Tales of Enchantment

also known as "Michelle and Vern's Excellent Adventure"

12 January 2016
27 December 2015
15 September 2015
25 June 2015
26 March 2014
09 November 2013
16 August 2013 | The Society Islands
20 June 2013 | The Tuomotu's aka The Dangerous Archipelago
26 May 2013 | Marquesas
25 April 2013
23 April 2013
15 December 2012 | Panama Canal, Central America
16 October 2012
26 June 2012
28 April 2012
28 April 2012
19 February 2012 | The Bay Islands

The Bay Islands & Beyond

28 April 2012
Our last blog said we were heading for the Hobbies/Vivarillos, 180 miles E of the Bay Islands. We sailed to Guanaja, 30 miles E of Roatan to wait for a good weather window (meaning little or no Easterly winds and seas, not common this time of year). Guanaja is unique in that most of the 8-9000 people live on a smaller island known as Banaka Town, a ΒΌ mile or so off the mainland. The main island is very buggy and has only one short road connecting 2 small villages. Banaka Town has no streets or roads, only sidewalks, mostly narrow except for the main one along the area of small shops and businesses. The supply boat comes in once weekly and it is fun to watch the flurry of activity as everything is unloaded and transported in wheel barrows, hand carts, or carried on their backs. Shoppers must hurry to get any fresh produce before it quickly sells out. The locals are very friendly and there are many expatriates living in Guanaja. The pace is more laid back than in Roatan and serious crime is almost unheard of.

While we were there the owners of Manatee restaurant celebrated the 50th birthday of Annette, the owners wife, with a free pig roast for any and all. The 150 lb pig was completely gone by nights end. The owners are German and his old band members flew in from Europe to help celebrate. At least a 100 guests attended and a great time was had by all.

After 3 weeks of waiting for weather than did not seem like it was going to come we sailed back to Roatan, and a week later finally got the weather we needed and motor sailed E to the Hobbies.

The Hobbies are nothing more than 3 tiny islands along a coral reef. The primary anchorage is named Booby Rock after the nesting colony of Booby birds. Two fisherman live on this island, which is less than 100 yards in diameter, for 8 months of the year before going home. Their main job is to guard the many thousands of lobster traps stored on the island during the off season, and protect them from poachers during the fishing season. On the larger island named Hobbies lives a lone caretaker for 9 months at a time. The fishermen are given sparse provisions and accommodations and live mainly off what they catch, lobster, conch, and fish, and they are very good at it. Water is often in short supply and they are always grateful for any passing cruisers to offer them some. We had heard they needed simple medical supplies like bandages, antibiotic creams, etc. as well as canned fruits, veggies, meats, old clothes, and what ever you had handy and could do without. Of course a cold beer was always welcomed by Jose, the only one that spoke a little English, and the only one who drank it. Over the 3 weeks we stayed there, snorkeling and "hunting" almost every day, we got to be good friends and they were always stopping by the boat to bring us seafood. I'm sure they gave us at least 20 lobsters and even more conch, as well as several fish. They invited me to their hut for a seafood soup lunch one afternoon. Ahnhill had cooked up a large pot of seafood soup containing whole small fish, lobster tails, numerous veggies and spices, delicious. They sent a large bowl back to the boat for Michelle, who had gone out hunting with Cheryl & Karen off of Interlude. When I asked what to do with the lobster shells and fish remains they took them and fed them to their 3 dogs. The dogs ate the fish, bones and all, as well as the lobster shells. These dogs actually prowl the shallows and catch fish as long a 4 feet, eating them fresh, quite a site to watch.


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Vessel Name: Enchantment
Vessel Make/Model: Island Packet 40
Hailing Port: Chicago
Crew: Vern & Michelle
About:
Vern, originally from Chicago, has lived in New Orleans and the Nashville, Tn area. I have been sailing for almost 40 years, have logged over 15,000 offshore miles and hold a 100 ton masters license. I also work as a critical care nurse. [...]
Extra: We are currently finishing with upgrades and improvements to Enchantment in preparation for a 3-4 year cruise from Baltimore to New Zealand. Our cruising kitty will be fully funded and our departure date is set for Oct 2010 with a transit of the Panama Canal late February 2011
Enchantment's Photos - Main
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A small sample of all the wonderful things to see and do in China
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More than you ever wanted to know.
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Just a few pix from Singapore
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Photo's roughly follow our passage from E to W in Indonesia. We are currently about half way across the Southern island group. 300 miles East of Bali
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The Fijians have a reputation as one of the friendliest people on the planet....we believe it
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We volunteered to be line handlers on a friend's boat to transit the Canal. Each boat requires 4 handlers plus captain and a paid Canal advisor. It is a great way to see what to expect for your own transit
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Photos from another world, also called The San Blas
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Providencia, a real jewel of a destination.
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Photo's of some the reefs and critters found in Roatan, Honduras
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You can see by these photo's the living conditions in the orphanage. Most buildings are built on pilings for when the river rises as well as the torrential downpours during rainy season.
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Guatemala Independence Day party on the Rio Dulce
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Random assortment of pictures from the Western Highlands, where volcanoes and traditional customs predominate
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A variety of churches and colonial building we saw. Way too many to post photo's of them all
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I wish our camera did justice to the splendor of the reefs and marine life in Belize.
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Belize is rich with Mayan ruins and artifacts. There are still may pure blood Mayans left in Central America, mostly living inland.
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Collection of photo's from along the coastal area
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Georgetown to Long Island
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One of the hardest things about a leaving are the freinds you have to leave behind. In the 5 1/2 years we were in Baltimore we made many friends that we will miss. Our jobs at Harbor Hospital, Hopkins Bayview, and Sitel were some of the best we have ever had and we feel fortunate to have met and worked with the people we did.
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A ton of "stuff" was brought on board over the last few months.
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This year about 75 boats arrived for the event. The Thursday night before it starts most of the early arrivals get together on a tiny island for pot luck, drinks, and socializing. We have met many of the couples before and at least half of them are going South for the winter, mostly to the Bahamas. For many this is a first trip outside the US. Over the weekend they have many guest lectures, short seminars, marine flea market, some free breakfasts, some catered meals, cocktail party's by various SSCA supporters, and lots of sea stories to be shared.
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Our last winter, 2 major blizzards in one week.
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