Vanish - Making The Switch From Sail to Power

29 October 2016 | Georgia, USA
29 October 2016 | Georgia, USA
08 October 2016 | Brunswick, Georgia, USA
07 October 2016 | Hotel on West Side of Hwy I-95, Brunswick, GA, USA
07 October 2016 | Brunswick, Georgia, USA
06 October 2016 | Brunswick, Georgia, USA
05 October 2016 | Brunswick, Georgia, USA
04 October 2016 | Photo off Outer Banks near Cape Lookout, North Carolina.
27 September 2016 | Piankatank River, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, USA
22 September 2016 | Current Position - Sassafras River, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA
16 September 2016 | Orient, Long Island, New York, USA
11 September 2016 | Ebenecook Harbor near Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA
07 September 2016 | Penobscot Bay, Maine, USA
05 September 2016 | Penobscot Bay, Maine, USA
04 September 2016 | North Haven, Vinalhaven, Maine, USA
28 August 2016 | Castine, Maine, USA
27 August 2016 | Belfast, Maine, USA
12 August 2016 | Mount Washington, New Hampshire, USA
06 August 2016 | Canada/USA Border Crossing
04 August 2016 | La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada

The Light Side of the Dark Side

31 May 2013 | Canada to Colombia
Vicki - Showers, Thunderstorms, 31 deg C in Santa Marta, Colombia, South America
Camp Driftwood, Shroud Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
One of the prettiest spots we've visited so far was Camp Driftwood pictured above on Shroud Cay, Exumas, Bahamas two months ago. This is the joy of owning the type of vessel enabling us to go anywhere we wish and with the knowledge to do so gained over the years. As dedicated sailors, we did not realise at the time that there's very little difference in the type of craft one owns as all sailors need to know as much as possible about their environment and vessel no matter what shape or style it is. Switching over to the "Dark Side" by buying a power vessel has enabled us to see the advantages of both power and sail. As long as we're all out here enjoying the wind in our hair and salt on our skin, we are all on the same path. Just over a year has passed since we moved on board Vanish, our Marlow Voyager 76LR at Snead Island near Palmetto, Florida, USA. We set off for destinations unknown and when anyone asks us, "How's your trip going so far?" it is hard to answer without chatting for the next few hours so we thought you might enjoy a few statistics of our year in review. A BD (Blog Date) is included in case you wish to go back and read the blog post concerning the information and I have included some thoughts from Maynard (M) and myself (V).

Miles Travelled:
6,752 Miles
Fuel Used:
9,800 Gallons; 2,250 Gallons for the gensets, 7,550 Gallons for main engines
= 1.1 Gallons per Mile since purchasing Vanish
Genset Hours:
750 hours on each of the two gensets. @ 1.5 gallons/hour = 2,250 gallons
Engine Hours:
550 hours for each of the two engines. As a comparison we would use approximately 250 - 300 hours on the engine on our yacht Cruz Control during a typical 5 month 2,500 mile cruise.
Amount of Watermaker Water Generated:
562 hours run time making 32,770 gallons/125,000 litres .....um, we take lots of showers and like a clean boat.
Coldest Sea Temp:
14.1 deg C ( 57 deg F) at Cross Island, Maine (BD 14 Aug 2012)
Hottest Sea Temp:
32.4 deg C (90 deg F) in Gulf Stream off Florida (BD 20 Jun 2012)
Highest Wind Speed:
~80 knots at Scotland Beach, Chesapeake Bay (BD 30 Jun 2012). Highest sustained winds were during Hurricane Sandy for 3 days over 45 knots.
Highest Swell:
4 meters (13 feet) off Colombia at Cabo De La Vela (BD 20 May 2013)
Number of Hurricanes:
1: but it was a shocker, Hurricane Sandy in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas (BD 23 to 27 Oct 2012)
Scariest Moment:
M - Finding out the stern glands were leaking at 2 a.m. on a rough trip in the Mona Passage, Dominican Republic and realising that they had not been checked for a very long time. The fear was not from sinking, but knowing Vanish needed to be hauled somewhere........asap (BD 19 Apr 2013)
V- Chesapeake Bay derecho storm (BD 30 Jun 2012)
Highlight:
M - (a) Reaching safety from hurricanes in Colombia after the trauma of the haul out and crew quitting in Dominican Republic (BD 20 May 2013) and (b) Taking Vanish to Matinicus Island, Maine, USA to see the large numbers of migratory puffins (BD 28 July 2012)
V - (a) Hearing refugee Cuban Alex's story of his frightening trip to Florida and knowing that he'd lost everything except the symbol of hope we'd given him, the toy puffin (BD 9 Dec 2012 and 4 Nov 2012) and (b) Reaching exotic Colombia.
