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 Three - Rigging & Deck Maintenance
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A shot of the anchor locker. Chris rebuilt the starboard locker opening to fit the Manson anchor.
The anchor locker with the two anchors ready for deployment.
The finished fiberglass repair work on the anchor locker, the Manson anchor nestles nicely into the taller opening.
Fiberglass repair work on the anchor locker so the Manson anchor will fit.
Look for the rags on the rail under this window... a new leak!
The salon settee sleeping bunk ready for Lindy
Chris and the Reacher.
Troubadour with the Reacher up.
Another shot of Chris and the Reacher. Compared to the sail, he looks tiny.
The aft head aft bulkhead. Under the door is where rotten wood had to be removed and replaced.
The ugly truth. Troubadour sometimes looks like this for a few days. It
A close up of the aft head, aft bulkhead showing the gap between the fiberglass hull and the wall.
The aft bunk! We can make room for our guests, really!!
The Manson and the anchor chain.
The Spinnaker bag and "sock". The spinnaker sail is very lightweight, like a kite and is kept intact for stowage, hoisting and lowering in the "sock".
The spinnaker hoisted but remaining in the sock.
The clew of the spinnaker (we think). We aren
Early evening thunderstorm rolling in.
Anchor locker fabrication. Chris compares fiberglass work to putting frosting on a cake, but maybe not as fun!
The idea was to make the opening taller to fit the new anchor chain.
The finished arch. We can now proceed with ordering the new foam for the mattress.
This is where we slept during the finishing of arch in the master suite. Linda, our guest, also slept here when she came up from Vero Beach with Lindy.
The view North from the top of the mast at 60
The view of Troubadour
The view East from aloft - the beach condo
The view West from 60
The view South overlooking the Halifax River and the direction we take to head out of the channel to the ocean.
Chris
The starboard side of the master suite. Under the berth is one of the water tanks. We plan to store some spare parts in this area.
Crab and fish that had to be set free.
Livin
Chris in the master suite finishing the teak arch. He stopped at four coats. It looks like it was meant to be there!
This is a picture from last summer (2008). You can see the teak hand rail is completley grey.
This is another picture from last summer (2008). The teak hand rail is so grey you can hardly see it.
A new locking foot block was installed for the jib furling line. This is along the outer coaming on the starboard side of the cockpit. You can step or push on the locks to secure the line when it is inserted.
This is the old locking foot block. We replaced it because it looked like it was home made out of star board, and didn
The starboard hand rail after being sanded and sealed, and teak plugs put in to cover the screws.
Another shot of the teak hand rail after being restored. Chris did an awesome job on this!
The windlass cover with Shelter Rite black vinyl at the seam where the anchor chain will enter the winch.
The new skylight cover lets light in, but keeps the heat out.
One of the three custom winch covers that Linda made. The cover has an elastic bonnet inside to hold it onto the winch, along with a hidden velcro closure at the bottom.
The navigation panel and compass covers that Linda made.
One of the new winch covers.
The old winch covers didn
The old skylight cover was no longer water repellent and was tearing at the corners of the skylight frame.
Chris used his left over "GE Imagination at Work" t-shirt rags to clean the teak hand rails. ;-)
Linda next to the sail pack and sky light cover she made during "arts & crafts".
The new anchor windalss.
The new anchor windlass.
The teak handrails. After - SEMCO finished on the left; before -weathered grey teak on the right.
The old (very old) anchor windlass.
Finished teak around the hatch using the SEMCO system.
The spare air conditioner.
The space where the air conditioner lived before we made it a "spare part". Linda is very please to have all this space for storage now.
Chris repaired this bulk head area where the second air conditioner was located. The repair was required from the survey due to rotting wood.
The mast where we had a leak and the rag and tub to collect the drips. It rained so much we had to empty it several times a day.
Water damage in the locker soaked through 14 boxes on the floor.
Water damaged box from the locker.
This box of books soaked up a lot of water.
Books drying out on the boat.
