Madcap Sailing

06 April 2016 | Riverside Marina, Ft. Pierce, Florida
23 March 2016 | Riverside Marina, Ft. Pierce, Florida
20 March 2016 | Vero Beach, Florida
16 March 2016 | Vero Beach, Florida
12 March 2016 | Key West, Florida, USA
07 March 2016
06 March 2016 | Key West, Florida, USA
06 March 2016 | Key West, Florida
05 March 2016 | Key West, Florida
04 March 2016 | Marquesas Keys, Florida, USA
03 March 2016 | Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, USA
28 February 2016 | Puerto Isla Mujeres Marina, Mexico
27 February 2016 | Puerto Isla Mujeres Marina, Mexico
13 February 2016 | Teotihuacán, near Mexico City
12 February 2016 | Mexico City
11 February 2016 | Mexico City
07 February 2016 | Isla Mujeres, Mexico
05 February 2016 | Puerto Isla Mujeres Marina, Mexico

More Learning Experiences

07 January 2010 | Fernandina Beach, FL
Beth / 34F this morning and sunny (high of 52 expected)

I had a great time Tuesday night at the Island Art Association Portrait Drawing Workshop. A group gathers every Tuesday night and my friend, Tina, is a regular. According to the association newsletter, there are lots of other opportunities to get involved in various classes and groups. I'm not sure that portraiture is my thing (in fact I'm pretty sure it's not!) but the group was so friendly and welcoming that I'd go back in a minute. With Tina's encouragement, I'm going to be quicker to get out my art supplies along with my camera and pen as we travel this winter.

Which leads me to the next learning experience ... another interruption in travel.

When I got home, it was to find a discouraged husband. While Jim had been happily reading his book, he heard the water pump start up and keep running. Since there were no taps turned on, it was a puzzle. As he pondered the cause, and then followed the sound, he traced it to the hot water tank. Upon opening the locker where it lives, he discovered that it was belching steam - like our own resident dragon. It turns out that the temperature must have gotten too hot and the escape valve was doing it's proper job, but why?

After some sleuthing yesterday by Jim and Ken (Oz) they determined that one of our water tanks was not filling properly. The vent line was blocked by backed up water from the other tank. Then, of course, it would run out of water too early. (We had already been curious that we seemed to have to switch tanks far more often than we'd expected.) That's what happened here we think. The hot water tank didn't have enough water pumping in and what was there got overheated. They did a simple fix on the vent hose for now, but we'll probably have to put in dedicated fill holes and vents for each tank later on. And if the dragon starts up again, we'll know we have a different problem entirely.

So the upshot of all that was that we didn't leave yesterday! Instead, after all the fixit work was done and the boat put back together, we took the advice of the many friends who said "Avatar" is a must see, and went to the movie theatre. Wow!! You were all correct! It is a truly amazing film and must surely be stretching boundaries in the movie business. The photography/scenery is astounding; the story has all the elements of any good story - adventure, battles between good and evil, love, tragedy - and lots of humour in the stereotypical characterization and names. It's done with amazing 3D animation and an imagination that combines elements of history and future into a remarkably entertaining story. We add our voices to the "Go see it!" group.

It has warmed up a little here and the wind has dropped. The pelicans that were huddled in next to the lounge building trying to keep warm have moved back to the pier.

Right now, (8:30 am Thursday) our keel is still nestled in the mud but as soon as the tide rises enough to float us, we'll head down the ICW in the direction of St. Augustine. It will be good to be on the move again.

Vessel Name: Madcap
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Crew: James D Bissell (Jim) and Elizabeth Lusby (Beth)
About: Beth and Jim have spent the last several winters sailing southern waters on s/v Madcap. They love Halifax in the summer, but plan to spend the winters exploring warmer places - currently the Guatemala, Belize, Honduras area.
The Madcap crew left Ottawa in 2007 to go sailing in the Bahamas. After a highly successful year, they returned to Canada, settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in the fall of 2009 they left to do it again! Journey #3 (2010/11) took them back to the Bahamas and then on to Cuba for several weeks [...]
Madcap's Photos - Mad Cap Sailing (Main)
11 Photos
Created 6 April 2016
13 Photos
Created 6 April 2016
5 Photos
Created 6 April 2016
6 Photos
Created 9 March 2016
11 Photos
Created 9 March 2016
23 Photos
Created 25 February 2016
18 Photos
Created 21 February 2016
31 Photos
Created 20 February 2016
4 Photos
Created 20 February 2016
20 Photos
Created 19 February 2016
7 Photos
Created 9 February 2016
51 Photos
Created 24 November 2015
12 Photos
Created 28 October 2015
16 Photos
Created 9 October 2015
24 Photos
Created 3 December 2013
our Oct/Nov 2013 trip to New Zealand
36 Photos
Created 22 November 2013
9 Photos
Created 20 January 2013
Guatemala pics starting Nov 22, 2012
43 Photos
Created 6 December 2012
54 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 8 November 2012
trip to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park (via Las Vegas)
23 Photos
Created 4 November 2012
20 Photos
Created 1 November 2012
18 Photos
Created 12 February 2012
43 Photos
Created 29 January 2012
62 Photos
Created 19 May 2011
21 Photos
Created 19 May 2011
76 Photos
Created 19 May 2011
8 Photos
Created 19 May 2011