So, Why A Boat you ask.... well Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center is.......
my incredible DREAM coming true! Really, there are days that I need pinched, punched, kicked.... or I'm afraid that I will wake up!
I grew up around boats most of my life along with freshwater and saltwater fishing. From trout to tuna, blue gills to blue marlin. One thing I learned is the boating community is one BIG AMAZING FAMILY. You would need to search long and hard before you would find another community of people that would drop everything to lend a hand, at the spur of the moment and if it is an emergency, they are there as they see it happening. I knew having a BIG BOAT was going to be difficult to obtain but, I never thought I would have too, literally battle for MY LIFE to get it.
All kidding aside, when I started researching the Florida Keys and planning how I would be able to afford living there, while funding and opening a nonprofit cancer center, I searched for a small rental lot to park a camper, I looked at renting an apartment and WOW, I found out quickly ....... I'M BUYING A BOAT!!!
THANK YOU DAVID & MYRA GASKINS for helping to make MY DREAM come TRUE!!! I truly, appreciate the friendship and hospitality you extended me & my family and I totally understand, Dave's LOVE of "FLIPPER"
Flipper (the name of the boat) is the PERFECT VESSEL, it is roomie 55 foot, with twin 671 Detroit's - natural aspiration - David and Myra had purchased Flipper and began the restoration, it was just about completed when I bought her. With only needing some cosmetic's and minor repairs that, I felt comfortable in being able to do myself. Although, there is a- lot to learn and you better learn quickly that everything takes a little longer on a boat when you live on the boat. ,,,,, But, I would NOT TRADE this experience for anything.
THE CREW is growing!!! scroll down to see the complete list!!!
For now, we have The Southern Crew and the Northern Crew...
Port of Calls Available!
Or, join your entire crew.
It's a BIG BOAT - Lets Fill The SHIP... only to COAST GUARD & FWC requirements... THE CAPTAIN DOES NOT DRINK! and I'll keep the crew tamed down and SHIP SHAPE!
Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center is an emerging 501 c-3 not-for-profit organization. We are committed to providing, hope, healing, education & support to cancer patients, survivors' and caregivers!
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What are the requirements for joining "THE CREW"?
It is your decision. we like to go with the philosophy..
"NO PRESSURE NO PROBLEM!"
Just sharing information with family, friends and followers can make you part of the crew..
To add some perspective and hopefully peak your interest in sailing, boating and fishing,
In sailing, a serious captain will ask CREW to sit at a certain spot in order to balance the weight of the boat, that's it, Your job is done! (until he tells you to "SWAB THE DECK"). But, lend a hand when you can & if you are able to.
The same CREW are needed in boating & fishing, sometimes the Captain just needs Crew to watch and alert of dangers, birds feeding, fish jumping and much more!
SO, Join our Crew and lend us a hand!
Here's how to JOIN THE CREW!
1. HIT that little button below to - JOIN THE CREW
2. send us a photo
3. include a caption for your character and a little information about yourself and how you would like to help.
I may need a little time to reply but, I will get back to you, shortly.
Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center is an emerging 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are committed to providing hope, healing, relief, and support to cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers
Enjoying the beach with
MY LOVE OF LIFE, My SOUL MATE Thank you for all you do, your hard work, researching, inspiring me, keeping people notified and engaged in my healing, the long days and nights that you did not sleep while taking care of me, changing bandages, checking my temperature, rubbing my back, the amazing amount of time you spend preparing incredible nutrition for me.. BUT MOST OF ALL
BEING MY WIFE!!!
I TRULY LOVE YOU!
Captain Walt & 1st Mate Jan
Sailing on ANYTIME!
Thank you both for all you have done for me and my family while I was going thru many surgeries and healing.
A BIG THANK YOU
For being part of
Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center
I truly appreciate your support and your love of sailing!
BUGZY - you're AMAZING!
Without You - this incredible Journey would never be able to happen
THANK YOU WITH ALL MY HEART!
I'm super proud of you! It's amazing the strength you have with the
Heart of a LION
Ahoy - they call me Swaby
Yes, Thank you!
