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 Hey Dick, thanks for the comments about the article. It was edited so much I didn't recognize it. Word has it there were actually 199 Corbins hulls built. I included that in my article along with other things. Anyway, we got paid so I guess it doesn't matter too much, other than my name got put on an article I had little to do with.
In Beaufort awaiting wind to sail to Miami.

Paul Melanson <>
- Sunday, November 30, 2003 at 14:45:25 (EST)

hola dick and mary well we are having what i think is a tropical storm the wind is blowing like hell and it rains really hard for about 20 minutes at a time but once every hour this is supposed to keep up all day today and tomorrow we have to get to town sometime today for supplies beer bread more beer milk more beer and maybe a few other things we can get locally without going to french harbour not too fond of driving on these roads in foul weather lou and kookie arrived last evening really great to see them we
picked them up at BJ's they took a taxi from coxen hole to here it rained all the way back from BJ's so we all looked like drenched rats by the time we got to Mt. Calabash but after drying off and having a few coolies we were all ok leroy/carolyn/lou/kookie

- Saturday, November 29, 2003 at 15:06:09 (EST)

I'm loving the site.. You have almost made me want to sell my house tomorrow!!! Ahhh only a few years to go... Thanks very much for the visuals..
Travis Wizniuk <>
Edmonton, AB Canada - Friday, November 28, 2003 at 18:54:16 (EST)

hello again dick i don't think we installed the new belts during the repairs but we may have we keep the vechile at oak ridge a spot is rented and paid for by the owners there are about 8 vechiles there we dingy to there and then drive to french harbour there is not too much dust to kick up around here but will try and keep it down will definitely give your regards to lou and kookie regards leroy

- Friday, November 28, 2003 at 15:30:19 (EST)

Hi LeRoy
Guess you are right, I did bring some down last year, but cannot remember if we used them when we er-built the alternator bracket. Its OK I will check my info here.
Where do you keep the vehicle, there are no roads to Calabash Bight, closest place must be Nelson's Hbr village. Do you boat to French Harbour or take the vehicle?
Regards to Lou and Kookie. Have fun in Calabash Bight... but do not stir up too much "dust"

- Friday, November 28, 2003 at 12:11:04 (EST)

Subject: belts

hi dick just going through the guest book and read that you requested the numbers for the alternator belt and the water pump seems to me we did that last year i'm not positive but i think there is already new belts aboard somewhere ???? you possibly already have those numbers check it out and let me know because lou can get those numbers required !! they are arriving on saturday evening via ferry and i have to pick them up in coxen hole at the terminal there was already there the other day with ronald (the guardian here) to pick up some material for him so i know how to get there that's all for now leroy

- Friday, November 28, 2003 at 11:51:42 (EST)

hey jason we don't check the guest book often but saw your message this a.m. glad you are doing well got an e-mail from joyce this morning and she says it was -1 this morning call josh's mom she has got our direct e-mail address or get in contact with dick wedge he also has the address love mom and dad
leroy and carolyn
honduras - Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 11:33:46 (EST)

Interesting site. Thank you.

Kanjirappally, Kanjirappally India - Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 03:27:44 (EST)

hey mom how are you doing me fine. Starting to get cold here now doing fine.
- Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 00:13:44 (EST)

hey what is new whether good here it is still warm still working everythings fine

- Saturday, November 22, 2003 at 17:45:00 (EST)

hi dick well got an e-mail from lou this morning whitecap is fine luvi and
emy are fine lou was informed by king that M.E (emy off ADL kings wife)
among other aliases does this to get attention around and around sorry to
hear you are not coming down till after xmas oh well you have to do the
family thing also you should go to northern N.B. for a few days just to
unwind if nothing else and carolyn says you should go and give mary a break
i'm not sure what she means by that e-mailed bill this morning and he is
already bracing the door shut to keep the deer out and there is no mouse in
the toaster so things are looking up adios amigo leroy

- Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at 16:04:10 (EST)

This is a cool site, my boss asked me to go round and check out loads of sites for our research - yours got a 10! Well done.
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- Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at 06:03:20 (EST)

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na, na thailand - Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 20:19:29 (EST)

