It has been awhile since posting. Time to get back on track. Summer is here and it is time to go boating.
If you are looking for the perfect houseboat, check out the in water houseboat expo on Lake Cumberland. New and used boats that need new owners. A variety of sizes and price ranges.
Starting this week, more posts about how to maintain and fix your houseboat.
Having a hard time finding certain parts for your houseboat? Let us help you. Due to our large network of contacts and associates, we may be able to find that part that you have been looking for. We plan to carry those items that you cannot find at West Marine or your local marine supply store. We want to provide a place to find those things that are harder to come by. We plan to offer things like rope light and rope light track, roof repair kits, etc.
We need your help!! We need to hear from you what types of items you need. Again, not those items that can be picked up at West Marine, but those things that either must be bought in bulk or are specialty items that can’t be found just anywhere. Contact us either here on the blog or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your time. Look forward to hearing from you.
It sounded like a nice get away weekend. “Let’s go spend the weekend on the houseboat in Chattanooga.” That was before it turned out to be the COLDEST weekend of the year! The concern was not the time spent actually ON the boat. It was the LONG walk out the dock. And not just for us, but for our 2 furbabies. With temps in the 20’s, we trekked out the dock. The dogs were wearing their sweaters and wrapped in a blanket in the dock cart. And to our surprise, we were not the only ones crazy enough to be spending time at the dock that weekend. There was even a ghost hunters group that spent time over night in 17 degree temps doing a ghost tour in the old haunted dam.
Even though it was cold, there is just something wonderful about being on the water. Being able to look out at the calm water and enjoy the beautiful scenery is so peaceful. Until you have to bundle up in layers and walk the dogs. But even then, it was a good weekend. We all survived. At least it wasn’t snowing. Happy Boating where ever you are.
It has been awhile since we posted. Between the holidays and relocating to another state, it has been a busy time the last few months. But the new year has brought many new blessings. A new coastal houseboat was delivered to the east coast of Florida. The new owners were so excited to get their new coastal Sunstar houseboat. We will post the pictures later this week. Getting a new boat is always a good thing. Check back later this week for another repair story. We will try to post more often. Hope everyone has smooth sailing and many boating adventures in 2012.
Well, the weekend started out ok. It was a cool weekend on the houseboat in Chattanooga, but of course it was warm inside. And being on the water is always great. Well, until your toilet stops working.
It is not a good day when you are having to unbolt the toilet to access the macerator to try to fix the problem. Being long time boaters, we know the drill about what can and CANNOT go into the toilet. Unfortunately, sometimes, things just happen.
While not an enjoyable task, sometimes it is a must. It just takes some time and a strong stomach to work through the problem. While it did put a damper on the weekend, it was not the end of the world. Just another day of boating. Hope your latest boating adventure was better. See you on the water.
Time to start thinking about cooler weather. We all enjoy using our boats, but hate to deal with the routine maintenance and upkeep. Break it down into manageable tasks and don’t try to do it all at once.
Pick a day to stow all of the water toys, noodles, rafts, and extra towels. Clean out the storages and lockers so everything that moved around during the boating season is returned to its proper place. In the galley, consolidate all of those bottles of ketchup, mustard and other condiments that showed up. Take inventory of the paper products, plastic wear and cups. For Halloween, make an adult punch to help empty some of those multiple bottles of rum, vodka, wine, etc.
Take inventory of your electronics and valuables on the boat. Take pictures and label your items for easy identification in case they ever get stolen. Don’t leave these valuables out in the open.
Taking a little time to get things in line will make your next boating adventure more pleasurable. Happy Boating!!
Check back soon for maintenance tips and winterizing ideas.
What better way to explore the Florida Keys but on a houseboat. Our boat was moored in Stuart, Fl and needed to be moved back to the west coast. So we called a couple of friends and boated down to the Keys. We oohed and awed at the mansions in the Miami area and island hopped our way to Key West. First we anchored out and enjoyed looking at the stars.
Cruising on for a few hours, we stopped for the night at Plantation Yacht Harbor. We took the tender and went snorkeling and then to dinner at Mile Marker 66. What a dinner!! We were seated outside on the edge of the surf. The meal and the view was incredible!!
Then on to Marathon. If you go, check out Castaways restaurant and the local fresh fish market. Fresh fish on the grill was a yummy treat.
Then on to Key West for 3 days and 2 nights. We love Key West, but only for a few days at a time. We did the touristy things and ate at Sloppy Joe’s, had a drink at the Hog’s Breathe, watched the sunset and enjoyed the street vendors. The BEST mojitos are from the Colombian restaurant at Mallory Square. And don’t forget the ghost tours!!
It was a fun adventure. But then time to head up the west coast to Sarasota. We all agreed it was one of the best vacations we had ever had. Would love to hear from others about their Florida Keys adventures.