Big Frisky

Kurt and Pamela are sold up and are sailing aboard SV Big Frisky, an Outbound 46 with the Kona Boys, Honu, Kona and Chico. Join us while we learn what it is to be Blue Water cruisers and see the world. Follow us on Instagram @big_frisky

15 December 2018 | Abacos Bahamas
10 August 2018 | St Peters, Nova Scotia
17 July 2018 | Hadley Harbor, MA
12 July 2018 | Cuttyhunk
29 November 2017 | Downtown Providence
11 November 2016 | Morehead City North Carolina
15 October 2016 | Annapolis Landing Marina
30 September 2016 | Two-Mile Landing Marina, Cape May NJ
03 August 2016 | Charleston Harbor Marina
01 July 2016 | Charleston Harbor Marina
30 May 2016 | Charleston Harbor, South Carolina
29 May 2016 | Charleston Harbor Marina
28 May 2016 | Charleston Harbor Marina
19 May 2016 | Cape Canaveral
13 May 2016 | Bahia Mar Marina, Fort Lauderdale FL USA
12 May 2016 | Atlantic Ocean 140 miles South of Fort Lauderdale
11 May 2016 | Atlantic Ocean 60 miles from Old Bahama Channel
10 May 2016 | Atlantic Ocean 50 miles north of Haiti
08 May 2016 | Atlantic Ocean 45 miles north of DR
06 May 2016 | Nanny Cay, Tortola BVI

A Tropical Storm Predicted

28 May 2016 | Charleston Harbor Marina
Pamela, heavy rain, low visibility
We spent three fabulous days exploring St. Augustine, drinking from the fountain youth, touring the local distillery, and learning about Henry Flagler and the Ponce de Leon Hotel. I flopped open the guidebook to look at our next destination and the captain checked out the weather for our short hop up the Florida coast. "Ah oh," exclaimed the captain in a tone I have come to recognize is serious. "What is it," I replied setting aside the cruising guide.

The National Hurricane Center had identified tropical disturbance a few hundred miles east of the Bahamas with conditions suitable for a hurricane and a trajectory for the southeastern US. The storm was still far enough out that we had time to make a move, but not long to make a decision.

We had planned a couple stops in Georgia including an anchorage off of Cumberland Island, but those destinations will wait another time. We now wanted to get to Charleston where the marinas are well equipped and prepared for tropical storms. Further, our beloved nieces Bethany and Grace and their families are in and around Charleston and we savored the opportunity to spend time with them.

We calculated the distance to Charleston, a thirty hour trip, checked the weather, sunny with light winds just ahead of the beam for 200 miles. We couldn't resist one more delicious meal ashore in St. Augustine but an early morning departure was now in order and much to be done for an overnight offshore passage running ahead of a hurricane.

The captain got up at 4am to plot the course, disconnect shore power and water. He removed the sail covers and attached the halyards. I took the photo you see here from our slip. We were able to make the 7:30am bridge opening and headed out the channel into the Atlantic, our trip taking us forty-five miles or so off shore.

Despite the change up in plans and anxiety about the storm potential, the mood on Big Frisky was good. We had just stocked up on fresh fruit, nuts and assorted snacks. The weather was gorgeous and over the course of our sail dolphins played in our bow wake. They kept us company in our solitary overnight watches, entertaining us with their sleek speed and agility.

Over the course of the night we encountered a bit of marine traffic, some we could see on AIS (Automatic Identification System) which displays the heading and speed of approaching vessels and provides the same info about our boat. Others, we could tell naught about other than that they were there and we didn't hit them. Sometimes standing watch for three hours by yourself in the deep dark night is a little boring, but a lot of times it is plenty exciting.

As we approached Charleston it was evident we were not the only boat coming in for refuge. The Charleston Harbor Marina in Mt Pleasant has 400 slips and I daresay they are almost all full. Talk around the dock house is all "what do you think she'll do?" This afternoon the tropical disturbance has been upgraded to a named storm: Bonny and she's headed to South Carolina.

We are safely in our slip, our lines are doubled. We are amongst fellow sailors in a safe harbor and just across the bridge from our family. We do got plenty liquor and food to wait it out if need be.

As a caution to other sailors, do not read "Last Train to Paradise" cheerfully purchased at the former Ponce de Leon Hotel now Flagler College gift shop and reading the opening chapter about the hurricane of 1935.
Vessel Name: Big Frisky
Vessel Make/Model: Outbound 46
Hailing Port: Carmel Indiana
Crew: Kurt and Pamela
About: Kurt and Pamela have been together for sixteen years and recently married. Kona, Honu and Chico are avid sailing companions and are committed to keeping all ducks off docks wherever they may go. Kurt is a retired editor for a publishing company and Pamela is a retired college librarian.
Extra: After travelling through the Great Lakes and out the St. Lawrence Seaway, Big Frisky and her crew are ready to start the next leg of their adventure, a passage to Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
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Wintering over in Providence
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6 day passage from Nanny Cay, Tortola BVI to Ft Lauderdale Florida
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The four days of Kurt and Pamela's Birthdays April 18-April 22.
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Sights around QC
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Cliff's hospitalization at Cleveland Clinic
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What we are reading
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Pictures of the people we meet along the way
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We love entertaining guests aboard Big Frisky!
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Photos of the destinations we have been
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Photos our our new ride
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