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Vessel Name: Out of the Blue
Vessel Make/Model: Seaward 32
Hailing Port: Navarre,FL
Crew: Rick & Vicki
About:
Rick is a retired Air traffic controller from Houston and Miami Centers. He loves anything dealing with water and wind! Vicki is a retired teacher from Humble TX. [...]
26 May 2014 | Man O War Cay
26 May 2014 | By Tahiti Beach
26 May 2014 | Elbow Cay
26 May 2014 | Hopetown
26 May 2014 | Hopetown
26 May 2014 | Hopetown
26 May 2014 | Elbow Cay
26 May 2014 | Hopetown
26 May 2014 | May18-21
25 May 2014 | May 16-17
25 May 2014
25 May 2014
25 May 2014
25 May 2014 | May 11-15
13 May 2014 | Abaco
10 May 2014 | Abaco
10 May 2014 | Manjack Cay
10 May 2014 | Abaco
04 May 2014 | State side
Recent Blog Posts
26 May 2014 | Man O War Cay

Back to Man O War

We are at the end of this leg of our journey. We are returning to Man O War to get the boat hurricane ready. This is a very secure,calm harbor. We are heading back to the states to spend a month with family. This adventure has been wonderful. We know it won't be long until we have our next sea trip. We wish you wonderful, exciting sea travels!

26 May 2014 | By Tahiti Beach

Clear water

Took this picture from the boat down through 7-8 ft of water. you can see the sand and seaweed at the bottom.

26 May 2014 | Elbow Cay

Tahiti beach

View of Tahiti beach.

26 May 2014 | Hopetown

Tahiti Beach

Hopetown has many fabulous locations, but our favorite area by far is Tahiti Beach. We sailed the boat out of the harbor to the Southernmost point of Elbow Cay, set the hook and kayaked/ dingied to the beach. It is a popular spot for young families because the water is very shallow for a long way out. There are many creatures to see-shells, snorkeling is good and kids can even stand up with a mask on and look under the water. This is a great area for bone fishing. I found several sunrise tellens and some seaglass. I really enjoyed kayaking all around and we both enjoyed snorkeling. Rick spent a good amount of time cleaning the bottom of the boat. The water is so clear you can see the bottom of ocean floor through 7-8 ft of water.

26 May 2014

View of beach-Hopetown

This was taken in a memorial garden in Hopetown.

26 May 2014 | Hopetown

Lighthouse 2

A view from the top-this is a working lighthouse.

Feb.18-19

20 February 2014 | Lower Monacumbe to Islamorada
Vicki/ shorts weather finally!
We left our anchorage feeling good. The seagrass problem was solved! I failed to mention in earlier blogs that there are literally 1,000s of crab/lobster pots everywhere-like mine fields this time of year! We had never traveled at this time, so we're oblivious! You feel like you are in the midst of an obstacle course dodging them constantly-while is no easy feat for a sailboat! You've probably guessed, one pot got us and of course, Vicki was at the helm! We started taking on water by the shaft. We could get the water to stop as long as we were in neutral, but in forward or reverse, water poured in! Not a good scenerio! So, once again,we sailed into the protection of Lower Manacumbe-a little closer to our destination, but not much! Rick went over the side again, could not see anything messed up under the boat, but fely that the crab pot probably caught the shaft and pulled it. We called tow boat U S ( wonderful service) and 2 ladies came out. They towed us into Islamorada to Coral Bay marina where they immediately put us on slings and hauled us out! This was not exactly the way we planned to get to our destination but if it had to happen, it couldn't have happened at a better time or place. They were not busy at the time and could take care of it right away-and they are located right behind a grocery store and near everything we could possibly need. They worked on it all afternoon, and allowed us to slee on it that night, since it is our "home". We went to a wonderful restaurant with live music and a beautiful sunset-Lorilei's. The next morning, they determined that the Dripless stuffing box had not been burped when it was installed( I'm not making this up) and between that and the crab trap, there was a small gap whereat the water was coming in. They were able to fix that and while we were out anyway, we changed a battery and repaired our swim ladder.
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