08/09/2011, 'DAET CATAMARINES NORTE
I AM NOW IN THE PHILIPPINES AND SO HAPPY THAT I HAVE ARRIVED AND STARTED ANOTHER CHAPTER IN MY LIFE!
I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR ANOTHER YACHT TO REPLACE "RESTLESS ROSIE' BUT HAVE FOUND OUT THAT IT IS NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND A BOAT AS EQUIPTED AS MINE WAS! VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS FOR NOW HAVE TO SAVE MONEY TO GEAR UP ANOTHER BOAT.
OVER HERE YOU CAN FIND EITHER REALLY EXPENSIVE BOATS OR REALLY DERALICKS AND THERE IS NOTHING IN BETWEEN1
IAM IN THE PROCESS OF STARTING A NEW BUSINESS SO IT TAKES UP MOST OF MY TIME GETTING THAT STARTED.
PROBABLY WONT BE SAILING TILL NX YEAR WHEN I HAVE ANOTHER BOAT! FOR THE TIME BEING I BOUGHT A MOTORCYLE TO EXPLORE THE PHILIPPINES IN SEARCH OF ANOTHER BOAT.
I MUST ADMIT; I MADE A HUGE MISSTAKE SALEING MY BOAT FOR NOW ITS LIKE STARTING ALL OVER! BUT I NEVER GIVE UP ON THE GOALS I SET SO I KNOW I WILL BE SOON ON THE WATER AGAIN FOR I CAN NO LONGER BE SATISFIED WITH LIVING ON LAND! THERE ARE MANY BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS TO EXPLORE OVER HERE AND WILL BE SOON ON ANOTHER BOAT DOING JUST THAT AND THEN I WILL UPDATE AND CONTACT ALL THOSE NICE SAILORS THAT HAVE FOLLOWED THIS SITE THROUGH THE YEARS.
GARY AND TESS
07/05/2011, MARATHON FLORIDA
Tess and I arrived here after a 4 day voyge from Isla Majures Mexico and the reason for returning to the usa is that a guy put money dn on the purchase of the boat and tess wanted me to sale boat and buy another in the Philippines!
So we get here and the guy shows up and says after viewing the boat tht they like the boat and return on monday with the cash to buy the boat!HE NEVER SHOWS UP ON MONDAY WITH THE MONEY"
We shipped all our positions to the philippines since we were so sure this guy was going to buy the boat;all my toools ; clothes; everything!
So i bought a honda to get me around and i drove tess to chicago to stay with relatives while I sort all this out. so tess is waiting for her citisenship interview(takes 3-6 months)
Soif the boat is not sold by the 24th of july Iam sailing to the Bahamas for the summer and then in November or December I will again start my voyage to the philippines via the windward passage across the Carib. dn to Panama to transit by Feb of nx year
I hate the thought of having to not trust anyone anymore. ! that thought really bothers me!
So stay tune and wait for the saga to continue
We are now at Isla Mujerez Mexico after a one night at Cozumel
The sail from Cozumel was really exciting for the wind was right on the beam and we were having 10knts of wind ;then it goes up to 15 and now we are sailing at 7.2 knts with jib and main out. then the wind goes to 18 then to 20 knts and now are speed is an incredible 8.8 knots1 couldnt believe rosie could sail so fast! so we reduced sail and got her to go 7.5 knts and the a storm front a really ugly one was after us so now we are trying to iout race a storm and we arrived at anchorage just as it hit!
we are now at a marina giving the two ladies a break! my wife and rosie the two loves of my life!
We leave for Key West on the 10th of next month and will be sailing 3 days non stop but to help my wife and Rosie to relax a bit we hired a sailor to go the rest of the way
We left Roatan on the 15th May 2011 bound back to USA.
the winds kept climbing and climbing till they reached 20 to 24 knots in the middle of the noc. "Always at noc!" the Seas were very confused and large waves. and the problem was that out of no where there was a wave that would come along and hit us abeam and BAM the noise was loud and the toe rail was in the water.
The boat was moving at 7.5 knts and I had to slow her dn . I had the main up and a little jib out. So it was really hard to turn to the wind to get the main dn but i tried anyway and then the main only came half way dn and half of the main came off the track! now its 3am and all this noise of the main flapping in the wind and waves hittting us from every direction.
what a mess of a night! finally after 38 hrs in the morning when i could see i got the main dn and tied dn. on boom.
then i told tess iam taking a rest and told her to put 4 degrees into the auto pilot to keep us off the reef.
Some how the 4 degrees were to the port and I awoke to a huge wave hitting us astern almost filling the dingy on the davits! OH my gosh we are now right over the reaf and there are huge waves pounding us from astern !
So I turn to the east and with full throttle ahead we rode up one wave and surfed dn the other side of it and we could look way up in the air and there was another wave over the top of us we thought for sure itr would fill the boat but the boat just rode up the wave so we did this for about 15 minutes and we were off the reef; the depth gauge read only 4 ft at the bottom of each wave! mqn this was quite alarming!
we entered bae de assession mexico and went aground a couple of miles in the bay. which i thought was great were not going any where; so i grabed a cold beer and another and another then fell asleep!
nx morning got a fisherman and another boat to pull us off the grounding for 100 usd; we stayed here for 6 dys for both wife and I were perty traumitized by the day before
hI TO ALL
WE ARE NOW IN ROATAN ON A MOORING; IT COST ONLY $100 USD PER MONTH BUT EVERYTHING ELSE IS REALLY EXPENSIVE HERE AND TO GO GROCERY SHOPING YA HAVE TO GO TO FRENCH HARBOR AND TAKE A TAXI OR VAN BUS
WILL BE HERE TILL THE 27TH OF MAY AND THEN ON TO PANAMA CANAL AND THE SAN BLAS ISLANDS
TESS IS RETURNING TO USA TO GET HER USA CITIZENSHIP AND WILL BE GONE FOR ABOUT 7 MONTHS
HERE IS A PIC OF MY CATCH OF THE DAY WOW WHAT A BIG FISH
HAVE BEEN ON THE HARD AT THE NAVAL STATION FOR 10 DAYS AND HAVE PAINTED THE TOPSIDES OF BOAT AND THE BOTTOM PLUS FIBER GLAS WORK ON THE KEEL!
SEE THE PIC ABOVE FOR THE FINISHED JOB!
WE LEAVE HERE IN A COUPLE OF DAYS FOR UTILA WHICH IS 17 HRS AWAY AT 4KNOTS SOG WILL LEAVE AROUND 5PM AND ARIVE AROUND 10AM THERE.
IF YOU NEED INFO ABOUT THE NAVAL STATION HAUL OUT JUST GIVE ME A EMAIL. IT COST ONLY $145 FOR HAUL OUT AND LAUNCH
ONLY COST ME ABOUT $300 FOR PAINT AND SUPPLYS TO DO THIS JOB ; WHAT A HUGE SAVINGS TO DO WORK HERE. IF YOU WANT LABOR IT IS ABOUT $10.00/DAY
GARY AND TESS