Friday, December 22, 2017

I love our new watermaker - Seawaterpro

In the beginning of November when we arrived back at our mooring in St Croix after Hurricane Maria, we were unable to fill up our jerry cans with water. We had been filling up at the "Mile Mark" dock but it washed away in the storm. We even tried St Croix Marina but no luck.

Fortunately we had bought a reverse-osmosis watermaker this past summer from  It is easy to set up in the cockpit and we run it with our RYi2200 Ryobi inverter-generator. We have the generator at "full-tilt boogie" and do not use the eco setting so it will always deliver full power to the high-pressure pump and not trip its fancy ground fault-detecting plug (this happened twice on eco mode).

Here's a YouTube video about this unit:

Wow, clean, fresh water and pretty much hassle free. Much better than rowing over to the gas dock and waiting to access the water which we would then have to filter once getting it back to the boat.

Mike, owner of SeaWater Pro, is exceptional and has always been patient with my questions whether by phone or email :)
  • Great price ($1495 for complete setup), 
  • Great service, 
  • Great water.
We have used our watermaker regularly since our return. We plan to permanently install this unit but right now it doesn't take long to set up and break back down and put away in our cockpit locker. We rinse the unit with about 5-6 gallons of freshly-made water at the end of each session and run it every 5-7 days.

Check it out...

Doing the happy dance!

All the best...

Friday, December 01, 2017

Is it really over?

Today, December 1st, marks the first day of "it's not hurricane season". As survivors of both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria we are happy to see this day arrive. Maybe we'll have some ice cream.

Although, we will still keep a watchful eye on the weather... no surprises, please.

So It's Gone...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fête de la Musique

It's that time of year again and I wish we were in Paris today...

What a great way to start off the summer :)


Saturday, June 03, 2017

Powering electrical doo-dads

Today was an electrical odd-jobs day and I'm very happy.

Over the last year, I've been ripping our DVDs to store on hard drives. This is a more convenient storage method, plus we got rid of some weight, and recovered valuable shelf space.  Unfortunately, many of our DVDs had deteriorated. One damaged DVD could cause us to lose the entire series if we could not find a replacement for that particular season. When finished, we took all of our old DVDs to Gallows Bay Marine and put them on the free book exchange shelf for recycling.

We have SIX Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB5000100) and TWO smaller Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB3000100) as the 5TB drives were backordered at the time. The hard drives are duplicated for backup purposes.

These drives came with 110v transformer "wall wart" plugs with an output voltage of 12 volts. YES, TWELVE VOLTS! I bought some cables with appropriate-sized barrel plugs on one end and nothing on the other end to which Bob installed an Anderson plug today. The hard drives work just fine! Hurray, don't have to use the inverter to run the drives anymore.

Bob also installed our new Marinebeam LED tricolor/anchor/strobe masthead light. We're doing the happy dance!

Another tip is to check the output voltage on your 110v transformer plugs. When at ACE hardware, I check the different models of fans to check their power supply. We have three O2cool fans running directly off of 12 volts, as does our digital piano. If some item runs at approximately 5 volts, such as our AcuRite weather station which required 4 AA batteries, we would find a USB cable with the correct plug and give it a try.

Our Sony AM/FM/SW radio runs on 6 AA batteries which is 9 volts. When I have time, I'll see about using one of our power packs that outputs several voltages. Maybe it has different adaptors that might fit. If not, we can fit another socket with a standard plug. Pas de problème. I wonder where I put it :)

My next chore is printing out 2 pages to include in our boat papers. Fingers crossed...

Thursday, June 01, 2017

1st day of June 2017

The first day of June is another one of those special days for me.

Pre-1996, it was a time of anticipation of the coming summer days with all of the fun stuff that it entails. But now, it is the mark of the first day of "H" season with its perennial question of "what's in store for us this summer?"

This year, we have the worry of impending windstorms but we also have joy of beginning a new chapter in our cruising life.

This morning I googled "2017 hurricane season" to see what has been predicted for this summer. Some of the results ranging from 5 to 45 days ago said that it would be higher than average. But the more recent articles of yesterday and today are saying lower... I'm going for lower :)

This one is from yesterday's AccuWeather - 2017 Atlantic hurricane forecast: Possible El Nino to limit development of storms. That sounds good.

Wunderground had a blog post I like from April 6th 
 The CSU team cited two main reasons why this may be a below-average hurricane season:
  • A weak to moderate El Niño event is expected to develop by autumn
  • The tropical Atlantic has cooled over the past month, and the far North Atlantic is currently colder than normal.

As always, the CSU team included this standard disclaimer: "Coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them. They should prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted."

Got to finish coffee #3 and start doing stuff...

Have a good one!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cats & Easter Weekend

Last weekend the cats got out their Easter blind and donned their bunny ears. Hoping to get some treats...

Easter cats

In the end, they had to settle for a bit of cheese :)

Monday, March 20, 2017

It's Spring !

This is a day I always look forward to... the first day of Spring.

It is a day of hope.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Kitten Academy Makes Me Happy

Here is something that always makes me smile. The Kitten Academy's live feed 24/7 on YouTube. The screen is usually broken up into 3 or 4 segments for different viewing angles.

Click Here To Enlarge and watch on YouTube

Here's the blurb from their Patreon site:
KittenAcademy is a place for kittens to learn to cat.  If you're here, you probably already know who we are and what we do. Fundamentally, we are kitten foster parents, who work with local no-kill animal shelters to rescue kittens and mother cats from kill shelters and animal control. We care for the mothers and kittens until the kittens are old enough to be adopted, then we work with the shelter to help them get the kittens adopted to good homes. Everything we do is to help raise awareness for foster kittens generally, and to help get the kittens we foster adopted, specifically."
We also hope to be somewhat entertaining. Our most popular feature is our YouTube 24/7 Live Stream. But we also produce short videos on YouTube of the kittens and the Academy staff cats being cats and doing cat things. And of course, provide the Kitten Academy website where there is a blog, and additional photos of the kittens that have attended the Academy.

They recently were featured on the BBC's website:
I hope it is still working.

I hope this makes your day more enjoyable...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Help Stop Horse Abuse

I just had to reprint this article from the Animal Rescue Site to help spread the word. Please visit this link and see the petition at the bottom of the page... also, remember to click the purple button.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Doctor Has Good Advice

Thanks, Doctor

And here's a song that been running through my head all morning...

The Youngbloods

So It Goes...

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Has it only been a week?

It's hard to believe that it is has only been eight days. We are going to stock up on tequilla.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Thanks, Paris... We miss you...

Had quite a good turnout on St Croix, too

According to the St Croix Source, "More than 500 people paraded through Christiansted Saturday, showing solidarity with others around the world taking part in the Women's March (Carol Buchanan photo)"

Listening to Bob Marley


Friday, January 20, 2017

A New Day of Infamy

Last week we had Friday the 13th... Today is January 20th, the beginning of a new "interesting times" era.

Thoughts keep running through my head such as...

"Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My" and

"Danger, Danger, Will Robinson".

Is the explosive countdown timer going to stop in the nick of time at 00:01?

Where are the time travellers to set this right? Did they screw up? Or, PTB forbid, is this correcting some horrible event in the future?

Tomorrow, there will be a Women's March on all three islands of the US Virgin Islands. A women's march is cool but I hope it is open to ALL people.

Sad  :(