Puerto Rico - sad but its time to move on
13 February 2020
We've been in Puerto Rico for over a month now. It's amazing how comfortable you can get when you are at a marina. I think it's the whole "humans are a landbased mammel".
Ha ha.....I don't know. Sounds good right??? Anyway, Luna has been docked at Marina Pescaderia. We have rented a car a few times and drove around the island some. Renting a car was super easy as the marina has several rental cars available for just the cruisers coming in. Very convenient. We were able to go to Rincon, Mayaguez, Boqueron, La Parguera, Guanico, Ponce and Old San Juan. Got to see a good deal of the beautiful green mountainous countryside. Ate at a bunch of different places but found our 2 favorites right next to the marina. 19 Barrios has excellent pizza and Brisas Del Mar has this yummy Mahi Mahi made Rebosado style - which is essentially dipped in egg - soooo delicious. We flew home for 2 1/2 weeks to take of some business and Luna was kept perfectly safe even though there are still small earthquakes going on daily. Jose the owner of the marina keeps a good watch on all the boats. He also provides a list of all restaurants, grocery stores, entertainment and places to go see and services. We had to partake in the services because Rob discovered a water leak coming from our Raw SeaWater Intake pump. Had to order a rebuild kit and Junito did the work. We also had Omar clean the bottom of our hull.
It's sad to say but it is time to move on. Our next stop in going to be Culebra. It is east of Puerto Rico. We've been watching the weather over the last week or so and haven't seen a Low Front coming our way to break the Trade Winds. We just have to pick a day and go beat it upwind.
Earthquakes....... Are you kidding me?
07 January 2020
We made the 630 miles voyage from Georgetown, Bahamas to Puerto Real, Puerto Rico. Left on 12/31 and arrived 1/4 to the Marina Pescaderia with our buddy boat Caribbean Dream. Nice quaint little town and very helpful marina staff. We all jumped in one of the marina trucks and drove to a nearby town that was celebrating Three Kings Day. This holiday is only celebrated in the Hispanic cultures. It represents the day of Three wise Men gave gifts to Jesus Christ. All businesses close for the Christmas festivities and is the day of exchanging gifts. We enjoyed all the food and live music.
On Tuesday (Jan7th) morning around 4:30am we were woken up by our neighbor boat that there was a 6.4 earthquake and a tsunami warning has been issued - we need to evacuate!!! Luckily as we were dressing, the warning was cancelled. Unsettled but relieved, we returned to bed. Around 7am, we were bumped/rolled awake by another earthquake. Ok enough is enough - time to get out of bed. I packed an emergency go bag to have it ready just in case. We went to a nearby bakery for coffee and breakfast. Found out the entire island has had a power outage but the bakery had a generator. Everybody in town seemed to be there. Felt another earthquake while we were there. We lost cell service for a little while but once we got it back, Rob downloaded an earthquake app. It showed there has been apx 4-5 quakes every hour today. That is completely insane - but we are safe.....Luna is safe.
Georgetown or Bust!!!
30 December 2019
Had a great time in Nassau. Was even there for their Christmas tree lighting ceremony. We found some navigation lights that would work for our 24 volt system. We really wanted some leds, but we will need to order those from Dr. Led and have them sent to our house. We crossed the shallow Exuma bank over to Highbourne. Spent a day there checking out the Yacht Club. That's the only thing we could check out. It's a private island they it would have cost us $25 each to walk around the island. Uh, no thanks.
Next stop was down to Big Major's and the Piggy Beach! We took the dingy over to the beach and fed the pigs. They really do swim out to your boat - it's so cute. Caution though.... If you have food in your dingy, the pigs will try to climb into it. I had to throw the carrot to get the huge pig off the side of the dingy. Glad he didn't puncture it. The pigs reminded me so much of dogs. They literally will jump up for food and follow you around. Another caution - THEY DO BITE. We were very careful not to have them near us too close. Got to see a few baby pigs as well. We also took the dingy over to Staniel Cay. It was very disconcerning to look down in the water and see a mass of nurse sharks under your boat. Don't fall off that ladder. Walked around the town. Had a cocktail at the Staniel Cay Yacht club.
Next stop from there was over at Black Point. Took the dingy over and checked out the area. They were setting up for their Christmas tree lighting so we decided to stick around. Stopped at Scorpions bar. Had 2 for 1 Rum punch. Pretty good so we had more. Big mistake..... I got very snockered. Tried staying for the Christmas tree thing but Rob dragged me away because he said he was tired of the bad singing. I'm not sure if he was referring to them or me. For those who know me..... I don't sing in public so that'll tell ya I was very buzzed. Had dinner over at Lorraine's. Hopefully getting some food in my belly would help the booze subside.
