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Getting started
Beautiful and hot!
12/07/2008, Stuart, Florida

We're getting settled and have started cleaning and reassembing the boat. What appeared clean was in fact filthy once water was applied.

It seems that southern Florida has a fine, black ash in the air as a result of burning sugar cane.

Louise was thankful for the pressure-washer on board.

All the decks are now clean, and the exterior canvas (bimini and dodger) are installed.

We drove up to Melbourne, Florida this morning to purchase a sea drogue, and also found an unused Para-tech 18' sea anchor for $50.

Having just bought one on ebay for $800, I couldn't resist. You can never have enough safety equipment on board.

We also met many of the members of the SSCA and have decided to join this merry band of world cruisers.

Our son arrives in Fort Lauderdale in three days, and if things work out correctly, we hope to have everything ready to go within 7-10 days.

Florida at 26C
Sunny and hot!
12/06/2008, Stuart Florida

A busy two days with one evening in Macon, Georgia and a fine meal in the historic downtown, then an early morning start to Albany, Georgia to pick up our new watermaker (bought on Ebay) and another seven hour drive through the sunshine to arrive in Stuart at 4pm, just enough time to visit the boat and find our new accommodation, a rental house near the marina.

The boat looked in great shape with everything clean and dry and sparkling new countertops (Thank you Beneteau).

Lat night we celebrated our arrival with a wonderful meal at our local favourite restaurant and were in bed by nine.

I'm sitting in the kitchen bar of our new home using the Wifi, and enjoying the view of our backyard full of palms and blooming flowers.

It's going to be a great holiday!


12/06/2008 | Lise and Denys
Cool! Can't wait to read more of you two and see more pictures!! Enjoy! Denys & Lise
On the move!
Clear : +4C
12/03/2008, Harrisonburg, West Virginia

After waiting around for a week for Louise's doctors' appointment, which was always being cancelled/rescheduled we decided to leave Ottawa asap before the snow arrived.
Our wonderful friend and neighbour Dr. Gaston Sauve removed the last of Louise's stitches on Tuesday afternoon, and we left Ottawa this morning at 6am in a fully loaded Mini, c/w our new Thule bicycle racks on the roof with our new Dahon folding bikes.

We're currently south of Washington, DC on route to Albany, Georgia where I need to pick up the Katadyn 40E watermaker which I purchased on ebay.

The road (route 81) was clear and dry, the sun was brilliant, and we covered more than 1000 km, and are now hopefully south of the snowbelt.

We expect another long day tomorrow to Georgia, and then a easy day down to Stuart, Florida.

It's great to be on our way.

All the best....


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