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.

What a SUPER Super Bowl Sunday!

07 February 2011 | Panama City, Panama
We took the 9:00 AM high speed ferry from Isla Tobago to Panama City, barely making it. We thought we got up early with plenty of time to pack and get ready to leave the boat & cats for a night. Unfortunately, we did not realize that we'd changed time zones. We'd been in Central and were now in the Eastern time zone.

On top of that, I miscalculated the kick off time. I knew we usually watched the kick off around 3:30 pm in SoCal, so it must be three hours earlier - around 12:30 pm EST, right? Wrong, that would be three hours LATER - about 6:30 PM - oops. We thought for sure the Balboa Yacht Club would have a Super Bowl Party, but no one even seemed to know it was happening.

We took as taxi and told the driver what we wanted - football Americano. He proceeded to take us to an empty grassy football field! (LOL) We explained: No - a sports bar/cantina/ mas televisions. The thought about it and decided to take us to a sports bar in a casino, so we agreed. When we arrived we went upstairs to the bar and it was dead. Of course we didn't know about the kick off time at this point. They only had a few pre-printed 8 ½ x 11" Super Bowl XLV signs scattered around the bar, no big screens only little TVs and not so comfy looking chairs. The scene wasn't working for us.

I pulled out my iphone, connected to the casino wifi and googled "sports bar panama city, panama. What came up was the Royal Casino, near the Marriott Hotel, the description mentioned special events: specifically that they host a Super Bowl Party. That was our place. It turned out we were just a few blocks away.

We went upstairs and there were a handful of people in the cool looking sports bar arranging tables and chairs. We spoke with New Jersey native Jon Schwartz, its proprietor and explained that we'd just sailed in from San Diego (one of his favorite cities as it turned out), found him on Google and came for the party. He said they were sold out, be he'd see what he could do if we'd just hang out.

Having nowhere else to go at that hour, we did. While waiting I got on to NFL website and that's when I realized the game was at 6:30 pm. It was 11:00 AM - long day ahead. No problem, I needed to find a hotel for the night anyway since there were no late ferries going back to the island after the game.

Admission to the Actions Sports party was $25 per person and included all you can eat and drink (quality booze, plus a raffle. When I looked at the prizes I noticed they were giving way a 42" HDTV with DVD home theatre system. Since I'd left our 1989 27" Zenith on the curb with a "FREE" sign on it after we couldn't unload it at our pre-move garage sale, we needed a new one. So I decided to win it, and I said so - to the owner Jon, Tom, Canaan our crewmen, and others at the party.

At half-time they did the drawing. Unfortunately, they called someone else's name for the TV, which as actually the second place prize. They called MY name for the Grand Prize: a three day trip to Brisas - a swanky, new, all-inclusive resort in Panama City. Jolene, is Jon's wife and we'd met her earlier so she knew our story. They tried to get the guy who won the TV to switch prizes, but he wanted the TV too.

Jon & Jolene were so cool, they said "No problem, we'll give you the money for another TV/DVD system. How cool is that?? They also threw in a $50 gift certificate for one of the nicest restaurants in town. On top of the prizes, it was an awesome party, a great football game and the fellow central division, and Minnesota Vikings rival, Green Bay Packers won the game. What a day!
Santorini's Photos - Main
Here are a few photos of Shell Island, the barrier island outside St. Andrews Bay.
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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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