Thank goodness that the Miami Boat show is definitely warmer than the Seattle Show. Thursday was opening day and I'm sure Friday and this weekend will be packed with people.
This is a Group Photo from the multi-vendor booth that we are affiliated with in the Yacht to be Green booth.
Here's one of Jason and then John from ElectroMaax. John flew in from his boat in the Bahamas and he wanted a photo of himself in the booth so he could prove to his guys back in the office that he actually came to work!
Then here's just a look at our booth with the two diesel engines set-up to show the ElectroMaax alternators and serpentine pulley kits, the watermaker, and the Wind turbine.
There's a lot going on in our booth area and today show management is providing a "boat babe" to walk around our booth in a Bikini...well...I of course object to such blatant sexist displays (ahem) but I'll try to keep Jason away from her or at least get a photo! After all, this IS the Miami boat show!
02/17/2011, San Blas
Yesterday was a fun day. We got to go over to Just a Minute and watch them drive their boat onto the bank of the estuary. It all looked normal until the water was gone and the boat was settling into the sand. The tourists in pangas took pictures as they drove by. Since it is almost a full moon there are some big tidal swings. Tomorrow is the day of the Spring tide. That is the name of the two biggest tides of the month. During the full moon and the new moon when the sun and the moon are pulling together on the earth, the pull of the gravity affects the water levels the most. Here in San Blas the tide can move 3 to 4 feet in 6 hours. That is a whole lot of water moving in that amount of time. Jason and Amy have taken the hand held GPS out in the dingy and drifted with the current. They have measured the rate of flow to be about 4kts. Jason likes the fact that when he goes with the current he gets the dingy on plane a lot faster. We are in about 12 feet of water here in the estuary but we have 120 feet of chain out so we will stay in place. That may seem like a bit of over kill but in our present circumstance I do not want to move when we swing 180 degrees four times a day.
I took pictures of Just a Minute on the sand. They floated off of the beach and anchored near us last night just after dark. Here is their blog address so you can see the fun.
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02/15/2011, a Valentine Love Story
It may not exactly be how most couples envision spending Valentine's Day but what better gift is there to say "I Love you" than a working transmission? Call me a hopeless romantic, but the smell of diesel engine grime to a cruiser can be substituted for the smell of sweet perfume if it means being able to actually move our 55 thousand pound boat again!
It was a little disturbing to take our fresh water hose into "The Cave" with me and rinse out the transmission with water. Something just didn't seem right about putting the hose in the dip stick, turning on the fresh water flow, and then seeing fresh water flowing from the drain plug, but it needed to be done to rinse out any salt deposits. The promising thing is that when I first drained off the sea water from the transmission the water looked crystal clear and not like a rust soup. The flash light inspection into the dip stick seemed to show clean metal surfaces even still with a sheen of oil. So as I prepare to fly to Miami in the morning for the 5 day Miami boat show, the transmission is soaking in oil with the hopes of no permanent damage. I'll let it soak in oil and then continue with the process when I get back, but I'll be installing a new transmission oil heat exchanger, which I did verify had failed resulting in this "fun project".
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