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. [...]

We want wind but really.... enough is enough

03 March 2017 | Provo, Turks and Caicos to Abrahams Bay, Mayaguana
An early start from Caicos Marina and sailed out through the Sandbore Channel between North of West Caicos. From there it was a straight run across to Mayaguana and into Abrahams Bay. We anchored up in about 2metres of water and I swam on the anchor and checked it was set well. We then secured the boat for the strong winds 35+ knots that had been forecast for the next couple of days. We were greeted by a call on the radio from a man called Scully. Scully was the go to man for anything you may need and self appointed ambassador for Mayaguana.

Saturday 4th Mar – Tuesday 7th Mar
Abrahams Bay, Mayaguana
The wind was starting to get up now and for a quick break we took the dinghy in to the government dock in what turned out to be a rather wet encounter with the waves building in the lagoon. The dock does not have much navigable water and it is really only a concrete retaining wall with cleats. We found a good spot and tied up and walked the couple of hundred metres into town. It was good to stretch the legs. We walked around the town for a while and then settled into the bar for a quick drink and then next door for some lunch. Fresh Conch seemed the appropriate choice for me and Mezz had the Chicken. We then wandered back to the dock for our wet ride back to the boat and there we stayed until Monday lunchtime. With the anchor alarm on and a track active on the plotter we mapped the arc of our anchor through the 30+ gusts of wind for the nearly 48 hours. We had to go in on Monday to the government offices to do the official check in, pay for our cruising permit and fishing licence which was all rolled into the one (cash) payment of $300usd… sound familiar.
Given we would be cruising for the month in the Bahamas it didn’t really seem that bad. Or maybe I am just used to getting reamed now.
It was still blowing like stink so we went pretty much straight back to the boat after getting a Bahamas Sim card sorted. At least we had some data to get weather reports again. All bad news though. The ocean side of the reef was roaring so we were glad we were tucked inside for now.
We contacted Scully on the radio and arranged to do a tour of the Island if the wind had dropped on the Wednesday morning, and it had… so we did…..
The island tour was great, Scully was a wealth of information about the island and its history. We visited the US airforce base that was part of the Missile early warning system in the 60’s and early 70’s. the Airforce was responsible for a lot of the infrastructure on the Island and provided employment in the early days. Since abandoning the base, mother nature has taken a lot of it back. At least they have a really really good airstrip. The airports “international” terminal is in old fire truck shed and Scully is employed twice a week to run the generator and comms for the airstrip.
After a good look around and lots of photo’s we headed back to the boat. A late afternoon snorkel around the inner reef and we were ready for an early night. The wind was blowing under 20kts now and had been for the afternoon and evening so we decided to pack up and head off early the next morning.
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38 South's Photos - Main
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Created 10 April 2017
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Created 7 April 2017
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Created 6 April 2017
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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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Created 15 March 2017
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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