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. [...]

Some things weren't meant to be

16 March 2017 | Lee Stocking Island to Little Bay, Great Guana Cay
Well a disappointing start to the day as we were denied access to land and look around the research centre. There were some workers clearing up some debris outside the main buildings near the pier and we came ashore and politely asked if we could walk around and have a look. The gentlemen told us that it was private property and the owner did not allow people on the island. After reading and hearing so much about the centre is was shattering to get that news. The closest we came was walking 50 feet from the pier to talk to the foreman who gave us the bad news. Apparently, the new owner is from Germany and has bought 2 other islands as well. She intends opening up resorts on all three islands and will be using the main building at the research centre as an office complex or so we were led to believe.
We made our way back to the boat and wasted no further time there and headed off to Rudder Cut Cay. We arrived just before lunch and dropped the dinghy in and grabbed our snorkelling gear. From what we had read and first-hand accounts from friends, there was a stainless steel piano with a mermaid on the sea floor just near the Cay. The next Cay north from here is Musha Cay and is owned by David Copperfield. We hear that he had the piano and mermaid statues commissioned and placed there. We anchored 38South in a quiet cove just near the spot and took the dinghy across to the place marked on the chart. There is a considerable tidal run past the statue and the best time to visit would be either high or low slack water. We missed the top of the tide by an hour or so but it was not bad. The statues have considerable growth on them now and will soon I suspect blend into the seafloor but for now are quite easy to spot in the 5-6m of water. we made full use of Mezz' waterproof camera and I took some close up shots of the statue proving that the camera is waterproof to a reasonable depth. The water temperature has been steadily dropping and today broke the 23 degree barrier, with the cold north wind that was blowing at 20kts it was straight back to the boat for a hot shower and some lunch. This was originally our destination for the evening but we decided to continue on for while. We had seen what looked like a nice protected anchorage on the chart a few miles north of here and made a leisurely passage on motors up the inside of the bank. We passed quite close to Musha Cay (David Copperfields private Island) his helipad looked like a dump with mountains of rubble and whitegoods piled up. (we though that he could surely make it disappear if he wanted to... that's what he does after all). It continued to blow like stink in the wrong direction as we motored northward and we were both looking for jumpers which seemed odd considering where we were. The path up the inside of the bank is by no means a straight line. We were following a zig zag course of channels in between ragged Cays and sand banks the whole way so there was no relaxing until we finally dropped the hook here in Little Bay on Great Guana Cay. We had read in the chartbooks and pilotage notes that this was a quiet little anchorage that not many people used. Apparently the other 14 boats that were already here had read the same book. It was forecast to blow 25kts again tonight so we were glad to be tucked into the corner. The anchor dug in well and it is flat calm where we are but the wind is howling through the rig. A couple of massive forequarter lamb chops were produced from the fridge and duly incinerated on the BBQ before we retired for the night and I started writing up todays adventures. I will attempt to upload this however we are on the very fringe of reception. If successful then I think it will be an early night and we will see what happens tomorrow. I have added some photos to the gallery as well. it is nice to have some data
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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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