Life aboard Leprechaun

Cruising towards our dream, in search of the pot o'gold

19 July 2012 | Bayfield and Twin Cities
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12 July 2012 | Outer Keweenaw, MI
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10 July 2012 | Munising, MI
09 July 2012 | Grand Marais, MI
08 July 2012 | Whitefish Point
06 July 2012 | Sault Ste. Marie, MI
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04 July 2012 | Roger City, MI
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01 July 2012 | East Tawas, MI
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28 June 2012 | Lake St. Clair, MI
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23 June 2012

Home again

19 July 2012 | Bayfield and Twin Cities
John and Cheryl
Cheryl’s Notes:

There has been lots of activity since our last post. On Sunday morning we sailed through the islands to Bayfield. We pulled into Port Superior before noon. We were greeted by our friends Lee and Marlynn. They helped us tie up and then offered us a ride down to the Twin Cities. It turns out that their son lives less than a mile from our condo. They dropped us off right at our front door. It is great to make new friends, but there is nothing like old friends.

We spent Monday getting our mail and visiting family. We got up very early Tuesday morning and headed toward Cleveland. Long drive for John, as I am not proficient in driving his car. (It is a 5 speed.) My sister, Barb and Trish offered to put us up for the night. We had a great visit, including dinner at Panini’s. Wednesday morning we said our goodbyes and then backtracked to Sandusky. Julio the Jeep was right where we left him, although he was covered in spider webs. Now for the long drive back, each of us in our own vehicles. We made a few more stops than heading east, including the middle of Amish country. We made it off the road just in time at the Wisconsin Dells. Huge storm system that stretched form there to Janesville caused a sudden downpour. We had a snack while it passed. It rained off and on all the way to Hudson. We got home late and collapsed.

Today was a down day. Did some laundry, grabbed a few groceries and emptied out Julio. Now we can go back up to the boat and start clearing out more stuff. It was one thing to store everything on the boat when it was our only home. But now that we have an alternative, we can unload some more weight.

John’s Notes:

It’s only Thursday and it has already been a long week. I just can’t get excited about driving 1620 miles in two days.

Back to the boat tomorrow and then the cleaning begins. We will be removing everything that we don’t need for fulltime living aboard. That should allow us to remove about another thousand pounds. Just the mountain of books alone should take a couple of hundred pounds off.

We are good through the end of August for a home for Leprechaun. After that, we have to decide what we are going to do. Really wouldn’t want to haul the boat that soon before the end of the season. On the other hand, I can’t see spending a couple of thousand dollars for six weeks or so of dockage. Have to see who is willing to make a deal. The way I see it, if I were a marina this late in the season, I would rather have some income than none. If we haul at the end of August, we might miss Applefest.

Still keep thinking in the back of my mind that we might start looking for a trawler. The problem is that there are several that we are interested in but we still have to sell our boat first. Let the looking begin. Getting our boat sold might take a couple of years. In this market, it’s like trying to sell a house.

Vessel Name: Leprechaun
Vessel Make/Model: 1999 Catalina 36mkII
Hailing Port: Bayfield, WI
Crew: John and Cheryl
About: John grew up in San Francisco and received his first boat for his seventh birthday. He has owned a boat since that day. His father and grandfather were both ship captains. His dream has always been to live on the water and travel to new places and spend his retirement years cruising.
Cheryl started dating John ten years ago. On their third date he uttered the words that would change her life forever. "Did I mention that I own a boat?" She fell in love with John and her love of sailing quickly followed. When he mentioned his retirement dreams, she was the first to say "Let's [...]
Leprechaun's Photos - Heading South 2009
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Leaving Miami
Is that a hammer head shark?
Cruise ships in Miami.
South Beach, in Miami.
Ocean Boulevard in South Beach
Looking west towards downtown Miami
Looking east towards Miami Beach
Christmas on Scandia
Is that really 85 in December?
Sailing south towards Miami
Entering Miami harbor
Big, bigger and biggest
This 165 foot yacht passed us in Fort Lauderdale
The wife is on the upper deck working out on her treadmill
Tiger Wood
The stockings were hung on the bulkhead with care....
To charter, call 1-800-RUSTY
Lighthouse at Jupitor Inlet.
Derelict boats along the waterway.
Another amazing sunset.
Evidently, pelicans can
Crowded dinghy dock at Vero Beach.
John got a boo-boo.
Oldest wooden schoolhouse in the US is in St. Augustine
Seashell and concrete walls on an old home in the historic district of St. Augustine
Towers on Flagler College
Cannon shot from Castillo de San Marcos fort in St. Augustine
St. George street in the historic distric of St. Augustine
View of Charleston from the water
Beaufort, SC anchorage
Bridge in Charleston
A view of Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor
Flag flying over Fort Moultrie
Civil War era cannons
Cannons from the early 1800
World War II tower for Harbor Entrance control Post, most of which is an underground bunker.
Do you think that the color is bright enough?
Catching some air
Spiral staircase up to the widow
Beach full of kite surfers
Kite surfers
Dome house on beach
Beach sand at low tide
Cruisers out for a day at the beach
Barnacles at the bottom of the dock anchor posts
Anchor posts to support the floating docks.  They used to be six feet shorter, but hurricane Isabel pushed the docks over the top in 2003.
Pelican in flight
Leprechaun at Barefoot Landing
Our next home?
Another lighthouse for Kay.  This one was along the waterway, marking a marina entrance.
A turtle for Megan.  Could this be Sheldon all grown up?
A turtle swimming past the boat
Sunset in Wrightsville Beach
An old LST in Mile Hammock Bay.  (Landing Ship Troop)
Marine helicopter
A home on Carolina Beach
Arnie and Bev on Scandia, a Catalina 42
Gray dolphin swimming along side
Love the color of the homes on the waterway
Leprechaun all ready to go.
Our neighbor, Jasper, watching the preparations.
I sewed a cover for the generator
New Honda generator
Outboard engine cover
Hanging bag for extra LP tank
Big fish kill - we are now over 100 million dead
Bag for small tanks for the bbq grill
Covers for our fuel tanks and Honda generator

The Crew

Who: John and Cheryl
Port: Bayfield, WI