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Wet and wild!
Still blowing and getting colder!
12/14/2010, Hopetown

We awoke this morning to strong winds and 10C in temperature....even Louise was cold! (but not complaining).
Sipping my coffee with my warm socks and hat on, I decided to throw caution to the wind, and see if the on-board heating system works.
After four years of boat ownership, this feature had never been tried.
Start the generator, switch on the A/C main breaker, turn on the forward A/C unit (we have two, fore and aft), and select heat.....
Within ten minutes warm air is pouring into the main cabin, we're charging our main batteries at 70AmH, and turned on the hot water heater.
Within 30 minutes, it's warm and toasty!
Now all we need to do is wait for the sun to do it's job, and warm up the air outside!

12/15/2010 | Hany and Andre
We sure hope it is going to be warmer when we come!!
Keep warm!!
12/18/2010 | patsy
Marc-Andre and I just looked at your blog. Glad that you are now warm and cozy. Take care. Let us know when things warm up.......
Waiting for the wind to drop!
Cool and strong winds!
12/13/2010, Hopetown on Elbow Cay

With the wind gusting to 80kph we're hiding in Hopetown harbour getting tossed all over the place! Several neighbours have gone ashore to avoid the seasickness, and Louise is finishing up the stainless steel polishing. I've never seen such a lovely protected harbour so rough with whitecaps and howling wind. If our mooring line let's go, we'll be toast!
Lots of bright sunshine allows the solar panels to fully recharge the batteries, and all of my internet problems have been sorted out, so the current challenge is to find a safe and reasonable way to get our new dinghy from the west coast of Florida to Marsh Harbour..... it would be virtually impossible without internet.

The bilge is dry, the beer is cold and the sun is shining.... all is well!

Lovely Beaches
Rather cool... damn North wind!
12/08/2010, Hopetown on Elbow Cay

Safe and sound on a mooring ball with a cold NW wind blowing... socks and hat on, thinking about turning on the heat! (first time ever! probably won't work!)
Living on the boat results in finding new things that don't work... you don't know until you try them...
Fixed the wash-down salt water pump in the anchor locker, rebuilt the windlass, repaired 4 small leaks in the dinghy (just the valves really), fixed the dinghy anchor, and Louise has almost finished polishing the stainless steel!
So, with the job jar slowly emptying, we've got the opportunity to start to relax and smell the flowers....long walks on the beach, fine restaurants, a pocket full of sea glass, bicycles ashore ready for a trip to the south of the island if the wind can drop down a bit...
The Christmas lights are decorating the dodger, and we've just purchased a new dinghy on ebay which will hopefully arrive shortly via freighter to Marsh Harbour.... anyone interested in a great 10' RIB c/w 9.9hp motor?

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