Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bittersweet


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.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Storm Front Comin'


We delayed our departure from the anchorage this morning while a front passed through. Dylan and Dee Dee watched some lightening, listened to the thunder, and saw some rain and wind. It was a short day to Coinjock Marina. The crew was happy to wait it out.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Long Haulin'

Crew Hangin' Out Offshore

Dylan and Dee Dee sadly left Great Harbour Cay Marina, Berry Islands, Bahamas last Sunday. They pulled into River Dunes Marina in Oriental, NC, USA on Saturday. To say we were makin' track is an understatement. That was approximately 1,000 nautical miles in 7 days.

St Johns River Sunrise

We did an overnight passage from Great Harbour to Port Canaveral, FL, a run to Halifax Harbor, FL, then anchored off the St Johns River to take-off for Brunswick Landing, GA. The conditions were good so we changed our plans to go overnight to Charleston, SC.

Sunset Offshore

The next morning remained nice so we pushed on for another overnight to River Dunes Marina. Making that passage a total of 55 hours. That was the longest one ever for this crew. Dylan and Dee Dee even got a military escort into the Beaufort Inlet.

Dylan and Dee Dee watch the warship in the Beaufort Inlet

Dylan and Dee Dee have shown once again what a first class crew we have. They handled it all with aplomb. And even managed to have some fun along the way.

Looking for Dolphins

So today we rested here at River Dunes Marina - visited our first US grocery store, took the kids for walks - we all deserved the break. Tomorrow we once again head north looking for dolphins and the next adventure.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Crew Again


This morning we threw off the lines at Great Harbour Cay Marina and reluctantly pointed the bow back towards the States. We've all had a great time here and know we will be back. Mom and Dad will miss friends, the terrific staff, Hans, fun events, and much else about this special island.

Dylan and Dee Dee... they'll miss the beach!


So long until next time!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!



Today our girl turns 3 years old. 3 years old! That should be all grown up in dog years. So we were sure we would wake up to a mature, well behaved young lady. Instead, we woke up to Dee Dee...


And we were relieved. Where would the spice in our day go without a little Dee Dee attitude? Just last night a friend commented, "She has a lot of personality."

We love our birthday girl and told her she could do anything she wanted on her special day. So what do you think she chose?


A trip to the beach with Dylan!!! (If you really couldn't guess that, then this is your first time on Dylan and Dee Dee's blog. Just scroll down...)


We indulged her and had a wonderful romp a the beach. Most likely Dylan and Dee Dee's last one of the season. Tomorrow looks good for our crossing back to the US where all new adventures await our birthday girl and her best buddy, Dylan.

Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Short Timers


If the weather predictions hold, today was the second to the last beach day for Dylan and Dee Dee. At least for a while...


While better than yesterday, it was till pretty rough but not enough to stop this crew.


The crew on aCappella plans to leave Sunday to head back to the states. But not before we have a special celebration. Make sure you check out tomorrow's blog posting to find out what it is!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Whoa!


Wow, the waves were bigger this morning than we ever remember seeing them. So we decide to simply throw the bumper down the beach and not out into the surf. Dylan and Dee Dee still had a great time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Treasure!


Today, Dee Dee found a coral fan washed up on the beach. She was most pleased with herself.


Dylan joined the investigation and they both pretty much forgot about the bumper.


Then Dylan did what any self respecting Lab would do. Destroyed it...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Where'd It Go!?!?


Sometimes their enthusiasm overtakes their abilities...

(Look closely at the bottom.)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Something Different


The winds blew last night and into today. Friends confirmed that the beach was too rough for swimming. So we decided to do something different.

We walked into town in search of fresh fruit. As we get away from the water, it turned hot and we decided the heat plus the hot asphalt was too much for our delicate crew members.


So Mommy waited in a shady spot while Daddy walked the rest of the way in to snag four grapefruit. Maybe not the most impressive haul but we were all happy to see him.

While Dylan and Dee Dee certainly missed a day at the beach, they didn't miss the bath and ear treatments they always get afterwards.

Hoping for a better day tomorrow.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Opportunist

Dylan is usually content to wait onshore and weigh-lay Dee Dee as she brings in the bumper. But Dee Dee, despite all of her bravado, is a bit of a chicken and shirks from the big waves. That is when Dylan will take advantage of the opportunity to retrieve the bumper on his own.




Of course, that just means that Dee Dee does the weigh-laying...


Friday, April 15, 2016

It's Friday!

Dylan and Dee Dee woke up this morning and wondered what was on their calendar. A quick look showed it was Friday which means...


...it's bumper chasing on the beach day! Yeah!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Air Dee Dee!!

Who knew she could walk on water?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Next Best Thing...

For Dee Dee the next best thing to retrieving the bumper is playing keep away with the bumper.


She does her best to tempt Dylan.


Often succeeding.


 She even tries it with Mommy.


Who isn't thrilled with this "bad girl" behavior...


Mom wins in the end.


And bumper chasing is resumed. All is well with the universe again!