Koinonia Sailing

Vessel Name: Koinonia II
Vessel Make/Model: Hunter Marine 41DS
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, Florida
01 November 2015
04 June 2013 | Jacksonville, Florida
17 May 2013 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas
15 May 2013 | Yuma, Arizona
09 May 2013 | Many islands
10 April 2013
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28 February 2013 | Virgin Gorda, Salt Island, and Peter Island
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26 February 2013
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26 January 2013 | Caribbean
21 January 2013
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01 November 2015

Carolina Girl for sale

Carolina Girl formally Koinonia II is listed for sale...

05 May 2014

Koinonia II has new owners

Well I guess it wasi bound to happen Koinonia II has found some new owners...

04 June 2013 | Jacksonville, Florida

Home Again

Linda and I were planning to depart Nassau first thing Sunday morning June 2 with the option to spend the night in a Berry island anchorage or continue on to the West End of Grand Bahama island before crossing to Florida. However, the weather update Saturday morning showed a weather window that was [...]

17 May 2013 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas

Linda returns to crew in Bahamas

With Koinonia anchored off of Stocking island, one mile from the dinghy dock in Victoria Lake, Geoegetown, and the wind blowing 15 to 20 knots, I headed to the airport to meet Linda upon her arrival back to Koinonia after a month of shore leave!

15 May 2013 | Yuma, Arizona

Email from Charlene and Jerry Holland

Dear Friends,

09 May 2013 | Many islands

Quick Update synopsis

How many islands are there in the world? Of course, the answer would depend on your definition of an island, but one source estimates over 180,000 islands. Now I have seen many islands, but no where near that amount, however, I can believe that estimate!

Carolina Girl for sale

01 November 2015
Don
Carolina Girl formally Koinonia II is listed for sale...

Carolina Girl Sale Information Site

Koinonia II has new owners

05 May 2014
Don
Well I guess it wasi bound to happen Koinonia II has found some new owners...

Bitter sweet, but I think she will be well taken care of and it is my hope she serves and takes care of the new owners as well as she has for the Gilbert family and guests.

Koinonia II will be renamed to Carolina Girl with the home port of Beaufort, South Carolina. Watch for her and the new owners as they begin their retirement life cruising the East coast and eventually the Caribbean...Oh what a life!

Home Again

04 June 2013 | Jacksonville, Florida
Don
Linda and I were planning to depart Nassau first thing Sunday morning June 2 with the option to spend the night in a Berry island anchorage or continue on to the West End of Grand Bahama island before crossing to Florida. However, the weather update Saturday morning showed a weather window that was going to be tight unless we left ASAP. So within a matter of hours we readied the boat and ourselves to make our last passage to Home!

With our early afternoon departure, we arrived at the first anchorage option after dark, which we passed up. As forecasted, this weather window was proven to be much drier after a week of wet weather albeit with lighter winds requiring motor sailing to make distance at a 5 VMG to assure making it to Florida before the weather turned bad.

As we moved closer to the West End, we decided to forego more fuel and rest at marina to get across to Florida. This meant an extra night at sea for Linda making for her longest passage to date. Our float plan called for entering Florida at the Ft. Pierce inlet and heading north in the intracoastal waterway to visit our good friends the Lamberts, in Melbourne Florida. We were looking forward to this visit, even though it meant an extra 4 days getting home on the intracoastal waterway. However, as we tried to kill time in the Gulf Stream waiting for daylight to enter, we had a hard time staying south of the inlet and had to point our boat way south towards Miami. Furthermore, we were picking up NOAA weather forecast calling for bad weather out of the gulf in 2 days, but still unpredictable where it would head. So, we decided to just take advantage of the northern flow of the Gulf Stream and head for Jacksonville, even though it meant another night at sea.