Biggest Repair:
Stern gland seals in the Dominican Republic (BD 13 May 2013)
Highest Latitude:
43 50'N Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada (BD 15 Aug 2012)
Lowest Latitude:
11 14'N Santa Marta, Colombia (BD 20 May 2013)
Number of Countries Visited:
6; USA, Canada, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic and Colombia
Number of Officials Who Have Boarded Vanish:
32 (19 just in Dominican Republic)
Countries of Origin of Vanish Blog Readers:
60; Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, US Virgin Islands, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam. ~27,000 Hits. We would particularly like to thank our dedicated long term readers.
Number of Seasick Tablets Taken:
1; Tied up in Ocean World Marina, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic due to bad surge and rubber band effect of our lines stretching and releasing (BD 29 Mar 2012)
Favourite Anchorages:
(a) Bahia de San Lorenzo in Samana Bay, Dominican Republic (BD 10 Apr 2013) coconut palm lined beach, caves, mountains, swimming, safe anchorage protection, whales in winter.
(b) Normans Cay, Exumas (BD 8 Mar 2013) Only during weather from west quadrant. Crystal clear warm waters.
(c) Roque Island, Maine , USA (BD 10 Aug 2012) Remote, often foggy, sandy beach, forest.
(d) Cape Lookout, North Carolina, USA (BD 1 Oct 2012) All round weather protection, good swimming, quiet, dolphins galore.
Best Marina:
Marina Chavon, Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic (BD 19 Apr 2013) as it is spacious, quiet, safe, has inexpensive labour and haul out facilities if needed, good restaurants, Wifi and climate and lots to do. Not recommended during hurricane season.
Most Inexpensive IGY Marina:
Marina Santa Marta, Santa Marta, Colombia charges ~63 cents/foot as at May, 2013 (US Dollars)
Marina Time:
Vanish has spent just 44% of the past year in marinas but Maynard and I have spent 29%.
Best Moment:
Waking up each day.
Comments
Vessel Name: Vanish
Vessel Make/Model: Marlow Voyager 76LR
Hailing Port: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Crew: Maynard and Vicki
Home Page: sailblogs.com/member/vanish
Vanish's Photos - Main
Brunswick, Georgia, USA
10 Photos
Created 29 October 2016
Post Hurricane Matthew, Brunswick, GA, USA
15 Photos
Created 8 October 2016
Brunswick, GA Hurricane Matthew
4 Photos
Created 7 October 2016
Hurricane Matthew
5 Photos
Created 6 October 2016
Brunswick, Georgia, USA
10 Photos
Created 5 October 2016
Chesapeake Bay, VA to Brunswick, GA
15 Photos
Created 4 October 2016
New York to Maryland, USA
10 Photos
Created 22 September 2016
Maine to Long Island, USA
20 Photos
Created 16 September 2016
Maine, USA
8 Photos
Created 11 September 2016
Penobscot Bay, Maine, USA
3 Photos
Created 7 September 2016
Penobscot Bay, Maine, USA
3 Photos
Created 7 September 2016
Vinalhaven, Penobscot Bay, Maine, USA
5 Photos
Created 4 September 2016
Maine, USA
5 Photos
Created 28 August 2016
Maine, USA
15 Photos
Created 27 August 2016
New Hampshire to Maine, USA
20 Photos
Created 22 August 2016
Canada/USA Border
13 Photos
Created 21 August 2016
Saguaney to La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada
28 Photos
Created 20 August 2016
Quebec, Canada
19 Photos
Created 14 August 2016
3 Photos
Created 26 July 2016
Penobscot Bay, Maine, USA
11 Photos
Created 19 July 2016
Maine, USA
4 Photos
Created 7 July 2016
Camden, Maine, USA
2 Photos
Created 6 July 2016
Maine, USA
9 Photos
Created 3 July 2016
Boothbay, Maine, SA.
