Sept. 10, 2002
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Where are Bill & Ugne? We have not heard from them is quite awhile. Ok, I got the message. Our summer has flown by and each time that I have sat down to catch up on things I have gotten distracted. The new engine appears to running ok. The summer has been spent in the most part doing all the normal boat chores. We re-varnished the outside teak, Ugne sanded and varnished the navigation station and I have finally gotten close to completing the re-furbishing of the galley. This included installing new counter tops and countersinking the sinks so that we would not have lips to catch junk, just some minor trim work and I will be done (see attached pics including Ugne doing dishes while the sinks were out.). Now, here it is the second week of September and we are starting to make our plans for the Bahamas. But we still have some work to do on VILKAS before we leave in November/December timeframe. I still have to install a water maker and a freezer as well as do some work on the generator. And of course there are other small tasks lurking about wanting attention. But it has not been all work and no play. The pool at the end of our dock has been used regularly as well as dink rides to local beaches or to go Dolphin watching. Last weekend our eastern neighbor, Greg and Barb went out fishing again and this time came back with 15- 5 & 6 lb Maui Maui and a couple Marble Grouper, so we again had a impromptu dock party with fresh grilled fish. It was surprising how many dishes of food appeared in such short order. As the summer progressed we have had more cruisers return from the Bahamas and settled on our dock. Most of them will head back over when hurricane season comes to an end. Later this month we take a vacation (retirees need a vacation every once in awhile) and will be flying to Atlanta to see our daughters and then onto Baltimore to visit with Ugne's parents and go to the Annapolis Boat Show. When we get back we will have to work a bit harder to get things done. I am in the process of adding a new section to our web site called "The VILKAS Galley". Cruisers have always been known for improvising in the galley and have come up with some great recipes. We have decided to share some of them with you.

                                         Ugne Varnishing the rub rail

                                    Dishes on the dock

                                Galley Refurbished

                                Galley Before