Koinonia Sailing

Vessel Name: Koinonia II
Vessel Make/Model: Hunter Marine 41DS
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, Florida
04 June 2013 | Jacksonville, Florida
17 May 2013 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas
15 May 2013 | Yuma, Arizona
09 May 2013 | Many islands
10 April 2013
05 March 2013 | Nanny Cay - The Boat Yard
28 February 2013 | Virgin Gorda, Salt Island, and Peter Island
27 February 2013 | Virgin Gorda BVI
26 February 2013
15 February 2013
10 February 2013
26 January 2013 | Caribbean
21 January 2013
12 January 2013
Recent Blog Posts
05 May 2014

Koinonia II has new owners

Well I guess it wasi bound to happen Koinonia II has found some new owners...

04 June 2013 | Jacksonville, Florida

Home Again

Linda and I were planning to depart Nassau first thing Sunday morning June 2 with the option to spend the night in a Berry island anchorage or continue on to the West End of Grand Bahama island before crossing to Florida. However, the weather update Saturday morning showed a weather window that was [...]

17 May 2013 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas

Linda returns to crew in Bahamas

With Koinonia anchored off of Stocking island, one mile from the dinghy dock in Victoria Lake, Geoegetown, and the wind blowing 15 to 20 knots, I headed to the airport to meet Linda upon her arrival back to Koinonia after a month of shore leave!

15 May 2013 | Yuma, Arizona

Email from Charlene and Jerry Holland

Dear Friends,

09 May 2013 | Many islands

Quick Update synopsis

How many islands are there in the world? Of course, the answer would depend on your definition of an island, but one source estimates over 180,000 islands. Now I have seen many islands, but no where near that amount, however, I can believe that estimate!

20 April 2013

My Virgin island perspective

The Virgin Islands is a collection of islands owned by the US and the British. Additionally, there are also the Spanish Virgin Islands as part of the US territory of Puerto Rico. The Virgin Islands can be thought of as a string of islands that run east to west with the Sir Francis Drake channel running [...]

Aegina, Greece "A Day on the Quay"

25 May 2012 | Aegina,Greece
Aegina, Greece
A Day on the Quay
May 25,2012

The town harbor of Aegina was a bustling port town which was visited by several ferries and boaters. We arrived early enough in the day to dock in a good spot along the quay. We were soon joined by a friendly couple who pulled into the space on our starboard and a small sailboat, whose captain pulled in the space along our port side. Docking at the town quay is usually a guarantee there will be some type of adventure.

The captain of the small sailboat, which was to our port side, certainly could not have missed noticing the boat on his port side was eventually going to pose a threat to his vessel. The captain left his boat without regard to the impending threat of an unattended, forty seven foot sailboat whose anchor was not secure. This situation was a problem because all of the boats along the quay are secured to the wall at their sterns, and the anchors are deployed from the bows to keep the bows pointed straight out towards the harbor, and off of neighboring boats. An anchor which is not holding properly enables a boat to get blown into a neighboring boat. Add some strong wind, and choppy water and you have an event which causes a lot of excitement in the harbor.

The forty seven foot sailboat incurred damage to his starboard stern, as it was being washed into the wall, while the rest of the boat was getting closer to the small sailboat. Someone came by on a scooter who did not seem to be the owner. We speculated he may have been associated with a service who was suppose to take care of the boat while the owner was away. The guy excitedly made a call on his cell phone and rallied some assistance to tend to the boat. Within a short time, someone with a key arrived and the two guys prepared to relocate the boat to another area of the harbor. The event did not go soothly to say the least.

The procedure for exiting the quay involves bringing up the anchor, which should move the boat forward, while the stern lines are being released. During this process, the exiting boat was blown onto the small boat with its appendages catching onto its helpless neighbor and pushing the small boat against our boat. After the wayward vessel cleared the port side of the small boat, its stern was then blown across the helpless boat's bow, catching its anchor. The larger boat headed towards our bow with risk of picking up our anchor. Don lowered our anchor chain to create enough slack to keep our anchor from being dragged. It was quite an exciting time as we were hustling to minimize damage to our boat and our neighbor's boat.

The relief of finally having the wayward boat out of our piece of paradise was short lived. An open space on the quay was made when the menacing vessel left, which was an invitation for more adventure. The adventure came in the form of a large yacht, much too big to fit into the space which was vacated. The captain was determined to dock, in spite of the obvious limitation. So we watched 'captain squeeze' bully his way into the small space. The unattended sailboat to our port side was once again the victim of an incompetent operator, as it was squeezed between the yacht and our boat. I thought our fenders (inflatable bumpers) were going to get blown out. The yacht's anchor was not as tight it should have been, which caused its bow to drift towards our bow, as the helpless vessel was swallowed in between. Once the yacht's captain tightened his anchor chain, the bow was secure and no longer posed a threat. The adjustment provided some relief to the small boat which was being squeezed and our fenders were relieved as well. There was no way the trapped boat could have left the quay without either us or the yacht leaving first. However, the captain of the small boat did not return that evening. The little boat endured the abuse of the larger vessels without the owner's knowledge.