Hi Leroy /Carolyn
Good to see you settled in Roatan for a while -- sounds like Reo Dulce not the place to be right now -- I am sure Dick Mary will be happier to be in Columbia buy next summer -- we hope to stay in Ajijic till early April -- will we see you next summer ? ---take care Jerry /Bunnie

Jerry / Bunnie <>
Ajijic, Jalisco Mexico - Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 19:57:03 (EST)

HOLA SENOR DICK i will likeky be talking with lou in the near future i don't
think he goes on the maya paradise web sight but he should know or probably
know what is going on too bad you don't think you'll be down till after xmas
sounds like a great trip to the hunting camp by the way please send me
bill's e-mail address hope there is no surprises like a mouse in the toaster
will talk at you later adios amigo leroy

- Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 16:43:08 (EST)

hola dick and mary just received an e-maik from dave and donna (the owners
of the property) and they won't be returning till the first week of january
so i guess we will be here till then talking with lou this morning on the
ssb things are good on the rio and whitecap is A OK thought you would like
to know adios amigo leroy

- Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 16:40:28 (EST)

Hi LeRoy
Ask Lou to see if he has read the myanparadise BBS, cannot understand where the info about Whitecap being moved to Norm's dock came from. Suspect someone is using Norm's name in vain... without his knowledge.
Anyway looks like it may be after Christmas when we return, not happy about it but that is the way it is will know for sure next week.
Bill Fullerton wants me to go up to the hunting camp next week for 5 days, cannot decide. I have too much to do around here. Anyway have fun.

- Friday, November 14, 2003 at 21:44:17 (EST)

Sent: Friday, November 14, 2003 10:10 PM
Subject: roatan

hola dick and mary just received an e-maik from dave and donna (the owners
of the property) and they won't be returning till the first week of january
so i guess we will be here till then talking with lou this morning on the
ssb things are good on the rio and whitecap is A OK thought you would like
to know adios amigo leroy

- Friday, November 14, 2003 at 21:42:51 (EST)

Very good idea to put these reports in Dick..
At this time of the year, here on the Island, the main question of all the friends of our age is...What are you doing this winter?.... when we answered Guatemala..concern came to their faces... and they answered... why would you leave a peaceful Island to go where trouble is...? For once I really didn't know what to answer....

Thanks, Joyce

P.S. Hi!.. Carolyn and Leroy! Love your EMails!

Joyce <>
Summerside, PEI Canada - Friday, November 14, 2003 at 08:09:10 (EST)

This is not a political site, but the previous info is important to the stability of beautiful Guatemala and it's wonderful people. I just put here as "clip and paste" for anyone who has concerns for our safety when we are in the country and of course the local population who bore the brunt of the "troubled times"
- Thursday, November 13, 2003 at 19:14:14 (EST)

And we have comments from some of the local concerned Rio residents...

Better News! by Felipe
It looks like the election will result in a runoff between Berger and Colóm - and Rios Montt is through. If so, he will lose the immunity from prosecution that he has enjoyed while in office, during which time, the general public has become much more aware of what went on during his former regime. The immunity would expire in January and perhaps we can call upon the grand old man of the Palacio Nacional to explain certain details...

RE: Good News! by mark
On the spot report. Arrived in Guatemala city yesterday 9 a.m.

everything seemed normal, took bus to Rio Dulce, highway was clear and in Morales a very big demonstration, about 4000 people over 100 cars and trucks in support of Berger... we were held up for some time. Otherwise everything looks good.

Good News! by Felipe
Now might be a good time to freeze Rios Montt's assets and bank accounts and those 30+ Panamanian accounts that Portillo opened during his presidency before either of them tries to pull a stunt like (ex-President) Serrano did.

- Thursday, November 13, 2003 at 19:03:48 (EST)

Latest news from Guatemala Dick
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Running-mate of former dictator accepts defeat in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (AP) -- Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's running-mate accepted defeat Tuesday in Guatemala's presidential elections, ending a campaign that worried human rights groups and the U.S. government.

Former Guatemala City Mayor Oscar Berger and a center-left candidate, Alvaro Colom, will face each other in a run-off election December 28. Gen. Rios Montt came in a distant third.

