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Trip to Brights Grove

Big Trip this weekend… almost 10 miles or so!!! ha!
Anchored out in our old stompin grounds of Brights Grove… on Lake Huron
Had a lot of fun running into many folks we haven’t seen in a year or so
Many people came up and said “Is this Kozyboat?” so that was pretty fun!
Beautiful anchorage with calm south winds… and of course the price was spectacular at “FREE”
Great times with Great friends… will certainly do this again soon!

Have a Great day!
Timbo

 

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Erie Canal Day “2” – 7 locks

More than 2 times the distance but only 7 locks today rather than 10 yesterday….
Some kickass locks today!… One we actually drove through a HOLE to get into!
Check out the pics… no kiddin!

I’ll tell you.. I’ve never put this boat into reverse, forward, reverse, forward so many times…
We come into a dock at the end of the day… and the conversation (or intention) is…
Timbo… slide it 5 feet sideways, then pull in the nose… we’re getting way toooooo good at this
Allie lightly steps to the dock hooks up the springer.. meanders to the bow and hooks up the another line..
Timbo slides it into reverse and the forward lines go taught… the stern slowly kisses the dock..
We high five each other, but under the cuff….
because it wouldn’t be cool to do it in front of the crowd of 8 girls having patio drinks we just docked 5 feet beside…
obviously this is our NORMAL docking procedure 🙂

Im going to say it again… New York’ers are NICE PEOPLE… Very Very Very nice people
After 8.5 hours behind the wheel today, we pulled up yet again a Free Dock.
This is a private dock,100’s of feet long.. Free water.. Free High Speed internet..
The owner Rocky, has been catering to boaters here since he was 18… lets say he’s a little older than that now..
and owns the whole damn place, docks, restaurants, tour boats, and all…

LISA: Creme Bela.. best ever.. here…no kidding.. Rocky’s wife wrote down the recipe in Home-EK in grade 9… they can’t keep up with the orders !

After dinner (14 oz Prime Rib), Robin and Allie checked out some local shops as Timbo retreated to the tavern for a quick beer..
Sitting beside Rocky… no money can change hands.. I tried to buy a beer.. nope.. on the house..
Robin glass of Italian wine.. Allie anything she wants..
Bottle of Italian ‘after dinner on ice’ Caravella on the house
One of the girls at the restaurant has close ties to the GoldFish cracker company… your not leaving here without a Jumbo carton
Local water?? apparently something spectacular and you guessed it.. your not leaving without a SixPack… on the house…

We’ve been spoiled once again… wish there was something we could do for them… but passing the word is all I can do today!

Have a Great Day!
Timbo!

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A Visit to the WhiteHouse

Well I knocked and knocked but no answer..  apparently our buddy Barack must have been down the street at the neighbours.. certainly not in the house painted white…
Pretty cool town to explore..  we received some advice from an FBI agent at the bar..
don’t try and drive into Washington.. take the train in.. so we did..(worked out GREAT no traffic or parking issues!)
She said if we gave her more time she could get us clearance to enter the white house..
hummm..  sitting bar stool to bar stool we convinced her Timbo was a Canadian Ambassador,,,
not sure the ‘OK’ from the big boys would have gone through anyway..
Smithsonian visit to the air and space was really cool..
My favourite was the Wright brothers plane..  this is not a mock up.. it’s the actual first plane in the world..  now thats cool eh
Rented bikes for the day..  very smart system.. for $7.00 you get a pass…
you can use the bike for 30 minutes for free.. then return it to another station..
When you need the bike again, you just take another.. and return it within 30 minutes to the next station…
if you go over it’s something like $2.00  but we were timely getting from A to B to C etc…
The bike stations were EVERYWHERE…  very smart… we were able to criss cross the town with ease.
Lunch was the best burger I’ve had in a Long Long time..  wow..  yesterday I had sea food all day…  What a change up eh!
So sleeping on SOLID ground…  what’s with that eh??
Bruce and Barb showed us where the key is kept..  big Mistake there guys…
We might be here a while!!! ha!!!
If anyone’s in the area drop by Friday Night.. were having a pot luck dinner party
 …………………. (JUST KIDDING!!)  ha!!!!
We rented a crappy little car for a day or two.. it’s cheaper than a mooring ball!!
I was doing 80 MPH today with no wake…  Toooo Weird!!!
Well time for a LONG HOT BUBBLE BATH in our house..
The water holding tank in this place must be HUGE!!!! we can’t seem to empty it!!!   🙂
in other news…
Today we rode in
1) Dingy
2) Car
3) Train
4) Bike
5) Flight Simulator
Have a Great Day!
TIMBO

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Exumas Exploring

Had some fun in GeorgeTown during their annual Regatta.. Luck be had, we showed up for day 1 of the races..
The locals are allowed to build temporary shed’s on the beach to make restaurants and bars for the weekend event.. they all have to be removed by the following Wednesday.

