Blue Turtle Cruising

Project weekend in Cape Coral

This weekend, Randy and I took Blue Turtle to Cape Coral Yacht Club (CCYC) for one night (Saturday) to get some much needed projects done. Since we didn’t have Corey for a couple of days, we decided this would be a good time to take Blue Turtle there and have my dad help guide him in these projects.

My task was to clean our ising glass with Brillanize
My task was to clean our ising glass with Brillanize
Cody and Cailee (my folk's dogs) guard their boat
Cody and Cailee (my folk’s dogs) guard their boat

Saturday morning, we left Snook Bight around 7:30am. Anyone that knows me, knows that I am not an early riser. Somehow, I woke up early to help Randy shove off. I did manage to doze a little during our 3 hour trip there. Once there, Randy set about flushing the cooling system in the air conditioners with muratic acid. We last did this about a year ago and it’s now part of our yearly maintenance. Once done with that, Randy (with the help of my father) learned how to change the oil in our Perkins engine as well as the generator. He also changed the transmission oil as well.

Randy changing the engine oil
Randy changing the engine oil

While he was doing this, I was on the fly bridge cleaning our ising glass with Brillianize. Although our ising glass is fairly new, it was very dirty and mildewy from all the summer storms. While all this was going on, we also decided to have our doors worked on. Bill (a CCYC resident) has done work for us in the past and with his excellent wood working skills, we decided to have him fix our doors. We’re on our second day without both doors but luckily the weather has been cool and it’s had no impact. We get our doors back from him tomorrow (and they already look great) and them it’ll be my task to begin the process of finishing them with Cetol.

One of our trawler's doors being pieced back together
One of our trawler’s doors being broken apart for repair
The same door being held together with epoxy
The same door being held together with epoxy
Our door-less Blue Turtle
Our door-less Blue Turtle
Sophie on a breezy ride home
Sophie on a breezy ride home

Sunday, we had a few small things to finish up in the a.m and then we shoved off to head for Fort Myers Beach. We managed to slice off an hour of time since we were going with the wind and tide and were home by 12:30pm. Since we’d accomplished so much this weekend already, we decided to hop on our bikes and head down to the American Sand Sculpting Championship being held down the road at the Wyndham Garden (formerly the Holiday Inn). We checked out the sculptures, got a bite to eat and had a couple of drinks. It was a nice, relaxing way to end a productive weekend.

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Randy and I at the sand sculpting competition
One of the Christmas themed sand sculptures
One of the Christmas themed sand sculptures
My favorite sculpture was a sea turtle
My favorite sculpture was a sea turtle

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