21 March 2018 | Treasure Cay Marina, Abaco
09 March 2018 | Spanish Wells
02 March 2018 | Eleuthera, Bahamas
21 February 2018 | Black Point, Exuma. Bahamas
06 February 2018 | Red Shanks anchorage
05 February 2018 | Georgetown, Bahamas
18 January 2018 | Staniel Cay
03 January 2018 | Palm Cay, Nassau Bahamas
22 December 2017 | Bimini Blue Water Resort
19 December 2017 | Fort Lauderdale
14 December 2017 | St. Augustine
09 December 2017 | Charleston
08 December 2017 | Charleston, SC
25 November 2017 | Alligator-Pungo canal (20 miles)
20 November 2017
03 October 2017
30 September 2017 | NYC
29 September 2017 | NYC skyline

Abaco, Bahamas

21 March 2018 | Treasure Cay Marina, Abaco
Leaving Spanish Wells at dawn enabled us to reach the cut into the Sea of Abaco by 3:00 pm- on a rising tide - and could not have been better planned. We sailed the whole way at 6-7 kts and reinforced our love of sailing in this beautiful ocean, on these variations-of-blues, sparkling clear water.
Anchoring off Lanyard Cay provides some protection from wind and swell, but we were anxious to move to Treasure Cay the next morning.
As I write this, we have been at anchor or mooring at Treasure Cay for 10 days.
Sarah & Blair came to visit for 5 days, and locating at this sweet resort allowed us to go for day sails, snorkeling, beach, running ( Sarah & Blair) and restaurants.
It was so wonderful and fun to hang out with these two, and sad to see them go so soon. The weather gods smiles upon us as the beautiful weather during their stay was sandwiched between two cold fronts.
We’ve stayed here for an extra three days sitting out the predicted “ wind event” of squalls and “30-50” kt gusts. Staying on a mooring at a reputable marina usually brings with it confidence in your safety and the safety of the boat..... but not today!
We have been on the same mooring since Sarah & Blair left, and last night at 3 am, the mooring chain broke and we drifted into another (beautiful Island Packet 47) sailboat.
Being awakened by screaming people when you are sleeping on a sailboat is not only anxiety producing, but makes one just want to go home (ie...Ann)
All underwear-clad crew on deck to start the engine, and ANCHOR in the DARK with 15-20kt winds blowing in a crowded anchorage.
Here I sit 12 hours later, and my stomach is finally settling down. John was extremely competent, as usual, which another reason why I sail with him! So, we have no damage on our boat but bent a stanchion on theirs, and we made new friends. John is dealing with the insurance company now-
We’ll leave here in the morning, heading to Hopetown where we will be able to fill our tanks with water and do laundry. Our plan is to leave Hopetown after a day or two and cross Whale Cay cut to Green Turtle Cay- touted as having awesome snorkeling/dive sites. There has been no need to scuba dive here, however, Green Turtle Cay may require us to don our scuba gear and go for a swim. We’re hoping to get some good shark footage on the GoPro for Sarah & Blair- they may have seen a small shark, but bigger ones would be cool!
As our dear family & friends recover from the “first day of spring” snowfall, know we think of you often, miss you, and happy to have missed winter 2018!
We’ll end up at the West End of Abaco within a few weeks and wait for a good weather window to cross the Gulf Stream to West Palm Beach.
Why West Palm? We are meeting a broker to look at our boat and will then sail it to Annapolis and put Perspective on the market. No sailboat in front of our house this summer, but we are already looking for the next one.... with a few extras- we’ve got a list. ⛵️
Take care everyone!

Spanish Wells

09 March 2018 | Spanish Wells
Caper Eleuthera marina provided us with an opportunity to tour the Cape Eleuthera Island school. They have 52 students from all over the world and specialize in marine sciences. Cost- $31K for 100 days!
We also rented an SUV and did some 4-wheeling to get to lighthouse point, a magnificent beach with big coral cliffs.
Our first Junkanoo was experienced in Rock Sound- a full-on parade celebration that goes on into the night. ( see the picture).
Leaving Cape Eleuthera marina was bittersweet as, once again, we had a different sailing plan than our buddy-boat friends (the Swains). Heading north along the Eleuthera Coast, we timed our passage through Current Cut just right, landing in Spanish Wells.
Current cut is a "shortcut" through the islands, saving us 17 miles of sailing. However, the tides here, as well as the current, are not at all exact as they are in the states- so they involve a lot of math to time it right. The current in Current cut goes 6-8 kts. at max- our boat powers at 6.5 kts max.
We again got stuck at the marina at Spanish Wells, along with a bunch of other boats ( and new friends).
We now have a 36 hour weather window to get the 65 miles to Abaco, before the next front moves in for 5-6 days.
Sarah & Blair are arriving on Thursday in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. We're super excited to hang out with them!
We are moving out of the marina today, moving closer to the next "cut" that will allow us to sail the big ocean to cross to Abaco tomorrow. It'll be a 6 am morning, and a very long day.
We're throwing lines off the dock now.... got to go!
Take care everyone!

