04 February 2009 | Cambridge Cay, Exumas
18 January 2009 | Warderick Wells, Exumas
12 January 2009 | Rock Sound Harbour
10 January 2009 | Spanish Wells
30 December 2008 | Marsh Harbour, Abacos, Bahamas
13 December 2008 | Abacos, Bahamas
06 December 2008 | Luperon
28 November 2008 | Luperon
19 November 2008 | Luperon, DR
18 November 2008 | Luperon, DR
14 November 2008 | Luperon DR
10 November 2008 | Santiago
07 November 2008 | Dominican Republic
18 April 2008 | Green Turtle Cay, Abacos
04 April 2008 | Marsh Harbor
15 March 2008 | Treasure Cay
02 March 2008 | Treasure Cay
09 February 2008 | Marsh Harbor, Abacos
02 February 2008 | Lake Worth
28 January 2008 | Marathon, FL
12 March 2016 | Stuart, FL
Our winter of 2015-2016 has been unlike other years for cruising! First of all, upon returning from Minnesota, Nancy's tooth became inflamed and it was determined a root canal was in order. Four weeks later all was well, but it put things in a different perspective for us. Dick was having a similar problem with a tooth and turns out he plans to wait and deal with his issue when he returns home. The weather continued to be an issue for us most of the winter. We were able to use our time to repair the butterfly hatch by taking it off the boat and redoing all the varnish and seals, and repairing other leaks, and some things we could never get to. On January 6 when we returned from Minnesota there was a major weather event in the Exumas, with 106 knot winds, which was a problem for several boats, including cruising friends. After that the fronts continued until only a few weeks ago. It has proven to be a good decision to stay here in Florida where the weather has not been perfect by any means, but it has proven to be safer. Needless to say, we are disappointed that we missed the Bahamas and friends we would have liked to spend time with there, but on the up-side we have been able to work on several projects with the hope we can make a quick escape at the start of next season!
Back in the Water
18 November 2015 | Stuart, FL
Arriving on Halloween to the Ft. Pierce, Riverside Marina, we started our long list of projects right away. Work went well, but the warm temperatures (upper 80's) and humidity made working conditions quite uncomfortable. After two weeks we were ready to be launched. Monday, November 16 winds were down a bit and we headed to Stuart, FL for the Sunset Bay Marina where we will pick up a mooring, as we plan to go home for Christmas this year, something new for us!
It has been nice to see our cruising friends on Chris-Pam-Mel, Lois and Howard. It is good to catch up on summer activities and makes work go easier having friends nearby. Sadly, some friends who we began cruising with many years ago are selling their boat. We will surely miss them! Other cruising friends won't be coming down this year. So many changes, and not all good ones.
No surprises with the boat this year. We replaced our stay sail, the final sail to need replacing.
We will be hanging out in Stuart where we enjoy activities here and in town.
It will be grand to see our family and friends for the Holidays!
Back in Florida
03 April 2015 | Fort Pierce
Miles offshore a little Bananaquit hitched a ride. From Bullocks Harbor we went straight to Fort Pierce, a 164nm trip. All went well except we did not catch any fish. We will spend the next few weeks putting the boat away for the summer and then head back to Minnesota.