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Scott Trefethen
05/21/2009, Beaufort, SC

What could be better than being young, on a sailboat and having lots of other kids to play with. David, my nephew really enjoyed his time aboard.

Chris Mckeels 1st time on Omarsea
Scott Trefethen
05/21/2009, Beaufort, SC

We were blessed to have my sister Chris and her boys David and Alex come for an over night visit. Chris, a home educator is an active part in a growing home school group in Aiken, SC. It was fun to see her unwind and settle into the cruising mode so easily as the boys explored what it was like to live aboard the Omarsea. Guests aboard the Omarsea seem to slip into island time after a meal and some good conversation. I especially liked Chris's comment " I can see why you like living aboard. It is so restful". We will do our best to show future guests as peaceful a time as the Mckeels had. Right now though the wind is howling at 35kts and it is raw and cold outside. That's the real trick isn't it? Let people see the good side and do a good job of managing things when the weather turns to pea soup.

Cousins Ahoy
Scott Trefethen
05/21/2009, Beaufort

As we were preparing to leave St Augustine I called my sister Chris Mckeel and we made arrangements for her and her two boys David and Alex to come visit us in Beaufort, SC. The boys have never been aboard a large sailboat and were very excited to see their cousins and the Omarsea. As timing proved good we were able to celebrate Stevie's 9th birthday with not only the Mckeels but also my Mom and Uncle Hal Richardson. The day was great and though we were unable to do any sailing the kids enjoyed numerous rides in the dinghy, sleeping on the boat in a tent on deck with Stevie and a trip to the fuel dock the next morning to drop everyone off for their ride home. We were forced to leave Beaufort early due to a weather system coming in from the west. A good thing we departed on Saturday. The winds were fair all the way to the mouth of the Cape Fear river in North Carolina where the storm caught up with us. Anchored in the canal behind Carolina beach we experienced 60-80 mile per hour winds that ripped the bimini top off the cockpit and caused our anchor to drag repeatedly. We were in protected waters here on the canal and I can only imagine what it was like for anyone caught offshore in such weather. A fine how do you do from my old home state of North Carolina!

Doing the Ditch/ICW
Scott Trefethen
05/08/2009, Beaufort, SC

People on other boats often wonder why we travel offshore as opposed to the Intercoastal Waterway? The answer is really quite simple. The Omarsea's mast at 65' makes it very difficult for us to travel the Inter-coastal Waterway or ICW. Fixed bridges are set at 65' mean tide and often with a full moon the so called low tides are still not low enough to let us pass. Beaufort, SC was an interesting challenge for us. As the Boys and I came up the Beaufort river we timed our bridge passage for dead low tide and even then nearly touched the bridge. Beaufort has an 8' tidal range and strong currents. My Uncle Hal gave me tide tables for the month of May when we reached Beaufort. After consulting these we realized that due to the phase of the moon (Full) we would not have a window to get back underneath the fixed bridge on the river for another two weeks. That left us considering the ICW to the North as our only means of passage. Fortunately for the Omarsea and her crew there is only a single bridge between downtown Beaufort and the ocean. This is what mariners call a swing bridge. It pivots or swings open from the center column. As we were coming through on a Saturday the bridge tender opened especially for our transit. Once through we were free to continue our travels North. Our experience in Ft Myers when we were trapped by a bridge for three weeks due to lunar phase and wind blown tides has made us highly attuned to these man made obstacles.

Ole Ben Gun
Scott Trefethen
05/06/2009, St Augustine

As we have traveled to various ports we try and seek out historical places we can take the kids for field trips. St Augustine is a great place for taking walks between the Old Spanish and English buildings down by the waterfront. Ben is seen here by an old mortar on the Castillo de San Marco. The fort has seen Spanish, British and American conflicts over the years and the park service does an excellent job of keeping it in good condition. There are numerous volunteer groups that come and fire the cannon for the tourists. The kids had the chance to watch closely the priming and firing of eighteenth century cannon. Ben is confident he could load and fire the gun if given the opportunity. This summer we are planning to spend a day in Gettysburg PA watching the reenactment of Pickets charge of Civil war acclaim. These hands on activities have proven to be an excellent way to anchor the lessons we do in home school history.

Pie for Cake?
Scott Trefethen
05/05/2009, OffShore

Stevie has a pumpkin pie for his offshore birthday thanks to his mom.

Pizza Anyone
Scott Trefethen
05/04/2009, St Augustine

As Jean and I were walking down King George St a Hawker shouted over to us about pizza. I was starving so we stopped in for a bite. This place is impossible to find from St George without the hawkers help as the front door takes you through the kitchen down a long dark hall to the back of the building where we discovered an open air veranda with live music and good service. For those unfamiliar with the term hawker, it is a person who stands on the street corner and shouts about the wares of whatever shop owner pays them that day. We first ran across them down in St Thomas years ago off back street where most people would not think to shop. They usually know where all the best deals are to be found so if you see one ask them about the item you are seeking.
Julianna like her brothers is a delight to take out for dinner. She specially enjoys people watching.

St Augustine at last
Scott Trefethen

We took quite a beating by a passing storm fron just after catching the dolphin. At one point the autopilot was not holding and I put the wheel over and hove too for a couple hours sleep. The seas died down and we got back on course but the Gulf stream had carried us so far North it seemed to make better sense going to St Augustine rather than Cape Canaveral. We came in last Thursday and anchored just off the oldest fort in America. The Castillo de SAn Miguel built in 1565. They fire cannon at us 5 times a day and the kids are thrilled to be here in port.

Can you say Sushi?
Scott Trefethen
04/27/2009, 50 miles Off Plam Beach, FL

Just when we though the day could not get better we hooked this monster Dolphin. She was about 17 lbs and what a fight. After our third and final fishing reel broke fighting a bonita the day before I hooked this beautiful fish on a lure attached to our hand line. It was amazing to see the fish come up to the boat a bright neon blue color and then watch as it changed bright yellow and green in the cockpit. We are chowing down on Mahi Mahi steaks now!

I feel the need for speed!
Scott Trefethen
04/27/2009, Offshore Florida East coast

I know this is a bad pic but you try shooting an lcd screen on a wildly mooving boat. That number on the top really is 10.5 knots boat speed. Keep in mind that we were getting a boost from the stream. We made a little over 200 miles in a 24 hour period a new record for the Omarsea.

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