The Voyages of s/v Lucky Bird

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
21 December 2018 | Jolly Harbor Marina, Antigua, W.I.
20 December 2018
13 December 2018
25 November 2018

We'll be staying a little longer than anticipated

06 March 2010 | Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
Bob/ Very very very dry
This island hasn't seen measurable rain in months and the prospects are for future rain are glum. On our rental car travels we toured the entire island and man is it arid. The leaves look as ours do in the fall. They've lost their strong green coloration and now look yellow, a pale green and even brown. The grass is brown, even in the mountains it's dry. The water falls are suffering, unable to show their grandeur leaving tourists to only imagine. Again it is dry so very dry.

Unlike Martinique where there were major three-lane highways running north and south, the main drag here is a two laner that winds though and around the mountains. More switch backs and I commented to Alice that the guy who sold road-curves must have made a ton of money. And, just as we've found elsewhere, the locals and the taxi drivers drive very fast. Remember this is a British island so cars have right hand drivers seats and left side driving. I'm constantly telling myself, keep left, keep left. The round-a-bouts are a bit confusing at first, just keep saying keep left.

It's time for some major maintenance. Our main sail has been causing us some grief so our sail maker has had it shipped to Barbados for an overhaul. I hope it's under warranty. Our charge controller for the wind generator and solar panels quit so I've ordered another from the states and finally we experienced a bit of a problem with our prop. I went down to look and discovered the "o" ring on one of the blades had come out and was binding the blade making it function irradically. So, I've ordered a parts kit again from a US supplier and now we are waiting for our main sail to return, and the two parts packages so we can get on with the repairs. Rather than hauling the boat to fix the prop, we're going to see if we can hire a diver to remove it. If that works that will save us the cost of a haul out. If not, well, the next communication may be from Lucky Bird on the hard. Let's hope once the parts arrive, the diver will succeed.

I've uploaded some pictures from our car ride to give you some sense of St. Lucia.
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Vessel Name: Lucky Bird
Vessel Make/Model: 1990 Moody 425 cc
Hailing Port: Kenosha, WI
Crew: Robert & Alice Smith
About:
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.
206 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
121 Photos
Created 11 June 2009