We made good time and made it to north Florida approximately 30 miles off St. Augustine as the sun was setting for Linda's third night at sea. However, the NOAA forecast was reporting severe afternoon thunderstorms heading offshore near Jacksonville. Reports indicated the storm cells were heading northeast. Unfortunately, the weather became more widespread and began to close in on our location! As the skies became darker in front of us, we kept changing our course towards the lighter skies. Eventually we were heading due south away from Jacksonville. Finally the weather caught up with us and we had no other choice but to head directly into it. We rolled in all the sails and secured any loose items. The seas got rough, the wind got high and we set the boat speed and course for the most comfort possible. We could not see 10 ft. In front of us and we just hung on in the cockpit as lightning was occurring as close as a 1/4 mile away. This lasted for about 30 minutes until we broke into the other side. After another 10 minutes or so, the seas calmed down and the skies began to clear and we were back on course for the St. John's river and home!

Linda returns to crew in Bahamas

17 May 2013 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas
Don
With Koinonia anchored off of Stocking island, one mile from the dinghy dock in Victoria Lake, Geoegetown, and the wind blowing 15 to 20 knots, I headed to the airport to meet Linda upon her arrival back to Koinonia after a month of shore leave!

Linda spent the night before her 6:00 am departure in the Jacksonville International airport. She flew first to Miami where she boarded Bahamas Air for her arrival in Nassau Bahamas where after 6 hours she changed to a puddle jumper that first took her to Rock Sound and then on to Georgetown where I met her waiting on her luggage. After she picked up her normal carry on bag, we discovered her main luggage was no where to be found. After filling a missing luggage report, Linda discovered that she was suppose to pull her luggage in Nassau and personally take it through customs and then recheck it, despite being told that the bag was going to be checked all the way to Georgetown. We located the luggage, but had to return the next day to get it. Oh well, it was just another $40 taxi ride!

Linda says it was just as well, because the one mile dinghy ride back to the boat was against the wind and waves and was a wet ride. The next day her luggage had a drier dinghy ride.

While in Georgetown, we joined fellow cruisers at the Chat 'n Chill volleyball beach to play what else, some volleyball. We had a great time, but it was time to head northwest toward home while exploring the Exumas.

Email from Charlene and Jerry Holland

15 May 2013 | Yuma, Arizona
Hollands
Dear Friends,

How can we ever thank you for the lifetime dream we spent with you. It exceeded anything we could have dreamed of. The sailing was specticular and just stellar. Wonderful memories forever and we enjoyed getting to know you and appreciate you in ways we had not experienced before.

Truly, Don, you are a masterful sailor. Getting out of that slip in St. Kitts was was remarkable. Linda is such a great 1st mate and you compliment each other so well.. As you near your completion of a lifelong dream, i know it is bittersweet but with the upcoming wedding things will be really busy. I hope you had a wonderful time with your girls when they joined you. Nice to have them one at a time. Really excited about the engagement. We will continue to pray for your girls and the choices before them..

Praying that God will give you jobs that will continue you to provide all your needs and many desires too. It is such a privilege to know you better and get to be a part of your lives, esp thru praying for your family. Sarah is doing well.. Baby due Aug 1st. keep in touch and remember we love you and cherish the caribbean memories.

The other night on Househunters on HGTV, they were in Antigua. They showed so much of what we saw and they were at Shirley's heights at night for the party. It was neat and to think we were there and saw the beautiful sunset and Antigua from a mountain top at night. Specticular. Gods blessings to you and yours. It has hit 110 degrees for the past several days. ugh!!!

Quick Update synopsis

09 May 2013 | Many islands
Don
How many islands are there in the world? Of course, the answer would depend on your definition of an island, but one source estimates over 180,000 islands. Now I have seen many islands, but no where near that amount, however, I can believe that estimate!

Linda returned home April 17th with her mom, and Rick Elbracht got on board to participate in this odyssey of mine. After a quick introduction tour of the Virgin Islands (see the post on my Virgin Island perspective) Rick and I set sail for Puerto Rico and the Spanish Virgin Islands. After arriving in the Spanish Virgin Islands, I realized how crowded the BVIs were due to the large charter bases. We did enjoy one small town and anchorage with fellow cruisers, but we had plenty of space between us. In our subsequent anchorages, however, we were either alone or essentially alone. One such anchorage was a highly publicized bioluminescent bay with a high concentration of these strange sea creatures. That night, I swam around in the glowing soup of the water. It was cool and I got the tee shirt!