1st Mate Jan and "CREW" of ANYTIME
I sure miss the days of Racing in the "ELF Classic"
and the fun trips we had on
"Anytime" & "Samos" thru the Chesapeake and great northeast
Definitely the Best "Sea FOOD"
I ever ate Phil!
Meet "Johnboy" - 'The Best"-
Sausage Makin MAN
"EAST of the Mississippi"
Ya did GOOD Buddy
drinkin your beer -
HAHA - JK
Thank you for all of your love and support as I was going thru the many surgeries and recoveries.
You are Amazing!
Just drop everything, leave your house to take care of our house and the cats, Jack and Ace
Thank you Pops!
BUT, Ya can't anchor in the Channel..
HAHA, that's OKAY, it was late at night and I know you wanted off that boat! Thank you for all your help & wisdom in the journey of life and to the
What FUN and BEAUTY
Thank you Nana for all you do to make life full of fun,
adventure & never boring
and for taking care of the CATS.
Jack & Ace
and so much more!
THIS is ONE B-A
Thank you Bill for your
Service to OUR COUNTRY!
your friendship and wisdom.
They don't call him
FIH MIKE for nothing!
BUT ONLY BECAUSE OF
The Fish Handler.
Yes, You know it, Helena sets the HOOKS!
CONGRATS ON "THE ROYALTY"
it was a long time coming
Another AMAZING WOMAN... and Yes FISH MIKE, I know the real truth about how you catch so many fish!! The Secret Weapon - Helena
Thank you Helena for always being there for everyone, I have no idea how you find the time in your day,
There is a saying.
Some people take time for you, other people make time for you...
Thank you for making time!
YES THATS RIGHT!
TIKI MUSIC AWARD WINNER
Who needs the GRAMMY'S?
Thank you Skiff Jack for all your help with Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center. You truly are an
AWARD WINNER in my BOOK &
The Conch Republic
The Search and Recovery TEAM
My Wife The Amazing Woman,
Patrick, Skiff Jack & Swaby
This has to be a record!
I was using a boat, the prop spun off, I had TOW BOAT tow me in to port. Then with The Amazing Woman, Patrick and Skiff Jack, we borrowed Bullynets lobster machine, went out and recovered the prop in the Florida Bay - 6 feet of water, sand & grass
in 32 minutes we had this photo
Rodney and his twin sisters. The repair of the 671 Detroit's
A GREAT MECHANIC and
This sisters sound amazing and I'm proud to have you on the team.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!
Dave, cheers mate!
To all the good times we had with the Cheech and Chong skit!
Thank you for all your support to me and my family as we set sail on our cancer journey.
I'm not sure if I ever told you that Cheech Marin and I have more in common than just good looks and an odd sense of humor! But, we love life and that is what it is all about!
Happy days and Thank you for being part of "The Crew"
Do ya know "The Green Parrot" in Key West!
Check Back next week for additional Cast & Crew
Send me your comments or suggestions for the site. I need your feedback, to help improve! I think some of you I have helped? If so, I would like to put your thoughts on the website. With your permission, I will post them under a NEW Page
Or, Send me NOTHING &Walk THE PLANK!
ALL OF YOU HAVE HELPED ME in many ways!!haha, Cheers everyone!
This is my Baby Sister only,
(well, who counts is 1/4 centuries anyway, haha, LOVE YA SIS!)
Steve and Ernie, - the hey this boats cool, does it go FAST pooch!
Thank you Sis, for being part of the medical team while I was in my many surgeries. And now, the time you spend helping me with
Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center!
Bob the "FUN MAN"
with the "SEXY" boat
Wishing you the best of travels!
The tender saved the trip!
Looking forward to when we can catch up! I want to hear about your latest adventures.
I know you are having a blast and up to something, it's the grin!
Who says you would never
Paint a BOAT!
Thank you for your amazing abilities, your joy for life, happiness & friendship!
I would not want anyone else helping me make this LADY BEAUTIFUL
Sherwin Williams Extra White Enamel
Thank you for bringing
longevity into LIVING on a BOAT!
How many years is it now?
All Kidding aside, Mike and Velma have a very long history at Mangrove Marina,
30 plus years and many more
From Bucking Broncos to taming wild stallions, you have corralled the joys of life. Wishing you the best in all your travels. Thank you for your support!
