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26 March 2017 | Lee Stocking Cay, Exumas
20 March 2017 | White Point, Exumas
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24 February 2017 | Little Harbour, Abacos
16 February 2017 | Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas
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10 February 2017 | Offshore South Carolina
09 February 2017 | Old Bahama Bay Marina
06 February 2017

An Ice Cube for Tammy

20 March 2017 | White Point, Exumas
Michael
Today the sky was clear so Tammy got an extra ice cube in her drink.
Can we take hot, fresh water showers this evening? Only if those storm clouds produce some precipitation. Otherwise it's a salt shower off the stern, with a quick fresh water rinse.
Can we watch a movie? Yes, but only 20 minutes tonight because those damn afternoon clouds rolled in and killed our solar output.
Aboard Aria there are budgets for everything.
For our voyage, Tammy and I made the deliberate decision to go simple. We have no generator, no water maker, no spare freezer, and no AC, among many other things that some will tell you are necessary for the cruise we are undertaking. Our boat is on the smallish side, just 37 feet from stem to stern. These choices have been questioned diplomatically as we make our way (slowly!) toward the Pacific. And the doubters may well turn out to be correct.
A small boat is easier for a couple to handle. And a simple boat is less likely to break down. On a sailboat "comfort" has less to do with an ice cube in your cocktail and more to do with knowing that you can muscle down your Genoa in a blow if a fuller jams, that you can raise the anchor if the windlass fails, that you sail off a lee shore if the engine fails. I must personally have the tools and ability to repair every system on board. We will be in places where the nearest competent mechanic is 1000 miles away. But there are labyrinth trade offs in each decision, and we may well have gotten one or two wrong. Except for the boat, of course, mistakes can be corrected, equipment can be added or removed. We are constantly evaluating. There is no right or wrong answer, and that for me is one of the many reasons I love this.
Talk about mindfulness! There is no choice but to be mindful aboard Aria. Enjoy that ice cube today, Tammy; we may not be able to spare one tomorrow.
Update: We sailed yesterday from Black Point with the mission to find some solitude and a beach to ourselves. We found it at White Point on Great Iguana Cay, where we swam, hiked and beach combed. Today we leave for Little Farmers Cay.
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Vessel Name: Aria
Vessel Make/Model: Island Packet 350
Hailing Port: Myrtle Beach, SC
Crew: The Hetzers: Tammy & Michael
About: Email: aria (at) webhenmedia (dot) com
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Aria's Photos - Main
33 Photos
Created 22 April 2016
65 Photos
Created 30 June 2015
Continued, beginning with Christmas Eve on Hawksbill Cay through Staniel Cay and beyond
73 Photos
Created 27 December 2013
This album covers a lot of sailing. First we sailed Aria from Little River to Nassau with Tom Leonard and Gary Miller. Later, while I remained aboard Aria, the family plus my old college pal, Larry Knipp, joined me at various times throughout the winter.
53 Photos
Created 21 November 2013
Conrad and I hiked 8 days through Bavaria beginning in Oy-Mittleberg and ending in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
28 Photos
Created 30 July 2013
June 2013: St. Helena Sound, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Bluffton
33 Photos
Created 25 June 2013
Tammy and I, sans kids, visit Beaufort, Morehead City, Bald Head Island and Southport
26 Photos
Created 1 April 2013
Instead of a bushing, I used two custom-made steel plates to repair an elongated hole that supports the alternator.
9 Photos
Created 15 February 2013
Photo essay of my project to replace heat exchanger, and make several other upgrades to the fresh water and sea water loops.
18 Photos
Created 26 January 2013
25 Photos
Created 6 September 2012
Tammy and I sailed to Cape Lookout Bight, then returned via Wrightsville Beach to Bald Head Island, where the kids and dog joined us. Lovely family vacation!
27 Photos
Created 12 August 2012
Michael's voyage from the BVI to Bermuda, May 7, 2012
25 Photos
Created 6 May 2012
Pictures sailing in our home waters, a stretch of the coastal Atlantic called, Long Bay.
5 Photos
Created 28 April 2012
Scott Jackson, James "JD" Dodd and myself sailing from Marsh Harbour, Abacos to Little River, SC, clearing in at Charleston, SC
21 Photos
Created 24 April 2012
Hetzers, Plus Sarah Martin!
32 Photos
Created 8 April 2012
Trying out the new mainsail, a mylar/taffeta laminate sail from Neil Pryde.
9 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
17 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Six guys, two identical Beneteau 40s, a dozen islands and ample stores of rum - how I spent spring break, 2010.
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Summer 2010
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Christmas 2009
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
The boat was in Milford, CT when I bought it. We sailed it home... well, motored mostly, as there was no wind, and we got the mainsail jammed in the mast on the first day. We came ashore in Atlantic City to take on more fuel.
26 Photos
Created 2 April 2012