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  1. For $120.00 more your local plumber will be happy to drop one off and autograph it for you. LOL
  2. No Cat owner - We rent so much equipment from Ring Power (cat dealer/rental company) that my salesman gave me a loaner for the week. What a time saver and a real man toy. Barry.......that e-tec is the bomb. It looks awesome on the transom of your Robalo. Let's all do get together and pick on Dan. LOL Maybe Bob can make it down too.
  3. Hey Barry looks like I'll be moving into your neck of the woods in a few years. Kathy and I just bought a piece of property in the Sebring - Lake Placid area. I do like how little the traffic and how nice the people are in the area. We got a tractor/car port and shed put on the property and have been brush hogging, increasing the pond size and cleaning up trees, etc. Kathy is pushing me to build our retirement home sooner than later. It's a much easier drive over to the boat on all the back roads. Takes less time and definitely less stressful.
  4. Hey Barry - it good to see you back at it! How are you liking Florida now. I tried to talk Dan into retiring down here but I think his brain froze before it sank in.๐Ÿ˜†
  5. This year the trip was a lot better with out all the drama. No rough weather, pig bites and we caught a few fish. We saw some of the coolest reefs I've ever seen. Ate lots of good food and drank lots of good beverages. It was the longest run yet. We left Fort Pierce and headed straight to Green Turtle at 160kmiles. Left there the next morning and headed to Hope Town on Elbow Cay 50kmiles. We fish east of the Elbow and managed to get a few mahi. It was some of the bluest water I've seen. Next year we hope to get down to the tongue (Chub Cay) and spend 2 weeks fishing.
  6. Is that your story? We know Nancy has a quick right and mean left hook. Behave yourself Dan.
  7. Damn what an ordeal to have to go through. I am so glad you are getting better each day. Hopefully the rest of this year and following years will be better and you can get out and do some much deserved fishing.
  8. LOL, no more dogs for now. They are just other peoples dogs at some pet friendly restaurant/bars.
  9. Well Gus has been with us almost a year now and has picked up several of my bad habits.
  10. Oh and BTW............................. I'm being supervised the whole time.
  11. Every year I plan to do some upgrades on the old girl. This year she got some new countertops, sinks, stove, tile, and paint. First I made a template of the bathroom top and built a new top at home with plywood and black granite tiles. I also know this plumber dude that hooked me up with a new sink and faucet. I had to remove the mirror cabinet doors and cut them up to clear the new faucet. Doing this made me decide to tile the back wall. The original wallpaper was dingy from all the years but was really stuck to the walls. Because it was a fabric feeling wallpaper I decided to try to paint it with really light coats so it wouldn't release the glue behind it. It worked! I also made a new bar top to replace the existing one and covered the existing Formica tops with granite tiles. Installed a new sink and new flat top stove. The end table next to the sofa had to get a little love as well. I am beginning to run out of things to do on the boat. Maybe it's time for a bigger one๐Ÿค”
  12. Yes, thanks Dan! You da man!!!
  13. Congrats on the new sled. Important thing is that the wife is happy. I haven't had a Robalo since 2013 but this is part of my family and I'll always be dropping in. Be sure to post up some pics.
  14. Well Gus seems to be making himself at home.
  15. Other than a ton of salt the boat and marina did great. The surge was a little over 4 feet above normal high tide. All the islands that they put around the marina did their job keeping the wind surf to a minimum. One of our dock neighbors thought I was crazy leaving the boat there but he headed across Florida through the Okeechobee water way to Fort Myers. Little did he know Irma hit there. I have not heard how his boat faired. I can say we were very blessed not to have a direct hit.
  16. Lost power about 3:30 this morning. Winds are still blowing at cat 1. From what I can tell in the dark and hearing the stuff across the roof we have a lot of clean up to do when it gets light out. Ill post up some pictures.
  17. Yes we did luck out. Web cam at marina is out. Hoping a local can let me know something soon.
  18. Looks like Key West is getting hammered. Has anyone heard anything out of dogdad? Hopefully he got out and is ok.
  19. Boat is secured the best it can be. The marina is new (2015) and was designed for a cat 2 hurricane. It's all in the hands of the man upstairs. The office and trucks are all done up the best we can get them and the guys were sent home at 10am this morning with full day of pay so they can get their homes ready. Kathy and I are working on our home this afternoon and in the morning to get it ready the best we can. I pray for safety for all affected. Material things can be replaced friends and family cannot. I try to keep all up to date as we go along.
