Written Sept 30th 2012

Clothing sort and prioritization as we downsize to a smaller residence before it’s boat time. Taking down the yacht club Fleet Committee caps wasn’t traumatic. It was kinda cool in the sense that they packed well in the same small box as the PYC Burgees. They’ll make good décor in the house we return to- and will make good heirlooms …

Alex RookerWritten Sept 30th 2012

Shake and Squat Sunday Sept 14th

Before departing Hickory on Friday August 30th, I had taken my Jeep Wrangler to a local auto garage for a thorough review. After our Miami arrival, in November, we’ll take the Jeep from Oriental , to Coconut Grove Florida, all 883 miles worth! It needed to be in sound condition. The alignment was reported to be out and a part …

Alex RookerShake and Squat Sunday Sept 14th

Jobs today- from the Top to the Tank- Sept 12th

Word was that we’d have rain today. Diann and I ignored the forecast and worked until the rains came. Diann’s first task was to paint the Bomar decorative hatch rims, which she had scrubbed yesterday.                 Afterward lunch she moved to the master bedroom and painted the inside of what we call the …

Alex RookerJobs today- from the Top to the Tank- Sept 12th

Hard at Work Sept 11th

Being “on the hard” not only means one’s boat is blocked on dry land, it also means you have to climb a ladder to get to the main deck. For us, it’s seven steps up. Then cross the deck to step down two 12” steps to the cockpit and saloon. So, every time you need to visit the boat’s interior- …

Alex RookerHard at Work Sept 11th

Hauled and Blocked- Wednesday Sept 10th

Though my alarm was set for 7AM, it wasn’t needed. Diann had removed the canvas window cover two days earlier to clean it. As the sun began to brighten the sky, I woke to the sight of the window separation bar in the foreground, jib sail roller furling next, and clouds in the background. I can get used to this! …

Alex RookerHauled and Blocked- Wednesday Sept 10th

Tuesday Sept 9th- Work Progresses

Yesterday was a good day. We bedded three hatches, and cleaned rain diverter “eyebrows” of the large windows, and cleaned more of the cockpit textured trim. The rain that later came was so intense I don’t know that I’ve heard a more steady flow. Wind blew off the Neuse River at about 2AM and was a driven mist which chilled …

Alex RookerTuesday Sept 9th- Work Progresses

Sunday Sept 7th

Diann was awake first and I followed her out of bed. It was 7AM. Zoey need to pee. Having made coffee, and checked emails, it was time for a bit of business catch up. That done, boat projects ensued. Two portside hatches were on my agenda for the day. Like the starboard saloon hatch, they were most recently bedded with …

Alex RookerSunday Sept 7th

Dinner Flamed Out Sept 6th

Let’s see…………..how much can we do today? The starboard saloon hatch was pulled; deck cleaned; screw holes enlarged with a ¼” bit; West System 610 epoxy (in a caulk style tube) injected into the minor balsa core damaged area and injected into the enlarged holes. What to do while it cures? Off to Village Storage to get the Alliance Dingy …

Alex RookerDinner Flamed Out Sept 6th

Boat Friends………Sept 5th

It truly is a wonderful benefit, of being on an extended cruise- you meet such gracious people along the way. Mike and Lori stopped by when Diann and I were tied up at Town Dock. They have a newer Gemini and indicated they’d like to have us over to compare boats, once we were settled at Deaton’s. Sure enough we …

Alex RookerBoat Friends………Sept 5th

Being On Boater Time

Back in the 1980’s and early 90’s I worked as a manager in the manufactured housing industry. The Oakwood Homes operation I ran in Hickory and Statesville, NC was consistently in the top five when I managed it. Our top year we closed, set-up, and serviced 222 homes+ warranty work on previous sales. It was a very busy time. In …

Alex RookerBeing On Boater Time