Wednesday, October 6, 2021

SOLD Dinghy For Sale SOLD

Dinghy, motor, trailer and accessories $5,500.00 USD

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Well, it was a great idea... We thought that after selling our sailboat, we would just buy a dinghy that we could zoom around in so that we could get back s little of the freedom we used to enjoy on the water.  But unfortunately, instead of giving Bruce an outlet to gain some autonomy, it was just a little too fast for him these days...  Our zooming days are in the past.  

So now, after getting the dinghy, motor and trailer all legal and buying a whole bunch of accessories, we are back to square one, and someone who is looking for a turn-key dinghy is going to be very happy!

Dinghy: 11ft. West Marine Hypalon - Double floor- Fiberglass

2015 Model RIB350 HYP

Max HP - 25

Max load 1,322 lbs

4 person

Anchor Locker

What's wrong with it?  The dinghy is in excellent condition.  Very clean.  No patches. It holds air well. The topsides show this sun damage-purely cosmetic. 

The only other thing wrong with it is this.  I have no idea what happened here.  It appears that the previous owner must have pulled it across something that may have damaged the finish.  He applied this hard surface sealant.  There is no sign of any leakage.  When you remove the stainless plug that allows water inside the hull to drain, it is always dry.  

Outboard Motor - 2008 15HP

15/20 Carburetor

2 Cylinder

4 Stroke

118 lbs

Parts list

The motor is in excellent condition.  The previous owner was an auto mechanic and he kept this motor very clean.  We recently changed the impeller.  It has started easily for us ever time we've used it. 

It comes with a 6 gallon auxiliary gas tank with hoses. 


Accessories list:

Telescoping Swim Ladder purchased new 2021

2 Type 1 Adult Nearshore life jackets purchased new 2021 and in perfect condition. They store inside the seat.

Seamax boat bench cushion and storage purchased new 2021

Dinghy cover purchased new 2021

Perfect fit - keeps the sun off so that no further damage will occur.

Anchor, chain and 100ft of rode
Also included with the sale:
2 boat cushions
1 foldable cushion seat
1 inflatable fender
Grease gun and top-of-the-line axle grease
extra oil 
various spares
Safety flares
Fire extinguisher
Inflater pump
Flush muffs
1 extra life jacket
Hypalon cleaner and protectant
straps for trailing

2015 West Marine Light Boat trailer

Axle was replaced recently by the previous owner
We purchased new wheels/tires and installed Bearing Buddies with new axle grease
Spare tire added

New boards and carpet installed by previous owner

The boat and trailer are ready to go. All of the paperwork is in my name and up to date. Import tax has been paid on the trailer. Marbete is in date on the trailer. Registration on the boat was done in April. 

The boat will plane loaded and is so much fun!  

Price for Dinghy, Outboard, Trailer and all accessories: $5,500.00 USD

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The Road Often Traveled

It's very warm here in Puerto Rico right now.  During the dead of summer, we tend to stay inside with the air conditioner running full blast... but of course you know that I can't do that.  I have to get out!!  We've done some recent exploring lately, and we didn't want to drive very far for today's exercise... so I decided that we would take the road often traveled ~PR 184~ but today, instead of just zooming through, we would stop at the many little places we pass so many times. We packed up a picnic, made sure we had plenty of hydration for Bruce, and off we went!

PR184 winds up into the mountains quickly.  It follows a series of small streams closely in many places.  Much of the road is winding and narrow, and has limited opportunities for pulling over and looking around.  But there are a few!  And today, we stopped first at one of them.  There's pretty much only room for one car (by American standards) and this spot is well used judging from the trash scattered around.  But we scrambled down the embankment and found a nice little spot to hang out!  This is only a few minutes from our house, and we could easily come here to enjoy a dip in the river!  Bonus: There are big goldfish in the deeper pool before the rock dam!  

Next stop, Vegas Place park!  This is a very inviting spot, also on a rocky stream, where Locals congregate on the weekends.  Today, we pulled in and found the parking lot to be completely empty.  We walked down to the river beneath the overpass that leads to a neighborhood, and sat on the rocks.  If you're still, creatures come out to play.  We were very surprised to see SHRIMP!  Bruce wouldn't believe me until he saw them for himself!  

Shady spot for shrimp-watching

Spots like this remind me very much of the Texas Hill Country!

