Saturday, July 28, 2012

Date Night...Nights

Date night.  Jake and I split up our date night into two nights. Last night we went to the movies and saw "The Dark Knight Rises".  Jake has been waiting for it to come to theaters here, and was so excited that we went last night.  He walked out of it like a giddy school girl and kept asking me..."on a scale from 1-10, 10 being the best... how good was that movie?"  He clearly would have agreed if I said 10.  But I give it a 9.5 because I was exhausted and fell asleep for about 20 minutes of it so to be fair my rating shouldn't count. :)  It was a good movie. Jake thinks it is the best one of the year by far.  It was very well done.  
Tonight we continued our date night with dinner out. 
Jake called me while I was finishing up work and said, "we are going to chinese for dinner."  Long story short Jake took two kids diving today at work whose father owns all the chinese places on the island.  It is good food, we used to eat there often with friends but have been eating in and saving money lately.  JC the owner offered for us to come in this evening and dinner would be on him.  So we went and had some sushi and just enjoyed being done with work and having a nice night was just an extra perk that it was complimentary. :)

The Dragon Roll! YUM!

My handsome husband enjoying his sushi.

My placemat informed me that I was born in the year of the rabbit.    Clearly, I am talented and articulate as it says.  

My placemat also informed me that Jake was born in the year of the ox.  I can see this, the description describes him perfectly. 

We ended the night with our fortunes... Mine was the top one.  I tend to get statements in my cookies instead of fortunes.  Jake had a giant smile on his face as he read his! "You will travel to many places"!! What a great fortune!

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Project Day!

By Jake

Living on a boat comes with a lot of projects. No more than a home, yet we would say a boat's projects are more consequential.  On a daily basis we take notes and make lists of projects that need to be completed and decided which of those need to be higher on the priority list; just as a homeowner would do.  We recently completed a major overhaul to Pura Vida which thankfully has shortened our list of projects for the future.  The work we completed in this overhaul was nothing less than major.  Some cosmetic, but more on the structural side.  Which allows us to now move onto the smaller projects on our list and give us a lot of faith in our boat.

Our teak Decks with missing bungs!
A close up of a missing bung
Pura Vida has strips of teak held down by small screws on the deck.  Looking at it, you would not realize but this is a labor of love that keeps the teak in place and the wood in proper shape.  Each of the screws in the teak has a tiny piece of wood called a "Bung" that cover them, giving the illusion of no screws.  Over time these are worn down and must be replaced.  This project is easy yet time consuming.  Today we started tackling the time consuming bung replacement.  We remove each bung and screw.  To avoid water from leaking into the core of the deck  a slightly larger hole is drilled and a new screw covered in sealant (Life Seal) is screwed into the teak. After that the next step is to apply waterproof wood glue to the hole then lightly hammer a new bung into place.  Without the sealant and replacement of these we would have a huge project on our hands.  Later on we will take a chisel and clean the deck so everything looks as though it is in one piece.    

New Stainless Steel Screws And teak Bungs
BoatLife Live Seal our choice for this Project!

Bungs waiting for the glue to dry
As we have mentioned, this does take time but it is very important for Pura Vida.  To keep us out on the water and smooth sailing in the future many of these projects are ongoing and will always be there.  The time and effort we put into this wonderful boat helps us appreciate and love it just a little more.  We are thankful for its power and strength and its ability to be our home as well as our traveling vessel. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

S/V Pura Vida T-Shirts!

Here in St. Thomas most of the commercial boats here have their own t-shirt.  
We have decided we want to order T-Shirts with our boat as the logo.  We are seeing how many of our readers are interested before ordering, and would love your input. Let us know if you would like a shirt and what size you will wear! 
Click here to see the ladies design, and here to see the men's design.

Morning Walk

Some pictures from our morning walk. 

I love these hibiscus flowers. They are beautiful and remind me of paradise.   

This is a sign that is posted at the marina where we are staying.  I found it ironic that I was taking a picture of this sign, then saw this woman digging through the dumpster on the property.  I am sure she is not a boat owner or a guest. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Look Inside

Being a guy from Wyoming and and gal from Utah, we get a lot of questions from our family and friends about what it is like to live aboard a sailboat. People are very curious.  We are asked if we have a kitchen and bathroom, people wonder if we have TV and electricity and how big our boat is.  Here is a little tour of our place and some answers to the frequent questions we get.  What are your questions? Drop us a comment and we will be happy to answer.

The Galley: The Kitchen where we can cook, bake, toast, wash dishes, keep things cold and frozen.  

The Salon: The living room/dining room where we spend most of our time reading, using the computer and eating meals.

Our food hammock:  This hangs right above our galley serving as a fruit and vegetable holder. (One of my all time favorite little items on our boat!)

The V-Berth: Our bedroom where we keep our clothes and where we sleep.

The Head: Our bathroom with a shower, sink, toilet, linen cabinets and our laundry hamper.

We find this space to be the perfect amount for the two of us and our little dog Dozer.  We live comfortably and feel very blessed with all that we have. Check out "OUR BOAT" link on the blog to read more about what our boat has to offer. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Our Adventure

Together we have been living aboard "Pura Vida" for a little over a year. We have a strong desire to explore the world, to learn about cultures and enjoy all this world has to offer. 
We have made the decision that we would love to find our final destination in the south pacific.  We currently reside in St. Thomas United States Virgin Islands.  Jake works as a scuba instructor and I work in the hotel industry. 
Jake and I are saving to leave the dock and go cruising.  As for now we are calling St. Thomas our current location and S/V Pura Vida our home.   When we continue our travels we plan to work and truly learn the way of life in places we have never visited before. We are excited about our goals and this blog will display our way of life living aboard.