Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Catching Up with Lab Partners; Boat Guests, Boat Projects & a Hurricane

Dec 11, 2018

It’s been a busy time; the months have flown past. So much, it is almost time to take Lab Partners (2.0) to Florida and finally finish our loop!!

But first – we have had a lot of boaters visit us by water and one by land! Boat Projects & the Hurricane in my next post.

We are not close to a major highway; almost no one comes by car. Being just off the AICW (Atlantic Intra Coastal Waterway) we do get our fair share of boaters to stop by and spend the night (or two) at our pier. We truly love having boat guests – they hang out with us, have a docktail and appetizer and then go back to their boat for the night. No fuss no muss!! Everyone has their own space and privacy. Bonus, no bed linens to wash for afterwards!!


New friends on their FIRST day of The American Great LoopIMG_1360

Old friends and multiple boats were a common thing!


Sometime it was dinner at the house.


Repeat visitors, this time in a trawler not the sailboat from 2 years prior

IMG_1409IMG_1414 (1)Canadians, we first met in Michigan, now towards the end of their Loop. We will go visit them in Canada!!IMG_1488IMG_1494A fellow Monk owner, who just so happened to need a part that Rip was able to fabricate for him while he was here!IMG_1483

Buddy boats traveling together

IMG_1516IMG_1518One boater came by car and stayed at the house while their boat was being worked on. Though we had been following each other (blogs/FB) for our entire loop (both starting from NC) we did not catch up until NY (for a split second) and then finally again in Punta Gorda FL.IMG_1550

We visited Loopers in Oriental NC when their schedule didn’t fit with stopping at our pier. We aren’t always convenient for scheduling but we’re free.

IMG_1563IMG_1575Cally LOVES boat guests, even more than us!!IMG_1673More Canadians!!!

IMG_1734IMG_1741We had the opportunity to meet new owners of a boat we used to own. It was wonderful to see her in such great hands and see how fabulous she looks again. We hope to see them (and her) again when we are in Georgia in March/April.IMG_1788

Some folks we didn’t know until they arrived at the pier. Through the network of AGLCA (America’s Great Loop Association) we are Harbor Hosts and have a private way to list ourselves and the availability of the pier.


Sometimes we had THREE boats at a time. Buddy boats Firestorm (the Paramedics), Gypsie's Palace (Pee Daddy & crew) and One Eye Dog (the rescue boat from the Benjamin Islands) all arrived at the same time. We are forever in debt to them all. 2 of the boats (OED & GP) are actually new boats to the owners we had not seen, yet. They are HUGE!!


Dockmaster Rip getting everyone settled as OED positions for rafting to GP


And, then there were three!! Glad it wasn’t windy!! Four boats at the pier was a hoot!!


Our dining space at the house was not large enough for us all to sit down to dinner – but the new Gypsie’s Palace was big enough!!


Some anchored out … when you write one of the “Go To” books on anchoring, well I guess you love anchoring!!


Buddy boats we first met on the Hudson. We will see them in Florida in February.


This boat was new to the owner; they were on a delivery trip to take her home right after their purchase.


Some folks were heading locally (ish) to check out their new home being built.

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Did I mention how much Cally LOVES guests??


Firestorm had time for a 2nd visit!!IMG_2208


Tadhana was able to stop by again when heading south for the winter.


That gave Rip time to fabricate another part!!



Gypsie’s Palace

One Eye Dog


Both GP & OED had time to stop by again when southbound, too


One of the highlights was music night … 4 boats, 8 people, 4 guitars, 2 professional singers and 3 dogs. We had a blast!!!


Docktails at the house (is that housetails??) before the music began.


And, then there were golfing buddies from our Annapolis/Mitchellville lives who just retired and returned to boating!!


WOW, so great to catch up again!!

