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Captain Hook

Despite getting the fuel cleaned in Isla Mujeres, the starboard engine on Happy Times continued to run at less than peak performance. We relied on the port engine as usual as we motored overnight from Key West to Key Largo. … Continue reading

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I Can’t Go 55

Sammy Hagar’s “I Can’t Go 55” runs through my brain as Happy Times struggles first with one engine and then the other. Clearly there’s a problem with their operation and it’s the fuel. Before our family left to travel by … Continue reading

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Boat Karma

Two days ago our starboard engine, sometimes known as the Evil Twin, refused to start. Mike and I moved ahead with plans to head to Caye Caulker on the Good Engine, the port. (We love the redundancy of a catamaran.) … Continue reading

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A Boating Legacy

Abel José Ramirez, Junior, and his father have been repairing boats in the Rio Dulce, Guatemala, for a long time. Before they got their start, Abel Senior’s father built boats down in Livingston, learning the trade by reading and studying … Continue reading

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Vacating Happy Times

Seven jobs down: Install chain guard Wipe down all headliners Wipe down pantry Mark anchor chain and install Wash settee cushions Wash cockpit cushions Buy bottom paint Eleven left to go: Cover anemometer space Splice line to chain Pack lights … Continue reading

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