After seeing the best of the Spanish Virgin Islands, we headed to the mainland where we anchored off a small resort island one mile from the mainland coast. Due to the lack of Internet, we had not gotten any weather updates in a while, so it was of much interest to find a low pressure system forecasted to settle in over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola in 3 to 5 days lasting for at least 3 days. Rick and I decided to leave the next day for a 350 mile sail up to the Turk and Caicos and then the Bahamas.

Before our departure, we decided to provision groceries. So we took our dinghy over to the resort island where we caught the ferry to the mainland. We found a taxi driver willing to drive us the 4 miles to the grocery store and wait on us while we blazed through the aisles of the store and then get us back to the ferry dock before the weather got ugly. We did it and made it back to the boat with enough groceries for a week.

We set sail the next day to the Turk and Caicos. Since we did not have a cruising guide for these islands, I got on the SSB radio and checked in to the Caribbean net which they call the "Coconut Telegraph" where some fellow cruisers convinced us we did not want to go there due to the exhorts, entry fee and mass resort construction. So we opted to skip them and go the extra hundred miles to Mayaguana, Bahamas where we checked in.


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Koinonia II is configured with the Owner
Koinonia II is a Hunter 41DS blue water capable sailing vessel.  She is currently berthed on the beautiful St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida after completing 16,400 miles of cruising across the Atlantic Ocean, Mediteranean Sea, and Caribbean.
Looking forward to the bow, Koinonia II
Koinonia II
This is a view through the Strataglass window in the dodger. The dodger and Strataglass are in great condition.
Koinonia II utilizes Raymarine ST60 instrumentation including an E80 chart plotter, GPS, Apparent Wind Speed and Direction, Boat Speed through the Water, Boat Speed over Ground, Sea Temperature, and Depth telemetry. The True Wind Speed and Direction and the Boat Drift Speed and Direction are calculated.
Koinonia II utilizes Raymarine Autohelm, electric motor driven linear arm attached directly to the head of the rudder post.   Autohelm steering to the wind angle performed flawlessly on Koinonia II
The Raymarine Chart Plotter utilizes Navionics electronic charts and includes the charts for east coast of Florida, Bahamas, and the Caribbean. As seen on the display, AIS targets are also integrated from the Digital Yachts AIS reciever coupled to the mast head antennae.
Koinonia II
There is a great almost unobstructed view forward especially from the spacious and comfortable stern seating. All instruments and chart plotter are easily viewed from any seating angle aft of the helmstation.  The Boat Speed and Water Depth instruments are strategically placed for monitoring by all crew regardless of seating location in the cockpit.
The Hunter 41DS facilitates easy access to the cockpit via the port and starboard gates or the stern using the drop down helm seat as a step on platform.
As seen in this picture, Koinonia II is outfitted with 250 watts of solar panels, a D400 wind turbine, and a wifi antennae for picking up those shore hotspots from miles away.  Included is a stern mounted American flag.  Koinonia II is a US documented vessel!
Included with Koinonia II are cruising luxury items like a canvas variable position seat, two hammock chairs (not shown) which can be suspended over the water from the stern davits, as well as a traditional canvas hammock for relaxing on the foredeck. Also included with Koinonia II are canvas coverings for the helmstation, winches, and dodger windows (not shown), as well as a full set of cockpit cushions (not pictured)
Koinonia II comes with a cockpit enclosure system as seen here that includes a separate removable connector between the Dodger and Bimini for those days when the weather is only slightly intruding, portside and starboard side removable wings when the weather and seas are a little more unsettled, and finally, portside and starboard removable side panels for when the weather is downright ugly or just too chilly for the crew.
The solar panels are nicely installed out of the way yet with clear view to the sun.  Also shown here is the termination of the SSB variable antennae.
The solar panels can be set at any angle to track the sun across the sky and to optimize power output.
The solar panels are sensitive enough to continue providing power output even as the sun sets or is shaded by clouds.
Shown here is one of the solar panels tilting to the sun using the Ram Mount system for ease of tracking the sun.
Koinonia II
The solar panels and D400 wind turbine are installed such that there is no conflict with the boom.
The Hunter 41DS has two spacious stern seats. Koinonia II has padding on the back supports of the seats, as well as cushions for each of the stern seats (not pictured).   A unique addition to Koinonia II is the stern mount for the dinghy engine.
