Saturday, August 10, 2019

Stopping is the problem...

Red Head was splashed this week, but not before there was one last issue. After having the mufflers and exhausts on both engines worked on, a leak was discovered in the port muffler when Dad powered up the engines.

Red Head had to be towed from the haul-out well to the dock by a boatyard skiff - actually, two skiffs, one in front and one in back. While it was impressive to watch them get her underway, it was more impressive to watch them bring her up to the dock and stop her - with no damage to the people or the boat. A quick repair followed and she was ready to set off.

There’s been several days of cleaning boatyard slim off Red Head, a final run to the grocery store, and general tidying up. Tomorrow the crew looks forward to throwing off the lines and heading out.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Something Nice?

When you have 3 dogs, it’s hard to have anything nice.

Since our summer plans were disrupted, Mom and Dad decided to tick off some additional items on the project list.

They had previously picked out some lovely vegan leather fabric for new settee cushion covers in the salon. The local canvas shop was able to fit in the job and the new cushions arrived last week. It was $$$ but everyone was pleased with the results.

Especially the Red Head crew. Dee Dee wasted no time reclaiming her spot.

While Dylan and Dora quickly joined in. Mom thought this was just a little too nice for this gang.

She quickly created a bottom cover using some outdoor canvas and well placed Velcro. Hopefully it’ll keep the settee “nice” for a little while. But honestly, a good crew beats a nice settee anytime.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Hot Dog Park

The brutal heatwave has subsided to just a heatwave. That means Dora’s dad can bring her to the dog park again.

Dora certainly won’t let a little hot weather stop her fun. Looks like she found herself a suitor.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Better Coffee

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora’s mom didn’t think it was possible to enjoy her morning cup of coffee more. Then their dad got her this cool mug for her birthday.

Saturday, July 20, 2019


This was a screenshot of WeatherUnderground when we arrived back at the boat in Georgetown, MD. Somewhat different from what the crew had been enjoying in Maine...

Monday, July 15, 2019

Castine, Maine

The crew has been vacationing in Castine for 3 days now which means 3 afternoons spent at the town dock.

It’s been old home week for Dylan and Dee Dee who have spent many an hour lounging at the dock. Dee Dee knows to grab the shady spot under the picnic table and relax.

Dylan likes to stay cool too, but wants to not miss any of the action, so he settles in alongside.

For Dora, it’s all brand-new and she doesn’t want to miss a thing.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Road Trip

The crew left early this morning for their trip to Castine, Maine. Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora use a lot of space when underway. But everyone managed to find a spot in the back seat.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Back, Only Better

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora arrived back at Georgetown Yacht Basin last week in preparation for Red Head’s second haul out. Sort of deja vu all over again. Only this time it’s better.

GYB built a set of stairs just for the crew.

No more scaling a series of platforms and ramps. Or being shuttled around in a forklift. Although the forklift was kinda cool...

The crew loves it. 

And uses them without hesitation. In addition, the yard hooked up special hoses and pumps so now there is real air conditioning onboard. Not too shabby.

Friday, June 28, 2019

It’s HOT

After several days of low humidity, the crew is back to those infamous hot and humid days. Mom grew up in the Maryland side of the DC suburbs. Mom and Dad met in DC and lived in Maryland for 8 years before moving to Maine. They know what summers are like around here. It’s one of the reasons they escaped to Maine.

Each morning over her coffee, Mom checks her Weather Underground app to see what sort of day it will be. All she really needs to do is check the crew’s heat-o-meter. Dylan’s checks in first and is measured in “amount of paw dragging on the return.” He can pick up the most subtle changes.

Dee Dee is next. She has a macro view with only two settings - bouncing along so not too bad vs slow walking, it’s gonna be hot.

Dora is the final measure, warning only of catastrophic heat. She thinks the heat is just fine, so when she flops down on the grass in the shade on her way back from the dog park (as she did today), you know you’re in for a HOT day.

Fortunately, Red Head has great air conditioning.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Yin and Yang

Dora has been loving her time at the dog park with her dad. She is a very social dog who only wants to play, play, play with every dog that comes into the park. Recently she meet her yin to her yang, or yang to her yin, or whatever.

The bottom line, they played!

And played.

And played.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

In the Groove

Any time the Red Head crew stays at a spot for more than a few days they develop a routine. Their Baltimore routine is a bit different than ones of the past.

The first day here, Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora walked to the Canton dog park. It’s a bit less than a mile each way. Dylan sat in the shade and then dragged most of the way back to the boat. Dee Dee was not behaving so her dad took her out for a walk.

The new morning routine is as follows. Up (early) for breakfast, a bit of play time, and a snooze. Around 8 am, Mom takes Dylan for a walk on the waterfront promenade, before it gets hot. He loves sitting in the air conditioning when he returns.

