Sable visits Aquamarina boat yard

Nov. 20: Darian Georgia 012Last week Sable’s  cockpit looked like this after we made a 48 hour visit to Aquamarine boat yard in Daytona Beach. Now this was not a long run from Halifax Harbor. In fact, we walk past this yard on our way to have dinner some evenings at the Chart House. However, by water, it takes a bit longer since we have to go east out our channel, turn south in the ICW then immediately turn west and into the yard. Now you may wonder why we made this short run. Answer: termites.

Yup, Sable had (hopefully the verb tense is right) dry wood termites.  We discovered this just a few weeks ago.

termite p___p inside locker

termite p___p inside locker

Apparently they were in the teak veneer before it was processed for the interior cabinets. At least that’s what Catalina thinks. Fortunately for us, the boat is still under warranty and Catalina picked up the cost for fumigation and docking. We still had to make an extra trip to Daytona and stay in a hotel there for 2 nights while Sable was filled with poison gas.


poison gas

poison gas

Now, we have to hope these little buggers are gone for good. The treatment comes with a one year warranty so if they reappear, we hope they will be so kind as to do it before this time next year. Who knows. There is really no guarantee and even the fumigator said they can appear up to 5 years. Not a lot of reassurance there.

This held up our start to the Bahamas a bit. But boats are like that. Always something, whether the boat is new or old. For example,  once we got Sable back in her slip at Halifax Harbor, the fresh water pump quit. We’ve been nursing it along for some time, but now Ed will replace it before we leave again. We have one on order to be delivered to the marina. Hope it is waiting for us.

Darian Georgia 015The best part of this trip was finding Skipper’s Fish Camp in Darien, Georgia on the way home. This was the view from our table.  At least the boat name doesn’t apply to us, we hope.Darian Georgia 016

So, when will we start for the Bahamas? Still hoping to go before Thanksgiving, but it is getting close.

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Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our next car rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossing five countries begins in South Africa, May 2014.
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2 Responses to Sable visits Aquamarina boat yard

  1. DoloresHatchell Booth says:

    Sorry about the termites, but glad boat is still under warranty. I always stop in Darien, Ga. on the way to Jacksonville to see my son. Glad to know about the fish camp. If you can, please send directions. I love the shopping center off I-95 but haven’t ventured anywhere else there. Good to hear from you. We (daughter, two grandsons and one’s new wife) are going to the Virgin Islands in December – looking forward to that trip. Grandson graduated last year from Embry-Riddle in Daytona. We may have been there at the same time over the past year or so.

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Dolores, We really liked the fresh seafood and the setting is right on the Alhambra river. Their phone number is 912-437-3474. As you know this is exit GA 49. Going south, turn left and go into the town. About 2 miles. Just before you cross the river, turn right. there is a sign. You will make the first left. If you go too far, you’d be in the water. the setting is casual, but the food is great. Thanks for writing. Jan and Ed

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