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Wouldn't you know it, you guys are preparing to come back home and we are forcasting a snow storm 10-15 cms. Wasn't very much snow left around here until today, hopefully it is not a sign of things to come. Miss ya's see you soon.
Love Brian, Paula & Kids
Summerside, PE Canada - Monday, April 11, 2005 at 20:20:33 (EDT)
Good Morning, Looks like a great day here today. Not as warm as there but I know you will bring the warm temp's back with you. Miss you both. Michelle is gone to Florida back on the 18th. We are heading to Cuba back on the 19th. Spa Deal Signed & Closed!! Told Ya!! Have a safe trip back. Love,
The Morrison's <firstname.lastname@example.org>
S'Side, PE Canada - Saturday, April 09, 2005 at 07:34:46 (EDT)
Good morning, everything is going fine here and getting better everyday.
Finished my course last Thursday with a 98.6 average, thought it might make the kids jealous but they just laughed at me oh well. Rained a lot the last couple of days, very windy & cold last night, enjoy your heat while you can. See you soon Love Brian & Family
Brian, Paula & Kids <email@example.com>
Summerside, PE Canada - Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 07:10:55 (EST)
Well we are in Livingston have been for the last 3 days!! Did all our paperwork completed and a Zarpe ffor Belize, headed out made it about 15 miles out, tore the clew out of jib, then had motor problems, decided to sail under mainsail back to Livingston. Next morning, Luvi sent our second jib down in a launcha Q100, not bad. Dick found water in the fuel filter, replaced filter, bled the lines, and got her going again, after pumping more water out of the main tank. Now we have "good" fuel.... we think.
Sailed back out yesterday, got about 10 miles, motor overheated, and she pumped all her base oil into the bilge!!!. Shut her down and sailed back into Livingston. Went to Raoul at Customs office looking for a mechanic recommendation. He says: "go to Texaco dock, ask for Sexy, and he will know where to find Juan for you"... We found "Sexy" and after a Q50 prod, he went looking for Juan. It appears Juan was drunk as this is big celebration around here this week, but promised to be available tomorrow (Sat morning) at 07:00 he was. Together with his friend Clement and Sexy we headed out to Whitecap at the Marina. Replace the engine oil, filled the exhaust cooler, bled the second filter (which Dick forgot to do) and replaced the completely worn out raw water impeller, we carry 2 spares. Engine started, we ran her for an hour everything OK. Paid off Juan Q850!!! and another Q50 for Sexy and we were off.. two hours out Mercedes makes strange noises... she again pumped all her base oil into the bilge!!! we sailed back to Livingston, beautiful breeze, the Ellen, Kate and Justin swam behind the boat, everything just the way a cruise in the Carribean should be..
Now we are waiting for Luvi to send a Panga down to pick us up andf tow Whitecap back to the dock in Fronteres Rio Dulce, where Dick will dismantle the motor for removal and rebuilding over the summer.
Thats all the news from beautiful hot Livingston Guatemala today...
- Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 14:41:02 (EST)
Hi Mom & Dad: Glad to see you made it down there safely again. Everything is fine here and I hope you will keep the stories and pictures coming. Happy Sailing, with love always, Paul
Toronto, - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 16:21:18 (EST)
That's quite the "Bruise" Mom! Glad you got your wallet back Dad. Lots happening here..all good! Planning a trip to Cuba in April. Keep the pictures coming. Love,
S'Side, PE Canada - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 22:48:54 (EST)
HOW IS THE WINTER GOING. WE MISS YOUR TRAVELOGUE THIS WINTER.ASSUMED YOU MUST BE HOME.SO YESTERDAY WE TRIED TO BAIT YOU OUT ONTO THE HARBOUR FOR SOME HARDWATER SAILING BY TEARING BACK AND FORTH IN OUR ICEBOATS IN FRONT OF YOUR HOUSE AND THE SILVER FOX. WE HAD A GREAT DAY WINDS WERE ABOUT 35 KM. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOURS ? IF YOU DO COME OUT AND JOIN US,AND WE REALLY DO MISS ALL THE NEWS FROM THE RIO AND THE ANTICS OF LEROY.HAVE A GREAT DAY WHEREVER YOU ARE.
