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

Bahamas at Last!

01 February 2016 | Alice Town, North Bimini
We have arrived at Alice Town, North Bimini. We made it in the month of January albeit the last day. We are docked at Brown's Marina, a small marina with room for a dozen and a half boats at fixed docks with lots of current and two foot tides. The water under Whisper's keel is a bright clear turquoise blue. We look over sand flats with occasional islands, the birds are walking there at low tide. We saw a manta ray leap out of the water just off the dock last night. It feels like island!!!

It wasn't without more 'issues'. Our original plan to cross over from Angelfish Creek to Bimini was changed when we awoke on Friday morning to depleted batteries. We diverted to Key Largo Harbor marina to plug in and diagnose the problem. When we arrived at Key Largo, the batteries had charged up fully. Go figure??

We called on our friend, Matt Koblenzer, to help with the diagnosis. He and Bill determined it wasn't the charging system. The next morning, Bill and his new best friend, Capt Carl, took both the house battery and the starting battery to the auto parts store for analysis. They came back with a new starter battery. So far, two days later, it appears that has solved the power issue.

Russ and Lisa forwarded Chris Parker's (the weather guru) recommendation for a Sunday crossing. We anchored out at Rodriquez Key Saturday night to be ready for a very early start on Sunday. Early came at 3am. We followed three other sailboats through the cut at Molasses Reef to get out into the open ocean and the Gulf Stream. We were four hours into it when the sun came up at 7am. We had 8-10 knots of breeze and 2-4' seas throughout the crossing, unfortunately mostly on the nose, but compared to the stories from our friends of eleven foot seas, we were very lucky with our weather window. We mad the crossing in eleven hours.

Just as I said to Bill as we approached the Bimini #2 marker at the channel entrance, "Are we close enough to believe we are really going to be in the Bahamas today?" he announced "I can't get the shifter out of gear". Luckily it was only 2 o'clock so we had some time to resolve this latest glitch before dark. Bill determined it was the linkage cable so we disconnect it. The plan was for me to operate the gear shifter directly at the transmission while Bill docked the boat. Good plan, except for taking into account a following wind and a swift current. After a couple of tries, and a few more bodies on the dock. we managed to man-handle Whisper into the assigned slip.

After a much needed rest (we were in bed by 8pm) we are up, fed, and ready figure out how to repair our transmission. Today has provided continuous rain, but it appears to be clearing now. The weather forecast for the week appears benign. We've already met some friendly folk, and acquaintances on LUX whom we originally met on the ICW. We are eager to explore by land and dinghy. We have our fishing and lobster permit. And yes, we are in the Bahamas.
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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
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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