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Posted By Robin & Jim

The winter season is in full swing here in the Keys, with the post-holiday arrival of the rest of the snowbirds by boat and RV.  The marina is nearly full and the dock is often lively with little pockets of people watching the sun set every evening.  It's something that makes life special here - no matter what's going on, people stop to watch the sun set every day.  It may be just a brief private pause, or it may be a social gathering - but what matters is that people care. 

january sunset

The nights have been clear and we can appreciate the bright stars in the night sky.  We're still seeing some of the after effects of the unusually long cold snap though - a lot of reef fish were shocked by the cold and it's sad to see them wash into the harbor.  The water is still much colder than normal and the visibility has been quite poor, so we feel bad for the tourists who have come for diving - it will take a bit more time for the water to get back to the usual clarity.

We continue to work on our big projects - Jim has been pulling new 12v cables in the engine room, and I have been reinforcing the heavy plywood boxes and shelf reinforcements that will support the batteries in their new locations in the engine room.  I've also been building up the varnish coats on our swim ladder treads - the secret to durable varnish is lots of coats, and I'm half-way to 10.


It's not glamorous work, but winter is our time to work on boat projects (in nice weather) before we head over to the Bahamas for a few months this spring.  We think of boat chores as "the price of freedom"... not a bad deal.  We still try to make time to do something fun now and then, since we tend to forget to stop working.  Last night we went to the Marathon Community Theater's production of "Sylvia" - we laughed until our sides hurt!  Today is the semi-annual Nautical Flea Market down on Big Pine, so we'll head down there for a bit, check on the progress of the seawall construction at our house, then meet friends (the Hurricane has a wonderful $5 lunch!).  Then it will be back to the projects... and now I need to run so I can get another coat of varnish on the treads before we head out.



Posted By Robin & Jim

The new year was just a few days old when we received some shocking news about the sudden passing of our friend and fellow boater, Pete Androski.  He was young and healthy and there was no good reason for him to leave us.  We will never forget him.


Pete was a husband to our dear friend Heidi, a father, a talented natural athlete, a brilliant thinker, and one of the finest mariners we've ever known.  

Pete 1


Pete 2


Pete 3

Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote this poem about passing that speaks in the language of the mariner.  Godspeed, Pete.


Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.