Coopers Landing to Washington

Via the Osage River After 16 nights at Cooper's Landing and a boatload of repairs, upgrades and modifications, Jill & Captain Sean are finally ready to start moving Prime Time south. We hope to get to Demopolis, Alabama where she'll hang out for the winter until we can come back mid February to continue the journey. It’s the day before closing on the house and we are making a mad scramble to try to get the easement for the road cleared up. Despite multiple contacts by the title company, my agent, other people who live on the road, the farmer and his…

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Getting It Done

Things are moving right along in the Prime Time adventure of Jill & Captain Sean. The boat has traveled from Omaha to Cooper's Landing in Missouri and is almost ready for the next part of the journey.Time for ChangeI woke straight up in bed at 3:45 am, panicked. In my dream I had been working to get everything done and it was like groundhog day; I wasn’t making any progress, just repeating the same tasks over and over. It’s Sunday and we have five more days in the house I’ve owned and lived in for 21 years. We’re supposed to close next…

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Party at Cooper’s Landing!

Jill & Sean have it from Omaha to Cooper's Landing, which is near where they live in Jefferson City, Missouri. The boat is going to stay here a bit while some work gets done. But first, we're going to celebrate!The next day we head back down to the boat to get the shore power organized and get started on a thorough cleaning. A week of boat camping has her a big mess inside and out. I strip the beds and get all the laundry together and try to work on the big stain the ice water leaking from the cooler bags made…

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Making Friends

Captain Sean and “Admiral” Jill are on board Prime Time with Come Along Charters and our guests Mary Ann and John headed from Omaha to Cooper’s Landing near Columbia Missouri. This is the third leg of the journey after Brownville and St. Joseph. St. Joseph to Atchison We didn’t leave until about 4 pm so we all agreed Atchison should be our destination. Sean and I had scoped it out with dad on a previous trip and we knew they had good, secure docks and the downtown was in walking distance. Leaving St. Joe as we passed by the town, we were…

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And We’re Off!

Better late than neverIt's Sunday in Omaha at Dodge Park Marina and we're aboard Prime Time with Come Along Charters and our guests Mary Ann and John. Today we start our big journey.Omaha to Brownsville - first gas stopWe got up early to begin preparations for our departure. I was too excited to sleep anyway and couldn’t wait for daylight to start pestering Sean with questions, ideas and to do lists. We rousted Mary Ann and John and we took them to our favorite breakfast diner in Omaha, a little retro dive called Harold’s. We had just ordered when the priest from…

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Good Times/Bad Times

Or all's well that ends wellWe arrived at the marine a little after 11 pm on Friday. We’d gotten a late start, in part because the new buyer for our house came at 10 am to get a lesson on the pontoon boat and the home inspection took from 11 am to 2 pm. I popped out to Walmart to pick up the camping portable potty I ordered, a new unbreakable coffee pot and some last minute supplies and came back and fixed a massive bunch of dill potato salad and Helen’s pasta salad for the dock party on Saturday and some…

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Change is in the Air…

I hadn't been feeling well so I finally broke down and went to the clinic. After some blood work it was determined I had Lyme disease. Again. I had it about 6 years ago but that time it was obvious...I had the big bulls eye dead center on my back where the bite was. This time I had no idea when or where I encountered this tick. Before we left for Key West the Doctor called and wanted me to go get more extensive blood work to pinpoint exactly what I have and how long I've had it. In the meantime I…

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We’re Going to Key West (but not by boat)

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We’re Going to Key West (but not by boat) It’s labor day weekend, Saturday, and Sean heard from Swamp about the boat. Apparently, he’s got everything taken care of, installed the electronic ignition, checked out the generator and he feels like Prime Time is in, well, prime time. Unfortunately, with everything else going on, we decided it would be best to get our Key West work trip out of the way before we take off. That way we won’t have a precise time table. Also, unfortunately, this means dad’s schedule no longer coincides with taking us back up to Omaha. He has…

