S/V Sunbeam

Vessel Name: Sunbeam
Vessel Make/Model: Whitby Ketch
Hailing Port: Agana, Guam
Crew: Margaret and Thomas Krym
02 July 2019 | Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage
22 June 2019 | Florida Bay
21 June 2019 | Rodriguez Key
19 June 2019 | Key Biscayne, Florida
16 June 2019 | Bimini Harbor
15 June 2019 | S. Riding Rock
15 June 2019 | Underway
13 June 2019 | Bimini, Bahamas
12 June 2019 | Cat Cay
11 June 2019 | Entrance to the North Channel
08 June 2019 | Nassau Harbor
06 June 2019 | Allen Cay, Exumas
03 June 2019 | Highbourne Cay North Cove, Exumas
28 May 2019 | Long Cay, Exumas
19 May 2019 | Allen Cay, Exumas
14 May 2019 | Allen Cay, Exumas
12 May 2019 | Allen Cay, Exumas
11 May 2019 | Nassau Harbor
07 May 2019 | Nassau Harbor
05 May 2019 | North West Channel
Recent Blog Posts
02 July 2019 | Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage

They are still alive!

Okay!!! I know!!! we kind of left you hanging. Sorry. What happened... well simply put, we returned to land and got immediately overwhelmed with .... all the doing!

22 June 2019 | Florida Bay

Miles from nowhere!

When we left Rodriguez Key this morning we weren't sure about where we would stop... but we made good time on our way to Long Key which is the first bridge that we could pass under into Florida Bay. We had thought we would stop there for the night... but... we got there by 1:30 and we found that our [...]

21 June 2019 | Rodriguez Key

Check in

Today we traveled south... headed for Long Key or Boot Key... haven't quite decided. If we can we may pass through the keys at Long Key and start the trek north to Port Charlotte. We'll see. It was an easy day of travel... straight in to what little wind there was... so motoring all the way. But [...]

19 June 2019 | Key Biscayne, Florida

Back home???

Today we had a beautiful passage from the Bahamas to Florida. We made landfall just south of Miami at Key Biscayne. There is a park there named Crandon Park, Key Biscayne and just behind it is a wonderful place to anchor. Protected from the north and east and west... it was easy to get into and [...]

16 June 2019 | Bimini Harbor

Grateful for a calm anchorage!

On Monday we made our way all the way back to Bimini Harbor. We were tired when the day began because of such a rock and roll night... but then the day went down hill from there.

15 June 2019 | S. Riding Rock

All dressed up and no where to go

Weather blessings given and then taken away. We are poised at Riding Rock, ready to depart for Florida in the morning BUT... a message just now from the Weather God said that predicted minimal squalls were now likely to be frequent and much stronger... wind gust to 35-40 knots and bigger seas. Not [...]

They are still alive!

02 July 2019 | Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage
Margaret Krym | Hot
Okay!!! I know!!! we kind of left you hanging. Sorry. What happened... well simply put, we returned to land and got immediately overwhelmed with .... all the doing!

On the night of 6/24 we pulled into the very peaceful Pelican Bay at Cayo Costa. That was our first stop after leaving Rodrigues Key and it was a 30+ hour journey. Not counting our little respite in the middle of no where to take a dip. It was also our last night to enjoy the boat and one last evening swim. :-(

While we were in the Bahamas we did not see a single dolphin but as soon as we passed under the bridge at Long Key they were there to greet us and welcome us back. They are so magnificent and I missed them. That first night in Pelican Bay we were surrounded by them. Wonderful!

Have I mentioned that it was and is HOT!!! Recommendation, Don't do this journey in June. Be done by May. I have never produced so much sweat.... not fun.

On 6/25 we traveled the rest of the way to the Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage facility and on the morning of 6/26 we were hauled out and blocked on the hard. Oh by the way... now it is even hotter!!! That evening our good buddy, Manuel came and picked us up so we could go get our truck. 1st stop, Home Depot to buy an air conditioner for the back cabin.

Since that time it has just been a whirlwind, decommissioning the boat and prepping her for storage. Much has happened in the past week. Sails down, decks cleared, stuff moved to our storage locker, lines washed, laundry done, wind generator down from the mizzen mast, Eisen glass washed, polished and stowed, cushions washed and stowed, dive gear washed and stowed, and outboard to be serviced. These are not the fun days of sailing... but I guess everyone should know that there are days like this too. And oh yeah, it's hot.

The boat is pretty much secured. Today we brought the travel trailer and parked it beside the boat. Tomorrow we will start to transfer the necessities. I am in a big hurry. The travel trailer is AIR CONDITIONED!

Miles from nowhere!

22 June 2019 | Florida Bay
Margaret
When we left Rodriguez Key this morning we weren't sure about where we would stop... but we made good time on our way to Long Key which is the first bridge that we could pass under into Florida Bay. We had thought we would stop there for the night... but... we got there by 1:30 and we found that our minds were already racing with all the things we are going to/have to do when we get to the Yard. It's that old "to do list" mentality that has taken over again... so soon. So we brought up the route from Long Key to Ft. Myers and headed out. 128 more miles. There is really no where to stop on the way so this will be an overnight passage... which I love!!! My watch... Midnight to 6 AM. The most beautiful time.

