The period 01/19/07 thru 04/07/07 has been covered in
Updates 1 through 10. We continue
with UPDATE07 # 11.
#11 04/08/07 through 04/15/07.
back to the new Adventures of the trawler AMARSE. At last update, we were visiting the Grand Bahama Yacht Club
at Port Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island.
GRAND BAHAMA YACHT CLUB, PORT LUCAYA, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND
morning dawned clear and beautiful. Everything
was calm and peaceful on this lovely Easter morn.
Judy prepared her special recipe French Toast for breakfast.
marina ferry took us over to the Port Lucaya Village.
Judy and Betsy shopped in those stores that were open to serve the
tourist clientele. Judy found some nice T-shirts boasting the logos of the local
beer company, Kalik. The colors
were nice and the designs were quite pretty.
We couldn’t find anything interesting for lunch at the village so we
returned to the marina pool bar and grill for their delicious burgers.
of the boaters organized a potluck dinner to be held at the commons area.
It is always great fun to see what people bring to share for dinner.
Many folks have a signature dish that becomes their trademark. Others are quite inventive with ingredients that they have on
hand. Some people get an idea and
then search high and low for whatever they need to make their idea blossom.
Tonight, we had a great turnout and a wonderful array of treats ranging
from salads to desserts.
04/09/07 MONDAY GRAND
BAHAMA YACHT CLUB, PORT LUCAYA, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND
a breakfast of eggs and English muffins, the girls were anxious to return to the
shops at the straw market over at the Lucaya Village.
Judy and Betsy Harris hopped an early ferry in quest of bargains.
Generally speaking, Judy is relatively ambivalent to these types of
shops, however, Betsy is lured by the tourist trap shops.
Enjoying her company and friendship, Judy jumped right into the idea.
I always enjoy seeing Judy meet such wonderful people and developing such
and I talked boat stuff for the morning before joining the girls at the village.
We had lunch together at the Pub At Port Lucaya.
Judy savored the local snapper and chips.
I chose spaghetti Bolognese and a side of plantains.
Jimmie selected the nachos and an order of chicken wings. Betsy’s choice of Greek salad and Club Sandwich looked very
shopping continued for a while and then we took a walk to the Westin Hotel beach
and pool. Upon our return to the
marina, we splashed around in the GBYC pool.
special event was a big cocktail party held on B-Dock.
The RMHYC liquor locker was tapped to provide a wide assortment of
spirits along with the traditional variety of mixers. Of course, I am hooked on my Bloody Mary concoction, which
resulted in a “bring-my-own” situation.
Everyone brought some form of heavy hor’s dourves to tempt the palates
of even the most discriminating yachtie. The
evening fashion models, Judy and Betsy, stunningly displayed the latest in
island fashion. These lovely and
colorful, Caribbean outfits seem to have been designed especially for these two
Commodore, Dave Bluto, offers a hearty welcome and a toast to the cheerful
members of the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club.
Williams is visiting with his Dad, Bob Williams.
The family resemblance is remarkable.
They both have the same great smile and it’s a pleasure to see the
happy family together. It was
snowing heavily when Mark left Michigan. Perhaps
that why he is smiling so much.
I grew up, the term, “B Girls”, had quite a different meaning.
These are a few of the “B-Dock Girls”, Judy, Betsy Harris, Carolyn
Wilson, and Barbara Bluto.
evening continued with a bunch of “yakking” on “Simply Southern”.
04/10/07 TUESDAY GRAND
BAHAMA YACHT CLUB, PORT LUCAYA, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND
morning was fully overcast and the temperature was mild in the low 70’s.
asked Judy to put her hair up in a French braid.
The cut and style of her hair didn’t work well with that plan so they
decided to shelf that idea. What do
people do when things don’t go as planned?
Of course, they go shopping. We
took the ferry to the Lucayan Village where we found the van bus to Freeport
center. Jimmie spotted the Burger
King and immediately had a BK Attack. You
guessed it, we had lunch at the BK. Needing
some engine parts, Jimmie headed off to the NAPA Auto Parts store while Judy and
I caught the next bus to the International Bazaar.
