Welcome back everyone. Sorry for the delay, but we have been really busy. First, and most important, our "ists" gave us great news. Yes, the internists, dentists, dermatologists, gastroenterologists, opthomologists and cardiologists cleared us for another year of cruising the high seas. In addition, Norm's drug test, required for renewing his US Coast Guard Master license, was negative. Really!! The AA and the APA, however, ordered further evaluation. We escaped.
Second, we did make some improvements to Tide Hiker. We won't go into the miscellaneous small items that have been nagging us for a while. But, outside, the teak cap rails are now looking spiffy again, and we have a new sun shade over the aft cockpit (back porch). And, Tide Hiker's hull and topsides has a fresh coat of wax. Our friends Jeff and Karen Siegel, famous Active Captain (http://www.activecaptain.com/) guru's, gave us a great process for redoing the Teak WITHOUT stain and varnish. Coooooool, huh? Take a look below. Inside, we replaced some old waste hoses (ugh), rebuilt a generator raw water pump, repaired the anchor windless, got the "speed through the water (STW) sender unplugged and working again, sanitized the fresh water tanks, updated all of our electronic charts and replaced old beat-up paper charts. So, we and our vessel are ready to cruise again.
Meanwhile, back at Dock B, Roger and Lisa, both acquired the new Droid X smart phones. They were showing them off to us. Wow, the functions and applications on this new device are spectacular. But, it took Norm's daughter, Katie, to tell us about a neat app that's perfect for these hot and steamy days. Here's Rog and Norm demonstrating.