We are officially into the 2015-2016 season and I must say, we couldn’t have had a better start. (Margy, of course, was missed as our lead off trip, but Brad’s Texans surely shined in her place.)
So first off let’s talk about Blue. I have been reluctant to share the good news with all of you because I didn’t want to have to post a retraction a few days later. So, I’ve been monitoring the situation with pressed thumbs. But, with 5 awesome trips under our belt, I am confident to say Deja Blue is back and in great form. “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” Special thanks to everyone who helped out and made this possible. And there are quite a few of you. We really appreciate your support.
Except for that little hiccup in August where Blue wanted a vacation before it was scheduled, I have to say 2014-2015 was another amazing season. More people are finding us. More guests are having great trips and the repeat offender list keeps growing. And it always great to see familiar faces when pulling up to the dock. Always. It means we’re doing something right or maybe that the discount is too good to pass up. Hopefully the first one.
Looking forward to another great season. Thanks to all of you who make the greatest job in the world even better.
Capt Wilson and Deja Blue Crew
Capt Wilson and Deja Blue Crew
I really like this video although it’s nothing special. I like it because it is something I rarely get to see (and I hope it remains rare) and that is Deja Blue speeding by.
“Would you like to set this clip up for us?”
“Well David, the clip we’re about to see takes place after a hard days work. The Capt (me) is returning home to St Thomas after dropping his guests on St John. Let’s take a look.”
“Ladies and Gentlemen, the movie is called Island Wilson Excursions. It’s already out and the reviews are incredible. Capt Wilson everybody. [applause] Don’t go away. We’ll be right back after these messages.”
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Great Tabago, BVI
One of the greatest things about the Virgin Islands, from a boaters perspective, is the relative closeness of about 100 rocks, cays and islands. That’s about how many land masses make up the Virgin Islands. And being so close together gives you many options to choose from. It also gives you a great deal of shelter when navigating between the islands. In most cases you don’t have to stay exposed to big seas for very long. (There are exceptions to this, called “snotty seas” where you can’t hide anywhere.)
That said, we occasionally experience conditions down here that don’t require you to tuck and dodge. Conditions that you’d find on a small lake (or Megan’s Bay) Conditions so calm that you get a nice reflection from the sky.
We recently had 4 days in a row of flat flat flat conditions. It was incredible and a great time to be on the water. My guests kept mentioning that Deja Blue was a very smooth ride. “That she is.” I’d reply. “That she is.” (No reason to go messin with a perfectly good compliment. Of course the captain has something to do with a smooth ride as well. ; )
I’ve been putting off posting these photos because I didn’t want to send anyone into unnecessary worry. Especially Mary & Patty whose long awaited trip will be tomorrow. Mary has enough on her mind with out thinking that her chariot was out of commission for some reason (which was never the case). But last week there was a large gap between trips so we hauled Deja Blue out of the water for some needed work. There were some minor maintenance to the engines, some cosmetic touch-ups and a new interface cable was installed. Hooray! But the major issue was the hull. It was a disaster. Unless you are extremely lucky, the hull of an ocean vessel needs to be sanded and painted at least once a year or it gets ugly. Things start growing on it, which can cause a decrease in performance and it’s just not pretty. Blue is a pretty boat. She needed a pretty bottom to match.
I won’t point any fingers at whom was responsible for the neglect but a hint would be: two words. First rhymes with “previous” and second rhymes with “owner.” I know, cryptic.
So here is the hull from what it looked like before power wash, after the power wash, after sanding (grinding), after barrier coat, and after two and half coats of bottom paint (also known as Micron 666 paint del diablo.)
Deja Blue’s Hull – stage 0
Deja Blue’s Hull – stage 1
Deja Blue’s Hull – stage 2
Deja Blue’s Hull – stage 3
Deja Blue’s Hull – stage 4
Interesting, right? Not so much? Ok. Long and the short, Deja Blue is back in the water at American Yacht Harbor waiting to take you out into the Virgin Islands in style. And she now has a pretty bottom to match the rest of her.
Here is a video of Blue being carried out of the yard and being lowered into the water. Also not that exciting unless you’ve never seen a travel lift before and then it’s just awesome!
I just redid this video for 2013. Subtle changes but still good for a laugh.
St Thomas snorkeling at its best!
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