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

23 January 2018 | Old Bahama Bay Marina, Grand Bahama Island
22 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
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
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

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

23 January 2018 | Old Bahama Bay Marina, Grand Bahama Island
Brooke Smith
Passage - Lighthouse Point Yacht Club - Old Bahama Bay Marina, West End, Grand Bahama Island
67.2 NM 12.0 Engine Hours
6:45 AM Underway
4:40 PM Docked Port side to slip C-17 Old Bahama Bay Marina, West End, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas

We made it. Long day. Tired. Was not dangerous. Was ROUGH.
MORE TO COME. I was in the Customs Office when the sunset. So here is a picture of the deep blue sea of the gulf stream

Monday, January 22, 2018

22 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
Brooke Smith
Docked - Lighthouse Point Yacht Club

OK, Now we are getting excited about leaving on Tuesday. The weather looks like it will be good all day long to get to the Bahamas. I’ve done all my chart plotting and we will be steering 90º to make 65º. That’s right the gulf stream will be sweeping us north as we steer due east. It’s 65 NM of open ocean and at 6.5 knots that is 10 hours in the Atlantic. However, with the push of the gulf stream we will probably make about 7 knots lowering our time to about 9.5 hours. I went up to the Garmin Chartplotter and switched out units from Statue Miles used in the ICW to Nautical Miles used everywhere else in the world as far as I know. I reset the odometer on the GPS 1-1-18 and it said we have traveled 28.4 statute miles so far in 2018. After changing the units on the GPS it now says 24.7NM so far for 2018. I will stay with the Nautical Miles Units until we rejoin the ICW in Ft. Pierce.

Yesterday, I packed up all the sandpaper and brushes and will resume varnish work some other time. Susan and I borrowed the Dock Master’s car and went to Publix to get even more food. I’m sure we will not eat most of what we have. We may donate it to a shelter when we get back to Virginia.

I started working on the Bahamas Customs forms that I printed out today. Some of their questions I’m just leaving blank until I speak with the Customs officer in the Bahamas.

Anyhow, we are looking like we will be departing early Tuesday morning if the weather forecast holds. I will be setting off my www.findmespot.com device every hour tomorrow as we cross. So, those of you with Facebook will get that notification. We MAY be also be tracked on www.marinetraffic.com by searching for vessel “Liquid Therapy”. The coverage for www.marinetraffic.com has many gaps so you will only see this when our boat is near a shore station repeater.

Today’s picture is me, Jonathan and Susan taken Wednesday night by Eric Beare. Jonathan and Eric came for pasta night and to celebrate Susan’s birthday.

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.
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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Neptune, Marineland
Charles Bronson, Commissioner of Food Safety, says wash your hands. Hey is the the same guy that was the actor in the movie "DEATH WISH" ? This sign is over the sink in the MEN
Manatee - We are seeing lots of these. But they are hard to spot
Laundry day on the tug. I
Palm Coast is a subdivision with canals instead of streets. I
Susan and I took a kayak tour last night. Much fun.
You probably can
People camp out on these small islands all around down here along the ICW.
Island with migratory birds.
 
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