MsChievous

Vessel Name: MsChievous
Vessel Make/Model: Hylas 49
Hailing Port: Robinhood, Maine
Crew: Susan and Jim AuBuchon
About: Livin' the life - finally!
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
17 March 2020 | Moskito Island (14 24.041N 82 48.324W)
13 March 2020 | Shelter Bay Marina, Colon, Panama
29 February 2020 | Panama
27 February 2020 | Panama
18 February 2020 | Golfito
13 February 2020 | Quepos, Costa Rica
07 February 2020 | on way to Quepos
07 February 2020 | Off Playa del Coco
01 February 2020 | Playa del Coco, Costa Rica
28 January 2020 | 50 miles off Mexico/Guatemala border
24 January 2020 | Acapulco, Guerrero, Maexico
16 January 2020 | Manzanillo
11 January 2020 | Puerto Vallarta
22 November 2019 | Puerto Vallarta
15 November 2019
Recent Blog Posts
08 May 2020 | Montauk, Long Island, New York

Getting there!

Wow! It's been a long slog up the east coast (which looks remarkably the same from Florida to Long Island, albeit with changes in vegetation). We've mostly been hopping in day trips of 40-80 miles, allowing us both to get a full night's sleep, but occasionally we take longer jaunts, such as yesterday/today's [...]

14 April 2020 | St. Augustine

Movin' on up the coast

Yes, we're self-isolating (pretty easy on a sailboat!), but we are slowly heading up the coast. Currently, we are sitting out a huge band of thunderstorms in St. Augustine, which, when the torrential rain abated, was a nice place to explore on foot for our daily exercise. Tomorrow should find us anchored at Amelia Island, and then it will be on to Georgia. (Florida is the N-S equivalent of Montana -- seems like it will never end!) The coast of Florida has miles of beautiful beaches (many of which are NOT deserted...), but it's far from ideal for a tall-masted, deep-keeled boat. We're looking forward to waterways that are easier to negotiate as we head north. Hard to believe that we're only one month out of Panama - seems like a year with all that's happened in the world plus our 1000+ miles under the keel since then!

02 April 2020 | Key West

Back in Margaritaville

We cleared into the US at Key West a week ago. (Great sunsets - no green flashes, though...) We could get fuel but not go ashore, so we headed up the Gulf Coast to Marco Island. We were able to get some boat work done and go to the grocery store (plus West Marine - just next door!), so we now have about a month's worth of groceries plus oil change material to get us to Maine. We are awaiting arrival of cruising guides for the East Coast (certainly didn't expect to be here!) and then will head to Maine, hopefully coast hopping along the way!

26 March 2020 | Key West

Back in the USA

We've arrived in Key West after an uneventful, two-day crossing from the Yucatan. Weather was beautiful but only allowed sailing half way. Key West is "closed", but we could get fuel and ice. (What more does one need??) We will now move slowly up the coast (after all, it's still snowing in New England!) with the intention of getting there in time for black fly season. We didn't really have plans for April and May other than hanging out in the boat, so we've just changed locales. Unfortunately, we'll be celebrating Summit's birthday remotely, but we will certainly make it up to her this summer.

23 March 2020 | Isla Mujeres

Plan F

Well, the entire world is topsy turvy, the voyaging community included. We've spent four wonderful days at Isla Mujeres (off Cancun) after traveling a thousand miles up from Panama. However, all the Caribbean islands are closed, so we are going to head to Maine for the summer instead - providing we can get back into the US! Stay tuned and stay healthy!

17 March 2020 | Moskito Island (14 24.041N 82 48.324W)

Plans C, D and E...

Well, we're still having fun, but in different places! We had intended to next call at Aruba on leaving the Panama Canal, but the weather was not conducive for that easterly slog. We then chose Jamaica, 570 miles northward - and still to windward and with reasonable likelihood of getting home for Summit's birthday party. However, after the first 150 miles turned into 300 (with tacking) and tiring of the unending tilt, Susie declared she had reached the end of her windward passages. (Not that I could blame her.) "Isn't there another way we could do this?" We committed to a clockwise Caribbean circumnavigation with a potential homeward trip from Key West. After 4 days out, she was ready for a break - but Providencia (Colombia) refused to let us even anchor in a a secluded cove for a restful break, fearing we would bring coronavirus! (It doesn't travel on the wind, guys! - and we don't have it. Sailing alone at the moment is not a bad idea!!) So we continued on to a group of reefs and tiny islands off Nicaragua, where we have a peaceful anchorage and were treated to a half dozen native sailing fishing boats turning circles around us going after their catch. We then will have only a few overnight passages as we stop briefly in Honduras, Belize, and the Cozumel area before leave attempting to re-enter the US. We are concerned with all the viral craziness that if we leave the boat in a foreign port, we may not be able to get back to it. So we may just keep sailing to the Bahamas, the VI and then on down the chain - stay tuned!

Getting there!