Koinonia II includes a NextGen UCM2-5.5 diesel generator recently serviced in the factory with a brand new front end and water pump.  This unit as configured has just 2 hours of operation (essentially brand new).  She is powerful enough to run both air conditioners as well as all 12 volt load including the microwave.
The NextGen UCM2-5.5 generator operation is quiet due to its sound proof enclosure and additional sound proofing of the deep cockpit locker.  The generator is easy to start from its switch at the nav station.  A blower is installed to keep the enclosure cool.
NextGen is a local Jacksonville, Florida manufacturer of marine grade generators. This offer includes spare parts for the generator as well as an oil pump and easy access oil extraction hose connected to the generator oil pan for easy maintenance.
The Hunter 41DS has an excellent galley perfect for preparing exquisite meals at the dock or out at sea.  The galley consist of a stand alone 12V refrigerator with freezer compartment, a stand alone 12V freezer, a microwave powered by the inverter, a dual stainless steel sink, a water distribution manifold system under the sink, and a convenient water maker fill station right at the sink.
The stainless steel stove top and oven can be fueled by either propane or butane.  The oven is very efficient and great for making bread at sea!
The galley includes a spacious refrigerator with ice box, a spacious pantry (one shown the other not shown), a microwave oven perfect for heating small dishes or making pop corn for your movie night, and a nice size cabinet for your favorite cookware.
Additional space exist under the sink where you can store lots of cleaning supplies!
Shown here is the separate 12 volt freezer with lots of storage and the water distribution manifold installed under the sink.  Also installed under the sink is the boats fresh water pump and tank valves as well as the interconnection for the water maker output.  The later also features a separate valve to allow you to fill bottles directly from the water maker.
The Hunter 41DS has a great galley design that includes sufficiently high fiddles for the Corian counter tops and two very spacious pantries for storing almost all your store needs.  If not enough, then you can utilize the shelf space above the microwave, above the cabinet space for storing dishware, and above the space for both storing dishware and drying your dishware.  If that is not enough, then one can utilize additional space under the floor! Also featured in the galley is a double sink with drain to the sea.
The Hunter 41DS features an very open and inviting configuration tying the galley to the salon.
Koinonia II features attractive salon seating in very good condition and window shades in very good condition.  The salon table drops down for an additional queen size berth.  As can be seen, the salon is bright and spacious with plenty of headroom!
The Hunter 41DS features comfortable salon dinning seating as well as many easily accessible storage cabines as shown here.
The Hunter 41DS features a dinette table which can comfortably seat 6 people, a removable table leaf, and conversion to a sleeping queen size sleeping berth.  Additionally, there is plenty of storage around and under the seating area.
The Spectrum 2000T 12 volt water maker is nicely installed under the dinette settee with minimal footprint.  The unit produces up to 8 gallons of fresh water per hour.
A view of how much storage space remains in the locker even with the water maker installed.
The Spectrum 2000T water maker features a high powered 12 volt pump and compact valve control system easily accessed from behind the dinette settee back rest.  The valve control system makes servicing the water maker easy.
Underneath the sink is a two way valve that allows for the water maker product to flow easily to the active water tank or to the fill station at the sink for direct refilling of bottles.
Underneath the sink is the freshwater pump that is connected to two fresh water tanks which are individually controlled for service.  Shown here is also the connection of the water maker output line inserting itself right before the pump and above the valving for the water tanks.  This configuration allows for either water tank to be filled by the water maker.
The salon settee includes a pull out drawer for additional storage. For those who still carry a library of books, the salon includes plenty of bookshelf space on port and starboard.
Koinonia II
The nav station is configured with an ergonomic seat and chart table with lots of storage for those miscellaneous items as well as chart supplies.  All the DC and AC breaker controls are centrally located along with the tank level monitor.
Koinonia II includes a Bose surround sound TV, DVD, and stereo system. The modern television allows for video playback from any HDMI or USB connected source.  Also shown here is a fully functional weather station mounted to allow for easy viewing from many positions on the boat.
Looking forward from the salon, the Hunter 41DS features a private guest suite with a full size berth, head, shower, vanity with sink, and a cedar lined closet.
