The First Mate's Journal

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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson
05 November 2009 | Deltaville, VA
16 October 2009 | Deltaville, VA
26 May 2009 | Deltaville
25 May 2009 | Deltaville
24 May 2009 | Fishing Bay (N37*32.418 W76*20.203) to Deltaville
23 May 2009 | Great Bridge VA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508) to Fishing Bay VA (N37*32.418 W76*20.203)
22 May 2009 | Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520) to Great BridgeVA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508)
21 May 2009 | The Alligator River Bridge, NC (N35*53.847 W76*02.024) to Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520)
20 May 2009 | Alligator River Bridge, NC
19 May 2009 | Alligator River Swing Bridge, NC
17 May 2009 | The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557) to Alligator Swing Bridge, NC (N35*53.874 W76*02.024)
16 May 2009 | Eastham Creek Anchorage NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514) to The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557)
15 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort NC (N34*43.519 W76*39.898) to Eastham Creek, NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514)
14 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
13 May 2009 | Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831) to Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
12 May 2009 | Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5 to Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831)
11 May 2009 | Wrightsville Beach NC (N34*12.441 W77*47.965) SM#283.2 to Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5
10 May 2009 | Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)SM330 to Wrightsville Beach Anchorage (N34*12.447 W77*47.953)
09 May 2009 | Bull Creek, SC (N33 36.667 W79 06.228) to Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)

Moving Day but not the right move

12 February 2009 | Miami, Fl
84 and sunny
Thursday, February 12, 2009

Needless to say we're still in Miami. We still need to get water & fuel, plot where we're going, etc... We got up this morning and over coffee started going over the charts and our options. There was a little friction since I tend to question things - sometimes it seems - a bit too much... During our discussions a motor yacht - Dolphin Moon - decided to zoom, zoom us from 15 feet away, kicking up a 4 foot wave, then came back a few more times for good measure a little closer and faster with larger wakes. A few things went flying below and I was just glad that my water filtration container didn't break as it went flying off the galley counter. I got on the radio and hailed him - thanking him for the consideration. I'm sure the property owners appreciated it too with all the salt water coming up over the seawall to water their grass and sending their skidoos bobbing into the wall. It looks like a lot of the mega yachts are filming their wakes for some reason - probably a selling point at the Miami Boat Show!

We decided to move to the east end of the Venetian Causeway, so after finishing coffee we re-anchored near Spirit and Last Boat. They spotted us coming in, dinghied over as the welcoming committee, and filled us in on where to get water, where the Publix is, hardware, etc., etc., etc... They were given a pink slip by the police and told they can only anchor 7 days total in the Miami Proper area so we were waiting for that welcoming committee only it never came. We dinghied over to the Police Station (we're anchored in front of it) to ask about anchoring and where we could get copies at, only nobody was there. Lunch time and water patrol would probably be two good reasons why nobody was there - so we walked to the Publix (yes I got 2 more Cubans- love that crusty bread), then we went to the gas station to get transmission fluid, and Office Depot to make copies of our boat documentation for Customs at Bimini. It was interesting wandering around Miami. Most of the people we heard talking, were speaking Spanish and the people that we spoke to had accents. I almost felt like we were in a foreign country already - but we're in Florida.

After we got back to the boat Wayne scrubbed the waterline of the boat & Marie and Chris (Spirit) came by to invite us over to the boat for dinner with Ondra and Nelson (Last Boat). We had a very nice time. Marie made a wonderful dinner of Lasagna with a mild sausage, salad, and cheesecake and I found out that Marie and Ondra were also teachers at one time! After dinner we went over some of Chris's Bahama Charts. He had a full set of the large ones that were really terrific! They're heading down to the Keys before heading to the Exumas so maybe we'll see them down there. Last Boat is heading for Cape Coral to visit with family - seems we both have brothers there! It'd be funny if they knew each other!

It was a most enjoyable anchorage and evening - tomorrow would be a good weather window to head out but we're not ready yet. Laura emailed us about Friday the 13th and 2 Abens heading into the Bermuda Triangle - did we want to do that - LOL annnnd she's probably right - good thing we're not leaving tomorrow! Saturday and Sunday are looking good so, if we can take care of everything tomorrow, and the weather holds, it looks like Saturday will be our departure day.
Vessel Name: Kolibrie
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Jackson
Crew: Wayne & Pat
About: Back in Michigan for Hurricane Season 2009...
Extra: Our boat is a Bayfield 36. Not the fastest little thing, but a nice little cruiser that we like to call home.
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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson