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

Rain Is A State of Mind

30 January 2016 | Boot Key Harbor
Michael/Rain (what else?)
With El Nino continuing to pelt us with day-after-day of soggy weather, I have decided that rain is a state of mind. I don't melt. It's not particularly cold. Why not just behave as though the sun is shining and go about our days?

Yesterday we explored the mangrove creeks by dinghy. We discovered an undeveloped branch of Sister Creek that opened up into a sizable pond surrounded entirely by mangroves. Winds were blowing 15kts just 10 feet above us, but deep in the mangroves the water was glassy and serene. Lovely! Meanwhile, we counted 25 boats med-moored on Sister Creek, most waiting for a mooring ball to open up in the harbor. The foul weather has caused cruisers (like us) to linger longer than planned creating a record backlog. The waiting list is approaching a month. We spoke to some cruisers about life in the creek, and there is no shortage of drama apparently with anchors dragging and boaters running over their bow anchors, no-seeums and, of course, LONG dinghy rides everywhere. What a year we chose to visit the Keys! Good call, Hetzers!

We are in full-on, Bahamas prep now, making lists and checking them off. I have replaced the carburetor in the outboard, rewired (again!) Aria's power grid, added 1" of insulation to the refrigerator, bought a 44 lb Rocna anchor to replace our 33lb CQR and many other upgrades large and small that will pay dividends in the remote, northern Abacos. I recently noticed that the engine has begun dripping small amounts of oil into the bilge, which has me concerned. Got to be addressed. It's always something.

We are going to the Bahamas by way of the Dry Tortugas and Southwestern Florida. Yeah, you read that right. We are determined to circumnavigate the Keys before crossing to the Bahamas. We don't want to get to the Abacos before March, anyway, so good weather/bad weather, we will press on with our Florida ambitions. These journeys will, of course, be documented in the blog.

As for my sunny state of mind, I'll let you know how that goes. (Just keep the electronics dry).
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