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Old 30-04-2012, 17:46   #46
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Re: How do you amuse yourself whilst at anchor?

Since Christmas I have gotten right into stand up paddle board (SUP) riding. In fact, I just waxed my board, so as soon I finish this cup of tea I am going to paddle across to an adjacent beach for s surf.

For the next few months I am planning my passages around a few SUP comps. After this intro I am hoping to plan all of next year around longboard and SUP comps.

The SUP is an excellent work out and easy to store on deck. From anchor it is easy to paddle distances to surf or just for fun.

At night I sit about listenning to ABC National radio, reading and watching movies.
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Re: How do you amuse yourself whilst at anchor?

Lots of good ideas here.

Over the years everything on the boat has its place. You know the old saw...

Anyway, a few times I have made the dreaded mistake of finding a "better" place for one or two things.

When at anchor, for like the last two years (I anchor out once a week or so on average, all year long), I have been trying to find those four or five things that I found a "better" place for!

Anybody have a clue?
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Re: How do you amuse yourself whilst at anchor?

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Try to get to 1:40 and imagine the dawn breaking over the palm trees at the Coco Banderos cays in San Blas.....
From one who has been there and hopes to go back, a truly lovely mental image!
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Old 01-05-2012, 13:28   #49
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Re: How do you amuse yourself whilst at anchor?

In previous cruising seasons, in rough order of percentage of time spent on the activity:
  1. Finding internet so wife could work
  2. Taking wife ashore so she could find internet to work
  3. Fixing stuff
  4. Cleaning the boat
  5. Retrieving wife from shore
  6. Snorkeling
This cruising season since wife is working ashore leaving me to my own devices:
  1. Cleaning the boat
  2. Fixing stuff
  3. Snorkeling
  4. Kayaking
  5. Surfing 'net, particularly CF (could spend 8 hrs/day here)
  6. Watching old episodes of CSI.
Since the University of Virgin Islands is above the beach at my present anchorage (Brewers Bay, St. Thomas), I spend a fair amount of time on binocular liberty, especially on weekends.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:58   #50
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Re: How Do You Amuse Yourself Whilst At Anchor ?

Hobbies on-board is our first topic for the Raft-up project Northfork next month. A series of bloggers will be writing about the hobbies they like best on board. If anyone is interested in writing up a post let me know. svnorthfork*at*gmail*dot*com We have a whole bunch of topics we are thinking of doing over the next year.
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Re: How Do You Amuse Yourself Whilst At Anchor ?

"Anybody have a clue? "

I would suggest you reenact the re-stowage by consuming whichever libation, pill or smoke you used during the original re-stowing, kick back and where you moved the stuff will come back to you.
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stu--everything is under the water tank......

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Ah yes, cruising is boat maintenance in exotic locations There is nothing like fixing the heads in an idilic location whilst on holiday
AHH, nothin better than having your head buried in the head fixin stuff while the other half with our two midgets gets to enjoy paradise

Only us sailors would view it as fun! Fixin the head is still better than sitting in a resort or office suffocating...
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Time spent fishing is not deducted from your total alloted time on earth.
Wow, took me straight back to my childhood and sittin in a small boat on a lake fishin with my dad. He used to always say this to me when I got fidgety or bored...

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Re: How Do You Amuse Yourself Whilst At Anchor ?

Playing music, reading, fishing, crabbing, gathering shellfish, hiking, boat chores, talk to strangers when solo, talk with crew when not, beers at the the local pub, swimming and when I have crew board games and cards accompanied by appropriate libations. The water is cold here so swimming amounts to jump in, screaming and getting out as fast as possible so it doesn't take up much time but I enjoy it anyway. Sometimes I stare at the sea.
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watch wind blow and fishies feed..lol--is fun
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Re: How Do You Amuse Yourself Whilst At Anchor ?

Its been a while but
Swim ( free dive) hammock (nap), read, boat work, swim,swim, swim, hammock . Breakfast lunch and dinner amongst all that, then it's bed time. Weekly potluck with the other anchored boats, or a nice Bonfire on the beach. My husband is a chef and a lot more social so expect we will do a lot more entertaining this next go around
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We have seven writers doing posts on their blogs this month about what they do on-board. If you are interested check out svnorthfork.blogspot.com for the schedule of posts. Should be some interesting reading.
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Re: How Do You Amuse Yourself Whilst At Anchor ?

Short answer to OP is WD TV Live Hub, Nook and books. For more on the WD TV Live Hub link to our blog at:S/V BeBe: Media Entertainment Center Perfection (almost)

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Re: How Do You Amuse Yourself Whilst At Anchor ?

So a couple nights ago four boats got together for dinner aboard a 40'er... While there I swapped out some spare hinges for several LED bulbs and sockets. One was installed easy-as-pie above the stove in a lamp that I used all the time. Yeah.

This morning, starting about 0900 I installed the second one below my DVD shelf. That four hour process involved adding new wire, making a bracket for the light so it pivots, taking apart a Perko light for the switch, putting the Perko light switch back when I found another switch (so I can take both of the Bakelite light fixtures to Sailors Exchange) , making a front plate for the light switch, making sure none of the wires touch (reroute the negative because the wire was maybe 2" too short), change the clips that hold the wires in place as the old one was too small with the addition of these two wires, testing, and then putting the boat back together.

Now, i'm relaxing, surfing the net -- I've found an open wifi that works well on a falling tide so try to have some time to peruse.

I'm quite certain the rest of the lights will go in with less to-do. They will be fixed versus pivoting so should be much easier. The beauty of this project is I was able to use stuff I had aboard while at anchor without a trip to the store. Of course if I'd wanted it to be perfect a wing nut would be lovely, and a piece of black size 14 29" long would have been ideal. And yes, I'm sure size 14 is way overkill however since I had 14 gauge aboard and the lengths met my needs........

All in all, one more convenience item checked off the list. I can easily see two more of these low power draw lights on both sides of my dinette plus one near the solar regulator so I can check amperage at night.

In a bit I'll pull out my cross-stitching... when that loses its hold on my interest there are a couple of books I'm enjoying............ You know, I often wonder how I managed to work and take care of the home, kidlets, that man I married, etc. I'm ALWAYS busy now, though mostly with things that bring me pleasure. For now, and next? Probably a nap.
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