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 Wrap Ups
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Chris, repairing the filtered water spiggot.
Dinghy ready to go!
Corrosion on the transmission cooler.
The flange inside the end caps on the cooler had deteriorated over the years...
allowing the gasket to dislodge and allow salt water into the transmission fluid side.
Corrosion dust.
Another view of the transmission cooler, which loks like it was made for Perkins with an aluminum body.
Newly refurbished cockpit sealed with Semco Natural.
Newly refurbished cockpit sealed with Semco Natural.
Newly refurbished cockpit sealed with Semco Natural.
Newly refurbished cockpit sealed with Semco Natural.
Previous grey and weathered teak cockpit.
Cockpit prior to Semco sealer.
Caulk applied.
Caulk being applied.
Prep for caulk application.
Stripping out old caulk with screw drivers.
Snappy Teak process of acid wash and rinse.
Trim in aft head.
Starboard underside exposed fiberglass and foam.
Fiberglass and foam.
Gross deteriorating foam.
Chris sanding off the old foam.
Chris installing the new headliner.
Starboard headliner completed... bar open!
Port side: Chris preparing to remove the cabinet.
Gross! Foam backing after old headliner was removed.
Topsides where Chris re-bedded the chock screws (Ignore the dirty deck!)
The underside deck area where we still had leaking after the boat yard repaired the chock...
Sanding the old foam off the port side.
Cabinet removed and beadboard dropped to prepare for the new headliner.
Cutting the headliner.
Gluing the headliner.
Chris putting the finishing touches on the installation of the new headliner.
Time for cocktails, a job well done!
Completed port headliner! Doesn
After all that hard work, it
Teak veneer over aft bulk head repair, aft cabin side under doorway.
New clear acrylic window in aft cabin! Makes this cabin bright and adds light to the companionway and galley!
Teak veneer over aft bulk head repair, aft cabin side under doorway.
New dodger with center section rolled up to allow breeze to flow through.
Old dodger
Ahh! Newly repaired dodger. I added zippers, new glass and repaired stitching that had ripped out. You can allso see the dorades (cowl vents that look like white hoods) and the top of the new awning in this picture.
The old dodger windows. They were no longer clear due to UV damage and they were cracked and brittle.
The BAA - Big Ass Awning!
Troubadour in her slip with the awning up.
Making the ginger beer.
Looking into the aft head - which spends its time as a closet. On the right you can see the new laminate to cover the repair.
Laminate covering the repair of rotted wood at the base of the wall.
Laminate covering the repair of rotted wood under the door leading to the aft cabin.
On the left is is an acrylic piece designed to hold the water filter. It had cracked. We had a new one made out of aluminum that will probably outlive the boat!
The bilge, bilge pumps and water filter, getting a dose of Dawn dishwashing detergent.
New carpet runner in the "hallway".
Cleaning the refrigerator water strainers. This one is near the shaft.
This little guy got lost on a journey up the intake hose and got trapped in the strainer. He was still alive, poor thing. We tossed him over board.
The dinghy gets wet!
Captain Chris replacing the faucets in the forward head. He just fits!
Island Time and San San at Inlet Cove.
New friends, Gordon and Jessica...Gia is at school.
The pirate ship, San San. Note the cool lettering of the boat name on the stern and the pirate flag!
The "old" sink faucet, that Chris is replacing. He likes boat plumbing more than home plumbing!!
The new faucet in the shower. Looks good! Nice job, Chris!
Galley curtains. (Thanks Gordon and Jessica for the use of the iron and board!)
Salon curtains and matching pillows.... thanks mom, for the idea!
Salon ... new curtains. (Thanks, Ginger for the use of your iron and ironing board.)
Mulberry Cove marina at JAX - Navy Base. We planned moving here for financial reasons, but were able to work out an arrangement at Inlet Cove.
If we had moved to Mulberry Cove for the remainder of the season, we would have stayed at the end of this pier.
A view of the dink from above as we prepare for inspecting for leaks.
The leak in the dink. It
The shower, with shower curtain attached with velcro to cover wood cabinets. Notice the faucets. The hot and cold will be removed, and the combo shower faucet will be replaced.
Shower curtain attached with velcro to cover wood cabinets.
Chris is cleaning the forward water tank. He can barely get his whole arm in to the bottome to scrub it.
Chris is cleaning the forward water tank - a close up.
Draining the water tanks and measuring capacity with gallon ice cream buckets (compliments of Mom!).
The port forward water tank.
 
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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