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The fun times aboard Liquid Therapy. With - Susan and Brooke Smith

16 December 2017 | Ft. Pierce Pelican Yacht Club, FL
14 December 2017 | Vero Beach City Marina
12 December 2017 | Vero Beach City Marina
10 December 2017 | Cocoa Village Marina, FL
09 December 2017 | New Smyrna Beach City Marina
07 December 2017 | Marineland
07 December 2017 | Marineland, FL
06 December 2017 | Palm Cove Marina
03 December 2017 | Fernandina Harbor Marina
02 December 2017 | Jekyll Harbor Marina
30 November 2017 | Morningstar Marina, St. Simons, GA
30 November 2017 | Morningstar Marina, St. Simons, GA
30 November 2017 | Morningstar Marina, St. Simons, GA
26 November 2017 | Isle Of Hope Marina
25 November 2017 | Port Royal Landing Marina
23 November 2017 | Port Royal Landing Marina
21 November 2017 | Port Royal Landing Marina

Passage - Vero Beach - Ft. Pierce Pelican Yacht Club

16 December 2017 | Ft. Pierce Pelican Yacht Club, FL
Brooke Smith
Friday, December 15, 2017
15 miles 2.1 Engine Hours
9:17 AM Underway
11:38 PM Docked Pier 2 slip 4 stern in starboard side to

Very short run today from Vero Beach to Ft. Pierce. We actually slowed down more than our usual slow speed to watch the spaceX Falcon 9 take off at Cape Canaveral. My calculations we were 68 miles from the launch site and I didn’t think we would see much. At 10:36 the thing took off and we could see it with our eyes and much better with our binoculars. I took a few pictures, but the rocket was just a dot in the middle of the screen. That thing really moved fast. Duh it was a rocket. And get this the first stage separated and then returned to the launch pad. It’s the 4th time that rocket has been used.

We arrived at the Ft. Pierce Pelican Yacht Club just before lunch and it was a real slip with forward pilings that had to be lassoed. At least there was no bad wind and a little ocean current was swirling around in the basin as the marina is located just inside the actual ocean inlet. Susan tended the stern and spring lines and the dock mistress came aboard and became Annie Oakley lassoing the forward pings. What a team. I have learned it is better for me to stay at the helm to jockey the engine to keep the boat in place while dock lines are being deployed and adjusted.

Wow did I mention the temperature? It was 75º ! Just perfect. No heat or AC needed. Just perfect. The yacht club marina is very nice and we have reciprocity with this club. I might put my collared shirt and kakis on and go in there tomorrow for social hour of dinner.

We walked a bit to the grocery store across from the marina. It is wonderfully stocked and not huge. Susan and I marveled as how many items they had in such a small family owned store. Too bad we had just replenished at Public in Vero.

We are staying here until Monday and have told our dock master that this will be our port of entry coming back from the Bahamas in March.

Today’s picture is the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. I blew the picture up and the spec became a little more visible. I wished we had still been at Cocoa to see the launch. That has to be spectacular.

Docked - Vero Beach City Marina

14 December 2017 | Vero Beach City Marina
Brooke Smith
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Got about 2 more ounces of water out of the Racor after our rocking and rolling passage Tuesday. I hope that is about all of it. Had a little harder time getting the air out of the fuel system because our fuel level is below the filter assembly. But I think it’s ok. We will find out tomorrow when I back out of the slip and the motor cuts off. Mostly confident that will not happen.

I’ve taken up a new hobby since we have been on board. I’m a magician in training. I am pretty good at making things, mainly tools, disappear in front of your eyes. That is pretty impressive. Problem is I can’t make them reappear. The biggest magic trick took three days of searching to find where I had made the “high water bilge alarm “ disappear. As hard as I tried I couldn’t make it reappear. I had marked and put the template up to cut a rectangle in the flybridge bulkhead. But, before I cut I thought I’d hold the assembly up to see if it was going to look ok. Magically I had made it disappear. I looked everywhere in hard to see places, under cushions, in the bilge, under the steps, all cabinets, all of the flybridge storage, the lazarette. Couldn’t find it. When I do this magic with small items, I just buy new ones and BAM the other object appears almost immediately. I really hope I get this magician thing down soon. It’s frustrating making things disappear and not be being able to say abracadabra and have the thing reappear. Maybe I need a magic wand. Yep, that’s what I want for Christmas. A magic wand!

