Living The Dream

Most of them dream... We LIVE IT.

Vessel Name: Santorini
Vessel Make/Model: Mariner/Mayflower 48'
Hailing Port: Punta Gorda, Florida
Crew: Tom, Dawn, Chico & Charley
13 August 2016 | Isla Mujeres, Mexico
28 July 2013 | Punta Gorda, FL
28 July 2013 | Punta Gorda, FL
22 April 2011 | St. Andrews Bay, Panama City, FL
21 March 2011 | Panama City, Florida
16 March 2011 | Port St. Joe, Florida
14 March 2011 | Tampa Bay, FL
12 March 2011 | Ft. Myers, Florida
11 March 2011 | Ft. Myers Beach, FL
03 March 2011 | Isla Mujeres, MX
25 February 2011 | Isla Mujeres, MX
17 February 2011 | Colon, Panama
14 February 2011 | Panama City, Panama
07 February 2011 | Panama City, Panama
05 February 2011 | Isla Toboga
02 February 2011 | Golfo de Panama
01 February 2011 | Panama
31 January 2011 | Bahia Honda to Ensenada Benao
30 January 2011 | Bahia Honda, Panama
Recent Blog Posts
13 August 2016 | Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Back in Isla Mujeres!

It's been a fast 3 years since moving to Punta Gorda, FL. Although we haven't done much sailing, we have made some very nice improvements and upgrades to Santorini. We had her hauled out for bottom paint - this time applying Petit Trinidad 75. It had been 5 years since her last paint job with Trinidad [...]

28 July 2013 | Punta Gorda, FL

Home At Last

We moved into our new house end of May 2013. Tom towed the SeaRay down and put it in storage. We made several trips down to move, but sadly left Santorini behind in Panama City, Fl until we could prepare her slip in Punta Gorda.

28 July 2013 | Punta Gorda, FL

Getting Our Freedom Back

After swallowing the anchor in Panama City, FL for 2 years we are looking forward to getting back into cruising mode. We were certainly grateful for Tom landing a job when he did - it saved us when our businesses went bust. It was tough working 8-5 M-F with 1 week of vacation after having been self-employed [...]

22 April 2011 | St. Andrews Bay, Panama City, FL

Settling In on the Gulf Coast

We had a great trip back to OC. It was wonderful to see everyone and a relief to finally move the rest of our stuff. We stopped and stayed with family and friends along the way during our trip home. We missed the kitties, and they missed us even more. Our neighbors, Don & Kelly live on a houseboat [...]

21 March 2011 | Panama City, Florida

Back to the OC

Well it's only been 4 days since we sailed into port here in Panama City, FL but we're already heading back to Orange County, CA. My friend Beth is engaged to a great guy named Alan. He happens to own a private jet. They flew in this afternoon from Key West for a short overnight visit and are returning [...]

18 March 2011 | Panama City, Florida

Mission Accomplished: Over 5000 miles in less than 5 months!

We finally made it! We sailed into St. Andrews Bay at 2 pm on St. Patrick's Day, it was a very moving experience! There's nothing like achieving a many years long goal. The people here are wonderful - everyone is SO NICE! Southern hospitality is alive and well.

Isla Otoque: A Safe Harbor

02 February 2011 | Golfo de Panama
We finally dropped the anchor just before sunset at Isla Otoque. It's a little island that's about 22 miles from Panama City. In the center of its crescent shape is a calm anchorage, with tall hills that block the nasty "Northers". It has a few more islands and rocks that create a fairly protect "cove". We were all pretty beat up after such a grueling sail so it was nice to have a good dinner and go to bed early knowing we were safely at anchor.

Just after dinner we saw a light from a sailboat approaching the anchorage. With a new moon, howling winds and rough seas, we knew it couldn't be fun trying to get into the anchorage. We saw they had a flood light trying to scope it out. Tom jumped on the VHF at tried to hail them to give them a hand getting in, but there was no response. We flipped on both our front and rear spreader lights to make it easier to see us, and hopefully define the anchorage area.

As they came closer, we saw it was a catamaran and thought they might give us a shout. They didn't, just dropped - a little too close to us, and went to bed. We thought they were probably exhausted like us and maybe we'd chat with them the next day.

The wind howled from the north all night, this time I slept well knowing we were safe. I was awake at first light and went up to watch the sunrise - with Chico of course. It was a beautiful morning and I was in the mood for coffee, which we hadn't had since getting sick.

I pulled out one of the three bags of coffee we bought in El Salvador and asked Tom if he cared to join me -it was divine. I made pancakes for breakfast and banana bread from bananas Canaan brought with him. We'd hung them in a hammock from above the mirror in the saloon. They'd banged around spattering the mirror in the rough seas. All they were good for was bread.

After breakfast, about 8 am I noticed the catamaran leaving. We had decided to stay and extra night, hope the wind would quit and we'd have a nice run on Saturday. We watched the Cat try to go around the west side of the island - getting pounded by the waves, barely making progress. No "thank you". No greeting of "good morning". Puzzling.

We all swam ashore to the beach we'd anchored off of. Pelicans were everywhere, diving for fish and coming up with full mouths. Sadly, the beach was littered with lots of garbage - mostly plastic. It's sad that most third world countries care so little about their garbage. A beach cleanup day is sorely needed here.

Although provisions are running a bit low, we grilled the last three turkey burgers for lunch. I made marinara sauce from scratch to go with the last of the chicken breasts and a brick of mozzarella cheese for Tom's favorite dish: Chicken Parmesana. We will continue north tomorrow morning after low tide has passed, hoping with Norther has blown itself out by then.
Santorini's Photos - Main
Here are a few photos of Shell Island, the barrier island outside St. Andrews Bay.
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Created 22 April 2011
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Created 21 March 2011
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Created 11 March 2011
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Created 27 February 2011
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Created 26 February 2011
From Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo San Lucas
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Created 28 January 2011
Leg 2 was from Turtle Bay to Bahia Santa Maria Mexico
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Created 28 January 2011
Left San Diego on 10/25/10 and arrived in Turtle Bay on 10/28/10
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Created 28 January 2011
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Created 24 January 2011
Five years after seeing her at the Long Beach Boat Show, we meet again.
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Created 24 January 2011

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