Marine A/C clog

It had only been two days since the a/c strainer had been inspected and emptied of grass. But, What the hey ! It just made sense to check the a/c strainer before beginning more work on the Westerbeke engine of our Gemini catamaran. Boy was I in for surprises. After emptying the strainer, I opened the thru hull to see …

Alex RookerMarine A/C clog

Westerbeke engine work continued

Life on our Gemini catamaran got started well Labor Day morning.  Coffee, dog walk, a check of the news and weather.  Plus- an incoming text regarding having a contract captain engagement on Cruise The Neuse boat tours at Noon. My Westerbeke task filled the time between 9 and 11AM.  The face of the engine mount for the transmission was honed …

Alex RookerWesterbeke engine work continued

Westerbeke JS Transmission Seal- part 2

One of boating’s classic sayings is “the difference between an ordeal and an adventure, is attitude”. By and large, I agree. Some months back, Yacht A Fun experienced an oil seal failure- right in the middle of day-sail charter season. Diann and I opted to have the situation inspected by mechanics to see if we could quickly replace the seal …

Alex RookerWesterbeke JS Transmission Seal- part 2

Baker’s Kitchen Take Out

It rained in the early morning hours, and continued to do so right on past the time I got up- which was a bit after 9:30AM.  Darn,  rainy-day extra bed time is premium !   Preparing  coffee water began my wakefulness.   Zoey wanted to pee and poop- and that is an urgency after her full night’s rest.   Since it was …

Alex RookerBaker’s Kitchen Take Out

Pollock Street Pub and Oyster Bar

Word has it that the owners of M J’s restaurant are the ones who have just opened the Pollock Street Pub and Oyster Bar. If that’s true, the new pub / bar should be a success. Modifications to the former residence were extensive. Colors are inspired by the New Bern NC flag. One can’t miss the yellow building. It is …

Alex RookerPollock Street Pub and Oyster Bar

New Bern Bears July 2017

Gosh what a pretty day. Temperatures will range from the mid 70s to low 80s. The sky is blue with big puffy clouds. Living on a Gemini catamaran sail boat is fine today! After coffee, I became inspired to work on Zoey’s upcoming book about New Bern’s Bears. Since our own grandkids enjoyed the bear hunt last summer (yes we …

Alex RookerNew Bern Bears July 2017

Westerbeke JS Transmission Rear Seal

Our Gemini catamaran has the Westerbeke engine with “JS” transmission. There’d been a bit of oil in the bilge mixed with pink Rotella antifreeze. The antifreeze ooze source was discovered last fall by using a pump with gauge so it could safely be pressurized. Solving the antifreeze leak was a matter of tightening a hose clamp. Confirming the transmission oil …

Alex RookerWesterbeke JS Transmission Rear Seal

Cypress Sunset off the Trent River

If you have a mast height of less than 42 feet and draw less than seven feet, you too can try to be in the right place at the right time to get similar images taken on Brice Creek near New Bern NC. Hot dig-gidy dig! Daytime on Brice Creek. This sunset was so good, I actually turned the tour …

Alex RookerCypress Sunset off the Trent River

Osprey on the Trent River

As one of the Captains driving “Cruise the Neuse” pontoon tour boat, I get to show passengers some pretty neat stuff. Osprey chicks have pretty much flown their nests now. Following are some images taken in June. New Bern NC is home to a large nesting population of Osprey. Usually, channel markers on the Trent River are especially good habitats …

Alex RookerOsprey on the Trent River

The Chelsea Restaurant in New Bern NC

Tour passengers on “Cruise the Neuse” had been remarking on how much value they felt The Chelsea Restaurant offers. It had been a long time since Diann and I had dined there. And, that dining experience had been as part of a Hatteras motor yacht “1510 Rendezvous” dinner. The food had been good, but the banquet experience hadn’t been special. …

Alex RookerThe Chelsea Restaurant in New Bern NC