Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Early Splash

March 25, 2016

We are back in our slip for the summer. Much earlier than usual, but circumstances dictate the schedule. Hap Miller our always dependable mechanic quickly has her ready and we move back aboard once the temperatures moderate a little and snow remnants melt. All systems are a go and we take a brief cruise around Warwick Cove to limber her after sitting all winter. We'll be hauled out mid-summer to recheck zincs, bottom paint and wax-polish the hull. We know better than to discuss plans for the summer, much less the fall. "Boater's plans are written in Jell-O and the water isn't even boiling yet." Here we are at our slip before our neighbors have launched.

Friday, October 09, 2015

October 9,2015

We thought we were headed south this year, but it wasn't in the cards. Typically we depart Narragansett Bay immediately after Labor Day. This year we were faced with upgrades to our navigation, AIS and a last minute adjustment to our satellite TV antenna that allows us reception even when moving at anchor. Once all that was completed, (major accomplishment) we had nonstop seas and wind that were beyond our comfort and safety level. Day after day we consulted multiple web sites for a glimmer of a decent weather window that would have allowed us passage offshore and then down the AICW. Finally, after weeks passed, we decided that we would take the prudent choice and once again store The Rose in RI for the winter. All of our preparations are still in place, we just won't use them until next year. Disappointed? Sure! But I have to remember that we've made this roundtrip passage 5x so there's no room for complaints.
The big change this year was our decision to haul out and store at the Brewer East Yard. The trough is smaller than Harbor Lights but the yard is high and dry, meaning I will not trudge through standing water and ice when we check the boat during the winter. The crew at the East Yard did a great job getting her out and on stands. We had supplied them with multiple pictures of sling  and stand locations which were followed exactly. To say we were pleased is a gross understatement.
That's it for the next 6 months.....




Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ready for Another Trip South

June 30, 2015

It’s been awhile since this blog was updated. Our routine has been just that, routine. She has wintered at Harbor Lights Marina and served us well as our waterfront home, summers at Brewer Greenwich Bay North all in Warwick, RI.

She is in excellent shape, and Hap Miller our trusty mechanic has helped us to make sure that all systems are like new. We are tentatively planning to cruise south to Florida this fall with a final destination of Melbourne, FL. Our insurance broker was able to negotiate an amendment to our existing policy that allows us to cruise to Florida, providing that we stay north of the GA-FL line prior to November 1st. He earned his commission and then some. A familiar refrain is; boaters’ plans are written in Jell-O, and the water isn’t even boiling yet. After 11 years we know this is very true, but we have an eye on the horizon anyway.

Stay tuned, this promises to be an epic trip since we are planning a cruise on the St. Johns’ River in Florida. That’s been on our list from day one so we’re hoping it finally happens.

The picture is The Rose at her slip after launch this spring. Wax and bottom by Jim Gelcoat and Todd.
                              


Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall Activities

October 11, 2013

The days are getting shorter and cooler. We are busy with preparing for our drive to Florida and also making sure that The Rose is ready for the coming winter.

In years past she has remained in the water, winterized with an agitator to prevent the water surrounding her hull from freezing. This year we decided to have her hauled out and stored on land. Harbor Lights Marina is less than a 1/4 mile from us by water and their travel lift is new with a capacity of 100,000 pounds. The Rose usually comes in at 40,000 to 46,000 pounds depending on how much water and fuel we have on board so we feel secure with John McGovern and his crew handling the chore. They know her well since they are the only marina we have used for hauling here in RI over the past 9 years. Hap Miller is our mechanic now that Drew relocated to warmer waters and he has her ready in an afternoon. During the process he identified a problem with one of the a/c units that has puzzled us for the past year. There was a water line that was clogged despite my regular flushing. Thanks Hap!

Today, (10/11/13) she was out, hanging in the slings and power washed. The Petit Zinc that I used on her propellers and rudders in the spring worked well. The Blue Water bottom paint also functioned as advertised. There wasn't a barnacle anywhere. By 12:00 noon she was resting easy on stands.

Connie and I have been working almost nonstop for the past week gathering our belongings; some to storage and the rest to be loaded in the car for the drive home. We have managed to deplete the remaining food except for what we'll bring with us as snacks during the drive.

For the past several days we cleaned the refrigerator, wiped down all the counters with Clorox and washed-stored all bedding. Fenders, power cord, hoses and lines are stored under cover. Sometimes it seems like there is a never ending list of tasks that need our undivided attention.

We are confident that The Rose will be fine, but we know that our cousin Nick will swing by from time to time to check on her. Our next post will be in the spring, 2014.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

More summer fun

The Rose is meant to be enjoyed and again this year we have found time to enjoy the best RI and Narragansett Bay have to offer. Between family and friends we are quick to leave the dock and explore the inlets and islands that make up the area. Here are more pictures of family enjoying our lifestyle.

Tom and Alexis enjoying a day on Narragansett Bay
 
 
 
I think that we enjoy sunset cruises because the Bay is all ours.
 
 
                Nobeltec runs The Rose once we have plotted our course.
 
 
 
Victor at the helm with Joshua checking for trap markers
 
 
You can tell from the smiles that we had a good day quahogging
 
 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

4th of July and haul out

July 4th, 2013

In years past we have docked in Bristol, RI for the week preceding the holiday. The Harbormaster’s office was a little disorganized this year and it appeared that slips were only available by reservation. Rather than take a chance, we decided to stay at our home marina in Warwick Cove. We ended up with a good sized audience on July 3rd, with plenty of food and drink for all. Warwick put on an excellent show and the weather cooperated with a mostly clear sky. Having our grandkids on The Rose is always special, especially when they’re stunned by the light show.


    We had about a dozen family members and there was plenty      
    of room aft of the pilot house.



 

                   Young and old, we all enjoyed the show

                           This one got a lot of attention!

Earlier in the month we were hauled out to have the hull waxed & buffed, her bottom power washed and painted, along with replacing the zincs. Last year I was convinced by “experts” to use a different bottom paint. It did not work as promised, so this year I went back to my usual product. Normally we only need bottom paint every other year and power wash in between. Three days from haul out to splash and she's bright and shiny!

Friday, March 08, 2013

Summer 2012

Our routine for the past several summers has not varied a whole lot. The Rose spends the winter at Wharf Marina in the water. She is winterized, and snug in a slip with an agitator to make sure the water around the hull doesn't freeze. We are well into Warwick Cove so we are protected from the winter wind and waves.

Drew our mechanic watches over her for the winter and will move her back to her slip at Greenwich Bay North. The 2 marinas are only about 1/4 mile apart so it's an easy ride. We are usually back on board by mid-April and quickly settle into living aboard. Our summers are busy with family activities from softball to cookouts and everything in between. Our cruising includes exploring Narragansett Bay and side trips to Bristol and Block Island, especially mid-week when anchoring in New Harbor is easily available. Here are a few pictures of our summer activities.
                      Josh, Victor and Grandma, galley

 
Victor with a plate of quhohaugs he dug!

 
Sofia enjoying a day on the Bay

 
The Rose at her slip

 
The Admiral at the helm

 
Bristol Harbor, our 2nd home

 
Crusing Greenwich Bay with friends at sunset

 
Trying to convince Evelyn it's naptime

Since our home slip is a Brewer Yard, we have reciprocal priviliges at other Brewer yards, a feature we take advantage of as time permits. What a way to spend the summer!