s/v KOKOMO - Denny & Becky

LEAVING San Blas Islands November 8th, for our schedule visit our website: kokomosailing.com

25 March 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Amaco Bahama
23 March 2017 | Bahamas
21 March 2017 | Marsh Harbor, Abacos Bahamas
18 March 2017 | Manjack Cay, Abaco's Bahamas
15 March 2017 | Masch Harbor Abacos
11 March 2017 | Manjack Cay, Abaco's Bahamas
10 March 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abaco's Bahamas
08 March 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abaco's Bahamas
07 March 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abaco's Bahamas
06 March 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abaco's Bahamas
05 March 2017 | Marsh Harbor, Abaco's Bahamas
03 March 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abacos Bahamas
28 February 2017 | Nick's place Bahamas
26 February 2017 | Nick's place Bahamas
12 February 2017 | Nicks place Bahamas
11 February 2017 | Norman Cays, Bahamas
10 February 2017 | Norman Cays, Bahamas
09 February 2017 | Warderick Wells, Bahamas
07 February 2017 | Cambridge Cay, Bahamas
06 February 2017 | Staniel Cay, Bahamas

New Cruiser Friends

25 March 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Amaco Bahama
Becky/windy
We've been invited to dinner on our new friends 47' catamaran. Actually the main reason for the invite is a rematch to playing dominos. This time we play, it is their boat rules to the game. Should be fun.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Fun with family

23 March 2017 | Bahamas
Denny/windy
This week my aunt and uncle rented a charter boat with some friends in the Bahamas. We were lucky enough to have some time off so we went to join them. We had lunch in Bakers Bay and dinner at Grabbers on Great Guana Cay. It was fun to meet their friends and share our world with them for a day. As it turns out we have several friends and acquaintances in common back home. We're not to surprised as fun people attract fun people and Barb and Curt are our favorite fun relatives.

SWANNY, If you read this drop me a note. We should get together when I'm in town in August. SMILE

Life is good on Kokomo

Denny

Great Memories!

21 March 2017 | Marsh Harbor, Abacos Bahamas
Becky/80 degrees, sunny and beautiful!
We said "good-bye" to the Musica's today. We all had a wonderful trip! Below are some highlights.

The fella's looking like gangsters


Karen and I just looking good!


Eric and I going paddle boarding, it was a beautiful day!


Mike caught a 3 lbs. pompano, it was delicious!


Mike and Denny enjoying a pipe


Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Good Friends

18 March 2017 | Manjack Cay, Abaco's Bahamas
Becky/74 high, 63 low, light wind
Our friends from home came for a visit. Mike, Karen and their son Eric (21 yrs old) are with us for 5 days. We had a nice sail to Green Turtle. We fished but didn't catch anything. We took a walk in the town and got some homemade ice cream, it was delicious! Also bought some lobster tails and had them for an appetizer. After dinner, we heard some music playing on the beach. So we got in the dinghy and found the party. It was at the Pineapple Bar. There was live music, dancing, and drinks were a flowing! Great time!

The next day we sailed to Manjack Cay. Here Eric and I got on the paddle boards and went to shore. The rest came by dinghy and we took a walk on a trail to the other side of the island. When we came up and over the hill and saw the water, it was gorgeous! We walked the beach and found many beautiful shells. Later in the evening the wind stopped completely and it was so quiet and still. Haven't seen this since we've been here. The stars were out and bright. It was a peaceful evening. Eric slept outside under the beautiful sky.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Marsh Harbor Anchorage

15 March 2017 | Masch Harbor Abacos
Denny, wind and sun
Marsh Harbor, The winter northern fronts are still rolling threw the aria on a weekly basis. When the wind comes from the West or North West most anchorages are exposed to the weather. this makes Marsh Harbor a little crowded. We are used to lots of anchor space so it is a little frustrating to see boats so close together. There are several boats here that have limited anchoring experience and it shows. Are new afternoon activity is to sit in the cockpit and watch as people come and go. If someone tries to anchor to close to someone else the international sign for your to close is displayed. This is to stand on the front of your boat with you hands on your hips with elbows out to the side. We call this showing you "Bitch Wings". If you get the Bitch Wing sign but think your ok then you hold your arms out to the side with there palms facing up and shrug there shoulders. This starts a "Stare off". At this point either the new boat moves or he anchors and ignores the other boat. The boat next to us is frustrated with at least 4 different boats around him and spends most of his day staring and each boat with bitch wings fully displayed. No one can understand what his problem is. We are all getting a laugh at his expense. Tonight the wind is supposed to blow and change direction to the north or north east. I hope no one hits our neighbors boat. I would hate to think he was right about his concerns. For now though I think I will have another beer and watch the anchorage dance.

