Now we are the M/V HOPE

New boat Grand Banks 42 as of March 25 2014

13 August 2015
15 July 2015 | Rouses Point USA
09 July 2015 | Ottawa, Canada
04 July 2015 | Burritt’s Rapids-Rideau River 30 Mi West of Ottawa
30 June 2015
28 June 2015 | Kingston CANADA
28 June 2015 | Kingston CANADA
24 June 2015 | Oswego New York Lake Ontario
23 June 2015
21 June 2015 | Brewerton NY
19 June 2015 | Oswego Canal
19 June 2015
15 June 2015
12 June 2015 | Canajo, NY
11 June 2015 | Amsterdam Town Dock

West Palm Beach

13 May 2012
Left Vero Beach on Friday am (May 11th), flying the jib w/a 15-20knt breeze. Beautiful under sail, but the ICW became soooo narrow and serpentine that we rolled the sail in and took watches at the helm. We reached what is known as “The Crossroads”…St. Lucie Inlet, St Lucie River, and the beginning of the Okeechobee Waterway. As soon as we crossed the Inlet, you could not have convinced me I was not in the Caribbean!!...the water was crystal clear and blue!! We proceeded into Manatee Pocket, and stayed for 2-days at the Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club. “Corinthian” has historically been associated w/sailing…but we were the ONLY sailboat there! Club very friendly, spotless bathroom and shower, no laundry facilities and VERY quiet. Jim’s cousin Susan and Aunt Dot took us to dinner Friday night at FINZ…great seafood on the water!! Jim and I biked Sat am…went to Chapman’s School of Seamanship…but no one around. Caught in rain…and back to boat. Susan picked us up to do a few errands (you DO need a sunscreen over your Bimini/dodger here…so we got just what we needed in the garden section of Lowes)…and then on to tour. We visited Hobe Sound…it is a quiet county which keeps a low profile…and a great deal of the land is National Wildlife Refuge…all sorts of wildlife including wild hogs!! We visited Jupiter Island…the playground of the “rich and famous”…Tiger Woods, Celine Dion, etc, etc…beaches beautiful on the Atlantic side w/outcropping of limestone called “Blowing Rocks.”…the sea breaks against the rocks and sprays saltwater up to 50ft into the air. We proceeded to visit Jupiter Inlet…the wind over tide made for VERY rough comings and goings for boats!! The lighthouse was built in 1850; and, once completed the lens was stolen…supposedly Confederate raiders hid the Fresnel lens as an attempt to confuse blockading Union ships! At the end of the Civil War, the lighthouse keeper conveniently found the lens, buried in Jupiter Creek!
We left Port Salerno Sun am (May 13th) and headed via the ICW to Palm Beach. Along the ICW, south of Indiantown Road Bridge, the ICW extends into a collection of natural-looking canals and oxbows. “Admiral’s Cove” is a gated community which boasts private luxury waterfront homes, with such residents as Tom Cruise!!
This whole section of the ICW…from Port Salerno to Palm Beach…has 7-bridges (3 open on request and 4 are restricted)…what an arduous job coming thru that section!! Some of the bridge opening times we just couldn’t make…and had to try and hold our course in current for 20minutes!! Also, Jim and I both became keenly aware of the different “manners” of boaters south of Vero Beach…there is NO slowing down for a sailboat to avoid a wake!! It is VERY difficult to hold course in the very narrow sections of the ICW when boaters are creating wakes!!
Arrived and anchored in Palm Beach…south of Peanut Island. As soon as we turned to starboard toward Peanut Island, I felt like I was at the Newport Jazz Festival!! What a combination of boaters anchored/rafted to party!! Tiny Peanut Island, a dredge island in the middle of the waterway, found itself at the center of the Cuban Missile Crisis!! Before the crisis, the island was created w/dredging spoils and housed a small CG station. In 1961, the US Navy Seabees arrived to covertly build an underground emergency fallout shelter for President Kennedy and his family. The site was so secret, many of his closest advisers didn’t even know of its’ existence. During the Missile Crisis, the President and his family could be quickly moved from their nearby vacation home in the event of a nuclear catastrophe!!
We plan to pull up anchor in the early am…as we need to be in Ft Lauderdale by Wed (one of the few timelines we have!!). We are unsure whether we will go out the West Palm Inlet to the ocean, back in at Ft Lauderdale…or go thru the excruciatingly painful opening of 28 bridges thru the ICW down to Ft Lauderdale!!!!! Weather will be the determining factor…stay tuned….
Vessel Name: HOPE
Vessel Make/Model: Grand Banks 42
Hailing Port: East Greenwich, RI
Crew: Jim & Dede McGuire
Jim is currently retired from Rhode Island College where he was a professor of Adult Vocational Education and Management. Dede is currently back into nursing after many years in upper level health care administration. [...]
Extra: This blog shifted "gears" April 4th 2014 from wind power to motor power and "GEARS"! We still adventuring and are setting off soon for a Down East Loop up the Hudson, NY canal system, St Lawrence Seaway down Lake Champlain and back to RI
HOPE's Photos - Main
Pictures of the new girl in the family
5 Photos
Created 14 March 2015
Our BMW drive to Lady Lady for a Fall cruise?!
56 Photos
Created 15 November 2012
This is a set of photos of our trip through Florida April 2012
1 Photo | 7 Sub-Albums
Created 25 April 2012

Hope's Crew

Who: Jim & Dede McGuire
Port: East Greenwich, RI