Friday, April 29, 2011

Easter's past

So our stay in Memphis is coming to an end, it's been a fun but very stormy spring here.
Never been through 36 hours of continuous thunderstorms and rain... that was interesting and a bit scary at times. We fared well, but others were not so lucky. Almost 300 casualties and that number is still rising.
On a lighter note, we've had fun catching up with old acquaintances, some we haven't seen for decades. This has made us realize how much Memphis is our home... so the sale of Rocky Point is on hold.
But now it's back to Stuart and the new and improved Istaboa. We're excitedly anxious to see the new interior and will post pics shortly after settling in. We will soon provision for a nice long cruise in the islands. Can't wait.

Outbound Update:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Missing Stuart

Downloaded an iphone app today and edited a pic of the Riverwalk in Stuart overlooking the St. Lucie River with the Roosevelt Bridge in the background. Came out interesting. These iphone cams are kinda neat.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Very cool!

We've been keeping up (via Spot) with some friends aboard "Outbound", a Hatteras LRC, who at this moment are passing through the Panama Canal. Happened to look at just the right time and caught them in Miraflores Lock and actually watched them in real time on the Canal Web Cam website while locking down.
Did a screenshot.

They left Fort Lauderale 9 days ago and made a very bumpy straight shot from Key West to Panama. They're taking Outbound to her new home in Seattle.
Learned from them that if you can stretch your vessel out past 65', you get a transit slot faster than smaller vessel's. They just made it (their boat is 59') by using a very long anchor, every inch of the swim platform, and cheating a bit. This usually takes up to 2 weeks for smaller boats.
Guess size does matter.
Bon voyage, Outbound.



Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Scott and Mary Flanders... Voyage of Egret

Saw this on Trawlerblogs...
Some of you may recall from an earlier post; we had lunch with Scott and thoroughly enjoyed his stories and wisdom regarding circumnavigation in a small power boat. He's a very nice gentleman.
Below is a Youtube video of Scott and Mary telling their story in their own words.
This is the first in a series of videos and we have enjoyed them all.
We hope you do too.
Thanks to Nordhavn 7501 for providing them.

Monday, April 4, 2011

A friend sent this over... Looks like fun, but at $136,000.00 USD it's little out of reach for folks like us. Interesting though.

London (CNN) -- Bored of jet skis? Banana boat rides not floating your boat anymore?
Well, this summer you could be whizzing around on a Jetlev, a new water-powered jetpack.
It's taken over 10 years for its Canadian inventor, Raymond Li, to realize his dream and see his jetpack go on sale, but judging by the pictures it looks well worth the wait.
The Jetlev has three main components -- a lightweight carbon fiber backpack, a 10-meter hose and an engine unit which floats on the water.
The rest of the article is on page 2.