Cruising with Vida Dulce

19 June 2016
16 June 2016 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
15 June 2016 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
08 June 2016 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
04 June 2016
03 June 2016 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
02 June 2016 | Cabo Tres Puntas, Guatemala
30 May 2016 | Isla Mujeres, Mx
28 May 2016 | isla Mujeres, Mx
26 May 2016 | Isla Mujeres, Mx
22 May 2016 | Isla Mujeres, Mx
20 May 2016 | Isla Mujeres, Mx
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02 May 2016 | Isla Mujeres, Mx
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30 April 2016
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25 April 2016

Our Cruising Library

18 December 2010
As we prepared for retirement aboard Vida Dulce, we read lots of books and attended dozens of courses and seminars. Below is the list of books, charts, guides and reference materials. The ones in bold are on board Vida Dulce.

General
Changing Course, A Woman's Guide to Choosing The Cruising Life, Debra Ann Cantrell
Chasing Sunsets, Lawrence Pane, Carole Wells Pane, Ryan Pane
Life in the Left Lane, Emy Thomas
Steering You Straight, Lawrence Pane
Afloat, Guy de Maupassant Translated by Douglas Parmee
Blue Horizons, Beth A Leonard
All in the Same Boat, Tom Neale
Cruising, The Basics Zora and David Aiken
Things I Wish I'd Known Before I started Sailing, John Vigor
The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat, Mark Nicholas
Capable Cruiser, Lin and Larry Pardey
Modern Cruising Under Sail, Don Dodds
Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook, Nigel Calder
A Passion for the Sea, Jimmy Cornell
Catamarans, The Complete Guide for Cruising Sailors, Gretor Tarjan
Cost Conscious Cruiser, Lin and Larry Pardey
This Old Boat, Don Casey
Two On A Boat, How to Keep It Afloat, Josiphine Longo
Streetwise, Don Street (DVD)
Transatlantic with Street, Don Street (DVD)
2x2 Micro Method for Learning The Wind, Captain Josie Longo
The Virgins' Treasure Isle, Julian Putley

Chapman's Piloting and Seamanship
The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, John Rousmaniere
Sail Trim, Theory and Practice, Peter Hahne
The Complete Book of Anchoring and Mooring, Earl R Hinz
Storm Tactics Handbook, Lin & Larry Pardey

Charts and Planning Guides
Atlas of Pilot Charts, North Atlantic Ocean PUB 106
Atlas of Pilot Charts, South Pacific Ocean PUB 107
Admiralty Sailing Directions, West Indies Pilot Volume II
Admiralty Sailing Directions, South America Pilot Volume III
Admiralty Sailing Directions, South America Pilot Volume IV
Admiralty Ocean Passages For The World
Imray Puerto Rico to the Virgin and Leeward Islands
... and a host of other regional and local charts

American Practical Navigator, Bowditch Volume I
American Practical Navigator, Bowditch Volume II

World Cruising Routes, Jimmy Cornell
How to Sail around the World, Hal Roth
The Gentleman's Guide to Passages South, Bruce Van Sant
Tricks of the Trades, Bruce Van Sant
Caribbean Passagemaking, A Cruiser's Guide, Les Weatheritt
ASA Passagemaking Certification Course Book

Celestial Navigation
Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen, Mary Blewitt
2010 Nautical Almanac, Commercial Edition
Sight Reduction Tables for Air Navigation, Selected Stars - Epoch 2010
Sight Reduction Tables for Air Navigation, Latitudes 0-40 degrees Declinations 0-29 degrees

Weather
The Barometer Handbook, David Burch
Modern Marine Weather, David Burch
Mariner's Weather Handbook, Steve & Linda Dashew

Radio
The AARL Handbook For Radio Communications
Marine SSB Radio for "Idi-Yachts", Captain Marti Brown

Cruising Guides
Puerto Rico, the Spanish, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Donald M Street Jr
A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles, Don M Street Jr
Cruising the Virgin Islands, Joe Russell & Mark Bunzel
Exploring the Virgin Islands, Joe Russell & Mark Bunzel
The Cruising Guide To The Virgin Islands, Nancy & Simon Scott
Virgin Anchorages, Companion aerial photographs to the Cruising Guide To The Virgin Islands
The Cruising Guide To The Leeward Islands, Chris Doyle
The Cruising Guide To The Windward Islands, Chris Doyle
The Cruising Guide To Venezuela and Bonaire, Chris Doyle
The Panama Cruising Guide, Eric Bauhaus

Other Local & Regional Guides
Diving
Diving the British Virgin Islands, Jim and Odile Scheiner
The Dive Sites of the Virgin Islands, Lawson Wood

Coral Reef Fishes, Ewald Leiske & Robert Myers
Guide to Gamefish of the Atlantic Ocean

