MsChievous

Vessel Name: MsChievous
Vessel Make/Model: Hylas 49
Hailing Port: Robinhood, Maine
Crew: Susan and Jim AuBuchon
About: Livin' the life - finally!
11 May 2022 | Ile Des Saintes, Guadeloupe
04 May 2022 | Deshaies, Guadeloupe
29 April 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas
18 March 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas
10 March 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas
25 February 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas
20 February 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas
11 February 2022 | Now at Maho Bay, St John
05 February 2022 | Green Cay Marina, St. Croix
01 February 2022 | St. John, USVI (Salt Pond Bay)
28 January 2022 | The Bight at Norman Island
22 January 2022 | Little Jost van Dyke Island, BVI
19 January 2022 | North Sound, Virgin Gorda, BVI
18 January 2022 | Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola, BVI
03 January 2022 | Bermuda
08 May 2020 | Montauk, Long Island, New York
14 April 2020 | St. Augustine
02 April 2020 | Key West
26 March 2020 | Key West
23 March 2020 | Isla Mujeres
Recent Blog Posts
11 May 2022 | Ile Des Saintes, Guadeloupe

I've just been to France!

Guadeloupe was a delightful cross between Caribbean laid-back fun in the sun and French joie d"vivre - all with plenty of croissants, exquisite dining and wonderful French wines. We rented a car one day to see the rainforest and waterfalls and a golf cart on Ile de Saintes to explore some beaches. (Best snorkeling so far!) (And, yes, French drivers in the Caribbean are as crazy as on the continent!) We celebrated the Admiralty on Mother's Day with a spectacular dinner (no shortage of foie gras here!)and two bottles of Margaux, and last night had another over-the-top dinner accompanied by a white and then a red Rhone. The two ends of the country are the most fun to visit, but there are many pretty spots in between. Tomorrow, it's off to Carriacou, an island that's part of Grenada. More tropical vistas and beaches, plus friends of our rector in New London from when he was there earlier in his ministry. It's another overnight, the last of our three-year sojourn, and one step away from Trinidad. Stay tuned!

04 May 2022 | Deshaies, Guadeloupe

On the Road Again - to Guadeloupe

Yes, we’ve finally shed ourselves of the Virgin Islands are are tonight in the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe! Hooray!

29 April 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas

Two steps forward and one step backwards

After waiting ten weeks for our new reduction gear (transmission), we were deliriously happy when Neil Collins came down from our boatyard in Maine to install a beefier (Italian no less) transmission. It took four days to deal with putting a Mack truck in a space designed for a VW and coming up with solutions to unexpected problems - such as putting the gear shift lever in forward and having the boat go astern. Finally, a 90 minute sea trial showed all was working as intended with appropriate pressures and temperatures, and WE WERE OUTTA HERE!! We motored 5 hours to the eastern end of the BVI only to have the engine die when we throttled back. Then we discovered the starter alternator loose due to a lost nut - and when the house batteries died, we unexpectedly had no ability to start the engine. (Air in the diesel line from when the water separator filters had been removed to install the transmission was a contributing factor.) We sailed away from our rock-strewn anchorage safely and returned to St. Thomas (62 miles roundtrip), assisted into the slip by a tow boat. It was a delightful sail, just in the wrong direction.... A night on shore power allowed us to determine that the starter battery had been damaged by chronic under-charging, and we now have not only a new starter battery (and a re-bolted alternator!) but a spare we'll keep charged and ready for a jump. We will head out to anchor tomorrow for a couple nights to ensure all is ok before we set sail - again - to Guadeloupe. C'est la vie sur la mer!

18 March 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas

Are We Ever Gonna Get Outta Here??

Well, we’ve been in this marina for just over a month now, and there’s no end in sight. The guys at Robinhood have no idea when the new transmission will be arriving, and their supplier told them he’s getting tired of them calling. “You’ll see it when you see it.” Great.

10 March 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas

Up the Spiral Staircase

To avoid going stir crazy waiting for our transmission repair, we decided to go to Puerto Rico (by air) to see Old San Juan. It’s was quite a trip – from the massive Spanish forts to the delightfully colorful streets filled with balconied townhomes. We wanted a place to stay that had a pool and ended [...]