10 Photos
Created 2 July 2016
Ebenecook Harbour, near Southport, Maine, USA
7 Photos
Created 2 July 2016
Maine, USA
5 Photos
Created 27 June 2016
Rhode Island to Maine, USA
17 Photos
Created 19 June 2016
16 Photos
Created 12 June 2016
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, USA
9 Photos
Created 11 June 2016
Noyack Bay, nr Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York
7 Photos
Created 11 June 2016
Kicked out by Tropical Storm Bonnie
11 Photos
Created 9 June 2016
Cape Lookout, North Carolina, USA
8 Photos
Created 7 June 2016
Georgia, USA
10 Photos
Created 27 October 2015
North Carolina to Georgia, USA
4 Photos
Created 27 September 2015
North Carolina, USA
4 Photos
Created 25 September 2015
New York to North Carolina, USA
7 Photos
Created 18 September 2015
New York to North Carolina, USA
11 Photos
Created 18 September 2015
Eatons Neck, Long Island, New York, USA
2 Photos
Created 16 September 2015
Massachusetts and Long Island, New York, USA
9 Photos
Created 16 September 2015
Maine to Massachusetts, USA
11 Photos
Created 9 September 2015
Maine, USA
34 Photos
Created 31 August 2015
Maine, USA
18 Photos
Created 6 August 2015
Belfast, Maine, USA
14 Photos
Created 31 July 2015
Maine, USA
17 Photos
Created 7 July 2015
Maine, USA
5 Photos
Created 28 June 2015
Maine, USA
4 Photos
Created 27 June 2015
Massachusetts, USA
9 Photos
Created 23 June 2015
Norfolk, Virginia to Mattapoisett, Massachussets, USA
16 Photos
Created 17 June 2015
ICW Beaufort, North Carolina, to Norfolk, Virginia, USA
16 Photos
Created 12 June 2015
Beaufort, North Carolina, USA
7 Photos
Created 8 June 2015
2015 Brunswick, Georgia to Beaufort, North Carolina
12 Photos
Created 4 June 2015
USA 2014
18 Photos
Created 12 September 2014
South Carolina, USA
6 Photos
Created 17 May 2014
South Carolina, USA
8 Photos
Created 12 May 2014
Bahamas
7 Photos
Created 7 May 2014
The Bahamas
7 Photos
Created 2 April 2014
End of Year 2013
6 Photos
Created 30 December 2013
Bahamas
11 Photos
Created 15 December 2013
Exumas, Bahamas
3 Photos
Created 7 December 2013
Panama to Bahamas
17 Photos
Created 1 December 2013
Jamaica
12 Photos
Created 25 November 2013
Jamaica
13 Photos
Created 23 November 2013
Panama
4 Photos
Created 19 November 2013
Bocas del Toro, Panama
17 Photos
Created 13 November 2013
Bocas del Toro Region, Panama
19 Photos
Created 4 November 2013
Panama
3 Photos
Created 26 October 2013
Bocas del Toro, Panama
24 Photos
Created 21 October 2013
Bocas del Toro, Panama
1 Photo
Created 16 October 2013
Panama
5 Photos
Created 15 October 2013
Panama
7 Photos
Created 11 October 2013
Panama
21 Photos
Created 10 October 2013
Kuna Yala, Panama
11 Photos
Created 9 October 2013
Panama
6 Photos
Created 9 October 2013
Kuna Yala, Panama San Blas Islands
11 Photos
Created 9 October 2013
San Blas Islands, Panama
7 Photos
Created 13 September 2013
Santa Marta, Colombia
9 Photos
Created 8 September 2013
Colombia
6 Photos
Created 28 August 2013
Colombia, South America
25 Photos
Created 26 May 2013
Colombia, South America
13 Photos
Created 19 May 2013
Dominican Republic
20 Photos
Created 13 May 2013
Exploring the Interior of the Dominican Republic
26 Photos
Created 24 April 2013
Samana Bay to La Romana, Dominican Republic
12 Photos
Created 19 April 2013
Samana Bay, Dominican Republic
11 Photos
Created 12 April 2013
Samana Bay, Dominican Republic
10 Photos
Created 10 April 2013
Dominican Republic
12 Photos
Created 5 April 2013
Turks & Caicos
10 Photos
Created 25 March 2013
Exumas, The Bahamas
8 Photos
