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

Getting Started

25 April 2009 | 41 43.2 N 87 32.9 W
We start our cruising updates about a year into the project.

Last April, 2008, we traveled the US east coast looking for a boat that would suffice our needs for a voyage to the Caribbean and then to the Mediterranean. Working with a broker from Beaufort, NC we climbed aboard and crawled through many boats in the 40 to 45 foot range. We found a Moody 422 that cought our fancy but seemed a bit pricey and had an engine that probably needed replacement. But the Moody seemed interesting so after returning home we searched the Yachting World web site for other Moody's and found a model 425 with a slightly different iinterior design. Another trip, this time to Florida, and we liked what we saw. The boat's name was Lucky Bird, a 1990 Moody 425 in need of work but seemingly sound. The surveyor's report gave us lots of projects but no show stoppers.

Negotiating with the owner then living in Europe was simplified by the Florida based broker who had shown us the boat and managed the sea trials. So after several weeks Lucky Bird became ours and her first trip was on a flat-bed truck back home to Chicago where she sits today as we work on the extensive to-do list.
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