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

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