Today’s picture is me staring out at the Atlantic - like all magicians do.

Passage - Cocoa - Vero Beach City Marina, FL

12 December 2017 | Vero Beach City Marina
Brooke Smith
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

55 miles 8.5 Engine Hours
8:09 AM Underway
3:11 PM Docked bow in port side to Slip 7

OK, we have been told that when you get to Vero, Fl you are past the cold part north of there. Tonight it’s going to be 47º. That doesn’t sound like shorts weather for dinner out either. I am getting tired of wearing the same pair of jeans and the few cold weather long sleeve shirts are getting too much use. We are staying here tomorrow too. Maybe it will be warmer.

Nice travel day from Cocoa to Vero down the Indian River. The wind picked up around noon and blew hard until after we docked. I measured 18 knots almost hitting us broadside on the starboard side of the boat. There were gusts higher than that but not sustained enough for me to get my hand held wind speed meter The Indian River is not deep enough to get too rough with wind blowing across it. Blowing straight up and down the river might be another story. But we had no issues. I overtook another barge with damaged boats piled on it. We also saw lots of boats blown up into the mangroves. Hurricane Irma did a number on this area of Florida. I don’t think it’s going to get better the further south we go either.

We tried to get reservations at the Yacht Club next door. The club I belong to did have reciprocity with the Vero Beach Yacht Club, but they had no space. So, we ended up next door at the damage recovering city marina. We passed the mooring field that was damaged and many of the mooring balls no longer exist. There are three boats rafted on many of the mooring balls. We were lucky to get a slip at the damaged dock.

We are going to provision some tomorrow. There is a city bus that picks up hourly at the marina. So, we will get to the actual Vero Beach area tomorrow and get to see the beach and hit the grocery store too.

Today’s picture is Susan on relief watch.

Passage - New Smyrna Beach - Cocoa Village Marina

10 December 2017 | Cocoa Village Marina, FL
Brooke Smith
Sunday, December 10, 2017
52 miles 8.2 Engine Hours
7:52 AM Underway
2:45 PM Docked bow in port side to Slip 24

Nice chilly ride today. 38º as we left New Smyrna with a north wind 10-15 MPH at our stern as we headed for some very long stretches of water with little or no turns. We saw lots more destruction of docks and homes as we headed south out of New Smyrna into the Mosquito Lagoon for 10 miles before taking a cut that dropped us into the Indian River. The rest of the trip was on the Indian River and will be so for many more days as the Indian River runs from above Titusville all the way to St. Lucie inlet about 95 miles to the south. The trip was pretty easy with the wind at our backs and the long stretches of steady headings. We did see our first manatee today in the cut going between Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River. The manatee was right in front of the boat and I was doing all I could do to keep from hitting him at dead idle. There are many manatees hit by boats and I didn’t want to injure one. I don’t think they are the smartest sea animal since they don’t get out of the way. Dolphins on the other hand are very smart and often play in our bow wake. Dolphins will also turn on their side and look up at you. Most of the time I can’t see them playing under the bow. But I hear them blowing air out and sometimes smell their breath. And, every once in a while they will actually jump into the air like you are at a show. Of course as soon as you pick up the camera they disappear.. Anyhow, I didn’t hit the manatee.

We pulled in Cocoa Village Marina just before 3 and got tied up. This place is nice, Their cable TV even works. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hooked up cable at marinas that say they have cable, and it doesn’t work. We really don’t care that much for TV. The little we watch is mostly with our Apple TV or locations that we get some antenna TV. But hey, since it’s working at the dock, I’m hooking it up.
We are planning on staying at Cocoa for two days. Although I’ve been informed there is a space launch on Tuesday. The guy says this marina is the perfect spot to watch rocket launches. So, we might stay 3 days instead of two.

You meet people that are from Virginia, or had their boat in Deltaville very often. But, Susan just met a lady in the marina bathroom that is from Old Church, Our neighborhood. How crazy is that?

Today’s picture is a terrible sight. A barge loaded with damaged boats about to meet the boat graveyard in Jacksonville. Sad.

