Sunday, January 24, 2016

Animal highlights

There were several animal highlights on this trip. One of them was watching the Brown Boobies and pelicans dive bombing at Cane Garden Bay. There were dozens of them in groups. They would swoop up in unison, and then rain down on the fish like arrows shot from the air.
This video is not ours, they are blue footed boobies, not the brown ones we saw, and there are more boobies in this video than we saw, however, the diving motion is the same. You can definitely feel the power of the dive, and sense the coordination among them.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Beating upwind

When I first told my mother about our plans to go cruising, she gave me a description one of her friends about sailing. She said:
Put on a full set of raingear. In one pocket put a peanutbutter and jelly sandwich, and in the other pocket put a $100 bill. Go into the bathroom. Turn on the shower to cold.  Go to the toilet and flush the $100 bill down the toilet. Stand in the shower and eat your sandwich. That is what sailing is like.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Guest Blog "my Christmas Vacation"

Written by Jane after visiting with us on Rhapsody for a week:

1.  The Sun shines most of the daytime.  When it rains, it does not last more than 5 minutes   
     and a rainbow often follows.

2.  Sarah and Bob are very cautious sailors.  The boat, "Rhapsody" handles the waves very
      gently, feels strong and sturdy.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Always learning

When mom was on the boat we asked her what surprised her the most about being on a boat.
She replied "The amount of things you need to know"

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This got us to thinking. We have been working towards this goal for almost 5 years now. We have been to boat school both for monohulls as well as catamarans. We have been to numerous boat shows and will continue to go to them whenever possible. We have read many books and watched videos and above all- asked questions whenever we sense a person who has some knowledge that we seek.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Internet frustrations

This trip was very frustrating in dealing with the Internet. In previous trips we had issues connecting, so for this trip we had purchased a WiFi extender, with the the promise of up to a 7 mile range. While it did greatly increase the range of the WiFi that we could access the vast majority of WiFi signals that we could pick up were locked or password protected.