Out of our Minds

25 February 2010
23 February 2010 | Directly Across from Downtown Miami
22 February 2010 | Anchored off of Biscayne Key
07 February 2010 | Anchored outside of Boot Key Harbor
24 January 2010 | 24 33.098N: 81 42.570W
01 January 2010 | Key West
11 December 2009 | Key West
09 December 2009 | Key West
08 December 2009 | Key West
06 December 2009 | Key West
26 November 2009 | Boca Chica Marina
24 November 2009 | Boca Chica Marina
16 November 2009 | Key West Florida
10 November 2009 | Marco Island
07 November 2009 | Back in the bay after 2 days at Fort Meyers Beach
04 November 2009 | San Carlos Bay off of Sanibel

Just another night

25 February 2010
Terry/ 60s rolly and windy
We had friends over to the boat tonight to enjoy some beers and Survivor heros vs villains. We helped repair a dinghy.

A beautiful anchorage

23 February 2010 | Directly Across from Downtown Miami
Mid 70s with no wind and glassy seas
Today we moved to a spot in front of the old Miami marine stadium and across the bay from downtown. It is beautiful. Not everything is great about it though.

J at the Rickenbacker Marina next to us is a caustic ass hole. Avoid the Rickenbacker Marina at all costs. Better to lose your vessel than give this jerk a dime.

J charges 40 dollars if you land your dinghy to ask him if he has any moorings or slips available. One of his security guards gave me a phone number to ask him without me landing. J said sternly we could come ashore to buy something at the store but then we have to go. I did not want anything he had after the way he said it. He will not take money to let you land your dinghy and go shopping for a few hours. He has no fuel for you if you do not have a slip at the marina. I told him well it is his business, and he said: Yes It most definitely is.

Kicking Back in Biscayne Bay

22 February 2010 | Anchored off of Biscayne Key
Terry/ High 70s Drizzly wind about 13 knots
Well when we started to leave for the Bahamas my buddy boat Donut started spewing white smoke. So we went back and anchored at Rodriquez then went up the channel to Biscayne Bay. We are now anchored off of Biscayne Key.

Yesterday's trip was a little chilly in a swim suit. The wave were high enough to where they would have caused concern 7 months ago, but I am proud that my crew is now a little more realistic.

Debbie was learning the ropes. :-) That is she was handling the sails yesterday. Mom was in charge of communications and learning to operate and speak on the radio.

Debbie was actually screaming with delight when we would hit one of the larger waves and ventured outside the cockpit a little.

Debbie has 5 days at sea with no sea sickness and no sea sickness medicine, so it seems that part of her life is over unless we sit in a harbor too long.

The colors of the water are amazing in this stretch of Ocean.

When the weather improves we will make our way to dinner key for Donut to get her repairs made.

Going to leave for Rodriguez Key today

18 February 2010
Terry/ Winds 12 to 16 seas 2 foot
We never made it out of Marathon for our window mentioned on the last post. We saw a forecast for 6 foot waves over the Bahama banks the next day and we had planned to anchor there that day and sleep. So we changed our plans and decided to go to Rodruez and wait for a good window. A rusted out fuse holder stopped our starboard winches and we had to turn back.

So after fixing the winches we spent the next 2 days going to Publix, Kmart, CVS, West Marine, Winn Dixie. Then to Keys Fisheries for cheap Margaritas, Lobster and stone crab claws yum.

We had the delight of finally coming across our first group of dugongs while dinghying around to the stores. The are incridible and friendly creatures.

Crossing to Bahamas in the morning

14 February 2010
Terry/Calm and Cool
Well we wound up back at Vaca Key. We just cannot seem to get too far past Marathon. We got to an anchorage off of Long Key 2 days ago then heard about a horrible storm on the way. It looked like hours of time spent in 30 to 40 miles an hour of wind. We and our Buddy boat bent every sail to get back to Vaca key and found the last 2 slips in Marathon at Pancho's Gas Dock. Paradox moved so fast it was the first time that we ever lost control of her as she exceeded hull speed the weather helm spun us around in a 360. Nevertheless it was a great sail.

We spent 2 nights at Pancho's.

Tonite we are sitting comfortably at anchor outside of th harbor at Marathon. We expect to be leaving for the Bahamas tomorrow at daybreak. It will be a 21 hour in company with our new friends Mike and Debbie Baltier. Their boat is quite slow unless we have very strong winds but I have learned a great deal from Mike and Deb. They have been doing this for 13 years now. The photo shows their 44 foot Bruce Roberts.

For those that are navigation oriented here are our waypoints and forecasted wind and waves.

Time Wind Wave

0700 S 5-10 0 - 3
1300 W 5-10 0 - 1.5
1600 SSW 5-10 0 - 1.5
1900 W 10-15 0 - 3
2200 WNW10-15 0 - 3
0100 WNW15-20 0 - 3
0700 NNW10-15 0 - 3

Marathon to South Riding Rock

24 416 06N 081 07 178W
24 41 098N 081 07 640W
24 37 787 081 05 944
24 35 053 081 31 470
24 31 158 080 52 315
24 46 082 080 20 870
25 11 252 079 11 529
25 11 992 079 06 352
25 14 249 079 03 742
25 28 083 078 26 596
25 29 403 078 14 104
25 28 122 078 10 296
25 09 187 077 55 748

Stalled before we could get to our window

08 February 2010
Terry/ 60s with hot sun and very calm
We spent last night just outside of the channel that goes into boot key harbor on Vaca Key. I was not too confident in our weather window for today, but I did not have to worry too long. My buddy boat Doughnut Too had starter problems. We sorted those out today and we are ready to go tomorrow.

However, a weak cold front is supposed to go through tomorrow so we will just sail to Rodriguez and take a look at the weather. If we do not like what we see then we will probably sail up to Miami for the Strictly Sail boat show and say hi to Bob Bitchin.
Vessel Name: Paradox
Vessel Make/Model: 52' Jeanneau *Sun Odyssey 52.2*
Hailing Port: Home is where our boat is.
Crew: Terry, Debbie, Ski, Joanna, Princess and Misty
Terry will be the official skipper since he is the only one that navigates right now. Ski is Terry's father and will be the first mate since he is the only other sailor. Debbie, is Terry's wife and will be officially a swab, but she is looking for promotion. [...]
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Paradox's Photos - Main
Just needed a place to put the pictures to get help idenifying the beetle
6 Photos
Created 10 May 2010
This is the island we crashed into. We stayed here about 5 weeks and made many new friends.
114 Photos
Created 23 April 2010
Our lovely boat the Paradox carries us across the Gulf Stream and is lost on a Sand Bar next to the unmarked channel going into Bimini. The markers have now been replaced to late for the Paradox.
42 Photos
Created 22 April 2010
After our shipwreck in Bimini we decided to stay a couple of months in the Bahamas any way.
68 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 22 April 2010
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Created 8 January 2010
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Created 5 October 2009
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Created 8 September 2009
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Created 18 August 2009
Pictures taken in the first month of life in Pensacola
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Created 2 August 2009

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Who: Terry, Debbie, Ski, Joanna, Princess and Misty
Port: Home is where our boat is.