s/v KOKOMO - Denny & Becky

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

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
04 February 2017 | Staniel Cay, Bahamas
03 February 2017 | Staniel Cay, Bahamas
31 January 2017 | Staniel Cay, Bahamas
25 January 2017 | New Providence Island, Bahamas
24 January 2017 | Nicks place Bahamas
22 January 2017 | New Providence Island, Bahamas
21 January 2017 | Nassau, Bahamas
19 January 2017 | Passing North Cat Cays, North Atlantic Ocean
18 January 2017 | Key West, Florida
16 January 2017 | Punta Gorda, Florida
14 January 2017 | Punt Gorda, Florida
07 January 2017 | Punts Gorda, Florida
04 January 2017 | El Paso, Texas
20 December 2016 | Tacoma, Washington

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

Lounge Wear

11 February 2017 | Norman Cays, Bahamas
Becky/70 degrees
It was very cold and windy all day. We all put on some lounge wear and read books, played games and watched two James Bond movies. The first James Bond movie was "Thunderball". We saw in the movie where we snorkeled the day before in the caves, pretty cool!

In the morning we set sail for Nick's place where we will stay the night, then Rachel and Dave leave in the morning.

We have really enjoyed their company, very easy going and helpful! You will be missed!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Beccky

Plane Wreck

10 February 2017 | Norman Cays, Bahamas
Becky/77 degrees
Here at Norman Cays is a plane wreck that we snorkeled at slack tide. The tide was very low and part of the plane was out of the water. Afterwards we walked to where there were pools that were warm as a hot tub. It felt wonderful!

The big winds came around 3 am and it should be windy all day, gusts up to 30 knots. We will stay put for today.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

New Favorite Wine

09 February 2017 | Warderick Wells, Bahamas
Becky/77 degrees
We have been enjoying the snorkeling in Warderick Wells Park. We saw a sunken powerboat, rays, many reef fish and a lion fish. The water is so clear, it is easy to see these beautiful fish, but it sure isn't 86 degrees! It did feel good to get into the water after we went on an over hour long walk. We walked up to the top of Boo Boo hill where there is a memorial of driftwood cruisers have put their name on. It is so beautiful, you can see 360 degrees for miles of aqua blue water!

The Legend of Boo Boo Hill goes like this:

On a wild stormy day many years ago a luckless schooner sank off Warderick Wells. All souls perished in the disaster. Not a single body was recovered for a Christian burial. Local people say that if you climb to the crest of the hill at the bloom of the full moon, you can hear the voices of the lost souls singing hymns. Either by the light of the sun or the glow of the moon, this trail shares with you some of the enchantment of The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.

It's not quite a full moon, so we brought out the guitar and Dave played and sang some Greatful Dead songs to the spirits.

Rachel and Dave belong to over 15 wine clubs and they brought to share one of their favorite white wine - Lachini chardonnay . It was delicious!

After two days in the park, we are headed to Norman Cays where we are going to tuck in for some big wind that is coming at midnight and into tomorrow. Over 30 knots of wind!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Thunderball

07 February 2017 | Cambridge Cay, Bahamas
Denny/78 degrees, cloudy
In the morning we hit low tide and went over to the Thunderball Cave. There were many other people thinking the same thing. Two young guys climbed the top from the outside and jumped down the hole into the cave. Pretty daring! The cave is so cool! Many friendly fishes greeting you as you enter the cave.

Later we had a nice down wind sail to Cambridge Cay where we anchored for the night.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Super Bown in the Bahamas

06 February 2017 | Staniel Cay, Bahamas
Denny/78 degrees, cloudy
We met Rachel and Dave yesterday morning. Some little bug told them it was our 34th anniversary. They brought us some very fancy champagne - Veuve Clicquot. It was delicious!

They really enjoyed watching the pigs eat and swim. There are 6 very large ones and about 5 little ones. They are very happy pigs, enjoying relaxing and sleeping in the sand, then jumping up when they hear a boat come to the beach.

We went into Staniel Cay Yacht Club for dinner and to watch the super bowl. Great game!

Lie is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Bahama Gringo Tax

04 February 2017 | Staniel Cay, Bahamas
Denny/78 degrees, cloudy
If you have ever spent time traveling in Mexico or Central America you know that part of the experience is the Gringo tax (the extra amount of money we gringo's pay for products or service because we are out of our comfort zone). While the language is English in the Bahamas, it became very clear that there is a gringo tax for visitors to this islands.

Becky and I went to the store at Staniel Cays and bought some fruit and veggies, about one bag full. When the lady was ringing things up, she would put an item on the scale. The scale was old and worked with weights. She never adjusted the scale, just looked at it to see if the item was more or less than the set weight. Then she would right down a number (ie. 3 oranges $8.10). Most items she just looked at and decided what to charge. In the end the bill was $68.75. We only brought $50 with us so we asked if she would tell us the cost of things so we give some stuff back and reduce the price. I asked how much for the melon as I saw her put $6 down when she was looking at it. She said she could take $10 off the bill and all would be ok. I thanked her but said we still were short $9. We started taking stuff out of the bag and asking how much things cost. She said she didn't want to figure out what she charged us and that $50 was enough for all our food. She thanked us for shopping with her very politely and sent us on our way. It became very clear she had made up all the costs of things as we were ringing them up and she didn't remember the amounts for a particular item. It was easier for her to just let it go. We know she still made a profit as the food would be $15 in the states.

