THIS IS  OUT OF DATE. ITS  
NOW 2012 AND WE ARE IN THE
CARIBBEAN.

We are in Fort Lauderdale now.  
Arrived July 2004.  We are living
aboard THE MENDOCINO
QUEEN  in a peaceful canal just off
the intercoastal waterway.  We
bicycle to beautiful beaches, a great
library, lots of shops and work.  
Allen, at first,  worked at West
Marine, in their Flagship Store as
Manager of Electronics and Kate
with  Blue Water Books and
Charts.  We are both now with
Bluewater and spend our winters in
Florida and our summers in New
England as Bluewater has a store
inNewport RI as well as Ft
Lauderdale.  

Since we had been gone so long we
no longer had drivers licenses so
had to go take the driving test at Fla
DMV.  Happily we passed and now
have a Isuzu Rodeo.  An Isuzu
powers the MENDOCINO QUEEN
so it seemed a good idea
Fishing tournament
THE MENDOCINO QUEEN is over 30 yrs old now and is requiring some refits.  Since arriving almost five years
ago we have replaced  the four big batteries, the refrigeration system, the stove, the inverter,  the head,  the  
mattress,  the water heater, the computer, the engine mounts, the propeller, the coupler, and the shaft..  All the
halyards and sheets are new  and many blocks replaced.  The anchor chain is new and rust free. We've rebuilt  the
engine beds and the mast's compression post,  refastened the cap rails, stanchions and bow sprit. The whisker stays
and bob stay are new, built of chain and painted a sinister black  Painted the decks and house with awlgrip, replaced
the three  water tanks and all the pumps and hoses and added a great sound system using powered speakers that can
play from almost any source; a tiny ipod to a computer .  
In 2008 we broke the boom on our way to Newport, had a new one built and shipped to us at Newport Shipyard.
In 2009 we added a radar/solar array arch and put 2 new state of the art solar panel up there along with a new radar.  
The new solar array powers all of the boats DC needs, including refrigeration/freezer, and all navigation equipment.
There is still a project list but it's shorter than it was when we arrived.
We bought a TV and a DVD  player when we arrived in Florida and threw them in the dumpster when we last left
Florida.   Have not missed them at all.
The new stove
The mendocino queen's first Ft Lauderdale  home on 15th St.
Getting away for a day of sun and swimming on a  
fast motoryacht
mendocinoqueen@yahoo.com
SEPT 2007: KETCHIKAN ALASKA TO VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA ABOARD
                              SONATA
The new solar/radar arch
Also a davit for the tender
The bridge is all pc       navigation and sensors.
                              There is no wheel
A misty anchorage along the inside passage
SONATA
Kate setting up dinner
can it see this
Our  last Ft Lauderdale Home: Isle of Venice
We are one of the lit up ones
The beginning of a
beautiful overnight
passage from St Barts to
Antigua..
Full Moon.  Wind on the
beam at 15 kts.
Seas of 2 or 3 feet.  Easy
fast journey
TO ANTIGUA
APRIL 2011