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Boo!

Look out! We’ve got one seriously cute LAHO lobster on the loose!

That’s right, we celebrate Halloween in style on this here boat. Lobster style that is. And why the heck not?! Especially since we found this cute little lobster costume at the Homegoods in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The perfect costume for a boat dog, if I do say so myself.

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^^Oliver the Lobster wishes you a delicious treat-filled Halloween!^^

Some of you might recall our little pirate poodle last halloween (with a much nicer grooming I might add). Well, I wasn’t planning on outfitting Oliver this year, but as luck would have it the stars aligned and we found ourselves with one cute lobstah!

And this ain’t just any old lobster. We’ve got ourselves a birthday lobster right here. Oliver celebrated #5 this week! Happy Birthday to our favorite poodle pants.

Happy Happy Halloween!!!

A few more pics just cause Oliver makes one cute lobster…

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Going Gray.

Nineteen eighty-two was a pretty darn spectacular year if I do say so myself! Besides both Jereme and I being ’82 babes, our lovely little boat, LAHO is a 1982 herself! What are the odds?

And now that we are all comfortably into our thirties (Oliver included — he’s 35 in dog years), you know what starts happening then??? You go GRAY! Ugh. No bueno. ;((

I am happy to report that the two main graysters around here are really only Oliver (clearly) and, now, the boat!!!

We decided early on to let our boat’s teak go au naturale (aka gray) while on this cruise. I mean, really, who wants to varnish a boatload of teak? While basically on vacation? Not me! And luckily, both Jereme and I prefer the grayish-silver natural teak look for our boat’s exterior. :)))

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^^Action shot of Oliver showing off our new gray teak!^^

Over time, as natural teak is exposed to the elements, it gradually changes color from the honey color of new teak to a silver-gray patina which distinguishes finely aged, outdoor teak. That is, unless it is treated or varnished on the regular.

Our sailboat had a really nice varnish job when we purchased her…almost two years ago now. Varnishing is definitely a labor of love, and one that we have purposefully let go. Since the beautiful varnish that was keeping our teak shiny and golden in color had started to deteriorate (peeling off) by itself, we decided to help it along while we’ve been hunkered down in Puerto Rico for hurricane season.

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Jereme carefully removed the existing varnish that had definitely taken a beating over the past few months. Using a heat gun and a putty knife, he removed the bulk of exterior varnish on the teak toe rail among other places.

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It was one of those boat projects that he could pick up and put down just as easily. The perfect “filler” project for three months sitting idle in Puerto Rico, if you will. We are loving our new distinguished “gray” look! :)) Whaddya think???

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BillOctober 31, 2014 - 3:26 am

We have been letting Wanderer’s teak go gray too, and some of my hair aim sorry to say. We put a little oil on some of the wood in the cockpit to make it feel a little “warmer”, but she’s mostly gray now.

Programming Note.

Guess what ya’ll??? We are finally hitting the road again this week. Ahhhh! Super exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are leaving Puerto Real, Cabo Rojo and will be leisurely making our way around the southern coast of the island, most likely hitting up spots like Boqueron or La Parguera, Ponce, Salinas, and the Spanish Virgin Islands, before hopping over to the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. :)))

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^^definitely not a precise route, lol, but you get the picture.^^

But unfortunately, as we sail away from our quaint marina home in Puerto Real and eventually leave Puerto Rico altogether as we head towards the Virgin Islands, that means we will (immediately) loose our free marina wifi and (eventually) our lovely American cell service. Pooey. It’s a tradeoff, I suppose.  We are headed for what are sure to be some of the most gorgeous sailing grounds in the world! And we can hardly wait!

At this point, we have zero clue whether we will head further south after the Virgin Islands, or if we’ll love it so much we’ll just hang tight until we get bored. Only time will tell.

But for now, I’ll simply apologize for what I’m sure will be a lag in upcoming posts over the next few weeks as we get our bearings and figure out the best spots to grab some free (and hopefully fast) wifi.

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Jennifer - s/v Luna SeaOctober 28, 2014 - 11:51 am

squeeeeeeeeeee! So excited for you guys! Have a blast. Try not to work too hard. Have a beer for us.

Jenn BOctober 28, 2014 - 1:45 pm

Yay! I am so jealous!!!!

I must tell you, your blog has been such an inspiration to us!! We enjoy reading & following along on your journeys….I cannot wait until it is us out there sailing the pretty blue waters!

We have been liveaboards for 4 months now, so one step closer to actually getting out there! Check us out at:
facebook.com/foreverlivingirie

Barb LienhardOctober 28, 2014 - 2:47 pm

I love following your adventures. We’re hoping to catch up with you in the islands some time. Enjoy every minute !!

