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From Silver Maple to Marina… and then home to finish the 2015 sailing year

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 to Thursday, April 2, 2015

There is no shortage of work to be done when you own a boat. That is probably an understatement. The last few of weeks in the Bahamas we spend refinishing wood on the toe rails, benches, table and floor, waxing the fiberglass on the hull, deck and cockpit, as well as doing all the regular storage chores like pulling down the sail, canvas and solar panels, and washing the entire interior. Of course, the weather turns hot while we are hard at work, but we are able to cool off at the Green Turtle Club pool. We also take advantage of the nice weather (finally!) to do some al fresco dining and explore the island of Green Turtle Cay with our rental golf cart. Because we are wrapping up our trip early this year, not many other boats are around — in fact we are the only transient boat for a few of the nights we are at the Green Turtle Club.

The chef at work!

The chef at work!

Yummy Kabobs!

Yummy kabob’s!

Finally the weather is nice enough to eat outside

Finally the weather is nice enough to eat outside

Lovely dinner at the Green Turtle Club restaurant -- the lobster risotto is amazing!

Lovely dinner at the Green Turtle Club restaurant — the lobster risotto is amazing!

Silver Maple all alone at the Green Turtle Club Marina

Silver Maple all alone at the Green Turtle Club Marina

Captain working hard refinishing the table

Captain working hard refinishing the table

Our wheels for the week

Our wheels for the week

Touring the island -- its like a jungle

Touring the island — its like a jungle

On March 6th, Silver Maple comes out of the water and into her resting place for the season without incident. While we are doing the final storage preparation on the boat, we move into an apartment in the town of New Plymouth. Its feels wonderful to be back on land with so much space and air conditioning. It feels like luxury!

Silver Maple coming out of the water

Silver Maple coming out of the water

The crane moving it into place

The crane moving it into place

Apartment seems huge after living on the boat for months -- love the air conditioning!

Apartment seems huge after living on the boat for months — love the air conditioning!

Balcony of our apartment in New Plymouth

Balcony of our apartment in New Plymouth

View from the balcony

View from the balcony

Silver Maple is put to bed

Silver Maple is put to bed

Heading back home to Canada, we catch the ferry in the morning for the short trip to Treasure Cay. It’s a gorgeous day. We arrive early at the Treasure Cay airport and relax at the airport bar until our flight.

About to board the ferry at the town dock

About to board the ferry at the town dock

Looking back at New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay

Looking back at New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay as we leave on the ferry

The 'big' (not) Treasure Cay Airport

The ‘big’ (not) Treasure Cay Airport

Randy relaxing at the airport bar

Randy relaxing at the airport bar

The plane! The plane!

The plane! The plane!

When we get home to Canada, we have two days before we fly out to Tahiti to catch our ten day cruise. We haven’t done a lot of cruising together, so this trip is a bit of an experiment to see how we like being on a big ship. Our friends, Nancy and David, are on the cruise with us, so we enjoy hanging out with them. The cruise is on the Oceania ship named Marina. Its beautiful and we have a really nice cabin. Service is fantastic too. It is a nice treat to be pampered after all the work we’ve had the last few weeks on Silver Maple. The food is fantastic and we eat way too much. Thankfully, the ship has a nice exercise facility. Randy does better than Lee at getting to the gym. We also do lots of snorkeling, touring and walking to burn some calories — but not enough! Our favourite place is Bora Bora where we rent a jet ski and burn around. Fun!

Boarding the cruise ship in Papeete, Tahiti

Boarding the cruise ship in Papeete, Tahiti

Enjoying breakfast outside on the deck -- loves the coissants

Enjoying breakfast outside on the deck — Randy loves the croissants

Lee by the pool on the ship with the hills of Tahiti behind

Lee by the pool on the ship with the hills of Tahiti behind

Lee and Randy on the snorkeling trip in Moorea to see sharks and stingrays

Lee and Randy on the snorkeling trip in Moorea, French Polynesia to see sharks and stingrays

Nancy and David on the snorkeling trip in Moorea, French Polynesia

Nancy and David on the snorkeling trip too

Beauitful Raiatea, French Polynesia

Beautiful Moorea, French Polynesia

Randy in front of the ship in Raiatea, French Polynesia

Randy in front of the ship at Raiatea, French Polynesia

Oceania Cruises gorgeous ship Marina

Oceania Cruises gorgeous ship Marina

Marina docked in Raiatea

Marina docked in Raiatea

A local uses Lee to demonstrate how to tie the lovely wraps made while we watched

A local uses Lee to demonstrate how to tie the lovely wraps

Finished product

Finished product

Lee and Randy in Bora Bora

Lee and Randy on Bora Bora

Bora Bora is beautiful and one of our favourite spots

Bora Bora is beautiful and one of our favourite spots

Randy in the clear clean water of the beach on Bora Bora

Randy in the clear clean water of the beach on Bora Bora

Enjoying the signature beverage at Bloody Mary's Beach Bar

Enjoying the signature beverage at Bloody Mary’s Beach Bar

Randy gets up close and personal with a stingray

Randy gets up close and personal with a stingray

Lots of them!

Lots of them!

Lots of fun snorkeling

Lots of fun snorkeling

Shark in the water with birds just above-- hills of Bora Bora in the distance

Shark in the water with birds just above — hills of Bora Bora in the distance

Tour guide serves us fresh fruit on the beach

Tour guide serves us fresh fruit on the beach

Nancy enjoying the water

Nancy enjoying the water

Marina anchored at Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands

Marina anchored at Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands — photo taken from the chocolate brown sand beach

Only slightly nicer accommodations than Silver Maple

Marina has only slightly nicer accommodations than Silver Maple

Randy and David looking over the pool deck on Marina

Randy and David looking over the pool deck on Marina

We loved eating breakfast outside on the deck at the back of the boat

We loved eating breakfast outside on the deck at the back of the boat

Sunset as we leave Nuku Hiva

Sunset as we leave Nuku Hiva

Cocktail hour before our dinner at La Reserva -- one of the fancier restaurants on board

Cocktail hour before our dinner at La Reserva — one of the fancier restaurants on board

Sergia, our housekeeper with, Xavier, our butler -- great people

Sergia, our housekeeper with, Xavier, our butler — great people!

Randy on snorkeling boat in Rangiroa, French Polynesia

Randy on snorkeling boat in Rangiroa, French Polynesia

When we arrive back home on March 26 it is still winter. Thankfully now that April has arrived, the last couple of days have been warmer and the snow is starting to melt. Yeah!

Still winter at home -- ugh!

Still winter at home — ugh!

As for Silver Maple, we will be heading back down to the Bahamas early November 2015 to get her out of storage and back into the water. Plan is to cross the Gulf Stream mid-November and head back to Florida.

Until then, we hope everyone has a great spring and summer. Cheers!

One thought on “From Silver Maple to Marina… and then home to finish the 2015 sailing year

  1. Thanks for the lovely pictures. You both look fantastic. Enjoyed looking at the scenery and surrounding areas. Your suite looks great on the cruise. To bad the snow is still around. Your house looks beautiful. First I have seen it. WOW!! Have a great Easter.

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