Saturday, August 18, 2018

A Long Day

Mom and Dad decided to try something different for Red Head’s cruise down the New Jersey shore. It’s never been a favorite passage. The plan was to leave the Sandy Hook anchorage and go nonstop to the Cape Henlopen anchorage in Delaware. It’s a 125 nm passage. If the crew could leave at dawn, then Red Head could be in by dusk. A long day.

The crew was awakened at 4:30 am, happy to receive breakfast early. Dee Dee and Dora quickly settled on the pilothouse settee.

While Dylan chose to settle in front of the starboard side door to catch some breezes. Mom and Dad started hauling the anchor and left the anchorage as the sun rose.

For Dora, it was another first. Her maiden voyage on the ocean. She loved sniffing the ocean air. It was a good trip, although a bit bouncy in the middle of the day. So how did she do?

Why, she handled it with aplomb!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


The crew had intended for today’s blog entry to be about throwing off the lines and heading down the Hudson River. While everyone enjoyed the time at Shady Harbor Marina, the crew was itching to move on to new adventures. 

They wanted to tell you how Dora had finished going through heat. Mom and Dad had gotten through a dozen items on their project list. Maybe show some more of those cute cuddle pictures. But things went a little differently. 

Ever since Dora made her way to Red Head’s roof during a past docking at Shady Harbor, she has been tethered in the pilothouse whenever the boat is docking. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t needed any more since Dad constructed gates to keep her contained on the pilothouse level when underway.

Plus, she has pretty much chewed through the leash that was being used. But tethered she was...

As is typical, she cried when her dad left the pilothouse with remote in hand to undock. At some point, Dora became quiet and an unfamiliar alarm sounded but then stopped. Hmmmm, strange.

Mom finished clearing the deck of lines and fenders, then took over at the helm so Dad could make his log entries and put away the remote. Pretty much like any other docking. Then Dad said, “Uh-oh.”

He had discovered what caused the alarm and Dora’s silence. She had consoled herself by chewing on the remote’s cable.

This is not a remote where one can just run into Radio Shack and buy a replacement - wait, are they even in business??? In fact, it is one of the most expensive pieces of electronics on the boat. Of course, we only have one - Mom and Dad had been talking about getting a backup but, well, refer to the previous sentence.

Fortunately, Dad had a summer job in college at a board manufacturer and learned to be a soldering expert.

It took most of the morning but he was able to splice the cable, all 21 wires. She may not be pretty but she works.

Fortunately, Dad has a soft spot for the littlest crew member. She managed to survive the ordeal. But Dora honey, don’t push your luck. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018

Not Much...

Many of you are wondering what has been happening with the Red Head crew. Not much, really

The kids enjoyed their week at the farm. Dora even touched noses with a llama - of course, Mom didn't have her camera.

Red Head went back into the water last Friday - right on schedule - to the crew's joy and amazement.

A quick trip had the crew back at Shady Harbor Marina by Saturday. Since then it has been lots of bad weather - rain, winds, and general yuck - that has kept the crew mostly boat-bound.

 They've slept.

And they've played.

But the big news of the week is that Dora has gone into heat. She's handling it like a little trouper. Her dad is staying ever vigilant. Mom and Dad have been anticipating this. The plan is to have her spade in the fall and it is best that she go through one heat beforehand.

Sweet boy Dylan has been comforting her with his special cuddles.

As for Mom and Dad, they have been using the time to get some projects off the list. If the weather keeps up, they may actually finish the list. But only if Dad stopping adding to it...

Update 7/28: After some trial and error - dog diapers used on Dyna and Dee Dee were too large, Pampers size 4 was too small - Pampers size 6 appears to be just right. Hopefully, no more droopy drawers on little Dora. But even more hopefully (is that a thing?), she will be done soon.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Oh, the misery...

Red Head pulled into the well at Scarano on Sunday ensuring she would be hauled Monday morning. After a few snafus, she was blocked on the hard and being inspected. Some tapping, some scraping, and a hole the size of a dime was revealed. Today the repair begins.

Mom was tasked with managing the dogs. It was hot, really hot, and humid. She found an old picnic table in the shade of the building.

The crew made the best of it.

However, by noon it was in the full sun, so Mom decided to get the rental car and crank up the A/C. Much better.

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora finally made it to their new digs just in time for supper. It’s a studio apartment located on a farm. There are lamas...

and donkeys. And even some chickens.

The crew has a little fenced in yard where they are making their own private dog park. And when they become bored with each other, there’s plenty of other things to bark at.

Everyone is hoping for a quick repair but for now the crew is resting in the A/C while they wait for Dad to return from the boatyard.

Monday, July 9, 2018

It's deja vu all over again...

Red Head left Sag Harbor yesterday to head back to the Hudson River. There is some water coming in through the hull. Nothing serious - if you talk to Karen’s mom make sure not to use the word “sinking” - but it was decided it wouldn’t just heal itself and would probably get worse, so the crew is heading back to the boat yard.

This morning we made our way through New York Harbor. It was 8:00 am and rush hour was in full tilt. There was a strange roaring sound followed by a seaplane flying low overhead which landed in the harbor.  It was followed by a half dozen more.

Seems to be how some commute.

The crew is making the best of it. Dylan and Dee Dee helped Dad at the helm.

While Dora just took it all in.

We’re not complaining. It’s a beautiful trip up the Hudson River. Plus, the crew will get some more dog park time.  Hoping for a quick repair and then we’ll decide what our new plans will be.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

First Swim

The firsts just keep on coming. Today Dora had her first actual swim at a beach near Sag Harbor. She finally went in after Dee Dee to get the bumper.

Swimming is an important acitivty for the Red Head crew.

And it looks like you'll be seeing many more dog swimming pics! Stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A Big First

Red Head pulled into the anchorage at Northport yesterday. Mom and Dad took down the dinghy in preparation for a morning swim at the same beach Dylan and Dee Dee swam at last summer. We're pretty sure dogs aren't allowed on the beach but at 5:30 am no one seems to mind.

Dylan and Dee Dee understood right away what was happening when Mom put on their dinghy harnesses and Dad fired up the dinghy.  The dinghy was beached and Dylan and Dee Dee were launched. Dora wouldn't follow. She stood on the pontoon crying after them until Mom carried her to the beach. Fortunately, she'll still small enough to carry...

Dora was fascinated as she watched Dylan and Dee Dee retrieve the bumper.

She was willing to wade far in but not to swim. Although, it did looked like she went buoyant a time or two, for a second.

All three crew members had a great time. Dora loved the water. If she decides to swim in the future, that's great. If not, she'll still enjoy romping with her two buddies on the beach.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018


The crew of Red Head may never win any obedience awards. They've never rescued a child from a well or won at Westminster. But there is one area where all of the crew, past and present, are number one - cuddling.

Dyna cuddled Dylan when he was a puppy.

Dylan cuddled Dyna into her old age.

Dee Dee learn to cuddle Dylan when she was just a tiny puppy.

Both continue to find comfort in a good cuddle. As for the newest crew member...

Dora made sure she was in on the cuddles right from day one.

Of course, Dora puts her own spin it.

Following are some of Mom's favorite cuddle pics from the Red Head crew.

After all, a crew that cuddles together, stays together...