TeddyOctober 29, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Nice work! Have fun on your travels! Have a pain killer for us please!

Don’t know what cell service you have, but we actually had decent AT&T service in the BVI as long as we had line of sight with USVI. So, you probably won’t lose it until you get too far East. If you’re in the BVI long enough I’m pretty sure that DigiCell can hook you up fairly cheaply with some wifi service too.

I’m interested, do you know the requirements for Oliver? We have a dog, and figuring out those logistics is one of my biggest concerns.

Can’t wait to hear about your travels!

Teddy

BillOctober 31, 2014 - 3:28 am

Fair winds and safe travels!

Boat Loads of Baby Shrimp.

And boat chores. Lots of em!

It feels like we have spent the past few days unleashing on our list of boat chores.

We’ve replaced our bathroom faucet, replaced the coolant lines to our hot water tank, replaced the sending unit for our engine temperature gauge, restocked our pantry, cleaned the boat, filled up our gas tanks, cleaned our cockpit cushions and solar panels, worked on organizing and stowing crap inside the boat, checked our battery bank, cranked out several loads of laundry, filled up all the water tanks, greased up the manual head pump, and raised our new American flag.

Phew! We need a vacation! Oh wait… ;))

I am happy to report we have a much cleaner and more properly functioning boat as a result.

We majorly scrubbed the boat from top to bottom, and let me just tell ya, after sitting for 3+ months at a marina that bottom was a mess! I’m quite certain we were growing a full-blown baby shrimp sanctuary complete with sheets of lettuce and chunks of other nastiness along our entire hull. Disgusting. Thankfully, we were smart enough to hire someone to help with this chore.

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We drove the boat over to Playa Buye the other day so our marina buddy Cha could work on cleaning the boat bottom in a somewhat clearer and shallower area. He worked for about an hour or so, as we watched chunks of sea gunk get scraped off the boat…much to the delight of tons small fish in the area.

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Jereme also jumped in the water to check out a few miscellaneous items around the boat (zinc, propellor, etc.) and to make sure we were in ship-shape to start cruising again! Which we are! Woot woot!

That bottom cleaning task, however, is one crappy job! Poor Cha was covered from head to toe with thousands, and I literally mean thousands, of teeny tiny super smelly baby shrimp when he was done. :((( Poor guy. I think I was so disgusted I couldn’t even bring myself to snap a quick photo of the mess. The boat (cockpit mostly) was also totally covered in shrimp following said bottom cleaning. Not a fun post cleaning cleanup. :((

As usual, Oliver kept an eye on everything and made sure we all stayed on task. ;))

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Tuesday Tell-Tales.

I hate to admit it, but it’s looking like one of those blog slackalackin kind of weeks. :((( I’ll blame it on my insanely busy photo session schedule these past few days while I’ve been home in Naples. This is busy season for photographers, ya’ll!

And I LOVE it!!!

It’s crazy being back in the U.S. for a second time in just a few months, but I am one lucky gal with some amazing photography clients who I surely can’t disappoint! I flew in for some killer photo sessions with some of the best and sweetest families around! Plus, it makes it super easy to leave the Caribbean paradise we’ve come to known and love when this is what I get to come home to…

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More gorgeous paradise! Oh, and a few other fun little luxuries (I use that term loosely) like flush toilets, Starbucks drive-thrus, and raging fast wifi. ;))

And bagels, and Publix, and an in-home washer/dryer. You get the picture.

It’s nice.

It does feel slightly odd to fly away for a week’s worth of hard (yet awesome) work in Naples (I worked all day every day while home) to then fly back to the Caribbean for my full-time vacation life. Total opposite of what most folks do. So that’s pretty nice, let’s not lie.

Meanwhile, Jereme’s been keeping the boat afloat in Puerto Rico wrapping up a few final boat projects so we can get moving shortly after I return. He’s installed a new faucet/shower combo in the head, replaced our broken coolant hose on the engine, and a few other odds and ends.

And, of course, someone had to keep Oliver company. Right?!

I’ll be on a flight back to Puerto Rico tonight and I cannot wait to see my boys! Happy Tuesday!

>>Thanks for visiting LAHOWIND sailing blog! We’d love for you to get to know us and follow our story as we attempt to navigate a whole new world of sailing, as we cruise the Caribbean.

Marilyn GossOctober 21, 2014 - 1:34 pm

I do hope you are planning to write & publish a book on this part of your’s and your boy’s journey in life! With lots of pictures of course!!!

Mark TompkinsOctober 23, 2014 - 3:59 am

looks like the good ole Naples Pier