At 6 PM this evening, just before we exited the shallows of Florida bay and with 99 miles still ahead... we stopped, turned off the engine and drifted. There is barely a breath of air and it is hot. With the boat just drifting we threw out our buoy and line and got in the water for a swim. It is literally in the middle of nowhere... no land in sight. So beautiful. So refreshing.

Then we put up the headsail, grilled chicken and had a lovely dinner while the sun set. We were ghosting along at 1.9 knots. So peaceful. I am so grateful. This is such a blessing to be here and experience all this.

Now, Thomas has us underway again and it's time for me to get some sleep so I can get up at midnight.

Check in

21 June 2019 | Rodriguez Key
Margaret
Today we traveled south... headed for Long Key or Boot Key... haven't quite decided. If we can we may pass through the keys at Long Key and start the trek north to Port Charlotte. We'll see. It was an easy day of travel... straight in to what little wind there was... so motoring all the way. But the water was calm and beautiful and we made 5.5 knots all the way. Tonight we are anchored behind Rodriguez Key just off Key Largo. Very quiet and peaceful.

We just finished our evening swim to cool off. We are really going to miss those in this clear clean blue water.

Today we "Checked in". We were apprehensive about the process because we had not done it before... and weren't sure what was involved. But it was so easy. There is a website set up now and an APP for that! CBP ROAM. You can download it from the App Store. We were able to do it all over our smart phone. You fill in the information and provide pictures of your passports (much like depositing a check electronically). Then they process your information while you wait AND initiate a phone chat with you right there. Amazing. After just a few minutes we were cleared in and ready to go.

Loved it.

Back home???

19 June 2019 | Key Biscayne, Florida
Margaret
Today we had a beautiful passage from the Bahamas to Florida. We made landfall just south of Miami at Key Biscayne. There is a park there named Crandon Park, Key Biscayne and just behind it is a wonderful place to anchor. Protected from the north and east and west... it was easy to get into and we were so grateful for it after the crossing. The weather was perfect for us and we had wind and our sails up and it was magical. These are the moments I love most... the passages.

It was late when we arrived so we tucked in and crashed. We had the thought that "we're home" but... the fact is that we never left home. We don't live in any place anymore so where IS home and when we come back to a place we were before... is it home? We are at home on the boat where ever that is and soon we will be at home in the travel trailer wherever that is... so we really can not say "back home!" Isn't that GREAT!!!

Never the less we are glad to be back in Florida for the moment.

Grateful for a calm anchorage!

16 June 2019 | Bimini Harbor
Margaret
On Monday we made our way all the way back to Bimini Harbor. We were tired when the day began because of such a rock and roll night... but then the day went down hill from there.

As we were pulling up the anchor, (Thomas on the bow and I at the helm) I noticed that we had no forward movement when I engaged the prop. Not good! Turns out the drive shaft from the prop had uncoupled from the transmission. Wow! We quickly dropped the anchor again and in the rocking and rolling Thomas fished the bolts and nuts out of the bilge and using a make shift hoist arrangement lifted the drive shaft back into alignment. Amazingly all the bolts and nuts were fine... they had just vibrated loose. He was able to work his magic and we were good to go in a couple of hours. Whew! So grateful for Thomas.

Leaving the anchorage and out into the gulf stream for the journey north there were VERY large sea swells, winds, and multiple squalls. By the time we reached Bimini we were really exhausted, totally grouchy, and soaking wet!!! Needless to say, I did not post anything that night.

Amazing what a good night's sleep will do though. The next day we were restored and ready to do it all again.

Chris Parker advised that we wait until Thursday. The first day he predicted to have no squalls. So licking our wounds, we obediently waited.

During the following three days we had lots of rain and squally weather. So much in fact that we were able to collect almost 30 gallons of water in the rain catchers and enjoy our showers. I even shampooed my hair TWICE. That was wonderful.

We also, went ashore to visit the Hilton Hotel there. Something we had not done the first time. It is quite a lovely facility. We met two ladies who had taken a ferry from Miami ( A two hour ride) and were spending 3 nights in the hotel. Total package for both of them was under $500. Seemed like a great deal. Of course you are captive to their restaurants which were not cheap.

Thursday morning is the planned departure. Next stop Florida.

All dressed up and no where to go

15 June 2019 | S. Riding Rock
Margaret
Weather blessings given and then taken away. We are poised at Riding Rock, ready to depart for Florida in the morning BUT... a message just now from the Weather God said that predicted minimal squalls were now likely to be frequent and much stronger... wind gust to 35-40 knots and bigger seas. Not ideal for a sail or a motor crossing either. So as good sailors do... we change plans/course and will delay departure until Wed or Thursday when things are predicted to be more settled. Shrug!!!

We will stay here tonight but unfortunately, we cannot stay here until Wed.. There are no protected anchorages at S Riding Rocks and at the moment we are rolling quite a bit. So in the morning we will retrace our steps back to Cat Cay and hunker down for 3 days of squalls.

If I were inclined to be whiny... this could be an occasion for it. But, instead, I am so grateful that Chris Parker is watching out for us and we heard about the weather BEFORE we left and we have been spared an unpleasant crossing. AND... 3 more days in blue water.
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