17 January 2020 | Safe Cove Boat Storage --- IN THE WATER
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Close-up on gators

17 January 2020 | Safe Cove Boat Storage --- IN THE WATER
Don Winchell | Windy
Well as close as i am getting...
Found his lair, holy shite. Took some pics, then he turned towards us, i got one more, head-on, then scurried my mammalian-meal-self out of there! YIKES.

OK, enough on alligators.

Ate Mexican food then ice cream with our boat neighbors
My brother should be here sunday.
Got more cleaning organizing done
Got the water filter in.
Changed fittings on fuel polisher
Installed up-down controller for windless.
Explored anchor chain idler option
Cleaned cords and vacuum cleaner hose and stowed
Sara did bookkeeping all day
Sara made humus jalapeno wraps
Picked up the last amazon order and paid the boat yard, also gave a thank you card with some cash.

Probably leave the dock Sunday or monday morning. Looks like we are in for some cold and windy weather. Gusting to 40 today, but not so bad in our sheltered gator ally.

The pliers, the floor, Florida-feet but no alligators (for Jamille)

16 January 2020 | Safe Cove Boat Storage
Don Winchell | hot, no wind
So this is just some catch-up. Sara's new cockpit sole which she installed all herself. (and did an amazing job). The handy pliers that Jamille gave us before we tried to walk us to death. They have been used to install a windlass, a fuel polisher, a water filter, take off really really stuck shackles, fight off wild boars and a dozen other things. (not really true about the boars).

But today we did get some cleanup done, did polish some fuel, did get the floor finished, did take more stuff to the trash and give away other stuff, did help Mike buy the right socket, Sara made Oat-cakes, did more washing of the boat, tested the chain sample, went aboard a really nice Catalac catamaran (which is available for a really good price), almost got the water filters installed (almost), got the control switch for the windless, Sara got more client work done, the printer worked, the internet went out 4 or 5 times, talked to my brother (who is coming to visit Sunday), talked to Jamille and ate icecream.

No alligators or other wildlife sightings today, just birds, lots of birds.

So the picture and catching up on a bunch of reports that did not have pictures.

We hope to leave Monday...

Aliens!

15 January 2020 | Safe Cove Boat Storage --- IN THE WATER
Don Winchell | Hot and dry
Still having troubles getting images from phone to tablet. So my selection for today won't be here, but i ran across this gem from about two weeks ago. Oh the joys of boating.

Sanding old paint is fun.

We had lunch with Tom and Eileen today, some friends from Nova Scotia who winter in Florida.

Got the fuel polisher complete, will need to try it ou tnn tomorrow.

Sara got some client work done today and so did i, she also almost finished the cockpit floor. So maybe picture tomorrow

Gators II

14 January 2020 | Safe Cove Boat Storage --- IN THE WATER
Don Winchell | HOT!!
Saw the big boy today. Big! I think they have radar... i was on the front of the boat rigging then anchor and thought, duh, hope i don't fall in. Just about then Tony and Julie yell over to look at the alligator. Yup, thar she be (or he).

Just gliding along being prehistoric. Wow.

Got the windless functional, still needs some twerking but it will definitely do the job.

Spent all morning, i mean ALL mornings getting Sara's printer to print.

Put hydraulic oil in the drive leg lift pump, graciously provided by Richard another genini owner. Thanks Richard!
She lifts clear of the water now.

Sara finished the cockpit floor, she did an amazing job!!! But now the next time she claims she can't do mechanical stuff i will know it's not true [pictures tomorrow).

Alligators

12 January 2020 | Safe Cove Boat Storage --- IN THE WATER (where a boat belongs)
Don Winchell | Hot, light winds
Well we definitely saw some local wildlife. Not the one in the picture, but as we were having pizza on the boat nextdoor, this little guy was just hovering about 5 feet away, apparently hoping we would throw some food. He/she/it was only about four feet long. Seemingly very friendly, but i know that it is a reptile and would probably eat my hand or someone's little dog in an instant. As i understand it (and i could be wrong) reptiles have even less of an emotional range than i do.

Worked on installing windless and rewiring battery/12-volt system most of the day. Hope to get final parts tomorrow.

Sara ordered some new wood tiles for the cockpit. It may add twenty pounds to the boat, but the appearance enhancement is probably worth it.

Julie and Tony on Terrapin, a Westsail 32 (battleship) seem like they may be people we will run into on our travels. In fact we owe them a Pizza when we get to Marathon.

Cockpit and salon are about 80% clean and operational.

Sara plans to do bookkeeping work mornings this week.

Still need to dig into the engine, see if the dingy motor runs, start the gen-set, install the echo-charger, and connect the filtered water system. Oh, decide to buy new chain or not, the figure out how to get it if we do.

she floats!

10 January 2020 | Safe Cove Boat Storage --- IN THE WATER (where a boat belongs)
Don Winchell | windy

Knot Duality arises

09 January 2020 | Safe Cove Boat Storage - on the hard
Don Winchell | warm & windy
got everything ready for launch tomorrow including getting the new name on.
Had dinner with Hillary at the tiki bar (Gasparilla Marina) and saw her Albian 27, very sweet boat

splash tomorrow

Palm Breeze is gone.

