General update....

So, it's been a couple of months since we got back from our Savannah trip. We have been up north for Christmas and New Year; which were both wonderful, thank you. Since then, we've been very busy doing boat chores that are in need of doing. The list never ends, does it? Silver Bay hit the 5 year mark this winter and so we had lot of long-term maintenance chores that were due. 

One of the recurring chores that we have had to do at least once a year, usually every 8-10 months or so, is revarnishing the beautiful teak cap rail. Yes, it's beautiful but man does it require maintenance. Not only does it cost a pretty penny to refinish, it prevents us from going anywhere for 4-6 weeks, sometimes even more, while it is being done. Every year. That was our biggest frustration. This year we finally said "enough!". Awl grip, which is a brand of marine "paint" product has recently come out with a new creamy "teak" color which, from a distance, looks enough like teak for us to be happy. Until recently, they only had versions of white and off-white. When we saw this creamy brown color on another Krogen (Next Dance- thank you Pauline and Mark!) we REALLY liked it. It provides enough contrast against the white of the hull to make a reasonable substitute to the real thing. What's the difference? It is known to last a good 10 years or more! We started with doing the name boards/running boards to make sure we really liked it enough. See how nice it is? We couldn't be happier. After this, we had the names put back on and reinstalled everything on the boat.

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After we made the decision to go ahead with the cap rail refinishing it was time to pull the boat and do some hull chores that can't be done in the water. The weather of late had been so rainy and miserable  we weren't missing anything on the waterway until it warmed up a bit anyway. It was February and February is not a great month most of the time. So, we did "chores". We had to power wash and bottom paint, have TRAC in to over-haul the stabilizers and thrusters, redo the prop speed on the propeller, replace hull zincs and a few other things that you can't do while in the water. 

Here we are approaching Cracker Boy Boat Works which is the Marina where were are having the work done. 

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Here you can see that Bruce captained the trip and our friends, Jim and Catherine, crewed. I was the one to drive the car and pick everyone up. And take the pictures, of course.

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And here they are in the boat lift where Silver Bay is being readied to go ashore.... 

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Home to Vero Beach

The next morning was still very windy and not a nice day at all.  But we had things to get back to and we just wanted to be home after almost 3 weeks.

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It was a long day but we made it home just fine. And had a few interesting sights along the way.... 

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I'm sorry to say I somehow didn't get a picture of us all settled in at our "home base". But, rest assured, we got ourselves back in one piece, safe and sound happy to be "home" once again. 

Daytona to Cocoa Village

After our light parade entertainment, we enjoyed a crisp clear beautiful night. 

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The plan the next morning was to be out very early. We were up at 5:45 and awaited first light to get moving. It was so quiet and peaceful.

A short while later, I'm not sure of the exact time, we felt we had enough light to get going. So, here we are on the move.... It's was a beautiful crisp cool, clear day and we had a full day ahead of us. The weather was expected to get very windy and unpleasant later in the day, so the morning was our best time to get a move-on. Our first chore was requesting an opening of a very short 15' bridge whose openings are "on demand" at 6:10 in the morning. We were very relieved when they answered our radio call and gave us a quick passage.

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You can see what a beautiful day it was.

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We had some company at the bow...

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And on the beam.... 

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We spent a rough night in Cocoa Village. Once the wind picked up it really howled. It blew huge waves right at our stern. We were really rocked hard all night long.  We were glad we were on the way home where the water is always quiet and calm.