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As Marvin Gay would say, “What’s Going On”

By | July 10th, 2017|General|

Since our last post we had another addition to the family, Knox Everett Williamson. Here is Knox with his proud dad Jesse. All are doing well and we are excited about our new grandson. Can't wait to get Knox aboard for a little sailing. This makes two new grandsons in twelve weeks! We are staying busy doing the Great Loop to visit both of our new Grandsons who live in Maryland and Tennessee. We sure do enjoy our time together and want to get to see [...]

Life At The Dock

By | May 24th, 2017|General|

Well, we have been at Brunswick Landing Marina (BLM) for over a month and unfortunately we have not been out sailing since we got here. Instead we began preparing for our next big adventure which will be sailing to the Bahamas. Our current projection is to wait out hurricane season at BLM and start heading south around December 1st. Our son Anthony and his family (Amel, Lalia and Maelie) will be coming from France to join us in the Bahamas for New Years. We are all very excited and [...]

Brunswick Landing Marina

By | April 23rd, 2017|General|

We were greeted by a cheerful staff when we arrived at Brunswick Landing Marina (BLM) where we will stay through December. Our newest grand baby Wesley is already a month old and we can't wait to see him. Jesse and Danielle are also expecting another boy in June, so we are also excited about this. BLM is a fairly easy drive to both Tennessee and Maryland so we anticipate having visitors while we are here. Saint Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Cumberland Island State Park are just around the [...]

Having A Large Hose Is Not Always A Good Thing

By | March 26th, 2017|General|

Since we were going to be in Marco Island Marina for a few days, we thought we would try and get to the bottom of the wet bilge once-in-for-all (we hope). I called Beneteau and give them the skinny of the ways we knew water had gotten into the bilge. The bilge pump float valve was not working, so consequently back in September while running the air conditioner, the condensate just filed the bilge rather than being pumped overboard. Back in October while attempting to leave Marathon, we noticed [...]

Final Repairs (NOT)

By | February 28th, 2017|General|

February was a busy month for 5KNOTS. Scheduling all of the new equipment installations and repairs was a challenge since we had lots to do, wanted to avoid having two projects happening on the same day and was hoping to have all of it done in two weeks. It is like trying to stuff twenty pounds of stuff into a 10 pound sack. Fortunately the weather cooperated and we had only one day of rain the entire month which made this task somewhat easier. This rain day turned [...]

Tying up loose ends

By | January 21st, 2017|General|

The past month has been very exciting for 5KNOTS. Back in Tennessee, we jammed all of our belongings into our truck, tied our newly reconditioned Jetta to the top, and drove to Clearwater. Getting a late start, we decided to drive all night and arrived in Clearwater around 06:00 the next morning. It was a long haul but we were happy to have an extra day at the boat before our scheduled repairs were to begin. We had an Arch constructed and installed by Tom at Aqua-Shade (www.Aqua-Shade.com) [...]

That doesn’t look like a Jetta

By | December 31st, 2016|General|

Back in September Renee found a used RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) at a marine consignment store while down in Southport, NC. Well she didn't actually find it in the store, it was lying in the yard behind the store.  Since we did not have a boat at this time, it was easy to pass on on it. In October we were back in Southport and Renee went to check on the RIB. Guess what? It was still there right where she left it a month earlier, lying face down in [...]

Clearwater Harbor Marina

By | December 28th, 2016|General|

Clearwater Harbor Marina is very nice with a great location.  You can just walk up the street and find plenty of restaurants, grocery store and West Marine (which is becoming one of our favorite places to shop) is just a short drive. Renee decided to stop working as a Pediatric Nurse at the end of November 2016 in order to tie up all the loose ends we had at home and get 5KNOTS ready so we could call it our home. Renee spent 10 days at the boat [...]

Marathon Marina

By | October 28th, 2016|General|

Under any other circumstance, having your boat located in the Florida Keys would be awesome. However, we were back in Tennessee and our boat was on the hard (out of the water on stands) waiting to be repaired. As it turns out, if you are to break down in the Keys, doing it at the Marathon Marina & Boatyard is not a bad thing. The marina is well equipped and the staff there are amazing (thanks again Jules & Drew). They went beyond our expectations in making sure [...]

Buying The Boat

By | September 29th, 2016|General|

There are literally hundreds (more like thousands) of boats for sale on the market and deciding which one is right for us is like maneuvering through a giant maze.  You have to decide on features, layout, sail configuration, year, condition and of course price.  We came up with two lists, the Must Haves and the Would be Nice list. Here is how we not only maneuvered through the ins and outs of the maze but how we conquered it! Having spent 12 days sailing the British Virgin Islands [...]