New Friends

11 March 2017 | Manjack Cay, Abaco's Bahamas
Becky/81 high, 68 low, light wind
On our way into the town of Marsh Harbour, our neighbor next to us were sitting in their cockpit, so we went over to say "hi" and introduce ourselves. After a new minutes, we left and I told Denny how I like her bright orange shirt. We walked the town for about an hour, then a couple was coming towards us and she had a bright orange shirt. Denny started to make conversation with them and realized it wasn't our neighbor. They were nice enough, her name was Becky, so that's easy to remember. We left the next day for another anchorage and we just happened to anchor next to the couple we just met (Becky & Bob) s/v Our White Magic. We stopped by their boat to say "hi" and they invited us back for happy hour. As it turns out, they bought their boat at Shelter Bay, Panama. They also cruised San Blas and we know the same people. They asked us over for dinner the next night and had some long time friends of there's come also. We had a great time. Both couples own a 47' Catana Catamaran. Beautiful boats! The next night Dave & Donna invited us over for dinner. Another spacious boat. We sailed to another anchorage and I caught a small Pompano fish. I asked the two couples if they wanted to come over for dinner and have some fresh fish as an appetizer. They came and we all had a lot of fun!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Exercise

10 March 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abaco's Bahamas
Becky/75 degrees, light wind
While in the San Blas Islands, we would go weeks without getting off the boat. But what we did do every day was get in the water. Usually around noon we would snorkel and around cocktail hour we would get in again and float on a noodle. We probably spent at least 2 hours in the water every day. Here in the Abaco's we are not getting in the water every day and after 5 days on the boat we walked the town for a couple hours. I really could feel it in my hips and feet. The next day we did it again and my body wasn't as sore. This made me realize we really do need to do some exercise everyday. Guess on the day's we can't get off the boat I'm going to have to get out my mini-stair stepper.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Close Call

08 March 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abaco's Bahamas
Becky/79 degrees is the high, 58 low (more blankets)
Recently when we sailed an overnight trip from the Exuma's to the Abaco's we had a slight boat problem that could have been worse if we had been motoring. I was on watch in the middle of the night and Denny was having a hard time sleeping in the aft cabin, so he moved to the middle of the boat in the salon. While there he kept hearing a noise that didn't sound right. He realized it was the bilge pump that wasn't turning off. We have two pumps in the bilge, a smaller one for the little water that accumulates and a larger one for backup just in case we have a problem. What Denny was hearing was both pumps were on non-stop. This is never a good sign. He called me to hold the flash light and saw the bilge full of water. The large bilge pump was on but not doing any good. Denny figured it out pretty quickly. What happened was the large bilge pump clamp came loose the and the hose was dangling free bringing water from outside in. It took some time, but Denny reattached the hose and tightened the hose clamp. Both pumps emptied the water pretty quickly and we are good. Now if we weren't sailing and the motor was on, Denny wouldn't have heard the strange noise and we would have seen water come up the floor boards before realizing we had a problem. Guess the moral to the story is to check the hose clamps from time to time. I'm putting this on Denny's list.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Coooold

07 March 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abaco's Bahamas
Becky/65 degrees windy
Boating in the cold sucks! Not sure how we lived in Tacoma for two years on the boat. First time we have closed the boat up with no hatches or windows open. Also no fans on, which is giving all our fans a break. Looking forward to this cold front moving on.

After 5 days, we did manage to get off the boat. It was a little tricky lifting the dinghy off the bow in high winds. The boat next to us was watching us closely. Denny got it into the water and the motor on without any mishaps. We went over to our neighbor that was watching us and asked where the dinghy dock was, he told us and we got some good information about the place. We took a walk to the most important place first, the liquor store. It was stocked up well and they had a sale going on with local beer. Some of the Sands beer boxes got wet, so we bought a couple cases for $25.80 each, normally $43 and $65 in the Exuma's. What a bargain! Next was the grocery store. Wow, this was a normal grocery store with real groceries! Haven't seen this since Panama! Funny what gets me excited is to see fresh good looking romaine!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

I told Becky I would dress up like a Roman and be fresh with her if I knew it would get her excited!

