Rum & Coke at Oriental, NC

During the evening of New Year’s Eve 2016, Diann and I left our Gemini catamaran and drove our Jeep to Oriental NC to participate in the annual running of the dragons. Between events (about 8:40PM to 11:20PM) we needed to enter somewhere warm. My suggestion was to sample beverages at three restaurants vs. sitting in one place for over two …

Alex RookerRum & Coke at Oriental, NC

Oriental NC New Year’s Eve

It was our goal to be in Oriental NC for the New Years Eve running of the dragons.   And make it we did.   We left Yacht A Fun at around a quarter till 7pm.   As a result we found a decent parking spot near the Oriental Inn & Marina complex; which like The Bean Coffee Shop is …

Alex RookerOriental NC New Year’s Eve

New Bern Fried Seafood

While serving as Captain on the Aerie Ferry Tour Boat, here in New Bern NC, I’m often asked about a good seafood restaurant. Diann and I have discovered the Carolina Grill which is at  998 Hwy 70 East just off the bridge as you head toward Morehead City. We visited just before the Christmas holiday and so the décor fit …

Alex RookerNew Bern Fried Seafood

Mouse on our Gemini Catamaran

While roaches on a boat are definitely a nuisance, mice are damage instigators!   Diann was sitting on the port side of our settee. From the corner of her eye she thought she saw a grey brown blur run under the port berth’s door. “Naw, that couldn’t be”, she thought.   “We’ve never had a mouse on our catamaran.” But- …

Alex RookerMouse on our Gemini Catamaran

Tamarind Soup on our Gemini Catamaran

With the coming ice pellets and snow forecast for winter storm Helena, I became inspired to cook a Tamarind soup.  Diann and I had been to a new Asian food store in New Bern while off of our catamaran Yacht A Fun. Actually I was browsing for curry powder when I came upon packets of Knorr brand soup mix.  Canadian …

Alex RookerTamarind Soup on our Gemini Catamaran

Alex RookerBeary Merry Christmas Dec 11th 2016

Winterizing our diesel engine Dec 8th 2016

A couple of days back, Diann and I winterized our Westerbeke diesel engine and the Ocean Breeze a/c   cooling pump system.  Thankfully access, for those components, is fairly simple on Gemini 105 series catamarans. The image shows three main components for the servicing.  #1 is the square rubber gasket with hole cut to fit the  #2 funnel so that the …

Alex RookerWinterizing our diesel engine Dec 8th 2016

Catamaran Cold Remedy

Eyes watering, nose running, and having an occasional sneeze- I knew I had a cold ! But what do you do when you’re on a Gemini catamaran tied to the dock in winter North Carolina weather? First, I convalesced for 18 hours by staying away from everyone but Diann.  Our bed has an electric heating mattress pad. (Now that’s one …

Alex RookerCatamaran Cold Remedy

Morgan’s PIE fund raiser breakfast Dec 10, 2016

Many folks looking for a delicious pancake breakfast before visiting Santa in Bear Plaza, taking in some shopping, and enjoying the many activities happening during the holiday season in historic downtown New Bern NC- found it at Morgan’s restaurant ! On the Morgan’s website, Don Brinkley, Partners In Education Board President explained, “This event is open to the public and …

Alex RookerMorgan’s PIE fund raiser breakfast Dec 10, 2016

Mr. Heater ™ BIG Buddy on our sailboat YachtAFun

Last winter, in Southport NC, the temperatures got down to 19 degrees at night.  One of Diann’s friends told her of the Buddy Heater which runs on propane. Yacht A Fun, our Gemini catamaran sailboat will be in New Bern NC for the winter of 2016.  We bought a “BIG Buddy”.  The darned thing does such a good job on …

Alex RookerMr. Heater ™ BIG Buddy on our sailboat YachtAFun