Wendy & Burry Cruising

Back aboard, Headed south from Green Cove Springs, going to the Exhumas.

17 July 2013 | Nassau, New Providence
11 July 2013 | Black Point Settlement
11 July 2013 | Sampson Cay
11 July 2013 | Georgetown
11 July 2013 | Kingston
22 February 2013 | Sampson Cay
18 February 2013 | Waderick Wells
15 February 2013 | Waderick Wells
07 December 2012 | Green Cove Springs
22 May 2012 | Florida (jacksonvillle)
20 May 2012
19 May 2012 | Spanish Wells
19 May 2012 | Northern Exhumas
19 May 2012 | Little Farmers/Black Point
17 May 2012 | Emerald Bay on Great Exhuma
17 May 2012 | Little Farmers Cay
16 May 2012 | Black Point
01 May 2012 | Stanial Cay
11 March 2012 | Center of the Land and Sea Park
08 March 2012 | Shroud Cay

Back Aboard!

07 December 2012 | Green Cove Springs
So we had a hectic summer! Graduations, great-nephew being born, son moving to Saskatoon with Megan (which Wendy now refers to them as our M&M) and of course our daughter Tara marries Chris. Throughout this Wendy was wedding planner extraordinaire while Burry helped out at a local marine store and also developed and presented a series of lectures on cruising. Somewhere we squeezed in some time to visit friends.
After all this Wendy and Burry (and Maggie) drove to Annapolis during Canadian Thanksgiving/US Columbus Day, visited notre ami Phillipe pour quelque jours, after which we pushed south to Florida. A long drive for us, with a side trip/break to visit SV Moon and then direct to Fort Myers to visit with Bob and Rusty. Wendy and Maggie hung out there while Burry went back to Jacksonville to get Seahawk launched. After a week of work he too went back to Fort Myers for a visit, and on return we realized our launch had been delayed, a result of an injury at the marina plus winds from being brushed by Hurricane Sandy. Oh well, sent Maggie to the kennel and we lived on the hard for a few days more.
Seahawk faired well while gone but everything was covered with a coat of dust and mildew so it took at least 3 days just to make her semi livable down below. Found a wonderful product from Australia, it’s a Tea Tree Spay which works wonders in getting the storage dust and mildew out and helps keep mildew at bay. Works great on all surfaces and most fabrics too.
Well finally in the water, new bottom paint, dingy fixed and foresail repaired. Had a head problem and replaced a lot of that stiff, stubborn sanitation hose as well replaced a badly seized seacock. Want to get rich? Invent a cheap, good sanitation hose that you don’t need hairdryer, dish soap and hot water to get around corners and onto barbs! Replaced our vented loop, getting rid of the Forespar marlon one which gave us problems about every 3 weeks, and went with a bronze Groco. Bit pricey but well worth the no headaches (pun intended!) and smells from when the little valve gets fouled. Up forward moved the Y Valve and redid the holding tank pump out system. The other project was to replace the old hot water heater. Hated to part with it, it’s an old Atlantic with SS tank, but can’t get elements for it and the adapter plate corrodes quickly and causes constant leaking.
Nov 8 took a break from boat work, rented a car and we went to St Augustine to celebrate Wendy’s Birthday. Met up with John/Sheryl from SV Moon and a couple off of SV Destiny for happy hour and then supper at a nice Brazilian restaurant. Back at Green Cove finally launched and then spent a few days doing some deck cleaning and provisioning before heading off. Nice short run to Jacksonville, but held up at the railway bridge so was after sunset before we were tied up at the Landings. Great place (free!) and they were getting all set up for Christmas Tree lighting. Next day off to St Augustine, a very long run but we lucked in and with the exception of an hour we were +7 kts all the way. Grabbed a mooring in St Augustine for a week, they assigned us one of the southerly ones so it felt like we were closer to Daytona than St Augustine, but weather was great and water taxi running so all was well. Hit all our regular haunts (winery, chocolate factory and Polish restaurant) plus a few new ones. Only excitement was dingy outboard stopped working, but removing carb and stripping it down found a spec of paint in the inlet jet, reassemble and were back in business. Can’t do that with the new 4 strokes with EFI folks! After a great week, including an evening at the martini bar sipping and people watching, we slipped the mooring and pushed south!
