Life aboard Leprechaun

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

19 July 2012 | Bayfield and Twin Cities
13 July 2012 | Houghton, MI
12 July 2012 | Outer Keweenaw, MI
11 July 2012 | Marquette, MI
10 July 2012 | Munising, MI
09 July 2012 | Grand Marais, MI
08 July 2012 | Whitefish Point
06 July 2012 | Sault Ste. Marie, MI
05 July 2012 | DeTour Village, MI
04 July 2012 | Roger City, MI
03 July 2012 | Presque Isle, MI
02 July 2012 | Harrisville, MI
01 July 2012 | East Tawas, MI
30 June 2012 | Harbor Beach, MI
29 June 2012 | Port Sanilac, MI
28 June 2012 | Lake St. Clair, MI
27 June 2012 | Lake St. Clair, MI
26 June 2012 | Grosse Ile, MI
25 June 2012 | Put in Bay, OH
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 - Bahamas 2010
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Sunset the night before the Big Cold Front
L to R: Just Limin (Catalina 375), Leprechaun (Catalina 36mkii) and Onward (Catalina 470)
Cheryl, Joe (Onward), Jim and Leslie (Just Limin) on Compass Cay beach
John and Leslie (Just Limin), John and Cheryl on Compass Cay beach
Cheryl, Jim and Leslie on the deck at Compass Cay
Happy Birthday, John!
Home in Black Point settlement
Class C boat under construction
Black Point cop shop
Blue store on Staniel Cay
Isle General Store on Staniel Cay
Airport Terminal on Staniel Cay
Sunset in Big Majors bay
Swim little piggies!
Nice Sharkie!
Feeding the pet sharks
Let sleeping sharks lie
Lot of wave action after the big cold front moved through Compass Cay
Our favorite beach on Compass Cay
Cactus plant on Compass Cay
Yes, those are jeans and a polar jacket.  High winds and cool after the cold front moved through
Beach at Compass Cay
Bronze God on the beach
Shark feeding station at Compass Cay
Leprechaun in Compass Cay Marina
Shark feeding frenzy at Compass Cay
Which way to the beach?
Beach at Compass Cay
OMG, is the water blue enough?
Fossil of a 52 foot sperm whale on Warderick Wells beach
Hermit crab scurrying down the path
Your hosts on the beach at Warderick Wells
Leprechaun on a mooring in Warderick Wells
Arne from Northwest Creek Marina to Warderick Wells
Cheryl at the top of Boo Boo Hill
Bananaquits eating out of John
The path from Exuma Park Headquarters down to the beach
Nurse sharks at Staniel Cay
Manta Ray at Staniel Cay
Bell Rock at Cambridge Cay
Beach on Cambridge Cay
Stanley Hubbard
Rental cottages on Staniel Cay
Feeding the pigs on Big Majors Spot
Bahamian racing sloop
Lighthouse at the entrance to Nassau harbor.
Sunset over the Grand Bahamas Bank
Sunrise over the "tongue of the ocean".
Hoisting the quarantine flag.

The Crew

Who: John and Cheryl
Port: Bayfield, WI