Sailing with Tradewinds

24 October 2012 | Key West
01 August 2012 | Flemming Key
29 July 2012 | 3-D boat yard
26 July 2012 | Boat Yard
23 July 2012 | 3D marina Stock Island
13 July 2012
08 July 2012
05 July 2012 | Isla Mujeres
01 July 2012 | Isla Mujeres
29 June 2012 | Isla Mujeres
28 June 2012
23 June 2012
23 June 2012 | Isla Mujeres
21 June 2012 | 20 14.610'N:86 44.444'W
17 June 2012
15 June 2012 | 20 14.610'N:86 44.444'W
12 June 2012 | Puerto Aventuras marina entrance
09 June 2012

October update

24 October 2012 | Key West
Fernando
Tradewinds is happy on her mooring off Flemming Key. Although we are now living in the townhouse making preparations for our wedding on November 10th, we try to go out to see her a couple times a week.
This week is the crazy Fantasy Fest week in Key West. Where the weird go pro!! We have been busy for the past few weeks making costumes and building parade floats while having a great time with our Key West friends.

Nancy is back singing with the corral and I’m back producing TV commercials and making preparations to produce two weekly TV shows. Nancy is looking sexier than ever as we both are lifting weights and exercising regularly to work off the extra pounds from three months of great Mexican food.

As for our next trip, we are planning to go to the Bahamas and the Great Exuma Islands and maybe south from there this Spring perhaps sooner.

The sea is calling us once again.

Back in the water

01 August 2012 | Flemming Key
Fernando
After 3 weeks in the yard doing repairs we are happy to be back on the water at our new mooring off Flemming Key in Key West which is a short 10 minute dinghy ride to Key West Bight Marina and the historic harbor.
We picked up a used Avon 11ft dinghy and Nancy is once again comissioned as Dinghy Captain.
From our new mooring we will be sailing to some wonderful islands and places in the Keys and the Bahamas.

Crabby

29 July 2012 | 3-D boat yard
Fernando
Working in the heat, dust, durt of the boat yard and not being on the water is making me crabby.

26 July 2012 | Boat Yard
Fernando
All the repairs to the keel and swim plat form are complete. Nancy & I are refinishing the teak bright work and hope to splash on Monday.

Fernando's Favorites Album

23 July 2012
Go over to the Gallery and check out the 166 images in the new albums Fernando's Favorites and Fernando's Favorites pt2.
I hope you like them

In The Yard

23 July 2012 | 3D marina Stock Island
Fernando
In the two weeks since we've been back we have done more work than our entire three-month voyage. I moved off of Tradewinds into the condo, which has take some getting used to. I find myself running between home and the boat yard where I am fixing what we broke on Tradewinds. The swim platform has been rebuilt. The fabrication shop made new stainless steel brackets which look beautiful, the repairs to the keel are finished and painted. We picked up a used dinghy and took it out for a sea trial and it works great. In another week the big girl will back on the water. We have a new home for her on a mooring near Fleming Key just outside of Key West next to my friends Bill & Nicki.

Nancy and I are already thinking about our next adventure and will let you know more later.
Vessel Name: Tradewinds
Vessel Make/Model: Gulfstar 44 M/S -1973
Hailing Port: Key West, Florida
Crew: Commander Fernando & First Mate Nancy
About:
Tradewinds is a 44 foot sloop motor-sailor with a (LOA) length over all, of 48 ft. with a 14ft. beam. She is powered by a Perkins 165hp 354cuid turbo diesel, carries 280 gal. of fuel and 300 gal of fresh water. With her winged keel she is well balanced has a shallow draft of 3.5 ft. [...]
Tradewinds's Photos - Main
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Created 17 June 2012
Here is what real Mexican food looks like...how does it taste? Rickisimo!!!!
43 Photos
Created 9 June 2012
Myan Ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. One of the Seven Wonders of The World
50 Photos
Created 9 June 2012
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Created 9 June 2012
At 5Am we took a 4 hour bus ride to Chetumal.
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Created 28 May 2012
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Sailing with Tradewinds

Who: Commander Fernando & First Mate Nancy
Port: Key West, Florida