Lots happened before leaving in November

Yacht a Fun, our Gemini catamaran continues to be our base of operations.  Our first trip south began from Oriental on Nov 10th of 2014.  It was bitterly cold.  This year, we were able to leave New Bern, NC on November 17th.  Out initial extended stay stop is to be Green Cove Springs near Jacksonville, FL You may find it …

Alex RookerLots happened before leaving in November

Swinging with Winter Storm Diego

This morning around 6:30 I could hear high winds and felt our boat being tossed about. The storm had arrived in full force and I needed to get up to see if our anchor had drug from the double force of rising tide and wind. Winter storm Diego is pouring snow in our home town of Hickory, NC. Meanwhile, we …

Alex RookerSwinging with Winter Storm Diego

Your Boat as a Business

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Alex RookerYour Boat as a Business

Lofrans Royal windlass on Gemini

Back in 2014, when Diann and I anchored our way down the ICW to Miami, my legs and back worked well for retrieving our 35 pound Delta anchor. The process was simple- hand-over-hand the 5/8 inch nylon rode was retrieved (as Diann motored slowly forward); then the twenty feet of 3/8” chain was pulled up. YachtaFun’s cleat did the work …

Alex RookerLofrans Royal windlass on Gemini

Apples and Bacon (with eggs)

New Bern Grand Marina folks had a party to celebrate Daylight Savings Time.   It can be said that boaters don’t need too much of an excuse to socialize ! Some two dozen folks shared a pot luck that ranged from chips and salsa to a baked shrimp and cheese casserole.  Diann and I chose to take fresh sliced apple sections.  …

Alex RookerApples and Bacon (with eggs)

Wind Driven Low Water

Friday afternoon of March 2nd 2018 saw a peak gust of 51MPH at nearby Cherry Point military base.  New Bern doesn’t have a tide- but it does receive high and low water conditions .  The Trent and Neuse Rivers rise and fall based on flooding rains, or wind strength and direction. New Bern Grand Marina and areas along the walkway …

Alex RookerWind Driven Low Water

Westerbeke Glow Plug Corrosion

My goodness, it has been a while since I last did a post. Unfortunately a tornado did substantial damage to a Hickory NC rental property on Oct 23rd. Dealing wilth all the issues has certainly taken my mind off blogging about boating. Yacht A Fun, our Gemini catamaran has fortunately been running well since pulling and reinstalling the Westerbeke 30B …

Alex RookerWesterbeke Glow Plug Corrosion

New Ritchie BN 202 Compass

When Diann and I returned from Florida on our Gemini catamaran, Yacht A Fun, we were offshore overnight after leaving Fernandina Beach. The catamaran’s original compass was illuminated but was so small that we had to lean over to read the dial. Leaning over to read the dial meant that we weren’t as consistent with our course as we might …

Alex RookerNew Ritchie BN 202 Compass

“Casa San Carlo” Morehead City, NC

Italian food in Morehead City, NC recently got a new venue. Casa San Carlo is located at 913 Arendell Street. The location is about a seven block walk from the primary marinas at the harbor. Diann and I left our Gemini catamaran, Yacht a Fun, and joined New Bern friends for a car trip to check out the food. We …

Alex Rooker“Casa San Carlo” Morehead City, NC

Revisiting the Royal James grill

Beaufort, NC has such a wonderful variety of places to enjoy a beverage. You might want to consider the Royal James bar / grill / pool hall on your next visit. The establishment is in the same place as when started in 1945.             Diann and I stop in regularly. Burgers are old style and …

Alex RookerRevisiting the Royal James grill