Friday, September 30, 2011

Except a hangover... tried it,  just made me want a drink.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Beacon Won!

Seems that's the new name of CS Charters' new boat.

You may remember Capt. Bruce and the Bahama Star from an earlier post.

Got an email from Bruce today, showing the progress on Bahama Star's successor.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


When you have a few minutes... kick back, put on a headset or turn up the speakers, and listen to this... it worth your time.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Albino seal pup

Albino seal pup left all alone after being rejected by his family

A rare albino seal pup has been left in need of rescue after being rejected by his family.

With his bright pink flippers, light brown fur and pale blue eyes, this seal pup stands out from the crowd.
And that’s exactly his problem – just like the Ugly Duckling, nobody wants to play with him.
The rare albino seal has been rejected by his family and left to fend for himself... all alone.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A simpler time

Before Walt Disney World...  we found other forms of entertainment down here in Florida.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

This looks good...

 From Wikipedia:
The story involves a journalist named Paul Kemp, who moves from New York to work for a major newspaper, The Daily News, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Set in the late 1950s, the novel encompasses a tangled love story of jealousy, treachery and violent alcoholic lust among the Americans who staff the newspaper.
Go my attention.

The trailer...

Nice pic!

A friend sent this to us...  great photograph.

Last Shuttle "ENDEAVOR" flight from KSC - 5-16-2011. 
A seriously nifty photo of the shuttle launch, from the best
seat in the house!!! An F-15E Strike Eagle at 26,000 feet
- the protective combat air patrol for the launch.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hiatus from high seas exploits

In other words, Istaboa is presently tied up at a marina and is now our floating Florida Condo.
There's nothing to say, except... a one ana two ana.... now imagine bubbles floating through the air.
(bet some of you have no idea what I'm talking about... google Lawrence Welk)
And check out that bass player!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

We're still here...

We're just not up to much that seems blogable.

 Nope, not my pic. Not sure who took it but what a nice shot

Still working on a few projects... Got a new mattress , Yay!, so much better than the old one. Mel and I were actually alternating weeks on the good side of the bed because the bad side would kill your back any longer than that.
Angel, the gel coat guy, has done a nice job of repairing the few little cracks that have annoyed us for years.
Got a fellow who's going to put on a coat of wax on Istaboa to keep the topsides looking shiny.
And... got to pull Istaboa out of the water for a bottom job soon.

That's just the outside... The inside?

We refreshed the salon display with one that has the current HDMI/Ethernet/WIFI connections because we've added Apple TV. We haven't made it all work together yet, but I did stream a trailer of a movie in HD and it looked great. Also it allows us to be able to stream everything from our Itunes music library through the ships sound system and broadcast it anywhere on the boat we like. Wirelessly.... Pretty cool.
Clyde's Cake

Clyde, the dock dog, had his birthday party on Saturday. What an event!
Bob, Clyde's human, brought his new date, Tim. Yes, Tim is a female.
Yesterday we loaded a bunch of us up in the Albury and ran over to the Dolphin Bar for Bloody Mary's and brunch.

So... that's it... big time in River City, but we have to say it's been a nice time.

This morning I came across this article on the net that would seem bizarre, but it's about politics, mobocracy, or both actually... so bizarre is an understatement in reality.

Pirate Party Enters Berlin Parliament After Historic Election Win

Politics appears to have morphed into (and probably always has been) grown-up mutations of children's fairy tales. The Tea Party and the Pirate Party is like a mash-up of Alice in Wonderland and Captain Hook.

Ya think the whole world has Peter Pan Syndrome?  

Or maybe it's those flashbacks we were warned about in the 60s coming home to roost.

Saw this Tea Party furniture at Saks Fith Avenue in Palm Beach en-route to the Apple store.
Kinda trippy, huh?

Oh well, luckily, Crew Istaboa doesn't have to live in that world too often. Hopefully we can keep ourselves insulated. Like going to Dog birthday parties or Junkanoos at Compass Cay.

This morning the rains came early and have already left; now the sun is coming out. It's gonna be one of those sauna days.



Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ahoy me buckos

It's rained everyday for a couple of weeks... like clockwork, the afternoon heat arrives and a storm follows it. But, because it's so predictable, we can usually plan around it.
Today we waited till the first round finished before walking round the riverwalk and over to the Pirate Fest.

