Sunday, May 27, 2012

First Day On Our New Boat! 5-16-12

One of the reasons for moving here was to spend time boating. We had a boat and RV on our land at Eagle Lake, CA for some years and some of my best down time was being on the water. Well being on the water is really only a 4 month window. Here in the Virgin Islands it is a year round window.

In the past times of coming to our home, we would go out on friends boats or rent a boat from Awesome Boat Rentals. With Awesome, you can captain the boat and they have 26 ft Twin Vee's with twin motors. We have always felt comfortable with this boat and liked the perfomance and utility of room for snorkeling and island hopping. We also liked the fuel economy.

One day I mentioned to Gary, the owner, after a day renting if he would ever consider selling one. And of course he was willing and we were willing. After my experience in selling everything stateside to move here, I learned a valuable lesson, don't ever buy your toys new, buy used! And to boot, Gary also owns Gary's Marine, which is the Suzuki dealer on the island, which means a captive ear for all my questions and repairs.

We had a name in mind for the boat, "The Funnie Mae".

So we bought the 26 Ft one that is a 2003 with twin 2010 Suzki 115 HP motors. I brought down a new stereo and Gary installed that. He still has some other work to do on the boat before we will have it to ourselves, but we took the boat out this past Sunday over to Water Island and Honeymoon Beach (this is a local's favorite on the weekends with Heidi Burgers cooks on a portable grills with a golf cart, $8 for a 1/2 lb burger! and Joe's Rum Shack with live music.). We invited our friend Lee (Lee was my father's fishing buddy when he lived in Melbourne, FL from 2000 - 2004 and by chance has also moved to St Thomas!).

This is where the cruise ships dock!

Oceana Restaurant in French Town.

Cargo Port in Crown Bay

Honeymoon Beach!

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