Passage - Marineland Marina - New Smyrna Beach City Marina

09 December 2017 | New Smyrna Beach City Marina
Brooke Smith
Friday, December 8, 2017
51 miles 8.2 Engine Hours
7:01 AM Underway
1:58 PM Docked stern in port side to Slip 31

Early start 1 minute before sunrise with chilly mist. Three boats all pull out of the marina at the same time with Liquid Therapy in the lead. I really don’t like being the leader of anything. But, having other boats follow the path I have picked might have them wondering about my navigation skills. Well most of the time there is no other boat around and I shave off corners instead of following the center of the channel. It saves time and fuel. But, it’s not exactly pretty. When I meet another boat, I move over to the proper side of the channel. Or, when a boat comes up behind me I get all proper too. So, now I have two other boats following my path. Most of the time whoever is following me is catching up with me because we are a slow boat. For at least for an hour or so they are content to stay behind me while I pick our way though the haze and mist. Finally I slow down for a no wake area. The other two boats pass me. And then I’m free to pilot my boat anyway I please.
It’s supposed to get really nasty in the New Symrna, FL area. Calling for thunderstorms and high winds. That was initially supposed to start late this afternoon. That is why we started out just before the sun came up. And, then the forecast changed to 7PM for severe weather. Anyhow, we are tied up. I met the guy that was in the boat next to us at Marineland. He was supposed to anchor out at Daytona. He didn’t like the idea of anchoring in thunderstorms either and has joined us here at the marina.

We are staying at New Smyrna two days There is a farmers market tomorrow morning. We love farmers markets. I hope it is not canceled. At least it's not snowing.
Today’s picture is the view from our boat at Marineland.

Docked - Marineland Marina, FL

07 December 2017 | Marineland
Brooke Smith
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Just a nasty rainy day. 54º this morning and the wind is still bouncing us around in our slip. We have decided to run the 51 miles tomorrow in the 40% chance or rain. Rain doesn’t bother me too much. I have the entire route programed into the Garmin Chart Plotter and it will tell the Autopilot where to steer us in safe water, taking care of the cross currents and windage. Oh yea, I watch all of that with an eagle eye. But for the most part it is rather precise in keeping us in good water. There are errors in NOAA charts and you still need to use common sense and actually look through the windshield to make sure everything is where it should be. But like many airline pilots. I take off and land. The rest of the time I’m on autopilot.

Cold, so Susan baked cookies in our oven. Burned the bottoms. I made a cake some time ago in a tube pan and the entire crust was burned. I don’t think I like gas ovens. I contacted the tech department of this EXPENSIVE oven and he said people had put pizza stones in the oven to even out the heat. So, a pizza stone is definitely on our list.

I continued working on my high water bilge alarm system. I spent lots of time deciding where I wanted to mount the alarm. I decided the fly bridge is where I run the boat from and I would like to know up there that the boat is taking on more water than the bilge pumps can get rid of. So now I have to run wires from the fly bridge to the bilge. That takes lots of effort. Cutting a rectangle in the helm area for the alarm is what I studied mostly. Got to make sure there is nothing behind there that I ruin in the cutting process. Also getting things looking proper is not easy on a boat. I mean a pocket level just doesn’t do much good. Sometimes it’s just a good eyeball. If it doesn’t look good I blame it on the previous owner or a mechanic. Anyhow, I got the Dremel out to cut the rectangle and decided to procrastinate that another day and didn’t cut anything yet.
Today’s picture is looking through my helm windshield at the dock at 6PM. We get underway tomorrow morning 7AM.
Vessel Name: LIQUID THERAPY
Vessel Make/Model: ALBIN 36' DOUBLE CABIN TRAWLER
Hailing Port: DELTAVILLE, VA
Crew: BROOKE & SUSAN SMITH
About: LONGTIME BOATERS. SOLD OUR 33' CARVER IN 2002 AND HAVE BEEN BOATING ON OTHER PEOPLES BOATS SINCE. WE ALWAYS WANTED A TRAWLER AND SAID IT WAS TIME. SO, WE NOW HAVE A 1979 ALBIN. IT'S GREAT.
Extra: Headed south fall 2017 to Miami and then the Bahamas
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