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. [...]

In the US of A

31 March 2017 | Port St Lucie via West Palm Beach
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. This place is... well it is hard to find new words to describe these places we are visiting. they are some of the most spectacular places and the nicest people around. we had a knock on the boat this morning and bought a dozen crayfish for 50 bucks. it was Garlic Crayfish for dinner and crayfish sandwiches the next day for lunch, we still have some in the freezer still. We cleared Customs and Immigration in the afternoon and the next morning headed out early to cross to Florida. With little to no wind and glassy seas we made the 70 mile jump north west to Palm Beach through the Lake Worth Inlet. anchoring overnight just inside the inlet saw us off to US Customs and Border Protection in the morning to check in. Arriving at a little before 10am we were expecting to be on our way quite quickly. well this was not to be so. a little over 3 hours later and we emerged wondering what had taken so long. all we had to do was present the papers and get a cruising permit and stamp the passports.
We got back onboard and moved the boat up Lake Worth to North Palm Beach and unknowingly dropped the hook right outside Jack Nicklaus's house which fronts the lake. there were a lot of nice houses around so it was hard to tell who was who. a quick spot of lunch and we were off exploring, first thing on the list was a US phone SIM so we could get back online. we don't realise just how much we depend on being connected to just do the basic stuff. I had to organise to drop an engine part off to a guy from Stuart. we had bought the part and had it shipped down to St Martin and it turned out to be wrongly identified and would not fit our motor. there was the usual banking and of course facebook cant possibly survive without Mezz (and me as well really) posting stuff.
Well the Sim is sorted and we are online with a magnificent amount of data to share between ourselves. we decided to head out for dinner as it was our 32nd wedding anniversary and had a magnificent meal in West Palm Beach. picked up some groceries and back to the boat.
This morning before beginning our northward journey up the ICW we did a quick visit to West Marine and picked up a joker valve for the toilet. for those who know what that is will know the job ahead of me. if will not describe it for the rest.....
we purchased a couple of fittings and some hose to modify the shower on one side to be diverted into the holding tank. there are some "no discharge" zones around and at the moment the grey water from the showers goes directly overboard via the bilge pump hose and we need to divert one of them to go into a holding tank. that will allow us to use one of the showers in those areas.
There were also a couple of blue strip LED's purchased and now we have a lovely blue hue about the boat.
With the shopping out of the way we weighed anchor and headed north. i think there were 5 or 6 bascule bridges to negotiate and a couple of fixed bridges of over 65 feet. our mast is 58'6" which Mick and I measured in St Martin and then made a label up for the Nav station so we wouldn't forget. each Bascule Bridge encounter on the waterway consisted of a call to the bridge tender to log our intent to pass at their next opening they were timed well so that one opened on the hour and half hour and the next one opened on the quarter past and quarter to. as long as we could maintain a reasonable speed we were able to get through without a huge delay. we settled into cruising the waterway stopping for lunch in a wider area out of the main channel. we arrived in Port St Lucie in the town of Stuart and dropped the anchor for the night just off the waterway and have arranged to drop off the engine part first thing in the morning and then we will be on our way again. We were hoping to be stopping around Port Canaveral tomorrow night and would love to fit in a Kennedy Space Center tour.
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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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