What have we been doing

We have been busy and sorry about the delay in our blog.

We have been traveling to St Augustine and the inlet.  We have been studying about birds and trees around us.  We have been at the Dr for Steve’s VA medical changes here.  We have met new friends.  We (Steve) has been up the mast twice and other assorted boat projects.  We have also joined the Library that we walk past every morning here in Daytona Beach.

We have tried to organize the blog into different categories and also trying to add more detail to the things that we cover.

We will probably expand some of the blog  details for different categories as we go with more subject pictures and details as we go.

So hello again.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

I have to say I am remiss in posting to our blog

I am not sure whether it is writers block, a lack of subject matter or possibly to much to do around the boat.  Ok it might be I’ve just been lazy.  So I’m going to give the blog shot today and try to refine them in the future.

I have been taking photo’s where ever we go and have started formulating blogs on birds, trees, boat projects, and travel.  As a writer I prefer illustrating in pictures as much as possible.  Mostly because I’m not a very accomplished writer.  So please be patient with me and I will get back to the blog again.

A special note to our family and friends back in Minnesota.  Stop sending your weather our way!!!  Just because your jealous does not mean we wish to have you share it with us.  So until further notice KEEP THE COLD UP NORTH IN MINNESOTA where we know you’ll enjoy it.

So until Monday have a great weekend.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

A little maintenance on the winches

One of the items that needs regular maintenance are the winches.  We sort of ignored them ,mostly because I was afraid of loosing pieces.  I decided to attack them on Sunday.  I now realize how dirty they were, but fortunately for us they were still in good condition.

What is a winch?  It gives leverage to anyone that is moving a line, sheet, or halyard and allows them to lift greater amounts.

This is a self tailing winch (One that you do not have to pull on the line with just turn the winch handle.


This a photo of my largest winch. It is one of seven winches we have on Adventure.

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A shot of the winch top with the retaining ring removed and laying on top.


The retaining ring removed and the holding ring removed.

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the crank is in the center the two pins from the hub to the center are Pawls. The pawls are spring loaded allowing the drum to rotate or lock it in place.

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You can see the Dirt and caked on grease from this picture


Again the dirt and caked on grease on the pin roller bearings and lower reversing gears.


A shot from the top after the roller bearings are removed.


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These are shots of the gears also the internal pawls and springs that work making the winch a two speed.


The gears, pawls, and springs after the wire brush


The pawls and small springs that lock the winch from going the wrong way.



I cleaned the entire winch with WD40, rags and a wire brush.












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The in bearings and bottom of the winch.

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After some serious scraping, scrubbing, and soaking they started to clean up and fit together smoothly.

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After the cleaning some grease on the roller bearings and gears plus a light coating of pawl oil on the pawls and they slipped together beautifully.


The finished product does not look mush different from the start but it runs so much more smoothly and can again carry the weight it was meant to and do the job.

A smooth operating winch can take a load off the operators, Tammy and I.

Just a bit of information on how a sailboat operates.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

Welcome to take a walk with us on Saturday morning in Daytona Beach

Each morning, after we get up Mat stops by with Buddy and invites us to take a walk with them.   I thought you might like to tag along on this Saturday and see the sights.  Sorry I couldn’t send the weather along.

As we walked along the Halifax River I realized there were other  early risers already out and active.   The first picture shows them in sweep meaning each person has two hands on one oar.  Sculling is when each person is rowing with two oars one in each hand.


Sweep each person has two hands on one oar. They are being monitored by the chase boat.


Sweep each rower has two hands on one oar. The “coxswain” is the person who sits in the boat and directs the rhythm of the rowing crew as well as steers the boat.


Again they are using “Sweep”.

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This the International Speedway bridge that is the road that goes past the Daytona Beach Speedway.  It is a beautiful bridge with the supports all having Aquatic themes mosaic’s on them.  They also have the shell shape in intervals along the rail.  It makes for a pleasant walk in the park as it is on the northern edge of the park with beautiful palm trees throughout.  More of the park in a different blog.


Tammy and Mat were with me that day enjoying the walk.

They are standing next to the Volusia County Library.  It’s nice having a library only 3 blocks from us.  We need to get our library cards but we have so much to do on the boat and lots of reading materiel in our e readers.



