Sunday, January 15, 2017

Some More Firsts...

It's been a hectic week. Red Head was hauled for some out of the water work causing the kids to make some adjustments. We are at Hinckley Yacht Services in Stuart and the manager, Brian, kindly offered us the use of a conference room to hold the kids. But Mom wisely decided that there was too much of a chance of barking if they were left inside while we were working outside on projects. So Dad began figuring out how to get them onboard.

After various solutions were tried, we ended up with the "double ramps on yard blocks." Yeah, looks pretty intimidating...

After several false starts, Dylan ran up, turned around and ran back down. Promising. We got him up again and settled inside. Which left Miss Dee Dee. After many, many tries we got her up. Down was not much better but it worked.

Sorry, there are no pictures from the actual event but Mom and Dad were a little busy while that was going on.  So Dylan and Dee Dee are spending their days onboard Red Head while she is on the hard - a first for both of them. Only 10 or so more days to go... sigh!

Fortunately, there was a more enjoyable first Thursday evening. Dee Dee was invited to her first dinner party. Lori and Greg onboard Meander invited the whole Red Head crew to their boat for dinner. Dylan has been on several boats for dinner parties, even being invited back a second time. We feared it might be Dee Dee's first and last.

But  little Miss Dee Dee did quite well, rearranging some of the shoes and sneaking onto the salon sofa when no one was looking, but no damage was done. At least, as far as we know.

It was Dylan who had a bit of a freakout when some firecracker sounds went off in the distance. He climbed onto Mom's lap and then wiggled between Mom and Dad at the table. Lori and Greg were very kind and said they didn't mind.

But soon the excitement got the best of Dylan as he fell asleep sitting up. Poor old guy...

The whole Red Head crew had a lovely evening but were happy to get to what is home for the next couple of weeks - a room at the La Quinta.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Interior Design

We have been working steadily at improving the guts of Red Head. The focus has been on improving her systems and bringing her up to date. This week we will be hauled by Hinckley Yacht Services in Stuart to have dripless shaft seals installed, two more depth sounders added to the hull, and various other out of the water jobs completed. Up until now most of what we have done has been below deck in the engine rooms.

Since we'll be here for awhile, we decided to start work on the living areas. There's really not much to do. The previous owners turned her interior into a bright, beach house kind of look. Dad likes to call it a "Nantucket look." It suits the whole crew quite well.

Of course, we added some personal touches when we moved aboard - some of our favorite photos.

A utensil holder that was a gift from our dear friend Sue.

A few paintings to remind us of Maine. It's those little things that make it feel like home.

Today we met with a interior designer who can help us with the floors, upholstery, some additional furniture, and paint. She's mainly helping us with color choices and putting together a plan we can use into the future.

Often people will come to a meeting like this with examples of what they are looking for. It could be the blue of a pretty piece of sea-glass.

Maybe the beautiful pinks from the inside of a conch shell. Or just a favorite shade of green.

But on Red Head our main color selection is Labrador Retriever fur - I mean, those thousands of heavenly fibers of love and joy. Right now, most of the flooring and upholstery is very dark and doesn't work with the dog fur in-between Roomba launchings.

The designer left with the task of finding colors and materials that are easy to clean and will hide Dylan and Dee Dee's fur - I mean, those thousands of heavenly fibers of love and joy.  After all, it just wouldn't be home without it.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Dylan and Dee Dee had a pretty wild New Year's Eve on Red Head at Halifax Harbor Marina in Daytona Beach. Mom and Dad left them briefly for a great meal at Siam Spice but were back in time for the festivities - going to bed at 9:30...

The kids had reason to be tired. Along with the many responsibilities they have onboard, they had a long walk onshore at St. Augustine the day before. And Dee Dee put another first on her cruising resume. She rode a water taxi from the mooring field into town. It was exciting.

The excitement was a bit more subdued after the walk but for this crew a ride is a ride.

Dylan and Dee Dee were up New Year's day by 6:30 am ready to leave the dock and head for the first of 3 anchorages on the way to Stuart. It was a beautiful day on the ICW. Even Dee Dee got back into dolphin watching.

