New Bern NC Boat Life

Early Tuesday evening is an excuse for New Bern Grand Marina residents, and friends of residents who now live on land, to gather for Taco-Tuesday.    The current venue is “Prohibitions”   where three tacos are just $5 on Tuesday nights.   Draft domestics are $3.   The prices are a value.   Thirty four folks showed up this week. The …

Alex RookerNew Bern NC Boat Life

RV Trip

There’s a need to be with family, that sometimes transcends developing one’s boat life. The season for working as a contract boat captain was awaiting spring. So, I volunteered to help my Mom and Jack take his 5th wheel RV to Savannah, St. Augustine, and Birmingham. The trip was a hoot for the three of us. One of the ways …

Alex RookerRV Trip

Mardi Gras- New Bern, NC 2017

Friday night, some ninety or so folks were already at The City Laundry in New Bern, NC when our party arrived from New Bern Grand Marina.   Eight of us had started a pre-party on board Happy-Girl.   Six of us continued at The City Laundry facility. The event was a good value. Each attendee contributed $10 to the overhead. …

Alex RookerMardi Gras- New Bern, NC 2017

The City Laundry- New Bern NC

Captain Dave, of the tour boat “Cruise the Neuse” asked if Diann and I would like to venture off our catamaran to join them to hear saxophonist David Robinson play at The City Laundry. According to an article in the Sun-Journal, “The original developer and owner of the City Laundry was Mack Franklin Bennett, who together with his wife, Dorothy, …

Alex RookerThe City Laundry- New Bern NC

Marine Eye Splice- Yacht A Fun

My goals included being able to reach a level of proficiency for marine eye splice work that I could be confident of offering the service to others. Here on Yacht A Fun, our Gemini catamaran, the study and practice have paid off. Being one to add strength to a project vs. being cheap- I add tucks / turns to my …

Alex RookerMarine Eye Splice- Yacht A Fun

Mouse Screen for Catamaran air vent

Our Gemini catamaran, Yacht A Fun, came with three “Mouse Doors” as a standard option. Due to a Dometic refrigerator’s need for air circulation, there has to be openings for air flow.   The lower openings are round, and at deck floor height.   The upper openings are oval, and too far up the bulkhead for the mice to reach. …

Alex RookerMouse Screen for Catamaran air vent

Mon Alterations in New Bern NC

The Yacht A Fun blog post concerning having a mouse on board  http://yachtafun.com/another-fun-day/mouse-gemini-catamaran  didn’t include a photo of my pair of Gill offshore gloves.   The mouse however had chewed the cuff of one of the gloves.  It was either toss the pair or hope for a  skilled sewing person do a  “REpair”. Fortunately I met the owner of Mon …

Alex RookerMon Alterations in New Bern NC

Shrimp Trawlers protest in New Bern

One of the big benefits of cruising in place is being able to experience a location in depth.  Yesterday was a good example of  such a depth of experience. Diann and I left our Gemini catamaran to walk our Pomeranian, Zoey along the Trent River.  “Have you seen the trawlers”, one of our fellow B dock liveaboards asked. She went …

Alex RookerShrimp Trawlers protest in New Bern

Eye Splice “Tri-Splice” in rope and lines

At the end of summer in 2016 our Gemini catamaran’s ground tackle (anchor, chain, and rode) were upgraded by removing a rusting 3/8 non-marine grade galvanized chain and replacing it with ISO Grade 43 Hot Dipped Galvanized Chain with Oversized End Links.   It’s G grade 5/16th chain by Perless.  The 100 feet of marine chain was just under $500- …

Alex RookerEye Splice “Tri-Splice” in rope and lines

Coffee at The Bean in Oriental NC

Central to an experience of Oriental NC is a visit to The Bean coffee shop.  The facility is elevated so it sits above high water of the Neuse River.  That affords an excellent view of the small village’s Town Dock.  The dock is free for 48 hours and as a result many transient boats stop in. In warmer months folks …

Alex RookerCoffee at The Bean in Oriental NC