This place is another collection of tourist-oriented shops hoping to sell
to vacationing travelers. This
group has lost a lot of business to the more popular straw market and shops at
Lucaya Village. The Jimmie/Betsy
team joined us there later. It
wasn’t long before Jimmie and I had had all we could take of this stuff.
We headed back to the marina and the girls persevered.
aboard AMARSE was shared with Jimmie and Betsy.
I prepared a Penne Pasta in Chili Tomato Sauce.
and I enjoyed the rest of the evening just relaxing and watching TV.
04/11/07 WEDNESDAY GRAND
BAHAMA YACHT CLUB, PORT LUCAYA, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND
have to start thinking about leaving this island paradise.
To be more comfortable, I decided to work a little more on the port
engine fuel filters. Yesterday, I
bought a length of rubber hose from which I fashioned a makeshift spacer for the
Racor secondary filter. As you may
remember, the new design filter elements don’t fit correctly in the earlier
housings without a spacer. When I
replaced the secondary last week, I didn’t have a spacer.
This installation will suffice until I can obtain the official spacer
piece. To ensure the best chance
for clean fuel, I changed both primary fuel filters at the engine mount.
Although this may sound easy, it is a messy and time-consuming job.
I have to be extra careful because I have an allergic reaction to contact
with the fuel. Oh well, gotta do
whatcha gotta do.
was done in time to have lunch at the pool bar and grill.
The afternoon swim in the pool was a delightful way to enjoy some of the
Southern”, a 43’ Marine Trader Sundeck, was the site of the dinner hosted by
Jimmie Ethridge and Betsy Harris. What
could be more southern than their special dish of “shrimp and grits.”
A waldorf salad preceded dinner and Judy’s chocolate, baked brownies
touched the soul. The guest list
included Fred and Linda Gassmann (Linda G II), Robert and Carolyn Wilson (Sea
Island Girl), Fred Reed and Judy Law (AMARSE), and the hosts.
harbor and yacht club has been hosting a large group of Mega-Yachts that have
come together to raise funds for the charity, Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
These humongous yachts will be island hopping for the next week or so.
Their party included a performance by a Junkanoo band and was topped off
by fireworks after dark. Late in
the evening, we were invited to join the party on C-Dock, however, by that time,
we were all too tuckered out to keep up with that bunch.
Junkanoo band danced and played out to the Mega-Yachts to the delight of all the
visitors. This group played more
modern instrument and the costumes were more elaborate than the band we saw in
the Abacos. I must say that the
Abaco group was much more energetic and dedicated to the art form than this
different docks host a variety of vessels from Mega-Yachts to sport fishers to
sailboats to motor yachts to trawlers. It
is great that all can have this wonderful experience in whatever boat they
Ethridge and Betsy Harris from Gautier, Mississippi aboard “Simply
Linda Gassmann from Baltimore, Maryland. (Linda
weather did not sound very positive for the early morning departure.
Several of us decided to wait for the updated forecast in the morning
before making the final decision.
04/12/07 THURSDAY GBYC,
PORT LUCAYA, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND to RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA
morning meeting of the “Planning and Steering Committee” commenced at
6:15am. The weather forecast had
been revised to indicate conditions suitable for a safe crossing of the
Gulfstream. The Captains of Linda G
II, Simply Southern, and AMARSE agreed to attempt the voyage.
We were ready to be first out since we are a bit slower that the other
two. With a little help from our
friends, we eased out of Dock #309 in the dim light of dawn.
AMARSE idled out past the lines of Mega-yachts now passively still in the
earliness of morn.
of you that are familiar with boats understand that they need maintenance and
servicing on a regular basis. The
more complex the vessel, the more attention required.
So how do these mega-yachts handle that problem? It is not likely that
the owners want to get their hands dirty doing fixit stuff. This next photo
shows a large maintenance vessel that is well equipped with spare parts, tool,
and technicians that follow in the shadows of these mega-yachts.
I guess that there aren’t many problems that a bunch of money can’t
you like boating but don’t want to stay aboard your yacht, you can always buy
a nice condo at the yacht club to make your stay more comfortable.
sunrise, we were already pitching up and down in the deep blue waters of the
the camera flattens the appearance of the waves, you can clearly see the spray
being cast from our bow.
pitching motion of the waves caused our deck furniture to slide around and
topple over. A severe thunderstorm
well to our south caused the seas to build up in our area and the sharp wave
action was a bit uncomfortable. Our
friends had departed the GBYC harbor about an hour behind us, however, their
higher cruise speed allowed them to pass us enroute.