We don't mind paying a gringo tax as that's the fun of traveling. I guess the lesson learned was to ask how much each item is before it is put in the bag. Or just bring more money to the store next time. We enjoyed our shopping experience and think the store lady was kind to us as we were so easy going and willing to work with her about our dilemma.

Always pay the gringo tax with a smile.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Denny

WOW

03 February 2017 | Staniel Cay, Bahamas
Becky
We went into town looking to buy some fruit, veggies and local beer. Of course the supply boat doesn't come in for a couple days so the fruit and veggies were gone. So we priced out the beer. In Panama a case of beer is $11, the US $24, Bahamas 3 years ago $50, but today $65! Guest we are still getting use to higher prices out of Central America!

Life is good on Kokomo

Becky

Enjoying the Bahamas

31 January 2017 | Staniel Cay, Bahamas
Becky
We had a nice sail to Staniel Cay. We are looking forward to meeting Rachel and Dave here on Sunday and show them around. The weather here has been nice but for me a little cold (in the 70's).

A few more projects to do, then we will be ready for our guests.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

No Big Deal

25 January 2017 | New Providence Island, Bahamas
Becky/86 degrees, clear blue skies
The gale force winds last Monday was no big deal. The strongest Denny saw was 53 knots, but for at least 3 hours it was 30-40. We bounced around some, but it wasn't bad. Gad we were tucked away.

We are doing wood work, stripping the toe rail, ladder and the cockpit table for the next few days. Probably leave here on Saturday for Stanley Cays.

This morning we wanted to make water, so Denny worked on the generator for a couple hours to get it running. Once that was fixed he started up the watermaker and noticed water all over the v-berth. So he tore apart the v-berth looking for the water leak, it turned out to be the watermaker and got that patched up. Also this morning after a couple of hours of sanding, my palm sander I've had for over 20 years fell apart in my hands, really all kinds of parts flew everywhere and I was left with a little machine and a cord. Guess we will have to sand the hard way, with elbow grease!

Life is good on Kokomo

Becky

Little Me

24 January 2017 | Nicks place Bahamas
Denny, wind and sun
On a unrelated to sailing subject I want to express how much this picture has meant to me. I lay on the floor in this position all the time and it's clear, my son must also as here is my grandson or (Little me) doing the same thing. it just so cool.

Denny

Storm's A Brewin'

22 January 2017 | New Providence Island, Bahamas
Becky/86 degrees, clear blue skies
We are tied up at Nick's place on New Providence Island. This is our third visit here and it is a nice safe place to be for big wind that's coming. We are the third boat out. Nick has 6 boats tied up to his property.

35-40 knot winds are expected on Monday. Below is a short video of Passage Weather. This is what Denny looks at before we head out to make sure the weather is ok.



Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

FYI:
New Providence Island, principal island of The Bahamas, West Indies. It is located between Andros Island (west) and Eleuthera Island (east). The island has a length of 21 miles (34 km) and a width of 7 miles (11 km) and is mostly flat, with swamps and several shallow lakes. Nassau is the island’s chief city and also the capital of The Bahamas.

Bay Street Marina

21 January 2017 | Nassau, Bahamas
Becky
After 3 nights and 4 days, we arrived at Nassau at 4 pm. We got a slip at Bay Street Marina and they called the officials for us to check into the Bahamas. This is the time and day to do it as it was 4:45 pm on a Friday when they arrived. There were two of them and it took them 6 minutes to collect our $300, stamp our passports and leave. The one official did hit his head twice, once coming and once leaving. You would think by now they would figure that out.

Denny took me to dinner, which is rare for us and afterwards we relaxed back on the boat with a movie. What's also rare is staying in a marina. At $150 a night, you can see why we don't do this but maybe a couple times year. We got a good nights rest and are off to Coral Harbor, about 25 miles away.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Gulf Stream

19 January 2017 | Passing North Cat Cays, North Atlantic Ocean
Becky
Pretty flat clam out here, motoring the entire way. But the gulf stream is helping us out by pushing us pretty fast. Most of the night we were averaging over 8 knots. Very nice going with it for a change, although what little wind there is, it is on the nose. One more over night and we will be there - yeah!

We are having trouble finding a clear frequency to send a blog. Denny has cleaned the wires thinking that was the problem, but that's not the case. We will keep trying, but our emails and blogs won't be current.

Clear blue sky's, I'm wearing shorts and a spaghetti strap top, sun feels good. Yes, I have put on 70 sun protection! Last time I saw the dermatologist, he said to stay out of the sun and proceeded to zap me all over. Not fun!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Key West Regata

18 January 2017 | Key West, Florida
Becky
We left Punta Gorda at 9 am and arrived in Key West for fuel at 1 pm this afternoon. Light wind on our nose had us motor all the way. A short stop and we are on our way. This week is the Key West Regata of 160 sailboats. We learned on the VHF radio they have 3-4 races each day until Friday. It was really beautiful to see over 100 boats coming at you with all different colored spinnakers. Brought back some good memories racing Kokomo! :)

Expect another light wind and motor night to the Bahamas.

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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