Madcap Sailing

31 December 2018 | Gold River Marina, Nova Scotia, Canada
06 August 2018 | Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
26 May 2018 | Gold River Marina, Gold River, NS
18 May 2018 | Gold River Marina, Gold River, NS
24 March 2018 | boat in Gold River, NS and crew in Halifax
22 May 2017 | Whittaker Creek, Oriental, NC
15 May 2017 | Boat in Oriental, crew in New Orleans and Nova Scotia
26 April 2017 | Oriental, NC
26 April 2017 | Oriental, NC
20 April 2017 | Ocean Isle Marina, Ocean Beach, NC at Mile 335.6
17 April 2017 | Dewees Creek, near Charleston, NC
14 April 2017 | St Simons Island
12 April 2017 | Fernandina Beach, FL
11 April 2017 | St Augustine, FL
07 April 2017 | Vero Beach, Florida
03 April 2017 | Ft Pierce, FL
30 March 2017 | Ft Pierce, Florida

Home in the Rio

24 November 2015 | Tortuga Marina, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Beth / damp - but its sweat, not rain!
We arrived safely in Rio Dulce after the usual long bus ride (6 ½ hours this time) from Guatemala City to Rio Dulce. We dragged our bags across the street – with me muttering my usual “I am never travelling with this many bags again!” to meet smiling Manuel who was just arriving with a load of folks at Bruno’s dinghy dock.

There is a lot to be said for arriving back “home” at a familiar place, however much we like the excitement of exploring new areas. We met up with several friends from past years and were delighted to find Madcap looking fabulous. Byron and his crew took excellent care of her. She was spotlessly clean inside and out with not a hint of mildew or mustiness.

There has been mucha lluvia lately (lots of rain! Lots and lots and lots of rain!) and the water levels are very high. The plank in this picture is usually a foot above water, and today the bottom is submerged. Some of the stores and docks in the area are afloat, and some of the villages where the local workers live are flooded, but we are doing well here at Tortugal.

I will write more another time – about the whole “transition thing” from northern “home life” to southern “boat life”, about the less idyllic part of life on a boat: fridge not working, empty propane tanks, (meaning I could neither store cold food nor cook anything for several days), head (toilet bowl) filling with too much water, no water coming from the taps, dinghy losing air, damp clothing hanging from every hook on the boat. Suffice it to say, there is a clear adjustment period to this cruising business!

Jim and I are both in fix-it mode and we are gradually getting back into ship-shape! Life is very good. We are in no hurry to get anywhere. We have internet connection. We have a marina restaurant that provides delicious healthy meals. We have friends and fellow boaters to share the joys and frustrations. We know local professionals who help where our own skills fail us.

Now I have to go try pumping up that darn dinghy again, while Jim works with Seakist Chris on the fridge!

PS It's 29 C and 100% humidity! And the sun has emerged from the clouds!!
Vessel Name: Madcap
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Crew: James D Bissell (Jim) and Elizabeth Lusby (Beth)
About: Beth and Jim have spent several winters sailing southern waters on s/v Madcap. They love Halifax in the summer, but loved to spend the winters exploring warmer places - the Bahamas, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras.
The Madcap crew left Ottawa in 2007 to go sailing in the Bahamas. After a highly successful year, they returned to Canada, settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in the fall of 2009 they left to do it again! Journey #3 (2010/11) took them back to the Bahamas and then on to Cuba for several weeks [...]
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