|...Cutter Loose and Island Spirit buddies...|
|Carey and Julie relax on Cutter Loose|
|Thanksgiving for 200|
|Live music after Thanksgiving|
After Thanksgiving, we had planned to depart, and depart we did for Fort Pierce where there is a wonderful farmers' market on Saturdasy. We left Vero and motored down to drop an anchor off Fort Pierce where we took our fast 15 hp dinghy across the harbor and into town. On friday night, we made arrangements to meet up with IP 370 Morpheus of London, Richard and Jan, who are into their third year of cruising with sights set on the western Caribbean and Central America this year. Eric and Patricia spent time with Richard and Jan last in the Caribbean and they enjoyed talking about their adventures together. It was great to hear Jan overview their upcoming plans and how they will explore Central America and then store the boat in Panama ready to cross into the Pacific the next season.
|Patricia, Eric, Radeen, Richard, Hayden and Jan|
Meanwhile we stayed on anchor off Fort Pierce and installed our AIS system silent switch and rewiring to make this new AIS transponder a really cool install. Last year we rebuilt our entire alternator and charging system right here on anchor at Fort Pierce, that took 4 days, so building an AIS system and setting up the laptop software was a piece of cake. The system is working well and we now show up on Marine Traffic for all to follow.
|We bought a $450 AIS Camino-108 from MilltechMarine.com|
After 3 days on anchor, we needed to return to Vero, where we can secure our boat rafted up to IP 380 CAVU another buddy boat. Ron and Mary Ann (M.A. ocean sailing GrL) will be here for a few more weeks before moving onto Fort Lauderdale. We will be renting a car for the week so we can volunteer at the St. Petersburg Boat Show, Sat and Sun. Then on Monday we will be driving to Hilton Head, SC to survey and sea trial an Island Packet 35 that my client is buying. After that, we plan to return to Vero and head to sea ASAP, pushing onto Miami, FL. We hope to make the Wallcast concert on Dec 12th in South Beach.
|Success! 16,000+ photos imported to IPYOA|
This project has been going on since the Annapolis Maryland Boat Show of Oct 9th, 2015. We worked on it as we drove down the ICW daily! We have finally finished it and we are now working out the glitches and bugs. The site now holds 16,000+ photos of Island Packet Yachts shared by IP owners that want to share photos. The site is visited by thousands of visitors a month, and the server is sending out 20,000 pages each month. We think it is fantastic and we invite you to take a look and get involved at www.IPYOA.com/photos. As you can see, we have been working on a few fun proyects!
|My Old IPphotos.com 2002-2015|
13 years of service to the Island Packet Fleet
|Bob Wiley IP 380 Judith III, always a great friend to visit|
|Patricia, Radeen and M.A. (MaryAnn)|
Here are more photos to share of all our happenings.
|Vero Beach landscaping is beautiful|
|Our Dinghy Dock at Vero Beach|
|Julie enjoys the bow of IP 460 Cutter Loose|
|Best Friends heading to shore for Thanksgiving Day|
|Bentley and Michele are so musical|
|Bentley, Michele and Jim|
Salty Paws and Simple Life
|Jim sharing his music with the cruisers at Thanksgiving|
|Bentley on the banjo|
|The newest member of the band studies Michele's drum|
INSTALLING OUR AIS CAMINI 108
|The radio, a $450 AIS transponder, no need to spend $800-$1000|
|Look at all the options to connect this AIS|
|The AIS connection options are perfect, NMEA 183, NMEA 2000 and USB|
|I added a silent mode switch to shut down transmitting|
|I added a GPS puck under the deck, works great. $10|
|The proof the GPS works great, 14 satellites|
|I added the AIS silent switch under the electrical panel. New label needed|
|Laptop AIS software allows you to see if the unit is transmitting|
|Proof of NMEA input into the laptop, look at the NMEA stream|
|There we are Fort Pierce, FL with 20 AIS targets|
|A rainbow as we arrive Fort Pierce|
|Yes, it was a full rainbow|
|Back to Fort Pierce we go|
|Particia and Eric, IP460 Boat Buddies|
YACHT BROKER WORK
|The IP 35 We are working with clients who may be buying this beauty|
|The IP 380 we are working with a client who is interested in this yacht|
AND THE LAST
During our time in Vero, good friends Michele and Joe of IP 37 SIMPLE LIFE invited us over for cocktails. Well, they pulled a fast one on us and the next thing you know, Michele served a most delicious French Meat Pie coming out of the oven with the table all set for dinner. WOW, this was a real treat. Thank You, Michele and Joe. We have followed these two for years and we lived with Michele's cruising book from 2003 on our coffee table. Michele published a book about their year of cruising from Rhode Island to the Exumas and back. We were inpsired by her book, saying someday, someday, we, too, will do exactly this. Well, some day is here, and we are living their book. What a joy to spend time with these two great people. Thank you!
|Michele and Hayden toast good times|
|The delicious French Meat Pie|
|Joe and Michele on IP 37 Simple Life|
|Radeen and Joe toast to good times|
We are living a dream, we know it, we are grateful every single day to be fully involved in all we are doing. Thank you all for following along and for your comments and emails.
... ...The St. Petersburg Boat Show
..........and then off to Hilton Head to survey and sea trial a boat