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

South Side Marina

13 April 2011 | Sapodilla Bay, Provo, Turks & Caicos
Captain Chris
Troubadour docked at South Side Marina, just on the other side of the Ritz-Carlton power boats for their development on West Caicos.

We did get in a short hike along the Chalk Sound before Chris "blew out a flip flop", as the sole of his sandal started separating and flapping wildly (hopefully now corrected with a liberal application of 3M 4000UV adhesive caulk). With a long walk out of the question, it was back to the bar for a few more Turks Head Ales on the porch.

We sailed over to West Caicos on Wednesday, and broke out our scuba gear for our first diving in a while, since we didn't want to waste air in the shallow waters of the Bahamas. We dove on Rock Garden, a shallower site for our "checkout dive". It was a great first dive; a school of jacks and a large barracuda were right under the boat, and a good variety of fish in the scattered coral heads at the bottom of the mooring. We started a second dive on Elephant Ear Thursday morning, but the current was strong, and visibility poor, so we only did about fifteen minutes before cancelling the dive and getting back aboard and heading towards South Side Marina.

We needed to enter on the high tide, as the charted depths were a good foot less than our draft. We didn't encounter another boat in the marina with a draft over five feet. Nevertheless, with Bob's encouragement, we headed in along their waypoints and following their buoys, and did pretty well until just before the marina, where we had to motor through a shallow sandy point just before entering the dredged marina confines. Made it in! We tied up and checked out the place.

They have an outdoor bathroom with cold running water for the shower, which felt nice after an afternoon in the sun. We got 50A shorepower to feed our electric without running the generator, metered water to wash down the boat, and a strong WIFI signal. Laundry was available for $10 a load wash/dry (again cold water only). Happy hour under the gazebo is at five every evening, with cruisers bringing their own drinks and appetizers. Thursday is the potluck, with everyone bringing their own meat to grill, a dish to pass, and the Marina provides ice cream for dessert. We spent a lot of time under the gazebo drinking, eating, and talking.

We had heard a lot of great things about Simon, but alas, he had returned to Europe by the time we pulled in. Bob and his friend Campbell were gracious hosts, giving rides to the marine, hardware, and grocery stores. We had heard horror stories about taxis, so this was very welcome. Along with restocking, we got our scuba tanks filled at nearby Caicos Divers, and completed some routine tasks like an oil change for the genset and another coat of Semco on the teak handrails.

Alas, at $50/day to stay at the dock, our budget dictated our leaving so on Tuesday we moved over to the fuel dock, topped off the diesel tank, and then exited on the high tide again (stirring up a little sand, again) and returned to Sapodilla Bay. There were 10 other boats here on our return, quite a difference from when we left a week ago. We plan on returning to West Caicos for some wall diving, and then maybe back to Provo or French Cay.

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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 [...]
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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