Whisper Sailing

Bill and Judy's adventures continue..........

24 April 2017 | Bahamas
03 April 2017 | Thompson Bay
31 March 2017 | Great Exuma
28 February 2017 | Palm Cay Marina
17 February 2017 | Palm Cay Marina, Nassau, Bahamas
27 January 2017 | Little Farmers Cay, Exemas
14 January 2017 | Exuma Bahamas
26 December 2016 | Spanish Wells, Bahamas
19 December 2016 | Devils Cay, Berry Islands
19 December 2016 | Addison NASA Bridge
19 December 2016 | Cave Cay to Spence Rock
04 December 2016 | Abacos Bahamas
12 November 2016 | Jacksonville Beach FL
05 May 2016 | Darien, GA
23 April 2016 | Gulf Stream
22 April 2016 | Northern Abaco
10 April 2016 | Abaco
31 March 2016 | Exuma, Eleuthra, Abaco
30 March 2016 | Bahamas
09 March 2016 | B;ackpoint Settlement. Exumas

Vacation.... not so much!

10 January 2016 | Ft Lauderdale FL
Judy Cook
Our layover in Ft Lauderdale since the holidays has been a mixed bag... on the one hand, we are basking in the Florida sun, on the other, we are daily plugging away at the to-do list on Whisper. We do agree, however, that boat work in Florida is way preferable to boat work in Wisconsin in May... or June. So since there isn't much travel excitement to report, this blog goes into the techy details of our upgrades to the boat. For our non-sailing friends who have trouble with the terminology I'll post pictures in the gallery.

Our first task when we got here was to arrange for a bimini to be built to shade the helm station from the sun. Everyone tells us the sun in the Islands can be brutal. The unit will also serve as the base for our solar panels. The panels should recharge our batteries on a constant basis so that we can run our refrigerator all the time. Now we can only run it when the engine is running or when we are plugged in to shore power. We also must install a controller unit to manage the power between the solar panels and the batteries. This involved (another) descent for me into the dank hole of the port lazarette (boat basement, only a lot smaller).

Improving our electrical system also includes installing an inverter so that we can charge up our computers, phones and other plug-ins. The inverter converts the 12 volt battery power into standard 'household' type power and has two standard outlets and one USB port for our use. All of this electrical stuff will allow us to anchor out for more than a few days and to conserve fuel, which is pricey in the Islands.

In addition to the electrical stuff, we wanted more water and more fuel storage so we purchased 5 gallon jugs for reserve supplies. These are mounted against a board that Bill installed on the deck between stanchions to keep them out of the way but secure. We also have a 25 gallon water bladder but haven't yet figured out what to do with it.

The easiest installation item has been the SSB (single side band) radio we purchased to get the weather broadcasts... that involved six AA batteries. The second easiest is the fiddle (divider) we glued between the sink and the bread locker to kept the dish water from dripping into the locker.

So you are probably wondering what I was doing while Bill was drilling and wiring and soldering and gluing? My list included oiling the teak handrails and floor grate, scrubbing the decks, diveying up the 20 pounds of peat moss into 18 Ziplock bags for use in the composting toilet, de-molding the walls and woodwork below decks, polishing the stainless steel deck fittings, reorganizing the provisions, and making up the to-do and shopping lists!

Whew!! we still have a few more to go but should have it all completed this week.

We did get a mini-vacation of a weekend on the west coast, where we visited with my sister, Bill's sister, and sailing friends from South Shore. It was an easy two hour drive across Alligator Alley (no we did not see any) to Naples.
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Vessel Name: Whisper
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan 34-2
Hailing Port: Milwaukee WI
Crew: Bill and Judy
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Whisper's Photos - Main
Every shade of blue-green-purple greets our eyes on a continuing basis
15 Photos
Created 24 April 2017
Our first island anchorages were in the Berries. Sugar sand beaches, clear blue water, conch and starfish, everyday a new wonderful experience.
10 Photos
Created 16 April 2016
We are spending over a week in Bimini waiting for weather to cross to the Berry Islands (a 75 mile crossing that will require two good days). So we walk, drive, and dinghy our way around North Bimini to learn about the land and the people.
20 Photos
Created 6 February 2016
There were many projects we did to upgrade Whisper to a more efficient, comfortable, safe and enjoyable boat.
7 Photos
Created 10 January 2016
The many contrasting scenes on the Intercoastal Waterway
36 Photos
Created 25 December 2015
Our favorite anchorage on the eastern shore. The cove featured St Martin Point house and grounds, a 19th century home with accommodations for eighteen people, currently available as vacation rental. Dan, the caretaker invited us to explore the house and grounds.
14 Photos
Created 28 October 2015
6 Photos
Created 27 October 2015
Workboat Festival
8 Photos
Created 26 October 2015
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
7 Photos
Created 25 October 2015
Boat show
6 Photos
Created 11 October 2015
Highlights of our stay in the Big Apple
14 Photos
Created 2 October 2015
Fixed bridges, lift bridges, railroad bridges, road bridges, bridges to nowhere.
8 Photos
Created 13 September 2015
"I stayed too long at the fair"
12 Photos
Created 11 September 2015
5 Photos
Created 1 September 2015
I walked from the yacht club to the downtown area to purchase a nautical chart at the general store. Charming homes from the mid-1800s with fenced in yards and patios. Main square at City Hall has umbrella tables and chairs to enjoy the fresh air. Lots of interesting shops and restaurants, wished we could stay longer.
7 Photos
Created 27 August 2015
Transiting the 243 miles of the Trent Severn Waterway system
5 Photos
Created 25 August 2015
Into the Georgian Bay
7 Photos
Created 6 August 2015
We took Whisper on a loop through the French River Small Craft Route with Russ and Lisa onboard. Uproar can't do the route because of depth...and maybe width!
8 Photos
Created 3 August 2015
We spent the past week attempting to show Sue all of our favorite places... we got in quite a few!!!
7 Photos
Created 23 July 2015
First anchorage in Canada
4 Photos
Created 14 July 2015
Scenes from one of our favorite places on Lake Michigan
5 Photos
Created 10 July 2015
Preparation for our extended cruise from Milwaukee, WI to the Bahamas and ????
3 Photos
Created 17 June 2015