You are probably saying, why would Buster be part of
Well, not only is Velma his friend but, nature is a BIG part of HEALING.
Let me explain, go outside, it does not matter where, stop and look around. do not move, find a seat and sit there, watch the ground and sky. Now, Take a deep breath, hold it until you count to 4, then exhale until 7.
You just helped your body.
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I have used their service since 1989. The are very professional, honest, easy to work with and deliver on time.
Wade, Coral and Meleah,
Thank you for all of you hard work and the donation of the Flyers, letterhead and envelopes!
Thank you to
for understanding the importance of nonprofits and the financial help nonprofits need to support their mission.
ONEHOPE is holding a fundraiser for Ocean Dreams Cancer Healing Center
click on the link below to order your favorite wine and help support our mission.
They Don't call him six pack for nothing !
What ever your doing Ed - keep it up!
Ed handles the pump - outs here at Mangrove Marina
A VERY IMPORTANT JOB!
THANK YOU, ED!
President Donald Trump
Thank you for your service to our Country!
Then Mr. Donald Trump, once told a large group of people attending a gathering at an Atlantic City Hotel - I could fire the current President of our organization and nobody would even say one word or complain about it. But, if I fire Jose the person in charge of our waste management, everyone of you would be notice and be very upset at me because he is a very IMPORTANT part of out TEAM!
and the story continues, Jose had a child that needed medical treatment. Mr. Donald Trump paid for all of the child's health care. There is not enough room on this page to tell the other good things he did for his employees. Thank you Sissy!
Patient AirLift Services
a nonprofit that arranges
for medical patients
To help support this much need
it is amazing the expense is to maintain an aircraft and all that goes with providing this service!
Thank you PALS , as a cancer patient, I truly appreciate the service, time and energy you give to help many in need.
To the pilots, Thank you for the ENDLESS HOURS of TIME that you give to your continuing education & training, the flight planning, prechecking the aircraft. checking instruments, keeping track of weather systems and the list goes on!
You Know Microsoft Thank you for your support. Although we have not had much of an opportunity to use all of the great services you offer nonprofits. With are just really getting started, December 2020 was the day we received our 501 c-3 approval , we are small but explosive. Keep track of our growth, it is coming FAST!
Everyone knows GOOGLE
But, not everyone knows the GREAT work Google does to support nonprofits.
Your help is truly
helping to make my dream come true! With the
Google Ad Grants Program
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THANK YOU AMAZON!
AND THANK YOU,
FOR CLICKING THE LINK!
Together we can help many!
Send me your comments, some of you I have helped?
ALL OF YOU HAVE HELPED ME!!
With your permission, I will post them under a NEW Page
Or, Send me NOTHING!
Walk THE PLANK
haha, Cheers everyone!
Check back next week... We are working to lease a small hotel. We need CREW to help.
Together we can help many!
Thank you guys for all of you hard work and dedication. I'm super proud of you!
You are one mighty bunch and
an AMAZING TEAM.
Pap, you gave great wisdom and strength to our family and would be the first person to give help and provide a meal to anyone. It is amazing how many miles you would drive just to pick up a part or deliver someone a crate of food if it was available. We miss you But, you are in our hearts and minds.
Mom & Donny
Thank you for all your love and support along the path of life.
There is not enough room on the page to write about the adventures I had as a young boy growing up in the country, thanks to both of you.
Mom, your hard work, has always inspired me to try and do BETTER!
Pop & Sylvia
Pop, thank you for giving me the courage to venture out into the business world and have the experience of the sea. To Sylvia, thank you for joining the family. Your love of Pop, the ability to keep up with him and keep him in line is a true testament to your caring and love of life.
What is that thing and why is it leaking water Honey, my wife asks?
Calmly, explain, well "Darling" that little thing can sink us..... For those that don't understand - this is a shaft seal - YES - to keep the water OUT of the boat, Not flood your boat, overflowing the bulkheads all the way to the bottom!
If your near Cape Canaveral
YOU GOTTA STOP
An EMERGENCY HAUL OUT!
Thank you, your staff is on the job, dedicated, friendly and very professional!
