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

Time to Leave

14 March 2016
We departed Cat Island on March 13 and sailed to Little San Salvador. The island is owned by the Holland America Cruise Line and is used to give the passengers on their cruise ships an “island experience”. The island itself is lovely, and the waters pristine. We could see the bottom in 60 feet of water as we approached. However, the setting is more Disney than authentic. We hoped to spend a day here in between cruise ships and in the absence of the thousands of passengers disgorged onto the beaches (and jet skis). Our arrival was perfect – the Westerdam was picking up anchor as we arrived, so we thought we would have the island to ourselves (aside from the work crew left behind to prepare for the next shipload). On March 14, however, as we were sitting down to enjoy our breakfast, not one, but two cruiseships came around the north end of the island. One headed to Eleuthera, but the other came right to Little San Salvador and dropped the hook. We finished breakfast and madly made preparations to pull up our anchor and get underway before the madding crowd was ferried ashore. (After the quiet of the Jumentos and Ragged Islands, the thought of 1000+ people on shore, with 50 of them on jet skis was not out idea of fun!) At least we gave the passengers a bit more of the island experience as we hoisted our sails and headed west toward Highbourne Cay in the Exumas.
Shortly after departing Little San Salvador, we set a fishing line with a rigged bally-hoo for bait and, in about 15 minutes we had hooked and landed a 40” Mahi Mahi. Van filleted that as we approached the cut into Highbourne and we had fresh grilled Mahi-Mahi for dinner. Even Thumbelina liked it!
We spent the following day (March 15) snorkeling some of the coral heads as this will be our last chance to do so this season. We found some beautiful corals with lots of little fish (but no big ones and no lobster for spearing) on the north and west sides of Highborne. We hauled the dingy up before dinner and prepared to set sail toward Nassau the next day.
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.

2015 Cruise

Who: Van and Lauren
Port: Brandon, VT