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Lemons Way
The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Life Is Not That Good
Keith, so hot and humid its not possible to understand unless you are here
06/06/2008, Oriental, NC

This afternoon we pushed it a little too hard by working in the boat until about 2:00 p.m. My eyes were not working right there was so much salty sweat in them. I was running a towel across my nice wood floors every few minutes to mop up the sweat it was so hot and humid. And Matt has to custom install every dimension of the equipment. Each side has to be calibrated, then set, then checked. Its quite mad in these conditions. I'm sitting there sweating like a pig thinking how many more steps until just the solar charge controller box is in. 50. Frankly, I couldn't afford what it would cost to do this sort of work on the market. And nobody in their right mind would do it at any price. Yes, slowly but surely, Tropical Dreamer is becomming a Green Machine. It's not elegant, but it is happening.

Morning Commute
Keith, hot and humid
06/06/2008, Oriental, NC

I am writing from the floor of the Bounder (Rebounder as my mom calls it) at 3:00 in the afternoon. This is Anne time. This is also break time. We head off to the boat in the mornings before it gets too hot, then back for late-morning break and meal, then back until it is too hot and sweaty to go on. Then back for a few hours in the air conditioned comfort, then back for a final session before the mosquitoes kick in. Working in the hot humid conditions is brutal. We are soaking wet in sweat after a session and it is an effort for me just to get up and check whether something is straight. Progress is being made, but slowly. During the last 24 hours, Matt has begun flush mounting the guages for the solar andwind systems. It is going to look sweet and very professional, but it takes a lot of time. I am religated to clean-up, handing tools, and holding things. Most of the time I am too slow to be of use. My separate projects for now are sanding the bottom of the boat with 80 grit paper to prep it for new bottom paint and removing the old letters in preparation for the new letters. I'm making slow progress. This morning I was so blue from ablative bottom paint sandings that the kid at the hardware store called me a smurf. Some sort of running joke here. Still another round or two of sanding to go before it is time to think about putting paint on. I'm also pretty much responsible for making sure we are fed and that the dogs are cared for. So I'm not looking for suggestions for good books just yet.

06/05/2008

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Keith, cool morning
06/05/2008

The mornings are really nice here before it gets hot and humid. I took a long walk with the dogs through town and around some neighborhoods. There is everything in Oriental, from trailer homes to mansions. It is really beautiful here. I can see why so many people cruise here and then stay for retirement.

Morning Web On Scooter
06/05/2008, Oriental

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Matt Doing Measurements
Keith, hot and humid
06/04/2008, Oriental, NC

You see things on the boat when you really start working on it that you never even noticed before, good and bad. Generally, its in great shape. But there are most definitely projects to be done. One way or another, it is likely to go in the water before the middle of the month. More about that later.

Initial Hydrovane Drawing and Data
Keith, hot and humid
06/04/2008, Oriental, NC

We don't have a scanner on the motorhome, but I do have a camera that takes good close-ups. This is one that we sent off via e-mail to the guys at Hydrovane. Supposedly, if we give them the measurements they need, they will design a schematic for our particular installation. There are a few complicating factors on my boat, most notably, the dingy and davits. But the Hydrovane is supposed to be able to work fine even if installed to the side, so it should't be an insurmountable problem. We've already been up on the boat once today taking measurements, then a trip to West Marine to see what parts they have that we might need, then a session back at the Bounder on the internet looking for parts, lunch, and now we are gearing up to head back to the boat for another session of planning and measuring. The main projects are the solar system, the wind generator, and the Hydrovane mechanical self steering. My cell phone reception here is spotty at best, but I do seem to be able to receive and make calls some of the time. Matt and I are both connected the internet so skype phone and video work, moreso on his computer then on the verizon network, which works at about dial-up speed, maybe a bit more. Our Bulgarian, American, Israeli friend called just a moment ago. Dragon's away.

The View From My Bedroom In Our New Home In Oriental
Keith
06/03/2008

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Our New Home In Oriental, NC
Keith, nice
06/03/2008

Unfortunately, our perfect spot at the marina was not to be for long. Mrs. Deaton came out and informed us we just couldn't stay for two weeks living in a motorhome behind the marina office. She gave us the number of a RV place. It is right in the middle of town in a nook I didn't even know about or I would have arranged to stay here sooner. It is a gated, self-storage place (good for the dogs) right off the main road of town (which isn't a very busy road at any time of day). We are a 1 minute scooter ride from the market, restaurants, and various other services. The marina is a 3 minute scooter ride away. We will be commuting there daily to work on the boat. It turns out the scooter was an essential element of the adventure after all (yea!). The town dock is within walking distance. Here we have electric, water (we do a lot of dishes), sewer (which we didn't have, and needed), and a measure of security (not that it is needed in this town). The neighborhood isn't as grand to walk the dogs in, but there are a lot of open spaces around here. I think its also important that we are paying to stay so nobody has any hard feelings. $180 per week. $360 for the two weeks we plan to be here. That's like $27 per day. A bit steep, but that's what it is. Our new home in Oriental. If I've ever wanted to live in a small town for a while, now is my chance. The only other RVer living in this place is Keith, the older gentleman down the way there. He has an Islander 36 and just returned from 5 months of cruising to the keys. We'll have lots to talk about I'm sure.

Morning Walk With Jake And Anne
Keith, cool, drizzley, and humid
06/02/2008, Oriental, NC

I've started taking nice long walks with the dogs in the mornings and evenings when I'm up to it. The neighborhood around the marina is incredibly idyllic. Beautiful houses, green lawns, views of the water, calm. It is the best part of the day and the dogs love it, especially Anne. This morning we came across three old ladies who came prepared with dog treats.

 

 
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