08 January 2020 | Safe Cove Boat Storage - on the hard
Don Winchell | cool nights, comfortable days
so this nameless boat will become Knot Duality. Or maybe it already is Knot Duality, but just does not have a name. We did a ceremony yesterday to thank and release the spirits of Palm Breeze and invite the protector spirits of Knot Duality.

We finished removing the name and buffing/compounding the topsides today. We will wax tomorrow and our splash date, which was supposed to be today, will be Friday.

Palm Breeze is gone.

08 January 2020 | Safe Cove Boat Storage - on the hard
Don Winchell | cool nights, comfortable days
so this nameless boat will become Knot Duality. Or maybe it already is Knot Duality, but just does not have a name. We did a ceremony yesterday to thank and release the spirits of Palm Breeze and invite the protector spirits of Knot Duality.

We finished removing the name and buffing/compounding the topsides today. We will wax tomorrow and our splash date, which was supposed to be today, will be Friday.

Sunday

05 January 2020 | Safe Cove Boat Storage - on the hard
Don Winchell | Very chilly in AM, long pants & shirts, warmed up nicely, but not hot
Sort of took the day off... sort of.

We installed the water filter system (mostly) still more to do when parts come tomorrow, but the engineering is done, the holes are drilled, the routing verified and the filters mounted. Good show.

We made oat-cakes on board! This was a big test of the oven the space and just how it could work. Small oven so only a single batch, but still good. Oat-cakes are a staple. Quick breakfast, healthy snack, carry along on an outing.

Filled the water tanks (just 10 gal each for now), but also fixed up the input filter and flow gauge.

Got the fittings together to inflate the dingy, put some air in and discovered it holds air! She is pretty beat, but serviceable.

Did a little bit of sorting/organising and taking inventory.

Sara seems happy with her office setup.

Got more tips on going through the lock and discussed some anchorages with local boaters.

3 days (2.5) till splash

Check oil in drive leg, finish office, more organising

04 January 2020 | Safe Cove Boat Storage - still
Don Winchell | Windy and wet, cooler but still shorts and t-shirt
Got a nap in today! Wow.

We can see the table tops, and actually find some things we are looking for.

Lots of wind and rain, blew through in about an hour, but was exciting for a while.

The oil in the drive leg looks good, managed to get the reverse release loosened up. The lift pump seems to be working but i need to read up on the specifics.

Looks like we got Sara's office functional, but are waiting on some extension cords to get everything routed nicely.

We are getting the place cleaned up and habitable, but still a bit to do. The screen project is coming along and we had a "home cooked" (jared sauce) spaghetti dinner tonight. Nice to have a meal besides sandwiches, wraps, cheese&crackers, or restaurant food. It feels like we are finaly moving in. We plan to make oat-cakes in the morning as it is supposed to be cool (10 - 12 C)

4 days till splash.

Sara's office, clean cockpit, sillette drive

03 January 2020 | Safe Cove Boat Storage
Don Winchell | A bit breezy, but quite warm.
Worked on getting Sara's office setup. Completed functional prototypes, but probably have to move the printer.

Watched Mike of Traveler drain his drive leg [sillette) and then remove it to change the upper oil seal.

Helped another traveler on a Catalina 36 with an electrical problems.

Cleaned the cockpit (mostly)

Checked on removing the drain plug on my own drive. (Came out easy)

Brought old monitor over to the office for give-a-way.

The new look!

02 January 2020
Don Winchell | Lovely
We got rid of the Florida turquoise and reverted to basic black. A day of standing, a day of cleaning with harsh chemicals and two days of painting (not full says mind you).

Since we have given up our rental car we have had two offers of rides and two offers to "borrow my car". Nice people these boaters. The timing of one was pretty spectacular after we could not get uber to accept out credit card.

We have scheduled our splash date for next Wednesday. There really is not much of a splash, but that's the jargon.

Next on the list is servicing the sillette drive, Sara's office and cleaning the cockpit...

I got out on the water today!

01 January 2020 | Safe Cove Boat Storage
Don Winchell | nice
50 foot Sea Ray, not our boat. some new friends moved from safe cove to a marina today. Due to some unexpected medical issues, one of the crew was not up crewing so I went along to help.

an unexpected day on the water for about 5 hours in the Florida sunshine.

Then came back and put the first coat of bottom paint on the boat. We think she looks a lot better. Picture tomorrow.
Vessel Name: Knot Duality
Vessel Make/Model: 2001 Gemini catamaran, hull #710, draft 2', air-draft 46'
Hailing Port: Lunenburg Nova Scotia Canada
Crew: Don & Sara Winchell
About:
In our 60's, been married to each other since 1979, sailing boats since the late 1980s. Started on Lake Champlain with a MacGregor 22, and took it to Nova Scotia with us. The MacGregor was a little small for the Atlantic, so we got a "Snowbird", 30-foot steel hulled Junk rig. [...]
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