We have had so much fun seeing new & old friends - it’s almost as good as being on The Loop … but not quite. Guess it is time to go back to the Loop!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Our Rosborough RF-246 Gets Upgrades

Dec 14, 2018
IMG_2170If you remember, Rip did a lot of work on the Monk before we started The Great Loop. All that work really paid off while on the Loop, making daily life on a boat easier and no mechanical issues stopping our Loop!!  It should be no surprise then, that he did a lot of work to the Rossi, too!! All this work takes planning, engineering and a LOT of forethought.
We bought a very well maintained boat in very good condition. However, no boat would be complete without the Rip Tyler’s tweaks. Rip has for worked over the last 9 months on mechanics, electronics, cosmetics and various fabrications.
Cosmetic: The boat was washed and stripped of all her prior name logos and green striping.IMG_1313 Interior was striped of palm tree stickers, pirate stickers, pirate boat model and palm tree valances. We did leave the bamboo shades. They may go next year. Exterior was waxed from top to bottom and then, new dark blue stripes and her new name were added.
If you have seen our previous boats, you know we prefer dark blue boats. This boat is an ivory color. BUT, she had green striping and green upholstery. That wouldn’t due.

Added back only the middle striping; leaving the top and hull clean. Added our boat name and hailing port. Less is more!
Added Dri-Dek to the cockpit. this helps Cally not slip.
Added carpet tiles to the interior with rubber underlayment. Again, so Cally wont slip


Corrected a steering issue that was apparently a manufacturing fault in the steering pump.
Adding an additional battery, Victron battery monitor and an Automatic Charging Relay.
New battery means new electrical work and cleaning up prior work correctly. Labels, too.
20180417_15495120180713_105212IMG_1261IMG_1264Adding an Inverter/Battery Charger from one of Rip's favorite online marine stores www.LessIsAlwaysMore.com (great prices and service).
Adding a Windlass (to drop and hoist the anchor) and new anchor; which means removing the bit (aka Samson Post) and cutting a large hole in the boat.
Adding multiple 12 volt plugs so we can charge phones, tablets, vacuum, radio, etc.

The little black things has 2 USB plugs to charge my iPad & iPhone while we are under way.
There are more on Rip’s side
Fixing a Propane leak / Adding a Propane monitor73AB4687-6ABE-475B-956C-2C37D0B0B82C
Added a fuel line for the grill to work off the main LP tank
Added a grill “stand”; a tray for the grill that attaches to the side of the cockpit
Added a rack to carry our kayaks or dinghy
Added a dinghy and adapted an electric kayak motor for propulsion
Adding a Raymarine Auto Pilot with a kill switch

Added AIS transceiver with wireless NEMA2000 gateway so we can see ship’s data and AIS on our wireless devices

Removing the little Garmin Chart Plotter and covering the hole for it

Installed fixed points to attach his Windows 8 Tablet and iPad Mini 4 for navigation software (in lieu of a chart plotter) and engine gauges

Installed a Yacht Devices Wireless Gateway so various electronics can talk to each other

Adding various gauges so we know what is and isn’t running

Repaired the 12 volt plug for the refrigerator and replaced the refrigerator door
Added a second Smart Plug shore power outlet.
Rip created 2 cockpit enclosures. One is screen material for when the weather is nice but there are bugs. One is make with plastic glass windows to protect us from rain and wind. Both consist of 5 panels plus 6 panels that stay in place regardless of which set is installed.
The most clever part is the storage system for the enclosure set not being used.
Created a “permanent” sleeping arrangement in the V BerthIMG_1845IMG_1851

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Created a “Day Bed” for daily loungingIMG_1883
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IMG_1937Created a table that articulates on a Laguna pedestal arm to various positions depending on the need
Recovered the cockpit bench seat and 2 helm seats
There are MANY small things done also; way too many to remember.
All this, just to go cruising …

All the projects Rip creates, makes, fabricates, engineered and/or installed saved us a lot of serious money. To keep supply costs as low as possible, Rip also researched each purchase. One of his favorite places for electronics & equipment is www.LessIsAlwaysMore.com. Jeff is very quick to respond (almost regardless of the hour), quick to match or beat prices elsewhere when given the chance and ships ultra-fast!! Our local fabric shop in New Bern, Mill Outlet, or www.SailRite.com are the go-to places for canvas & sewing supplies, www.Defender.com and of course www.Amazon.com are also utilized often.