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

LB on the Hard

30 October 2017 | Turner Marine on the Dog Rover, Mobile, AL
After the cold front BEAUTIFULL
LB came out of the water this afternoon. To our surprise and many of the onlookers the bottom was clean. Just a quick once over with a pressure wash and she was good to go. Pettit Hydrocoat was painted on two years ago and it was still doing its job while on Lake Michigan and down the rivers. Not too shabby don'tcha know?

So let's talk about people. Last evening we hosted a get together of two other couples. The Scotts and the Popes. One sail boat one power boat, are we being boating correct or what? The Scotts, Karen and Leon, on Scott Free are from Vancouver, CA. They trucked their boat to the North Channel and having done the Great Lakes, the inland rivers are here now and will head home returning in mid-January. The Popes, Jenny and Glen, on ZoBe a sail boat, are here planning on spending the winter in New Orleans.

Alice and I are learning that many of the people we've met are InterCoastal Waterway type folks. They really aren't interested in going offshore unless they have to. They look at us who want the open waters and the sense of safety and freedom as being different and ask don't we worry? We tell them we are good planners, we watch the weather using all the tools available and that we think the most dangerous aspects of boating are shallow water, current in tight spaces and docks. Eventually you have to head for a shore, hopefully one with deep water, lots of maneuvering room and easy access to a floating dock. Unfortunately, not all those pieces come together at the right time so as captain I have to figure out a plan that protects Alice, me and LB. It's not always easy and I will back off, turn around and stop if I can't see my way to getting LB safely docked. Wind, depth and current can help or create a disaster. The key to success is to call it right.

Tomorrow we start sanding LB's bottom. She such a great gal Alice and I want her to feel the beauty she represents. I know that sounds kind of silly but just for a moment think about your lives depending on this 42 foot boat that provides comfort, safety and world class experiences. Wouldn't you want to treat her like a member of the family?

We are adding 150 watts of new solar power, new rail mounts for the Yahama outboard motor, new LED lights for our aft cabin, new bottom paint, new Isiteek for the cockpit, repairs to our tank monitor, new batteries, house and start, we've had the alternator checked out, we will wax and polish LB's topsides, varnish her hand rails, sand and varnish the cockpit table, change the oil and filters, buy an inventory of engine and watermaker filters and at the same time make time for us. You see, Alice and I are in love, we care deeply for each other and we compliment each other incredibly well. I certainly don't have all the answers, Alice has this wonderful ability to focus, to analyze and to see a solution that works. I'm smart enough to listen.......

So our next week or so is fixed. We work hard to be able to go forward on our journey. Peace to all.
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