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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.
More Fun in the Abacos...
Doug
07/02/2011, Mangoes Marina, Marsh Harbor

Had fun in White Sound and Hopetown, then sailed up to Great Guana Cay for the night on a mooring from Dive GUANA. Two of the FSU girls went on a scuba trip with Troy of Dive Guana and had a good time exploring the reef. Then sailed down to Man-O-War Cay to explore that island some more. Stayed on a mooring there for the night in Eastern Harbor where the girls spent the day shopping then at the beautiful beach there. Sailed into Marsh Harbor later to get a slip at the marina. Today we say good bye to Amy, Carol, Julie and Sherrie. We'll clean the boat up and do some laundry today in expectation of our last guests; Stuart and Robin. Stu will crew with me back to Florida and the wives will fly home. Can't seem to get rid of a "swimmers ear" problem. Thought about going to see the doctor in town today, we'll see... Until Later,
Doug

Having fun in the Bahamas
clear, steady SE breeze, a little warm
06/28/2011, White Sound, Abaco

Well as usual Ilhave negleted the blog. No real excuse except to say there are better things to do I guess... and the internet can be sketchy. Had a great time with friends from Park City, UT, motored down to Pete's Pub and artist studio where we had a great dinner. Came in on a high tide and left early on the next, sailed all the way to Hopetown. A great day. Anchored outside for the night and was hit by a powerful storm of about 35 knots gusting to 45 with a ton of rain. Anchor held beautifully and it cleared up after about an hour. Made some coffee and dried myself off. Spent the day in Hopetown then sailed to Marsh Harbor for the nightwhere our friends had to catch a cab to the airport at 7:00 AM Now we have the company of Rosies' FSU gal pals in for a 4 day visit, something they do every other year. Good Times! More later...

In the Bahams
Doug, Clear and mild
06/21/2011, Man-O-War Cay

A quick update before I lose internet. Having a grand time in the Bahamas. More to follow.

New Location
Doug
05/10/2011, a friends' dock on the river

Well the water level in Lake Okeechobee and the Waterway has suffered because of this drought. The boat was touching bottom at the slip and dropping further down every day. It was time to move her or risk not being able to get out of the slip when it's time to leave. My good friend had a dock available with plenty of depth. The only down side is that it is salt water as opposed to the fresh water at my dock. Very convenient as he is near my home and is one of my crew for the upcoming crossing to the Bahamas. Also had a chance to solve the dinghy issue with a newer 10' RIB and 10hp Honda outboard... very nice! Just got back from a test ride with Rosie and almost lost the truck into the water. The ramp was so slick with slime that the truck slipped deep into the water before it came to a stop. Had to get a tow out. That's it, will post soon.

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...

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