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25 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
24 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
23 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
21 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
20 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
19 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
18 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
17 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
16 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
16 March 2017 | Booby's Marina, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
16 March 2017 | Booby's Marina, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
15 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
15 March 2017
15 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
15 March 2017

More Of The Cousteau Marine Park

25 March 2017
Without a doubt, this was the best diving spot we have come across in the Antilles. If you ever get a chance to come, be sure to stop at the Cousteau Marine Park in Guadeloupe.

More Of The Cousteau Marine Park

25 March 2017
We saw lots of colorful sponges and plenty of fish.

More Of The Cousteau Marine Park

25 March 2017
One last view of the Lionfish. He was very protective of his territory near this one coral bommie.

More Of The Cousteau Marine Park

25 March 2017
From this angle you can see his spins that run down his back.

More Of The Cousteau Marine Park

25 March 2017
THis is a bit blurry but you can see how puffed out his fins have become.

More Of The Cousteau Marine Park

25 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
Dave/Overcast
We are slowly getting ready to head off to St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands to visit our blog reader friend, Rick. Thus, they really it not much to write about right now. Instead, I thought I would continue with the posting of more pictures that I took when we were at the Cousteau Marine Reserve in Guadeloupe.

On one our our dives, we came across this Lionfish. Such fish have a deadly poison in their spines and it is best to let them have a wide berth. This one, as I approached, let me know that he was not too happy with my arrival as the closer I got, the more he opened up his fins and waved them around. I backed off quickly!

Year 10 Day 58 Making America Great Again

24 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
Dave/Overcast
Today, an historic even occurred in the US. The Republican controlled US House of Representatives, after 7 years of trying to kill ObamaCare, failed to do so by pulling their TrumpCare bill. They did not have to the votes to pass it, even in their own party! It was a catastrophic failure of the young Trump administration and of the House's speaker, Paul Ryan. After all, Trump was elected using as his major campaign theme of repealing and replacing ObamaCare. The bill they put forward was a horrible piece of proposed legislation as many Republican members of the House so stated to the press.

It is critical to a new presidential administration to have their first major piece of legislation pass and become law. To have its show case bill not only not become law but to be pulled before being voted on is virtually unheard of. It demonstrated that this administration is not respected by its own party and that Trump, who is proud of being a deal maker, is so out of his league when it comes to politics. In business, Trump was a deal maker, famous for being a hunter who would destroy anyone who went in his way. However, in politics, it takes a total different approach as you must convince people to go along with what you propose, even if they do not support what you are proposing. After all, the process of making law is divided between two branches of government (the legislative branch and the executive branch), each with equal power. Trump as president is not a CEO and does not have the power of a CEO. He is a president and only has the powers of a president. When that comes to making law, he must share the power of law making with members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Despite this graphic demonstration of what a weak president Trump is, one critical part of what he campaigned on is coming true and we are very thankful to Trump for making this happen. Throughout his campaign, he pledged to make "America Great Again". We received an email from one of Mary Margaret' sisters containing a list of things that are happening in the US that is making America great again and they are happening due to Trump and are happening all across the US. Many of the items on this list played a major role in the reason why Trump and Paul Ryan had to pull the TrumpCare bill. We understand that this list was floating around on Facebook so you may have seen it already. However, if you have not, here it is:

Subject: Trump IS making America great again
I can't believe I'm saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making America great again. Just look at the progress made since the election:
1. Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement.
2. Millions of Americans now know who their state and federal representatives are without having to google.
3. Millions of Americans are exercising more. They're holding signs and marching every week.
4. Alec Baldwin is great again. Everyone's forgotten he's kind of a jerk.
5. The Postal Service is enjoying the influx cash due to stamps purchased by millions of people for letter and postcard campaigns.
6. Likewise, the pharmaceutical industry is enjoying record growth in sales of anti-depressants.
7. Millions of Americans now know how to call their elected officials and know exactly what to say to be effective.
8. Footage of town hall meetings is now entertaining.
9. Tens of millions of people are now correctly spelling words like emoluments, narcissist, fascist, misogynist, holocaust and cognitive dissonance.
10. Everyone knows more about the rise of Hitler than they did last year.
11. Everyone knows more about legislation, branches of power and how checks and balances work.
12. Marginalized groups are experiencing a surge in white allies.
13. White people in record numbers have just learned that racism is not dead. (See #6)
14. White people in record numbers also finally understand that Obamacare IS the Affordable Care Act.
15. Stephen Colbert's "Late Night" finally gained the elusive #1 spot in late night talk shows, and Seth Meyers is finding his footing as today's Jon Stewart.
16. "Mike Pence" has donated millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood since Nov. 9th.
17. Trump has succeeded where thousands of history teachers failed - now everybody knows who Frederick Douglass was.
18. Melissa FREAKING McCarthy.
19. Travel ban protesters put $24 million into ACLU coffers in just 48 hours, enabling them to hire 200 more attorneys. Lawyers are now heroes.
20. As people seek veracity in their news sources, respected news outlets are happily reporting a substantial increase in subscriptions, a boon to a struggling industry vital to our democracy.
21. Live streaming court cases and congressional sessions are now as popular as the Kardashians.
22. Massive cleanup of facebook friend lists.
23. People are reading classic literature again. Sales of George Orwell's "1984" increased by 10,000% after the inauguration. (Yes, that is true. 10,000%. 9th grade Lit teachers all over the country are now rock stars.)
24. More than ever before, Americans are aware that education is important. Like, super important.
25. Now, more than anytime in history, everyone believes that anyone can be President. Seriously, anyone.


