The Salt World

01 December 2013 | Vero Beach Florida
03 October 2013 | Florida coast
14 September 2013 | Hollywood===still
29 May 2013 | Loggerhead Marina, Hollywood Fl
22 May 2013 | Lake Worth, North Palm Beach Florida
09 May 2013 | Nassau Bahamas
01 May 2013 | Nassau Bahamas
13 April 2013 | Nassau Bahamas
04 March 2013 | Bimini
26 February 2013 | Bahamas
22 February 2013 | No Name Harbor

Full Circle

29 May 2013 | Loggerhead Marina, Hollywood Fl
Dennis/Rainin and workin
How long and how far?
We've come full circle as of today. Left Loggerhead Marina on Feb 16 , 2013, and just took the same slip in the same marina today May 26th. 2013. Go figger, 100 days and 520 nautical miles later..................
Ya gotta figger tho, It's not a very round circle................

It's "Bitter Sweet" to come back, as Pam said when we left Bimini.

We had pizza delivered to the boat tonight,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,what's up with that?? fallin back into the convienence life that we've not had for at least 3 months.
We've learned alot since venturing out to the "big offshore" trip.
We've also met some great people, from some far off lands like Europe, Canada, South America, Columbia, and South Africa. The connection isn't talked about between us. But it's realized by both how adventurous life really is when someone says to you, "we're here"...where you been?............" Where's next"????? Some might be traveling to the next island, some staying in marinas for a while, and others are traveling 3000 miles to their home.........some after a year or more sailin round here and there. It's apparent that this life is a life of meeting other people, exploring dreams, and sharing their "tribulations and exhaltations"..........

Now the focus on our lives is what do we need to do now? We're going to be gettin the boat ready to leave it for a month or so. We're going back to Texas to visit family and friends. We're ready for a break, and besides, we need to get our "land sickness" under control..............

There is one thing we've learned this last day or two, never travel the intercoastal waterway on a holiday weekend.................I think we had more stressful day of cruising today, than any of the other day's we've been out and about. The power boaters were out in force, anything from a jet ski to the 60 footers throwing a 4' wake behind them. We did make a good run on some of the umpteen amount of bridges we went thru. The traffic on the roads across to the beach road (A1A) slowed the bridge openings so we got to them on time. After going thru one bridge, the bridge tender call us and said our dingy was sinking. It opened up a seam on the transom and filled it very fast. We pulled over to anchor and put it on the davits. What a rush......... We traveled 20 miles (Boca Raton to Hollywood) and went under at least 15 bridges..........seemed like more cause we had to wait for some openings up to 25 minutes too.......Total time for the trip was 6.5 hours, an average of 3 knots. Current, bridge waiting, and wakes were the time robbers. When we were moving, we went 5 to 6 knots.

The puppies were happy to be home, wanting to check out the beach..................lots of grass to sniff & poop on............don't forget the peeeing too..............They knew the place before they got off the boat......one of the first things I did when we got back all tied up and secure., was walk the
pups.........

My truck needed a throwout bearing when we left, and our buddy JR in Boca Raton took it to his friend the mechanic for a "look see". I'll get it back tomorrow after a $950 clutch job.

We need to do lots of "stuff" on the boat before we leave for Texas, or after we return. Changing oil, repair/replace the alternator, getting parts and fixing
the generator, Repairing the dingy seam on the transom, ordering parts for the "outdrive" to get spares, replacing the VHF radio, climbing the mast to check or replace the VHF antenna, mount a dingy engine bracket somewhere on the boat, buy and install a new wind generator controller, remove the generator to re-engineer the generator space, mount the barbeque, and pickle the watermaker for the time we're in Texas. Is there more?? Probably alot, but some of it I can do on the water.

We're planning on a month in Texas visiting family and friends, then in another month when the boat is ready again, we're heading north twords the
Chesapeak. Don't know how far we will get, but we'll at least turn back well before the snow flies. Then we'll probably take the winter in the Keys................

Right now our thoughts are on Texas. It's been 9 months for me and a few less for Pam since we've been back. Not sure where we're staying yet, but we're gonna be on our way soon.
Ya'll ready for us again??

The picture is Minnie stearing the boat on the crossing, Grumpy (our autopilot) needed the rest. She may just take over his job..........

talk real soon, Dennis & Pam,,,,,,,,,,,,,and the 3 Pups from Moon Pearl.
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Vessel Name: Moon Pearl
Vessel Make/Model: Gemini 105MC Catamaran
Hailing Port: Hollywood, Florida
Crew: Dennis & Pam, Minnie, Max, and Peanut
About: Minnie, Max, and Peanut are the security Chaiwauwaus.
Extra: We're 100% liveaboards now, wanting to cruise the US coastlines, Bahamas, and Caribean.
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Meet the crew

Who: Dennis & Pam, Minnie, Max, and Peanut
Port: Hollywood, Florida