Caribbean Birds

Language Assistance
Spanish For Cruisers, Kathy Parsons
French For Cruisers, Kathy Parsons

Knots
Cyrus L Day Knots & Splices, Revised by Colin Jarman
Pocket Guide to Knots, Lindsey Philpott
Don Street's Knots, Don Street (DVD)

Fishing
The Cruiser's Handbook to Fishing, Scott Bannerot & Wendy Bannerot
Saltwater Fishing Made Easy, Martin Pollizotto

Cookbooks
Kitchen Afloat, Joy Smith
Joy of Cooking, Irma S Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker
Cruising Cuisine, Kay Pastorius
The Cruising Chef Cookbook, Michael Greenwald
The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann
The Big Book of Casseroles, Maryana Vollstedt
Off the Shelf, Donna Hay
What Can I Bring? Cookbook, Anne Byrn
Big Flavors of the Hot Sun, Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby
The Thrill of the Grill, Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby

Boat Maintenance
The Complete Rigger's Apprentice, Brion Toss
Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubleshooting, Ed Sherman
Fiberglass Repair, Polyester or Epoxy, David and Zora Aiken
Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, Nigel Calder

First Aid
American Red Cross First Aid
American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED
American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid
Advanced First Aid Afloat, Peter F Eastman, M.D. and John M Levinson, M.D.
Where There Is No Doctor, A Village Health Care Handbook, David Werner with Carol Thurman and Jane Maxwell

Periodicals
Practical Sailor
Seven Seas Cruising Association Commodores' Bulletin
Latitudes and Attitudes
Cruising World
Sailing
Islands
Vessel Name: Vida Dulce
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 440
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Crew: Jerry and Susan Barber
About: Jerry and Susan moved aboard Vida Dulce in late October of 2010. We are currently in the Caribbean.
Vida Dulce's Photos - Main
12 Photos
Created 23 October 2015
20 Photos
Created 1 September 2015
North Coast, West section 2015; Havana to Baracoa Bus Trip 2016
100 Photos
Created 15 May 2015
38 Photos
Created 11 March 2015
50 Photos
Created 25 December 2014
The road trip included 7 States: WA, OR, ID, WY, CO, UT, MT
16 Photos
Created 3 August 2014
Hurricane Season 2014
1 Photo | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 14 June 2014
Pictures of our stay in Honduras 2014
1 Photo | 5 Sub-Albums
Created 4 January 2014
10 Photos
Created 18 October 2013
4 Photos
Created 20 September 2013
Our Dec 2012 - Feb 2013 visit
55 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 31 December 2012
Happy Holidays from Isla Providencia, Colombia
11 Photos
Created 31 December 2012
Photos of my on-board garden
16 Photos
Created 28 September 2012
4 Photos
Created 26 December 2011
Pictures of our time in Panama, Sept 2011 - Dec 2012
1 Photo | 5 Sub-Albums
Created 29 September 2011
Pictures of our visit to Columbia, May-Oct 2011
1 Photo | 5 Sub-Albums
Created 15 July 2011
Photos of our series drogue and May 2011 practice deployment and retrieval
24 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
Pictures from our brief visit to Bonaire, Curacao & Aruba in May 2011
35 Photos
Created 11 May 2011
Pictures of our short stay off Isla Pelona in May 2011
17 Photos
Created 11 May 2011
Pictures of our time in Grenada, April 2011
48 Photos
Created 23 April 2011
Pictures of our island stops in the Grenadines, April 2011
36 Photos
Created 4 April 2011
Photos of St Vincent, April 2011
11 Photos
Created 2 April 2011
Photos of St Lucia March 2011
46 Photos
Created 15 March 2011
68 Photos
Created 7 March 2011
Photos of Dominica 2011
3 Photos
Created 7 March 2011
Photos of Iles des Saintes, Feb 2011
12 Photos
Created 17 February 2011
Photos of Guadeloupe, Feb 2011
49 Photos
Created 13 February 2011
Photos of Barbuda, Jan 2011
15 Photos
Created 14 January 2011
20 Photos
Created 30 December 2010
2 Photos
Created 26 December 2010
Photos of Red Hook, St Thomas and Vida Dulce getting a new bank of batteries and the installation of her new custom made arch which will support 4 solar panels.
28 Photos
Created 9 November 2010
Haul out of Vida Dulce in November of 2010.
23 Photos
Created 9 November 2010
Lots of photos of various places not in other albums. Most are included directly in a blog entry.
27 Photos
Created 31 October 2010
15 Photos
Created 11 September 2010
A "Working" Trip with Jim to start outfitting the boat for cruising.
31 Photos
Created 10 September 2010
11 Photos
Created 5 April 2010
34 Photos
Created 5 April 2010