So.. lots of action in town this weekend… the racing was really neat, we anchored in turn 3 of Daytona!! They would come flying at us and tack at the last second.. loved it!
The cruisers have a neat system here.. a pickup truck takes you to a butcher (4 miles away) 3 times a week… The food we bought there was beyond excellent…
(If you’ve been in the Caribbean you know this is hard to find!) Frozen Chicken “parts” are a common item we buy.. it’s just the way it is here.Heading up the Exumas we pulled into a random spot called Rudder Cut.. We had no idea what was there other than some shelter for the night..
Being the only boat, we found a nice spot near a huge cave.. and a nice beach! Love this place…
A boat on the AIS was ‘following’ us all day… soon enough they peaked around the corner and anchored with us..
Then another boat showed up… and we knew them from San Juan… small world eh! Sundowners on their boat were welcomed!Eventually a Cat came around the corner with a lot of screaming or yelling go on… or is that laughing??
Looking a bit closer, someone is up the mast, underway? It ends up being a family from Australia (does that explain it?)
They bought the boat in France and are sailing it back, taking an extra year in the Caribbean 🙂
Their son is up the mast just hang around having fun.. I’d suggest a 2nd safety line, but otherwise he was having fun and seems to be up there all the time…
Later that night his Dad cranked him up again just for a swing..
We soon were introduced and they suggested we shouldn’t miss a pretty cool treasure in the next bay…
We Kayaked and SUP’d over to find a sunken “Piano” in about 15′ of water.
Rumour is David Copperfield placed it there (why I can’t tell you, someone research that for me)… but it’s very cool!
This is our favourite spot in the Exumas so far (of the 2 places we have been ha!).. the caves are pretty crazy..
Having a blast down here…
Hope you are having a Great Day!Timbo

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New Mooring for Island Dancer

Spent the night sailing across the Caicos islands (14 hrs) fabulous sail.. we’re on the west side now in Provo… a Resort Island… Hello Walt Disney!!! We will take IT !!!!

Hotel here is $512.00 a night.. or… our option….dock fee is $48.00 (apparently with cable TV!)?
So.. Looks like we are staying on Island Dancer!

You get to use the resort and all the cool toys including fire ring tables, infinity pool, out door pool table, free Beach Bikes to take to town, swim up bar, bars, beach, etc..
It’s over the top elegant and were ready for it!

Spending the next 7 days here doing NOTHING!!!

Here’s the comparison of rooms available:

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Re-Provisioning for trip North’ish

Weather window to head out should arrive later this week. The next leg will be the longest we have attempted so far, nothing crazy, about 3 days at sea to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos..
If the weather kicks up along the way we have a couple pull over spots in the Dominican Republic.

Really enjoying ourselves here in Puerto Rico, we rented a car for 3 days to run around getting provisions (i.e.: bath and body works hand soaps! ha!)

Nice to have a ‘Port Supply’ card for West Marine.. we get a big discount on almost everything.
Some of the items we have been working on:
1) Replacing hailyards (lines that run up the mast)
2) Installing Jack Lines (a cable that runs the length of the boat.. you clip into this to go forward on the bow when out at sea.. if a big wave comes, you don’t get washed overboard.. cool eh)
3) Upgrading navigations software.. Downloading the maps at sea will be impossible.. using the high speed internet here while we can.
4) Additional safety gear.. we were a little light on flares, life ring, portable VHF radio etc.. now were ready.

Allie has been working at the scuba shack and of course loving it!

Catching up with old friends has been a blast! Including Pico our Boat Dog !!!!

Well, time to start storing all this provisioning “Stuff” we picked up at WALMART
Our onboard inventory spreadsheet is in need of a ‘review’

Over the last few months some items have gone missing….
Clearly the computer says we have OREO Cookies under Allie’s Bed… but having a look, there’s NONE!!!!
ha… so I guess it’s INVENTORY day… and restocking!!!

Have a GREAT DAY!
Timbo

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Brights Grove Retreats (well half of them!!!)

But not until a 3rd day trip on Island Dancer Time! Great Great times with a ton of friends this week!

SUP fighting is the new sport.. Herb and Owen had a draw after many rounds!…

Even throwing each other off the boat at the end.. a few guts hurt bad today… not theirs.. ours… watching the action of these 2- two year olds… ha toooooo fun!!!
Trip across to the BATHS… love this place … in typical Wyrzykowski fashion the main route was abandon for a less travelled one.. some spots were swam across.. others rock climbing.. I’ve never seen the baths this way, very very very cool!
Great time had by all (an understatement!).. and some tears shed when they left for the airport… I think Annie is hiding in the bilge!!! So glad your clan decided to come to the BVI’s this year!
A new crew is here now (Lefebvre’s!!)… I’ve reloaded the film in the camera… so stay tuned for more action!!!
Have a Great Day!!!
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Overnight Sailing Passage to BVI