Edin Barrientos, who ran for vice president under Rios Montt, admitted his party's presidential loss in a radio interview Tuesday, saying "the results are clear, and we have nothing to dispute them."

With 83 percent of the vote counted, Berger had gained 35.5 percent of the vote and Colom had 26.7 percent. To win Sunday's election outright, one candidate had to secure more than 50 percent of the vote. Rios Montt finished with 18.4 percent.

The retired general hasn't been seen publicly since casting his vote Sunday, and many feared he and his supporters wouldn't accept defeat. But there have only been scattered protests throughout the country since results began trickling in, and fears of mass violence haven't materialized.

Rios Montt's defeat could pave the way for his prosecution. As a member of Congress, he has immunity from prosecution, but that will expire along with the end of his term in January.

After his 1982 coup and subsequent overthrow, Rios Montt made two unsuccessful tries at running for president, but was blocked because the constitution bans coup leaders from seeking the country's highest post.

This time, however, the Supreme Court -- packed with Rios Montt's supporters -- cleared the way for the former dictator's candidacy after his supporters staged violent protests in July that brought Guatemala City to a standstill.

President Alfonso Portillo, a member of Rios Montt's Guatemalan Republican Front party, was banned by law from seeking a second consecutive term. He beat both Berger and Colom four years ago, when Colom ran with the support of former guerrillas and the left, but finished a distant third.

This time, Colom has taken a more centrist approach, courting business leaders as well as the country's large Indian population. Berger is running with the support of the country's rich elite and growing middle class.

- Thursday, November 13, 2003 at 18:59:48 (EST)

Hi LeRoy and Carolyn

Thought we sent a message last week, anyway all is well here, we had a few cold days with frost, but it has warmed up again. Still do not have departure date, working on some family things to fix up before we go... if it is not until after or just before Xmas OK so that is the way it is. Looks like the ride we had to Florida fizzeled out also, as we have not heard anything.

Thought the "Bar" up the Calabash Bight was called "Hole in the Wall", We have not been in there yet, passed by and went to Port Royal where there is absolutely nothing to go ashore to. On the way back, we went directly from Guanaja to French Harbour YC non stop so went right by Calabash the second time. Been to Oak Ridge by taxi on a market day once. Kind of rustic to say the least.

- Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 13:14:07 (EST)

Hi Leroy,
Now that you have your own pad, when is the Christmas Party? I'll bring the dog food(lol) Hope ypo guys are having fun, sure sounds like it. Say hi to Carolyn, enjoy yourselves, drop us a line when you get a chance.
Cap't Pat

Shediac Bridge , NB CANADA - Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 08:27:35 (EST)

hey dick
thanks for the email and the forward from your mates on the rio dulce,thats
so bizarre what happened ,poor person who was at the wrong place at the
wrong time eh!!  that was a real shock to hear about.
As far as I know heather was leaving for one of the bay islands off
honduras, think roatan was the one,  but ament too sure, she could have changed
her mind to stay on ,but i think after 2yrs or so she was ready to move
on,...such a great girl!
Ye guys must be from Canada.  I was born in toronto, where my irish parents
lived for 15yrs before moving to back ireland when i was 8.Now im a fully
fledged irish redneck and lovin it!!!  yes, Ireland is very cold, rainy and
depressing at the moment...but i seek solace in my spuds and guinness!!!
I'm so envious of you and your wife headin to the rio in a few weeks, such an
amazing all of central america! I have nothing but fond memories
of eggs&frijoles, endless bottles of Gallo, and numerous experiences of
Chicken buses round Guatemala!!!!
Enjoy every minute of it, and Take Care of yourselves!!
Shannon xox.

- Monday, November 10, 2003 at 18:35:37 (EST)

Hi Leroy and Carolyn!... Very interesting reading! Need help with feeding the animals? Carolyn can keep in shape just going up and down the steps! Take care and thanks for the news!


