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

Parked Petween the Pitons

13 March 2010 | St. Lucia
We finally pulled out of Rodney Bay this morning after clearing out of customs. Our main sail is back, our prop is back and our charge controller is doing its thing. All is well on Lucky Bird.

We are happy to be leaving St. Lucia, honestly, the place and the people really were getting to us. It is expensive, car rentals are the highest we've seen, laundry is costs are atrocious, people have their hands in your wallet everywhere you turn. And, buyer beware. I made the mistake of not arriving at a price before agreeing to have a diver pull and then replace our prop. Well let me tell you I nearly dropped my pants on the rear deck of Lucky Bird when he told me what he wanted. I was flaborgasted. He did the work and did a good job, not loosing or breaking anything, he even scrapped barnacles from our keel, so I gulped and headed in to the ATM for more EC. We've worn a path to the ATM. And then yesterday, I had to pay a customs broker an outlandish price to get our main sail out of customs in Casteries and delivered to Rodney Bay. This time I stood my ground and told the broker no way. I would have the customs guys hold the sail and I wouldn't pay him anything, I would work it out Monday. He thought about it and we talked some more. He came down a little and then I asked how much he was charging to transport the package. Yikes!! Again no way Jose, I told him I could take a bus to town and back for $4 EC and he wanted 25 times that. So that was negotiated down as well. We needed the sail so we could Get-out-of-St.Lucia, so I gave him my final offer and he accepted it. Live and learn.

We sailed south along the island to the Pitons. Twin volvcanic columns rising right out of the sea. Incredibly beautiful and this afternoon and tonight we'll be staying right between them, awesome.

Tomorrow we'll sail to Bequia, skipping St. Vincent. it seems the crime rate is alarmingly high and most cruisers like us are just bypassing the island. It's too bad for I'm sure there are decent people living there and equally,I suspect there is lots to see on the island, but better judgment says skip it so we'll be off to the Grenadines.

Alice cooked up a bread fruit the other evening, tasted and looked like our potatoes but man that one fruit would have fed a crew of six. She's getting pretty good with her tamrind tea. With our 44% rum it makes for some pretty tasty afternoon libations. Right now while I'm typing she's cooking up a storm making us some banana bread, umm, can you smell the bread baking?
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
108 Photos
Created 22 February 2010
121 Photos
Created 11 June 2009