10 November 2017 | Majuro, The Marshall Islands
25 October 2017 | Tarawa Atoll, Kiribati
22 October 2017 | Equator South Pacific
07 October 2017 | Port Denarau, Fiji
05 October 2017 | Denerau, Fiji
23 September 2017 | Musket Cove, Fiji
23 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
15 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
08 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
06 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
01 April 2017 | Georgetown, Bahamas
31 March 2017 | Georgetown, Bahamas
26 March 2017 | Lee Stocking Cay, Exumas
20 March 2017 | White Point, Exumas
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

In the Land of Local Knowledge

06 December 2015 | Marathon Key, FL
Help, Boot Key Harbor has taken us hostage! With 3 cold fronts in 4 weeks, we have been hunkering down here in the best-protected anchorage in the Florida Keys. Meanwhile we are drinking in the local knowledge that comes from being surrounded by some 400+ fellow cruisers. Wade has advised me how to catch lobsters; "Diesel Dan" has agreed to be spearfishing buddy; Kevin and Lynn have shared all their secret anchorages and fun restaurants; Bob and Carol Abel taught us the etiquette of sundowners (we were doing it wrong); and so on.

After a trip home for Thanksgiving, we returned to Aria with Honey in our car, so we are all adjusting to the big changes that having a dog aboard entails. She continues to be a great icebreaker. There is a fraternity of cruiser's, yes, but among cruisers there is an even tighter fraternity of cruisers with pets. We have joined this sub-cult, thanks to Honey's multiple trips ashore each day.

Meanwhile, I have been working on a mysterious electrical problem, testing out our rainwater collection system, getting the dinghy legal and a dozen other boat tasks. The wifi here is fast, and Tammy has been catching up impressively on work. We have a car for a few weeks, so we no longer have to walk to the grocery. Such luxury!

It's safe to say, we are both sick of the rain. Every pair of shorts I have has a wet butt. We are hanging clothes below decks in a desperate attempt to get something dry.

On the plus side, we are no longer suffering from that lost feeling of nothing-to-do. So perhaps in that regard we are settling in to some degree. Cruising, I am beginning to think, is less about moving myself from one place to another as it is about changing the patterns of my life - not because there was anything wrong with the old patterns, but just because it's fun to try something new. I have never been much of a joiner, but we are diving in here, being "Yes Men," to the opportunities around us. In the absence of such changes, cruising has the potential of being nothing more substantial than a change in geography.

But if this rain doesn't quit soon, there may be a MAJOR change in our geography!
Hailing Port: Myrtle Beach, SC
Crew: The Hetzers: Tammy & Michael
About: Email: michael (at) webhenmedia (dot) com
Home Page: http://www.sothishappened.me
Album: Main | So This Happened
Oct-Nov 2017 aboard Moon Dancer
54 Photos
Created 10 November 2017
33 Photos
Created 22 April 2016
65 Photos
Created 30 June 2015
Continued, beginning with Christmas Eve on Hawksbill Cay through Staniel Cay and beyond
73 Photos
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.
53 Photos
Created 21 November 2013
Conrad and I hiked 8 days through Bavaria beginning in Oy-Mittleberg and ending in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
28 Photos
Created 30 July 2013
June 2013: St. Helena Sound, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Bluffton
33 Photos
Created 25 June 2013
Tammy and I, sans kids, visit Beaufort, Morehead City, Bald Head Island and Southport
26 Photos
Created 1 April 2013
Instead of a bushing, I used two custom-made steel plates to repair an elongated hole that supports the alternator.
9 Photos
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.
18 Photos
Created 26 January 2013
25 Photos
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!
27 Photos
Created 12 August 2012
Michael's voyage from the BVI to Bermuda, May 7, 2012
25 Photos
Created 6 May 2012
Pictures sailing in our home waters, a stretch of the coastal Atlantic called, Long Bay.
5 Photos
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
21 Photos
Created 24 April 2012
Hetzers, Plus Sarah Martin!
32 Photos
Created 8 April 2012
Trying out the new mainsail, a mylar/taffeta laminate sail from Neil Pryde.
9 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
17 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Six guys, two identical Beneteau 40s, a dozen islands and ample stores of rum - how I spent spring break, 2010.
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Summer 2010
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Christmas 2009
20 Photos
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.
26 Photos
Created 2 April 2012