Neverland Journey

26 July 2022 | Tippity Wichity Island
02 May 2021 | 20 57.4'N:73 40.7'W, Matthew Town, Great Inagua, Bahamas
22 April 2021 | 20 57.4'N:73 40.7'W, Matthew Town, Great Inagua, Bahamas
17 April 2021 | 20 57.4'N:73 40.7'W, Matthew Town, Great Inagua, Bahamas
16 April 2021 | 18 51.4'N:74 34.2'W, Windward Passage
14 April 2021 | 14 30'N:71 40'W, Caribbean Sea
22 December 2019 | 12 30.5'N:70 01.8'W, Oranjestad, Aruba
21 December 2019 | 12 25.5'N:68 43.1'W, north of Curacao
21 December 2019 | 12 47.8'N:67 36.2'W, at sea
20 December 2019 | 13 18.87'N:66 26.99'W, at sea
20 December 2019 | 13 36.2'N:65 20.6'W, at sea
19 December 2019 | 13 38.9'N:64 23.7'W, at sea
19 December 2019 | 14 01.9'N:63 01.2'W, at sea
18 December 2019 | 14 23.3'N:61 41.6'W, at sea
17 December 2019 | 14 30.2'N:61 05.3'W, Martinique
16 December 2019 | 14 26.5'N:60 53.1'W, St Anne, Martinique
12 December 2019 | 14 04.85'N:60 57.8'W, Rodney Bay, St Lucia
05 December 2019 | 14 10.9'N:56 24.4'W, 250 miles to go
29 November 2019 | 14 25.2'N:42 59.6'W, middle of ocean
28 November 2019 | 14 29.4'N:40.14.3 06.01'W, middle of ocean

Anchors and Boats

20 December 2019 | 13 18.87'N:66 26.99'W, at sea
Every boat needs an anchor or two but they are not all created equally. Neverland�'s previous owner equipped her with 3 different types of anchors; Delta, CQR type and Danforth. The one that was on the anchor roller was a Delta anchor. They have excellent reviews but the first time we used it we were plowing the soft bottom of the bay. I don�'t know if it doesn�'t like the soft bottom of the Chesapeake Bay or there was simply not enough chain attached to the rope/chain rode. Anyone with anchoring experience will say that the chain part of the rode should be at least as long as the boat and that one wasn�'t.

The boat was also equipped with a Danforth anchor. This type anchor with the two long flukes works well in soft bottoms like the bay. I don�'t recall the last time I saw one on a boat in the Med. We used ours for a short while because it is lighter than the other anchors. We do occasionally deploy the Danforth from the stern if we expect the wind and waves to cross each other.

After we took the boat to the Med we switched to the CQR type anchor which works well in all types of bottoms. I found it hidden under the V-birth one day. We also switched to 75 meters of heavy chain when we came to the Mediterranean and added an electric windlass so we don�'t have to muscle the anchor up. Monica usually does all the anchor handling, she still doesn�'t like driving the boat in close quarters. Anchor handling is a breeze with the 2 foot switches, black is up and red is down. We rarely drag anchor, I can�'t remember the last time. If ever in doubt I always add more chain.

A lot of boaters in the Med use a Bruce type anchor. They look like 3 fingered claws on the bows of the boats. I�'m not sure of their holding capability because I often see boats dragging their anchor along the bottom looking for the place it will hold.

We were anchored in the bay at Martinique for 2 days and the anchor didn�'t budge, even with the high winds. When it came time to raise the anchor, a strong gust came on us and an incoming boat crossed just in front of us, perhaps over the anchor. Monica normally lets out some chain so I can drive past the anchor if it is stuck. This time it didn�'t work and we bent the anchor shank more than 90 degrees. So today was spent swapping the Danforth in place of the CQR while underway. It had been attached to the chain so long that I had to cut the shackle ping to free it. Anyway the Danforth is ready to use in Curacao and Aruba. I think a good mechanic can straighten the shank before we launch the boat again.
Vessel Name: Neverland
Vessel Make/Model: Allied Princess 36 1976
Hailing Port: Onancock VA USA
Crew: Mike Gould-Captain
About: Mike has been sailing since 1986. He has made trips from Virginia to Maine and back. Several trips in the Mediterranean. He has sailed other vessels in the open sea. In 2019 sailed 5000+ nm from the Med across the Atlantic to Aruba. We sailed from Aruba to the Chesapeake Bay Spring 2021
Monica has sailed alongside Mike during all these years. She has loved sailing and enjoyed every minute out on the open seas with Mike. She looks forward to more adventures as a sailing couple. In 2019 sailed 5000+ nm from the Med across the Atlantic to Aruba. We sailed from Aruba to the [...]
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