Troubadour

Living the Dream

Who: Captain Chris May & Admiral Linda Moore
Port: Key Largo, Florida (But we're from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. " --Mark Twain
20 December 2011 | US Virgin Islands
03 October 2011 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
21 August 2011 | Ceiba, Puerto Rico
17 August 2011 | Roosevelt Roads Marina, Puerto Rico
24 June 2011 | Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico
13 June 2011 | Ponce, Puerto Rico
05 June 2011 | Boca Chica, DR
26 May 2011 | Ile a Vache, Haiti
21 May 2011 | Manzanillo Bay
14 May 2011 | Ocean World Marina
19 April 2011 | Sapodilla Bay, Provo, Turks & Caicos
13 April 2011 | Sapodilla Bay, Provo, Turks & Caicos
05 April 2011 | Sapodilla Bay, Provo, Turks & Caicos
30 March 2011 | Clarence Town, Long Island, Bahamas
28 March 2011 | Clarence Town, Long Island
21 March 2011 | Georgetown, Great Exuma
15 March 2011 | Georgetown, Great Exuma
13 February 2011 | Georgetown, Great Exuma
29 January 2011 | Georgetown, Great Exuma

Now that you are here, stick around

20 December 2011 | US Virgin Islands
Admiral Linda / Sunny, lovely
Hey! Don't leave so fast! Although we've taken a flight in cyberspace to a new blog website, we'd love for you to stay and read about our first two years of living aboard. You'll find helpful and informative writing about life on the hard and the year-long refit of our Beneteau Idylle 15.5. You can also enjoy amazing pictures in our Photo Gallery and read stories about our journey as we cruised through the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic (the north, then south coast through the Windward Passage, including a stop at Port Morgan in Ile a Vache, Haiti) and Puerto Rico. And if you are staying for a little while, take a few moments to let us know what you think by leaving a comment. Enjoy!

When you're ready, take off on your cyber flight to our new blog at SailingTroubadour

Just a reminder - we've moved

03 October 2011 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
Admiral Linda
Ahoy! Troubadour Blog Followers!
This is a reminder that we have moved in Cyberspace to Google Blogger and you can find us at SailingTroubadour We hope you keep following us and write to us on our new blog!

After Tormenta Tropical Irene

25 August 2011
Linda
Reminder: Troubadour Sailblogs blog is moving in cyberspace to a new address. You will now find us at sailngtroubadour.blogspot.com on Blogger. Please update your browser to our new address. Facebook automatic feeds will continue. Our aim is to update the blog more often with more pictures in our story so you can live the dream with us!

Read about Troubadour's experience during Hurricane Irene at sailingtroubadour.blogspot.com

We are moving in Cyberspace

21 August 2011 | Ceiba, Puerto Rico
Effective now, our Troubadour Sailblogs Blog is moving in cyberspace to a new address. You will now find us at sailingtroubadour.blogspot.com on Blogger. Please update your browser to our new address. Facebook automatic feeds will continue. Our aim is to update the blog more often with more pictures in our story so you can live the dream with us!

We are looking forward to hearing from you about the new look and feel of our blog.