During the roughest part of the Gulfstream crossing, the forces caused
our anchor light pole to come loose by pulling the mounting screws out from the
arch and broke both the anchor light and the solar light fixtures.
“Linda G II” had experienced some fuel contamination aggravated by
the constant agitation of the sea state. This was causing fluctuations in one of
their engines and causing a bit of excess stress in the crew.
Fortunately, they kept adequate power.
Nobody wanted to have to change filters in these bouncy conditions.
When they got in smoother conditions just outside their marina
assignment, that engine finally quit. Fortunately,
they were close enough to limp in on the remaining engine.
“Simply Southern” had to reduce their speed to ease the pounding of
in all, AMARSE handled the crossing most admirably.
She is a fine and strong vessel that is such a wonderful pleasure to be
aboard. The last several hours
offered us smooth seas and delightful crossing conditions.
entered Lake Worth Inlet near Palm Beach, Florida.
The tides were slack, the wind was slight, and we were able to back into
our narrow slip with relative ease. The
Riviera Beach Municipal Marina is the closest marina to the US Customs office at
the Port of Palm Beach. According
to the latest regulations for Homeland Security, boaters are required to call in
to Customs and report their arrival. After
a complete telephone interview, we are issued a clearance number.
The officials have deemed it necessary for each person to appear in
person to the agents within 24 hours for personal inspection.
From our marina, we will be able to walk over to the office.
From other marinas, many folks have to take taxis or rent cars to go to
the airport or the port office. Weekend
arrivals all have to go to the airport. The
taxi fare is $80. Perhaps the rules
will be changed in the future, however, for now, the ordeal can be an expensive
proposition with questionable value.
marina folks recommended that we call Romana Pizza for delivery. We joined Betsy and Jimmie aboard “Simply Southern” to
order the evening meal. I must tell
you that this was the greatest pizza that I have ever had. I have to be careful
to say that because Judy, as you may know, owned and operated five pizza
restaurants in Texas. Fortunately,
she was impressed too.
RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA
At 9 am, we strolled over to
the Department of Homeland Security offices at the port.
We joined other cruisers in the small waiting area and, within 30
minutes, we had an agent look at our passports and compare our clearance number.
I inquired about a new program whereby we could get pre-approval for
future entries by obtaining a special clearance number.
The agent said that I would need to make an appointment.
I asked him if I could make the appointment with him.
He told me, “No”, and that I would need to telephone for an
appointment. I asked for the
number, he gave me the number, I asked for the area code, he gave me the area
code, I said “Thank You”, He
said “You’re Welcome.” I then
walked out into the waiting room and placed the telephone call to request an
appointment. Much to my surprise, I
watched the exact same agent go over to the phone where he courteously made an
appointment for us to appear on Monday morning.
I think it is often too difficult for the average person to understand
the complexities and bureaucratic idiosyncrasies of government entities.
decided to stay here in Riviera Beach for the weekend.
We rented a car on the weekend special program by Enterprise Rent Car.
Betsy had complained of stomach cramps earlier this morning.
She thought she would be better as the morning went on, however, her
malady became more distressful. We
offered to take her to the hospital and she agreed that she needed help. We came and took her to Good Samaritan Hospital in Palm
Beach. After dropping them off, we
headed to Jupiter to meet with our friends, Ivor and Susan Nathan. Judy
and Susan traveled together and Ivor and I set off to meet his mechanic, Dave
Elliot, in Port St. Lucie. Dave
would undertake to work on AMARSE for the next couple of weeks and handle our
spring preventative maintenance.
with Judy and Susan, we had lunch at Ivor’s golf club restaurant before
touring their home. They live in a
lovely community known as Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club.
They were leaving on a several week cruise aboard a luxury liner to
Europe and then visit family in London. Graciously,
they have offered us the use of their beautiful home while AMARSE is being
serviced. That’s what I call a
were busy getting prepared for their departure tomorrow. While Susan was
organizing and packing, Ivor took us to the Palm City Grill for a cocktails and
we returned to Riviera Beach, we called Jimmie to check on Betsy.
