All-Clad for many uses- Nov 15th 2014

Hot spaghetti for dinner last night turned to using our All-Clad wok to shield out headliner from the propane burner as we created heat for our saloon until bedtime.   Bedtime came early!

Alex RookerAll-Clad for many uses- Nov 15th 2014

The 1929 Yacht “Belle” arrived in Southport- Nov 14th 2014

I’d just finished posting to the blog when the 1929 Yacht “Belle” rumbled her exhaust across the dock from us at Southport Marina, where our Gemini catamaran Yacht A Fun was hunkered down from the cold . I got up to see what had arrived and was impressed to see a “Humphrey Bogart” style yacht attempting to pull up to …

Alex RookerThe 1929 Yacht “Belle” arrived in Southport- Nov 14th 2014

Training our dog to use carpet- Nov 14th 2014

One of the topics among dog owning boaters is how to train a dog to use Astro Turf / plastic carpet for relieving themselves. Finally I can answer the question. Before learning the technique, I went to extreme measures (and expense) to provide a comfortable means for our Pomeranians, Sable and Dottie, to pee and poop while spending time on …

Alex RookerTraining our dog to use carpet- Nov 14th 2014

Hunkered Down in Southport- Nov 14th 2014

Hunkered Down in Southport Our Gemini catamaran, Yacht A Fun, made the trip Friday through Snow’s Cut and across the Cape Fear River with no problems. However, the close to town anchorages, that I thought possible locations, didn’t afford the amount of scope / swing room with which I’m comfortable. So we spent Friday evening on the fuel dock at …

Alex RookerHunkered Down in Southport- Nov 14th 2014

The past three days- Nov 13th 2014

Our “All Clad” wok has chicken fillets sautéing in olive oil, bay leaf, ground pepper, and sea salt. Three cups of lintels have already cooked and a can of fruit will also be a part of the meal.  While the food is cooking, I’m using the extra time to update the posts……………     We are docked at Southport Marina …

Alex RookerThe past three days- Nov 13th 2014

Yacht A Fun is underway- Nov 10th 2014

The preparations were complete. (At least the ones we felt were upgrades needed for our trip.) Diann and I left Deaton Yacht Service at 10 AM Monday morning and went directly to Oriental Marina to top off our fuel tanks.     From there we headed across the Neuse and entered Adams Creek.               …

Alex RookerYacht A Fun is underway- Nov 10th 2014

Simple yet Fine Meals- Nov 9th 2014

A lot of folks think you have to give up quality dining when living on a boat. Not so, as far as Diann and I have found. There are adaptations and compromises, sure. But well prepared meals are certainly doable. We had an inexpensive simple meal recently on board our 1997 Gemini 105 catamaran. It centered around Lintels and had …

Alex RookerSimple yet Fine Meals- Nov 9th 2014

Delta Anchor Preventer Loop- Nov 4th 2014

Monday activities included writing the weekly real estate feature for The Hickory Dailey Record, a task I have performed every week for over 18 years. It remains fun to assist folks promote their property. Tasks number two and three were: organize the storage bin to confirm what items will be added to the boat supplies; and the fabrication of a …

Alex RookerDelta Anchor Preventer Loop- Nov 4th 2014

Transition to Travel- Jazz Reflections Nov 2nd 2014

In October of 1982 I was 31 years old, successful with the operation a manufactured housing store owned by Oakwood Homes, and in need of a break from the grueling three months I’d done with the opening of its satellite store. A major break was needed. So, I declared a private week off that included a trip to my first …

Alex RookerTransition to Travel- Jazz Reflections Nov 2nd 2014

Past Weekend Was COLD- Nov 3rd 2014

Yacht A Fun, our Gemini sailing catamaran, gets its dinghy….   At the middle of last week, urgency was added to the need to get our dingy off its trailer at Village Storage in Oriental. The end of last week was to give us quite a drop in temperatures. I did not want to operate the dinghy in cold windy …

Alex RookerPast Weekend Was COLD- Nov 3rd 2014