Ya Ha Ha Ting

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

19 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
19 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
14 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
11 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
11 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
08 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
06 January 2018 | Bill Bird Marina
02 January 2018 | Bill Bird Marina
22 December 2017 | Bill Bird Marina, Miami, FL
21 December 2017 | Lighthouse Point Yacht and Racquet Club
21 December 2017 | Harborside Place
18 December 2017 | Ft. Pierce Pelican Yacht Club
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

Docked - Lighthouse Point Yacht Club

19 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
Brooke Smith
Friday, January 19, 2018
YES - STILL WAITING FOR A WEATHER WINDOW TO CROSS TO THE BAHAMAS.

Monday, January 21 is looking like the forecasted day for crossing. Although that window appears to be slipping to Tuesday. Those days are still too far out to be accurate. But at least those days that look promising.

So, I day before yesterday I touched up some of the brightwork varnish. I had done this earlier in Miami and the dew got on it before the varnish set up and it messed up. I also started refinishing the galley louvered door. The louvered doors are the most difficult to sand. Anyone that has been aboard Liquid Therapy knows there are water stains everywhere from it’s 38 years of window leaks and condensation. I’ve stopped most of the leaks. MOST of them. Wind driven rain causes some rainwater to come in SOMEWHERE. I’ve taken guesses at these leaks. But never really figured out where some of the leaks come from. But the cabinet, and inside stained wood refinishing has been at the bottom of the list of things to do as there is always mechanical and electrical updates as well as the regular maintenance. There are also day to day chores of laundry and meal preparations. Everything that is done easily and fast at home takes much more time on a boat. We do not sit around drinking coffee and reading all day long.
Yesterday, I did an engine room check as I’d not been in there a few days. Everything is ready. I added a little distilled water to the inverter batteries as they are worked a bit by the microwave and hot water heater. But, that was all I could find needing any attention.
Today’s picture is an absolutely gorgeous 65’ Fleming, Sweet Baby, at the end of our dock.

Docked - Lighthouse Point Yacht Club

19 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
Brooke Smith
Friday, January 19, 2018
YES - STILL WAITING FOR A WEATHER WINDOW TO CROSS TO THE BAHAMAS.

Monday, January 21 is looking like the forecasted day for crossing. Although that window appears to be slipping to Tuesday. Those days are still too far out to be accurate. But at least those days that look promising.

So, I day before yesterday I touched up some of the brightwork varnish. I had done this earlier in Miami and the dew got on it before the varnish set up and it messed up. I also started refinishing the galley louvered door. The louvered doors are the most difficult to sand. Anyone that has been aboard Liquid Therapy knows there are water stains everywhere from it’s 38 years of window leaks and condensation. I’ve stopped most of the leaks. MOST of them. Wind driven rain causes some rainwater to come in SOMEWHERE. I’ve taken guesses at these leaks. But never really figured out where some of the leaks come from. But the cabinet, and inside stained wood refinishing has been at the bottom of the list of things to do as there is always mechanical and electrical updates as well as the regular maintenance. There are also day to day chores of laundry and meal preparations. Everything that is done easily and fast at home takes much more time on a boat. We do not sit around drinking coffee and reading all day long.
Yesterday, I did an engine room check as I’d not been in there a few days. Everything is ready. I added a little distilled water to the inverter batteries as they are worked a bit by the microwave and hot water heater. But, that was all I could find needing any attention.
Today’s picture is an absolutely gorgeous 65’ Fleming, Sweet Baby, at the end of our dock.

Docked - Lighthouse Point Yacht Club

14 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
Brooke Smith
Sunday, January 14, 2018

WAITING FOR A WEATHER WINDOW TO CROSS TO THE BAHAMAS.

What to do? Everything is ready on Liquid Therapy. Fuel filters, Oil levels etc etc have been checked over and over. The oil level might be getting low from checking too much. You know every time you wipe off the dipstick you remove some oil. I’ve updated my electronic charts. We have so much food and water aboard that I told a guy on the dock we might have to rent a POD and pull it behind Liquid Therapy if we buy any more provisions. But we cannot control the weather and it does not look good for a week. Winds are out of the north until at least Thursday on the NOAA site and www.windfinder.com shows the next southerly flow to be next Sunday. That forecast is too far out to be reliable.
Yesterday I did put up a pulley and rope on the anchor mast so that I can fly the quarantine and Bahamian courtesy flag when we finally get over there. Today I’ll touch up the varnish on the brightwork and sand some of the cabinetry inside the boat. Liquid Therapy has lots of water stained wood inside that I’ve been trying to get around to for years. Well maybe I’ll get some of that done.
Today’s picture is looking back the opposite direction of the sunset. Everyone always looks in the direction of the sunset. Sometimes you need to look the other way.

