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

Goodbye, Dominican Republic; Hello Puerto Rico!

13 June 2011 | Ponce, Puerto Rico
Captain Chris
Plaza Colon (Columbus Square) is popular with tourists and pigeons.

Marina ZarPar in Boca Chica is located along the vacation beach area of the coast. We had lots of people watching as they anchored their boats nearby, or zipped around in the shallow water in windsurfers, dinghys, and jetskis.

For our trip to Santo Domingo, we boarded the local bus which wound through Boca Chica prior to returning to the terminal (free!), and transferring to an "express" bus to Santo Domingo. These have seats like school buses, but are air-conditioned. We paid about $2 each for the trip to the capital, and got off near Liberation Plaza. In the plaza we enlisted the services of a tour guide ($20 with tip), who directed us to several of the historic buildings, and then let us tour the "Alcazar De Colon" on our own. The Alcazar tour ($5 each) included headsets in English which described each room of the Palace, built by Christopher Columbus's son Diego and nicely decked out with originals and reproductions.

We toured a bit on our own after lunch, and then picked up the buses back to Boca Chica to ready the boat for our trip to Puerto Rico. Checking out of the country was rather painless with the help of Raul at the marina, the only difference was that we had our passports stamped in addition to the despacho and boat inspection. This was the only location where the coast guard/intelligence/drug enforcement "officials" asked for a tip, so we offered up some of the small bottles of rum we purchased in Puerto Plata for this purpose.

At $5.62 a gallon, we only took on enough diesel (with a reserve) to get us to Puerto Rico, then motored out of the harbor. We dodged debris from the recent rains as we motorsailed to Catalina Island. It was deserted by the time we got there, but we couldn't locate any sand as indicated in the cruising guide. We finally got the anchor to grab on the hard/rocky bottom, let out a lot of chain, and settled into the rolly anchorage for the night. Up early, we gladly left for Saona, and then decided to keep going to Ponce overnight.

We arrived in Ponce on Sunday afternoon, motored around the anchorage, and wound up out by the entrance channel as the entire anchorage area is filled with boats on mooring balls that don't leave enough room for a boat at anchor to swing. Two more boats pulled in and wound up out near the entrance with us, having drawn the same conclusion.

Back in Riviera Beach, we had submitted all our information to Customs & Border Patrol, and appeared before an officer with our passports, in order to join the "Local Boater Option", a program that is supposed to allow us to call in with our number and password to clear back into the country. This didn't work out too well for us, at least this time. After calling and giving our numbers and passwords, they still wanted all the information we had previously provided, in addition to other information (information that the CBP website didn't state as required for anyone, in the LBO or not), and then I was put on hold for an "arrival number". The officer came back on in a few minutes and told us we had to report to the local office the next morning with passports and boat documentation. Oh well, at least most of the people speak English!
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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.
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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