DayDream Believer – Goes to Bed

Decommissioning is now complete… we pulled DB out of the water Wednesday morning in Spanish Yacht harbour Virgin Gorda.

Checking with the office that my reservation was valid (it had been a couple months)

Timbo: “Hi, Im here to check on my haulout date”

Office Girl: “Yes you are confirmed”

Timbo: “For Day Dream Believer?” Office Girl: “Yes” Timbo: “For Tomorrow morning?”

Office Girl: “Yes”

Timbo: “8am?”

Office Girl: “Yes”

I have no idea how she knew who I was.. this happened last year too… at that time she asked where Gary was (Partner we share the boat with).. Good memory!

It was St. Patricks day… a bunch of catamaran boats showed up.. boxed us into our slip… with an 8am haulout.. I was certain they would still be asleep.. I checked with the skipper and he was convinced 8am was no issue.. Well.. you should have seen that crew at 7:45am.. they certainly had too many Green Beers!!!

Not nearly as chatty as the night before! ha

Derigging went really well.. Allie and Timbo worked on the outside.. While Robin varnished the bathroom (head)..

We rented a little cottage on the ocean to sleep in while taking the boat apart.. nice walk down the beach from the marina… what a nice spot!

6am Ferry to St. Thomas and now heading to the airport! Great year for DayDream Believer… She was used almost continuously since being dropped in the water back in December…

Until next year!

Lets hope for NO HURRICANES!!!

Have a Great Day!

Timbo

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Island Hopping with Snowman

Had a great couple weeks hopping around the islands..

We circled all the big islands, some more than once! Fun Group this year, with Robin’s sister Char and Donny, Brendan/Tracy, Snowman and Candy.. Later Allie arrived

Found a new anchorage on St. John called Round Bay.. neat spot! Allie learned to free dive to 40 feet for about 2 minutes.. Our friends Matt and Erica on a Gulfstar 54 showed her the technique..

They spent an hour on the beach to learn the breathing, then a couple hours by their boat.. She enjoys it more than scuba..

Robin not so much… :)

Spent 2 days snorkelling the area, before pulling anchor and heading to the BVI’s.. We met up with Snowman in the North sound…

In Leverek bay we went to the Pirate show… Michael Bean… we have been trying to see that show for a few years now..

It’s pretty fun! Certainly get’s the whole crowd involved!

Last sail of the year was a neck n neck race back to Spanish town… Great Trip, everyone had a blast…

Have a Great Day!

Timbo

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Captain Charlette

Just finished an awesome week onboard DayDream Believer with Robin’s sister Charlette and Donny.

Also Brendan and Tracy were with us much the trip on Snowman and Candy’s sailboat.. it was so fun chasing each other from anchorage to anchorage.

Great weather, we’ve been sailing all around the islands here having a grand time. It was an action packed week for everyone, as we wanted to hit many of the main attractions of the area.. I think we did pretty well!

COURSE: FullMoon Party at Trellis.. Baths in Spanish town, Charlotte learned to sail up to Saba Rock in the North south…. hiked the bitter end ‘Guys Trail’ Sails up for a race to Cane Garden bay with Donny at the wheel.. Sailed over to Sandy spit an all sand island.. sails up to Great Harbour.. Visit to Foxys, Soggy dollar of course… Cross the open channel to St. John to re-enter the USA at Cruz bay.. Up to MAHO beach, sailed to Cinnamon, hiked the Centre road trail.. Sailed to RedHook… jumped a plane and headed back to Seattle! So they found little time to be bored….!!!!

It was Really fun having them onboard… They signed up for next year… now that Charlotte is a master sailor and has a few more lessons to give Donny! :)

and get this… were only HALF THRU!!!… Crew change today… ALLIE comes aboard for a couple days of fun… then a few days of de-commissioning DayDream Believer for the offseason….

We will be slowing heading back up to Spanish town for haul out next Wednesday morning..

Strangest thing.. we ran into the IDENTICAL boat of Island Dancer.. funny to have both boats moored beside each other… Hoping to run into them again this week… they have 3 girls on board and want to meet Allie to go snorkelling..

A little shy on pics so far.. had some trouble downloading from Charlottes phone, so we can catch up on that later.. for now here’s a couple!

Have a Great Day!

Timbo

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Walking on Water

Full moon Party at Trellis bay was awesome as always…

Everyone trys to get the best parking spot, well any parking spot actually..   Heading over to Snowmans boat we noticed one parks backwards..  hummm.. better go have a look…   They were stuck.. big time..

