S.V. Gratitude

Brewer 44, hull number 284

18 March 2019 | Cumberland Island, GA
08 February 2019
08 February 2019 | George Town, Exumas
01 February 2019 | Great Harbor Cay
31 December 2018 | Stuart, FL
21 December 2018 | Stuart Florida
21 December 2018
17 December 2018 | Stuart, FL
14 December 2018 | St. Augustine, FL
13 December 2018 | Sister’s Creek
12 December 2018 | Atlantic Ocean
11 December 2018 | Windmill Harbour
01 March 2017 | Exumas
26 February 2017 | Jumentos Cays & Ragged Islands
09 February 2017 | Hog Cay, Jumentos Islands, Bahamas
27 January 2017 | En Route to Nassau
23 January 2017 | Sister Creek, Marathon, FL
06 January 2017 | Cayo Costa State Park
17 March 2016
14 March 2016

Ghost Ship

02 March 2015 | Pelican Bay, Cayo Costa, FL
EVS: Foggy
As we have made mention many times, our lives on the water are dictated by the weather. Most of the time, the issue we deal with is wind: too much, too little, or from the wrong direction. We are fair weather sailors and do not seek excitement. Yes, we and Gratitude are prepared for bad weather, but we prefer not to go out in it or to look for it if possible. Sometimes, it just is not possible, and we have found ourselves in pretty bad conditions – strong winds, high seas, and rain. Most of the time, however, we can select our time – or day – of departure and we experience pretty benign conditions: winds about 10-15 knots, or maybe 20-25 if from the stern, and 2-4 foot seas. If the winds get too high while en route, we put in a reef or two (reduce the sail area) and go just as fast but without the white knuckles.
Sometimes, however, we experience unusual conditions that simply do not let us move. This morning, at about 6:00, the sky was beautifully clear and, had we been planning to go anywhere, we would have been making preparations to get underway. About 15 minutes later, however, a dense fog settled over the harbor. Visibility was reduced to about 100 yards and we would have been stuck because there was no way to see our way out through the entrance and along the beaches. The fog did not burn off until nearly 11:00 am, and by then, any next port a reasonable distance away would have been too far to achieve.
We have seen fog such as this on two other occasions in the now seven years of cruising in southern waters: once in Nassau, Bahamas two years ago (but it did not last as long) and again about a week ago in Marathon in the Florida Keys, where it occurred over two successive days. We understand it is caused by a cold weather inversion, but we do not know our weather patterns well enough to know or explain why that happens down here. Suffice to say, whether we understand it or not, we respect it.
Because the fog did burn off, and the conditions were calm, we took the dinghy the three miles or so to Boca Grande Bayou to have lunch with friends from Brandon, VT who, with a friend from Narragansett, RI, are spending some time here away from the frozen north. We met them at the Loose Caboose, where Taz is treated like royalty – water in a cup and doggy treats. (Her GI issues seem to be resolving, but she is not completely well, so we will keep her on the rice, barley, and poached chicken diet for a few more days.)
Vessel Name: Gratitude
Vessel Make/Model: Brewer 44 Ketch
Hailing Port: Brandon, VT
Crew: Van and Lauren
About: It is hard to believe, but this is our 7th season aboard Gratitude. It will be a short season and close to FL, but we hope to relax, enjoy the time, being on the water, and each other. Come along.
Extra: Live it while you can.
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2015 Cruise

Who: Van and Lauren
Port: Brandon, VT