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Provisioning for Safety

There's been an entire list of things we needed (wanted) for the boat to make the boat safe and ready to go. After a lot of research, here's some of what we've purchased and where we've gotten it. 1. A way to get the gas from our reserve gerry cans into the tank without spilling it everywhere. Plus we needed a pump when it's time to do an engine oil change. This workhorse should do it all. It has great reviews and Sean's excited to use it. Siphon Pro XL - Largest Siphon for Water - Gas - Diesel - SEE VIDEO -…

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A Sleepless Night

A Sleepless Night Wowzer. What a storm. It started raining about 9 am on Sunday morning it was still pouring when we loaded out Monday. The forecast predicted heavy thunderstorms all day and that, coupled with the necessary maintenance, meant we were not leaving as hoped. Or anytime this week since Sean had to get back to work. After testing out our new heat-resistant pad on the new bow table, we had a great dinner of BBQ chicken. Everyone else had left the docks for the weekend so it was nice and quiet, except for the continuous rain. Dad and I turned…

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Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday One of the best parts about being in a marina is the camaraderie! It was fun to be invited down the dock for kitchen sink Bloody Mary's on Sunday and take a break from the work! This one had a meatball, pickle, onion, olive and even a shrimp hiding down at the bottom.

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Tune up, tune out

When we return to the slip, we examine the boat's architectural drawings. Sure enough, they show a gas capacity of 360. Now Prime Time was modified from the prints we have; the original layout had a second head off the salon and the back of the boat had a sliding patio door walkout to a great outdoor seating area. This design was changed to include a wall and door to create an owner's stateroom. Besides that, the underside layout with everything below seemed like it should be the same. But it’s not. Dad and Sean  measure the fuel tank and it’s 60x18x38…

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What Now? Plan B (or C, or D?)

We left Columbia, MO by 8 am and made it to the Marina shortly after 1 pm. After dock introductions and a quick bite to eat, we set about unloading the overpacked van. The first thing we did was set up the new bed. The 12” memory foam mattress is 24-48 hours out of the box before it fully expands. That went over the new foldable lightweight platform frame, selected because it gives enough clearance to store full size totes underneath, negates the need for a box spring and ability to move it out of the way when we need into the…

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Making Plans

We’ve had a whole week now to work on our plan. It’s been the most back and forth jumbled up mixed up mess on top of trying to catch up with work, house showings, research and learning how to start and monetize a blog (which for now, I’m putting on the back burner). But here’s what we do know, in a chicken/egg sort of way: Turns out our housing is still available in Key West. For now. We still have airfare booked from Columbia to Key West on September 5. It’s on award tickets so dates can be changed, if needed. We…

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Second Thoughts

Driving back to Missouri Sunday afternoon we are making lists of all the things that has to be done, how much it’s going to cost and how the logistics will work. I start to realize how absolutely complicated it’s going to be. And expensive. Sean is giving me the math on the cost of fuel for a trip starting in Omaha and ending in Key West and I’m blown away. I mean, I knew it was going to be crazy but just didn’t realize it would be off the charts certifiably nuts. Then we get out the calendar and start on making…

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Flooding at NP Dodge Marina

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The boat was on Craigslist then gone then it reappeared...turns out the marina was closed for several weeks due to flood conditions on the Missouri River. During that time the owner wasn't able to get to or show the boat which ultimately worked out great for us! See more video www.comealongcharters.com 

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Buying Prime Time

It all started with a craigslist alert I’d set in May and a boat I’d spotted that looked really interesting... Fast forward to the end of July and some serious star alignment…If Sean had not had to drive water taxi at the Lake of the Ozarks. If we had found a great vacation spot to use up the expiring Wyndham rewards points. If we hadn’t just learned our housing in Key West for the season was falling apart. If the River house hadn’t been rented for three days through AirBnB forcing us to vacate. If the Missouri River hadn’t flooded closing the…

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