Joyce alias Mariette <>
Summerside, PEI Canada - Monday, November 10, 2003 at 17:46:00 (EST)

hello dick and mary hope you are standing up to the cold weather here it is
about 86 degrees we are now on the island of roatan arriving yesterday the
8th via buses from rio dulce to la ceiba 5 transfers in all then flying from
there to roatan it is certainly a beautiful island the house is atop a
muontain with 123 concrete steps to get to it 5 dogs 3 birds and 1 cat but
the place is incredible electricity one bedroom plus a loft which is a
little cluttered but also has a bed direct television all in english and
hundreds of channels carolyn very impressed als have use of the internet
24-7 deck on all four sides of the house can always get in the shade on one
side or the other possibly here for two months all our expenses were paid to
get here as had to almost drop everything as they had a medical problem with
dave so they were very happy we could come on such short notice we are on
the eastern end of the island a place called calabash bite not too far from
oak ridge and about a 35 km drive to west end after we dingy to town took
dave and donna to the airport this morning they are flying to miami then
catching a train home to north carolina going to phone us when they arrive
good to hear you got the zippers and picking up some screening also good to
hear mary is coming down at the same time as you you will hardly beleive all
the improvements at luvis and the road to chikis and backpackers also under
the bridge all to be paved in the very near future possibly before you
arrive ingrid is the blonde girl that used to go out with serlon the guy
that runs mangos the chinese food is not as good as it was and there are no
more of the large egg rolls just regular size and they are not that great we
have found out how to access the journal pioneer web site so we are now
reading the journal now that we have access all of the time we will be
checking our e-mail every day adios for now.

leroy and carolyn
- Monday, November 10, 2003 at 08:43:57 (EST)

I came across your website from google and I enjoyed my visit.

Jason <>
Charlottetown, PE Canada - Sunday, November 09, 2003 at 02:45:24 (EST)

Hi Carolyn& Leroy
How are ya doing. Everyone is doing great home here hope to hear from you soon.
Love your baby sis Tammy

Tammy Coughlin <>
P.E.I - Tuesday, November 04, 2003 at 16:06:49 (EST)

dick i am not sure what to tell you about the wire all i know is it is small wire connecting the combiner to whatever we will most likely be gone to roatan by the time you arrive on the river to houseset for dave and donna you could also bring some new screening as some are getting fairly ratty will be checking our e-mail again on friday leroy
leroy <>
- Tuesday, November 04, 2003 at 11:16:56 (EST)

dick dont know a whole lot about the shooting apparrently a guy opened fire
with a machine gun about 1 in the morning and the unlucky person was in the
line of fire and died later that day that is all we kmow about it the
cockpit coushions are in need of new zippers the short ones are 36 inches
long and the long ones are 45 inches other than that things are going well
carolyn is still wondering if mary is coming when you do or after xmas
regards leroy

- Monday, November 03, 2003 at 12:01:12 (EST)

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- Monday, November 03, 2003 at 09:31:37 (EST)

HiFantastic web page - the information is very useful. I will come back soon.Thank you.Paul
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- Friday, October 31, 2003 at 09:21:41 (EST)

hey how's the weather no snow here yet i'm doin good hope you are to just thought I would check up on you love ya's
- Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at 19:35:22 (EST)

Hi LeRoy
Got the parts, another $100 they are smaller but more expensive, will bring them down.
What is the story on the shooting/murder at Backpackers??? presuming some hot blooded latino did something rash and fast.
Thinking about a freighter from Miami to Puerto Barrios or Cortez or Utila or Belize City, would be fun and cheaper than flights

- Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 20:04:43 (EST)

Hi LeRoy and Carolyn
OK the new b'bque bracket will fit, and will now clamp to the stern rail.
Trying to figure out where the leak is near the V-berth window??? The stern hatch is 5/16" teak with epoxy & fibreglass laminated under, I do not think it is "rot", teak does not rot... but there may be water getting between the laminate and the teak decking. I can check that when we get there.
The outboard parts arrived from Doug this AM. I am going to Ellerslie now to exchange them for the new ones. Doug paid postage of US $17.25 and it was checked as a "gift" so no GST was charged!!!!! for once we got a break. It was mailed from Bellvue Wash. on Oct 13, so it took 2 weeks from there.
Check your mail more often and the guest book also.

- Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 12:08:58 (EST)

hi dick the plate is 3x3 and the opening slot is one and onehalf x two luvi
was wondering if you want himto repair the leak on the port forward deck
just outside the v berth window also he would like to know if you want him
to repair the hatch on the stern deck he says the wood under the teak is
rotten but i am not sure leroy

- Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 11:39:25 (EST)

Dick! Hope that they didn't land in jail! Haven't heard from them either for ages!

Joyce (alias Mariette to Leroy)

Joyce <>
Summerside, PEI Canada - Monday, October 27, 2003 at 09:20:04 (EST)

Hi LeRopy and Carolyn
No sign of the parts from the US yet. May have a chance to drive a vehicle to Ft Lauderdale Florida in the next two weeks, nor sure yet but working on it. Getting things cleaned up in the boat house. Took the stbd genoa track off today, there is some rot in the deck just like the port side... easy to repair.
The pile of "stuff" is getting larger, but will not be overweight this year. Have a few problems to take care of before we leave... target date will be around the 15th Nov. hopefully.
Have you heard from Craig Guadet? re: Witchcraft???
Best to check your mail (delete the junk things so there is more access) and the Whitecap Guestbook more often just in case. Give us a list of other things to bring down.
We hear DX Bob is leaving the river forever, he will be missed on the AM net, hope he is well. Was kind of thinking about talkinh to him about a Ham license course... ah well...

- Sunday, October 26, 2003 at 19:59:05 (EST)

I did not know you could come down from
Chicago to the Mississippi with a sail boat. I was planing on taking the Erie canal to the Hudsen river. Would you do the Mississippi route again? I would like to make the Belize trip. Your pictures are indicating lots of powerty and very imposible to get boat parts. I might reconsider that part of the world. Thank you so much for sharing all the detailed information. I felt it gave me a better understanding of that part of the world. I just did a shake down cruise from Lake Erie to Tobermorey Canada on Lake Huron. Beatiful area, just very cold water. Good luck on that trans, regards Tom

Tom Buka <>
Mi - Saturday, October 25, 2003 at 21:20:45 (EDT)

Hi Mary and Dick
Good to connect , we are in back creek
and are leaving tomorrow if ok weather

The damn weather here is bitterly cold and i will have to use my atlantic cruising suit
have the tow service

- Thursday, October 23, 2003 at 20:40:30 (EDT)

I forgot... the new "pathmaker" battery combiner has arrived, and new washers to replace the old Banjo ones on the Mercedes.
What about the wires you said need replacement?? What do we need? Time getting short now, looking for tickets and dates, best so far is CDN $1200, return up from $850 last year!!! no wonder the airlines are in trouble... Business is slow... raise the prices!!!

- Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 21:16:29 (EDT)

Please check the barbeque, and give me the measurement underneath for the width of the bracket where it mounts to the rail. I need to know how wide the opening for the part that slides in to mount it. I have built a new bracket but do not have this measurement.
All is well here, running the wood stove at night, but no furnace yet. Docks all out, club looks pretty empty just "TeAMO" left. Everything in the boat shed and more room than last year for some reason.

Did you hear from Craig Gaudet re: "Witchcraft"? I can go see him if you want. Check your messages more often until we get there.

- Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 21:08:07 (EDT)

Hi again! Just can't see my message to Leroy and Carolyn! Will this one appear?
Joyce <>
Summerside, PEI Canada - Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 17:41:14 (EDT)

Hi there Carolyn and Leroy... no news for a long time! Found this place to talk to you today... neat...Was golfing again today but getting quite a bit cooler. Hope we hear from you sometimes! Great site... love it in here!
Joyce Barnett <>
Summerside, PEI Canada - Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 16:47:42 (EDT)

Hi John and Martine
Have been sending messages Via the old address we have, but no answer. OK you have a new address....

Mary and I are now hoping to leave here before Nov 15th, was the 8th but.... If it is not before the 30th it will be Jan, so I have to get going. There are a few problems before we leave, like an empty house costing us $600/mo for heat and electric, would be nice to have someone share that expense for a few months....
Nice to hear about Sam... hope she is happily married!!!

