Monthly Archives: November 2013

It’s a mystery!

Hi All!

Yesterday was very rainy and some squalls. Why is it that Tom won’t wear long pants even when it’s in the high 40’s because…it’s Florida?  Also why won’t he put up the enclosure when the wind and rain is pummeling him because…it’s Florida.  I thought that is why we spent the big bucks for one?  It must be a guy thing! LOL!

Tom dripping wet cleaning his glasses.

Tom dripping wet cleaning his glasses.

Tom trying to see through a wall of rain!

Tom trying to see through a wall of rain!

Today is a much better day.  Sun is out but it’s windy.  Finally feels like Florida!  Yay!

Cathie on s/v INTERLUDE.  OUT.

Underway again! Reflections on St. Augustine.

Hi All!

We completed all our repairs and are underway again today.  We left St. Augustine on Wednesday and made it to New Symrna Beach.  Thursday was Satellite Beach.  Today we are heading to Vero Beach (or Velco Beach since most cruisers have a difficult time leaving after getting there because everything is so convenient.  Shopping and the beach are within walking distance, there is free public transportation, and the mooring balls are reasonable.
 
We have enjoyed being with our buddies Dennis and Bettye/MISS BETTYE and Bob and Penny/PRETTY PENNY.  Had great times playing poker, eating dinners, going shopping and having fun!
 
We got a surprise on Tuesday night when we heard that Corbett and Robin/COOKIE MONSTER were coming to visit Rick, Katie and Hoku on MAKANA.  We ended up with a group of us that went to Pizzalley’s (not the Pizza Alley that’s also in St. Augustine) where they have two for one drinks and a free piece of pizza for Happy Hour.  Of course, we all ended up staying for dinner.  It was great and I would go back again.
 
MAKANA, COOKIE MONSTER, Denns/MISS BETTYE, and others at Pizzalley's

MAKANA, COOKIE MONSTER, Denns/MISS BETTYE, and others at Pizzalley’s

Last Night Party Pizzalley Cathie

 We have two friends with engine repairs.  COOKIE MONSTER is getting a whole new engine and PRETTY PENNY is having various work done.  Hopefully we will catch up with them in the Bahamas.
 
We walked around town the other day and saw some strange Christmas decorations!
Santa Flamingo

Happy FlamingosSanta Flamingo and friends 

 
 
Our marina is next to Homeland Security.  They have this boat that they tow out to the ocean as target practice these poor dummies and engine took a beating!
 
Target Dummies

Target Dummies

Hope all is well with you and yours!  Thanks for stopping by
Cathie s/v INTERLUDE.  OUT.
 
 

Vero Beach here we come!

November 20, 2013

Hi All!

We are still here in St. Augustine.  So much to do and so little time!

We have had many boat projects completed including fuel injectors and a heat exchanger.  Luckily for us, Al of Al’s Mobile Marine Service was able to fit us in and pull some strings to get things done sooner than scheduled.  If all goes well we will be heading to New Symrna tomorrow, Banana River/Satellite Beach the following day and then on to Vero Beach were we will stay until after Thanksgiving.

November 9, 2013

While GLORY DAYS and HERITAGE were in down we got a chance to share a Happy Hour and one night we all went out to Harry’s for dinner to celebrate George’s birthday.  Happy Birthday George!  It was a beautiful night and we had great table in the corner with plants, tiki torches and lights.  It was very pretty and the food was delicious!  To top it off we went back to HERITAGE and had a piece of Jackie’s homemade carrot cake. Yum!

Laurie, Dan, George, Jackie, Cathie and Tom at Harry's St. Augustine.

Laurie, Dan, George, Jackie, Cathie and Tom at Harry’s St. Augustine.

Happy Birthday, George!

Happy Birthday, George!

Novmber 10, 2013

The cruising life is such a unique culture.  It’s like in the good ole’ days when everyone helped each other and relied on each other in case of emergencies, etc.  For example, I wrote on my blog how we needed to go up the mast but Tom and I are not comfortable doing that.  Dan saw the blog and said he would be happy to go up the mast for us.  How thankful we are for his help.  With the help of Tom and George he scooted up the mast and brought down our mast light that isn’t working and needs to be replaced.  Just taking these pictures gives me a nose bleed! lol!

Dan/GLORY DAYS up INTERLUDE'S mast in St. Augustine.

Dan/GLORY DAYS up INTERLUDE’S mast in St. Augustine.

Just a note to say that I am going to miss my childhood and high school buddy Linda Low Headley who died suddenly on November 3.  The world is a little less bright without you in it.  Will miss you Linda!

November 11, 2013

Also want to say happy Veteran’s Day to all those who are serving or have served in our military.  There are no words that express how grateful I am that because of your vigilance, dedication and sometimes your ultimate sacrifice we are able to enjoy the freedoms that we take sometimes for granted.  Thank you so much!

Cathie on s/v INTERLUDE.  OUT.

Splish Splash!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hi all!

Today is a BIG day!  INTERLUDE is back in the water!  Now we can have showers and flush toilets once again!  Yay!  We were very lucky to have Dennis and Bettye here in St Augustine who let us hang out with them for a few days.  We only had two nights “on the hard.”  It was very windy the past few nights.  It sounded like a hurricane!  All the wind whistling through the masts and all the halyards slapping on the masts.  Did I say I am VERY happy to be back in the water! lol

INTERLUDE IN SLING READY FOR SPLASH DOWN!

INTERLUDE IN SLING READY FOR SPLASH DOWN!

Not all sailboat are equal!  This one was so big that they had to hire a crane for $10,000 to pull her out.  The story is that this boat was purchased in Jamaica nine years ago and was NEVER used.  All the cushions are still in their wrappers and there is not a scratch on her.  She had to have some engine repair work done on her since she was never taken away from the dock while in Jamaica and then she was sailed here where she has issues that need to be attended to.  Glad that our haul out was a tad cheaper than $10K!

Big boys need cranes to be hauled out!

Big boys need cranes to be hauled out!

Tom has been working very hard to wax the boat and paint the bottom so that we can be back in the water.  We have had intermittent rain that hasn’t helped the process but it is finished and Tom can crank back a notch or two.

We were very pleased with our decision to keep INTERLUDE at the St. Augustine Maritime Center.  Everyone who works here has been terrific and very accommodating.  This is not a luxury marina.  It is a boatyard and if having a safe place for your boat and people who can fix it, this is the place to stay.  We were very sad to hear that they decided that they are not going to let boaters paint the bottoms of their boats any more here.  It seems someone sanded their boat in the wind and caused many boats to have big time issues with the paint and grit that was blown on them.  Luckily for us they let us paint our boat bottom for this year since it didn’t need to be sanded.  Next year we will have to add that cost to our budget.  I am not that unhappy about the new rule.  It will be one less thing for Tom to do when we come down to start the season.  We are not getting any younger and it’s fine to have someone else do it when we can afford it. It’s a lot of hard work especially when it needs to be done in just a few days!

INTERLUDE in the water.  Yay!

INTERLUDE in the water. Yay!

INTERLUDE is lookin' good!

INTERLUDE is lookin’ good

Monday, November 4, 2013

It has been a busy time for us but it has been fun catching up with other cruisers here in St. Augustine.  Glory Days, Heritage and Southerly II are here.  We hope see them before they head south.  We had the opportunity to have dinner with Fred and Karen on Southerly yesterday at the A1A Grill before they headed south today.  Things are going well for them and they are definitely going back to the Bahamas this year.

Gotta run for now!  Hope all is well with you and yours!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie (NOT the CLOD) on s/v INTERLUDE.  OUT.