Vessel Name: Seahawk X
Vessel Make/Model: Island Trader 41, Ketch
Hailing Port: Kingston, Ontario
Crew: Wendy, Burry, Maggie, Bartley (in our hearts)
About: Wendy and Burry have been married for 30+ years and moved aboard Seahawk when they were transfered from Maryland to New Jersey. Threw off the lines fall of 2010 and have been travelling the eastern seaboard and bahamas since.
Extra: We have two children we love a lot and miss, hoping they will visit us more once we are in the tropics lol. Tara is a budding bio scientist, recently married to Chris, and just completed her masters. Michael is in the Navel Reserve and has finished his degree and headed to Saskatoon with Megan.
Seahawk X's Photos - Last of Georgia (Main)
A week plus in Nassau with Tara and Chris
12 Photos
Created 10 July 2013
One of our favorite places.
11 Photos
Created 10 July 2013
Spent 3 weeks in Georgetown, met up with 'Sherry (Wendy's Sis) and Jason.
19 Photos
Created 10 July 2013
Ducked into Emerald bay to miss a storm and got stuck for three weeks
9 Photos
Created 4 May 2012
Little Farmers Cay.
7 Photos
Created 4 May 2012
Located on Great Guana Cay
7 Photos
Created 4 May 2012
Stanial Cay is home of the Thunderball Groto and swimming Pigs
20 Photos
Created 4 May 2012
We spent quite a while here, the center and HQ for the Land and Sea Park. Beautiful Cay with beaches, snorkling, hiking and no commercial enterprises.
19 Photos
Created 8 March 2012
First stop in the Land and Sea Park
8 Photos
Created 6 March 2012
Our first Cay in the Exhumas!
10 Photos
Created 6 March 2012
Quick trip cross stream to Bimini, cross banks to Frazier's Hog Cay then south to Exhumas via West Bay, New Providence
8 Photos
Created 6 March 2012
Trip south to Florida ending in Coconut Grove waiting for Crossing to Bahamas
13 Photos
Created 6 March 2012
Took the Dismal Swamp Canal this time, quite the experiance.
15 Photos
Created 29 November 2011
After a summer in Annapolis/Kingston, heading south once again.
6 Photos
Created 29 November 2011
West Palm to Amelia Island
18 Photos
Created 12 June 2011
Run from Abaco to West Palm, Fl
18 Photos
Created 17 May 2011
A few days on this resort Cay with an incredible beach
12 Photos
Created 17 May 2011
Couple of days in this exquisite island.
22 Photos
Created 27 April 2011
Short visit to Guana
10 Photos
Created 27 April 2011
Time in around Marsh Harbour
24 Photos
Created 24 April 2011
The trip from Bimini to the Abacos
16 Photos
Created 5 April 2011
Short two day stay at this lovely small island group
24 Photos
Created 31 March 2011
Last month and departure from Boot Key
17 Photos
Created 25 March 2011
First two weeks of time in Marathon in the middle keys
25 Photos
Created 31 January 2011
Family at Key West over New Years
31 Photos
Created 14 January 2011
Our time in Coconut Grove over Christmas and Mike and TL join us.
20 Photos
Created 8 January 2011
Our Run from St Augustine down to Miami.
25 Photos
Created 25 December 2010
Entry into Florida and St Augustine
30 Photos
Created 9 December 2010
Run from Savana to St Mary's
29 Photos
Created 6 December 2010
Run from Charleston and into Savannah
26 Photos
Created 27 November 2010
The run from Oriental to Charlestown was a huge variety of scenery
61 Photos
Created 19 November 2010
Hampton to Oriental via the Virginia Cut
63 Photos
Created 9 November 2010
Our run from Annapolis with stops in Solomon's and Reedville ending in Hampton, Va
52 Photos
Created 2 November 2010
Fall in Annapolis with great weather and good friends!
55 Photos
Created 26 October 2010
Second leg of heading south
47 Photos
Created 10 October 2010
Final preps and departure from Liberty Landing Marina
17 Photos
Created 4 October 2010
Assorted pictures of the two seadogs
7 Photos
Created 16 September 2009
Pictures of our sailboat
8 Photos
Created 16 September 2009

The Adventures of the Vanderveers

Who: Wendy, Burry, Maggie, Bartley (in our hearts)
Port: Kingston, Ontario