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

Morgan’s Restaurant New Bern NC

July 2017 Passengers on “Cruise the Neuse” and on our own tour boat “YachtAFun” routinely ask about local restaurant fare.  In order to accurately answer them, Diann and I have to sample the offerings. We recently ended up for lunch at one of our favorites New Bern NC restaurants.  Morgan’s is in a former automobile sales and repair facility dating …

Alex RookerMorgan’s Restaurant New Bern NC

Electric Lineman’s Rodeo

Today exemplifies one of the reasons Diann and I enjoy cruising on our Gemini catamaran. We remain “cruising in place” in New Bern, NC. Today’s main event for the town’s support of conventions and tourism- the North Carolina Association of Municipal Electric Systems Lineman’s Rodeo Two weeks ago, multiple electric power poles were planted in the ground of the vacant …

Alex RookerElectric Lineman’s Rodeo

Osprey and Chicks near Yacht A Fun

Being on your boat full time offers some great nature viewing opportunities. Here on Yacht a Fun, our Gemini catamaran, we have Osprey nests near. So I took my bike up onto the Hwy 70bridge over Trent River and took images of a nest. How cool. Living on a boat………………… The story / blog of Yacht A Fun, a Gemini …

Alex RookerOsprey and Chicks near Yacht A Fun

Sunset Moon

A full moon with the color of sunset cast upon its face.   Boats with moon light reflected between them. The location is New Bern Grand Marina off the ICW near Oriental. The story / blog of Yacht A Fun, a Gemini catamaran sailboat, traveling the ICW and east coast with insights to the extended cruising life. Sunset moon

Alex RookerSunset Moon

Home made Soft Scrub™

Cleaning the gel coat of a Gemini sailing catamaran isn’t too tough a job. It’s just labor intensive.     Particularly intensive if you have a bit of algae forming in shady areas of the hull.    Admittedly, it’s time for a repeat cleaning on Yacht A Fun. Soft Scrub™ has been my preference for removing deeply adhered areas within …

Alex RookerHome made Soft Scrub™

M J’s Special of the Day

Cruisers typically look for restaurant venues which are special because of their menu, their view, and/or the “local flavor”. In New Bern, NC one of boater’s favorite locations is M J’s  Raw Bar & Grille on Middle Street. The location is about three football fields (316 yards) away from the New Bern Grand Marina. A typical wait during peak time …

Alex RookerM J’s Special of the Day

Baker’s Kitchen- Men’s Breakfast

About three months ago, the women living at New Bern Grand Marina (and some who now are living off their boats) decided to gather on Thursday mornings for breakfast. Their conversations stay fresh by being open and range from boating topics to family ones. Each Thursday the attendees sit next to someone other than during the previous week. The breakfasts …

Alex RookerBaker’s Kitchen- Men’s Breakfast

Spring Wildlife at the Marina

This morning I walked the finger, next to Yacht a Fun our Gemini catamaran, and was greeted by this tiny baby turtle. Later in the afternoon I walked along A-Dock to visit friends who plan a European trip. With me I carried a 2002 copy of a Cruising World article I had scanned yesterday. And, low and behold, I was …

Alex RookerSpring Wildlife at the Marina