  20. Well as normal on the Lindsay vacations things didn't start out or go as planned. Kathy and I went to our friends house to pick them up and head to the boat, we were 2 hours late do to some payroll issues Kathy was resolving at her work. We made it to the boat and while the girls went to Publix Mike and I loaded the boat and packed on 340lbs of ice. We all went to dinner, came back to the boat, had a few adult beverages and went to bed early as we had planned to leave the dock at 5am. Around 1:30 am we woke up to it being warm and stuffy in the rooms due to the AC's not working. I thought ok, no problem, just sucked up some trash in the strainer so let clean it out. After getting down in the engine room and cleaning out the strainer and turning the AC's back on the water cooling pump wouldn't start. Well no big deal we just won't get a 5am start and at 8am we will run up to WM and get a pump. Nope none in stock can have it by Tuesday. Thank god there is a marine liquidator place a mile away so we went there and found a brand new one for cheap. Got back to the boat got it installed and headed out at 10:30 am. With getting a much later start we managed to get into some nasty wind and storms that continued to grow as we went along. After about 5 hours into it we decided we had enough and wanted to get onto the Bahama bank (the Bahama bank is a huge shallow area ranging about 2-40 feet deep that can be navigated with the proper maps). From the area we were at and wanting to get on the bank meant we had to go into a head sea that was nasty. After trying to get on the bank in hopes of smaller seas we then decided that was not the thing to do so we then turned back to deeper water and chugged our way east till we got behind Walkers Cay and were able to get to Rosie's Place on Grand Cay about 6:30. OMG! what a dump...but we were out of the winds and parked for the night. The dock hand helped us get tied off for the night and got the Customs lady to come to the boat to check us in. We asked about a place to eat and he told us that Rosie's had the only restaurant on the island. We asked if they were still serving food and he said yes but you should do take out. We explained we wanted off the boat for a bit but he said again we should do take out. We told him we would still like to get a drink and he said that was fine but we should get it to go. WTF? As we walked into the restaurant bar area to order all the locals were looking at us like we were aliens. We ordered food to go and had a drink while waiting. We went back to the boat and slept with one eye open. The next morning we got up want to get some diesel (only a 100 gallons as I heard their fuel wasn't the cleanest) and be on our way. No one on the island would make a decision without talking to Rosie first. Mike and I went to talk to Rosie to pay our slip fee and get some fuel. We paid the slip fee, got the boat and went to the fuel dock. 100 gallons = $585.00. It appears that Rosie is the kingpin of the island but you thought you just met Fred Sanford at his junk yard. Anyways we got our fuel and got out of there and headed towards Green Turtle Cay. The winds had slowed from the first day and it was a beautiful ride heading to GTC across the bank. We reached our destination and what a difference from Rosie's. The Bluff House Marina was very nice and we were the only boat on the dock. The dock master meet us and helped with fuel and getting into our slip. We checked in got a tour of the place and some adult beverages and then a nice dip in the pool. After a couple of hours our golf cart showed up so we could tour the island later that week. Day 3 we took the boat over to the next Island (No Name Cay) and anchored offshore. The winds had picked back up a bit so it was a chore to get the anchor to hold. In the process the windlass Fleming broke and the rope was getting hung up. After about an hour or so of repairs we got the anchor to hold and I took the 2 kayaks off the bow and splashed them into the water and tied them to the transom. As we are getting our stuff ready to go feed the famous swimming pigs on the island Ginny notices one of the cushions that the kayaks rest on to protect the bow gelcoat was floating in the water. I jumped in to retrieve it and as was swimming after it the wind and current kept pushing it further away. When I finally reached it there was no way I was going to make it back to the boat so I just kept heading to the Island. I sat on the island talking to the pigs as I waited for Kathy to meet me there. Once she got there and helped another boater (that let his boat drift onto the beach) get his boat back into the water we started feeding the pigs. I held my hand down to let the pig sniff if like you would a dog and I'll be dammed if it thought my finger was a cracker and bit me. I jerked my hand back and now bleeding like a stuck pig Kathy and I paddle back to the boat. I need stiches so I get Kathy to get out our first aid kit and I was going to suture it up. Ginny is a nurse and was going to do it for me but without a numbing agent we decided to use steri-strips. We then headed back to the dock for more relaxing and adult beverages. The rest of the trip was nice and relaxing and we got to tour the island on golf carts and swim and snorkel in lots of beautiful places. One thing we did learn was that late August through late October most of the Island is shutting down or closed for hurricane season so we missed a lot of the local food establishments. Mike and Ginny flew home on Thursday to make the UCF football game and Kathy and I headed back that day about 12:30 pm to try to beat the winds that we increasing on Friday. We made it back safe and the boat ran great. We only had about 2-1/2 hours of running in the dark coming home so it wasn't too bad. Enjoy the pics.
  21. He is all great dane, we just need to get him healthy again. We haven't taken him to the boat yet but I'm sure he will fill up the salon. He has no problem just stepping into my truck without any help. All our other dogs we had to lift the butts up. Now that we are home from vacation it's time for some training (us and him). Our first lesson before we went on vacation was to not leave the blinds down to block his view.
  22. Meet Gus......... This guy was dumped in the woods and left to starve. He has worms, heart worms, and under weight. Currently he is 126lbs and hopefully in a few months we can get him healthy and back to a normal weight of about 150 to 175. He is a very sweet guy and as gentle as they come. He's between 2 to 3 years old. Since all our other dogs have passed on we felt this guy needed us as bad a we needed him.
  23. Kathy, myself and another couple are heading to Green Turtle Cay in the Abaco area of the Bahama's on the 26th. It's about a 170 nautical mile one way trip from Fort Pierce. We are hoping the weather cooperates but it looks like it might be a rainy trip. Ill try to post pics while there if not ill share them when I get back. Our plans are to fish, lobster dive, relax and have a few adult beverages. The boat is all ready to go and so are we. I'll keep you posted.
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