Fueling and moving at Lighthouse Point Yacht Club

11 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
Brooke Smith
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Today I informed the dock master that we had decided to stay at Lighthouse Point Yacht Club until we get a weather window and leave from Hillsboro inlet. We had previously thought we would move further north to Lake Worth for the crossing. Hillsboro inlet is a longer distance, but may be a faster crossing having the gulf stream push us north. At Lake worth the distance is shorter but you are having to fight the gulf stream a bit.
The dock master assigned me a slip and so we moved into a more permanent location. We also asked if we could arrange for fuel and a pump out. The fuel truck was coming to fill up a 75’ yacht and the dock master was not sure that any fuel would be left. The fuel trucks are like the guys that deliver fuel oil to homes with furnaces. My guess I might be able to take on 80-100 gallons and that might not be a big enough amount for the fuel truck guy’s minimum. The dock master had scheduled the fuel truck for 3PM for the 75’ yacht. We would be 2nd if there was any fuel left or if the truck had to go get more.
A little after 3PM the fuel truck arrived but the yacht would be delayed and the dock master got us in first. Of course this had us get underway from the slip that we had just tied up to and got our lines just so. We left the lines tied to the dock so when we backed into the slip we would just have to slip the loops of the lines over our cleats and everything would be the same as we left it. We did that without too much fanfare or in the case of others watching you dock, docking watchers. Everyone watches everyone dock.
We topped off 70 gallons in the port tank and 53 in the starboard tank. That has us enough range to go to the Bahamas and back to the USA without refueling in the Bahamas. So, we are set to go.
We just need a weather window - and that is no where in sight with the approaching cold front.
We met some people from the Shenandoah Valley on the boat right behind us. How funny is that? We had them over for conversation and drink and ate with them in the club. It was pasta station night and it was wonderful. Some of the best food we have had on our entire trip. You know what we say,” The best part of boating is eating.”
Today’s picture is our intended route from Hillsboro Inlet to West End, Bahamas.

Docked - Lighthouse Point Yacht Club

11 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
Brooke Smith
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A little behind on writing - OK - today I got a diver to check the boat’s running gear and bottom for any slim on barnacle build up. Diver said Liquid Therapy only had a little slime along the waterline. The propeller, rudder, zincs and shaft were all good. We had been moving a bunch until December 21 when we were docked much of the time. Moving keeps the barnacles from having time to start growing. We also had fresh antifouling paint on everything while hauled out for the transmission repair. We have also been running in cooler water where barnacles do not develop
We also are having the ICW mustache cleaned off and the hull waxed. Liquid Therapy will look really good going into the Bahamas. I still want to touch up the brightwork but it keeps raining off and on.
I have been speaking with many boaters here at Lighthouse Point that leave for the Bahamas from the nearby Hillsboro inlet. I’ve decided that will be the inlet we will leave from as well.
It was Tuesday Taco night at the Tiki bar here at the marina and we had nice tacos and much needed conversations with others at the tiki bar. We are really enjoying Lighthouse Point.
Today’s picture is sunset at Lighthouse Point

Passage - Bill Bird Marina - Lighthouse Point Yacht Club

08 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
Brooke Smith
Monday, January 8, 2018

27.9 miles 5.9 Engine Hours
8:28 AM Underway
1:17 PM Docked Port side to face dock

Wow, 1st cruse if 2018. Short distance and slow speed through the high end real estate areas of North Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. This is the sea with the large yachts and we just cruise on by in our 36’ boat. I’m sure I saw some yacht that had a dinghy longer than out boat.
It was windy today and the water was whacky, blowing around the high rise condo buildings and mansions. Liquid Therapy would be in calm and then wham we got hit hard enough with wind to ride healed over like a sailboat. Wind was supposed to be 10-15 out of the east. But, the wind seems to accelerate around the high rise condos.
We only went 28 miles. But what a difference it is up here compared to Miami. IT’S QUIET. Miami is just plain noisy. Funny seeing Lamborginis, Ferraris and Rolls Royces mixed in on the highway with the regular traffic. Hey, it’s doesn’t matter what you are driving in the heavy traffic. You just aren’t going fast ANYWHERE in Miami.
And, now it’s quiet in Lighthouse Point, FL. Liquid Therapy is NOT bouncing around in her slip from huge show-off rude boat wakes or bad wind and currents of the Bill Bird Marina. No loud latin music blasting from boats. Only 28 miles north and It is calm. And, it has not been calm or quiet since December 21. So, we are enjoying this immensely.
Also, the people on the dock speak English. It is comforting to be back in the USA. Miami is not the USA.

So now what? We were just going to spend one night here and move up to Lake Worth to wait for a weather window. But there is no weather window for crossing to gulf stream in sight. So, I’m content to wait here until the weather improves. The yacht club has great food and the people are nice.

Liquid Therapy is ready for the crossing. We went to Aldi’s, Publix and Target yesterday and bought enough provisions for 6 months. Might need more chocolate as I’m already eating some of that we got at Aldi’s. But Liquid Therapy only needs the fuel topped off and a good weather day to head out into the Atlantic, gulf stream and the Bahamas. We are anxious.

Today’s picture is an ocean going tug loaded with bucket trucks. I think they are headed to Puerto Rico to work on the power grid there.
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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LIQUID THERAPY's Photos - ELBOW REEF LIGHTHOUSE
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Inside the Fresnel Lens
Door leading outside the lighthouse to the catwalk
View of the harbor at Hope Town
Another Hope Town view
staircase
window
lighthouse from the ground
Lighthouse information
The Elbow Reef Lighthouse
another shot of the staircase
the kerosine machinery. The Light Keeper puts kerosine in here and pumps up air pressure to push the fuel up to the mantle
The winding mechanism
kerosine fuel for the lighthouse. Burns two gallons per night
 
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