The private guest suite includes a full size innerspring mattress with custom bedding.
A unique addition to Koinonia II is a removable lee board in the forward berth, which was proven effective during long passages.  View of forward berth with removable lee board in place.
The private forward head and shower is great for guests as well as functioning as a wet locker.  One can leave the forward hatch open in the head without worries of the effects of a sudden rain shower.
The guest suite has generous storage including a cedar lined closet, two bunk drawers, and compartmentalized storage under the mattress deck as well as under and behind the sink storage. Generous shelf space exists over the berth, over the vanity and over the closet.
Close up view of vanity in forward suite.
The forward berth hatch is large and provides for a cooling breeze right into the berth.  Almost all of the hatches like this one include a built in retractable bug screen and a shade system for fully keeping the sun out or one could set for partial sun.
View looking from forward suite to aft.
View looking aft through the salon.
Koinonia II features a straight clear pathway from the forward to aft in the boat with strategically placed grab rails.
The owners cabin is very comfortable with a queen size inner spring mattress and custom decorative bedding, private access to the aft head and shower, lots of storage on 3 sides of the bed with additional storage under the mattress deck, and a cedar lined closet with hanger space and shelves.  Storage is everywhere on the Hunter 41DS!
The owners cabin is well lit with a light fixture over the berth, two reading lamps at the head board, a fluorescent light at the door way and 3 vanity lights.  Additionally, there is a large hatch over the headboard which is great for not only lighting, but providing some fresh breeze in through a bug screen.
View from the aft cabin looking forward.
Koinonia II sails great in the blue green waters of the Atlantic ocean. She is configured with furling mainsail and furling headsail and the shoal draft keel.
As seen here, the added solar panels and wind turbine do not hinder Koinonia II sailing abilities where with a little wind she can do 7 knots and still feel comfortable to the Admiral!
Koinonia II is seen here sailing in the Windward Islands of the Caribbean where she sails comfortably and high to weather with reefed sails!
Even in the wildest romp between Caribbean islands, the crew can stay dry with the cockpit enclosures in service.  Here, just the wings are enough for the breaking seas, but more protection can easily be added with the side curtains.
The offer includes a 10
Here the Four Winds PVC inflatable dinghy easily moves through the harbor with the 4 HP Mariner engine.
Included is a 4 HP Mariner 2-cycle engine that is a perfect weight for handling with enough kick to get around the harbor with ease.  Shown here, the motor is rigged with a harness for use with the davits for lifting onto her stern mount.
The engine is in great shape, but the finish is a little rough.  She starts up with ease every time.  Last tested for service 9/2013.
The dinghy/motor operation is so easy to handle, even the Admiral can do it!
Koinonia II is seen here sailing eastward across the Atlantic ocean on one of those beautiful days where the seas are down and the wind is fresh...Perfect for flying the A-sail which is part of the offering.
Koinonia II is seen here sailing eastward across the Atlantic ocean on one of those more challenging days where the apparent wind is at times gale force and the seas bumpy.  It is worthwhile on these days to have a heavy weight storm sail easily deployed and brightly colored saving the life of the genoa and improving up wind performance.
HunterOwners.com offers a wide range of after market parts and Doyle sails for continued support of the Hunter 41DS model
This offer includes a Banner Bay Marine FinDelta #2 anchor riding sail.  This is perfect for those times where you do not want to gently swing around watching the harbor action.
The FinDelta riding sail shown on this boat is easy to deploy and works great at minimizing the swing radius while at anchor.
Included with this offer is a Ray Marine autohelm remote control that includes a sharp LCD display for reading all the instrumentation and calculated data available on the network.
This offering includes a Shark Drogue system that is a perfect for down seas sailing or for steering the boat without the rudder if necessary.
This drogue system comes with all attachment hardware, a mushroom anchor, and sufficient line for deployment.  It all compacts down into a 5 gallon bucket for ease of carrying!
The Revere Elite 6 man life raft is less than 3 years old and included in this offer.  Service is due in December 2013.  It fits nicely in the cockpit locker for ease of deployment.
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Included in this offer are two canvas hammock chairs which can be suspended from the davits.  The chairs are perfect for relaxing over the water and watching the sunset with your favorite beverage or soul mate!
 
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