25 February 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas

Interim update

A replacememt transmission has been identified. It's a beefier gear with hydraulic shifting since - now we find out - many are reporting failures with the currently manufactured mechanically shifted gear. It is rated for much more horespower than we have, so it should be reliable. AND the guys at Robinhood are bringing it down and installing it themselves. (I think they are tired of paying others and having it screwed up.) I appreciate their determination and look forward to their arrival - somewhere between 1 and 2 weeks from now. Stay tuned! (Smith and family had a great time despite being "marooned".)

I've just been to France!

11 May 2022 | Ile Des Saintes, Guadeloupe
James AuBuchon | Clear, 80F
Guadeloupe was a delightful cross between Caribbean laid-back fun in the sun and French joie d"vivre - all with plenty of croissants, exquisite dining and wonderful French wines. We rented a car one day to see the rainforest and waterfalls and a golf cart on Ile de Saintes to explore some beaches. (Best snorkeling so far!) (And, yes, French drivers in the Caribbean are as crazy as on the continent!) We celebrated the Admiralty on Mother's Day with a spectacular dinner (no shortage of foie gras here!)and two bottles of Margaux, and last night had another over-the-top dinner accompanied by a white and then a red Rhone. The two ends of the country are the most fun to visit, but there are many pretty spots in between. Tomorrow, it's off to Carriacou, an island that's part of Grenada. More tropical vistas and beaches, plus friends of our rector in New London from when he was there earlier in his ministry. It's another overnight, the last of our three-year sojourn, and one step away from Trinidad. Stay tuned!

On the Road Again - to Guadeloupe

04 May 2022 | Deshaies, Guadeloupe
James AuBuchon | No more rain!! Beautiful (although the boat needs a bath)
Yes, we’ve finally shed ourselves of the Virgin Islands are are tonight in the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe! Hooray!

We left the marina – our “home away from home” for 10 weeks and started with a night in Charlotte Amalie harbor. Not only did nothing terrible happen but we had a spectacular fireworks show for their belated Carnival celebration. Then it was off to St. John for a couple nights as we awaited a weather window. We had a relaxing time on the beach and even went over to Coral Bay to Lime Out, a floating taco stand. Customers swim over and lounge in a "lily pad". It’s so popular that all the “seats” were taken a half hour before they opened! We opted for take out (by dinghy) with BYOYetis for our drinks. Great tacos.

The next morning we proceeded up (down??) the Drake Channel, turned south at Ginger Island, and headed SE to Guadeloupe. The forecast softening of winds and a turn to the NE never materialized, but we were able to make it to Deshaies on the northwest corner of the island (226 nautical miles) in one 32- hour tack. The town is delightfully quaint, and we cleared customs in a tee-shirt shop without showing our passports, vaccination cards or (required) Covid tests! Already visited the patisserie!! Looking forward to exploring for a week or so before finding other delightfully different places on our way south. Feels like I’ve finally retired! (Oh, and did I tell you that water is up to 82F?!)


Two steps forward and one step backwards

29 April 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas
James AuBuchon | Clear, 80F
After waiting ten weeks for our new reduction gear (transmission), we were deliriously happy when Neil Collins came down from our boatyard in Maine to install a beefier (Italian no less) transmission. It took four days to deal with putting a Mack truck in a space designed for a VW and coming up with solutions to unexpected problems - such as putting the gear shift lever in forward and having the boat go astern. Finally, a 90 minute sea trial showed all was working as intended with appropriate pressures and temperatures, and WE WERE OUTTA HERE!! We motored 5 hours to the eastern end of the BVI only to have the engine die when we throttled back. Then we discovered the starter alternator loose due to a lost nut - and when the house batteries died, we unexpectedly had no ability to start the engine. (Air in the diesel line from when the water separator filters had been removed to install the transmission was a contributing factor.) We sailed away from our rock-strewn anchorage safely and returned to St. Thomas (62 miles roundtrip), assisted into the slip by a tow boat. It was a delightful sail, just in the wrong direction.... A night on shore power allowed us to determine that the starter battery had been damaged by chronic under-charging, and we now have not only a new starter battery (and a re-bolted alternator!) but a spare we'll keep charged and ready for a jump. We will head out to anchor tomorrow for a couple nights to ensure all is ok before we set sail - again - to Guadeloupe. C'est la vie sur la mer!

