MOONBEAM: Circumnavigation 2013 - 2015

MOONBEAM INFO

Who: Capt Ken and Lil Bardon
Port: Marco Island, FL, USA

Current Position

SAILING SCHEDULE 2015

FEB-MAR - Thailand, get boat ready for shipping to the Med

APR - boat in Marmaris, Turkey

MAY - sail from Turkey to Crete

JUNE - sail the Greek Isles, thru the Corinth Canal and up the Adriatic

JUL-OCT - Croatia, Italy, France, Monaco, Spain, Gibraltar

OCT-NOV - cross the Atlantic to BVI’s

NOV - Thanksgiving in the BVI’s

DEC - ?????
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SAILING SCHEDULE 2014

EARLY APRIL: depart New Zealand for Brisbane, Australia

MID APRIL - EARLY JULY cruise North towards Cairns along the Great Barrier Reef

JULY - OCTOBER cruise islands of Indonesia to Bali

MID OCTOBER - NOVEMBER sail from Bali to Thailand with a stop on Singapore

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SAILING 2013

JAN 13 - depart Marco Island for Panama

MAR 11 - Panama - Marquesas

LATE APR - Marquesas - Tahiti

MID MAY - Cruise Pacific Islands

MID JUN/JUL/AUG - Tahiti - Fiji via Cook, Samoa, Tonga Islands

MID AUG - Cruise Fiji Islands

MID SEPT - Fiji - New Zealand

OCT INTO 2014 - Moonbeam in New Zealand
29 December 2015 | MARCO ISLAND
13 December 2015 | MARCO ISLAND, FLORIDA
11 December 2015 | KEY WEST, FLORIDA. USA (YEAH)
11 December 2015 | KEYWEST, FL
10 December 2015 | APPROACHING KEY WEST
08 December 2015 | SAILING THE NORTH COAST OF CUBA
07 December 2015 | APPROACHING THE EAST END OF CUBA
05 December 2015 | LEAVING LUPERON, DR
03 December 2015 | APPROACHING PUERTO PLATA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
01 December 2015 | ROAD TOWN, BVI
30 November 2015 | ROAD TOWN, TORTOLA, BVI
27 November 2015 | LEVERICK BAY, VIRGIN GORDA
23 November 2015 | 18 30'N:64 23'W, VIRGIN GORDA. BVI'S
21 November 2015 | 18 36'N:62 59'W, 75 MILES TO VIRGIN GORDA
20 November 2015 | 18 34'N:60 23'W, 220 MILES TO VIRGIN GORDA
19 November 2015 | 18 28'N:57 35'W, APPROACHING THE ISLANDS
18 November 2015 | 18 32'N:54 43'W, APPROACHING THE ISLANDS
16 November 2015 | 18 44'N:49 54'W, APPROACHING THE ISLANDS
15 November 2015 | 18 24'N:47 06'W, APPROACHING THE ISLANDS
14 November 2015 | 18 15'N:44 26'W, SOMEWHERE IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC

THE BALANCE IN LIFE

02 September 2015 | ALCUDIAMAR, MAJORCA
LIL
So....yes, we've anchored in lovely, local harbors which are idyllic but...every once in awhile, a real marina beckons. As we set out for Mallorca, we started calling for a marina slip. Our best shot seemed to be a marina with 760 berths. We called early in the morning. They said they only had one slip available...and they wouldn't hold it for us. Another marina never answered and so it went. As we neared, we gave marina one another call. Yes...they had one slip...for a 20 meter boat (we are 15 meters). OK. We'll play. How much? 93 euros. (We've paid more for less. We're in.) As it turned out, the issue wasn't so much the higher rate but the shorter mooring line. Not to worry. The dock hand came on Moonbeam and together, we jury rigged an additional line to make up for the shortfall. It was all good.

We've been to too many marinas which seemed to be good ideas, but never quite made it. This one, in Alcudia, walks the talk. Every storefront is occupied. There are dozens of boutique shops and restaurants...not to mention the many, many chandleries. (Captain Ken's fantasy fulfilled.) Even now in September (yeah...summer is over, except for southern Florida), there are many family vacationers, and lots of energy. There is a kiddie playground with bounce houses, trampolines, bungee gizmos, and other fun stuff. The cafes and restaurants are buzzing; this stop is a '10'. Captain Fuzzy (a/k/a Captain Ken) gave up 10 years of his life with a good hair and brow cut. No...he didn't let them trim his 'stashe. He still wants to be known as Captain Mustachio.

After a delicious dinner last night, topped off with Captain Ken (a dance master) dancing with the server, and getting a gratis to-go bottle of local wine for his efforts, we did the walk, (paseo) and called it a day.

So now, the good (I guess) news is that they have mechanics ready to take us out of 'boat-issue' misery. Ken went over to the marina office...and 2 mechanics have moved in for the day, to cater to our every need. And...we have a few!!! (It's a boat.)

So, you may recall that I've made a few comments in prior blogs about how fortunate we 'east-coasters' and SW Florida residents are regarding beaches. We are truly blessed with having (IMHO) the best beaches in the world. That said, the beaches here are not bad....in fact, much better than we've seen. I was almost tempted........
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Vessel Name: Moonbeam
Vessel Make/Model: Island Packet 485
Hailing Port: Marco Island, FL, USA
Crew: Capt Ken and Lil Bardon
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MOONBEAM INFO

Who: Capt Ken and Lil Bardon
Port: Marco Island, FL, USA

Current Position

SAILING SCHEDULE 2015

FEB-MAR - Thailand, get boat ready for shipping to the Med

APR - boat in Marmaris, Turkey

MAY - sail from Turkey to Crete

JUNE - sail the Greek Isles, thru the Corinth Canal and up the Adriatic

JUL-OCT - Croatia, Italy, France, Monaco, Spain, Gibraltar

OCT-NOV - cross the Atlantic to BVI’s

NOV - Thanksgiving in the BVI’s

DEC - ?????
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SAILING SCHEDULE 2014

EARLY APRIL: depart New Zealand for Brisbane, Australia

MID APRIL - EARLY JULY cruise North towards Cairns along the Great Barrier Reef

JULY - OCTOBER cruise islands of Indonesia to Bali

MID OCTOBER - NOVEMBER sail from Bali to Thailand with a stop on Singapore

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SAILING 2013

JAN 13 - depart Marco Island for Panama

MAR 11 - Panama - Marquesas

LATE APR - Marquesas - Tahiti

MID MAY - Cruise Pacific Islands

MID JUN/JUL/AUG - Tahiti - Fiji via Cook, Samoa, Tonga Islands

MID AUG - Cruise Fiji Islands

MID SEPT - Fiji - New Zealand

OCT INTO 2014 - Moonbeam in New Zealand