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

Cruisers Helping Cruisers

14 January 2017 | Exuma Bahamas
When we sailed the North Channel and Georgian Bay we were well aware of the Little Current Cruisers Net slogan, Cruisers Helping Cruisers. We experienced this first hand this past two weeks in the Bahamas.

First, our solar panel controller failed. This meant we couldn't run our fridge and other electric devices consistently unless we were underway. We ordered a replacement in Spanish Wells but of course it had to come from the mainland, via air, which only came in once a week. Our neighbors across the dock on Leap of Faith learned of our problem and promptly offered their spare controller. They had upgraded their systems and had no more need of it so we didn't even have to replace it for them.

Second, a week later the propane suddenly stopped flowing to the stove. This meant cold food from cans on the menus and, horrors, no morning coffee. It was far too windy to attempt to use our Magma grill as a backup cooker. We were with a dozen boats on the mooring balls at Warderick Wells Exuma Park, so after the morning announcements, we got on Ch16 to ask for assistance. Three boaters answered with offers to give us their spare solenoid! Since the one we choose from SV Corret had been given to them, they played it forward and gave it to us at no cost. It works great and even uses less amps than our original unit.

Third, on our passage from Warderick Wells to Staniel Cay we managed to foul our fuel filters when the rough seas churned up gunk on the bottom of the fuel tank. We had plenty of spare fuel filters but had difficulty getting the air out of the lines to get the engine running again. Charlie from My Time Too became our hero, spending hours with Bill huddled over the engine finding and fixing the air leaks. He showed Bill a couple of innovative tricks we will keep for future reference. Charlie and Kathie graciously accepted the scones we delivered to their boat in thanks this morning.

The next day we still had a glitch in starting, so we appreciated when Darrell from Majica came by with his toolkit to fine tune our engine. Betty tells me Darrell has five tool kits on board to deal with any event.

So we are hoping that "3 is the charm" and we can be the helper instead of the helpee as we continue our adventures.
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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