There are also several walking bridges across the river that people can walk or bike across.


The seagulls are lined up along the railing watching us.

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Then we arrive at the Farmers Market.  It’s the end of January and we are getting fresh picked fruit and vegetables.  that is so great we are there every week getting it fresh picked.  Most of it is grown right near Daytona Beach with the vendors hawking fresh grown locally to everyone.  It includes not only vegetables and fruit but booths with Homemade Honey, Peanuts, Shrimp, and all sorts of natural organic foods as well.

Thanks for joining us on our walk today.  What a beautiful place Daytona Beach.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve


Bottom Painting Shelsea, Matt and Rita’s 40 foot C and C

You bottom paint a boat to prevent growth and barnacles from destroying the hull.  They can actually eat right through the hull and create holes.  Bottom paint works to prevent that from happening by sloughing off the paint and anything that has attached itself slowly over a couple of years.  This means you have to repaint every year or two.

Matt and Rita needed to repaint the bottom of Shelsea, and we offered to help.

They had to take it down to Seven Seas boatyard and have it pulled out of the water.

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These pictures show the damage that is done over time and how you get it ready to paint on jack stands.

Matt in his glory

Matt in his glory





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Rita with Buddy

Rita with Buddy

So that was the work crew.

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Started by putting the ladders up and taping Shelsea off.

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After a lot of rolling and brushing two coats later Shelsea is looking much better.  The sorry part is when you put her into the water you can’t even see the paint.

Matt and Rita have a retractable keel so that had to be painted in the hoist.

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So we all gathered for the relaunch, after which Matt and I brought her back to the marina.

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Of course Buddy, Matt and Rita’s Dachshund gave the final approval.


It took a total of three days but was a worthwhile project and Shelsea will continue to float.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

Sails Up and Full

Earlier this week I was excited because our neighbor Matt asked if  I wanted to go out sailing Adventure.  We haven’t had Adventure out since we got into the slip back in December.  Prior to that it was just motoring with the occasional time with the Genoa out.  We didn’t feel comfortable raising the mainsail.

So I was quick to say yes.  Matt has been sailing many years and said he would teach me what Adventure can do.  What a thrill.

We departed the Halifax marina and we put the sails up as soon as we got into the channel.  He surprised me when he turned the engine off and it got quiet.  Adventure was truly in her element.  She was gliding through the water and the wind was blowing with us.  She jumped up to 8.2 knots just with the wind.  We had the tide with us to give us an extra boost.  What an exhilarating  feeling.

We didn’t know it but Rita, Matts wife, and Tam had gotten into the car and drove down to take pictures of Adventure with her sails out.  It’s hard to get pictures of  Adventure when you are on her and we haven’t got any with both sails out.  So here are some pictures of the sail.


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Adventure was showing her speed that day.  She demonstrated the reason we enjoy this sailors life.

Mat took the helm while I was raising the mansail

Matt took the helm while I was raising the mainsail

We sailed it down the ICW to the Daytona Beach inlet to the Ocean.  Then we spent an hour just sailing out on the Ocean then brought her home just at dusk.

View of Daytona beach from Adventure

View of Daytona Beach from Adventure

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A few shots while we were still in the ICW.

While we were out there Matt helped me learn how to handle Adventure’s sails.  A rewarding day trip.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve



Manatee’s in Florida

Saturday Jan 17th 2015

We asked Matt and Rita about Manatee’s here in Florida and told them how we wanted to see them in the wild.  First they informed us that in a few months they will be coming into our marina and we will actually see them beside our boat.  But right now the water is not warm enough for them as the water temp has to be above 70 degrees for them to survive.


Matt, Rita, and Buddy decided to take us to Blue Spring Park on the St John River.

It was unbelievable what we saw.  We started at the first pool with water so clear you could take pictures all the way to the bottom.  The following pictures are of the same pool.  It is spring fed with water at 72 degrees all year long.  The perfect temp for Manatee’s.

These springs are located in several places here in Florida.  As we were looking at them I do believe they are the foundation of the “Fountain of Youth” idea by Ponce De Leon.

But now for some pictures.  Tell me what you think of them!