BORDEN-CARLETON, pei can, - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 08:45:43 (EST)
Hi Dick, i had followed your trip early on and am now looking at what is happening up to date.I am gearing up my 35 here for cruising and plan a southern trip in the fall. My new neighbour is Reg and Mo McClusky from St Jonh are cruising where you are now I believe , in BelizeThey were in Guatemale up till a few weeks ago.His baot is a CSY44 and is Heart of Oak.Email is firstname.lastname@example.org .It is his ham call sign.They are a nice couple.I will fowwow your excursion and maybe I will end up there my self very shortly.Bye for now,Clive
Clive Johnston <email@example.com>
Montague, PEI Canada - Friday, February 25, 2005 at 14:39:11 (EST)
Sorry, my full email didn't get posted.
Lorne Hanson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Alexandria, VA USA - Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 12:30:31 (EST)
Dick and Mary,
I found your Saga this morning on the web. My cable was out. I found it very entertaining and full of information. I am anxious to see your next entry. When are you going back to Whitecap? I have plans to semi-retire in about 10 years and do just what you are doing! Thanks for posting this site. If you are around Annapolis, shoot me an email. Would love to have you ride on the Tartan 10 I race on.
Lorne Hanson <txmaverick62>
Alexandria, VA USA - Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 12:29:16 (EST)
It is 14:45, Saturday. WE are back at Cindy's safe and sound with Maxxie in tow, there is 6" of snow down already today, we may not get out of here tomorrow. All is well
- Saturday, January 08, 2005 at 14:41:48 (EST)
Well today is Saturday already, Evan had to go to work, thought he had the day off but... guess thats what it is like when you own your own store.
We are going to breakfast this AM with cousin Allan who we have not seen for 40+ years, then we will head out to Wollesley Island Marina where we left Maxxie and the U-Haul dolly, wonder if she will start?? Will let you know tomorrow
- Saturday, January 08, 2005 at 08:26:27 (EST)
Glad tom hear things going well. Call regarding an important message. Try Cell if not during home hours.
Richard and Maureen <email@example.com>
Summerside, PEI Canada - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 18:30:08 (EST)
OK found it Bill Thanks!!
Este uno programa bono, but not very user friendly!! the Nav program is much better, where you can add waypoints etc... It says two days to get home from here, but we can only do 80KM max after that she sways unless you have power on but that burns up gas mucho mucho.
Evan is off tomorrow and Sat, we will go pick up Maxxie in the US on Saturday afternoon, we will probably leave here on Sunday weather permitting. It stormed all day today, but is now clear outside and milder.
- Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 17:34:42 (EST)
Dick, In Streets & Trips, check the bottom of the left column for "Other Options".
- Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 18:42:55 (EST)
Hola everyone, it is now Wednesday at 16:00. We are now at Cindy and Evan�s in Kingston Ontario. Stayed in Kingston NY last night, woke up to heavy snow this AM (Wednesday) headed to Albany NY and then to Utica and Syracuse, then turned north on I-87 to the Thousand Island Bridge. Would not let us take Maxxie La Mercedes across the border, had to leave the papers with them and were on our own to find a safe location to leave the vehicle (cannot leave it here it will be towed away). Drove around the island, finally found a winterized Marina where for $20. the kind gentleman let us park the dolly and Maxxie until Saturday. Then we proceeded back to the border and crossed into Ontario. The overall result is we are here until Saturday when we can go pick up Maxxie then will return across into Canada and start for PEI� if it does not snow!!! Which is the forecast.
Anyway all is well, Maxxie starts after a bit of glow plug and the engine purrs like a kitten, there are rust spots and a few dings here and there but the transmission seems to be OK. Tires are 90% good and there is a new battery. Moon roof and windows all work as does the AC and Heat.
- Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 18:28:23 (EST)
I checked my booster and I get a red light (in the back) when I first plug into AC and then a green one when it's charged. The test button on the front runs up from red to green when the charge is good. If overnight charge (on AC) doesn't turn the light green, then there must be something wrong with the unit.
