of water down into the bilge.

When our friend Scott got inside Red Ranger, he found the batteries were stone dead. Or possibly disconnected.

Through email we hired a mechanic. It turns out they're a good mechanic. The boatyard got power straightened out. Our charger is working. The batteries are taking a charge. The bilge pumps are working. The essential problems have been addressed.

Batteries Charging
Batteries Charging

Also important is the dehumidifier draining into the galley sink. This is how we'll manage the rest of the rainy season in Florida.


Hurricane season until November 30th. We'll be looking forward to starting repairs as soon as we can.

We still need pictures from under the engine. We also want the mechanic to pull the dipstick to check the oil.

And. We'll need to find painters, I think.