19 May 2010 | Indiantown, FL
17 May 2010 | Bahamas
02 May 2010 | Georgetown, Exuma
22 April 2010 | Elizabeth Harbor, Great Exuma
22 April 2010 | Georgetown, Exuma
08 April 2010 | Ocean World Marina, Puerto Plata
05 April 2010 | Ocean World Marina, Puerto Plata
02 April 2010 | Ocean World Marina, Puerto Plata
26 March 2010 | Ocean World Marina, Puerto Plata
19 March 2010 | Boqueron, PR
14 March 2010 | Ponce,P.R.
06 March 2010 | British Virgin Islands
06 March 2010 | British Virgin Islands
14 February 2010 | At sea
14 February 2010 | Nevis
05 February 2010 | Jolly Harbor, Antigua
27 January 2010 | Portsmouth, Dominica
22 January 2010 | Portsmouth, Dominica
08 January 2010 | Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
08 January 2010 | St. Lucia

First Post

22 November 2007 | Ft. Walton Beach, FL
For those of you who know Sue and Bill; you may want to skip to the first dated entry. For those of you that don't know us, here is a short history.

Neither Sue nor I are life long sailors. We married in our 50's (with previous kids & grand kids) and honeymooned at the Bitter End Yacht Club in the BVI. We realized we really wanted to live the cruising lifestyle. We took classes, chartered bare boats and improved our sailing skills over the last ten years.

We bought our "big" boat in 2000. It is a 1991 Beneteau Moorings 38. We love the boat but eventually realized it wasn't the perfect cruising boat. It was designed to go out one Saturday and be back the next. It was built as a charter boat. Over the last seven years we have upgraded "Unchained" to become a cruiser. We added 40 gals. of fuel capacity (total 70), Radar, SSB radio, an 8 gph water maker (removed a 50 gal. water tank for more storage room (total now 80 gals.), built in lots of shelves to maximize storage, put 2 solar panels on an arch with GPS and satellite phone antennas, put in an MSD 1 unit to be better neighbors on the sea and lots of little upgrades to make cruising more enjoyable. Oh yes, we added a portable dive compressor to refill our SCUBA tanks.

Now that I finally retired, we are about to leave. The house is leased out, the car stored, mail deferred to a daughter and one winter in Florida for practice. Sue and I are from Tennessee where sailing is minimal and became familiar with the Tenn/TomBigbee waterway in our travels. It is now November 2007 and after spending Thanksgiving with kids we are off down the Florida west coast and plan to spend Christmas in the Bahamas. We plan to cast off about December 1st. Stay tuned.
Vessel Name: Unchained
Vessel Make/Model: 38' Beneteau
Hailing Port: Knoxville, TN
Crew: Bill & Sue Shafer
We have been sailing about ten years (lots of schools and bare boat charters in those years). Sue grew up in Midland, TX and Bill in Knoxville, TN where we have a home. We are members of Concord Yacht Club in Knoxville (Great people & very supportive). [...]
Extra: Unchained is a 1991 Beneteau Moorings 38 which was designed as a charter boat. We had to make many modifications to make her a reasonable long distance cruiser. She is light and small but very capable.