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December 1, 2001


Today we had the boat launched back into the water and it feels really good to be afloat again. Within a couple of hours we had a manatee and then an alligator swimming next to it. Then we drank lots of beer to celebrate so excuse any spelling mistakes...

After Launch Hangover

Neither of us feel too good today after last night's celebrations. Nina has a theory that they must add something bad to the beer in the US to put people off drinking it and from now on she's promised herself that she'll only drink Carlsberg.

December 6, 2001

Am I a Nazi?

Sometimes Nina talks in her sleep. Last night she suddenly shouted out, "No Bron, you can't become a Nazi!" Maybe this says something about what she thinks of me.

As I said previously, we now have Zamindar in the water and we're sitting in the marina in Titusville. We're still waiting for a couple of parts to turn up, but we're in no real hurry to leave as we haven't decided where we're going to take the boat next. One of the parts was supposed to turn up today, but when I called about it this morning I was told that it wouldn't be here until 'around the end of the year'. So, I spent all day on the phone trying to find someone who had it in stock until finally I found a place in New York with one. This is normally how you spend your time with boats.

We did have some entertainment tonight in the form of the space shuttle taking off from the other side of the river. Titusville is the closest town to Kennedy Space Centre and the launch pad is about 5 miles away, so we walked down to the bridge and had a great view of lift off. The Americans really enjoy things like this, and they all became very excited and jumped up and down screaming. Nina declared it very retro, like something from the 70's, which I suppose it is.

December 17, 2001

We've been kept pretty busy

We've been kept pretty busy for the last week or so hunting down parts, working on the boat, and drinking in the evenings. There's something about being on boats that gives you the irresistable urge to drink, and on the evenings that you don't, you invariably get invited over to someone else's boat for cocktails. There's just no way to fight it. Or maybe we're not trying.

Zamindar is now looking fairly good again, and this week an engine mount and regulator turned up, I fitted them, and the engine is now running again. We're probably going to leave the marina and head out to anchor in the next few days, but we haven't decided whether to stay around in Titusville for Christmas or move on.

December 20, 2001

Left Westland Marine

Yesterday we motored out of the marina and anchored outside Titusville. It feels great to have escaped from the dock though we have to get used to the boat moving all the time, but it was lovely to waken up this morning and look out at the sun rising over the water - we did go back to bed after that though! The shuttle landed here a couple of days ago. We were sitting having lunch in the Coffee Shoppe when the twin sonic booms as it re-entered blew the doors open. A couple of people clapped, then everyone carried on eating - it's a fairly normal occurrence for the locals.

December 21, 2001

Dolphins around the boat

We saw dolphins around the boat this morning within about 5 mins of getting up, and then again when we were having dinner in the cockpit, which was really lovely. Our Christmas presents also arrived today from Chris and Nina's parents - thanks. Apart from that I spent 5 hours rebuilding the fridge on board and now finally it's working again so we can look forward to cold beer for Christmas. It looks like we're going to spend Christmas in Titusville, as although we could go somewhere else, we're actually beginning to quite like it here!