Sunday, 19 February 2012

The Captain's Bread

Brock is the baker on our boat.  His loaves are yummy AND beautiful :)

Friday, 17 February 2012

Sail Repair and More

Brock did a beautiful job repairing the head of our jib where the grommet was tearing free.

We enjoyed having visitors aboard for a sail on the Sea of Abaco

And Keewatin brought us safely back to her dock in Coral Harbour yesterday after an uneventful night sail from Abaco.

Saturday, 14 January 2012


A beautiful sail to Green Turtle Cay

Champagne and bruschetta!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Mission Complete

Keewatin is safely anchored in Abaco.  We had a few setbacks and a lot of hard work but we got underway at 3:40 p.m., 21st December.  We dropped the hook in Marsh Harbour around 11:00 a.m., 22nd December.  Keewatin averaged about 7 knots and once surfed at 14 knots!  The wind was 15-20 knots from the southeast, and seas were supposed to be 4-6 feet, but were more like 10 feet and occasionally breaking.  After dark it just got rougher and rougher until the sun started to peek over the horizon, at which time the wind and sea put on their innocent face in the daylight.  Morning arrived with the realization that the wave that came onboard in the night brought something with it - more specifically a flying fish that we ate for breakfast.  We passed a few ships in the night including two cruise ships that I came a tiny bit too close to :)  The captain was not pleased when I told him about the searchlight they shone on the deck of Keewatin to see if the crazy blonde driving her knew what she was doing :)  For the record that time I did know what I was doing.  Our water maker is still shocking anyone crazy enough to try to turn it on, so we picked up four water jugs in Marsh Harbour and realized just how spoiled we have become as we hefted 6 1/2 gallon containers aboard . . . twice!  The Christmas tree did not survive the trip unscathed, but we re-erected it and it is now as beautiful as ever.  Christmas is almost here!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Fully Stocked

I bought all of our stores today.  It is always exciting to load up the boat with so much food!  I filled four shopping carts at CostRite.  We now have 20 lbs. potatoes, 12 lbs. onions, 5 lbs. apples, 3 lbs. pears, 4 large butternut squash, 4 zucchini, 4 cucumbers, 12 tomatoes, 2 bags radishes, 2 heads broccoli, 2 heads cauliflower, bag carrots, bag parsnips, 2 bags brussels sprouts,  5 dozen eggs, 4 gallons milk, gallon orange juice, 2 gallons iced tea, a huge cream cheese, 20 Anchor butters, 4 chunks cheddar cheese, 40 chicken breasts, 3 chickens, 3 hams, 1 turkey, 2 corned beef briskets, 8 steaks, 40 lbs. rice, 30 lbs. flour, 6 brown sugar, 4 large coffee cans, 16 cans peas, 24 cans tuna, 6 cans cream, 300 tea bags, and we still have tons of pasta, mayonnaise, olive oil, spices, condiments, and various canned goods.  And most importantly I bought a huge bag of chocolate chips!  When I arrived with it all, our crew worked for hours unloading, repacking and stowing.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

It Runs!

The engine still runs - we fixed it today :)  Loose wire ends were causing the problem.

It was a messy operation and we had to displace Marco from his cabin to do school in the salon.

We found a small problem on the generator - a cracked coolant hose that needs addressing

But the bottom line is - THE ENGINE STARTS . . . now we can really leave

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Finally Fastened

Under the seats in our salon are some large open storage spaces.  These spaces formerly had drawers but the space around the drawers was so large that we removed them leaving only the drawer faces.  Still with me?  We thought of various methods to attach said faces to the holes and finally decided on some stainless  . . . for lack of a better word, doodads, from the marine store.  These sat in our "hardware store" for a very long time.  Today the Captain left me in charge of it, and I am happy to report that they all got attached!  Some better than others, lots of rude words later, but all attached.

Madison was a great help, especially with sorting through the millions of screws for those few extra tiny, philips-head screws.  She also informed me that a few of the words I used were definitely NOT the names of screws!  Bad mommy.