Summerside, PE Canada - Monday, January 03, 2005 at 14:29:20 (EST)
Morning Bill and everyone
Have a problem with our CDN Tire "Eliminator" battery booster.. She is on red light, and will not charge even on 110V. Bill can you read the instructions, to see If there is something I am not doing... Pushed the reset, still no go.
We are off now for NY State.
- Monday, January 03, 2005 at 08:46:27 (EST)
Hi everyone. Left Summerside at 07:30 stopped to visit Jake Palmer, another "greaser" (this is a term to describe smart folks who convert yheir diesel cars to burn used veggie oil or WVO for short). We are now in Portsmouth NH for the night. Well fed and Mary is keeping track of every penny... even the tips!!! Wants to prove that it would be cheaper to buy a diesel truck...
Tomorrow we head for Garrison New York to get a look at THE CAR, which henceforth shall be called "Maxxie the Mercedes" or just Maxxie for short...
Having fun, but bums are sore from sitting.
- Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 19:43:11 (EST)
Hi Dick. Found your web site. Love your logs. Thought I recognized your boat's name and photo as well as yours. Small world. We met on the intracoastal canal March 3rd. I was on my Vagabond 47 and we followed each other to Rockport Texas.
If you come back to Houston, let me know via email and I'll buy you a meal. I stay at the Waterford Harbour.
Hope all is going well for you.
Best regards and Happy New Year.
Clive Makinson-Sanders <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Houston, Tx USA - Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 13:58:12 (EST)
hola mary and dick well, emy went into the hospital on tuesday and returned on wednesday with a new baby boy they named him Robert Juliano otherwise there is not too much news here the batteries and fridge are good do not
know about the hull as i do not get in the water thats all for now adios
- Friday, December 31, 2004 at 11:28:41 (EST)
just came accross your site & spent an hour cruising (& boozing) with you.
We're all still on the same barstools here, just a different bar - Cucumber Beach Marina. They are doing a much better job than we did at Moho, but don't think they are having quite as much fun!! Seriously, if you are ever heading this way, it is a great & very secure place to berth.
Happy new year to you & yours.
p.s. I'll pass your site on to Phil & co.
Sandy Macpherson <email@example.com>
Belize City, Belize - Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 22:16:04 (EST)
hi dick just sent you a birthday well wish then went to the guestbook and read what captain pat wrote to you it is not true is it i know you and him are the same age ??????? adios amigo leroy
guatemala - Sunday, November 28, 2004 at 12:35:09 (EST)
Test 4:30 Wednesday, Nov 23
- Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 15:33:49 (EST)
Dick, how did you fit 97 people in your place, ??? to quote> as many people here as my age>
- Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 08:39:12 (EST)
How are things going? Have not seen Carolyn for awhile, but Mary talks to her now and then on the phone, guess she is busy working.
Have finally perfected the set-up for the Skype computer/phone system , and have been able to talk to EMY on ADL almost daily, well at least for the last 3 days... for the Rio news and it is free, speech is clear and it is just like talking over the phone.
We hear all is well on the Rio but not much news from our little corner of paradise in Shell Bay. I understand the new wall is up, and Yankee Girl has moved to Mar Marine, too bad. Emy told them about the phone thing, if they get internet connection at the boat they should hook it up. I am also connected to Denny's Beach but have not talked to them yet.
All is well here, my busted thumb is coming along well, just waiting for the nail to grow off... everything put away at the club and curling has started. They had a big surprise party for me last Sat here at the house, and it was really a surprise as my birthday is not until next week. There were as many here as my age!!! It was fun. I weaned myself off hard liquor 3 months ago, just wine and a beer now and then but lots of Soda Water...
Presently looking for an old Mercedes diesel car for myself. Todd is building a new exhaust riser/mixer for Whitecap and I will bring some new asbestos gasket stuff. Looks like mid January now. I am busy feeding the woodstove to keep warm.
Hi to everyone
- Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 03:48:54 (EST)
Good morning Dick, let's try this for awhile and see if it helps.