Ever since Dee Dee's unplanned swim with the dolphins, she has been more timid about going out on deck. Not a bad thing. She often stays in the pilothouse and watches out, going out only when Mom or Dad takes her.

But today she and Dylan spent most of the trip keeping watch.

The odd coincidence is that this was the exact stretch, Mosquito Lagoon, where little Miss Dee decided to join her dolphin friends for a swim in November 2014. Mom was a bit apprehensive remembering that day but happy to see Dee Dee having such fun. Maybe that was why Dee Dee was keeping the throw-ring close.

Dylan, the ultimate dolphin spotter, can always be counted on to maintain a proper watch.

There's two more nights at anchor and then Red Head and the crew pull into Hinckley Yacht Service in Stuart for some out of the water work. The whole crew on Red Head wishes everyone a happy and healthy new year. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Our First Christmas on Red Head

There's nothing quite like Christmas to make a place feel like home. This was Dylan and Dee Dee's first Christmas on Red Head. It wasn't until Christmas Eve that the kids remembered they had to be good for Santa. More of an issue for Dee Dee than Dylan...

The crew watched a recording of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College. Dee Dee was enthralled. The only dog we've had that can actually sit and watch a 2 hour show.

Dylan watched too, in his own way.

Then came Christmas morning! Mom and Dad were not sure how Santa landed on our steel roof without waking the kids. But even more surprising was he left presents for Dylan and Dee Dee! He must have gotten his naughty and nice list mixed up...

Dee Dee was having a hard time waiting. She figured she'd better hurry before that fat guy discovered his mistake and came back for the presents.

Mom and Dad just wanted to enjoy some coffee in peace, so Mom selected a toy for them to unwrap.

It was a stuffed piggy pull toy. We think they liked it but you can be the judge.

They played and play for about a half hour.

Until Dee Dee eviscerated the poor pig and pulled all the stuffing out.

Dylan wants to make sure that Santa knows he had nothing to do with it.

As the morning went on there were other toys. There was a Flat Cat.

And a huge "indestructible" pull toy. Time will tell.

Mom got a great coffee mug from the ultimate Dog Mom, JoDee. She loves it!

And it is the perfect match to the mug Mom got Dad for his birthday.

There were lots of great presents and food and drink. And just like most two-legged kids, Dee Dee liked the boxes best.

When it was over the salon was a mess. Just the way we like it...

The crew on Red Head wishes everyone a very happy holiday and safe travels. We hope to see you in the New Year.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Goin' on a Toot


About this time last year we were in Brunswick and rented a car to drive to Green Cove Springs where we became Florida residents and registered aCappella in the state of Florida. This past week we rented a car to once again drive from Brunswick to Green Cove Springs. This time to register Red Head. If all goes as planned, we will be bringing her into Florida in a couple of weeks.

We decided to take advantage of the rental car to get  the kids off the boat and take them on a toot, or two...

On Wednesday we went north stopping at Hinckley Yacht Services and Thunderbolt Marina in Savannah. Unfortunately, it was a rainy day so Dylan and Dee Dee mainly stayed in the car but, as always, they were just happy to be going somewhere.

Then on Thursday we drove south down to Green Cove Springs and took care of our business there. Dylan and Dee Dee once again waited patiently in the car.

Well, maybe just a bit bored...

But they were rewarded when we stopped by the Marina at Ortega Landing in Jacksonville and they met up with some fellow canine crew members for a good romp.

Which meant a quiet ride back to Brunswick.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Kids' Playground

There are many things Dylan and Dee Dee like about their new home, Red Head. They have a king-size bed which means more room for them - not necessarily any more room for Mom and Dad but definitely more room for the kids...

A real favorite is the large, open area in the salon that gives them the perfect indoor playground. Choose a favorite from the toy basket and they're ready to rumble.

We're entertained each morning. Even Dylan plays like a puppy.

Sometimes it's Dylan on top.

Other times, it's Dee Dee. But, it's more often Dee Dee than Dylan...

What begins as Dylan's toy...

Usually becomes Dee Dee's. Poor guy.

But in the end, they both have a good time.

Followed by a good nap to prepare them for their afternoon rumble because that one's a doozy!