Year 10 Day 57 And The Party Is Over

23 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
Dave/Mostly Sunny

Tonight, the amazing run of our alma mater’s basketball team finally came to an end. After a very hard fought game, Michigan lost to Oregon 69 to 68. Watching the game was like watching two heavyweight boxers hammering it out. First one would threw a body blow and the other one would stagger a step, then the other one would threw a body blow and the first one would stagger a step. Neither one went down by more than 6 points and each time one would, it would come right back and go ahead a bit. It came down to a last shot by Michigan which clanked off the rim and the game was over. Sigh.

As it turns out, it was a black night all around as the alma mater of our second daughter and our son, University of Arizona, lost to Xavier, 73 to 71. Double sigh.

All was not dark today, however. My back is still healing but it is healed enough that we are now making plans to sailing over to St. Croix this coming Monday night. We have a blog reader friend, Rick, that has invited us to visit him in St. Croix. We love meeting people in different places that we sail to so we are excited about doing this. Since we will be staying in his guest house that is situated behind the main house, we will park the boat in Green Cay Marina while not on board. We also have reserved a car to explore the island.

From St. Croix, we will then sail over to St Thomas where we will pick up our friends, Portia and Steve, who will be with us for two weeks. We are thinking we would explore the Spanish Virgin Island and the US Virgin Islands with them. When they leave us, Joe and Valerie will fly in to St Thomas to spend 4 or 5 days with us and we sail back to Sint Maarten with them. Once there, we will re-provision as we prepared to sail across the North Atlantic on our way to Spain.

Since it was another sunny day, we decided to use the solar oven to roast a delicious prime rib roast. It was cooked to perfection and was the center piece of a wonder dinner. Just another day in paradise.

Year 10 Day 56 New Friends

21 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
Dave/ Sunny With Passing Showers
One of the many things we enjoy about cruising is meeting people wherever we sail to. Today was one of those days. We had decided to go ashore and walk along the boardwalk area of Philipsburg to find a restaurant to have lunch. Our marina is on the southeastern part of Great Bay and the town of Philipsburg stretches all along the shoreline of Great Bay. A beautiful white sand beach runs along the shore and behind the beach are lots of shops and plenty of restaurants. It is a very nice setting with the blue water lapping the beach, steel drums being played on the beach and shore birds flying overhead.

There were four massive cruise ships in today so the boardwalk was filled with tourists looking for duty-free bargains, slurping down the rum filled fruit drinks, and lying on beach chairs under the sun umbrellas on the beach.

We found a very nice restaurant tucked back a little bit from the beach and its menu looked great so we opted to eat there. After being seated, we started talking about the size of the cruise ships. Mary Margaret saw a couple sitting near us and thought they may be from one of the ships, so she thought to ask if they were and if they knew how many people would be on each of the ships. As it turns out, the couple was not from one of the ships but instead lived here for 5 weeks out of each year.

After chatting for a bit, Mary Margaret invited them to join our table and this is how we got to know Jane and Darby. They have a time share condo on Little Bay, which is the next bay to the north of us. They live in a rural area of Massachusetts, not far from that state’s capital, Springfield. They have been coming to Sint Maarten for 26 years, enjoying its great weather and scenic beauty during the bitter end of the cold Northeastern US winters. Pretty smart if you should ask me!

After enjoying our meals and conversation, Mary Margaret invited Jane and Darby to come over to Leu Cat to see how we live. They were intrigued about our rather unique lifestyle. Leu Cat was not too messy since I am in the process of winding down the various boat projects I had been working on. Like most people who come onto Leu Cat, they were surprised at the amount of room we have and the layout of the boat.

It was so nice to get to know Jane and Darby a bit as they are a very nice couple and have a wonderful way of expressing themselves. They certainly have a great lifestyle being able to spend 5 wonderful weeks each winter here in Sint Maarten. They love it because they have the added benefit of knowing the people at their condo since they all return to Sint Maarten during the same period each year. Thus, they get together with their Sint Maarten friends each night to share meals, play cards or do outings. How wonderful it that!

It was great to get to know Jane and Darby and we wish them many more wonderful winters here in Sint Maarten.
Vessel Name: Leu Cat
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 440
Hailing Port: Dana Point, CA
Crew: Mary Margaret and Dave Leu
About: Our goals are to spend the next 10 to 15 years cruising around the world and sharing this adventure with family and friends.
Extra: S/V Leu Cat is Lagoon 440 rigged for blue water sailing. It is 44 feet long with a 25 foot beam
Leu Cat's Photos - (Main)
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Created 27 February 2017
Wedding and Reception photos April 18, 2015, Yosemite, CA
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Created 30 April 2015
Here are some pics that I took while visiting w/ my parents in the Galapagos Islands
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Created 29 March 2010
Our Photos of this very magically place
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Created 21 September 2009
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Created 1 April 2009
A tour of St. Kitts that Mary Margaret and I did
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Created 7 May 2008
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Created 25 March 2008
Pictures of the sea life in the cut between Little Jost Van Dyke and Green Cay, BVI
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Created 17 March 2008
Here are a number of pictures of St. Maarten and the places we visited
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Created 21 January 2008
Photos of Nanny Cay
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Created 11 January 2008
Here what the idoit charter did to Leu Cat
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Created 9 January 2008
Join us as we explore the Spanish, American, and British Virgin Ilsands.
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Created 20 October 2007
To help get you ready to go sailing with us, we wish to introduce you to Leu Cat so you will know what to expect when you get here! Just click on the first photo and then use the "next" button to advance through this slide show.
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Created 19 October 2007
This is a collection of photos documenting our sail through the Windward Islands during May/June 2006 with our son, David Paul.
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Created 14 October 2007

Who: Mary Margaret and Dave Leu
Port: Dana Point, CA