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

The Carolinas

08 May 2011 | Wrightsville Beach, NC
So while you've all been tending to business, to your other passions and to family, we've been do'in a little sailing outside and lots of powering inside. Argg, the ICW is on one hand a marvelous achievement, I sure it wasn't created just for sailors and power boaters but more for barges and commercial stuff. But, there's not much commercial stuff that I can see and creating this inland water has created miles and miles of new found waterfront properties. For those of you who haven't done the ICW just imagine driving down one of the more affluent streets in you town and commenting on just how big and beautiful the houses are. Now transpose your street to the ICW, hundreds of miles of American homes on the water with their docks, their boats lifted out of the water, their adirandac chairs in multi-colors, their flags flying and their manicured lawns. I thought Florida was affluent, no way, America, along the ICW, is affluent based on my very small sampling and limited observations. So isn't this fantastic, you go America!! And thank you for creating this marvelous waterway... however as a sailor I have to admit I'm out of my element powering up the ICW.

Here's a sampling, Alice is reading the cruising guide checking out the waterway ahead of us. Uh Oh shoaling, water depths at low water to less than six feet, Ouch!! So I mark the spots on the chart plotter and continue on. As we approach I slow the boat, the depth alarm is annoyingly going off every couple of seconds, slow her even more, then with the wind on our nose and the current behind us we proceed into uncertainty. The water color is "brown", not like the crystal clear stuff of the Caribbean so we can't judge depths visually, it's all feely touchy, and hopefully not the bouncy-on-the-bottom stuff; that really sucks. So I got tied of the alarm going off at eleven feet and changed it to ten, then to nine, so less buzzing but when it does I have to act. So that's the ICW for us a six and one half foot sailboat with a very cautious captain. As an aside, when a power boats goes by us and then accelerates back to plain, they sturr up the water so much our depth sound goes berzerk, first 189 feet then 1.9 feet, ah the joys of the ICW.

Alice is studying the state's capitals. Do you know the capital of South Dokota or Nevada or Orgegon? I thought it would be a piece of cake, nope, you try it see how many you realy know without cheating.
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