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

Turner Marine Update

09 November 2017 | Turner Marine on the Dog Rover, Mobile, AL
Cold, Cloudy
We were supposed to splash on Wednesday, here it is Thursday and LB is still on the hard. I ordered two gallons of bottom paint and then thought we might need one more so I placed the order. The first two showed up and sure enough two wasn't quite enough. Where was the third gallon? We waited another day and still no delivery. I called and learned that UPS had damaged the can and filed a claim report, darn! So the supplier was supportive enough to find another shipping point, this time in Atlanta and sent us a gallon overnight. Yup it arrived this morning and despite the cold, clouds and wind, Alice and I were determined to give LB a second coating of this special Pettit Ultima Sr 60 paint. So now here we are, paint on, pads moved and painted, topsides waxed and looking fantastic. You know the wet look when you spray your topsides and they look so smooth and reflect so clearly, well that's way LB looks like now. Alice and I spent the better part of two days washing, scrubbing and then waxing our old girl.

Today the new diesel tank float sensor arrived so I can more reliably count on the tank monitors reading. I installed it without any problems.

We are hopeful that Turner will splash LB tomorrow and step the mast. It's cold here tonight and the paint dries much slower in cold temps. The travel lift guy is a real pro and doesn't want to pick up LB unless the paint is fully cured. I've been in other yards where they launch without caring about the state of the paint and when the straps pull up on the hull they slide on the paint and can pull it away from the hull. Now that's a real ARG!! So this fellow is well aware of that issue and wants to check the paint before committing to picking up LB. Doesn't that make you feel good, it certainly makes me feel good. I will also put cardboard between the hull and the straps just to mitigate the paint scratching problem.

It's looking as there is a weather window for us next Tuesday to make to sail to Clearwater. There's a front, which many of you north of us are well aware of, passing by us this weekend bringing rather strong winds from the NE and E. Not so go for where we want to sail, especially the easterly component. After the front passes things settle down a bit and we just might find a two to three day window to make our first passage in the Gulf.

Every night we watch a movie. I installed a flat screen TV/DVD player in our aft cabin and it is the cats meow for these two old foggies. Alice got hooked on the series The Office. Laura, our oldest daughter gave us eight episodes and we've been watching them all the way from Chicago. It's a nice way to end the day, cuddled in blankets, comfortable, safe and enjoying what technology gives us. We don't need much, just a few little comforts elevating us above the camping level.

So...... tomorrow.... hopefully we are water bound again and WITH OUR MAST!!!

Cheers 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