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22 January 2014 | Vieques and Culebra, Puerto Rico

Boat Projects in Exotic Sounding Places

08 November 2012 | Oriental, North Carolina
Katie, too cold
Besides weathering Hurricane Sandy, I have weathered living on Mezzaluna with Hurricane Jeff whirling about on multiple boat projects simultaneously. It is true, living on your boat is just working on your boat in exotic locations, as long as you consider Oriental, North Carolina an exotic location.
Our life raft arrived here the same day we did and got mounted on the boat straight away but we're still looking for a place to stow the extra solar panels that were stashed where we now have the life raft.
Once Hurricane Sandy passed, Jeff got started on the Mezzaluna Metropolitan Sewer Project which spilled over into about 3 days. Some hoses in the head need to be rerouted and replaced and unfortunately, one of the hoses that got opened was full of something you don't even want to know about. Talk about a stinky mess.... We went through a lot of bleach, water, various cleaners, and air freshener, including sautéing onions and garlic to make Mezzaluna inhabitable again.
Next was reconditioning the batteries which, much to our dismay but not surprisingly, did little to improve the output of Mezzaluna Edison. Butch, the assistant dock master live aboard, called Chuck, the local electrical go-to guy who stopped by and found that the charger part of the inverter was shot, one battery was completely dead and another was operating at less than 30%. So, Mel, a marina live aboard mechanic whiz, offered to make a run with Jeff to West Marine in New Bern, which is 30 miles away, for a new charger which was promptly installed in the aft cabin. After Jeff did some battery research, Mel again offered to provide transportation, this time to Sam's Club in Jacksonville, which is 60 miles away. We bought six 12 volt AGM batteries for our house bank and another one for the starter battery along with a cart full of things that were not on any list but once there we decided we couldn't live without. Since the old battery compartment held only 5 batteries it needed to be rebuilt. Finding the necessary tools and supplies required ripping any remaining put together part of the cabin apart to find the tools and excursions to the hardware store and local West Marine to buy supplies. Luckily the Whittaker Point Marina courtesy car and/or Mel were available so we could make the necessary trips.
As Jeff was industriously working on the battery project, I got a call from a delivery company that the mattress we ordered at the sail show in Annapolis was arriving at the City Dock in Beaufort, NC in 10 minutes and I needed to be there to sign for it. Just a bit of an impossibility as it's a day away by boat and a bit more than an hour away by car, if you have one. A few phone calls later arrangements had been made for it to be held there until the next day. Mel came to the rescue again, when he offered to make the drive down to Beaufort in his truck with me so we could pick up the mattress. I was a bit wary when I saw the size of the box as to whether or not we'd be able to get the thing aboard, but Jeff, with a little help from Gary across the dock, maneuvered the mattress aboard and into the fore cabin without a hitch. With a few acrobatics and sheets hot out of the dryer I had the bed made and we had a restful night's sleep when we returned from Music Night at M & M's in Oriental.
Since the temperature has dipped into the low 40's we've had Mel, as well as a service guy from another marina aboard helping Jeff in several attempts to recommission the Webasto heater but so far it's no go. Fortunately, Lynn and Steve from S/V Celebration (who headed out for Virgin Gorda and warmer climes this morning) gave us a little electric heater that I'm sitting next to so I don't freeze to death.
We had Bob, the IT live aboard guy in the marina and his dog Sweeny, over to look at our WiRe internet booster which has not been working reliably since we left Wisconsin. He determined that the problem is due to product malfunction, not operator error. The good news here is that we are not incompetent, the bad news is now we need to contact the company and figure out how and where to get it fixed so we have reliable internet access.
The heater and internet booster projects are going on hold as Jeff is busy finishing up the sail rigging, mounting the safety equipment, and getting all our gear stowed back away so we can head south tomorrow morning chasing some warmer weather.
