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Friday, February 12, 2016

Limited access



I'm heading out on our little trip to the Bahamas. We have a few days in Fort Lauderdale, before heading out on the boat. No idea how connected we'll be out there. I'm leaving my computer at home and only taking a tablet. That should allow me to catch up now and then, but don't expect long posts. (I'm a slow thumb typist)

Now that I've been able to reconstruct all my files on a laptop I don't want to take it on this trip. It's staying safely at my step mom's.

She's watching Brownie. That dog is going to be so spoiled while we are gone.

Looking forward to talking to people on the boat.

“You know, the last boat I was on sank . . .”

-Sixbears

Thursday, February 11, 2016

More Recovery



I had about 30 gigs of data on a thumb drive. Turns out that salt water and memory drives don't play well together. Letting the drive dry out didn't help. The computer recognized it, but could to load it. A friend suggest soaking the drive in fresh water to flush the salt out. Once the fresh water dried the memory was accessible again. A copy has been moved to my new (to me) laptop.

Between the jump drive and all the files uploaded to the cloud, my digital life is pretty much back together.

A lot of the gear on my boat was supposed to be waterproof, or at least water resistant. Almost nothing “waterproof” survived. The waterproof computer bag wasn't. The marine binoculars had one side full of water. A nice little waterproof bluetooth speaker didn't make it. Even the dry bag left on the boat . . . wasn't.

The only thing that did survive was a metal ammo can. It was thrown completely across the boat and buried under wet sand. It looked a bit beat up, but everything in it was completely dry.

To be fair, some items might have failed, not due to the water, but due to the violent motion of the boat being banged around on the shoal all night. After all, conditions were rough enough to break the keel right off the boat.

My lovely wife and I spent the afternoon filling in some gaps in our wardrobe. Most of my wife's clothes was recovered and could be cleaned up. Most of my stuff went out to sea. I don't need a lot, but it sure feels good to have a pair of jeans again. Add a few shirts, new hiking sandals, and I'm good to go.

-Sixbears

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Missing New Hampshire



I must admit to missing being in New Hampshire right now. The cold and snow is uncomfortable, but the political circus would have been fun. Voting absentee ballot just doesn't have the same zip.

As I write this the results are just coming in. Looks like Hillery is having a very bad night. No matter how she tries to white wash it, it's a bad night.

As of today everyone can forget New Hampshire for another four years. That's fine with me.

-Sixbears

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Paperwork of the Apocalypse



Judging from my little personal little shipwreck disaster, the Apocalypse is going to require extensive paperwork. Even the end of the world won't save us from bureaucratic hell. I suspect at the end it'll only be cockroaches and lawyers.

I hope I've satisfied the paperwork requirements of my boat insurance company. It's a little difficult with some of my information floating towards Cuba. However, Boat US has been a good to deal with in the past so I suspect they'll treat me right. Thank goodness I didn't have to pay for the boat salvage.

One bright spot, it looks like my homeowners insurance will pay for the loss of at least some of our personal belongings. The adjustor asked a lot of questions on the phone then said he'd send claim forms my way. I've got e-mail copies already. In all my years of paying for homeowners insurance we've never made a claim so I don't feel too bad about filling out one now.

People have given us some items to replace what was lost and that's been really nice. Just got a nice almost new sleeping bag to replace the one we lost. We now have enough gear to do some camping when we get back from our cruise.

Amazon has one of my missing credit cards on file still I've been able order a few things. I'll call it in for replacement once my stuff comes in.

With any luck the paperwork will be under control in a few days.

-Sixbears

Monday, February 8, 2016

Where do we go from here?



We are going to the Bahamas. A year ago my lovely wife booked us on a mini cruise. I was a little ticked off as I'd planned to sail our own boat there. As luck would have it, we don't have a boat to sail to the Bahamas anymore.

I'd better shut up and enjoy the cruise.

It will give us a couple weeks to decompress and rethink our plans.

We've a few days free before we head out. There's a lot of paperwork and shopping to sort out before we go. Can't live in just shorts, T-shirts and flip flops.

People have been really nice and helpful. Today I was given a laptop to replace the one that I lost. It needs a new keyboard, but replacements are readily available. In fact, one's currently on order from Amazon.

Slowly we are getting our act together.

-Sixbears

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Wreck and salvage

Well that was interesting.

Here's the wreck of the Morning Glory. I piled up all the stuff that might be saved, but some of that most likely will get tossed.

The keel is completely off the boat. The tow guys had to remove the mast to be able to bring it in. With the keel gone the mast was the ballast and flipped the boat over. Due to the hatches being missing a lot of stuff just drifted out to sea.

Much of my wife's gear ended up plastered to the port hull side mixed in with sand and shells. Most of my gear went out to sea. All the electronics are toast. To my surprise I was able to recover all the parts to the head. It was clean as a whistle after being washed in the sea. I guy at the boat landing offered to buy it from me and I was happy to sell it. One less thing to pack in the car.

I'm running all the clothes through the wash and most of it will be fine. It's going to take some time to work though all the gear, but I'm in no hurry. It's an R&R day.

-Sixbears

Friday, February 5, 2016

Salvage

The salvage company called today. The boat, or what's left of it, is at his facility up on slings. I signed it over for salvage, but he's allowing me a chance to find personal items. He said he found my computer bag. I doubt if the computer is still good, but there were other things in that bag that I could use.

There's really nothing left to the boat. Even the outboard is seized. Salt water takes its toll. It's being disposed of on Monday.

I've been dealing with banks and insurance companies today. We also returned the rental car to Avis. That's a story in itself, but I'm going to wait to see how that turns out before blogging about it.

One nice thing is that my lovely wife found her favorite piece of jewelry in her purse. Since the rest of her shiny stuff is missing it really cheered her up. Sometimes it's the small things.

I've no regrets. We had some good experiences. No one got hurt.

-Sixbears