Goodbye Exumas!

02 March 2018 | Eleuthera, Bahamas
We met my sister, Jane, & brother-in-law, Ben, at Staniel Cay where a co-founder of YouTube had just proposed to his girlfriend. It was a loud, partying mood of dripping wealthy, “ beautiful” young people- not a good first impression of our sailing lifestyle, but fun none the less!
The weather gods were super good to us for the four day visit and provided calm seas and mild winds. We sailed to the Exumas Land and Sea Park, visiting Warderick Wells and Cambridge Cay. Snorkeling was awesome- sharks, Eagle rays, turtles, many colorful reef fish, and a 6+ ft barracuda that made us all jump into the dinghy so fast we looked like baby seals popping out onto the rocks on the coast of Maine. This was immediately followed by an Eagle Ray jumping completely out of the water so we saw its entire underbody right in front of us....... super exciting. An almost-full-moon night provided great visibility for feeding fish off the boat on our mooring- who knew bull sharks like corned beef (ie- cat food)?
We met up with our dear buddy-boat family- the Swain’s- and the reunion was wonderful.
It is with mixed emotions that we left the Exumas, sailing across Exuma sound (depths to 8000+feet) under main and spinnaker flying, and landed at Eleuthera Resort & Marina. We’ll be here for at least 4 days as the nor’easter hitting the east coast is providing gusty northerly 30-40kt winds.
We will work our way up to the Abacos by mid-March as Sarah & Blair will be coming for a visit. We’re anxious to show them the beauty that surrounds us everyday.
In the meantime, we’ll rent a car and explore Eleuthera, a nice reentry to civilization we have not had in 3 1/2 months. This is a quiet, low-key island, but that distinction is relative to what we have been experiencing in the Exumas, which is lots of remoteness with just a sprinkling of creature comforts. The bull & nurse sharks are still cruising under our boat in the marina- so no difference there!
(I will post the turtle and dolphin videos to FB since blog followers are also my FB friends- and we have found the elusive WIFI!!!
The picture is our view as we sit poolside- feeling like tourists.
Take heart to our northern friends and family- it’s already March and spring is around the corner!

As far south as we’ll get......this year.

21 February 2018 | Black Point, Exuma. Bahamas
As mentioned in the previous blog post, Georgetown has all the conveniences a “live-aboard” needs- groceries, water, liquor store, restaurants, shops. I say this with a smirk on my face because these conveniences may not be what you are imagining- “water” involves taking our 5-gallon containers for a mile-long dinghy ride, getting in line, filling them from a hose at the public dock, bringing them back to the sailboat, & partially replenishing our fresh water tanks. Returning to the boat means going against the wind/waves which = spray over the bow = arrive soaking wet. That’s ok, but with clean laundry or groceries.....well, you get the picture. Everything is a bit harder.
We left Georgetown (and our dear friends the Swain’s) on Tuesday in 5-10 ft steep waves & 8-22 kt winds heading to Cat Island. (I was NOT happy, but John thought it was great- and I get points for not throwing up 🤢🙏. Cat Island was awesome! A beloved priest by the name of Father Jerome built his retirement home here on the highest hill in the Bahamas (206 ft) in the 1960’s. He has since passed away but visitors are welcome to visit “the Hermitage”. The Hermitage
Exploring “New Bight” at Cat Island included a visit to Olive’s bakery and a well-earned shower at the public bathhouse-( plenty of privacy and fresh water!).
All the water on these islands is from reverse osmosis, and free water is precious! We’re usually soaping up off the back of the boat ( fyi- Joy detergent is the only soap that suds up in salt water), and doing a fresh water rinse from our sun shower on deck. It works.
We celebrated Valentine’s Day at Old Bight on Cat Island and joined a cruiser's Pot luck at Rollezz Resort. People brought instruments and lots of singing & laughing, including John seeing the green flash of a magnificent sunset! Too much fun.
Every move here is dependent on weather, and while our plan was to get to Salt Pond on Long Island, plans changed. We made it to Hog Cay on Long Island, but with predicted high winds and waves approaching, decided to cross the Atlantic back to the Georgetown area ( Emerald Cay Marina). Again- shower & laundry access, walked around the nearby Sandals Resort, and made dinner reservations! Woot woot! My inner carnivore was satisfied with a $36 4-oz beef tenderloin meal. Doesn’t take much!
Moving further north to Black Point have us an awesome sail in 18-22kt winds and following seas- 5-7 ft waves, two “almost” fish catches ( broke the line on 20 pound test, and got off of 80 lb test). We’re picking up my sister, Jane, & brother in law, Ben, in Staniel Cay on Friday- spending 4 days on the boat with us.
The picture is my view today, doing laundry. “This doesn’t suck” has become our new motto.
Hoping Jane can give us some tech help uploading video from the Go Pro..... the turtle & dolphin videos make me so happy.
Laundry is done- going for a swim at the little secluded beach we found-
Meet us there!
Take care family & friends! We miss you!