Next on the route was going through the Dothan cut to get to the Atlantic side of the islands. Left early and it was no problem going through. Had apx 3 knot current coming at us. Luna handled it fine. Motor-sailed down to Georgetown. Arrived early afternoon. We anchored in front of Chat'n'Chill beach. Dingied over lots to hang out with all the other Cruisers. Took the dingy across Elizabeth Harbor and walked around town. Rob had his 49th birthday - I was so bummed that we couldn't find a bakery or ice cream shop. We stayed even through Christmas. Everyone had a potluck on the beach. Over 100 Cruisers, so it was divided up to 13 tables. Each table would have its own dinner. Easier that way so you wouldn't have to make huge portions to try to feed everyone - only 12 people per table. That was very nice - made the holiday special being so far from family and friends.
We ended up being in Georgetown for 15 days and it was sooooo windy the entire time. We discovered that coming to the Bahamas in Dec and Jan it is their higher wind time. Nice to know - We would have waited. LOL. Also a note of wisdom - Don't anchor in front of the Chat'n'Chill beach. There are sooo many taxi's and other boats going past you and THEY DON'T SLOW DOWN. It can get very rocky and that got old after a week or so.
Now my friends..... We are heading on South to Puerto Rico. It is around 650 miles (this depends on routing - PredictWind keeps changing our route) and it will take an estimate 4 - 5 days (once again - PW keeps changing its mind). We will soon find out :-)
1078 miles so far........ Let's get caught up
07 December 2019
We left Brunswick GA 11/24 and sailed down to St Augustine, FL. Met up with Jeff Cohen and had the Pirate Lights alarm system installed. You might be thinking we might be paranoid people and afraid of being attacked. That's not the case. It's mostly peace of mind when we leave the boat unattended or sleeping at night. Things do happen, hopefully never to us....but you never know.
11/28 we left St Augustine and sailed to Great Harbour Bahamas where we cleared into customs on Dec 1st. Ended up staying a couple of days to wait out a blow. Stayed at the Great Harbour Marina. Very nice folks there. If you read previous posts you will remember that we suffered a lightning strike that took out alot of equipment which included all of our navigation lights. We replaced all the lights with LED from MarineLED.com. On the way across we suffered another loss........ those brand new LED bulbs blew out. ALL OF THEM!!!! Didn't plan on stopping at Nassau, but guess where we are heading now :-)
12/3 left Great Harbour and stopped over at White Cay for the night. Winds pretty strong the following day, so we decided to have a down day and head out the following day.
12/5 left out and arrived in Nassau and docked at the Bay Marina. Kind of old docks, but at $2 per ft it'll work for our purposes. Now we need to find some 24 volt light bulbs.
Annapolis Sailboat Show and Getting Ready
18 November 2019
We have never been to the Annapolis Sailboat Show so this year we definitely wanted to go. The plan was to sail to the Chesapeake, but the lightning strike nixed that. So we had to fly instead. We attended the Cruisers University before the show. We had a lot of fun and met lots of wonderful people. Some of those peeps were Brian and Brady from SV Delos along with Michael Trautman aka "Papa Delos". Very nice down to earth guys.
Went home to Las Vegas for a few weeks to get all business and personal stuff cleaned up and lock up the house. Flew back to Luna in Brunswick, GA to get her ready to sail out. We rented a car and it took us several trips to the store to get all provisioned up. Check out the pics in the gallery. I can only post 1 pic per blog :-(
We had 1 last major lightning strike issue to tend with. Had several days of rain which delayed the repair and then when we could work on it....... the replacement part broke. UGH!!! Order the part for next day delivery but it didn't show up until the next day. Figures when you are in a hurry - got a schedule to keep. Well..... no...... not really. No schedule. We are just so ready to get off the dock. We are so close!!!
Ft Lauderdale to Brunswick, GA
07 September 2019
We had Luna docked in Ft Lauderdale for 4 months. We sailed her to Bimini in March and then to Grand Bahamas in April. We are still living in Las Vegas and are flying back and forth every month. It was time to start planning our move north for hurricane season. We reserved a dock at Brunswick Landing Marina - super nice people. June comes and we decide it is time to leave Florida.
We left Ft Lauderdale on June 7th and sailed straight up to Brunswick arriving on June 9th. As we were entering Saint Simmons Sound, we saw dark clouds in front of us on the other side of the bridge....or so we thought. We were motoring slow so Rob could get the dock lines and fenders ready as we thought it might start raining before we get to the dock. Joke was on us. It started raining so hard we couldn't see and then CRACK! BOOM! BUZZING.....what's happening???? No electronics, no gauges, no radio, no direction, no depth....uh oh. Motor is still running thank god. We got hit by Lightning!
We can't see anything because the rain is still coming down so hard. We just keep going in a tight circle until it lightens up...which it did in about 10-15 minutes? It felt a lot longer. Luna got us to the dock on our own power - good girl!
From June 10th on, we have been working with our Insurance company YachtInsure who have been wonderful. We found a great mechanic Drew from Mariner Marine Services. Now the question is........ how long is this going to take???