Wanderlust: The Mintz Family's Sailing Adventure

17 May 2009 | Marathon Florida
17 May 2009 | Marathon Florida
07 May 2009 | Chicago, Illinois
05 May 2009 | Marathon, Florida
05 May 2009 | Marathon, Florida
05 May 2009 | Marathon, Florida
05 May 2009 | Marathon, Florida
19 April 2009 | Chicago, IL
08 April 2009 | Chicago, IL
06 March 2009 | Arecibo, Puerto Rico
06 March 2009 | San Juan, Puerto Rico
06 March 2009 | Offshore Near Puerto Rico
13 February 2009 | Simpson Bay, St Maarten
13 February 2009 | Simpson Bay, St Maarten
20 January 2009 | Simpson Bay, St Maarten
20 January 2009 | Simpson Bay, St Maarten
20 January 2009 | Simpson Bay, St Maarten
20 January 2009 | Simpson Bay, St Maarten
20 January 2009 | Simpson Bay, St Maarten

Maritime Culture

13 February 2009 | Simpson Bay, St Maarten
Bill
Here in Simpson Bay there is every service a boat owner could want. There is the flagship Budget Marine, which is the best equipped chandlery that I have ever seen. If someone needs hydraulic work done there is a large shop on the waterfront. There is a refrigeration specialist with a shop on the docks. We can take the dinghy up to a laundromat. Every bar and restaurant has a dinghy dock as well as a parking lot. Places that have special menus often offer free boat taxi service to the door. We can even get water, baguettes, and croissants delivered to our boat at anchor.

In Chicago there are 3000 boats and there are all the services that attend to them. Whenever I have need something special in Chicago I have had to call all around, and drive all over the city and then only maybe can I get what I need done. Usually if it is something special I will need to do a lot of explaining. It is much easier here.

The difference is the maritime culture. We are on an island and there is a great focus on the waterfront and the service of boats. Though Chicago has a large marine population there is not the concentration or variety of services available. It is a pity I suppose but I will not wring my hands over it. Chicago was the world's busiest seaport for a time and that was important for its development. Now there is a large city with a lot going on and it is not focused on the waterfront. The lake and the boats on it are a jewel, but not the center.

I like this attention to the marine world, but there is much more going on in a big town. Still I will miss being able to pop over to my favorite bar for a beer by dingy.
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Vessel Name: Wanderlust
Vessel Make/Model: Endeavour 40
Hailing Port: Chicago, IL
Crew: Judy and Bill Mintz
About: Our children: Alice is 15, Noah is 14, and Benjamin is 10.
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Judy and Bill have had a dream for 20 years: To take our kids on an extended sailing voyage. We have had the dream longer than we've had the kids. The dream became a goal, then a plan, and now we are making it a reality. We are sailing the Caribbean. We started in Chicago, cruised down the [...]
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These are the gates to the Jewish Cemetary on the island of Statia.  They date to 1739, and the oldest grave is from 1742
Bill and Noah in the window of the Synagogue ruins on Statia.
Dozing in the cockpit.
Alice and Noah on a hike to the top of Mount Scenery on the Dutch island of Saba.
A view from the top of Mount Scenery.
Bill and one of the many elephant ear plants.
Noah at the helm, as we sail away from Saba and towards Statia.
The tropical flowers are stunning.
Wild limes.  Noah loves lime on his pad thai.
The sun rises behind Saba.
The Baths at Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.
Alice found a nook in the Baths.
Which way does the wind blow?
The Soto family.  They adopted us as extra family during our stay in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.
Alice and Shery-Ann Soto join the singing at services on Shabbat.
 
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2 Weeks with Mike, Eric, and David
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Created 5 May 2009
Dominica is a beautiful island, and we had many wonderful journeys in our 2 weeks there.
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Created 13 July 2008

Who Are We?

Who: Judy and Bill Mintz
Port: Chicago, IL