Swing Set

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time

02/05/13

The More We Learn the Less We Know

This photo has nothing to do with the subject of this blog. It's just a picture of a beautiful Hinckley yacht docked here at the A & B Marina in Key West. Some things are just what they are and have no other value and serve no purpose. One of those things is advice; that's why I seldom, or ever, give advice here on this forum. The blog is about our experiences. Others can draw from it what they will. But people still give lots of advice. And on other matters, I do too, even though I know it is of no use. I like it when people relate a story about their experiences, but I don't appreciate it when I'm told what I should do by others...especially if they don't know what they are talking about. Take for instance, our intention of going to the Bahamas....

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01/31/13

We Cruise To Boca Grande

The trip to the Bahamas is back on the front burner. The more I talk to people who have actually been there recently, the more comfortable I feel about going. We still have the logistical issues to consider, involving Holly's rabies shots and paperwork, but we'll deal with those issues as they arise and take it from there. I ordered two cruising guides from Amazon: Dozier's Waterway Guide to the Bahamas, along with Steve Dodge's Guide to Abaco. We used the Dozier's Guide for our trip down the West coast of Florida, and we are using it here in the Keys currently. (We joined Amazon Prime to take advantage of free two-day shipping, and free book and movie rentals.) But you don't need a cruising guide when you are tied to the dock. The winds have been...

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01/27/13

Another Unexpected Visit

One thing about being in such an attractive town is that people want to come visit, not only to see us, hopefully, but to have a mini-vacation. At times, a "vacation from a vacation." Neal and Monica hail from our old home town and were visiting a friend in Cape Coral when they jumped on the Key West Express and endured the three-plus hour boat ride to come see us for a quick, five-hour visit. Their daughter was here over New Year's, and we didn't get to see her, but Andi and her boyfriend bought Neal and Monica their Express tickets at a discount, so they decided to make the trip. The boat is huge. Equipped with four Detroit Diesels that propel it to 40-mph from Ft. Meyers. Neal and Monica stepped aboard Swing Set shortly after docking here in Key West...

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01/23/13

Holed Up In Key West

The end of last week was a whirlwind of activity. We spent Friday with Doug and Jeanne Harmon, first meeting early to go to El Siboney's Cuban Restaurant, where we had one of the best meals here in Key West. Very reasonable prices, and very good food. It's off the beaten path and worth the hunt to find it. Get the skirt steak. On Saturday, Doug and Leslie Woods called. They were in town for a couple of days with friends Joe and Christy Grygiel, all of them from back in Missouri and members of the Duck Club Yacht Club on the Mississippi River, where we used to be members. The four of them met at the boat, and even though, the sky was a little overcast, the wind was very light, so we offered to take them out for a cruise. They came prepared. Here we are out in Hawk...

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01/18/13

Lobster in the Freezer

Steve from Key West Engines had our turbochargers back on the engines at end of day on Tuesday. I asked him if he wanted to take the boat out to see how it ran, and he said that we could save about an hour of labor cost if we just went out the next morning ourselves. He was very confident that Swing Set would run like it was supposed to. I liked his confidence. Wednesday morning, January 16, was bright and sunny, a perfect day to test drive the boat. The picture above is of Triple Net, the 80-foot Hatteras that I mentioned in the last post. We took Swing Set out of the bight and past the cruise ship docks and opened her up. We were up to temperature, and I didn't baby her. I hit the throttles, and the engines took heed. The turbos kicked in at 1600 rpm, and Swing Set...

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