They had finally seen the doctor and the decision was made to admit her.
We picked up Jimmie and went to the PA BBQ (Park Avenue) Restaurant for
dinner. We tried the Baby Back Ribs in hopes that they would equal the ones from
the Jib Room in Marsh Harbour. Although
pretty good, I am convinced that we are terribly spoiled now and will have to
wait until next year in the Abacos before we find ribs that good.
Everybody was tired out from all the activities of the last few days.
04/14/07 SATURDAY RIVIERA
the morning, we dropped Jimmie at the hospital.
It wasn’t too long before he called to tell us that he needed to rent a
car. We went back and drove him to
Enterprise to pick up a car.
checked out the local boating supply stores and then headed north to see the
sights. Near Jupiter, we stopped
for lunch at the Golden Pavilion Chinese Restaurant.
The Egg Foo Young was quite good and Judy enjoyed the Cashew Chicken
coming week, we will have the boat hauled at Port Salerno Boatyard.
We decided to check out the area to locate the facility, lift well, and
docks. In a small, consignment boat
store, we saw the familiar faces of Tim and Jane from “Janie-O”.
We had not seen these fellow loopers since Goose Pond Marina in Northern
On the way back to the marina at Riviera Beach, I
talked Judy into going to Romana Pizza place for another one of their terrific
pies. The place at 45 Blue Heron
Blvd, Riviera Beach is not very fancy, however, I don’t know where you could
possibly go to get better pizza. If you know, please let me know.
RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA
We found a little café on
Route 1 in Palm Beach that served a magnificent breakfast.
The place was packed and they are known for their friendly service.
I love finding these kind of neighborhood, family-run eateries.
weather was a bit rainy and windy and generally unpleasant.
We unloaded all the foodstuffs from the refrigerator and took it all to
Ivor’s house. Since we would be
without power in the boatyard, we could save all the frozen stuff that way.
there, we drove to Hollywood, Florida. My
daughter, Sharyn, and her husband, Jeff, have just returned from Missouri to
their condo here. We thought we
would miss them but they came back early because of lousy weather in the
Midwest. It was great to see and
visit with them. They showed us
around their place that features wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean, gorgeous
sandy beaches, and the IntraCoastal Waterway.
From the 17th floor, you can see a long way.
It is such a ideal place from which they can work and play in comfort.
It is so nice to see them highly successful and able to enjoy the fruits
of their hard work.
chose to have dinner at the China Buffet Restaurant on Hallandale Boulevard. All too soon, it was time to make the long drive back to our
home on AMARSE docked at Riviera Beach Marina.
our dear friend, Betsy, is still in the Good Samaritan Hospital.
She has been diagnosed with an acute case of “diverticulitis”.
It will take a while to get her all better again.
We wish her the very best of Get Well Wishes and hope she will be better
soon. Both Jimmie and Betsy are
very special people and we are honored to have them as friends. We are ready to help them in any way we can.
As you have probably noticed, I am quite a bit
behind on my update duties. As I
complete this edition, it is already 5/07/07 and we are in St. Augustine,
Florida. We have been extremely
busy with annual boat maintenance and the boat has been out of the water in the
boatyard. Frankly, we have been
pushing ourselves to the brink of exhaustion and, perhaps, slightly beyond.
I had not intended to be so actively involved with the physical part of
the work, however, the constraints of time in the boatyard forced us to get down
and dirty. Oh well, hopefully, I
will get more done to keep you informed of our progress. We have completed our
preventative maintenance items and are proceeding northward on the continuation
of our adventures. Thanks for
being patient. Please let us know
if you have any special suggestions and thoughts.
for allowing us to share our life and adventures with you.
The website is now fully active and you can visit it at any time.
You can review any of the 2006 or 2007 logs and learn more about the crew
and our plans. Enjoy.
We are back in the USA and our phone coverage is back
to normal. You may contact us via
cell phones and/or email. Judy’s
cell phone is 361-550-5353. Fred
can be reached at 210-296-4933.
"AMARSE". is pronounced "AM-ARE-SAY".
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Lot of Love,
Fred Reed and Judy Law
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