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It's plural for Tinius, because we said so.


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Hoping & Praying: Allison

We have been in Beaufort three weeks now. Last Thursday the boat finally got put back in the water, but we couldn’t head out right away for two reasons. One being a tropical storm that decided to show up. Another being that water was coming in the boat.

Yes. Water. Inside the boat.

Turns out when the rudder was removed it cracked the area around the rudder post just a little so that a very small, but steady stream of water was coming inside. Just enough for concern.

After the tropical storm passed, Josh filled the crack with epoxy and covered it with resin which solved the problem.

BUT, Sunday I came down with a fever and a few aches. Nothing terrible, but enough to make me want to sleep all day and be pretty useless helping on the boat.

So, I rested today and drank a ton of water. We are hoping and praying really hard to head put at high tide tomorrow. Say a prayer that all goes smoothly and that Willy finally decides to cooperate along with the weather and my body.

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Keep On Keepin On- Josh

I have decided to make a soundtrack to go along with your reading.  Over the past couple weeks we have been through a myriad of emotions and thoughts about whats next.  The videos with song will hopefully help you better understand what we have been feeling.

Immediately following our rudder breaking we were reminded of our time a couple years ago when we auditioned for Deal or No Deal.  The audition was just a few miles from our house and we thought we would just go over and hang out for an hour or so in the morning.  When we arrived the line was longer than we were expecting (the show was in its fifth season).  We thought we might be standing in line for two maybe even three hours.  After four hours in line (in 90 degree heat) we were committed.  It looked like maybe another hour or two and we should be in the door.  Two hours later we rounded the corner and realized that the line extended past the door, looped around a few times and then came back.  Thirteen hours after we arrived we were finally able to audition for 30 seconds.  I was actually asked to stay for an additional minute (because I’m apparently entertaining, but not THAT entertaining).

At a certain point, it really didn’t matter if it was going to take the rest of our lives.  We just kept telling ourselves, “Well, we’ve been here this long.  We might as well stay.”  After that experience we vowed never to let that happen again in any situation.

That is just the situation that we find ourselves in now.  We have spent so much time and money fixing up our boat that we feel like we can’t quit.  At the same time, we don’t want to waste time and money having another Deal or No Deal experience. A hundred bucks here, a few days there and we’ll be in that situation again. Long story short, we never signed anything in blood, so the vow to avoid the Deal or No Deal situation that we made wasn’t completely binding.

Feel free to play the next song.

After much “encouragement” (or something) from some friends, we decided to keep on going.  We decided to waste our savings and live the adventure that we have been working for.  Right now we are extremely close to having enough issues worked out so that we can try it again.  We have been here long enough now to have some idea of what to expect from the tides and current.  Its actually probably for the best since Beaufort SC sometimes has 12ft tides.

Since being here we were finally able to change the name of the boat.

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Named after One-Eyed-Willy from the greatest movie of 1985

We were able to repack the stuffing box.  Something that clearly needed to be done.

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Here are some pics of the rudder repair.

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Halfway there!!


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Stuck but happy By:Allison

Well, we’re still in Beaufort. This is definitely a more relaxed adventure at this point, but we’re enjoying it.

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Our home away from the boat

So after our disastrous first outing, we’ve been at the boatyard. They couldn’t haul us out to look at the rudder until yesterday (Tuesday) so we had a chill weekend. My wonderful and amazingly hospitable cousin, Gwen, lives here in a historic house downtown. It’s amazing and has a downstairs apartment she’s letting us use to do laundry and take long hot showers!

On Saturday, Olivia (Gwen’s daughter) and her boyfriend took us out in his boat which was nice. It was good to finally be out on the water, haha! We went out to this place called Monkey Island which is straight from a cheesy Sunday morning Sci Fi channel movie – or Lost. It’s this island full of thousands of monkeys that are literally used for scientific research. There are signs everywhere that say not to step foot on shore or basically a sniper will probably kill you….and we TOTALLY obeyed those signs. We only saw a couple of monkeys, but that’s fine. I read online that they moved the monkeys from Peurto Rico because they had Herpes and were escaping and infecting people. I really don’t want a rogue monkey even TRYING to give me herpes. I couldn’t make this stuff up, people.DCIM101GOPRO

We also went to America’s only plastic kazoo factory. Funny story, we have also been to America’s only METAL kazoo factory in New York which also has the world’s largest metal

kazoo on its roof. I love random things like this.

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How did anyone get into building kazoos for a living? Such a random niche. We also got to build our own kazoos which involves sticking two pieces of plastic together. I do, however, wish I could get a t-shirt since I have been to both kazoo factories. It sort of breaks my heart that one doesn’t exist.

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People freaked and thought this was a pregnancy test, haha.

Monday, we went to see a lighthouse on Hunting Island. The beach there was gloriously trashy. Like…in an East Nashville best way possible sort of way. It was packed as we suspected. Also, you can apparently smoke all the weed you want there and the park staff doesn’t care. Pretty sure everyone except us was high and the guy riding around on his four wheeler pretending to work either didn’t care or doesn’t know what weed smells like. It was entertaining. The lighthouse ended us being really pretty but not half as entertaining as people watching.

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Hunting Island Lighthouse

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At the top.

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So, Tuesday rolled around and the boat got hauled out. Apparently we hit an oyster bed on our first outing (worst boat drivers ever right here). Josh’s friend, Zac, is in St.Augustine on his boat and told Josh “just don’t hit anything” and we already failed at that one. However, we were on the correct side of the buoy and our depth sounder read fine, so it was more of a fluke than

Imageour ignorance (So we will tell ourselves). Hitting that did a number on our rudder. It cracked it and bent some metal something that’s important and I don’t know how to explain via blog.

We debated for a long time on what to do. Sell the boat and move on, or throw the money into it. We decided to throw money at that sinking pos!

Really though, even if we can’t go far and don’t recover all the money and can only sail for a week at least we tried. Special thanks to Alex Vucelich, Zac Stepp, and Adam Smith for making Josh feel like he’d be a worthless loser if we tried to be smart with our money  quit. We also sort of figured selling our boat in this shape wouldn’t get us much and if we repaired it, we’d hopefully be able to sell it for more money.

So, here’s hoping that we’ll soon have more exciting blogs to post than “our boat is still broken”.