Altair's Cruz Nuz

cruising, vb, kroozing, working on your boat in exotic locations around the Caribbean....Dudley and Becca

25 October 2012 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club
25 September 2012 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club
28 July 2011 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club!
27 July 2011 | Key Biscayne, Florida
27 July 2011 | Stiltsville and Miami just across the Bay.
27 July 2011 | Gulf Stream...
27 July 2011 | Gulf Stream, Here we come!
26 July 2011 | Sweet and Very Special Bahamas...Goodbye...for now!
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor
26 July 2011 | Gun Cay's floral gifts!
26 July 2011 | The surf at Honeymoon Harbor!
26 July 2011 | Our last island wonderland...before the Concrete Jungle....
26 July 2011 | Gun Cay...Practicing walking on land...
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor...very cool!
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor...We like it!
25 July 2011 | A very Busy Honeymoon Harbor!
25 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor, Lee side of Gun Cay
25 July 2011 | Bimini, Our Beloved Bahamas!
24 July 2011 | Bimini, Big Game Club Marina!

Dudley Left Me....

22 February 2009 | Still in Falmouth Harbor, Antigua
Becca B
Oh noooooooooooo...my honey couldn't take it anymore. This boat just got too small and he split! He got on an airplane and left me! It's been a year and I'm really loud, really intense and excessively domonstrative (I loved "Patch Adams). He, on the other hand, is wonderfully peaceful and a very quiet spoken angel. He must've cracked and I drove him away! Oh no!

"NOT!!! Syke!"

He had to go home to the States for a couple of doctor appointments and I'm proud to say he thought I was the most logial and qualified one to care for our 'floating' home! He REALLY IS Dudley Do Right and spent two weeks before he left making sure I had the most current 'projects' completed, the pantry full, water and fuel topped off, etc. I truly am the luckiest woman in the world! Who do you know that gets to have an open ended honeymoon on an exotic
adventure in the Caribbean?

Well I thought he took all his peacefulness back with him! The first night he was gone the wind came to a screaching halt and woke me right up! It was 4am. I had gotten so used to the winds rushing past our boat, churning the harbor to a froth and boldly pitching us to sleep! The winds have been whistling thru the rigging and something is always ting, ting, tinging somewhere on the boat! I thought we had dragged since Altair wasn't pitching and I was able to feel the swell! I didn't get back to sleep. I managed to be awake early enough to see the bay so tranquil it looked like liquid glass, undulating with the gentle swell. The crimson light from the sunrise about to peak over the hills and burn off the clouds was so serene, equalled only when my captain is by my side. This is worth getting up early, don't ya think? This reminds me of being on watch when the sun comes up. I love night sailing...I love sailing, if I can remember. I am a night person, guess it's my loss.

One of the last things "Dudley Do Right" insisted I do immediately was to attach the kellet to the anchor rode. Well, the opportunity presented itself this calm morning and yours truly got that baby on! I tried by myself, cranked up the engine, inched up, ran up and pulled in some rode, repeating that until I got most of it on deck. Usually Dudley and I work together on this. Well, I thought I was on the verge of tripping the anchor when I was getting too close to the chain. I chickened out and let the scope back out.

Ok, my caretakers, Droukit Cronie, offered to stick around along with the X-mas winds, to keep an eye on me. They call me their 'ward', hehe. They came by to help and pick on me. Lorry is always doing that, and she said "The l20' marker was not where Dudley left it, fix it!" It's her nature, hehe. I'm happy to report that the anchor is dug in well and will stay put with a lot of help from that little kellet. It's a boon having them around, in light of the fact that Lorry and Stephen are fun, entertaining, and experienced cruisers to boot. Not to mention they love food as much as me and have been coming to this island for so long they know every culinary hot spot I'm sure.

Well, the wind stayed away and so did the sun that day, one week ago now! I got into a zone and started getting my ducks in a row, organizing and getting a lot plugged into the laptop. The main reason I was ok staying on the boat by myself was I wanted to get this blog up and loaded with most of last year's adventures to share! I had been writing a journal half of which was in the computer and the other half in two books. When I peaked at the batteries they were low! l2.2 to be exact an it's only 2pm. Yeiks... I'm going to have to crank up the engine.

