Living The Dream

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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.

We're back in the USA!!!

11 March 2011 | Ft. Myers Beach, FL
We sailed three days and two nights - about 280 miles from Isla Mujeres to the Dry Tortugas. We narrowly escaped disaster heading out of the reef north of the island. The depth is fine for Santorini, but there were breaking waves coming over the reef - like 8 to 10 feet. The Mexican Navy was helping boats over the reef and here we were heading out! As big as our boat is, she was tossed about like a tea cup after leaving the protected waters. As we crossed the Gulf Stream we felt as if we were in a giant washing machine. In short, it was a very rough ride most of the way.

Laurie did great, in fact letting out a "whoa -who" as we crossed the reef - not realizing the danger of the moment. She must have been a sailor in a prior life, because the rough seas did not bother her a bit and she loved every minute of our sail. It was so great to finally drop anchor just after sunset in the protected anchorage of the Dry Tortugas.

On Tuesday just before sunset we were about 80 miles from Ft. Myers. We were having cocktail in the cockpit and Chico was with us with his harness and leash on. A little bird appeared and flew around the boat, trying to land. For some reason, he decided to fly past Chico. That didn't happen as Chico's orange paw quickly nabbed him out of the air. Chico took off downstairs dragging his leash. All that was left were a few long wing feathers. A kill at sea - bravo Chico!

We arrived in Ft. Myers on Wednesday morning right after the sun came up. We are not very used to coming into port in such shallow water, but followed the buoys in with no problem. We headed for moorings off Estero Island, which involves going under a bridge with a 65' clearance - our mast is 62 ft. Tom measured it before we left Mexico, but it was rather frightening to see how close to the bridge the top of the mast was!

We got tied up to a mooring but it turned out to be too small. We couldn't find another one so I called the marina office. It turns out 20 mooring are out of commission due to maintenance??? There were a bunch with floats so the manager told us to tie up to one of them. We did, offed the dinghy and headed for dry land.

We wasted no time finding all day Happy Hour at Nervous Nellie's - a great waterfront bar/restaurant. We even went back for dinner as Laurie treated us on the last night of her vacation. Tom and Laurie had giant steaks and I dined on plump sea scallops.

It's Spring Break and this town is hoppin'. It's a cute beach town, with ugly beach traffic. We were glad we were walking. We found the grocery store - it was quite an emotional experience! Cell phone service, grocery stores, English on the TV - it's GOOD to be HOME!

A nasty storm came through yesterday and cold North winds mean we'll stay hunkered down here until Sunday. From here it's about 300 miles to our new home in Panama City - we can't wait to get there.
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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