As my best Buddy “Bad Billy Butler” would say.. it was a Hollywood passage….
For some reason this passage is normally hairy to say the least.. we lucked out on some good weather…
Swell was not toooo bad, if you positioned the boat correctly.. We were wing/wing for a while but the boat was too Hobbie Horsie for Robinski…
Turning off course slightly Island Dancer settled in well… we left too early (11am), with the wind conditions we were going to show up at Round Rock passage in complete darkness.
So.. doing a zig… then a Zag.. we still showed up in COMPLETE darkness.. ha.. well it was 5:30 am.. when the heck does the sun come up around here!
A cruise ship decided it was time to run down Island Dancer, so we did an EXIT STAGE LEFT, and let them motor through.. the sun soon popped up and we arrived in the BVI’s !!!

The only surprise was around 2am.. I fishing boat? was coming straight at us.. we turned starboard.. he turned (his starboard).. were all good.. we will miss each other with plenty of room..
Off in the distance I see a VERY VERY FAINT red light.. hummm….. I hesitate turning back on course to have a better look… The fishing boat is a TUG… and a TUG PULLS a BARGE… MILES? behind him..
Could you just image running over the tow cable?? Now that would have been a story and a half… maybe half a TIMBO!!!
Nice they didn’t think to call on the VHF? just a thought??? ha!!!

Customs are still strangely super nice here in the BVI’s.. $10.00 to stay a month!

Nice 21 hour sail, without the sound of motors… Just the iPod Brendan left on board for 50,000 songs…. love it!!

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

TIMBO

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Timbo’s Birthday

Had an awesome Birthday this week! Waking up to Island Dancer decorated with red solo cups! Allie was up much of the night decorating!!
Timbo opened up a very cool present.. an official ISLAND DANCER Shirt!!! wow.. we ‘look’ professional now!!!

Tough man stickers were applied to the crew… Allie is head tattoo artist on board if anyone is interested…

Thought long and hard for a plan for the day when we came up with “No plan, just go”…
We started off in a small lagoon surrounded by a golf course.. our sources indicated a small dock would be available to tie up the dingy… Hummm.. need new sources!!!
We had an up-close look of the driving range.. Are we dressed in clown suites or something.. a few balls almost landed in the dingy!!!

Up on plane, we pulled into the next harbour and locked up the dingy for the day with our 400 lb chain and fort knox lock..
Today we were smart enough to bring an extra key, ‘WHEN’ the key is lost one day, we certainly will have an interesting story getting the floating car home!

Crew was grumbling of starvation, so two choices.. into an expensive restaurant, or… Grocery store..
Hot meatloaf, rice and beans was a hit… taking over a patio at a closed restaurant made a spectacular $4 meal !!! Good start to the day!

Walking out onto the road, to figure out a ride to town, a local bus pulled up… Great timing!! $1.50 each and we landed in Simpsons bay..
Meandering the beach, we found several interesting establishments to insure the thirst of the crew maintained in-check.

Back to the main road, looking for ride further up the coast of the island… 10 seconds into the wait a taxi pulls up… no thanks.. they charge $10 a head..
35 seconds into the wait a bus pulls up… $2.00 to get us up the coast, across the mountain, and into the next beach town.

Round of licence plates later, we found ourselves being directed by Allie to the local Gelato stand…
Swimming in the ocean was a hit…and a nice refreshment from the hot hot sun…

After a fun beach day, tackie shirts were bought to insure we are camouflaged in tourist attire..
Bus wait was 15 seconds… and pointed towards “Curry in a Hurry” for dinner

Fabulous dinner… and before long we were back on Island Dancer for movie night!!!

Another great day…. hope your’s was as well!

Timbo

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Turbo Timbo Goes to the Beach

Another productive day, crew working the morning on the boat / Robin working on her business with a surprisingly good internet connection from our long range antenna.
As Im sure you all know, there is a beach here where the planes land very close…
Standing on the beach when the large ones land is certainly something not be forgotten anytime soon!
There were a few planes cancelled out of JFK yesterday… some kind of snow storm up there?
I guess that will make Thursday a very busy day…  747’s come in Thursday/Friday and Sunday… we will have to check that out!
It was Movie night on Island Dancer… tried something new..  moved the BIG SCREEN (all 27″ of her) outside to the cockpit.    It was much like a Drive In… but we call it a SAIL IN !!!
Looking around the bay, with moon light shining off the water was just amazing while sitting back watching a movie..
The temperature was PERFECT.. not hot, not cold..
I think I can start this up a business with Dingy parking behind Island Dancer.. Allie could sell popcorn and make a few bucks eh!
Having a dinner party onboard tonight…   menu: Cashew Chicken and Brownie Puddling with Vanilla ice cream…  Theres still a few seats open if you would like to join!
Have a Great Day!!!
Timbo

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