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 Coast of Puerto Rico

24 June 2011 | Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico
Captain Chris
The view from our free mooring at Isla Caja De Muertes (Coffin Island)

We took the dinghy to downtown Ponce to clear customs, and got permission to tie up to the marine police dock right next door. We didn't have any issues, and were able to tour a bit of the town on foot, including the heavily air conditioned art museum, prior to returning to the dinghy and boat. Everything is within several miles of the anchorage, so we took several other trips into town on foot, including cruising the mall, only renting a car the day we loaded up on groceries.

We found out that the Ponce Yacht Club wanted $10 US per person, per day, for the priviledge of tying the dinghy to their dock, so most times we tied to the pier near the boat ramp. The Fisherman's Co-op that the guide talks about, if we figured it out correctly, now has a vendor selling sardines to kids so they can feed the fish and/or birds. As a result, the dock and any boats nearby are covered with guano, hence our tie-up to the ramp dock.

After a week of touring, relaxing, and some boat chores, we filled up on diesel ($4 a gallon, cheapest we've seen in a year!) and left for Isla Caja de Muertos. It was pretty rough on the windward side, so we didn't do any snorkeling or diving there but did snorkel ashore to walk through the small museum and have a look around. There were only two other boats at the island (mid-week), and the moorings are free - Nice! We left the following morning and motored to Salinas with winds on the nose. We spent two days there with Flying Fish, enjoying the easy access of the (free) dinghy dock at the marina, and a close restaurant with free wifi.

After two nights, we then headed up to Puerto Patillas where we caught back up with Yellow Rose. There isn't much to Puerto Patillas other than the kiosks, like the malecon at Ponce, where we shared some beers, hot patties, and stories with them. The anchorage was a bit rolly, but the reef really did break most of the rollers, as was apparent the next morning when we headed out and were in 2-3' seas only a mile from our anchorage.

I had hoped to sail once we rounded the SE corner of Puerto Rico, but alas, the winds were northeast instead of southeast, so once again we motored into the wind up to Roosevelt Roads. With our pre-arranged Float Plan number in hand, I radioed Port Control and received clearance to enter the base. We tied up to the service dock around 1230 and tidied the boat at our new home for the next few months.
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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