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S/V Eleuthera II
Recently finished a career in the Fire Service. Should be able to enjoy the water more now. Just updated my USCG license and became an ASA instructor. Brand new owner of a CSY Walkthrough. Stay Tuned, progress updates and pics to follow.
Finishing touches...
Doug
02/10/2011, Stuart, Florida

I've had a chance to finally get back to finishing projects on the boat in preparation for our Bahamas trip this coming summer. The autopilot was finally calibrated and the updated software for the chartplotter was installed. While I was out for a sail after the calibration, a friend took some pics of Eleuthera under sail. I then took one of the shots and designed a "boat card". This is a card that cruisers pass along to any new found friends so contact information is available, much like a business card. I used the online Fed-Ex Office systems ( http://www.fedex.com/us/office/ ) to complete the card, very easy and cheap enough. Here it is...

A look back...
Doug
08/30/2010

Had a chance to convert some video and put it on Youtube. These are from a quick 5 day shakedown up to Vero and back earlier this month. I see why they call it "Velcro" Beach; free air-conditioned transportation, amenities and supllies galore and a great protected cove with secure moorings. One of the videos is of us under full sail coming into Ft. Pierce Inlet. The other is in the anchorage just North of the City of Vero Beach mooring field. We pulled in and anchored well North of the mooring field to find an exceptionally peaceful spot with an incredible abundance of sea life around us. Small pods of dolphin circled us, a manatee slid by right next to us, the fish were popping in the mangroves everywhere and the birds were plentiful.



Coming to a close ... for now.
Brisk breeze with scattered showers
08/05/2010, Manatee Pocket ~ Stuart, Florida

Made our way back down the intracoastal waterway to the Manatee Pocket to stay the night. We'll be returning to the dock tomorrow but first we will be having our steak dinner and sundowners. Been a great cruise with lots to see and do.

Out for a cruise
Doug ~ weather is great
08/03/2010, Vero Beach

Left the dock yesterday with my brother Mike. Had a quick trip to Peck Lake then today up to Vero Beach, Florida. Motor sailed with a light NE breeze. Had a great trip so far. Will post again when I can.

Blowing hard in the Keys
Doug - the bad stuff is coming!
07/21/2010, Marathon, Florida Keys

As it turns out, it was a brilliant decision to leave the boat at home for this quick trip to the Florida Keys. It has blown very hard since before we got here and is forecast to remain blowing hard all week. Then NOAA expects that tropical storm over Hispaniola to reach the Keys by this weekend. We would have not had one good day of good sailing during our time in the Keys. All the dive and snorkel boats have canceled their trips. You know it must be rough when they turn away business.
So we are playing tourist, enjoying the Keys' "unbeaten path" parts. Heading home Friday...

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