Running a holiday sale or weekly special? Definitely promote it here to get customers excited about getting a sweet deal.
You Saved The DAY!
You rescued the Tender
Guy's TELL ME -
AM, I THE LUCKIEST GUY?
YOU KNOW IT!!
My Lovely, AMAZING WIFE of
and she paints the bottom of
It Must Be TRUE LOVE
The BOTTOM IS DONE!
My WIFE IS MORE THAN AMAZING!
Not ONLY can she figure out
HOW TO KEEP ME ALIVE!.
SHE PAINTS BOAT BOTTOMS?
This is 55 feet X 7 +/- feet
That's A - LOT of BOAT BOTTOM -
& with a 6 inch roller... Your husband is cruel. What is wrong with that man?
Total Boat Antifouling Paint, Beautiful
Many people do not understand the importance of the
US Coast Guard!
THEY ARE AMAZING!
These men and women go thru extensive training to save our lives, capture criminals, protect our borders and
lend a hand when in need and
so much more!
THANK YOU for your
So as the story goes, after Flipper was purchased, my incredible understanding wife willingly jumped into the shot gun seat - destination trout creek off of
"THE ST. JOHNS RIVER"
it is a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 with the bullet proof 5.9 Cummins Diesel, towing the 1989 Bass Tracker 18' Sport Jet
the 1980 Honda XR 250 motorcycle
Ya gotta have an emergency plan!
UGHHH... NO WORRIES
Captain America to the rescue.
He brings a 4 x 6, tie down straps and angel Iron to us as we were broke down at a road side rest on Interstate 95 just south of Baltimore.
We can FIX THIS!
Just like you said Hank -
A shot gun, rifle and a 4 wheel drive...
A Country Boy can SURVIVE!
THANK YOU FOR BELEIVING
and the SONG!
We gotter done. This is an on the spot repair that took us all the way to Myra and David's House where Flipper was docked in Florida and the to Tavernier Florida. The trailer even survived being towed behind a roll back provided Boat US Towing.
They hauled the Beauty 100 miles South to Richmond on Interstate 95
YES, The plot thickens
Remember that slight detail I just mentioned about the Boat US Towing.
Yes, it pays to have the triple gold platinum Towing Package from
TOW BOAT was to our rescue on Land and Sea many different times
Thank you Hyatt for allowing me to repair the truck on the spot. And Cummins Diesel, your Richmond VA parts department was 1st Class
The GARMIN gps 182C is on FLIPPER of course. It's an oldy but, I'm old fashion!
As a Boater, it is always good to have back up equipment.
Flipper is also equipped with 2 -
RAYMARINE CHART PLOTTERS
Below are photos of various repairs and modifications, I hope you enjoy!
This little leak can cause some
What a surprise when I went to back into the slip and the boat would not pivot!
Bigger problem, the Hydraulic hose broke and the rudders were hard to Port.
2 - 18 FOOT - HYDRAULIC HOSES
Do I replace BOTH?
Thank you Bridgestone HOSEpower
Your staff was friendly, fast and very easy to work with, The hydraulic hoses were perfect!
This looks like a good spot for the refrigerator.
Some minor modifications required.
BUT YOU GOT TO EAT!
Being my wife LOVES to cook nutritional, taste amazing, meals for us, commonly known as the refrigerator dump.
You gotta have a real refrigerator to generate - you gotta be kidding me meals, SO GOOD!!
You are more than AMAZING!
So, this LITTLE crack can turn into - see the next frame to the right
THIS .... smaller ----- lets say, area
Well yes, a small crack can let a lot of water under the...Let's call it the
SKIN of the boat
The Tender "Lost Course"
Thank you Sam, we used the tender several times on our journey from
"The Saint Johns" to Tavernier
- it made anchoring much easier and a ton of fun, unless your "Pops"..
AND - BY THE WAY
DO NOT leave a T-Dock in a heavy cross wind, pushing you into the dock and only having one engine.. maybe a little TOUGH --
ALTHOUGH VERY EASY WAS
immediately returning to the dock slow like a PRO!
Are you familiar with the GREEN PARROT?
Check back soon to reveal more crew and characters.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
TOGETHER WE CAN HELP MANY!