Damnnnnnnnn, not again! Alternator is not charging! We just had a new bracket made for the alternator and then had it checked out by yet another electrical expert when we first sailed into Antigua at the beginning of December! This problem has been plaguing us for a year, ever since Nassau, in the Bahamas last February. In November, we pulled the darn thing and had it bench tested in St. Martin. It was fine! Doncha just hate those hit or miss problems? What the hell is it?. Wouldn't you rather have something broken l00%? Then you can fix it, right? The good news is that we have only started the engine for power once or twice in this whole year of cruising. The solar panel and wind generator are marvelous additions and we love 'em!!!!

It's amazing how much you depend on power and internet, funny that? All night long I was frugal with lights mostly off, no writing, no inverter, no laptop battery power, no Skype! I did take a chance and tried to call Dudley, but the light was not blinking on the Dell battery
pak! The inverter sucked the boat battery juice down all day until the display on the power pack didn't read. The boat batteries were at an all time low at 12.1....Sheisa! If it 'ain't one thing, it's another'...I now have a great internet connection just NO freakin' power! Doesn't it just figure! Dudley said to get in touch with Signal Locker again! I turned off my flashlight went to bed...it's 8pm.

No, alternator, no power supply for laptop! This is a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown! (I love Pedo Almodovar). I went to bed early which means I was up at 4a, again, worrying! Like that's productive. That's the Captain's job anyway...I quit. Just kidding. I was about to go into panic mode when Stephen offered to come trace this problem himself. Maybe I could avoid calling someone in at $90 an hour, US dollars that is! Lorry and I bailed and jumped in my dink, then we took off on foot for Nelson's Dockyard! I took that dell power pack with me and when we got to the Mad Mongoose, I plugged that little bugger in. The power pack was fine, there just wasn't enough juice to activate it on the boat. That's one piece of good news, what a relief!!!! Next project. The walk with Lorry was a good diversion but I was still in a funk even after we stopped at a gallery of fabulous photography and the mixed media gallery next door. She tried, God love her.

As if Altair's power problems weren't enough, Sir Allen Stanford is allegedly being exposed for fraud of shoking magnitude. (This info, and 'island news" will go in the "history" category of this blog, when I figure that out). Everybody on the island was over-reacting (sound familiar) when we walked past a bank (One of Stanfords?) it was obvious. It sure looked like there was a run for the money anyway. People filled the lobby and overflowed outside. It's always about timing, isn't it. WILL I BE ABLE to get money to pay someone to fix the alternator? Lorry was a trouper and patient with me..."The news is always exaggerated..." she said, and it settled me down for a few minutes anyway! Lorry was trying to be rational and trying to keep me grounded, but I just wanted to get back to the boat and write! I backed out of joining her for lunch growling, "I have all this food onboard"! A little cranky huh?

I so wanted to get caught up while Dudley was away, taking advantage of a neat and orderly boat with no new building or repair projects consuming the writing or painting space. I wanted to dispense with those handwritten journals once and for all. I planned to cull from my journal to get the BLOG UP AND RUNNING at last. Now THIS!

With all this being said, I pulled up the weather on-line that night and as if on cue, the winds picked right back up and then some! We were getting wind tonight and more planned for the rest of the week! YIPPEE!!!! The wind and waves are both going to be from the east, so that means Altair will be pointing into the sun and the solar panel will get all the east/west rays we desire. Excellent news right? If Dudley were here he'd say "calm down, it always works out"....which is right, I just prefer to let it all out instead of holding in, poor Dudley!

YAHOO, YIPPPEE! Love the solar, love the wind generator!!!!