Arjuna, the Corbin 39 owned by Hillary and Jenny Shea, from Summerside is presently in Annapolis, moored in Spa Creek. Jenny is coming home for a few weeks and will return early Nov for the start south. You should connect up as you will be going the same route. Think about joining Boat US and taking the FULL Towing package. Going down "the ditch" it will probably pay good dividends, it did for us for only one dive and tow, and the cost for a year is US$80 or so. There is another Corbin 39 from here called Quintana also on her way down, but they are still in HFX so far.

Keep in touch

- Saturday, October 18, 2003 at 19:49:24 (EDT)

hi dick, we are in annapolis at the boat show. arrived here no problems. we were in halifax at the st mary's boat house for joes wedding just before juan, sam pregnant with twins will sender longer to home address


john&martine <>
- Saturday, October 18, 2003 at 14:19:42 (EDT)

good to hear the new parts have arrived, the other ones you should have by
the end of the week. marc and lisa are at tijax marina talked with them a
couple of times. the african queen is holding up well except for a bit of the
webbing and velcro will measure the length of material you need and make
sure you have enough all the best.
leroy and carolyn

- Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at 17:11:46 (EDT)

Hello Carolyn an Leroy.
How are you guys doing up there?
Starting to cool off down here some.
just wanted to say hi an let you know all is well .
Love Tammy

Tammy Coughlin <>
P.E.I - Wednesday, October 08, 2003 at 15:57:58 (EDT)

hello dick and mary hope everything is well in summerside it sure is warm
here i found another way to send the parts back to you doug on christina is
returning to the states this weekend and taking the parts with him and
mailing them from there it will be much cheaper that way you should have
them by late next week or early the following week which i hope will give
you enough time to do whatever other than that things are going fine beer
and smokes have gone up some but is still much cheaper than pei best regards
leroy and carolyn

- Tuesday, October 07, 2003 at 11:45:32 (EDT)

I think your hotmail box is full, it sends back your mail.
Craig has called and he has someone interested in your boat. He will be in contact with you.

I have ordered the new parts for the outboard. It seems that in 1994 they built two versions of that 9.9, One had a letter "S" in the model # and the other a "C" which is ours apparently. They will give us credit for the parts you took down $650. But I have to pay for the new ones here. Can you pack up all the parts and mail them back here by post office mail??? Soonest???

I have been after John Mark re the bank account #, I called several times and left messages, been to the auto parts place 3 times and he still has not given me the # which is at his home.... he has a memory like a sieve. Which bank is it you deal with, and I can go there myself to deposit the battery money.

All is well here, hurricane Juan went through last Sunday night, no damage in Summerside or at the Yacht Club just high winds and we had a viviting 123 footer at the main dock. Charlottetown was devistated, their docks are all smashed and 24 boats ended piled up in the corner, 5 were sunk. Pictou had the same Hector Quay Marina was wiped out and several boats sank.

Halifax was hit hard, many boats up on shore at Armdale YC. Paul Melanson (Corbin 39) rode out the storm at anchor over there with his motor going in fwd. gear.. Hilary Shea (corbin 39) rode out Hurricane Isabel in Annapolis Maryland at a mooring and is OK.

Has Ray on Fleur des Isles returned yet, does Luvi have an address for him???

- Wednesday, October 01, 2003 at 20:23:06 (EDT)

Hey hope you hade a good trip, me i'm doing good, working full time miss you lot's hope you are enjoying your trip
- Sunday, September 28, 2003 at 11:35:44 (EDT)

Message from LeRoy and Carolyn Fri sept 19/03
hola from the rio dulce and whitecap hope everyone and everything is doing
fine in summerside things are going well here except for whitecaps electric
problems and the outboard we will just keep operating on our extension cord
as we did on adios last winter mike of rae of hope was over this morning and
says what i was calling a coil is actually a relay but has to be rep[laced
along with a few wires . lou of yankee girl would like to purchase some of
the roll of white material if you want to part with any he would like to
have about 40 feet leaving you with 30 feet temperature today is 96 degrees
no jacket on since we left boston a new yahama 9.9 is about $1800 us luvis
telephone number is 502-696-8016 if you want to talk personally best regards
leroy and carolyn

- Friday, September 19, 2003 at 16:37:16 (EDT)

Hi LeRoy and Carolyn
What to do with that outboard!!!! I am going up to Dennis Motors in Ellerslie today to talk to them about the new (apparently wrong) parts. Thinking, instead of spending another $650 in parts for the old one, then we will have $1200 tied up in her and she only cost that much originally. Am thinking maybe we will just have to bite the bullet and buy a new outboard down there. Next time you go by the Suzuki place up by the bank on the highway, check out the price of a new 9.9 short shaft, then I will decide. I was considering buying 2 x 125Watt solar panels with that money....