This dressed up manatee mail box caused a chuckle after all the rain.
Chris cutting away rotted wood on the aft bulkhead.
The cut out that will need new wood. You can see through to the floor in the head (bathroom).
The crew cabin walls were covered with bits of foam from headliner that had been removed.
The crew cabin has two sleeping berths that crossed at the bow similar to a bunk bead. It also has a sink, cabinet and head (toilet). The railing on the left is for one of the sleeping berths.
Chris sanded and painted the whole area exposed after the headliner was removed.
Chris standing on the ladder that leads below decks to the crew cabin.
The crew cabin contents on deck.
All items were wiped clean before being put back in the cabin.
The bigger view. Chris rigged the awning to give him some shade.
The crew cabin painted and organized!
A curious stow away at the instrument panel. I hope he is gobbling up any bugs!
The completed stack pack.
The old sail cover.
Chris sliding on the new sail cover. The sail and the cover slide on together.
The almost completed sail cover. A piece will zipper on and around the mast where the sail is visible.
Before: The galley before the cabinet (above & behind the propane stove) was removed to place in the microwave.
After: The finished shelf with the microwave. The microwave is secured with an aluminum angle iron. You can see we filled the space quickly.
The new microwave shelf and the microwave.  We love this addition to our boat.
Before: The former skylight was 1/2 inch tinted acrylic.
After: This is a nice shot of the new skylight. It is clear one-inch acrylic. It was cost prohibitive to get it tinted.
Before: Above decks view of old skylight.
After: The finished and bedded skylight viewed from on deck.
A topside view of the skylight. The little dots on the left are snap fasteners for the cover. Mostly what you see is a reflection. The white in the frame is the bedded with 4000 UV.
The main salon, looking forward with the new skylight in. It
The skylight in process of bedding. Lot
The canopy over the skylight. This worked well to provide shade and rain protection while this project was underway.
The swim step was attached with webbing strap until we found a type of fastener that we were happy with.
Barrel bolts attached to the swim step. (Cleaning and finishing the teak is on our list of projects.)
Chris preparing to install the lazy jack lines. (Watch out for that owl!)
In this picture, I am trying to capture the blocks Chris installed for the lazy jack lines. They are the lines directly parallel to the mast.
The bow with our anchors. The 80 lb  Manson and the 66 lb Lewmar Claw, similar to a Bruce anchor. (That
A close up of the Manson. We rounded out our anchors with a 35 lb Fortress.
A close up of the Lewmar Claw on the bow roller.
Baked white Grouper with sauce. I baked it with butter and lemon and added the sauce just before taking out of the oven.
Chris finishing the acrylic skylight!
Acrylic Skylight.
Measuring the cuts in the skylight for a custom fit.
Getting ready to cut the acrylic to size.
Pelicans waiting for a bite of fish.
The grouper!
Grouper! Yum!
Pelicans visiting... for fish!
The Nina visiting museum.
Visiting ships as traveling museums. The Nina and the Santa Clara. Columbus
Visiting ships as traveling museums. The Nina and the Santa Clara. Columbus
The Nina! Ships and sailboats have come a long way! And you think we have a lot of lines on our boat!
Troubadour in her slip this week ... soon we will be sailing.
Troubadour!
Hey who is that on the top of the mast? Chris is checking out the anchor light and the sheaves. He is also rigging the new lines for our halyards, spare and pole up lines.
A flattering view of Chris.
He looks like he is having fun up there. He actually can see the ocean from his vantage point!
Chris preparing to drop the spinnaker halyard down throught mast for me to pull out one of the openings below.
Chris putting a plastic chafe protector over the lines after I had pulled them through the mast openings.
Chris is making final adjustments to the spinnaker halyard (red line), spare halyard (green line) and pole-up (white and blue line).
Chris enjoying lunch after a spending the morning at the top of the mast. (The baskets really cut down on doing dishes!)
Inlet Cove Marina in Ponce Inlet, Florida. The background is the Intracoastal Waterway
 
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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