All Smiles on Kokomo!

Denny

Denny Thoughts

06 March 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abaco's Bahamas
Denny/68 degrees windy
The wind has been strong for the past 4 days. The water is very choppy meaning using the dinghy to get to shore would be a wet ride. This means were stuck on the boat playing games. We were recently introduced to a game called Tri-Ominos (3 sided dominoes.) It is a thinkers game and I like those. Unfortunately Becky has picked up the game quicker than me. I am getting a good look at my ass as she has been handing it to me on a regular basis.

We also have time for boat projects and Becky is in charge of making a list of things for me to do. She has learned that I like to cross things off a list when they get done. Why did I let her know this? Lack of judgment on my part. The good news is we are getting a little stuff done that we were putting off.

Thanks Dave and Rachel for the game, Becky has been enjoying it. Smile.

All Smiles on Kokomo!

Denny

WEW

05 March 2017 | Marsh Harbor, Abaco's Bahamas
Becky/70 windy at over 20 knots contantly
YES, the freezer got fixed and all the food is fine. Denny is so good, he checked the freezer coolant and saw there was an error code. He looked it up and it had too much refrigerant, so he released some. There you have it! Success!

Still blowing hard, suppose to stop tomorrow. We ended up close to a guy who anchored after us. Instead of him moving, we pulled anchor and moved. The anchorage is very crowded and we are one of the last boats towards the end. We swing a lot and want lots of room, which we now have.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Oh No, Not Again

03 March 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abacos Bahamas
Becky/72 rainy and windy
The freezer stopped working! I have all the freezer food in the frig while Denny works on it. We have three more families coming, so I have 3 beef tenderloin roasts, pork loin roasts, many chicken breasts, fish and appetizers I have made ahead. Not to mention our precious ice!

Wednesday we left the Exuma's and had a nice 20 hour sail to the Abacos. Perfect wind and weather! Marsh Harbor has more marina's in it than the entire Exuma's. So this is a happening place! We wanted to be here by today because it is 25-30 knots of wind and rain starting today until Monday. Looks like indoor projects are in store for the weekend, starting with the freezer!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Life is Good with Denny

28 February 2017 | Nick's place Bahamas
Becky/78 degrees, sunny & beautiful
A couple times a year, Denny will smoke a cigar, usually with friends. He has one friend in particular that he likes to smoke with and drink port wine - Mike. Recently, Mike has switched to a pipe and last time Denny saw him he introduced him to pipe smoking with his friend pipe. Denny loved it and got himself a pipe and bought a friend pipe also. He has different tobacco flavors. Below is a short video of Denny enjoying his pipe.

We leave for the Abacos today, so no internet for awhile. We have never been to the Abacos and we have a few friends coming to visit us there so we need to go figure out some great places to take them!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky


Say Good-Bye to Good Friends

26 February 2017 | Nick's place Bahamas
Becky/getting warmer......
We spent the last week with our good friends from our CYCT Yacht club - Karen & Dan. This is the 3rd couple from the yacht club to visit us and more are welcome!

Below is a short video of their trip with us in the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas. As you will see, we had a blast!



Thanks again Karen and Dan for an enjoyable week!

Becky

Good-Bye Rachel and Dave

12 February 2017 | Nicks place Bahamas
What a great sail to Nick's place! Rachel thought it was a bit "sloshy" but it was down wind and that's what I like. Rachel and Dave took us out to dinner at the local restaurant down the street. It was delicious! After dinner we enjoyed the karaoke and sang and danced the night away!

What a great way to end a perfect week with this fun couple!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky
Vessel Name: Kokomo
Vessel Make/Model: Sabre 425
Hailing Port: Tacoma, Washington
Crew: Denny & Becky Flannigan
About:
After ten years of planning a trip around the world, we have given up our life on land to head to bluer pastures with the hopes of staying young as long as possible. Our mission is to have fun while moving about the earth. [...]
Extra: We have two boys in their 20's and several friends and family of all ages. Our hope is that those we know will decide to spend some time with us. Life is enjoyed most when you share it with those your closest to.
Home Page: http://www.kokomosailing.com/
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Who: Denny & Becky Flannigan
Port: Tacoma, Washington

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