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The water is about 8 to 12 feet deep through out the pool.  There are several babies.  They nurse by the mothers back flipper and they all go out to the river in a herd to eat river grass.  They have no predators except the props from motor boats.  They move to slowly to get out of the way of power boats.  Most places they limit the speed of boats to 6 knots to protect the manatee population.  They were endangered for a long time but the population is coming back.  There are over 200 Manatee in the blue Spring but it started out with only about 14 a few years back.  It is a very protected area.

Also located in the spring area are

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Many species of fish

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I am trying to identify this bird.  It was about 10 feet below me on the path.  I am trying to get some wildlife identity APS for the computer and IPad.  Any help you folks might have will be greatly appreciated.

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I could not believe all these Manatee’s here and how clear the water is.


This is a Manatee by a depth stick. The Manatee is on the bottom and the depth stick measures the water at 8′ 3″ deep.

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They come to the top every 5 minutes or so and breath through these two nostrils then go back down.  The only thing that comes above the water are the 2 breathing holes.

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These are Manatee Baby Photo’s.  When they are full grown they weigh about 1300 pounds.

For more information this link is very helpful. http://www.savethemanatee.org/manfcts.htm

I will do some additional blogs about the Manatee in the future.  What an awesome creature.

More to do in Florida than Disney.

“Living The Dream”

    Tammy & Steve





I Love You Mom

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It has been a very difficult week for us.

My mother after 88 years passed away on January 6th at 11 PM.  She had suffered for almost 20 years with Alzheimer s disease.  She no longer really could recognize anyone but she still had a smile for anyone that stopped by with a smile for her.

What a wonderful wife, mother,  grandmother, and great grandmother she was.  Of 9 siblings only one other remains in her family.

She had 7 children and she loved all of us.  It truly was a family guided by her love.  When we saw all of those that came to the funeral it was easy to see how many people she loved and how they loved her.  She was a great giver.  Always taking care of the needy.   She would bake all day long then take everything she made to the homeless children in need.

So many people came and talked of how much she loved everyone.  God will have a special place for her I’m sure.  She didn’t spend time thinking of herself but of everyone else.

It is impossible to say the words that this loss has had on me and so many others.

Thank you mom, I love you and you will be greatly missed.  I know there is a special place, with God, for you now.

Mom and dad were inseparable.  They were married for 66 years and I remember always seeing them holding hands.  What a remarkable woman, and a remarkable life.  so much love, so much loved.

Thank you Stuart

I just re-blogged from Stuart M Perkins.  When you get down on the blog just press the “View Original” button and it will provide the entire blog.

I have re-blogged from Stuart before.  I thank him for being able to put into words my feelings with a certain introspective.  This blog as I read it truly relates to Tam & my decision to cut the lines to everyday and sail away.  This story goes back a few years and to just a few days.  We have been fortunate to be living in this dream for over 5 months (with a month spent with family and friends).  As he spoke of the nature he has seen I would have to add many more to our list.  From the Dolphin families that we have had swimming around “Adventure” to the whale, and the many Bald Eagles, Egrets, and Pelicans, plus so many sunsets, sunrises.  So much of nature we have enjoyed and have enjoyed sharing with all of you.

But also are the friends we have met and shared those experiences with.  Oh what a joy it is.  I say “is” because it will continue as long as we are Living The Dream.

If you enjoyed Stuarts insightful commentary I would suggest looking at his blog and perhaps following it.  An Email from him is much more enjoyable than the sales pitches from all those adds that pummel our inbox.

Thank you again Stuart!

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“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve


Why Do This To Myself?


Working in D.C. is an experience. It’s a vibrant, dynamic city full of people rushing to and from work by bus, metro, bike, or car. Maintaining the hectic pace keeps me on my toes. I love it, but everyone needs the occasional break. A few years ago I made the decision to spend a weekend alone at my uncle’s cottage on the Chesapeake Bay.

I love the old cottage that sits surrounded by bay, pine trees, and marsh, but before that weekend I’d only spent time there with family. There are usually so many of us that between kids squealing, television blaring, and dishes clanking, it’s no quieter than Pennsylvania Avenue during rush hour. I’d never experienced the place alone and my plan was to leave behind work, phone, and television for a long weekend of solitude. I was excited to abandon “civilization”. Or was I? Spend a weekend alone…

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