Lofrans Royal windlass on Gemini

Back in 2014, when Diann and I anchored our way down the ICW to Miami, my legs and back worked well for retrieving our 35 pound Delta anchor. The process was simple- hand-over-hand the 5/8 inch nylon rode was retrieved (as Diann motored slowly forward); then the twenty feet of 3/8” chain was pulled up. YachtaFun’s cleat did the work …

Alex RookerLofrans Royal windlass on Gemini

Apples and Bacon (with eggs)

New Bern Grand Marina folks had a party to celebrate Daylight Savings Time.   It can be said that boaters don’t need too much of an excuse to socialize ! Some two dozen folks shared a pot luck that ranged from chips and salsa to a baked shrimp and cheese casserole.  Diann and I chose to take fresh sliced apple sections.  …

Alex RookerApples and Bacon (with eggs)

Wind Driven Low Water

Friday afternoon of March 2nd 2018 saw a peak gust of 51MPH at nearby Cherry Point military base.  New Bern doesn’t have a tide- but it does receive high and low water conditions .  The Trent and Neuse Rivers rise and fall based on flooding rains, or wind strength and direction. New Bern Grand Marina and areas along the walkway …

Alex RookerWind Driven Low Water

Westerbeke Glow Plug Corrosion

My goodness, it has been a while since I last did a post. Unfortunately a tornado did substantial damage to a Hickory NC rental property on Oct 23rd. Dealing wilth all the issues has certainly taken my mind off blogging about boating. Yacht A Fun, our Gemini catamaran has fortunately been running well since pulling and reinstalling the Westerbeke 30B …

Alex RookerWesterbeke Glow Plug Corrosion

New Ritchie BN 202 Compass

When Diann and I returned from Florida on our Gemini catamaran, Yacht A Fun, we were offshore overnight after leaving Fernandina Beach. The catamaran’s original compass was illuminated but was so small that we had to lean over to read the dial. Leaning over to read the dial meant that we weren’t as consistent with our course as we might …

Alex RookerNew Ritchie BN 202 Compass

“Casa San Carlo” Morehead City, NC

Italian food in Morehead City, NC recently got a new venue. Casa San Carlo is located at 913 Arendell Street. The location is about a seven block walk from the primary marinas at the harbor. Diann and I left our Gemini catamaran, Yacht a Fun, and joined New Bern friends for a car trip to check out the food. We …

Alex Rooker“Casa San Carlo” Morehead City, NC

Revisiting the Royal James grill

Beaufort, NC has such a wonderful variety of places to enjoy a beverage. You might want to consider the Royal James bar / grill / pool hall on your next visit. The establishment is in the same place as when started in 1945.             Diann and I stop in regularly. Burgers are old style and …

Alex RookerRevisiting the Royal James grill

Snap Screw hole epoxy

Sailrite snap screws work well for attaching canvas window covers. There can be a potential leak issue however. On our Gemini catamaran, Yacht a Fun, the snap screws were turned into existing screw holes. Initially, having caulk injected before snap screw insertion caused a decent retention and stability of the screws after the caulk had cured. Over time, however, wind …

Alex RookerSnap Screw hole epoxy

More Westerbeke effort

The day started well on our Gemini catamaran Yacht A Fun.  After the normal dog walk and coffee, I began what was to be the final details of engine work prior to having Patrick of Western Diesel return to our boat. First, I used a small rag to wipe engine paint over the drain plug (call it a second coat) …

Alex RookerMore Westerbeke effort

Westerbeke returns to engine compartment

Standing on the OSB panels, previously cut and placed to protect our cockpit floor from engine work related damage, I gazed upon the Westerbeke 30b engine.  Painted Texas Pete orange over Westerbeke catsup red, it was obvious that function over style had prevailed in the paint job. All was ready for the re-installation of the engine. Two sets of lifts …

Alex RookerWesterbeke returns to engine compartment