At 9 am, Dad takes Dora for a walk to the dog park. He returns with one throughly exhausted pup.

About 9:15 am, Mom takes Dee Dee for a walk on the promenade, using the one-on-one time to work on leash and other dog manners. She has never liked small dogs and while she won’t approach one, if she is approached it can be ugly. This has now spread to pretty much any unfamiliar dog. Hence, her dog park restrictions. Mom wonders if Dee Dee is feeling her dominance challenged by Dora. It’s hard to know what is going on in those little brains. Fortunately, she is improving and seems to like the special attention.

For the next few weeks we have a routine that seems to work for everyone.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Dora’s Window

Dylan and Dee Dee discovered the small “window” outside the port galley door soon after moving onto Red Head. That pic was from October 2016 while at New Bern, NC.

Dora loves her little window. Every time she steps out the door, she stops to take a peek. You never know what you might see...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Dylan is 12, Oh My!

Our sweet Dylan turns 12 today.

He’s just as cute as the day we brought him home.

Dad is lobbying for birthday cupcakes. Mom just wants to cuddle her handsome boy.

Thank you, Dylan, for 12 wonderful years. There’s still many adventures to come.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Baltimore, What?

What could keep the Red Head crew from putting up a blog entry for over a week? Start with some engine problems, add in ridiculously hot weather, throw in a haul out and 3 days living on the hard (in said hot weather), and top it off with poor WiFi.

On the bright side, they did find two dog parks.

Three days on the hard meant getting the crew off and on the boat. We used a series of ramps, much like Stuart a couple years ago. Tried airplane stairs but Dylan would have none of that. On the final day, we used a lift to take them off one at a time prior to Red Head going back in the water.

It’s been a rough week, culminating in a sad change of summer plans. Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora are now off to Baltimore for a month. More on the Red Head saga later.

For now the crew needs a couple days to relax.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Brother and Sisters

It’s been a hectic time for Mom and Dad. There was the anchorage with the million tiny bugs followed by hours of cleaning them up. The engine troubles as we headed up the Chesapeake Bay that ended in one engine going down. Dad’s first docking with a single engine. He did great. The gale warnings that occurred in the midst of said engine troubles. And even an infestation of frogs (OK, one frog) hiding onboard, most likely to eat the remains of the bugs. 

Through it all the crew remained focused on their tasks. Sleeping and having fun. Sisters Dee Dee and Dora cuddled for a nap.

Dora helped brother Dylan keep watch. 

Dylan and Dora found time to play.

The Red Head crew is now settled into Georgetown Yacht Basin. A Caterpillar mechanic was onboard yesterday to not only fix the engine problem but to show Dad how to do it himself should it happen again underway. Today Mom picks up a rental car. Tomorrow we head to a nearby dog park. Next week a Red Head will be hauled for maintenance work but today life is good.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Dee Dee and Mom arrived home yesterday afternoon. Mom called when about 20 minutes out so Dad could setup the ramp. Then he told Dylan and Dora we were coming. Soon after was the happy reunion.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Feathered Friends

We arrived at grandma’s house to find a momma robin sitting on her nest in the corner of the front porch. Dee Dee has been through the front door for a walk numerous times but she has never suspected a thing. On the other hand, the momma robin has kept a keen eye on us, flying away each time we exited and return to the house. Finally captured a picture of her.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Going Solo

This morning Mom and Dee Dee headed out to Tennessee for a visit with Grandma. Dad and Dylan and Dora will be staying on Red Head to finish up some projects. It’ll be 5 days with Dee Dee the sole crew member. She’s never been without the others for more than an hour or so. Will she bask in having the attention all to herself? She is a little diva. Or will she miss the rest of the crew and decide Dora isn’t so bad after all?

How are the other two crew members doing? We’re sure Dylan is fine. But we could hear Dora crying all the way out in the parking lot. Dad will have his hands full.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Land Ho!

After 4 days and 3 nights, not to mention several days moving across the Bahama Banks to setup for Red Head’s crossing, the crew finally touched paws to land on Wednesday. They were pretty happy.

Mom picked up the rental car and Dad arranged for a playdate with Cally, a fellow yellow Lab. The crew was excited to be going on a toot, even if they didn’t know where.

Cally’s people have a lovely house right on the ICW. Dee Dee immediately figured out how to get into the river and spent most of her time swimming. Dylan joined her for a bit.

Dora wasn’t so sure...

But she quickly figured out how to watch from the dock.

Everyone was having a great time.

Cally even showed off her favorite toy.

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora were ready to move in. But we did eventually have to go back to the boat. The Red Head crew will be here for a spell. Dora thinks she’s gonna like it.