Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Missing in Action

No, we are not lost at sea.  Yes, everything is fine.  We are back stateside for a bit during hurricane season to visit family and friends, attend to some business and see some sights.  And so far it's been a busy trip and thus I am WAY behind on the blog.  I have several draft blogs in the works.  I'll see if I can't find some time to finish those up and get them posted.  So stay tuned because "after these messages, we'll be rriiiiiigghht back."  *Remember that little tune from kids tv? 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Stadium Seats

We have found that these seats are very handy to have on board.  I use one in the cockpit when I want to face forward and need a backrest.  Some people use those padded, hinged seats for that.  But we have nice cockpit cushions so those would be overkill for us.  Plus we really don't have the storage space for those.  Stadium seats are small and fold very flat.  I specifically chose ones with no metal to rust.  
The other handy use for these is that they are great for events ashore, like the various music fests, cricket match and beach parties we've attended.  All have been seating on the grass or sand.  I simply cannot sit for hours on the grass comfortably on my own.  We take our stadium seats, loading up the mesh pockets on the back with sunscreen, bug spray, water bottles, umbrella and paero.  They are light weight, compact and easy to carry.  The backrest makes all the difference in comfort at these events.  Standard fold out chairs take up too much room on the boat and soon turn to rust in our environment.  These work perfectly ashore.

We have found that paeros make a much better ground cover than a blanket or towel.  It doesn't pick up loose grass, sand or dirt.  When we are done, we just shake it out.  They also make quick and easy shades in our cockpit on late afternoons for those times when the boat angle is just right and the sun is low on the horizon and burning straight into the cockpit.  I simply attach them to the bimini and frame with clothes pins to block out the blazing sun.   

Friday, June 26, 2015

Bequia Photo Action

Kenmore Henville is a local from Bequia that takes yacht photos.  We didn't have any good shots of sv Honey Ryder under sail.  That is until now.  Kenmore comes out in his dinghy to meet yachts arriving in Bequia, taking action shots as they sail in.  He knows cruisers like pictures of their boat sailing and the lines, where as charter people like pictures of themselves on the boat.  He has a great eye.  Then the next morning he dashes around the anchorage dropping off a printed sample, thumb drive with all the pics and price sheet.  There is no obligation to purchase but most do because they are great pics and reasonabily priced.  Check theses out Honey Ryder pics.  We are hoping to get more shots next year (full sail vs reefed and maybe one with us on the rails) now that we know about his business.  If you are sailing into Bequia at some point, keep this in mind if you want your own yacht shots.