Mandolin-at-Large

Vessel Name: Mandolin
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield
Hailing Port: Rock Creek, MD
Crew: Tod and Anne Herrick
About: Retired from human service occupations now living a human exisistance!
15 February 2018 | Lower Keys
14 February 2018 | Off Boynton Beach
13 February 2018 | West Palm Beach
11 February 2018 | Vero Beach
06 February 2018 | Vero Beach
31 January 2018 | Cocoa
31 January 2018 | Cocoa
27 January 2018 | Titusville
27 January 2018 | Daytona Beach
05 January 2018 | Daytona Beach
03 January 2018 | St. Augustine
01 January 2018 | St. Augustine
30 December 2017 | St. Augustine
28 December 2017 | St. Augustine
23 December 2017 | St. Augustine
22 December 2017 | St. Augustine
20 December 2017 | Amelia River
19 December 2017 | Cumberland Island National Seashore Park
16 December 2017 | Fernandino Beach
Recent Blog Posts
15 February 2018 | Lower Keys

Welcome to the Keys!

We left Lake Worth at 7:30a thinking we were only going to Fort Lauderdale. The admiral didn't like the waves and seas we had yesterday so she was reluctant to put in a long day again. I can't say I blame her. However, today's conditions were delightful! She put off the task of seeking a marina for the [...]

14 February 2018 | Off Boynton Beach

The Lazy Fisherman

We woke early and got underway from our pleasant Anchorage in Lake Worth around 7:30 to catch slack current in the inlet. It was a bit bumpy with the east winds but not terrible. Once out we set sail and motor sailed under full sail and mild winds for about 3 hours. Our original destination was Fort [...]

13 February 2018 | West Palm Beach

Moving south

After pulling ourselves away from Velcro Beach we traveled south along the waterway to Ft. Pierce. We had our friend aboard as extra crew as needed but more as pleasant company. We enjoyed Vero Beach and will likely be back. We had a good time walking to the beach and getting caught by the security guard [...]

11 February 2018 | Vero Beach

Shorts, sandals, and sunny skies

We have been enjoying our stay at "Velcro Beach" and understand why people have named it thus. Life is pleasant here and you have access to the town via the free bus. It's not a fast way to get around but it is convenient!

06 February 2018 | Vero Beach

Velcro Beach

Here we are at Vero Beach, nicknamed Velcro Beach because it's so nice that once you arrive you never want to leave. There's a lot of Truth to that. We are 3/4 mile from the beach, an easy walk or you can take the free bus. The bus system is free so it's easy to get around. They have a unique mooring [...]

31 January 2018 | Cocoa

It's a bird, Its a plane, Its...

Pretty cool! Just viewed the Space X launch from the cockpit of Mandolin. The sun glinted off the rocket and the rocket's engine flame was crazy bright! It was neat as it passed through the clouds, vapor trail and all. Then you heard the roar of the blast.

Welcome to the Keys!

15 February 2018 | Lower Keys
Tod / Sunny
We left Lake Worth at 7:30a thinking we were only going to Fort Lauderdale. The admiral didn't like the waves and seas we had yesterday so she was reluctant to put in a long day again. I can't say I blame her. However, today's conditions were delightful! She put off the task of seeking a marina for the night as she was clearly regretting her stance. She then said she thought we should go further. Well, we couldn't make Miami by nightfall and I wasn't going into an unknown inlet after dark. Well then, why not still through the night and go to the Keys? We couldn't come up with a coherent reason so we said, "let's do it!"

It turned out that we had a wonderful sail with winds off our beam until the winds abated later that afternoon. We got to Ft. Lauderdale in the late afternoon which was a busy port. Ships were coming and going. One was spinning in a circle outside the harbor, I kid you not!

We reached Miami just at dusk. Miami looked beautiful all lit up with an orange sky. There was lots of ship and boat traffic too. It was confusing and frustrating to try to figure it out but we managed to avoid getting run down.

We then headed for Hawk Channel, the channel that allows deeper draft boats to sail to the Keys. It goes along a coral reef and is pretty well marked except some marks are not lit! We managed to negotiate it pretty well except some confusion around a red mark whose light was extinguished and some confusing cross channel marks. We ended up nearly T-boning that dark red mark, passing it on the wrong side in the darkness. We didn't strike a coral head or run aground so all is well. Our friend Steve, who was helping out said after that experience to not expect him to help at the helm at night in a small channel. I felt the same way!

We pulled behind Rodriguez Key at 6am ready to drop the hook at bit or bunks. Oh, and the person who suggested the night sail? She went to bed last evening and slept through it all. There is something not quite fair about it all. Even considering the fact she got a little sea sick didn't make it any more fair.

We are in the Keys and the weather is fabulous! The color of the ocean is beautiful too.

