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

Island Times

17 March 2016 | Morgan's Bluff, Andros
The Keys are laid back, yes, but they hardly prepared us for what we found here at Andros, Bahamas. Life moves so slowly here that it took us two days to clear in!

We are anchored near Morgan's Bluff on the north side of the island. The anchorage is a postcard complete with derelict boats washed up on our lee shore.

Morgan's Bluff is a knockabout place of fishermen, a tiny bar, a fuel dock of boulders, sunken boats and people wandering around doing nothing we have been able to quite figure out.

We have already met quite a cast of characters. There's Captain Hardass (his actual island name), a conch diver who prepared a conch salad for me that was so much better than any conch salad I have ever had that I realized afterward that I had never had a conch salad before.

There's Harvey, an American who came here 12 years ago and keeps coming back. He seems to know everyone, and everyone knows him. "Why go anywhere else?" he asks.

Then there is Chris Curry, the local entrepreneur who runs a tourism business and seems to be everyone's cousin. He has been a huge help to us, from navigating the fuel dock to running interference with customs and immigration to arranging a tour of Andros for us tomorrow.

As for the trip here, we enjoyed a spirited crossing of the Gulf Stream with great winds and an eddy that added 1-3 kts of boat speed practically all the way to the Bahamas bank. I was beginning to wonder if there was something wrong with my GPS. We arrived so early, 3am, to the bank that instead of standing off till dawn we decided to risk dropping the hook at the edge of the bank in 20 feet of water. We both caught some sleep simultaneously - a real treat - then continued 50nm across the bank at first light. Winds were light, so we motored over transparent water all day, then anchored near Northwest Channel, again right on the bank. It's so strange to drop the anchor with no land in sight. It felt like the middle of the ocean. And the stars! Oh, my! We arose the next morning and finished the trip, reaching Andros about noon. We were well-rested and ready to begin exploring one of the least visited of Bahamas islands.
Hailing Port: Myrtle Beach, SC
Crew: The Hetzers: Tammy & Michael
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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
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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.
26 Photos
Created 2 April 2012