The electric!!!! I will order a new battery combiner, and will take it down with us. They are not that expensive. Do you think by chance the old one may have gotten wet ?? If it did, I will take a plastic shield to cover the new one. I think what may have happened is the batteries boiled dry over the summer, and the unit was trying to put juice into the shorted out batteries, and simply got overload, In retrospect we should have unplugged the shore power for the summer.

Batteries!!! I will go see John Mark tomorrow to get the bank account # and transfer the funds for the new batteries. Is there enough room in there for a third battery under the Q berth? We can/will buy two new start batteries when I get there.

Is there anything else???

- Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 07:18:07 (EDT)

Hi LeRoy and Carolyn
Nice to get your call last night, sounds like you are having a good time, I forgot to ask for Lou and Kookies phone # just in case we have to call. Is Lube's # still the same as last spring??? send us some pics of the changes to the house and dock.

Re: the 12V electrical problem. There is a Heart Interface "Pathmaker" battery combiner behind the 12V panel. When shore power is plugged in the 115V AC goes through the "Heart Freedom 10" inverter (the big black box at the foot of the Q berth) which converts it to 12V DC and it goes directly to the combiner and then to both battery banks. The purpose of this is to automatically charge both banks at the same time when power is available, and, then isolate them when we are using 12V power so we do not kill the start bank. There is no "OFF - Both - 1 - 2" switch on Whitecap, the "Pathmaker" combiner takes care of all that. There is an instruction manual for this unit either in my desk or in the white brief case behind the aft captain's seat. I think it is with the Heart inverter manual.

You should be able to get 115V AC when plugged in to shore power, if the "main circuit breaker" on the AC panel is turned "ON" and the other two breakers for the wall plugs are also turned on. Just remember one of them is for the electric water heater (the middle one???). If you do not get 115V then, there is something wrong at/with the inverter itself, which is a major repair job, so I hope all is OK there. If you do not have 12V power now at the DC panel, with new batteries connected, and all the circuits you want are turned "ON" there must be something wrong at the Pathmaker combiner. There is a "toggle switch" on the combiner which allows you to by-pass the solenoid which you can also try.

Other than all this, I don't know any more.... maybe if you ask around the fleet, or make an announcement on the VHF net in the morning, there must be an "electrical guru" who will come over and check her out for us.

- Thursday, September 11, 2003 at 10:59:57 (EDT)

Message from LeRoy and Carolyn
hola everyone arrives in fronteras on tuesday afternoon to a very warm temp
about 88 the boat looks great just wanted to let everyone know that we
arrived safely woke up wed morning to a temp of 84 at 7 am and getting
warmer we have already met a lot of the people we know from last spring
hoping to hear from you all soon leroy and carolyn

- Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 14:28:51 (EDT)

It is the belts #'s I need...

- Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 08:52:03 (EDT)

Just thought of something... Please send me the # for the alternator and water pump on the Mercedes. There may be spares under the aft dinette seat where the tool box is stored, if not if i Have the # I will bring spares.
Hope you had a safe trip.
Vicki (Neige d' Ete) called from Saskatoon last night, she is visiting her mother. Mike is in Tahiti on the boat, she says they had to hand steer most of the way from Galapagos after the auto went out.

- Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 08:51:04 (EDT)

Hola everyone
LeRoy and Carolyn left Summerside today by bus for Bangor (overnight), Boston (overnight) then fly to Miami and Guate City the same day, arriving at 17:30 on Monday Sept 1. They plan to bus to the Rio Dulce and Whitecap on Tuesday or Wednesday. They have brought all the outboard parts to repair the Suzuki 4.2 new crankshaft and all the seals and gaskets we could possibly need to repair her.

- Saturday, August 30, 2003 at 18:27:16 (EDT)