The ongoing education of the Captain of the much updated, Pearson 33, Double-Headed, Sloop-Rigged Sailing Vessel "HERMES"

12 July 2016
28 March 2016 | Beaufort, SC
07 January 2016 | Man O War Cay
11 December 2015 | Georgetown, S. C.
02 August 2015
26 June 2015
16 June 2015 | New York
19 March 2015 | Bahamas
18 March 2015 | Bahamas
18 March 2015 | Bahamas
05 March 2015 | Abacos, Bahamas
26 February 2015 | Bahamas
19 February 2015 | Man-O-War
27 January 2015 | Green Turtle Cay Bahamas
16 January 2015 | Abacos
07 January 2015 | Green Turtle Cay Bahamas
06 January 2015 | Fox Town, abacos
22 November 2014 | Getting ready to head out for another winter sailing season
28 October 2014 | Lake Ontario


11 February 2013 | Marathon (still)
Capt Don Q.
Still in Marathon. Turns out that my TWIC (some sort of clearance card required to keep my Coast Guard Masters License)(Just another way to get money from us) is in Key West and I have to go there to pick it up. As a government office they are only open Tues and Weds from 8-12. No kidding, that's their entire weekly schedule. I had to pay for another several days to wait for them to be open. Silly TWIC card renewal is costing me over $200.00. And I don't even have it yet.
Wednesday, I am heading up the Keys to Cotton Key or Tarpon Basin. I may have to wait there for a few days for a cold front to pass, then I will go to Key Largo and points North. Sadly, I'm done with the Keys...probably forever. Yet another example of a great cruising area that I am 40 years too late for. 30-40 years ago their were plenty of nice anchorages with lots of shore access, cool things to do and, I am sure, much cleaner water. Not anymore.
Nuff said.
I hope to sneak away with at least some of my cruising kitty intact. And I hope that there will be no serious cold fronts until I can get to a decent anchorage that won't cost me 20-30 dollars a day.
I sure sound bitter. Actually I'm not. I usually look at this as a learning experience and just shrug my shoulders and move on. I've read so much that is negative about Florida and this year I thought I would give it a try. In 2 1/2 months, it has cost me over $2400.00 and I never even spent one night at a dock. That averages out to only about $15,000.00 a year, but considering that I anchor almost always, that is a lot of money. In the Bahamas I usually spend $2,000-3,000 for 6 months of beautiful cruising. Spend a few nights here and there tied to a pier, eat out way too much, swim, dive, and fish all the time, and am I surrounded by friendly people that want me there and are happy to see me. Great weather and very clear water everywhere. And I never see or have to worry about the authorities messing with me.
This year in Florida, I have met so many other cruisers that swear they will never come to Florida again. They all have bad stories to tell about their time in Florida. I've been hearing that from so many different sources for several years now, and I wanted to give it a look for myself to see if its true.
It is.

Next year, I will sail from Jacksonville down to Lake Worth on the ocean, and then cross over to the Bahamas.

I'm out.
Vessel Name: HERMES
Vessel Make/Model: Pearson P-33
Hailing Port: Started at Mexico Point, Lake Ontario, NY
Crew: Various Friends & Crew
About: Captain Donald Quackenbush 100 Ton Master/Portland Pudgy Dealer, Delivery Captain, Sail and Power training (on water and in Classroom)
Extra: Sailing my Pearson 33 Double-Headed Sloop to parts unknown while delivering boats, setting up boats, and holding Cruise Training Classes... No more cold for me (at least not for a long while). There are whole areas of the world I haven't seen yet.
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Cruising/Training Entries

Who: Various Friends & Crew
Port: Started at Mexico Point, Lake Ontario, NY