A few cars arrived as we were preparing to leave, and we spent some time chatting with a man who had lived in New York for some years.  We enjoy getting to talk to people who have lived in both the US and PR, because they know how they differ.  We always pick up some useful knowledge from them, and today was no different.  Good times. 

Abandoned ruins of a home with a view!
Off we went again, enjoying the winding roads and the forest canopy causing the sunlight to flash like disco lights!  I'm happy to see the forest reclaiming these roads because they were cut back severely by Hurricane Maria.  Today was a bright, sunny day, and very clear comparatively speaking.  We've had some serious Saharan Dust these past weeks, but today we pulled over and enjoyed the real view!

Gotta take a Bandera selfie!

So of course we aren't really just aimlessly wandering... I always have an agenda.  Today's agenda was to revisit the pool at Charco Azul.  As we have recently discovered, the mountains are just a little bit cooler than the coastal areas, and this makes it wonderful for hiking.  Many times we have visited this pool, and it has been too "cold" to swim.  During the middle of summer, it's perfect for both hiking, and swimming!  We brought along our picnic, and had a delightful afternoon here!  It's only 30 minutes from home (if you don't stop and take pictures at every possible opportunity), and after today, we vow to visit more often! I'll shut up now so that you can just walk with me and enjoy the beauty of nature!

Coqui Blanco ~Stargrass

The canopy still shows damage from Hurricane Maria three years ago.

Spathoglottis plicata ~ Phillipine ground orchid


Caribbean Red Cappel/Palicourea croceoides/Cachimbo/Palo de cachimbo/Yellow palicourea

Caribbean Red Cappel ~Palicourea croceoides

Mata de Mariposa



Tender new life

We found an empty seat in the shade.
To say that it takes us a long time to walk such a short distance would be an understatement.  But eventually we reached the charco.  There were a few people there, but we quickly made friends and Bruce found a fellow history buff who was very knowledgeable about lots of things. 

Charco Azul, Patillas

Come on in!  The water is fine!

No really, it's kind of cold!  But eventually I got in all the way.

Yes, the minows attack you!

Don't forget... this IS a repository for our photos!

The pool is bigger than it looks!  Bruce is WAY over there!
While I crept slowly into the water, inch by inch, Bruce just plunged right in and swam around.  The fish swarm around and pick at any bare skin, which sounds icky, but is really kind of fun. We enjoyed the warm (but not too hot) sunshine, the cool mountain pool, and conversation with new friends, until we began to prune up.  

I made my way over to the puny falls.  There was quite a bit more water rushing through here on our last visit, but the meager falls were easier to enjoy this way. I found myself a seat right in the middle and enjoyed nature's sauna. 

Ahhhh this is the life!

Should have brought your water shoes....

From the top!

Petroglyph ~ Authentic or not, it's fun to see!

We got out of the water and spread out our picnic mat. Here we sat, enjoying the sweet mountain air, the happy sounds of families having fun, and the extreme good fortune that we find ourselves living in this magical place.  

After a leisurely lunch, we packed up and began the easy hike back to the car.  I swear there were different things to see, that somehow we missed on the first pass!  We also took a bag that we filled with trash on our way out.  Plenty of time for Bruce to stop and rest as we enjoyed the mountain forest. 

A baby Christmas tree!

Fern spoors

Walking the path with my trash collection bag.  There wasn't too much on the path.

Sublime peace

This dragonfly landed near me and posed for a photo-shoot!

Plenty of stopping places for Bruce to wait while I take pictures of EVERYTHING!

More spoors!

Camasey Blanco

This one is so amazing I have to post two pics... First time I've seen this in bloom!

Ok 3 pics...

Back at the car, we were pleasantly energized by the fresh air and sunshine and exercise!  We took one more detour before going home... The next town over is Patillas.  We have lived here for almost three years, and have NEVER visited their town plaza!!!  How can this be???  

Old buildings and brick cobbled streets in surprisingly good shape!

Back at sea level, it's pretty warm.  But this looks like it could be a nice place for a fiesta!

Every municipality has an old chapel. 

Old movie theatre.  I wish it was in business!  Maybe some day it will be!

Many Puerto Rican municipalities have war memorials.  They are VERY nice!

Well, we strolled around the nearly empty plaza for a while... quickly reminded that the temperatures are VERY different near sea level than they were in the mountains. Time to get home!  I hear rumbles!  We are so glad we got down from the mountains before any rain began.  These streams are prone to flash flooding so it's always good to go early in the day, and to consult the weather.  Lucky again!  Thanks for hanging out with us!