Cruising with s/v “Dream Chaser”....and still chasing the dream....since 2004.

Sharing the love we have for this lifestyle with stories full of fun and adventure.

20 December 2016 | El Yunque Rainforest
20 December 2016
20 December 2016 | The massive walls of El Morro, Old San Juan
20 December 2016 | The view from El Morro looking west across the entrance to San Juan Bay
20 December 2016 | Old San Juan
20 December 2016 | Old San Juan
20 December 2016 | Old San Juan
11 December 2016 | Ram's Head, St. John, USVI
11 December 2016 | Ram's Head, St. John, USVI
11 December 2016 | Ram's Head, St. John, USVI
11 December 2016 | Drunken Bay, St. John, USVI
08 December 2016 | Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke, BVI
08 December 2016 | Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke, BVI
07 December 2016 | Little Jost, BVI
07 December 2016 | Little Jost, BVI
03 December 2016 | The Bight, Norman's Island, BVI
03 December 2016 | The Bight, Norman's Island, BVI
28 November 2016 | Great Harbor, Peter Island, BVI
25 November 2016 | St. Thomas

Mt. Britton

20 December 2016 | El Yunque Rainforest
On the last day of our 3 day get-away, we drove into the El Yunque Rainforest, a US National Park. On this particular day it was more cloudy than sunny (which was good because it was super humid without the sun) and our picture was taken, literally, in the clouds! This was at the top of Mt. Britton overlooking the El Yunque Rainforest and you can see in every direction for miles and miles. The Mt. Britton lookout tower is atop a small peak. The hike is all uphill, and about 45 minutes to the top at 3,088 feet!

The" Yellow House"

20 December 2016
The "Yellow House", built in 1930 with 11 bedrooms and 3 baths, is only 10 minutes from Old San Juan. It is a B & B of sorts, minus the breakfast part. This is where we stayed while we toured Old San Juan.

Castilo San Felipe del Morro, "El Morro"

20 December 2016 | The massive walls of El Morro, Old San Juan
The fort "El Morro" was built by Spain to protect San Juan Bay's safe, deep harbor from attack by sea. It was the first good harbor for sailing ships on their voyage to the New World after sailing on a two month voyage from Europe. El Morro began being built in the 1500's and over a period of 150-200 years, more levels were added on making it a six level fort. Spain controlled Puerto Rico from 1508 to 1898 and Puerto Rico was the first major island with water, shelter and supplies that sailing ships came to on their way to the Americas from Europe.

San Juan Bay

20 December 2016 | The view from El Morro looking west across the entrance to San Juan Bay
For tall ships, San Juan Bay was the only protected harbor for thousands of miles when heading westward from Europe to the New World.

Castillo San Cristobal

20 December 2016 | Old San Juan
Castillo San Cristobal was built over a period of 150 years to protect El Morro and the city of Old San Juan from land attack. Castillo San Cristobal is at the opposite end of Old San Juan, with its massive walls put together with coral, rocks and cement.
Vessel Name: Dream Chaser
Vessel Make/Model: 2014 Fontaine Pajot Helia 44 (FKA 1981 Bristol 45.5)
Hailing Port: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Crew: Shane, Sara & Lucia
About:
Shane was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1960. Shane learned to sail on Lake Okoboji, Iowa in 1973 aboard s/v "Cactus Queen", a Venture 222 made by McGregor and owned by his father. About the same time, he learned to scuba dive, and his fascination with all things aquatic began in earnest. [...]
Extra:
Ok, so here's the part you've all been waiting for. The reason why we are doing this! Both of us had been pursuing our careers for over 20 years and we do not have any children. Since we have not had to pay or save for those enormous expenses that sometimes children can bring, we have been [...]
Dream Chaser's Photos - Main
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Main seating area in salon.
Master head (bathroom) in starboard hull.
Shane
Master cabin settee
Navigation station in main salon.
Aft guest head (bathroom) one of two heads in the port hull.
Aft guest cabin (one of two) in the port hull.
The galley looks out to the back dining area through the sliding glass door and window.
Factory brochure picture of master stateroom looking aft.
Master stateroom looking aft.
This forward netting always stays on.  On long passages it allows waves to splash through it.
Upper lounging sun deck looking aft.  Great for cocktail hour or sunning!
Flying the spinnaker
Helm station with wind, speed and depth instruments.  The larger screen is a Garmin chart plotter.
Lounging on the mesh net cover.  We attach this cover on top of the netting and put it on to be used when just cruising around the islands.  It has 4 built in pillows for added comfort!
Top view of Dream Chaser with 6 solar panels (4 rear, 2 on portside) and the enclosed helm station (starboard helm station) for cold or rainy weather.
Outside dining area.
 
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Lucia was born on New Year's Day 2003. She was trained as a puppy on our third boat, a 1995 Catalina 32. To this day she is capable of being offshore for many days at a time. She is a great sailing dog and completes our crew of three.
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