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Vessel Name: Altair
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan 34'
Hailing Port: Coconut Grove Sailing Club
Crew: Dudley Clark and Becky Butler
About: Dudley has owned this Tartan sloop and has been cruising on her since 1986. Becky joined the good sloop back in 2000 when we first started cruising together and he has been 'training' me ever since! I couldn't be happier! I've been sailing all my life, but cruising is a whole different fish!
Extra: This is the most extended cruise we've braved on this wonderful, old boat of ours which is planned to be about 2 years! We left Miami in late February of 2008 and want to get below the hurricane belt by the end of July! Ok, so it's July, 2011...we're close, but not home yet!
Altair's Photos - Main
Shots from the windward mark aboard Kuhala!
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Created 13 May 2011
Spectacular Flora and Villa!
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Created 13 May 2011
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Created 9 January 2011
Flora, fauna and friends!
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Created 3 January 2011
Can come home without visiting this Clan!
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Created 4 May 2010
Kayaking in West Palm Beach!
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Created 4 May 2010
They are so proud of the independence and their Flag! Hopefully the USA will be too!
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Created 10 February 2010
Gorgeous, first class location in the middle the south coast of Shangrila, Grenada!
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Created 10 February 2010
An international celebration and gathering to educate!
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Created 10 February 2010
Our 10th Anniversary and Blue Moon New Year's Eve Party!
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Created 10 February 2010
Nellie and Phil hosting a thoroughly English feast with a British Christmas pudding to boot!
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Created 10 February 2010
Fish Friday tour with Cutty on the northwest coast of Grenada!
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Created 9 February 2010
Grenada's Spectacular Waterfalls and hiking
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Created 9 February 2010
Lots of work to be done...6 days of non stop big stuff!
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Created 9 February 2010
What a great night of Jazz with good friends, Olga, Don, Neal, Donna and Barry!
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Created 9 February 2010
National Colors Day, Don, Olga, Inga and Hal, Steve, Angel and Steve the chef!
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Created 9 February 2010
Grenada's Independence...Spectacular Day!
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Created 9 February 2010
Amazing Hike with Cliffon as Guide, Karine, Pierre, Marilyn and Me!
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Created 18 January 2010
We love Calle Ocho! We are back in Miami! Buenos Noches!
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Created 18 January 2010
Dudley's best friend with his beautiful, brilliant new love, Loni!
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Created 18 January 2010
Our Private Sailing Club and some of our long lost buddies!
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Created 18 January 2010
Love the New Green Canopy!
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Created 18 January 2010
West Palm Beach Clan
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Created 18 January 2010
Heading to Windward Coast and Grenville's Carnival!
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Created 24 September 2009
Gearing up for Carnival, Grenadian Stlye!
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Created 15 September 2009
Nice Party, Great Man, Cool location!
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Created 13 September 2009
WOW!!!
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Created 13 September 2009
First Peek @ The Lagoon, The Carenage and the Locals
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Created 13 September 2009
Very nice for a marina! Wow.
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Created 13 September 2009
What a great Festival of the Arts.
28 Photos
Created 5 July 2009
Our new past time...hiking to new heights!
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Created 5 July 2009
Whit/Sun/Tide Regatta
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Created 4 July 2009
"The beginning of the Grenedines for us...we want more".
18 Photos
Created 29 June 2009
"On the Road Again", Day 2. Martinique
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Created 29 June 2009
"On the road Again!" Expolored Martinique by car with Lynn and Lew on Sea Wings
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Created 29 June 2009
Catching up with Old Friends
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Created 28 June 2009
Domineeka, Part 2
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Created 10 April 2009
Dominica, West Indies
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Created 10 April 2009
A ONE NIGHT STAND...
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Created 30 March 2009
Virgin Islands over to the Leewards at last...
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Created 29 March 2009
Je Suis alle enTerre d'en Bas par Ferry!
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Created 29 March 2009
Christmas Cove, St. James Isl., St. Thomas and St. John...
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Created 28 March 2009
We loved them...sailing, diving and parties were GREAT.
52 Photos
Created 27 March 2009
Two weeks of waiting for wind to die down! Too much fun!
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Created 27 March 2009
Super! Parfait! St. Barts! Very FRENCH!!!!
24 Photos
Created 26 March 2009
Spectacular Vistas!
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Created 26 March 2009
This is an historically packed delight!
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Created 26 March 2009
NY Eve Party with Jane and Andy on the lawn at Nelson's Dockyard!!!!
11 Photos
Created 25 March 2009
Maltese Falcon Fundraiser
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Created 25 March 2009
We're in fairyland...how quaint!
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Created 24 March 2009
Our pheromones are connected somehow!!!!
12 Photos
Created 11 March 2009
EAG hike to top of Boggy Peak, with nature lovers, botanists, board members
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Created 4 March 2009

S/V ALTAIR

Who: Dudley Clark and Becky Butler
Port: Coconut Grove Sailing Club