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Jackson, Ryan, Cody, Cailee and Sophie Clause

A Very Merry Christmas and New Year

Christmas and New Years is a time for family and friends, and we’ve been truly blessed this year.  Of course, no Christmas would be complete without baking Christmas cookies.  This is a favorite of Jackson and Ryan — (I think to taste the batter and lick the beaters as much as anything else).   We […]

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Kiwigrip - 01.21.13

Island Time’s Deck – KiwiGrip time

When we bought Island Time, one of the first things we noticed were the decks. Unlike many other trawlers, Island Time didn’t have teak decks. She probably had them at one time but were replaced with fiberglass and a diamond finish. We were glad the teak decks had been replaced but the decks didn’t look […]

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Teak, teak and MORE teak

After refinishing the mast, the next project was much bigger, all the teak cap rails, gunwales, bow pulpit and Samson post, 2 sets of steps to the bridge, handrails on the aft cabin and trim on the brow — whew!  Makes me tired thinking about it. We worked on the boat in sections, following the […]

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Big Truck! We reserved a smaller one but this is what they gave us.

Island Time comes home to Cape Coral

After closing on the purchase of the Marine Trader, we left Cape Coral on April 9th in a small Budget rental truck, loaded it with tools, boat equipment and everything we’d need to live on the boat for about 10 days till we were able to bring her home.  The boat was lying in Key […]

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We DID it!

We’re new boat owners.  We bought the Marine Trader trawler, “Stars’ End” (soon to be renamed Island Time).  She’s lying in Key Largo and we’ll travel there next week to bring her home .  A few days ago we had the sea trial and survey.  Our Surveyor, Dewey Ackert,  crawled in and out and all […]

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Our New Boat Buddy – Cody

We have a new puppy to welcome to our cruising family.  Cody is a Yorkshire Terrier and is 3 months old.  We haven’t had a puppy for a very long time so this should be an experience for us.  We wanted a puppy so we could train him to live on the boat (i.e. poop and […]

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Our Little Slice of Paradise

It’s been almost 4 months since we moved aboard Island Time and I thought I would share our little paradise in Cape Coral, Florida.  We are moored in the Cape Coral Yacht Basin, which is a city-owned marina and park.  It’s a great location on the Caloosahatchee River about 8-10 miles to the Gulf of […]

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We’re Liveaboards!

We made a major step in our life — we sold the condo and moved aboard Island Time.  It wasn’t without it’s challenges, i.e. what to do with all of our “stuff”.  After a lot of anguish, we pared our life down to what will fit in the boat and a 10’x20′ storage unit.  Whew!  […]

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