Merry Christmas to All!

We continue to mostly hunker-down at our marina in Vero Beach.  The COVID rates have been on the rise over the last several weeks & will continue to increase, especially as more snowbirds flock down after the holidays.  We are being even more careful now, relying mostly on grocery & other delivery services (which works out well since we turned in our rental car last week).

Projects are a constant reminder that we live on a boat!  This one was a 2 hour fix after 2 months of head-scratching.  Rainy days would result in a tiny puddle of water accumulating under the galley fridge.  It turned out the fuel fill deck plate was leaking, running along the hose, under the fuel tank, thru a weep hole, down the inside of the hull to about 5′ away from the source!

Other fun projects have included re-installing our re-built watermaker & the arduous task of waxing the hulls.

There is always something to be on the lookout for – Momma Manatee and her calf cruising around the marina.
There have been a record number of launches from Cape Canaveral this month. Always cool to see even from afar!

Florida weather has been kind to us with daytime temps mostly in the 70’s to low 80’s.

The big news is the Christmas weather – the coldest in 21 years!  Floridians are actually excited to have a Christmas in the 50’s! Nighttime to the low 40’s … burrrrr! The news stations are even warning people to watch out for iguanas falling out of the sky (some sleep in the trees, get stunned by the cold & fall down)!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all!  Keep safe!!


8 thoughts on “Merry Christmas to All!

  1. Hi Guys. Very cool website. Lots of good info. We’re the new owners of #114 out here on west coast and are shopping for new dingy. You still like the highfield? What size motor are you running. Thanks. Mark & Dea


    • Congrats & welcome to the PDQ family! Yes, we still love our Highfield. Another PDQ owner just bought a new one & it has a few improvements such as a vent in the bow locker & nicer graphics. We’re using a 9.9 Yamaha which is fine with 2 of us, but hard to get up on plane with 3.


      • Right on. Looks like the 15hp is about 20lbs heavier. Not sure if that would overstress the davit system. Nothing in our paperwork gives a weight limit, just says to keep the davit falls vertical. It’s usually just two of us, could even go down to the 260 dingy. Yikes so many decisions!! Thanks


  2. Hi Guys, We’re the new owners of #114 out on west coast. You have a cool site, lots of good ideas. We’re currently shopping for a new dingy. Are you still digging the highfield? What size motor are you running? Thanks! Mark & Dea


  3. Thanks! We also planned to use Trinidad SR as it gets good reviews in our area and intended area of cruising. I am sure we will have more questions, we are very appreciative of the PDQ family!!


  4. Hi, we are in the process of purchasing an MV 34 in Ft. Myers, hull #102, and were wondering how many gallons of bottom paint is required and what type did you use as it looks like you painted yours recently. I have been a follower of this site for a couple of years and wanted to thank you for taking the time to post your projects/upgrades and maintenance items, I am sure we will implement many of them. Thanks! Doug in Melbourne Beach


    • Congrats! As hull #102, we’re almost twins! We use just under 2 gallons/coat, being very generous (we triple coat certain areas at the bow & stern where we notice more wear). Most others figure 3 gallons for 2 coats. Lately we’re been using Pettit Trinidad SR, but results very.
      You can e-mail us at if you have any other questions.


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