"Not only is the universe stranger than what we imagine,
it is stranger than what we can imagine."
Sir Arthur Eddington

Back on Board

  •  1/11/2020
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We flew back to Antigua and Kalunamoo on January 7 after our Christmas “vacation” in New York. It was a time of family reunions, dinners and visits with our NY friends (including cruisers we met on our various voyages) and, of course, our doctors. The weather cooperated as there was no snow and temperatures was just above freezing. The later is still too cool for me but I guess that is what overcoats are for. We don’t keep any on Kalunamoo. The above photo montage is a reminder of only some of ...
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Right Parts, Good Friends, Wet Weather

  •  12/13/2019
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The right freshwater circulating pump arrived a week after it was shipped from Belgium. The typical “two week” island job actually took four weeks, which is really quick. The parts were shipped from Belgium to Memphis TN to San Juan and then Antigua, cleared customs, delivered locally and installed. And the best part is that the engine works. Sometimes, all you need is a little faith. The quick shipment demonstrated how much of the world is instantly connected. Of course, there are still many a...
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Fresh water circulating pump

The Social Whirl

  •  11/24/2019
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We have been in Antigua for 2 weeks and it has been a social whirl. Marine Power Services has pulled the freshwater circulating pump on our Volvo engine: totally seized bearings and internal wear. The problem was positively identifying the correct Volvo part number on the 30 year old engine. Yesterday the parts were ordered, and we hope that they are the correct parts. I also hope that they arrive and are installed before we leave for Jolly Harbor. Fixing boats in exotic places? Absolutely! Cru...
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Kalunamoo under sail entering Bequia

Sailing Purists

  •  11/11/2019
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We all know them. Those sailors who despise the fact that their vessel harbors an “iron jenny” that consumes an inordinate amount of a cruiser’s kitty for fuel and somehow deflates the sailor’s ego of relying solely on wind power. They strut up to the local watering hole proudly stating that they used only 3-4 litters of fuel for their circumnavigation of the world.  Only because the girlfriend demanded to run the engine alternator to blow dry her hair. Wallowing around for days in the doldrums,...
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The Kids at Power Boats

Traveling from Trinidad, Bequia Beckons, Making for Martinique, Anticipating Antigua

  •  11/4/2019
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Getting underway after a long port stay is always a little stressful. Four months in Trinidad, much of it on the hard, is definitely a long port stay. We got our inside deck refinished and many small projects completed, but the hurricane season is ending and it is time to sail north. Boat systems not used for their own purpose wear regardless of use. Contrary to logic, but the less they are used the more problems they cause. It is this that causes the stress of the “break in” first cruise. Break...
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Docked at Crews Inn

Hobbies

  •  10/21/2019
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Kalunamoo is in the water in Trinidad and we are aboard getting ready to island hop north. The plan is to get to Antigua before Thanksgiving, meetup with cruisers we know coming down from the states with the Salty Dawg Rally, and then hang around for a while before flying back to NYC for Christmas.  We stay in a marina here for at least two weeks to get Kalunamoo set up for the cruising season. All systems look good, although the dripless shaft seal needed adjustment as soon as we hit the water...
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