08 May 2020 | Montauk, Long Island, New York
James AuBuchon | Overcast, chilly, awaiting a storm of 45 knots
Wow! It's been a long slog up the east coast (which looks remarkably the same from Florida to Long Island, albeit with changes in vegetation). We've mostly been hopping in day trips of 40-80 miles, allowing us both to get a full night's sleep, but occasionally we take longer jaunts, such as yesterday/today's 190 nm passage from Cape May, NJ, to Montauk, at the eastern end of Long Island. In this case, we were being "chased" by a storm we knew was coming tonight, so we definitely wanted to get into a safe harbor (Lake Montauk) before it arrived. (We're still waiting for the blow....) The real change this week has been the temperature. Water temps are now below 50, and I've been wearing long pants and all the down vests and other warm clothes I can find since leaving Virginia! (Night watch includes wrapping up in TWO fleece blankets in the cockpit and three on the bed. We did not pack with clothes to come north in May!)

From here, we have about a 4-day itinerary planned to get us back to Maine and home. Depending on the weather, it may take bit longer than that, but from here, we're in familiar territory at least.

Along our journey (now of 150+ days and 8000+ miles) we've had plenty of opportunities for working on the boat (what's a boat if it doesn't require maintenance?), and I can now change the oil in my sleep. However, yesterday, we encountered a real potential DISASTER. As the sun was beginning to set on our passage to Montauk and Susie was preparing our dinner, I began to execute my job of picking out the evening's wine. (We still have about 2 cases aboard - after multiple replenishments...) The Admiralty was not pleased when I could not get the door open to the cupboard where we keep the vino, and she was more upset when she couldn't open it either. At the top of the to-do list after we anchored today was to get that cupboard opened so we could access its golden contents while we sat out the coming storm. So, this afternoon, I approached the cupboard with tools in hand and a bit of trepidation - when it opened without a hitch! The only loss was last evening's wonderful sunset dinner sans vino....

Movin' on up the coast

14 April 2020 | St. Augustine
James AuBuchon | Cloudy, humid
Yes, we're self-isolating (pretty easy on a sailboat!), but we are slowly heading up the coast. Currently, we are sitting out a huge band of thunderstorms in St. Augustine, which, when the torrential rain abated, was a nice place to explore on foot for our daily exercise. Tomorrow should find us anchored at Amelia Island, and then it will be on to Georgia. (Florida is the N-S equivalent of Montana -- seems like it will never end!) The coast of Florida has miles of beautiful beaches (many of which are NOT deserted...), but it's far from ideal for a tall-masted, deep-keeled boat. We're looking forward to waterways that are easier to negotiate as we head north. Hard to believe that we're only one month out of Panama - seems like a year with all that's happened in the world plus our 1000+ miles under the keel since then!

Back in Margaritaville

02 April 2020 | Key West
James AuBuchon | Clear, 80F
We cleared into the US at Key West a week ago. (Great sunsets - no green flashes, though...) We could get fuel but not go ashore, so we headed up the Gulf Coast to Marco Island. We were able to get some boat work done and go to the grocery store (plus West Marine - just next door!), so we now have about a month's worth of groceries plus oil change material to get us to Maine. We are awaiting arrival of cruising guides for the East Coast (certainly didn't expect to be here!) and then will head to Maine, hopefully coast hopping along the way!

Back in the USA

26 March 2020 | Key West
James AuBuchon | Clear, 80F
We've arrived in Key West after an uneventful, two-day crossing from the Yucatan. Weather was beautiful but only allowed sailing half way. Key West is "closed", but we could get fuel and ice. (What more does one need??) We will now move slowly up the coast (after all, it's still snowing in New England!) with the intention of getting there in time for black fly season. We didn't really have plans for April and May other than hanging out in the boat, so we've just changed locales. Unfortunately, we'll be celebrating Summit's birthday remotely, but we will certainly make it up to her this summer.

Plan F

23 March 2020 | Isla Mujeres
James AuBuchon | Nice breeze - 80F
Well, the entire world is topsy turvy, the voyaging community included. We've spent four wonderful days at Isla Mujeres (off Cancun) after traveling a thousand miles up from Panama. However, all the Caribbean islands are closed, so we are going to head to Maine for the summer instead - providing we can get back into the US! Stay tuned and stay healthy!

Plans C, D and E...

17 March 2020 | Moskito Island (14 24.041N 82 48.324W)
Jim AuBuchon
Well, we're still having fun, but in different places! We had intended to next call at Aruba on leaving the Panama Canal, but the weather was not conducive for that easterly slog. We then chose Jamaica, 570 miles northward - and still to windward and with reasonable likelihood of getting home for Summit's birthday party. However, after the first 150 miles turned into 300 (with tacking) and tiring of the unending tilt, Susie declared she had reached the end of her windward passages. (Not that I could blame her.) "Isn't there another way we could do this?" We committed to a clockwise Caribbean circumnavigation with a potential homeward trip from Key West. After 4 days out, she was ready for a break - but Providencia (Colombia) refused to let us even anchor in a a secluded cove for a restful break, fearing we would bring coronavirus! (It doesn't travel on the wind, guys! - and we don't have it. Sailing alone at the moment is not a bad idea!!) So we continued on to a group of reefs and tiny islands off Nicaragua, where we have a peaceful anchorage and were treated to a half dozen native sailing fishing boats turning circles around us going after their catch. We then will have only a few overnight passages as we stop briefly in Honduras, Belize, and the Cozumel area before leave attempting to re-enter the US. We are concerned with all the viral craziness that if we leave the boat in a foreign port, we may not be able to get back to it. So we may just keep sailing to the Bahamas, the VI and then on down the chain - stay tuned!
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