Troubadour

Living the Dream

Who: Captain Chris May & Admiral Linda Moore
Port: Key Largo, Florida (But we're from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. " --Mark Twain
20 December 2011 | US Virgin Islands
03 October 2011 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
21 August 2011 | Ceiba, Puerto Rico
17 August 2011 | Roosevelt Roads Marina, Puerto Rico
24 June 2011 | Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico
13 June 2011 | Ponce, Puerto Rico
05 June 2011 | Boca Chica, DR
26 May 2011 | Ile a Vache, Haiti
21 May 2011 | Manzanillo Bay
14 May 2011 | Ocean World Marina
19 April 2011 | Sapodilla Bay, Provo, Turks & Caicos
13 April 2011 | Sapodilla Bay, Provo, Turks & Caicos
05 April 2011 | Sapodilla Bay, Provo, Turks & Caicos
30 March 2011 | Clarence Town, Long Island, Bahamas
28 March 2011 | Clarence Town, Long Island
21 March 2011 | Georgetown, Great Exuma
15 March 2011 | Georgetown, Great Exuma
13 February 2011 | Georgetown, Great Exuma
29 January 2011 | Georgetown, Great Exuma

End of Regatta

15 March 2011 | Georgetown, Great Exuma
Captain Chris, Sunny and Breezy
One last Kalik before Rose and Steve head to the airport after spending Regatta week aboard Troubadour.(See pictures from their visit on the side links, "Link to ...")

So for those of you who haven't received the play-by-play on facebook, Albert didn't find anything wrong with the transmission. He shipped it back, I put it back in, and it slipped just like before. Another cruiser helped out by calling him and reinforcing that it wasn't working right. He said "huh, sorry" and I pulled the transmission and shipped it back to Nassau (as Forrest would say) again. Albert talked to ZF Hurth in Ft Lauderdale and this time replaced thrust washers and cup springs, then shipped it back. I reinstalled it and it appears to be working well this time (knock on wood).

While the transmission was vacationing in Nassau, we got a visit from Linda's cousin Rose and her husband Steve. They came just in time for the start of Cruiser's Regatta, the highlight of the year for those who lives revolve around cruising here in the winter. It came with some bennies like free food and booze at the opening party, but in general we just did the stuff we like to do; hike the island, enjoy the sun, snorkel, eat the cracked conch at the Fish Fry, jam at the Sand Bar. We enjoyed showing them the area, and having them aboard as gracious guests, and really enjoyed playing dominoes with the set they brought us!

There were actually two races during Regatta; since Troubadour was immobile we (all four of us) crewed on Star during the in-harbor race. This was a nice horseshoe race until someone got fancy and tried to jibe astern of us and took out Star's pulpit/davit/solar panel. They didn't much feel like racing the next race after that.

There's been some Flu going around with all the tourists flying in and out of Georgetown; Steve picked up a cough and sniffles towards the end of their stay and Chris was under the weather for a few days right after meeting the mailboat for the (hopefully) last time to pick up the transmission. Chris was feeling good enough to jam some for the final cruiser's farewell on Sunday, a pretty big event since the other Regatta events were done and it got heavy attendance.

About 30 of the boats took off today for Long Island to do their group stuff there for a week or so. We will be filling the water, propane, and diesel tanks, stock up on food, and wait for weather to start heading to the far islands. The winds look like they're howling from the direction we want to head for the next week or so, so it looks like we'll be here for a little bit longer.
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Vessel Name: Troubadour - Beneteau Idylle 15.50
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Idylle 15.50
Hailing Port: Key Largo, Florida (But we're from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
Crew: Captain Chris May & Admiral Linda Moore
About: Chris and Linda chose early retirement from corporate "office space" and cubicle life at GE Healthcare in Waukesha, Wis., to pursue their dream of going "down island" to the Caribbean.
Extra:
Our backgrounds: ***Linda is an insured PADI Divemaster and Master Scuba Diver. She is also a member of DAN the Divers Alert Network. She is trained as a Red Cross Emergency Responder; has completed the STCW BST (Basic Safety Training), and holds a USCG MMD (Ordinary Seaman). She has been sailing [...]
Troubadour - Beneteau Idylle 15.50's Photos - Main
Places and faces along the way.
1 Photo | 7 Sub-Albums
Created 1 February 2011
Odyssey (definition): a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune
2 Photos | 5 Sub-Albums
Created 9 January 2010
The final preparations before sailing offshore are captured in this album.
76 Photos
Created 21 August 2009
Pictures of our shake down sail to St. Augustine, August 13-17, 2009.
18 Photos
Created 21 August 2009
These are pictures of our "shake down" voyages on Troubadour to get her ready for sailing long term.
65 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 9 May 2009
This album begins April 2009. We are moving into another phase in the refit. This phase is primarily focused on the rigging and deck maintenance as we prepare to go offshore.
121 Photos
Created 19 April 2009
This album is for all the side trips we take to enjoy lifes bounty.
30 Photos
Created 18 April 2009
Chris's retirement ceremony.
7 Photos
Created 28 December 2008
The dream continues as we experience the adventures of living aboard during our refit.
79 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 21 December 2008
Troubadour gets wet!
10 Photos
Created 18 December 2008
This album is dedicated to our family and friends who have visited us during our journey.
36 Photos
Created 18 December 2008
This album is dedicated to our new friends.
4 Photos
Created 11 December 2008
Goodbye, Wisconsin. Pictures of our home while the Estate Sale was going on in the fall of 2008.
16 Photos
Created 6 December 2008
The beginning of our refit while Troubadour was in the boat yard.
34 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 10 November 2008

Living the Dream

Who: Captain Chris May & Admiral Linda Moore
Port: Key Largo, Florida (But we're from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. " --Mark Twain
"I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand; Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today, life is good today" -- "Toes" by the Zach Brown Band