Ya Ha Ha Ting

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

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
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Docked - Lighthouse Point Yacht Club

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


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.

Docked Port side slip B5 Bill Bird Marina, Miami, FL

06 January 2018 | Bill Bird Marina
Brooke Smith
Saturday, January 6, 2018

THE DC3s . I’ve been meaning to write about this for few days. You think I’m talking about a music group named the DC3s. But no, I’m talking about REAL DC3s still flying in and out of Florida. DC3s! You know the last DC3 was built in 1945.
So it goes something like this. There is lots of noise around this marina. In the sky helicopters, the guys flying the banners advertising things and I saw a marriage proposal being pulled behind a plane yesterday. Commercial jets, and private aircraft are flying around here a lot. But, I’m under the flybridge wiring panel working on my installation of the new high water bilge alarm and I hear the unmistakable sound of a large rotary gas engine. You know like an old world war two bomber or something. Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp engines sound really cool. I figured it was another promotional vintage plane. I slide out sit up and a DC3 is flying in from the ocean headed to Opa Locka Airport. I kind of stare in disbelief. Is it really a DC3? The kind like Ricky Nelson had? The DC-3 1935, unpressurized flying below 10,000’ , 207MPH ?? Yes. Yes it really is a DC3. And, this was not the only time I’ve seen DC3s flying overhead. There are obviously more than one flying in and out of Florida from the Bahamas or somewhere out over the Atlantic.
Wikipedia says “””Perhaps unique among prewar aircraft, the DC-3 continues to fly daily in active commercial and military service as of April 2017, more than eighty years after the type's first flight in 1935. There are still small operators with DC-3s in revenue service and as cargo aircraft. The common saying among aviation enthusiasts and pilots is that "the only replacement for a DC-3 is another DC-3".[26][27] The aircraft's legendary ruggedness is enshrined in the lighthearted description of the DC-3 as "a collection of parts flying in loose formation".[28] Its ability to use grass or dirt runways makes it popular in developing countries, where runways are not always paved.
Current uses of the DC-3 include aerial spraying, freight transport, passenger service, military transport, missionary flying, skydiver shuttling and sightseeing. “””Read about the DC3 here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_DC-3 Another interesting article about the planes I am seeing is http://www.michaelprophet.com/News_articles/OPS.html
Anyhow, I’ve grabbed my camera too late every time I hear that sound. But today’s picture is one of the DC3s that I finally got a picture of.
PS. Monday, we will be headed north 60 miles or so to Lake Worth to wait for a gulf stream weather window to cross to West End Grand Bahama Island.

Docked Port side slip B5 Bill Bird Marina, Miami, FL

02 January 2018 | Bill Bird Marina
Brooke Smith
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Dogs and Boats is today’s topic. Of course everyone feels sorry for neglected dogs shown on TV. Makes you just want to go out and adopt them. Well what about neglected boats. I feel that boats have souls and can get mad at you for neglecting them and then costing you a large repair bill instead of a vet bill. We are sitting next to a 47’ neglected Sea Ray named Captain Romeo. It’s almost new. But the lines are frayed and we are having a really strong wind storm from the famous cold front. Liquid Therapy is tied up correctly and has room to swing about. Poor Captain Romeo looks as though it would bash into the concrete dock behind it. No one has visited the boat since we have been here in Miami and the boat is a NY, NY boat. It’s kind of like a dog tied up on a rope with the owner not caring for the animal.

I walked over and looked at the forward spring line. It’s frayed badly. Should I adjust it? Replace it? Kind of like should I throw the dog tied up some food? No, the liability would be hell if the boat hit the dock AFTER I AFFECTIONALLY TRIED TO PROTECT IT. ($750,000 $800,000) I will have a talk with the dock master tomorrow. Kind of like complaining to the animal officers about a neglected animal.

Snooping around on my WIFI I have discovered Captain Romeo has a WIFI network called ipCptRomeo. The network icon looks like it is an iPhone with sharing turned on. So, the guy leaves his iPhone on his beautiful boat and that’s ok too.

Anyhow, anyone can buy a boat or dog. Abuse the dog and you go to jail. Abuse a boat and I guess it’s insurance abuse. But a boat has a soul and will get you back. It will!!
Today’s picture is the port bow line of Captain Romeo, also coming apart.
Hailing Port: DELTAVILLE, VA
Extra: Headed south fall 2017 to Miami and then the Bahamas
LIQUID THERAPY's Photos - Great Guana Cay
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Susan looking for sea glass on the Great Guana Beach
Great Guana Beach scene
Great Guana Beach - another beach picture in front of Nippers
Local chicken that I grilled. Much leaner and smaller than USDA chicken
AH, They use this Irish butter and New Zealand cheeses in many Bahamian dishes. We had the butter on pancakes I made this morning.
So, just how does the tanker truck get to the gas stations. On barge. The roads are only golf cart size. So, the tanker offloads at the marina fuel dock. Diesel went for $6.00 to $6.10 after the delivery.
Havana cigars. Wished I smoked. $12.00 each or $320 per box. Can
Great Guana Beach - tide is starting to come in.