Ya Ha Ha Ting

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

20 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
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
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02 January 2018 | Bill Bird Marina
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Docked - Lighthouse Point Yacht Club - BUT?

20 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
Brooke Smith
Saturday, January 20, 2018

YES - STILL WAITING FOR A WEATHER WINDOW TO CROSS TO THE BAHAMAS. BUT WAIT! THERE SEEMS TO BE A WEATHER WINDOW ON TUESDAY!!

Tuesday is looking really good right now. I certainly hope that holds. We had thought Monday and now that seems to be too windy. But Tuesday looks very light winds. So, that’s our plan for now.

We walked to the True Value hardware store ( 1 1/4 miles each way ) to get more sand paper and disposable paint brushes for my refinishing projects. That’s what Ive been doing to pass time. I’ve only done two louvered doors. Sanding those is very difficult. But now they look really good. Might start on the cabinetry tomorrow and Monday. But, there will certainly be engine room checks and last minute runs to the grocery on Monday. So, whatever sanding and varnish I get done tomorrow will probably end that project for a while.

While crossing from Florida to the West End Grand Bahama Island I will be setting off our www.finmespot.com device each hour until we get docked at Old Bahama Bay Marina, West End, Grand Bahama Island. I hope that doesn’t drive everyone nuts on Facebook. But, I’d like everyone to know where we are as we cross.

Today’s picture is a dragon in the sky. Well, that’s what I see anyway.

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
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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Brooke tending to the dinghy
Susan looking like Catherine Hepburn in African Queen.  I need to see that movie again
We had a squal headed to us while anchored last night. Pretty dual rainbows
Pigs hovering around us. We were just a bit intimidated this time. We are holding the Mechanicsville Local Newspaper and might submit this picture to them.
This one pigs was trying to say something to Suz while I was remotely taking the picture.
A live queen conch. It was really beautiful. Suz put it back in the water.
Suz also picked this live sea star up. It was alive so back in it went too.
Underwater shot of an orange sea star - down about 8
This yellow sea star was neat the orange one too
Me ( Brooke ) self taken picture
 
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