Swing Set

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time


The Sound Of Music

Our friend Jackie came for a whirlwind two-day visit a couple of weeks ago. She drove down from Naples, where she is going to establish residence there and start life anew after leaving Missouri. We were able to get out on the dinghy before a pretty good storm blew up on us, but overnight the skies cleared, so we could spend the afternoon in the pool at Dante's. We needed quite a bit of rest after she left on Monday morning, something that seems to be required after all of our friends leave us. The last time we had Swing Set out, we discovered that our stereo was not working properly. I fiddled around with the wiring (never a good idea) and got one part of the problem fixed, but then we discovered another one. We know a local marine electrician, Bill deSeve,...

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When at First You Don't Succeed

Our new bimini top and enclosure was sent to us in one box via UPS just about one month after ordering it from Boatswain's Locker in Jacksonville, Fla. On the day it came, we stripped off the old canvas, Rosie waxed the stainless bows, then we both went to work assembling the new top and curtains, following some very good instructions that came with them. Because the rear curtains ride in a track, we inserted them first and then went around the sides toward the front, after loosening the bows as much as possible. Every part was marked, and every section fit perfectly. I used some tie-down straps to pull the front of the enclosure down to "stretch" the top, and then we let everything hang for a few days to get the kinks out before attempting to install the...

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A Milestone

Starting with the good stuff about living here in Key West on our boat; the picture above is from one of our afternoons on the dinghy at the Boca Chica sandbar. No, we aren't trying to rig up a sail for the dinghy; we just use the umbrella for shade when Holly gets too hot. Today marks exactly two years since we moved onto Swing Set full time. If you've been reading our blog this whole time, you know that for the most part it's been a very positive experience and we wouldn't trade the last two years for anything. Even though we are staying put here at Stock Island Marina Village for a while, there are still fun things to do and side trips to make, but we have some outstanding projects going on and want to clear them up before we take a trip to Fort Jefferson...

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Having Other People Do Things For You Is A Lot Of Work Sometimes

Let's start with some fun stuff! In the picture above is James and Marny with us at Turtle Kraals last week. James and Marny are friends we met at Lake of the Ozarks late in the last century. We haven't seen them since we left St. Louis almost two years ago. They came down with their son, Alex, on the Key West Express, a ferry that operates from Fort Meyers, where they had been visiting Gary and Judy, our mutual friends in Cape Coral. The weather was great last week, and we were able to spend time at Dante's pool and get Swing Set out of her slip two days in a row. We took a 34-mile route one day out around the western end of Key West to show James and Marny downtown from the water, and then we cruised out to Sand Key Light, where we saw the sunken tug boat Tilly...

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Zoomin' on the Zuma

Here's Rosie standing next to our new Yamaha 125cc Zuma, the 15th motorcycle I've ever owned, and even though it's technically a scooter, it belongs on the list of motorcycles. You Harley riders will just have to live with that. Even though a better deal could have been made on a larger, used bike of some kind, once you begin to learn the ins and outs of scooter parking here in Key West, you can quickly see that smaller is better. If you can't find a secure place to lock your ride to a post or rack with a cable, you won't have it long, and the Zuma is the most stolen scooter in the Keys, mainly because it's the most popular. Being a popular model, it will make selling it that much easier when or if the time comes to go somewhere else, but in...

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