Created 19 March 2013
Exuma, The Bahamas
21 Photos
Created 15 March 2013
Exuma, The Bahamas
20 Photos
Created 12 March 2013
Exumas, The Bahamas
7 Photos
Created 8 March 2013
Exhumas, The Bahamas
11 Photos
Created 5 March 2013
Eleuthera
30 Photos
Created 1 March 2013
Eleuthera, The Bahamas
12 Photos
Created 25 February 2013
Eleuthera
12 Photos
Created 22 February 2013
Eleuthera, The Bahamas
3 Photos
Created 21 February 2013
Abacos, Bahamas
15 Photos
Created 19 February 2013
4 Photos
Created 17 February 2013
Grand Bahama to Abacos
5 Photos
Created 15 February 2013
8 Photos
Created 6 December 2012
Elbow Reef Lighthouse, Hope Town, Abaco, The Bahamas
35 Photos
Created 29 November 2012
Hopetown, Elbow Cay, Abaco, The Bahamas
2 Photos
Created 28 November 2012
Abacos, The Bahamas
14 Photos
Created 18 November 2012
Bahamas
4 Photos
Created 15 November 2012
The Bahamas
43 Photos
Created 25 October 2012
Hurricane Sandy in the Bahamas
9 Photos
Created 24 October 2012
USA to Bahamas
8 Photos
Created 21 October 2012
North Carolina, USA
4 Photos
Created 15 October 2012
North Carolina, USA
2 Photos
Created 13 October 2012
16 Photos
Created 7 October 2012
Barden Inlet, North Carolina, USA
8 Photos
Created 5 October 2012
Barden Inlet, Nr Beaufort, North Carolina, USA
4 Photos
Created 4 October 2012
Cape Lookout Area near Beaufort, North Carolina, USA
5 Photos
Created 2 October 2012
New York Area, USA
14 Photos
Created 28 September 2012
New York State of Mind, USA
13 Photos
Created 27 September 2012
Long Island, New York, USA
10 Photos
Created 25 September 2012
Boston to New York, USA
4 Photos
Created 25 September 2012
Maine to Massachusetts, USA
6 Photos
Created 20 September 2012
Quahog Bay, Maine, USA
7 Photos
Created 19 September 2012
Snow Island, Maine, USA
10 Photos
Created 18 September 2012
Snow Island, Quahog Bay, Maine, USA
5 Photos
Created 16 September 2012
Portland, Maine, USA
7 Photos
Created 15 September 2012
Smith Cove, Castine, Maine, USA
6 Photos
Created 8 September 2012
Pulpitt Harbor, Maine, USA
6 Photos
Created 6 September 2012
Rockland, Maine to Trafton Island, Maine, USA
14 Photos
Created 3 September 2012
Heading North from Rockland Again
7 Photos
Created 30 August 2012
Orcutt Harbor and Horseshoe Cove areas, Maine, USA
2 Photos
Created 26 August 2012
7 Photos
Created 22 August 2012
12 Photos
Created 21 August 2012
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
16 Photos
Created 18 August 2012
2 Photos
Created 15 August 2012
6 Photos
Created 13 August 2012
12 Photos
Created 12 August 2012
Roque Island Harbor, Maine, USA
8 Photos
Created 10 August 2012
Near Bar Harbor, Maine, USA
3 Photos
Created 7 August 2012
Somes Sound, Mt Desert Island to Bar Harbor, Mt Desert Island in Maine, USA
16 Photos
Created 6 August 2012
Vinalhaven to Somes Sound, Maine
21 Photos
Created 2 August 2012
Pictures from Seal Cove, Vinalhaven, Maine, USA
4 Photos
Created 29 July 2012
Rockland, Maine and Matinicus Rock, Maine, USA
15 Photos
Created 28 July 2012
Storm over Portland, Maine, USA
1 Photo
Created 25 July 2012
Portland, Maine to The Basin, Phippsburg, Maine, USA
22 Photos
Created 20 July 2012
Anchorage view from House Island, South Portland, Maine, USA
4 Photos
Created 18 July 2012
Boston, Massachusetts to Portland, Maine, USA
8 Photos
Created 16 July 2012
New York to Boston
7 Photos
Created 13 July 2012
Chesapeake Bay to New York City
22 Photos
Created 7 July 2012
Chesapeake Bay - Virginia & Maryland, USA
3 Photos
Created 30 June 2012
Miami to Virginia
17 Photos
Created 27 June 2012