Time Bandit

June ‘23 - We’re back on the east coast of the USA, heading north from landfall in Beaufort NC, heading via Boston for Nova Scotia……and back.

07 September 2023
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05 August 2023
28 July 2023
23 July 2023 | Boston Harbour
19 July 2023 | Drookit
07 July 2023 | Boston, New England
25 June 2023
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26 April 2023
03 April 2023
10 March 2023
04 March 2023
13 February 2023 | The Anchorage, Dominica
24 January 2023
23 January 2023 | Mayreau, Caribbean

07 September 2023
Stuart Letton
Approaching a new town, city, country or indeed continent by sailboat has a uniquely different feel to arriving by other modes of transport. In other modes of transport you’re usually warm, dry and well slept.

As cruisers, one of the challenges we face is that when we make such landfalls, our experience is generally restricted to either the nearest hostelry or whatever radius from the boat our wee legs can manage. If we’re really lucky and meet some friendly locals or partake in a rally, our radius can be enlarged, maybe by a trip out to a remote campsite like when we made it out to the Cederberg Oasis in South Africa, a traditional restaurant in Recife, a woodland walk in Tasmania, a Grenadian waterfall or, heaven forbid, a museum. Amazingly, to us, in many places, someone we’ve only just met will toss us their car keys.

However, when we’re on our own, we seldom get the opportunity to experience what the location has to offer beyond our limited radius. We used to have push bikes on board and for a while, these greatly increased our radius until these rusted to a halt. Uber helps, but the radius is increased only in line with how much cash you want to throw at the day or days out.

A car would solve the problem in terms of opening up the country but we both agree we’d just end up half asleep with a lap full of drool.

That’s why I like getting my hands on a motorcycle and why Anne tolerates it. Tooled up with the ability to cover large distances with ease, with the wind in our faces we can really get to see, smell and feel the country and our radius is limited only by time available….. and the pain in our bums.

Nova Scotia is the latest of our two wheeled adventures, this time with the added attraction of re-discovering the freedom and joys of living under canvas.

It has much in common with cruising in small boats!

Hope you enjoy it.

Vessel Name: Time Bandit
Vessel Make/Model: Outremer 51
Hailing Port: Largs, Scotland
Crew: Anne and Stuart Letton
About: ex dinghy and keelboat racers now tooled up with a super sleek cat and still cruising around aimlessly, destination Nirvana...
Extra: Next up....the Caribbean. We've left South Africa in our wake and now off to Namibia, St Helena, Brazil, Suriname and into the Caribbean. Well, that' the vague plan. We'll see what happens.
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A few pics of Maldives so far.....
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Our escape the the wild mountain thyme
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Some pics from Debut and the Kei Islands
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From the north of Australia to Debut Indonesia
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An interesting perspective on evolution in the Galapagos.
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Mediterranean Spain to the Arctic Circle
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Scraping and sanding hull back to gel coat for epoxy and Coppercoat treatments.
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