The Voyages of s/v Lucky Bird

21 August 2019 | Straits Marina, Mackinaw City
06 August 2019 | Village of Brockport
30 July 2019
27 July 2019
21 June 2019 | Wickford Cove Marina
20 May 2019 | Antlantic Yacht Basin
13 May 2019 | Homer Smith Marina, final Salty Dawg Destination
21 April 2019 | Frenchtown, St. Thomas V.I. Easter Celebration
20 April 2019 | Brewers Bay, St. Thomas VI
11 April 2019 | Nanny Cay Marine, Tortola, BVI
28 March 2019 | Green Cay Marina, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
25 March 2019
24 February 2019 | Jolly Harbor Marina, Antigua

Back in the BVI, More Work on Our Enclosure

11 December 2009 | Bouncing between Road Town and Benures Bay
Bob, getting windy
We're back in the BVI and restarted the clock; we are now good to go for another thirty days.

We came back on the eigth to have our autopilot looked at and for more enclosure fittings. The problem with the autopilot turned out to be quite simple, corrosion in the electrical feed to the clutch. I also discovered the previous owner had installed the feed to the motor using what looked like speaker wire. The motor may draw more that ten amps and the thin wire running over twenty feet though the bilge would cause considerable voltage drop.

So the solution was easy, buy properly sized wire and pull it though the bilge. Sounds easy but any boat owners out there will understand what it means to pull wire through the boat. As with most of our projects it took several hours; I made sure all the connections we water tight and fired up the device, worked. We left Road Reef Marina where we go for our enclosure fittings and sailed to Benures Bay on autopilot. Such a sweat thing when everhting is working.

I uploaded some pictures of the enclosure fitting and the guys from Doyle sailmakers. They are real pros, very service oriented and very pleasant to be with. The bimini is done, the dodger is done and we've been through the fitting for the side panels, and the rear mesh panel. This will be BEAUUUTIFUL when it's done. Having this would have made the trip from Hampton a joy ride. No need for foul weather gear except to go on deck.

Benures Bay is on the north side of Norman Island almost directly across from Road Town and since the wind is pretty steady from the east at 18 - 20 it's a reach over and back. Alice and hope we can visit here when the family comes later this month. Pelican's diving, Brown Boobys diving, turtles surfacing, fishing jumping 20 or more feet into the air. We sit with cocktail in hand and watch the show. It's a beautiful bay, a little off the charter fleet's list of places to anchor, they mostly like picking up moorings, anchoring is like work.

So today we'll work on projects this morning, go snorkeling, maybe dinghy over to the Bight for entertainment and then later this afternoon we'll watch Mother Nature's show, rum and tonic in hand of course. BTW, rum is pretty cheap down here, less that an equal sized container of organge juice which sells from $7.00 to $10.00 yikes.
Vessel Name: Lucky Bird
Vessel Make/Model: 1990 Moody 425 cc
Hailing Port: Kenosha, WI
Crew: Robert & Alice Smith
Alice and I have spent considerable time together on the water; cruising and racing on the waters of New England, the Caribbean and Lake Michigan.

Sailing is our passion and together we've been fortunate to experience the thrills, the camaraderie and the enjoyment boating provides. [...]

We seek the freedom, excitement and challenges of voyaging.

Lucky Bird's Photos - Main
This is our second journey south to the Caribbean. This time we've chosen to exit Lake Michigan and proceed south through the in-land waterway system to Mobile. We'll start around Labor Day and take our time exploring the history of middle America.
207 Photos
Created 28 July 2017
30 Photos
Created 12 July 2013
101 Photos
Created 17 July 2012
Bob and Alice return to Lucky Bird after spending the summer in Addison.
31 Photos
Created 4 December 2010
Heading into the Windward Islands and further south
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Created 22 February 2010
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Created 11 June 2009