Going Home

Vessel Name: 38 South
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 380
Hailing Port: Melbourne, Australia
Crew: Meryn & Rick Cooper
About: living onboard 3 months of the year, aim to see as much of the world as we can
Extra: The final destination is Melbourne Australia, via TBA.......
22 July 2019 | Melbourne Australia/St Augustine Florida
13 October 2017
10 April 2017 | Green Cove Springs
08 April 2017 | Reynolds Park Yacht Center - Green Cove Springs
06 April 2017 | Reynolds Park Yacht Center - Green Cove Springs
31 March 2017 | Port St Lucie via West Palm Beach
27 March 2017 | Alice Town, Bimini
21 March 2017 | Allens Cay to Nassau across the Bahama Bank
20 March 2017 | Shroud Cay to Allens Cay via Highbourne Cay
19 March 2017 | Warderick Wells Cay – Boo Boo Hill walking tour and then to Shroud Cay
18 March 2017 | Thunderball Grotto, Pig Beach then to Warderick Wells Cay
17 March 2017 | Staniel Cay via Bitter Guana Cay
16 March 2017 | Lee Stocking Island to Little Bay, Great Guana Cay
15 March 2017 | Georgetown to The Caribbean Marine Research Centre, Lee Stocking Island.
13 March 2017 | South Point Long Island to Georgetown, Exuma via Nuevitas Rocks
09 March 2017 | Aklin Island to Gordons Beach, Long Island
08 March 2017 | Mayaguana to Attwood Harbour, Aklins Island
03 March 2017 | Provo, Turks and Caicos to Abrahams Bay, Mayaguana
27 February 2017 | South Caicos to Provodenciales Island (Provo) – Caicos Marina and Shipyard
Recent Blog Posts
22 July 2019 | Melbourne Australia/St Augustine Florida

It can't be that long between posts

I cannot believe it has been so long since the last post. We have had some highs and lows since we parked at Green Cove Springs in 2017.

13 October 2017

Maintenance Time

Just an update on the status of 38 South. September was an interesting month with Hurricane Irma's path to be right across the top of the boat. It meant a quickly assembled trip across to further strip and secure her for the pending bad weather. As it turned out it was a glancing blow and we received [...]

10 April 2017 | Green Cove Springs

Out of the Water

Well we are now on dry land. This morning the mast was removed and the boat lifted from the water. we have now been placed in our "spot" until we return. we have been continuing the preparations to leave. The motors have been run on fresh water to flush the salt water from the heat exchangers and [...]

08 April 2017 | Reynolds Park Yacht Center - Green Cove Springs

Packing up takes time

Well the packing up seems so huge. there is so much to do. we have been getting organised with bags and such and will probably leave most of our stuff on the boat, clothes and the like. there only seems to be the souvenirs and my dive gear that has to come home. Our suitcases are like the russian [...]

06 April 2017 | Reynolds Park Yacht Center - Green Cove Springs

This is home for the boat for the next year

now that we are in the US, under the terms of our cruising permit we are required to make a telephone call in to Customs and Border Protection for a "Coastwise Movement" notification each time we move. For our run up the Intracoastal Waterway this has been an almost daily occurrence. travelling up through [...]

31 March 2017 | Port St Lucie via West Palm Beach

In the US of A

Well we hired a golf cart and had a good look around which took the best part of a couple of hours. turns out some of the best scenery is over the hill about 300 metres from where we are in the Marina. we took some drinks across to the beach at sunset and sat and toasted the sunset with some snacks. [...]

The Bluest shallowest water we have sailed in

27 February 2017 | South Caicos to Provodenciales Island (Provo) – Caicos Marina and Shipyard
Monday 27th Feb – Thursday 2nd Mar
Left the anchorage at South Caicos and made our way across the Caicos Bank. This was crystal clear water between 2 and 3 metres deep. We draw about 1.3m so it was a bit un-nerving sailing at up to 10 knots across the bank with 700mm of water under us. The charts are quite good and give precise trig points between navigable water but knowing that the water half a mile away was knee deep kept us on our toes. Add to that the prospect of coral heads or bommies strewn around and you can imagine the nerves were shot when we arrived at Provo after 32 miles across the bank.
On approach to Provo about 5NM out we heard a someone calling a vessel in position blah blah and giving a lat and long. They did this a couple of times. On the second call I looked at the GPS and the position was almost where we were. I said to Mick that it sounded like they were calling us as there were no other boats in the area. It turns out they have an extensive Radar network and can see all vessels approaching. We responded and were asked to give our vessel details and those of the people onboard. We advised them of our destination and Customs and Immigration were sent to meet us. And meet us they did with outstretched arms and receipt books at the ready. (that would be cash only please.) 50 dollars to Customs to check in the boat. If we stayed over 7 days we would require a “cruising permit” at a further 300 dollars. No thanks I think we will leave before then. Then comes Immigration and another 30 bucks. Add another charge of 50 bucks from Customs to check us out and yep Immigration had their hand out for another 30 as well so our 4 days in T&C cost us a total of 160USD Cash only.
Rant over and back to our stay there. Mick was booked to fly back to Melbourne from here so we needed to stay for a few days. We arranged to hire a car for a couple of days to look around. Thankfully being an British Overseas Territory they were sensible and drove on the LHS of the road. They even had RHD cars. We sussed out all the things we needed to do and checked out where the airport was so we could drop Mick off at the appropriate time and then did some exploring, We caught up with Allison, the daughter of some friends who is working at Club Med Turqoise for dinner which was great. The restaurant was called Boogaloo and was right on the beach. There were stand up tables out in the water that you could have drinks at when the tide was in, quite bazaar.

Mick was duly dropped off at the airport in time to catch his flight and we started getting ready to leave. There were strong winds forecast for a few days and we wanted to be clear of Provo and in a secure anchorage when they arrived.

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Created 31 March 2017
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Created 27 March 2017
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Created 20 March 2017
Thunderball Grotto, Pig Beach and Iguanas
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Created 20 March 2017
Piano and Mermaid
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Created 16 March 2017
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Soufriere hills volcano, Plymouth, Little Bay
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Created 25 December 2015
Basseterre/ Marina Rivere Sans/Point-a-Pitre/Deshaies
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Created 25 December 2015
Portsmouth
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Created 25 December 2015
The Pitons and Rodney Bay
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Created 25 December 2015
Fort De France and Saint Pierre
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Created 25 December 2015
Blue Lagoon
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Created 1 December 2015
Admiralty Bay, A fantastic place, probably our favourite so far. And found a coffee to rival Melbourne
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Created 30 November 2015
Overnight Anchorage and some snorkeling. A marine park so fees applied. Barbecue Lobster on the beach for dinner if you wish
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Created 30 November 2015
We have now left Grenada at Tyrrel Bay and have checked into St Vincent and the Grenadines at Union Island.
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Created 30 November 2015
Anchored on the western side of Ronde Island just west of Kickem Jenny subsea volcano. There is an exclusion zone around the Volcano in place.
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Created 30 November 2015
Sitting on the "Hard" while doing some necessary maintenance before commecing the trip
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Created 9 November 2015
On the pick and hauled for the season
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Created 14 October 2015

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