- Saturday, November 20, 2004 at 04:45:57 (EST)
Just a note to say Hi and tell you we arrived safe and sound 6 days on the road about 5000 km --have not been down to Port Isabel yet --will be shortly to check things out --
I was into the marine supply shop in Brownsville on Boca Chica to ask about Blind John -- they not sure if he is still around --
Weather is great - We start golfing next week
What are your plans for winter -- when do you leave for the Rio --will talk to ya all later -- Jer/Bun
p.s -- to you get all this crap on your guestbook
Brownsville , Tex USA - Sunday, November 07, 2004 at 12:03:21 (EST)
Dick & crew:
Its been great following your adventures, many times I wish I was in the
same situation. Will never forget the great Shediac - Charlottetown race I
did with you in the late 70's.
- Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 16:49:08 (EST)
hola dick and mary, well good to hear from you people find it very hard to
read your e-mail must be the style of your print try next time on caps lock
maybe that will help everything is quite here on the rio mike (draker) has
gone back to the states for a few weeks and all others are fine except jeff
who is not improving that much maybe through time he will get better
whitecap is fine 96 degrees here today with a light breeze and a few white
clouds adios for now
- Saturday, October 09, 2004 at 16:50:07 (EDT)
Yes, guess it is OK to take off the black box, should I order another one here to take down as a spare?
Going to Pictou on Thursday AM for the Friday 95 mile race, hope the weather is good...Nice to hear the internet price is going down. Where does everyone hang out now that Jeff's place is closed?
- Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 19:57:40 (EDT)
hola dick and mary, well brand new internet on our side of the
bridge this makes seven in the rio dulce area it is located in the old paint
store that has been vacant for years just before you get to chikis three q per
15 minutes one question oscar just approached me today about your outboard he
would like to borrow the black control box off your suzuki to try on one he
is working on i guess to see if that is his problem awaiting your
response adios amigos
- Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 11:21:18 (EDT)
hola dick and mary, good to hear from you we are still
doing fine carolyn is hoping to return to canada in the next couple of weeks
jeff is being flown to gainsville flordia to a va hospital today (monday)
showing some improvement jose is also out of hospital and staying in antigua
with nancy and james (miss lou) lou and kookie have returned from the states
on wednesday last ahead of charlie the word around is that ft myers was not
hit too bad but other towns are almost demolished rodger is returning to the
states for medical reasons he has been sick for the past few months hope he
can get well tootie was hit by a car last week but it is only her hind paw
that is affected she is recovering nicely adios amigos leroy and carolyn
- Monday, August 16, 2004 at 16:20:41 (EDT)
hola dick and mary things are really hot here weather wise but the big news is that we heard daphne over at tortagual is sueing all the boaters to replace her house heard this from people that are over there some have already ben served the papers adios leroy and carolyn
- Monday, August 09, 2004 at 15:10:07 (EDT)
Hello nice page and it downloads very fast, enjoyed it very much, take care. The internet is a great place to showcase art and increase awareness in the variety of excellent work available.
TN USA, NY USA - Friday, July 23, 2004 at 00:43:42 (EDT)
hola all that may be following us on our venture we are still on the rio dulce and plan to stay here for a while longer thinking of maybe going down to costa rico for a month or so later this year carolyn did a bungy jump off the bridge yesterday what a thrill about a hundred feet high anyway HAPPY EASTER to all leroy and carolyn
guatemala - Friday, April 09, 2004 at 13:33:48 (EDT)
Saw your sails. Our new North 3DL will leave you (and everyone else including Evan!!) in the dust. Where is our picture of Chiqui's Sunset bar and Kookie? Don't forget to take one.
Richard and Ben
Summerside, - Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at 19:52:32 (EDT)
OK Bill, Got the in mail working again, had the account name wrong, removed the .com and it now works again. There were 105 messages, they are downloading now. Going to strip the sails off today, sad day....
- Sunday, April 04, 2004 at 13:54:05 (EDT)
Hi Dick + Mary;
It is good to see you back on the whitecap and enjoying your saga again. How is everything with you guy's, Great I hope. It sure was good visiting with you guy's even If it was a shot one. Well I wont be long winded with you this time, But I will try to stay in touch. O.K. The Massachusetts Wedge's
Richard Wedge <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Billerica, Ma. U.S.A. - Friday, April 02, 2004 at 17:30:38 (EST)
Bill, got message these are the codes I have in there already,
anyway trying again. Will put this into my access box. Thanx
- Friday, April 02, 2004 at 17:29:23 (EST)