Whisper Sailing

Bill and Judy's adventures continue..........

25 February 2018 | Exumas, Bahamas
21 November 2017 | George Town, Exuma
24 April 2017 | Bahamas
03 April 2017 | Thompson Bay
31 March 2017 | Great Exuma
28 February 2017 | Palm Cay Marina
17 February 2017 | Palm Cay Marina, Nassau, Bahamas
27 January 2017 | Little Farmers Cay, Exemas
14 January 2017 | Exuma Bahamas
26 December 2016 | Spanish Wells, Bahamas
19 December 2016 | Devils Cay, Berry Islands
19 December 2016 | Addison NASA Bridge
19 December 2016 | Cave Cay to Spence Rock
04 December 2016 | Abacos Bahamas
12 November 2016 | Jacksonville Beach FL
05 May 2016 | Darien, GA
23 April 2016 | Gulf Stream
22 April 2016 | Northern Abaco
10 April 2016 | Abaco
31 March 2016 | Exuma, Eleuthra, Abaco

Clayton NY Layover

01 September 2015 | Clayton NY
We needed to check back into the US as soon as we crossed that invisible line...so we choose Clayton NY, a mere seven miles from our anchorage in Brakey Bay. Finding the customs videophone was another issue. It wasn't evident on the charts and our VHF conversations weren't very fruitful. Finally a powerboater directed us to the far eastern end of the Clayton harbor, and we found the floating docks with a (very) small sign indicating the check in point. Easy peasy after that!

What great luck that our dockhand advised us to try the new marina at the far east side of the city. The marina is so new it doesn't have attendants yet...and thus there is NO CHARGE!. Lovely floating docks with power and water, restrooms with showers...what more could we want! We docked our 50+ feet on a 30 foot dock and vowed to put Luci lights on the mast to warn anyone of our extended length. We even had our own swimming pool right off the back of the boat!

A call to Linda and Bob Hagemann got us scheduled for a dinner on the town. (Bob and Linda are Julie's in-laws who live in Watertown, a short drive away). Cocktails on the boat were followed by a delicious dinner at the new hotel just steps away from the marina.

The next day Linda drove me the few miles to the laundromat and grocery store.... thank you, Linda!!! I never could have made that in a walk. We did a bit of shopping in a great cheese shop as well. When we returned to the marina we spotted Uproar mid-channel. Unfortunately, she was aground. It took and hour and a half, and the wake from a powerboat to set her free. But she was able to get to a face dock on a second attempt and the two crews had a great reunion. We will be traveling together now through the end of October.

Monday we toured the Antique Boat Museum. What a treat! Lots of woodies from canoes to speedboats. The guys were lusting over the sexy outboard engines. Lisa and I just admired the woodwork. I would love to try a sailing canoe named 'Pixie'.

Clayton is a lovely little town. It has lots of shops and great restaurants all within walking distance of the marina (except for the grocery and laundromat). We loved dinner at Bella's... a restaurant with a deck on the riverfront where we watched an incredible sunset. On the more practical side, it has an Ace Hardware and a NAPA store, both of which we utilized as we worked on projects during our free dockage allowance. This is a difficult place to leave as it has so much to offer at so little cost.

But we need to be moving on, so we make plans to head out the St Lawrence River to Lake Ontario.
Vessel Name: Whisper
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan 34-2
Hailing Port: Milwaukee WI
Crew: Bill and Judy
Whisper's Photos - Main
Every shade of blue-green-purple greets our eyes on a continuing basis
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Created 24 April 2017
Our first island anchorages were in the Berries. Sugar sand beaches, clear blue water, conch and starfish, everyday a new wonderful experience.
10 Photos
Created 16 April 2016
We are spending over a week in Bimini waiting for weather to cross to the Berry Islands (a 75 mile crossing that will require two good days). So we walk, drive, and dinghy our way around North Bimini to learn about the land and the people.
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Created 6 February 2016
There were many projects we did to upgrade Whisper to a more efficient, comfortable, safe and enjoyable boat.
7 Photos
Created 10 January 2016
The many contrasting scenes on the Intercoastal Waterway
36 Photos
Created 25 December 2015
Our favorite anchorage on the eastern shore. The cove featured St Martin Point house and grounds, a 19th century home with accommodations for eighteen people, currently available as vacation rental. Dan, the caretaker invited us to explore the house and grounds.
14 Photos
Created 28 October 2015
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Created 27 October 2015
Workboat Festival
8 Photos
Created 26 October 2015
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
7 Photos
Created 25 October 2015
Boat show
6 Photos
Created 11 October 2015
Highlights of our stay in the Big Apple
14 Photos
Created 2 October 2015
Fixed bridges, lift bridges, railroad bridges, road bridges, bridges to nowhere.
8 Photos
Created 13 September 2015
"I stayed too long at the fair"
12 Photos
Created 11 September 2015
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Created 1 September 2015
I walked from the yacht club to the downtown area to purchase a nautical chart at the general store. Charming homes from the mid-1800s with fenced in yards and patios. Main square at City Hall has umbrella tables and chairs to enjoy the fresh air. Lots of interesting shops and restaurants, wished we could stay longer.
7 Photos
Created 27 August 2015
Transiting the 243 miles of the Trent Severn Waterway system
5 Photos
Created 25 August 2015
Into the Georgian Bay
7 Photos
Created 6 August 2015
We took Whisper on a loop through the French River Small Craft Route with Russ and Lisa onboard. Uproar can't do the route because of depth...and maybe width!
8 Photos
Created 3 August 2015
We spent the past week attempting to show Sue all of our favorite places... we got in quite a few!!!
7 Photos
Created 23 July 2015
First anchorage in Canada
4 Photos
Created 14 July 2015
Scenes from one of our favorite places on Lake Michigan
5 Photos
Created 10 July 2015
Preparation for our extended cruise from Milwaukee, WI to the Bahamas and ????
3 Photos
Created 17 June 2015