There was one more bit of excitement the next morning before we left the harbor. An American solo sailor leaving the harbor to attend mass on another island, had to untangle his anchor line from the anchor chains of two other boats. We hoped our friend made it to mass on time and the other anchors involved in the entanglement would continue to hold their boats securely after being disrupted. That harbor had already had enough excitement.

We left all it all behind and headed to Athens to pick up our friends, Rick and Sandy, to join us on our next adventure.
Koinonia II's Photos - Main
Recent pictures of Koinonia II, a Hunter 41 Deck Salon, as she is outfitted and ready for you to start cruising the Caribbean immediately!
81 Photos
Created 29 August 2013
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Created 14 August 2013
Linda's Mom Joins the Crew
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Created 25 April 2013
Pete and Debbie Join the Crew
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Created 24 April 2013
Olivia Joins the Crew
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Created 24 April 2013
Victoria and Trey Join the Crew
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Created 11 April 2013
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Created 31 March 2013
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Created 13 March 2013
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Created 6 March 2013
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Created 4 March 2013
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Created 3 March 2013
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Created 3 March 2013
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Created 2 March 2013
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Created 1 March 2013
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Created 13 February 2013
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Created 2 February 2013
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Created 24 January 2013
Pictures from St. Lucia
44 Photos
Created 16 January 2013
Pictures from the crew of Koinonia II (Captain Don, Doug Rosen, and Charlie Para) 26 days at sea starting from the Canary Islands to our first Caribbean landfall in Barbados.
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Created 4 January 2013
Pictures of Don and Linda cruising through southern Italy, circumnavigating Sicily, and through the Aeolian Islands and on to Rome.
82 Photos
Created 30 August 2012
Pictures from Don, Linda, Patty Chambers, and Mike and Debbie Lindell cruising from Athens through the Corinth Canal, the Gulf of Corinth, the Gulf of Patras, and the Greek Ionian islands.
38 Photos
Created 26 August 2012
Pictures of Don, Linda, Victoria and Emily Jones cruising through the Cyclades in the Aegean sea.
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Created 8 August 2012
Pictures from Don and Linda cruising through the Ionian islands of Greece, the Gulf of Patras, Gulf of Corinth, and the Corinth Canal on the way to Athens where we were joined by Rick and Sandy Elbracht. From there we cruised the Aegean sea all the way to Turkey and back including many of the Greek islands.
60 Photos
Created 30 July 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda visiting the Greek Island of Aegina in the Saronic Gulf
6 Photos
Created 11 June 2012
Pictures of Koinonia II traversing west to east towards Athens through the 3 mile long Corinth Canal
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Created 10 June 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda's shore excursion to Delphi by bus from Galaxidi
14 Photos
Created 26 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda sailing from Ithaca to Galaxidhi through the Gulf of Patras and the Gulf of Corinth
6 Photos
Created 26 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda sailing to and cruising around Ithaca Greece
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Created 26 May 2012
Pictures from Linda and Don's visits to the islands of Paxos and Levkas and through the Lefkas Canal.
16 Photos
Created 22 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda in Cavtat, Croatia, our port of exit from Croatia.
10 Photos
Created 14 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda touring Corfu Greece
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Created 14 May 2012
Pictures from Don and Linda's cruise through the beautiful Gulf of Kotor, Montenegro.
18 Photos
Created 13 May 2012
Pictures from Don and Linda's visit to this very special and historical town.
47 Photos
Created 6 May 2012
Pictures of Linda and Don cruising through the Croatian Islands and Mainland
19 Photos
Created 3 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda returning to Zadar (Sukosan Marina Dalmajia) and Koinonia II which suffered through the cold European winter on the hard.
7 Photos
Created 1 May 2012
Pictures from Linda and Don touring Zagreb Croatia.
16 Photos
Created 25 April 2012
Pictures from Linda and Don touring Paris in April 2012
20 Photos
Created 25 April 2012
Pictures of family land touring around Italy.
11 Photos
Created 28 March 2012
Pictures of the Gilbert family in Croatia
20 Photos
Created 20 March 2012
Pictures from Don, Charlie, and Scott cruising around Croatia mainland and its islands. See sub-Albums.
1 Photo | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 19 August 2011
Pictures from our 4 days in Montenegro which includes the towns of Tivat, Kotor, Budva and touring around in a rental car.
19 Photos
Created 14 August 2011
Pictures from a very small resort town on the heal of Italy.
18 Photos
Created 10 August 2011
Pictures from around the port town of Crotone, the old Fort, and the archeological museum.
39 Photos
Created 10 August 2011
Pictures from around Sicily including Palermo
17 Photos
Created 28 July 2011
Pictures of our train ride through the country side of Sardegna.
37 Photos
Created 28 July 2011
Check out the photos in the Sub-Albums.
5 Sub-Albums
Created 15 July 2011
Pictures from the Spanish Enclave town of Cueta in North Africa. This town had lots of interesting architecture, statues, history and was very lively late at night.
20 Photos
Created 15 July 2011
Pictures of completing our Atlantic crossing and our stay in Gibraltor and our tour of the top of the Rock.
27 Photos
Created 12 July 2011
The second leg from Bermuda to the Azores and the Islands of the Azores
57 Photos
Created 13 June 2011
The first leg from Jacksonville to Bermuda and the Island of Bermuda
80 Photos
Created 13 June 2011
Koinonia II
10 Photos
Created 6 March 2011