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

It's time to move onward to the east

20 November 2018
Today was a good day. We were experiencing a annoying leak in our fresh water pressure system. It's hard to believe but we spent many days trying to discover the source while bailing the bilge each time we turned on the water pressure. We got so frustrated that we would turn on the system, use a little water, quickly turn off the pump and then depressurize the system saving water in gallon jugs. Arg!!

Well long story shorten I stumbled onto a small leak at the aft shower mixing valve. The water was running behind the engine room insulation and into a location next to the stove that had befuddled us for days. I tried tightening the fixture, it's a plastic compression type fitting that if tightened too much it could crack, so I tried to no avail, still water in the bilge. So I fixed it, temporarily, I cut the water feed hose and plugged it. No more problem but no more cold water to the shower. At least we can use the fresh water pressure system everywhere else in the boat, good for now, no more water in the bilge, LB is a dry boat.

Our engine issue is nearly resolved. A Yanmar mechanic, Billy, came by this afternoon and we decided on a path to solve the problem. A new longer pickup tube in the tank and a new Raycor filter unit, plus we will treat the diesel in the tank to dissolve any bacteria that may have grown while on the hard in Guatemala.

And finally our Single Side Band radio was having difficulty tuning properly. We depend on that radio to send emails, to listen to weather reports such as Chris Parker and to download GRIB files for weather routing. I expect to have that fixed tomorrow morning as well.

Today we gave LB a thorough wash down. Two plus hours and she looks just like she did coming out of the paint shop. Five and a half days of salt, gone. We took on water, all tanks full, tomorrow fuel and shopping and Alice wants to do laundry. After all that we will be good to go, Jamaica and beyond!!
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