Monthly Archives: October 2014

LIB Overtaken by Women

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TMM Dock

 

I spent the last 9 days aboard LIB with a few good friends.  Although we received several comments about an “all female” crew, LIB was in excellent hands and we put her through her paces, hitting 9.2 knots a couple of days during our sails.

With so many women on board, the camera was quite busy catching beautiful views:

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Walking back from the Bubbly Pool

And silly celebrations:

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Three birthdays…we aren’t sharing our ages!

We snorkeled or paddle boarded every day but the afternoons were reserved for relaxing on the trampoline:

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Moored at Anegada

We rented scooters from Stephanie on Anegada and created our own tour of the Island. It was lots of fun and I recommend you try it on your next visit.

The sail from Anegada to the Scrub Island Resort was fabulous and actually went much too quickly.  According to the GPS, we travelled about 14nm but since we were hitting 9kn, our sail seemed really short.  Allas, we had to spend extra time at this beautiful resort, swimming in the 2 tiered pool, sliding down the water slide and swimming up to the pool bar:

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Scrub Island Resort from our slip

Last year, my crew missed White Bay and the Soggy Dollar, so we knocked that off the bucket list and managed to snag a beautiful photo:

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Looking out from White Bay

I guess the BVIs were as sad to see us leave as we were to go because our final day was the only one on which we saw rain while sailing. Here is a picture we took as we sailed back to Road Town on our last afternoon:

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Rain over Nanny Cay

It is always great to be home, but I already miss the beauty and pace of the islands, and I know I am not the only person willing to go straight back to Let It Be.

Boat Show Wrap Up ~ Part 1

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We had another excellent visit to Annapolis. I think this is the first time we had a whole day that was sunny and beautiful! The weather this year was much better than last year but the show felt less crowded this time.

We successfully gathered information on several systems including water makers, top down furlers and fuel polishing systems.  We have not bought any of these pricey little numbers yet, but we have a much better idea of what is on our wish list.

We were impressed by the FilterBOSS fuel polishing system. The owner, who spends about six months a year living on his sailboat, was very patient and thorough in explaining the system and our options.  Because LIB has one fuel tank, two engines and a generator, we agreed that the best option for our purposes would be a combination polishing/filter unit to supply fuel to the port engine and genset. This would allow us to clean the fuel and return it to the tank and filter the fuel before it enters those two engines.  On the starboard engine we would use the fuel filter system only. By spending a few extra dollars, we can add a water alarm to the polishing/filter unit.

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We are very close to buying this system because it would help prevent any fuel problems and assure our charter guests that LIB’s engines run smoothly. Anyone who has been around marine engines knows the troubles bad fuel creates and we would like to prevent those issues for our guests.

One item we did order is a beefier anchor.  While no one has reported any trouble with our current anchor, we think this one will improve guest confidence:

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Spade Anchor

Spade anchors routinely come out at the top of Practical Sailor reviews and the physics of this anchor makes sense to us. The current anchor on LIB has worked well, but we wanted to step up our confidence on the hook.  For us, Spade was the answer.  This upgraded anchor will allow guests to feel more secure at anchor and increase their confidence when sleeping on the hook. Thankfully, Spade is shipping our new anchor as it is surely over the maximum suitcase weight allowed on the airplane.

We have not finalized our thoughts on water makers, but currently RO is at the top of our list. We both like the idea of replacement parts that are easy to find and the people we have spoken with are very happy with their ROs.

Top down furlers were interesting and I was glad to talk with a few dealers and compare the products but we have not decided if we will invest in one.  Several times when flying our spinnaker, we have used it as a dead downwind sail and have flown it attached to the windward forepeak instead of to the bow sprit. A furler would remove this option and we are not ready to accept that limitation yet.

Since a water maker and a top-down furler wouldn’t affect charter guests, they are not a priority at the moment.

We did buy a few other things, but I’ll cover those in a separate post.

Happy sailing!

Research Made Fun

Next week we will fly to Annapolis where we must suffer through the 2014 Sailboat Show.  Dang!  What a hardship!

According to an article in the Capital Gazette, only 130,000 of our sailing friends will descend upon Annapolis for the show.

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                    Photo by Joshua McKerrow, on staff at Capital Gazette.

In 2012 at the Annapolis show, we wound our way through dock after dock of beautiful new boats, and the eye-candy was just too tempting.  After comparing several sailboats, we fell in love with the Fountaine Pajot Helia.  When we returned to Texas, we worked with Don Pietrykowski at TMM, and by good luck and fortunate timing, we were able to buy Let It Be and have her delivered to Tortola only four months later.

This year, the expenditures will be much smaller, but the research will be equally important.  Once we live on LIB, we will need to make several additions; many for safety and some for comfort. Okay, and a few more just for fun!

The Annapolis Boat Show is an excellent opportunity to look at many brands in one place.  Attending the show allows us to see and physically touch equipment as well as talk with well informed sales reps.  While I make light of this, the Boat Show is actually a fabulous opportunity to gather excellent information and seriously compare product features and ease of use.  Plus talking with others who have real-time experience with products we are considering helps us learn what we should be asking that we may not have considered.

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Of course, walking docks and research is pretty thirsty work, so we might just have to have a painkiller or two ~ just to stay hydrated!

 

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