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

  • Ph. III, day 48, Weather Check

    Checking the weather. Again.

    This is from Zone AMZ650, Jupiter Inlet to Ocean Reef FL. It starts a little south of here. As long as we stay close to shore, it shouldn't be too bad.

    North northwest winds around 10 knots becoming northeast in the afternoon. Seas 2 to …

  • Ph. III, day 48, Rats!

    Rats! In the Bilge!


    Small hints:

    Rat Scat
    Rat Scat

    We found rat scat in the cockpit. Not much. A few little turdlets.

    We found very little rat scat inside the boat.

    Except in the shopping bag where we had the bread. We left it on the floor in the V-berth …

  • Ph. III, day 47, Dinghy Propane

    Here's the interim solution for a propane canister on the dinghy.

    If we had a hard floor of some kind, we wouldn't need to be so careful. But with an inflatable floor, we need to keep sharp (or potentially sharp) metal objects away from the dinghy.

    Like This:

    Propane Fuel Can
    Propane Fuel …

  • Ph. III, day 46, Ozzy

    Here's Ozzy roosting on the mizzen mast.

    With a dead fish.

    Ozzy the Osprey
    Ozzy the Osprey

    Ozzy needs to announce their presence -- with a fish -- on a perch. We have no idea why.

    "You've got a nice fish," we say. "Why call attention to it? Do you want to start a fight …

  • Ph. III, day 45, Solutions

    Today was the day.

    1. Old engine out.
    2. New engine in.

    We don't have a car. So, this was complicated. CA prepared a minute-by-minute plan.

    09:00 Stage the old stuff on the dock

    Old Outboard
    Out with the Old

    10:00 Call for an Uber ride to a U-Haul place in Stuart …

  • Ph. III, day 44, Stuart

    Having a wonderfully low-key time in Stuart.

    CA inspected the hose clamps. Which means lifting each cabin-sole board and reaching down with a tool to see if they can be tightened even a little. Any rusty ones are my problem to replace.

    The USCG rules for fire extinguishers have changed …

  • Ph. III, day 40, Stuart

    Nothing much going on here. Still.

    CA washed down the toe-rail with ammonia. It's a once-a-year job to keep the teak clean.

    Toe-Rail Washdown
    CA scrubbing the toe-rail

    The idea here is to keep the teak clean so it can "silver" naturally. There used to be Cetol finish on the rail. It …

  • Ph. III, day 36, Stuart

    Nothing much going on here.

    I've cleaned out the pile of Tohatsu/Nissan spares.

    Box of Parts
    Tohatsu/Nissan Spares and Parts

    We remain docked at the Harborage marina in Stuart. 27°12.702′N 080°15.451′W. Slip J-38.

    We placed an order about a week ago for a motor and …

  • Ph. III, day 31, Stuart

    It's crowded. And noisy. But. Secure and we can walk ashore. It's not what we had hoped for, but it's really helpful.

    Red Ranger at dock
    Red Ranger In Stuart

    Docked at the Harborage marina in Stuart. 27°12.702′N 080°15.451′W. Slip J-38.

    Ready for food and showers.

    Then, tomorrow …

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