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cruising, vb, kroozing, working on your boat in exotic locations around the Caribbean....Dudley and Becca
*REBECCA OF VINEYARD HAVEN*
Becca
01/25/2011, Port Louis Marina Neighbors

We were lucky to have met Pam and Brian, owners of this gorgeous 72' Gaff Foresail Schooner on the bus careening around Grand Anse the other day. They were sweet to invite us for sundowners and a photo session onboard *REBECCA* and she IS a work of art! She was built in Vineyard Haven @ Martha's Vineyard!

Pam and Brian were delightful as well, and you can meet them too! Just type in Rebecca of Viineyard Haven on your browser and she's available for charter!

It's very nice to be surrounded by the rich and famous here at Port Louis Marina! Feeling very cool...

Dudley and Bec


”We’re SO sorry Altair!”
Becca
01/22/2011, Port Louis Marina, St. George

We had no idea we would leave Altair for so long! We really should've prepared her better for such a long respite because she is a complete mess!

All the canvas was off so she was naked, sunburned in fact, and we could sort've see the black stuff running down the hull, not the usual vertical rust stripes! The worst so far was what we could not see at 11p last night! We arrived with 5 duffle bags that were stuffed to the point of bursting their seams with the 'stuff' we had to have from the states, so we couldn't move. We had to share the space with the dodger frame, all the cockpit cushions, jerry cans and now this.

We had a broken hinge on the old, decrepit center hatch which was a long time coming, our dingy was flat as a pancake and we were greeted by stinky, black, persistent and rampant MOLD EVERYWHERE!!!

It was too late to do anything now, there were sheets on the bed so we crashed in what we imagined to be a fluffy, thin veil of mold under our resting bods.

HOLY COW!!! Guess we should've gotten some damp-rid buckets, ya think?

Dudley and Bec


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Traveling by Car...not boat!
Becca
07/30/2010, Ocala, Florida

I know this sounds strange, but it feels surreal being back home, in a house, driving a car to the market, picking up the phone when it rings! It's pretty darn fabulous really, just strange.

We are now going to get in a car for 6 hours and that's strange! No waves under us undulating and slapping at our hull...no wind having it's way with us where we need to adjust to it...and surely not nearly the stress of thousands of cars you must trust to stay in their lanes and have some courtesy 'of the road'. This is all lip service, because we are in Miami after all, where it seems everybody is out for themselves and down right scary! Ok, so we've been away from reality for 3 years and maybe, just maybe that's the scenario.

We have so much to do, so many family members and friends to assure we love them still, even more because of the amount of time! We have no idea where to begin with the mess in our home with the flood, clearly from upstairs, State Farm canceling us in December and contractors...UGH!

I think what I'll do is give a recap for each month since we aren't sailing! We usually do get invited to sail with our friends from the Coconut Grove Sailing Club where Dudley is a life member, we'll just have to wait and see!







Dudley and Bec
S/V Altair
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We need to assess the damage!
Becca
07/29/2010, Miami, Florida...on land...

It really nice to be home, but the reason is not! We have water damage in our two story townhouse and we're going to have to figure it out! Altair is always a work in progress and it's always nice to come home for some 'luxury'. We love the crusing lifestyle, the simplicity, living simply so others may simply live, my motto for about 40 years...but it's nice to have a fridge, a real shower with a glass enclosure and hot and cold running water. Then there's an oven, a car (well, not until we get it from our son's in West Palm Beach), tall ceilings, spaces for computers to live without having to break them down and stow them away each time. There's cable, high speed internet, mailmen, family and friends! The best for last, of course!!!

Speaking of family...we are renting a car to go to our Grandson's house warming tomorrow in Ocala...a 6 hour drive! This is his first home, his first job as a firefighter ( 3rd generation by the way) and the reason we didn't stay for CARNIVAL, Grenada style! Family rules!

And we thought we'd just take some quiet time and deal with the repairs on the house...NOT!!!

Becca


Now this is a Welcoming Site!
Becca
07/27/2010, Stiltsville...Miami 3 miles away!

We wanted to arrive home before hurricane season cranked up and we did with these icons marking the entrance to Biscayne Bay before us.

Stiltsville is an historic site going back to the days of prohibition! The wealthy connived a brilliant plan to be just far enough offshore in these very clever, very colorful, luxurious escape pads.

Sailing thru the markers guiding mariners past the shallows where these monuments of the daring built their dream homes, gambling houses, party palaces on stilts is humbling. Our adventure was exciting this historical site was thrilling X 12.

It's comforting to be home and that's what these gems represent for us...but we are emotionally split with the imaginary tug the Caribbean has upon us with our native friends, flora, fauna and cultures, and the lure of Miami with our dear friends of old and family's welcoming hugs!

Dudley and Bec

Just TWO more days...
Becca
07/26/2010, Port Louis Marina, St. Georges, Grenada

We have so much to do! We need a transformer...no ll0v on the dock anymore; clamps for the Yamaha almost done to secure it the stern rail mount; sails down and stowed, change oil and tranny fluid, pack, and a list that would take days just to list and too boring to share! Tons!

Everybody has offered to keep an eye on Altair while we're gone, but it's our home away from home and it's still hard to leave her with just the solar to operate the bilge pumps! That's all that's running and there's just not enough time to have Southern electric make up the cables!

We did make time to have a bon voyage gathering at the pool! Carolyn and Danny came up from their snug spot @ Whisper Cove and another good time was had by all!

Whewwwwwwwwwww....it's gonna be good to be home for some quiet time! This is very active business! We thought we were very social folks, but this is nuts! Good NUTS that is!

Becca


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