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22 October 2017 | Equator South Pacific
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01 April 2017 | Georgetown, Bahamas
31 March 2017 | Georgetown, Bahamas
26 March 2017 | Lee Stocking Cay, Exumas
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17 March 2017 | Staniel Cay
02 March 2017 | Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera
24 February 2017 | Little Harbour, Abacos
16 February 2017 | Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas
14 February 2017 | West End, Bahamas
11 February 2017 | West End, Bahamas

Unmoving

18 November 2015 | Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL
Michael
Sailboats are built for motion, they make terrible floating trailers. I love boats, but I have never wanted to live on a boat. When a boat stops moving, it loses interest for me. Its beauty is in motion, sails full, sheets loaded, heeled slightly, lifting forward, slicing the sea before its bow. The smell of spray! At anchor, as we have been for the last six days, it is a gangly, top-heavy thing covered by an inconvenient, now-purposeless web of rigging, lines, wires and a dozen little things upon which to stub a toe.

And so it is with some difficulty that Tammy and I are adjusting to life in a 35-foot long "float-a-minium" roughly the shape of a human eye. The novelty is wearing off, and now it is a matter of power budgets, water budgets, hot water budgets, damp sheets, pump-outs, dinghying to shore, hiking to grocery stores... heck, we'd be odd if we did NOT ask ourselves: Is it all worth it?

We have enjoyed Marathon Key. Yesterday we explored mangrove-lined Sister Creek by dinghy and saw our first manatee. The creek meets the ocean at Sombrero Beach, so we pulled the dinghy up onto the sand and went for a walk. The frothy sea reminded us why we have dallied here. 20kt winds over the last four days have churned up 5-6' seas in the Hawk Channel. In hyper-protected Boot Key Harbor, we had nearly forgotten. And so we have mingled with the tourists, enjoying the sights, the Turtle Hospital (very cool) while taking care of boat chores, which I assure you do not go away once you leave the dock, as well as a dozen other little things too small to mention. Despite this busyness, we both feel a little lost at times. Yesterday I found myself spying on my fellow cruisers to try to figure out what they actually DID all day. I asked Tammy the same question aloud. It was not rhetorical. She shrugged.

They say that a boat spends 95% of its time at anchor. If that is true - and I don't doubt that it is - then we will have to find at least as much purpose and beauty ashore as at sea. And that's really not that different from our life before cruising.
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Hailing Port: Myrtle Beach, SC
Crew: The Hetzers: Tammy & Michael
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Oct-Nov 2017 aboard Moon Dancer
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Created 10 November 2017
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Created 22 April 2016
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Created 30 June 2015
Continued, beginning with Christmas Eve on Hawksbill Cay through Staniel Cay and beyond
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Created 27 December 2013
This album covers a lot of sailing. First we sailed Aria from Little River to Nassau with Tom Leonard and Gary Miller. Later, while I remained aboard Aria, the family plus my old college pal, Larry Knipp, joined me at various times throughout the winter.
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Created 21 November 2013
Conrad and I hiked 8 days through Bavaria beginning in Oy-Mittleberg and ending in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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Created 30 July 2013
June 2013: St. Helena Sound, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Bluffton
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Created 25 June 2013
Tammy and I, sans kids, visit Beaufort, Morehead City, Bald Head Island and Southport
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Created 1 April 2013
Instead of a bushing, I used two custom-made steel plates to repair an elongated hole that supports the alternator.
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Created 15 February 2013
Photo essay of my project to replace heat exchanger, and make several other upgrades to the fresh water and sea water loops.
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Created 26 January 2013
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Created 6 September 2012
Tammy and I sailed to Cape Lookout Bight, then returned via Wrightsville Beach to Bald Head Island, where the kids and dog joined us. Lovely family vacation!
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Created 12 August 2012
Michael's voyage from the BVI to Bermuda, May 7, 2012
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Created 6 May 2012
Pictures sailing in our home waters, a stretch of the coastal Atlantic called, Long Bay.
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Created 28 April 2012
Scott Jackson, James "JD" Dodd and myself sailing from Marsh Harbour, Abacos to Little River, SC, clearing in at Charleston, SC
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Created 24 April 2012
Hetzers, Plus Sarah Martin!
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Created 8 April 2012
Trying out the new mainsail, a mylar/taffeta laminate sail from Neil Pryde.
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Created 3 April 2012
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Created 3 April 2012
Six guys, two identical Beneteau 40s, a dozen islands and ample stores of rum - how I spent spring break, 2010.
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Created 3 April 2012
Summer 2010
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Created 3 April 2012
Christmas 2009
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Created 3 April 2012
The boat was in Milford, CT when I bought it. We sailed it home... well, motored mostly, as there was no wind, and we got the mainsail jammed in the mast on the first day. We came ashore in Atlantic City to take on more fuel.
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Created 2 April 2012