A few weekends ago we were fortunate to be invited to our friends Ewa and Bill’s wedding upstate New York. The place is a beautiful estate for members only. Bill’s family is a member since many generations. For the wedding Ewa asked us if we could organize a white convertible to drive her to the ceremony. So we booked a flashy white convertible BMW two months ahead on Turo (it is a website like Airbnb for cars), the location for the pickup was around our corner. Unfortunately the night before we were supposed to pick up the car, the owner cancelled the booking. Desperately we booked a convertible with HERTZ at Newark Airport in the middle of the night. The next morning we took a Lyft to the airport and the incredible HERTZ team managed to get us a white convertible (Chevrolet is not BMW but we did not mind as it was white).
After we arrived we were greeted by our friends and their family with an awesome dinner. The next day we explored the estate and we could not believe that we had an entire lake including island on our own. It was so peaceful and scenic.
The wedding ceremony was outstanding and our convertible was also one of the highlights.
The party went long into the night and we danced until the next morning. Ewa and Bill we can’t thank you enough to allow us to be part of your wedding. Your amazing friends, family and location made it an incredible experience for us.
See below the video taken from the wedding by the toastmaster.
79 year ago Marcus Mum was born. We going to meet her on Christmas this year to go on Vacation and see the Christmas market . She was planning to visit the boat but this year she was just too busy with all the travel plans.
59 years later Marcus made his first skydive jump in Luetzelinden / Germany. This year marks his 20 years in Skydiving. Unfortunately I have no pictures from this historical event but I found one from the following year in Indonesia and one of the first jumps Jolanda and Marcus together in the air.
And of course the most important date was August 20th 2005 when Jolanda and Marcus got married at the Brissago Islands in the south part of Switzerland. The wedding was a weeks long celebration with 18 different nationalities.
Last weekend was very productive, I exchanged the broken toilet seat, we tightened the rubber hoses from the heater so they don’t leak any more. We might have solved the leaking of the aircon (time will tell) and also we took apart the generator. A big thanks to our neighbors, without them we would not be able to do that. It took us (or better Don) two days to losen the generator to be able to take out the coils of the generator. The service centre of the generator has helped me to troubleshoot and it seems that the coils are shot.
Now we just need a shop who can help us to replace the coils and of course put everything together again. As a little thank you we invited our supporting crew to a dinner at our favorite restaurant The Archer which is partly owned by Jolanda’s sailing buddy Jessie and has the most delicious drink and food menu.
There are some more projects in the pipeline e.g. building a new housebank (if someone can tell me where to get cheap golf card batteries let me know). On the downside I learned that ALL of the leaks which I thought I fixed have proven me wrong after the last thunderstorm. Next weekend is skydiving time, so a little brake from dirty hands in the engine room.
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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.