The Lazy Fisherman

14 February 2018 | Off Boynton Beach
Tod / sunny and beautiful
We woke early and got underway from our pleasant Anchorage in Lake Worth around 7:30 to catch slack current in the inlet. It was a bit bumpy with the east winds but not terrible. Once out we set sail and motor sailed under full sail and mild winds for about 3 hours. Our original destination was Fort Lauderdale but the admiral liked the conditions in the ocean so much she said why not pass Miami and continue to the Keys through the night. Weather is predicted to be benign so Hawk Channel here we come!

Winds freshened and veered more east so the motor is off and it is a delightful sail! The sun is out, a nice breeze and Steve is fishing for supper.

More too come!

Moving south

13 February 2018 | West Palm Beach
Tod / Clear
After pulling ourselves away from Velcro Beach we traveled south along the waterway to Ft. Pierce. We had our friend aboard as extra crew as needed but more as pleasant company. We enjoyed Vero Beach and will likely be back. We had a good time walking to the beach and getting caught by the security guard as we trespassed through a private property trying to get to the beach. We would have made it if the gate wasn't locked!

We found a neat Anchorage along the causeway island and had a very pleasant night. Dolphin were out and the pelicans were their usual silly selves.

We pulled up our anchor at 7:45a to make the trek down the ocean to Lake Worth Inlet, some 48 miles. The winds were light at first, out of the southeast. They gradually built to 12k out of the east in the afternoon and we set the Yankee to take advantage. We bashed through 4-5' waves heading south. The sun was mostly out.

We arrived in Lake Worth and found a tight Anchorage off the inlet. Anne made a fabulous dinner and we ate it up!

Tomorrow we head for Ft. Lauderdale and stiltzville before heading to the keys!

Shorts, sandals, and sunny skies

11 February 2018 | Vero Beach
Tod / clear and warm
We have been enjoying our stay at "Velcro Beach" and understand why people have named it thus. Life is pleasant here and you have access to the town via the free bus. It's not a fast way to get around but it is convenient!

Some of you may remember Marc Lienard of Champagne from Glenmar. He and his wife moved down here and have a lovely home here. Marc helped us do some major shopping as we provisioned for the next stage of our adventure and made us a very nice dinner. It's nice to have friends in all the nice places!

We had a lovely visit with Anne's cousin who snowbird to Vero Beach from Nova Scotia. They took us to their comfortable and lovely home and we shared a great fish chowder, wine and plenty of stories. It was a great time and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We also got to sleep in a real bed, an added plus!

Our friend, Steve, arrived to crew with us and help us on the off-shore portion of our adventure. We dinghied down the creek to Jaycees Park where we had access to the ocean Beach. This is a very pretty Park with a great Sandy Beach and picnic areas as well as a boardwalk. We speed our feet in the warm waters of the Atlantic and marveled at the crashing surf.

Back on the boat with Steve settling in we relaxed with beer and wine for story telling and catching up. Steve brought crabs that he had caught on Florida's West coast and we had a nice crab feast with a salad made by Anne. A pleasant evening was enjoyed by all!

We then hit the bunks for some shut eye. There are thunderstorms predicted for Sunday so we will stay put another day. Besides, the winds are strong out of the SE which is the direction we will be headed...

Somehow we will find something to do in Velcro Beach!

Velcro Beach

06 February 2018 | Vero Beach
Tod / sunny and warm
Here we are at Vero Beach, nicknamed Velcro Beach because it's so nice that once you arrive you never want to leave. There's a lot of Truth to that. We are 3/4 mile from the beach, an easy walk or you can take the free bus. The bus system is free so it's easy to get around. They have a unique mooring plan where they raft up to 3 boats to a mooring. The nice thing about that is it becomes a nice social environment where you are not isolated on a ball. There is WiFi that mostly extends throughout the mooring field but that is a work in progress.

Our mooring buddy is a very nice couple from New York City, complete with the accents. The wife makes a great Irish soda bread which they promptly shared with us. They have a car and we are going up to Cocoa Beach to see today's launch of Falcon Heavy. It's perfect weather for that and the space center is sold out of tickets. 100k people are expected to view in the area. We are really pumped for that.

On Thursday, the cruisers have a pot luck to meet everyone and there are lots of special restaurant deals around.

We've met people we know from the boat show, St. Augustine, and even a Glenmar Member down here.

Life is good.

It's a bird, Its a plane, Its...

31 January 2018 | Cocoa
Tod / sunny
Pretty cool! Just viewed the Space X launch from the cockpit of Mandolin. The sun glinted off the rocket and the rocket's engine flame was crazy bright! It was neat as it passed through the clouds, vapor trail and all. Then you heard the roar of the blast.

On Feb 6 Space X plans to lift off Falcon Heavy for the first time. It looks a bit like the tanks of the shuttle as it lifts off. The tanks and stages then land upright back on Earth. The payload is one of Elon Musk's personal Tesla's. We will be in Vero then but we can rent a car to get closer!

Pretty cool stuff. Brings back memories of when NASA was sending rocket's of to the moon.

Tod
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