Climbing out on the boom to tilt the boat wasnt working..  Calling our neighbour Richard over, we gained the ballast required and popped them off the reef!

Char and Donny are enjoying themselves “BIGTIME”…

The weather has been spot on, as has the company..   Brendan and Tracy are on Snowman’s boat with Candy..   Tons of fun!

Here’s a couple pics from the first day or so…

Have a Great Day!

Timbo

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KOZYBOAT NASCAR CHALLENGE

With the kids being stuck on the side of the road last week, we decided to have a TIRE CHANGE CHALLENGE..
(A weee review of tire changing 101)

Two TEAMS: JESSI.. against Allie and Tom..

8 Tire swaps (Changing tires from one Envoy to the other)…
Security (mall underground parking) was quick on the scene, but thought it was a pretty good idea to teach your kids how to change tires..
He dropped in many times to see the action!
They certainly know now!!! 8 times over!!! ha

It was Fun to make them try and find the jack, drop a spare, etc..
Jessi had the manual out.. where Allie and Tom did the scavenger hunt through the car..
Robin, Timbo and Waffles were the official scorekeepers (ie Observers)

And the winner was: TIMBO (He didnt have to change 8 tires!!!)10845575_10152997693414404_706287085955437026_o 10003577_10152997693784404_557752971400229412_o 10842155_10152997693854404_1342900147537398774_o 10980172_10152997693909404_4729402403678269890_o 11001643_10152997693924404_1904295084561197716_o 10866121_10152997693989404_1737291004369691787_o

Winter Jacket

‎Island Dancer is shivaaarrrrrhhhhing in the cold Canadian climate! -20 degrees the norm…

Sure hoping the 38 gallons of plumbers antifreeze I used to winterize was Enough!!

Watermaker was removed, as it’s just too complicated to winterize and expensive if not done correctly!

Bring on Spring!!

Only 100 more days until the marina opens!! :)

Have a Great Day!

Timbo

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4 More Islands then to the Airport!

Woke up to a beautiful morning in Cane Garden Bay…   We couldnt find Arrrrr  Mr. Parkers Dog.. perhaps he was camping out on another boat!

Sails up, Lindsay as Captain, sailed us to West end..   As we turned the corner we felt the strong Christmas winds and had to pull them down to be sure we didnt break anything!

Over to Norman Island for a Snorkelling, beach strolling, and a trip to Pirates Bight and Willi T’s!

Up early, we head over to the Indians, a very cool snorkeling place!  We were the first people on the scene of this very popular spot!

Continuing East to Cooper Island, the winds remained heavy..  We should be captured under sail in a local photoshoot company BVIYachtShots.com

Cooper Island is one of our new favourites..  the water is SOOOO clear!  We were all snorkeling just minutes after arriving…

Turtles are EVERYWHERE here..  there’s a video attached to an earlier post!

Spend the most relaxing day on the beach… ALL DAY !

Buddy with a helicopter on his yacht showed up..  I kept yelling “Launch the CHOPPER!”.. and eventually he did!      Must have been pretty neat cruising the islands from the air!

Next morning, we upped the sails and headed to the BATHS..  no visit to the area is complete without this!  Lindsay loved it!

One more Sail!.. over to Marina Cay! refueled and rewatered!

One more Snorkel!  I think its called Diamond Cay..  a little reef just off Marina Cay..  one of the best in the area!  so relaxing…

Eventually I had to tell Allie it was time to go..   back…  home… to the cold…  and no snorkelling…

She looked at me through the mast,  here head turned left and right.. then all I saw was flippers as she disappeared under the water…

Took a while to get her out..  she’s was NOT HAPPY to leave!

Talking about Happy.. it was HAPPY HOUR with John and Heather!  We set DayDream Believer back up on her mooring in Trellis bay..  and headed over to the loose mongoose for one last visit.

Early morning ride with John and Heather to the ferry terminal…  New load record for his car.. 7 people and 15 bags.. some strapped to the roof!

Jessi’s flight left before ours..   Robin was tearrry….

Before she left she had to get one more dose of HOT SUN..  holding her hands up on the road to tan her arms?  Cops were sitting 20 feet behind her looking at each other…??  Why is she standing with her arms in the air??  I was in the shadows with camera handy just incase it got GOOD!!   :)

Lindsay flew with us to Florida..   and soon enough was home safe and sound …Thanks for coming on our trip it was great having you!

Into Detroit we found our car… and the interior light left on for the last 14 days in -?? weather…..   click click click…    Quick Boost and on our way!

Best vacation I can remember!

Have a Great Day!

Timbo

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