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

Deja Vue All Over Again

05 May 2016 | Darien, GA
To put Whisper away for the summer, we needed to retrace our path in the ICW from Ft Pierce north to Brunswick, GA. The plan is to haul her out at Two Way Fish Camp to leave her during hurricane season and drive back to Milwaukee. We will return in late October to launch, travel the ICW back to Florida and resume our island hopping.

We gave ourselves a few lay days in Ft Pierce to recover from our crossing and to celebrate my birthday. The municipal marina there has brand new floating docks, built after Sandy wiped out the old ones. The marina is at the heart of the historic district with an open square right on the waterfront. We were treated to a Farmers Market/Art Fair on Saturday and a Corvette show on Sunday.

We found we could make much better time going north in the spring, with the longer daylight hours, than we did coming south in the winter. We visited our former favorite anchorages and slips at Daytona and Cocoa Village, stopping at the latter for ice cream and the yummy grilling sauces at the Village Spiceman. We added a southern anchor basin at St Augustine among the local boats, and the free Jacksonville dock to our itinerary. Our last night on the hook was at Cumberland Island, where we finally spotted a group of horses on the shore right near our anchorage.

To get to Two Way, we motored off the ICW into a creek and followed a winding route for several miles to what appears to be a very protected, marshy area. There are actually three parts to the site, the marina, the boat yard and Mudcat's restaurant, each independently owned. We found the staff very friendly and helpful at all three. We borrowed a car to go to the nearby Brunswick airport, where we rented a car. After Charlie, the boatyard owner, hauled Whisper and set her up on jack stands, we drove the rental car to Naples to visit Bill's sisters, Mary and Joanie, and to look for a car to purchase. It felt very strange living up three stories in air conditioned comfort after our ten months on the water.

Within a few days, we had our 'fun' car - a Pontiac convertible -and were back on the road north. It was a new experience putting up a boat for the summer instead of the winter. We hope the tips and tricks we read about work to keep the humidity and bugs out of the boat. No pink liquid in the tanks this year! The weather gods gave us high temps, humidity and rain during that time. We were able to stay on the boat and we were glad for screens and the portable fan, but we treated ourselves to a last night at a motel. We found the local Georgia shrimp super delicious, especially the day we dined at a place on the creek where we watched the shrimp boats unload. Apparently no one was interested in catching and prepping the local alligator that hung out under the restaurant dock.

With the car overloaded with gear, clothes and the last of the galley stores, we took the final steps to close up Whisper and leave her in Charlie's care for the summer. I'll close down the blog with this post, but will resume the tales of our adventures when we get back to Georgia in the fall.
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
15 Photos
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.
20 Photos
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
6 Photos
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
5 Photos
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