We were enchanted by the possibilities of this "structure" and 9 days before Hurricane Irma hit, we closed on Sprat 7.
When we returned to the VI after the hurricane and saw the enormous damage to McGregor, we started bringing some of our possessions to Sprat. Equipped with our tent, solar generator, and a water catching system, we lived in this Shangi La for 2 months.
This past October we found a new boat, McGregor III. Now living back on our mooring, we have been chartering and working on the property. Anxiously awaiting plans and permits, they are finally coming through. Our thoughts are to add a 2nd level and make a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom vacation home. We are so excited to share this with friends and family! We'll keep you updated with photos and progress.
Last season we worked on an 83’ Ferretti based in the Virgin Islands. We then took a summer job on a private yacht, a 103’ Broward.
It was based out of Vancouver Island and we cruised the Inside Passage until August.
October found us back in Ft Lauderdale, where we are happy to say that we found our new boat, McGregor III. She is a beautiful 2001 60’ Jefferson Motor Yacht and is layed out very similar to Greggie.
After a 1200 mile delivery from Florida,
we are back in St Thomas, living once again on our mooring off Water Island. Needless to say, it is GREAT to be back!!!
Learn About Chartering
Guests always wonder what it takes to get ready for the boating season.
Every October, we head back to Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor where McGregor has been hauled out for the summer. We spend several weeks doing maintenance and various jobs that our charter guests rarely see.
This year, after some research with our good friends at Sam's Marine and combing the Hatteras Tech Talk forum, we tackled a big project. Taking apart our 8" diameter exhaust risers, reinforcing a few of their fittings, and replacing all the hoses was a bigger job than we expected!
We also drilled a 3 3/4" hole in the bottom of the boat (YIKES) so we could install a transducer for our new Garmin GPSMAP 741xs. Not only is it a chart plotter, GPS, and fish finder, but we can now tell our guests some very important information - The Temperature of the Water…which, has been a balmy 82 degrees.
Next up on the project list was to take out the old fiberglass battery boxes, replace the floor with a new sheet of 3/4" marine plywood and fiberglass it in. The finishing touch was installing new heavy duty Todd Marine battery boxes.
Some yearly maintenance includes sanding McGregor's bottom and laying a fresh new coat of bottom paint. As if that's not enough, Captain Tim gets his workout in by waxing the hull and cabin top.
It is always an exciting, yet anxious day when the 100 ton Travel Lift comes to pick us up and carry us to the yacht basin….Back in the water, where McGregor II belongs!
Why do I keep thinking of the saying,
The Beach is Calling and I must GO
it's now time for flowers & veggie gardens!!!
Charter Crew Vacation
Enjoying a magical summer here in Colorado and wanted to share some of our happy news!
Back in Colorado, our annual neighbor hood Pig Roast is 4 days of fun and catching up with friends! Captain was going for the blond Clint Eastwood thing for Western Night. How about that cinnamon stick cigarillo??
Our friends from St. Thomas showed up just in time to help us with our big summer project...
Hauling 8 tons of moss rock & gravel up from the driveway will definitely get us in shape for next season!!
July is Haul-Out month...
But first, LET ME TAKE A SELFIE