Are We Ever Gonna Get Outta Here??

18 March 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas
James AuBuchon | Clear, 80F
Well, we’ve been in this marina for just over a month now, and there’s no end in sight. The guys at Robinhood have no idea when the new transmission will be arriving, and their supplier told them he’s getting tired of them calling. “You’ll see it when you see it.” Great.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we had another nice day at the Water Island beach but were thwarted from a dinghy trip to downtown by wind and wave. (White caps in the marina is not a good sign!) Should be calmer in a day or two, but the wind helps to keep it cool. It’s still fun to watch the big boys come in and out (had a 180-footer last week!) as well as the occasional OMG moments with docking misadventures.

Susie continued her father’s St. Patrick’s Day tradition of corned beef and cabbage dinner – it was great! – and we invited our new slip mate. (He’s cleaning and putting his boat back together after it was transported from Australia. He has spent several years in the South Pacific, so we got to travel there vicariously through his stories.)

We changed our tickets to fly back to NH for Summit’s birthday from St. Martin to St. Thomas. We’ll leave this coming Thursday and return, as planned, on the 11th. Whether the new transmission will be in then or not is an entirely open question.

Up the Spiral Staircase

10 March 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas
James AuBuchon | Partly cloudy, scattered light sprinkles, 78F
To avoid going stir crazy waiting for our transmission repair, we decided to go to Puerto Rico (by air) to see Old San Juan. It’s was quite a trip – from the massive Spanish forts to the delightfully colorful streets filled with balconied townhomes. We wanted a place to stay that had a pool and ended up at The Gallery Inn, a very eclectic combination of three old townhomes that includes artist studios. We were on the third floor, a climb that included going up AND down stairs until you end at a very tight spiral staircase. The room incuded a covered veranda, perfect for our afternoon cocktail. The pool is long and narrow and split in two by remnants of a brick wall and surrounded by bust sculptures. Adjacent is a bar (with a swim-up window) and excellent restaurant that has live jazz and parading parrots at night. It’s been quite a trip – just in the hotel! (See photo album.) The old town of San Juan was fun to explore with many colorful and graceful old townhomes, not to mention the forts and churches that are (or are almost) 500 years old. (We also were exposed to true Puerto Rico: The last 24 hours we were there, none of the old city had any water!)

Meanwhile, back at the marina, we are feeling more and more like a dinghy. The last several days has seen the arrival of several 125-foot yachts (both power and sail). In the slip next to us, a 56-foot tender came in. Yeah, right… Turns out a transport ship is due here tomorrow to load for Mallorca. (That’s $50,000 for the tender’s transport, $250,000 for a 125-foot boat. The tender is heading there to meet up with its 310-foot mother ship (name could not be revealed to us) and is then going to be replaced with a 65-foot tender (now under construction) with a larger range (1000 nm). Apparently, one of its main functions is to speed ahead to an anchorage and sit on the desired spot until the mother ship arrives. (With 3 z-drives and GPS control, it can stay motionless on station. Gotta get one of those….) Clearly, the world of “real” boats is another one altogether!

Interim update

25 February 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas
James AuBuchon | 78, sunny, widely scattered sprinkles, windy!
A replacememt transmission has been identified. It's a beefier gear with hydraulic shifting since - now we find out - many are reporting failures with the currently manufactured mechanically shifted gear. It is rated for much more horespower than we have, so it should be reliable. AND the guys at Robinhood are bringing it down and installing it themselves. (I think they are tired of paying others and having it screwed up.) I appreciate their determination and look forward to their arrival - somewhere between 1 and 2 weeks from now. Stay tuned! (Smith and family had a great time despite being "marooned".)
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Photos of The Gallery Inn, Cannons (replete with parrots), and Viejo San Juan
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The life and times of the crew of MsChievous in the Sommer Isles.
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Created 3 January 2022
To and through the Panama Canal
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