Ok, a bittersweet end to a long long run. What a journey it’s been. Now for anot…

Ok, a bittersweet end to a long long run. What a journey it’s been. Now for another chapter. Tons of bright work will be done among other things this winter. The posts will continue but won’t include cruising. A well deserved break is in order. #MissMarianne

Ok, a bittersweet end to a long long run. What a journey it's been. Now for another chapter. Tons of bright work will be…

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Captain of Deadly Missouri Duck Boat Charged in Federal Court – gCaptain

You can never be too safe on the water!!! It all looks like fun on a boat from the outside. People have no idea how much time during those 5,418 miles we spent watching conditions, the current (the rivers can frequently have 3-6 knot currents, which is a whole different world than navigating on any Lake), the tides which were as much as 8-10 feet up and down every 12 hours (even at mid tide we still grounded the boat once), the wind, the weather, the wave height (like crossing the gulf in 4-6 ft waves) the eddy swirls (there was one that had we not both been 100% on task that could have spun the boat around), the wing dams sticking out from the shore, the 52 locks (one that we almost just went over the dam on accident, it was getting late, we were tired, and the damn gates were down, other boats were going over but it required a certain horsepower) the lock master hailed us and asked us if we were going to just plow over the damn without his permission (we backed off and went through the lock), the fuel status and if we could make it to the next port (by dipping the tanks because old boats don't have fuel guages), and if the next port even has gas since we didn't have diesel engines, where the next marina was that had open slips for overnight accommodations (not like when we ended up in Cedar Key at dark, after an unexpected delay in Suwanee, to learn that they do not have ANY docks for big boats so we had to overnight on anchor taking turns staying awake on anchor watch with a storm coming), and how many times we ended up with 6 inches (sometimes even -6 inches) of water under the boat even with thousands of dollars of electronics and all the books, going through places where the cut was barely wider than the boat (the Keys) and through a place called "Hells Gate" (Georgia), we dogged huge logs, we lost engines and made repairs on the move, I lost track of how many times we lost the generator, we got ropes and crab pot balls stuck in the propellers (in the Keys with inches of water under the boat), I bet we dogged 1,000 crap pot balls in the navigational channels, ducking in and out of oceanside channels (you get too much of a following sea – a wave pushing you – you can get sideways pretty easy, you get sideways you can roll over and capsize in a second), I could go on, it's all documented on the blog www.lifeofacaptain.com … But we did it in a 58-year-old wooden Chris Craft that could have sprung a plank at any time – thankfully she got regular maintenance and hauled out multiple times during the trip and is hauled out every winter for maintenance all her life (#MissMarianne didn't miss a beat, like she'd been waiting for this all her life). . So glad it was with a very experienced ex Tow Boat US boat captain Albert Bartkus and on a boat that had every modern safety feature around (bottom scanning sonar, FLIR to find people in the water, auto inflate life raft, an EPIRB, etc … we even had a defibrillator on board. You can NEVER bee too safe!!!

Captain of Deadly Missouri Duck Boat Charged in Federal Court – gCaptain

You can never be too safe on the water!!! It all looks like fun on a boat from the outside. People have no idea how…

Posted by Cindy Chebultz on Monday, November 12, 2018

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Still have some nice days going on. #MissMarianne.

Still have some nice days going on. #MissMarianne.





Still have some nice days going on. #MissMarianne.

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Sunday, November 11, 2018

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Few more images from last night and this morning. #MissMarianne The office view …

Few more images from last night and this morning. #MissMarianne

The office view from last night and one from this morning. The boat still maintains a warm atmosphere even on the cusp of winter.

 — at Burnham Park Yacht Club.




Few more images from last night and this morning. #MissMarianne

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Friday, November 9, 2018

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New topic. I just finished wiring in one of my many bilge pumps into our Siren M…

New topic. I just finished wiring in one of my many bilge pumps into our Siren Marine vessel monitoring system. Some neat stuff. Ill share some screen shots. It has a cell system and gps intigrated. Screen shot on maps is our entire cruise last night. And all this is sent to your phone. Possibilities are almost infinite. Great for monitoring, securify and much more. I actually installed the basic system when I installed the zipwakes if anyone caught that in my video. #MissMarianne





New topic. I just finished wiring in one of my many bilge pumps into our Siren Marine vessel monitoring system. Some…

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Friday, November 9, 2018

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Dont be this guy. I haven’t checked my 8 volt batteries since Key West. They wer…

Dont be this guy. I haven’t checked my 8 volt batteries since Key West. They were still functioning but almost dry. These are only a couple years old. Little while longer without water and they are done. My excuse is that alll my other batteries are big AGM’s no maintainance. #MissMarianne


Dont be this guy. I haven't checked my 8 volt batteries since Key West. They were still functioning but almost dry….

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Friday, November 9, 2018

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One more in the books. #MissMarianne

One more in the books. #MissMarianne

One more in the books. #MissMarianne

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Thursday, November 8, 2018

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We have done many upgrades to the boat but still using the original Princess ran…

We have done many upgrades to the boat but still using the original Princess range. Everything on it works. We had to add a ground wire last year when we upgraded the a/c panels. Now for some tv. And goes to show, I do cook once in a while. #MissMarianne

We have done many upgrades to the boat but still using the original Princess range. Everything on it works. We had to…

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Monday, November 5, 2018

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Pull up to yacht club, dock where I want, order prime rib and admire the skyline…

Pull up to yacht club, dock where I want, order prime rib and admire the skyline. #bpyc #MissMarianne





Pull up to yacht club, dock where I want, order prime rib and admire the skyline. #bpyc #MissMarianne

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Saturday, November 3, 2018

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Little fall cruising. A new mate aboard today. #missmarianne

Little fall cruising. A new mate aboard today. #missmarianne

Little fall cruising. A new mate aboard today. #missmarianne

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Saturday, November 3, 2018

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