Journey or Destination, the choice is yours, come sail with us on Troubadour!
Vessel Name: Troubadour - Beneteau Idylle 15.50
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Idylle 15.50
Hailing Port: Key Largo, Florida (But we're from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
Crew: Captain Chris May & Admiral Linda Moore
About: Chris and Linda chose early retirement from corporate "office space" and cubicle life at GE Healthcare in Waukesha, Wis., to pursue their dream of going "down island" to the Caribbean.
Extra:
Our backgrounds: ***Linda is an insured PADI Divemaster and Master Scuba Diver. She is also a member of DAN the Divers Alert Network. She is trained as a Red Cross Emergency Responder; has completed the STCW BST (Basic Safety Training), and holds a USCG MMD (Ordinary Seaman). She has been sailing [...]
Troubadour - Beneteau Idylle 15.50's Photos - Refit Round Two - Engine and Electronics
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Linda, enjoying breakfast on the new cocktail table Chris made. It
Water running down the mast cabinet during the rain.
This is blurry but it shows water coming in by the mast during rain. We are still trying to figure out where it
The dinghy arch before (left) and after (right) polishing.
Look how shiny the right side of the dinghy arch looks after polishing it!
The finished cocktail table. Chris made this out of the wood from the wall we knocked out inthe master suite.
This is the new anti-siphon valve in it
This is the old anti-siphon valve. Maybe the original one. The new one is made out of Marelon by Forespar.
Chris has a new friend.
The marina clubhouse where Linda will work on sewing the new stackpack mainsail cover.
This is our current sail cover. Linda will make a new one that will be rigged to lazy jacks, for ease of lowering the sail and keeping it protected.
Chris is fashioning fans out of PVC pipe to help circulate air in the refrigerator so our sodas don
Hard to see but we hung an owl from our courtesy flag halyard to scare away the birds, thus reducing the bird poop and seeds that they leave behind. It seems to be working
Here
A Great White Egret.
The captain and the admiral. Chris has a captain
Gorma... resident loving cat.
This is Utopia, a Carver power boat. James who owns this boat also owns the cat, Gorma. They will be moving to Seattle at the end of the March.
This is the mast boot prior to cleaning it up and repairing it with Spartite. It was a mess, look how sloppy it is with the tape and caulk.
The "partners" where Chris poured the Spartite. (Below decks the mast is enclosed in a teak cabinet and I am sanding the forward facing part of it in another picture.)
Another view of the mast partners where Chris poured the syrupy blue Spartite. The blue tape will be removed once it is dry.
We took the Spartite out of the bucket after it hardened. It
I hung a wall plaque that Doris Netzler gave us for when we left Milwaukee. I
Chris preparing to counter sink the first screw in the arch. We are so excited this is finally in place. The arch is made of bent teak. You can see it in the background.
Linda sanding the mast wall. I
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Chris is nearly complete with repairing the rotten deck core on the port and starboard coaming.
This is a thru-hull valve that was for the crew cabin sink and shower sump drain. Chris noticed water in the shower pan of the crew cabin and investigated.
The valve is supposed to open and close with a ball. As you can see this had corroded in a partially open position.
Chris saved us from a haul out to repair this. He replaced the thru hull while we were at low tide.
Chris dangling his feet through the skylight.
In order to prepare the skylight we had to remove a center beam. To get to it we had to pull of the shades and drop the headliner to reach a bolt.
The skylight open when looking from below.
The old engine ready for removal.
The barge coming in to assist with lifting out the motor. (See center of photo.)
Gary
The old engine after hauling it out.
The engine pan in the bilge after the engine was removed.
The engine pan in the bilge (notice how clean it is)!
The newly re-manufactured engine in place.
Burgers on the grill for lunch!
Chris working on the engine.
Which one of these things does not look like the other? The cylinders are full of Marvel Mystery Oil.
Chris is sawing the edge of the arch that will go in the master suite to cover the gap where the walls were removed.
Fish filleting.
Stainless polishing.
Sewing repairs on the mainsail cover with the new sewing machine.
Linda and Chris on the deck of our new home! Note how the sail cover is tied around the mast ... a sewing machine could help this mess.
Ahhh.... after sewing velcro on the cover, the mainsail is protected and all looks to be in ship shape!
Osprey perched on a mast.
Linda in the master suite. Note the arch is not enclosed yet. Soon it will be.
The precarious tightrope walk to the boat on from the short finger pier. It has gotten easier every day to make this step.
Troubadour at our slip in the cove. Note the very short finger pier and the step we attached at the bow.
In the background you can see the power boat that belongs to Skip and Jane, our new friends.
Troubadour
The new pole up/pole down line and cleats.
A view looking through the helm at the gap in the coaming where the swim step will be re-installed. (Coaming – The raised edge of a hatch, cockpit or skylight to help keep out water.)
The new main sheet, which is regatta braid. We have to replace the traveler blocks.
The swim step in process of being painted and repaired.
The galley looking starboard at the stove.
The aft cabin which is on port side.
Looking aft and starboard toward the galley and steps to the cockpit.
Looking at the salon, which is on the port side. The cooler is functioning as a table (and cooler) for now. Isn
Her is Linda with our new two-speed winch for mast!
Chris after opening all his "Christmas" presents!
Christmas morning at Lindy & Rich
Lindy has the Blue Jays eating from her hands on Christmas morning.
Lindy in a playful moment.
The clubhouse at Inlet Cove.
The clubhouse at Inlet Cove.
A leap of faith... boarding the boat on the starboard quarter is tricky at Inlet Cove.
One giant step for ... Troubadour. Boarding at the port bow is a precarious proposition. (The dock line becomes a tight-rope for the first step to the narrow and short finger pier.)
Shrimp Feast! Miss Hazel, a shrimp boat pulled in on Thursday night with loads of freshly caught shrimp. Just as Miss Hazel docked, many in-the-know people arrived with their coolers to buy the shrimp right off the dock. We bought 2 pounds for $12. But Captain John gave us about 5+ pounds! Thursday night we had shrimp scampi, and Friday night we had peal and eat.
Chris preparing to enjoy the fresh shrimp feast. Our friend Tom (the electrician for our boat) gave us about 3 more pounds of shrimp. These were so good!
I was smiling here, but when I was done, I was passed out ... I was full up the gills!
This picture is looking forward from the galley to the salon on the port side through to the master suite. You can see the Perkins engine which is located center line in the salon.
If you look to the left corner in this picture you will see a metal box with a round opening. This box is the water lift muffler. The guys will remove it because it has a leak.
A close up of the water lift muffler. The leak is in the front where you can see some rust. It
Bob and Chris trying to figure out how to get the water lift muffler out of the boat.
 
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Living the Dream

Who: Captain Chris May & Admiral Linda Moore
Port: Key Largo, Florida (But we're from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. " --Mark Twain
"I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand; Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today, life is good today" -- "Toes" by the Zach Brown Band