Friday, July 22, 2016

Let's get ready to ROOMBA...

This past week Mom posted the following on Facebook:

There are a lot of things I don't know. But one thing I do know is that a floor painted chocolate brown is not a good choice with two yellow labs. Jeff says we should get a Roomba but can you run those suckers 24/7....

We heard from several people who loved their Roombas, so an order was placed and today the Roomba arrived!

Daddy did the unpacking and setting up with a lot of help from the kids.

She had to go into her dock for a rest and charge before we could set her loose on the mountains of dog hair - I mean, those thousands of heavenly fibers of love and joy. The kids helped with that too.

We had to wait until the little "Clean" light turned green.

It took a while but finally she was ready. Would she pass the test?

We took her to the worst spot on the boat, the master stateroom floor. Mom has been laid up with a bad foot and the kids have been keeping her company. She's not able to easily vacuum and as is widely known, the male of the species has a deadly allergy to vacuum cleaners (and dishwashers and washing machines...).  We let her loose, wisely keeping the kids below.

She took off. So far so good.

After about a half hour of listening to her rumbling across the floor and one trip by Jeff to empty the dirt bin, Mom decided to hobble up to the stateroom to check things out. She was amazed. This is the same spot with the dog hair (I mean, thousands of heavenly fibers of love and joy) gone. At least, until the crew heads up for bed.

Tomorrow we unleash her on the salon and galley. We'll have to figure out where to keep the kids. Who says we don't know how to party on the weekends?

Friday, July 15, 2016

There She Goes...

This morning aCappella pulled away from the Zimmerman Marine dock with Daddy at the helm. She is being hauled out for bottom paint and a couple of other projects to get her ready to sell. Sadly, the crew was not onboard. Dylan and Dee Dee were banned to keep her dog-hair-free. Mom was stupid and fell and bunged up her foot...

So the whole crew watched from the upper deck of Red Head as she pulled into the bay where the travel lift awaited.

Dylan and Dee Dee watched intently as the home they have known for their whole lives was raised out of the water.

We still think she is a beauty. The kids are hoping the new owners will have a dog, or two, who likes to swim and carry lots of treats onboard. Maybe they could meet them in the Bahamas and show them the beach.

We had a lot of good years on that boat. Many good memories too. I think we're all gonna miss her a little...

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Home Sweet Home

It has been crazy! But Dylan and Dee Dee have finally made Red Head their home. In fact, they've settled in quicker than their mom and dad. Of course, no one has seen them packing and schlepping and cleaning...

And there was a lot of stuff!

But first, Dylan had to help pilot us from Brewer Capri in Port Washington, New York to Zimmerman Marine/Norview Marina in Deltaville, Virginia. He's still the world's best 1st Mate!

Fortunately, they were ready and waiting for us when we arrived.

Dee Dee was happy to be settled in after many long days of moving.

Here's to many years of cruising with two brunettes...

Two blondes...

And a Red Head.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


The crew left Brewer Capri in Port Washington, NY Tuesday morning after taking on some fuel. Destination: anchorage at Sandy Hook.

It's been a long time since we have cruised through New York harbor.

She's beautiful even in the fog. Looks like we're really doing this...

Monday, June 27, 2016


The crew has been very busy getting their new home ready. In fact, too busy to take more than a few pictures. There has been moving and unpacking and cleaning and exploring.

There's been learning where the water and all important food dishes are, where to do business (Dylan was right onboard while Dee Dee is proving to be more of a problem - surprise!), where to nap and to watch the docks. It's been exhausting!

Today Dylan and Dee Dee helped with the first pump out.

Dee Dee decided to check it out a little closer. It's a dog thing...

Everyone is happy to fall into (the king-size) bed at night and sleep until day break. We hope to leave tomorrow to head back to Deltaville where even more packing and unpacking and cleaning await. As my father was found of saying, "You can sleep when you get old."

The next adventure begins!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Road Trip to Red Head

Up at 4 am, in the rental car by 4:44 am. This is no ordinary road trip. The crew is psych'd.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Do You Know What Time It Is?

The crew is fed their supper each day at 4:30 pm. This is the view I have starting around 4...

Monday, June 13, 2016

Something's Up

You can't pull the wool over the eyes of the aCappella crew. They have been watching with much interest as Mom and Dad sort and box the belongings on aCappella.

Their job is to ensure a sprinkle of dog hair ends up in every box and bag. They're very good at their job...

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Happy Birthday, Dylan!!

Nine years ago today our sweet Dylan was born. He joined aCappella as crew when only 8 weeks old. What he lacked in experience he made up for in cuteness.

He is now a well seasoned, salty dog and an integral member of the crew. Plus he's still so darn cute.

Our adventures wouldn't be the same without him. We love you, Dylan!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


It has been a very hectic time here at Zimmerman Marine. There have been numerous boat projects underway, boat cleaning, list making, and other assorted activities.

Then there's talk about driving back to New York, bringing some big boat back down the coast, more boat projects and more cleaning. Just listening to it all has the crew exhausted.

So Dylan and Dee Dee thought they'd better rest up while they can. It seems some big things are coming...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Today may well have been the last cruise the  crew takes on aCappella. Last night might have been the last night at anchor on her. It was a perfect cruising day.

If all goes well with the final survey on Red Head, Dylan and Dee Dee will be moving into a new home. It is bittersweet.

While we are excited about this next adventure, aCappella has been a home for over 13 years.

We took our first trip to the Bahamas with her in 2004, with our beloved Tucker. 

Dyna and Dylan learned how to be top notch crew on her. And Dyna passed over the rainbow bridge from her bed in the pilothouse.

Dylan learned to love dolphins and dinghy rides.

Miss Dee Dee has spent most of her three years onboard arriving when just seven weeks old.

To say we have many good memories would be a gross understatement. But boating is about adventures and new experiences, and we hope to embark on our next phase.

No matter what form our floating home takes in the future, we will be blessed with the best crew anyone could hope for

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Busy, Busy Times

Dylan and Dee Dee apologize that they have been remiss with their blog. It's been a very busy time for the whole aCappella crew. We may be getting a new home.

Last week we loaded the crew into a rental car and headed for Kings Point, New York, home of the US Merchant Marine Academy, for the first of several surveys on a boat known as Red Head. She is an unusual, one could even say quirky, steel boat that Dylan and Dee Dee's parents became enamored with 9 years ago but fate intervened. She came back on the market and we decided to go for it and made an offer.

Of course, a requirement is that the crew approve. So Dylan and Dee Dee made sure they were there for the 2-day survey. Dee Dee was a little unsure at first but she came around.

Dylan and Dee Dee liked the bigger settee.

During the sea trial they discovered they liked the large well deck where they could stand on the cargo hold cover and look out.

Dee Dee had never seen such big lines. She may have to help Mom handle them.

Dylan didn't think they were that big of a deal.

The outside stairs were a little scary - we'll have to do some work on that.

There were lots of new people onboard which is always a boon for the crew. They all wore hats which made Dee Dee happy (if you know her, you know how much she loves hats).

But the coolest thing was when some academy students delivered lunch to the boat while we were underway. Dylan and Dee Dee never even knew that was possible! It has never happen on aCappella. We haven't had the heart to tell them the students aren't part of the deal...

In a couple of weeks we have the hull survey to do. Dylan and Dee Dee will then learn if they have a new home. Fingers crossed.