Finally back in the air

I did a quick and dirty cut of the jumps I did last weekend at Skydive the Ranch. Many thanks to my friend Christian who took the video. Can’t wait for more this year.

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Home improvement update

We have been working hard – Here is a little summary what we have been doing.

There were a couple of points on top of our priority list: Fixing leaks, replacing broken port propeller, replacing the V-berth mattress in the guest bedroom. As it was getting very hot, making sure all the AC units are running , find out why the generator is not working (so we could stay offshore overnight) and last but very important: paining the stairs and furniture.

(1) Fixing leaks around the windows and the back balcony. Our neighbor Don showed me how to apply Silicon on the window frames to seal the windows, so I spend a couple of days to remove the old caulk and apply the Silicon, also I re-sealed the wood/fiberglass on the back of the boat. First was the master bedroom window and I can confirm that this is now sealed, for the rest I have to wait for the next big shower to test if it was successful. This was already a big achievement as the wood in the bedroom started already rotting away.

fixing the window

(2) During our trip from Maryland to NYC last year the boat hit ground and the propeller got damaged. As it was getting warmer now we had a diver replacing the prop with a spare one we had on the boat as well as getting the damaged repaired. I was surprised how damaged the prop was – did not expect that a part of the propeller would be missing.

Bend Prop

(3) We will have some visitors in July so we decided to replace the mattress in the guest bedroom. The old one might has been as old as the boat itself. I was cutting the foam according to the old size and a friend of ours did a beautiful job sewing the cover. Now we are all set for the visitors and they will have hopefully a nice comfortable bed.

(4) Our other neighbor Frank works in the business of air conditioning and he identified that the compressor of our unit for the master bedroom is not working any more (the previous owner told us that she never got the bedroom aircon running). I did some research on the internet and found a company based in Florida which sells replacement units the installation was straight forward since the connections were all the same as the original unit. I would recommend Aquaair
http://www.aquaair.net/ any time, only thing they could improve is the handling of the shipping which took a while and I needed to call them a couple of times to get the shipping date and tracking number.

Three guys one cat replacing the aircon

(5) The generator might be a long term project, the engine is running but the motor only produces minimal voltage. Good thing is that there is some measurable voltage, bad thing is that this thing is very big and heavy. Getting that part out and services might be a big task. I will keep you updated. If anyone has some tips please let me know.

This monster will be a piece of work

(6) Most fun part was the painting of the outside stairs and two tables on the flybridge. Jolanda’s first attempts to paint a $10 table with $50 paint :-). I think she got better and had fun in the end, our neighbors was admiring her paining skills.

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First boat day trip – City Island

We were looking forward to our first trip with our boat and Memorial Weekend Monday was the perfect day to visit our friends Alex and Noelva in City Island. There is their friend’s mooring ball right in front of their house and the water is deep enough for our boat. One challenge was to time the ride up the East River so that we do not have the current against us. Hell Gate (north of Roosevelt Island) can be a bit of a pain if you would go up against the current. Luckily I found a webpage where you can look up when the right time is to travel the East River. The following link https://www.offshoreblue.com/cruising/east-river-timing.php together with an updated tide chart helped to time the passage: https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaatidepredictions.html?id=8518750&legacy=1

Our friend and neighbor Don, who is seriously boating since 20 years joined us and gave us good advice. His wife Pam was out of town and we thought he would appreciate some entertainment. We left at 11 am in the morning and it was beautiful weather, only Luna was suffering a bit, because of an allergic reaction. After 2.5 hours we arrived at City Island and we picked up the mooring without problem. Our friends greeted us with an amazing seafood lunch. It was a very relaxing afternoon watching our boat in a very different location.

With a nice sunset and seaplanes taking off next to us on the East River we made our way back home safely. An experience we hopefully will repeat very soon.

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J&J’s Wedding

We had the pleasure to attend the wedding of Jennifer and Joseph at Shelter Island. Thanks so much for a beautiful weekend. Click on the video above.

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Easter Egg hunt on the boat

Despite the not so promising weather forecast, we invited some of our friends to an Easter brunch. Jolanda was hiding some eggs and bunnies for a little exploration on the boat for our friends.

I did install a handrail with the help of our neighbor Frank so that our Colombian mama could access the boat without trouble:

Also the new wed couple Juanita & Andreas (we had the pleasure to attend the wedding in Colombia in March), joined with a slight delay.

With sparkling wine and unexpected beautiful sunshine everyone enjoyed a warm day in April. Special thanks goes to the amazing Swiss catering service Vreni & Bobby.

Next week we will be in Switzerland on vacation. I will check in afterwards.

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Google photo assistant

I like to share four pictures which where edited by Google Photos Assistant.
Enjoy

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Escape from the last cold days in NY (2) – Jamaica

When our magical time in Colombia came to an end we had a very early flight from Barranquilla to Montego Bay. At 5am in the morning I was not fully awake and left my mobile phone in the cab to the airport. Once you lose your phone you realize how important it is, on the bright side, I told everyone that I could not read any work emails so I had a really peaceful time until getting back to NY. I might have lost some of my contacts stored on the phone, I will reach out to you if yours got lost.

The reason to come to Jamaica was the birthday party of our friend Clive, he is also the manager of our the Airbnb villa in Ironshore (15 min from the airport). Check it out under Ironshore Villa with Pool at Ironshore. Vicky organized a great party with DJ and delicious food at the house.

The time was very relaxing and we spend a lot of time reading at the pool. We also were able to go one day Scubadiving with ScubaCaribe. This was the 2nd time diving with them and we strongly recommend that place.

Finally it was time to go home and get back to work. Jolanda spend a few more days in Jamaica but had to go back eventually.

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Escape from the last cold days in NY – Colombia

Last week we were invited to our friends Juanita and Andrea’s wedding in Colombia and were so excited to celebrate with the happy couple, their family and friends.

We took the opportunity to see more of Colombia too and spend some nice time at the beach. We flew from Newark to Panama and then to Barranquilla. After one night at an interesting hotel in Barranquilla we got a ride to Santa Marta. After acclimatizing we joined the wedding party for a pre-wedding celebration. Both the pre-party and wedding were amazing and the perfect location for such an wonderful event. We were so lucky to be invited to this special celebration.

It was one of the most magic places we visited recently, on top of that we had also an amazing accommodation La Mar de Bien
The rooms were very quiet and ceviche was delicious. See our hosts below.

We can’t wait to come back again.

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Finally we got our winter clothes

Some of you might remember that we put most of our stuff in storage (including winter clothes) when we moved out of our apartment at downtown Manhattan. The last twenty month we missed some of the things which were locked away. Finally today we got the items from the storage delivered. Of course not everything fitted onto the boat, so we needed to sort our what to keep and what to donate.

A lot of items which can break easily needed to go. We are so relieved that we managed to sort everything out and finally have all the valuable items back.

A special thanks goes to Dumbo Moving these guys are awesome if you ever need a moving company we strongly recommend them.

This week we have a little visitor, Candy from the neighbor boat is living with us until the owner is coming back. Even Luna got used to the visitor, she is defending her territory.

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Great Fender Company – TaylorMade

I made a great experience with TaylorMade Fender company. 3 weeks ago one of the fenders blew up, see picture below. I went to WestMarine to buy a replacement and saw that the label says “Lifetime” Limited Warranty, so I asked the sales person and he told me I need to get in contact with TaylorMade customer service. Next day I send them an email with a few pictures and got a prompt reply that I need to provide the mailing adress and my new fender will be on his way. I was a bit suspicious with the Lifetime warranty but that company really stands to their word of lifetime warranty. Excellent customer service. I went and bought 2 more from them!

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