But... The pirates have overtaken our little town and look to be enjoyin' their liberities.

Arrrrr... Me town has b'n o'er run by pirates

They're runn'n round like a blithering bunch o' rats...

Fight'n "Smoke 'em if yew got 'em, matey!" an' drink'n like fools.
Even "Nancy-Pants!" fight'n their lasses.

More, "ya' blisterin' ol' barnicles", on page 2


Saturday, September 10, 2011

A One Man Mobile Studio At Burning Man

Today we got a few pirate pics at the festival, but haven't processed them yet. Nothing like this guy's photographs though.

Crew Istaboa's not the desert type... or the large crowd type, but I bet Burning Man would be a trip.

Check this guy out:
When acclaimed studio photographer Eric Schwabel goes to Burning Man he doesn’t leave his passion behind. In 2010 he took a clever hand built “light suit” to the massive festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert and captured the plethora of beautiful, colorful revelers in engaging detail. Below we catch up with Schwabel for an exclusive interview about his experiences on the dusty playa.
Article here... Eric Schwabel



Friday, September 9, 2011

Treasure Coast Pirate Fest

Coming up this weekend
Should be interesting.

Inventor Of The eBook dies

Nothing about boats or all that goes along with them.
For you old grey geeks out there... ARPAnet!... when was the last time you heard that?
Michael Hart has died at age 64.
It was announced today, on International Literacy Day, that one of the great pioneers of electronic literacy and the inventor of the e-book had died on Tuesday.

"If what you did yesterday
Still seems great today,
Then your goals for tomorrow
Are not big enough.”

Michael Stern Hart

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Watching the caulk dry...

Nope... we're not up to much. Having those maintenance issues dealt with in between rain showers. It's pretty hot after those bouts of rain due to the steam and the Florida sun. We're not complaining though... been catchin up on our reading (just finished the Stieg Larson Mellenium trilogy... it's good... Mel's nose down into Jodi Picoult's Sing you home... must be good too.) and doing some research... not to mention tussling with the folks at the Apple store in Palm Beach. (That's a whole other story to be told in person.) But yesterday as I sat inside Istaboa, watching the steam rise off the docks, I thought of Bagan; remember the 57 Nordhavn that did the Northwest Passage a couple of years ago? If you keep up with this blog you probably will. So I googled Bagan and came up with the trailer for the movie that has yet to be released. Too bad, it seemed to be such a good idea and a great adventure. A fellow named Sprague Theobald. Watch.

Then I googled a little deeper and found this video. Sights, sounds, and images of a world that most of us will never experience. I did go to Greenland years ago in another life, but I didn't see Narwhals or Polar bears.... Did hang out with some Eskimos though...( that too is a whole other story to be told in person.)
Interesting video.

Almost cooled us off just watchin this video—almost.

So, now it's back to watchin the caulk dry.



Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day

Just a few funnies for Labor day.

This one reminds me of Pickwick Lake in Tennessee; where we had a home and kept Istaboa for several years... There the real labor day weekend was the weekend after, when the locals would throw a party at Jon's Pier and party at the waterfall without the crowds.

Yesterday we took our friend Bob, his daughter Sarah. and her family out in the Albury to sight see and lunch at Fins in Manatee Pocket.

They're a nice family and it was a nice day.
We later saw Bob walking Clyde and he seemed happier that we've seen him in a long time.
They made his holiday and ours too.

Hope everyone stays safe going home.



PS: Very funny...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A baby

... had to put it up.

This will be a happy day at Compass Cay and Wild Tamarind. Will has flown back to the Exumas to complete the project at Wild Tamarind and repair the damage Irene inflicted on the system at Compass Cay. Tucker's very proud that his island will be the first to get their net back since the storm.
Gotta have net, especially in the islands where it's the only reliable form of communication.

Meanwhile back in Stuart... We've started the maintenance projects on Istaboa. 
All seams will be stripped and re-caulked, a fresh coat of polish over the entire exterior, and it seems that Florida Yacht Interiors and the infamous Chase Camacho will finally do a proper job on the soft goods.  If so... I promise to post the interior pics. 

After all that is done, we are hoping to return to the Cays. Life is much simpler there and we seem to fit in nicely.