Adventures of North Star

Follow the Adventures of Kim and Steve aboard their yacht North Star!

09 July 2019
08 July 2019
04 July 2019
02 July 2019
31 May 2019 | Copra Shed, Savusavu, Fiji
28 March 2018
05 March 2018 | Queenstown view from the top of the gondola.
21 May 2016 | Tahiti, French Polynesia
14 September 2015
12 September 2015 | In Maupiti
17 August 2015 | Huahine, French Polynesia
13 July 2015 | Anyse Amyot-North End of Taou
20 June 2015 | Fakarava-South Pass
18 June 2015 | Fakarava-South Pass
11 June 2015 | Fakarava-South, Harifa
06 June 2015 | Fakarava, North Pass

UPDATE IN CARTAGENA

18 October 2011
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Our friends, Manuela and Sid from Paradise, have been here in Manzanillo Marina for a month or so. We have been to Cartagena before but made a trip to town with them. Manuela and Sid have been here before so they are more familiar with what lies behind the small openings on the busy streets of town. The roads are filled with many small doors that lead somewhere behind the old walls of the buildings. Some of the areas we saw are in the photos posted up on the Cartagena 3 gallery. In the evening, we saw several weddings at some beautiful old hotels. Outside there were several brightly painted horse drawn carriages for the bride and groom and the wedding party. We have had several fantastic dinners prepared by Manuela and one evening a fondue dinner in our small apartment. We also have enjoyed dinner at de Oliva several times, one evening a few weeks ago for Steve and Sid's birthdays.

The work on North Star is progressing but the rain has been increasing in amount and frequency. We had bad weather last night with high winds and more rain than I have heard for a sustained period in awhile. Power was out all night and some of the day today. During business hours the yard used a large generator to keep things up and running. The latest photos will show some of the work. The decks have been removed, fiberglass laid down, leveling and fairing almost completed. The stainless steel work is coming along also. The frame for the bimini is ready, the life lines and rails for the back of the boat are completed. The cabinet and the seating below has been finished. We are working on matching the teak below for painting. Some minor varnish work below has been started. Next we have gel coat on the decks and installing the stainless steel work and more painting.

This month is carnival here and the people seem to be in a party mode here. We were told the area outside the gate here can be dangerous at night. We have been told that right down the road is a high drug area. We have had a few incidents since our arrival here. One day in the early afternoon when returning from the mall our taxi drive had some trouble with the local kids. The kids were playing with a soccer ball and as we passed they kicked the ball under the car and it popped. The police were nearby but offered no interaction as the kids surrounded and blocked the car, rocking it from side to side. Yelling ensued and only after the driver paid the kids twice were we allowed to continue. Second incident, when we were heading to the mall on a Saturday afternoon our cab was pulled over, the driver was frisked and we waited in the car for 45 minutes with no explanation of what was happening. The police asked the driver to follow him. We immediately got out of the car, we did not want to go wherever they were taking the driver. Another taxi was called for us. Third incident, nothing to do with us personally but one of the other cruisers here was getting out to the taxi here at the marina and a mugger knocked him down and tried to take his wallet. This was at 11 am on a Saturday. Luckily, someone from the marina was nearby and helped out. The most recent event for us was returning home from dinner for Steve's birthday there was a huge gathering of people down the road from the marina, many flashing lights and police passing us by the minute. The taxi driver said he would not take us to our destination because he did not want to be killed. Thank goodness, Manuela was with us because she is fluent in Spanish. She called the guard at the marina and had him speak with the cab driver. The guard assured the driver the commotion was not in front of the marina. We carefully, took some back streets and made our way safely to the gate.

We have been to the mall for several decent movies lately. We also spent a morning in Boca Grande. This is a tourist area. Similar to Clearwater Beach style with beaches, high rise hotels, places selling tourist items and jewelry. This town is cleaner than some of the places we have seen. We also checked out a jewelry store. I spent some time looking. The stones were in various colors and prices but I could not tell that they were a great bargain. I don't think they are as inexpensive as they were years ago. Although I guess nothing is.
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Vessel Name: North Star
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 52, Center Cockpit
Hailing Port: Clearwater, Florida
Crew: Steve and Kim
About:
Steve has been sailing for about 45 years, starting with Optimist pram racing in St. Petersburg, FL many years ago. Steve and Kim sailed the waters of Florida, the Bahamas and the Gulf of Mexico for 10 years on our prior boat, Breath of Heaven. [...]
Extra: North Star is a 1988 Tayana 52, center cockpit, a Robert Perry design.
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