Vessel Name: Mezzaluna
Vessel Make/Model: Baba 40
Hailing Port: Bay View, WI
Crew: Jeff Anderson & Katie Lauritzen
Although relatively new to big boat sailing, Jeff has been racing scows for over 40 years, with Katie as crew for the better part of the last 27. Katies’ first sail was with Jeff when he invited her to go sailing on his M16 scow when both were going to college. [...]
Mezzaluna is a big girl with an exciting past. The boat was designed by Robert Perry and built in Taiwan. She is a blue water cruiser weighting in at 29,000lbs dry. Originally purchased by someone in Chicago, she sailed Lake Michigan for a few years. The next owner, Dave Engel, at the helm of [...]
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Scenes from our rock hopping adventure in Guadeloupe
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Pictures during a weekend of serious fun racing our boat/home in the Heineken Regatta.
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Created 29 March 2014
Snapshots of the island.
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Created 22 January 2014
Celebrating with our Luperon friends in Salinas, Puerto Rico.
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Created 5 January 2014
Annual trip with lady friends to Lilly Bay Lodge on Lily Bay, Lake Michigan outside the city of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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Created 18 August 2013
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Created 16 February 2013
The journey from Bimini across the Great Bahamas Bank to Frazier's Hog Cay along with people, places, and adventure at Frazier's Hog Cay and Chub Cay.
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Created 11 February 2013
Moments in time captured with the camera.
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Created 8 February 2013
A look at the places and adventures we had during our six week stay on a City Marina mooring ball in Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, Florida
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Created 4 February 2013
Snapshots from adventures with Bill and Steve when they visited during winter holidays.
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Created 29 December 2012
Snapshots of our road trip adventures in outlying areas of Charleston with Randy Mintken,a former Delafield neighbor who has spent the last 15 years in the Carolinas. Renewing the warm friendship made the cold and rainy weather a lot more tolerable.
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Created 4 December 2012
Great people, pets, and wild things at the hurricane party and 3 potlucks during the 16 days we holed up at Whittaker Point Marina during Hurricane Sandy and while doing boat maintenance projects.
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Created 10 November 2012
Highlights from our 25 mile trip up the Chester River and visit to Chestertown.
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Created 2 October 2012
Some snapshots from the Eastern Shore in Rock Hall and Swan Creek
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Created 2 October 2012
Chesapeake Bay, Sillery Bay, and Rhode River with Sharon and Gene
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Created 2 October 2012
Maryland Blue Crabs from Trap to Table
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Created 2 October 2012
A meager attempt to capture the grandeur of water going over rocks....
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Created 25 August 2012
Views going down the Niagara River from Lake Erie to Tonawanda, New York
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Created 24 August 2012
Looked at a lot of water on Lake Erie during the journey from Cleveland, Ohio to Buffalo, New York. Took pictures from the boat while in port for the night at Conneaut, Ohio and Dunkirk, New York.
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Created 17 August 2012
Sights and fun times all along the waterfront.
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Created 5 August 2012
Our first stop on Lake Erie, this resort town on South Bass Island.
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Created 5 August 2012
An old fishing ice house renovated to create a unique yacht club
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Created 4 August 2012
Captured moments from a weekend with good friends sharing good times and good food.
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Created 4 August 2012
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Created 24 July 2012
Beautiful boat at Yacht Haven Marina
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Created 18 July 2012
Going east from Lake Michigan into Lake Huron. Stayed in St. Ignace at the marina then continued on to do a harbor drive through at Mackinac Island.
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Created 18 July 2012
Photo ops from our 2 night stay in St. James Harbor, called Paradise Bay by the locals, at Beaver Island.
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Created 17 July 2012
Small wonders found while hiking.
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Created 17 July 2012
Entertaining myself taking artsy shots on the boat while motor sailing between Lake Michigan ports of Pentwater, Portage Lake, Leland, and Beaver Island.
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Created 13 July 2012
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Created 12 July 2012
Family and friends help with the moving sale and stop by Mezzaluna to say farewell before Jeff cuts the line.
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Created 10 July 2012
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Pictures of Mezzaluna and the work to bring her back on the water.
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Created 15 May 2009
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