06 February 2018 | Red Shanks anchorage
John caught/ speared our first lobster today at the “ Red Shanks” anchorage just south of Georgetown. We decided to move a little to get away from what feels like an adult day care environment. Georgetown’s boating community has a morning “ cruiser’s net” where announcements are made regarding activities, weather, anyone in need, buy/sell/trade stuff, and a thought for the day- every morning at 8 AM! Okay, I get it, but........ one of the things we’ve found about this lifestyle is the lack of having a schedule- and we like that a lot! So, we moved a little south, and caught our first lobster. It was a good day.
In the hustle of taking off on this adventure, we forgot our SUP paddle! That’s the next thing to find- it may involve some bartering or figuring out a way to ship one. A “ post office” in Georgetown will accept shipments so we’ll look in to that-
Nothing is simple, and everything takes longer than expected.... life on a boat!

Time flies!

05 February 2018 | Georgetown, Bahamas
I can't believe how fast days go by here! The weather has improved to what is more "normal" for the southern Exumas- and everything you would expect if spending a winter here. Lots of sunscreen, warm water, sand, super friendly people and awesome sunsets.
We got a weather window to make a run from Black Point to Big Farmer's Cay where we anchored off a beach, and despite windy conditions, swam/snorkeled everyday. Taking a dinghy ride to Little Farmer's Cay resulted in an opportunity to feed Conch to sea turtles! Not kidding! "Wilson" (aka turtle whisperer) treated us to an amazing experience of swimming with, feeding, and touching these amazing creatures!
Rays and large Jacks were also coming in for the buffet and I kept a watchful eye out for perhaps a hungry shark looking for a meal. A hammerhead was spotted here but Wilson said he shot at it and it hasn't been spotted since!! ( Life in the Bahamas!).
It's incredible how fast days go by here. Everything takes longer to do on a boat; half a day for laundry, making bread, snorkeling, paddle boarding, cleaning, taking in trash/doing groceries. We were super productive in a typical day at home and wonder how we will be when we get back. I suspect everything will seem somehow easier, but the challenges are part of this adventure and we're adapting pretty well.
Things we miss are endless supplies of fresh water, and fresh fish! It's crazy! You would think we could get fish anywhere. John caught a mahi but it proceeded to get eaten by a shark before John could reel it in! We're hoping to be more successful with catching fish. We've had Conch but haven't found any lobster yet- that may require donning our scuba tanks! The shark population is very abundant here so we're both a little anxious about looking like seals in our wetsuits!
We attended a Super Bowl bash at a local Bahamian bar/restaurant here in Georgetown. They brought in 3 big-screen TV's for all the Americans and sold hot dogs, chili, or wings for $12.
We'll remain in Georgetown through the weekend but moved to an anchorage in a place that we can swim off the boat. We were on a mooring in a hurricane hole for the big "wind event" ie 30-45 kt winds lasting 3-4 days.
There are no pump out boats here ( everyone flushes overboard in the Bahamas). Yes. Gross. A hurricane hole gets much less water exchange than out in Elizabeth harbor and while yoga class on the beach is great, we need to swim without trekking through mosquito-laden jungle filled with Poisonwood ( a tree that causes poison-ivy type blisters only more painful) to get to the beach.
While this boating community is very friendly with lots of activities, word has gotten out that there are medical people in the cove- a nasal laceration repair on a nine year old girl ( stick to the face), and a rip-roaring pyelonephritis boat calls within 48 hours. A clinic could certainly be set up here!
Planning on moving to Cat or Long Island beginning of next week then back up to Staniel Cay to meet my sister Jane & Ben! Hooray!
Also looking forward to seeing daughter Sarah & Blair in March in Abaco! Woot Woot!! Can't wait to share all this with them!
Take care family & friends! Hope things have warmed up in the great white north!
Congrats to the Eagles for a good game! Tom Brady should retire now- just saying ( actually last year- while at the top).

PS- if this blog seems somewhat " disjointed" I apologize! In an attempt to insert photos or an awesome turtle video, the text gets deleted and I have had to retype it 3 separate times now! Data is somewhat of a luxury here so will add photos to the gallery when WiFi is readily available!
Thanks everyone!

Vessel Name: Perspective
Vessel Make/Model: Cabo Rico 38
Hailing Port: Westport Island, Maine
Crew: Ann and John
About: We have had Perspective for the past twenty years and have cruised the coast of Maine to the Bay of Fundy. Now for a little more...
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