Bahamas Cruise (2018)

Our Next Big Cruise!

Tomorrow we embark on our next big cruise. The plan is to continue down the ICW from Saint Augustine in ...
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Day 1 – Palm Coast

Today’s weather was sunny and a little cool - fine conditions for a 9:00 a.m. start on our first day ...
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Day 2 – Rockhouse Creek

Our second day started with coffee to take the chill off a 45 degree morning. We left Hammock Beach just ...
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Day 3 – Titusville

Rockhouse Creek, last night’s anchorage, was scenic, calm and relatively unpopulated. One of our few neighbors was a smartly turned-out ...
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Day 4 – Melbourne

After yesterday's grounding, today's trip to Melbourne seemed...not dull, but definitely calm. After a light fog lifted, we slipped our mooring ball ...
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Day 5 – Vero Beach

It was gusty in Melbourne anchorage (20-28mph) until past midnight, then calmed. The anchor held fast, and we were able ...
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Day 6 – Vero Beach

We woke today to sunshine, in contradiction to the prediction of rain the forecasts led us to expect. The marina ...
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Day 7 – Vero Beach

So nice to have guests aboard! All four of us had coffee in the cockpit while watching the dolphin show ...
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Day 8 – Peck Lake

With little current and no tide to speak of, we were able to  leave early and quietly from our slip ...
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Day 9 – Lake Worth

Today’s leg began a few minutes after sunrise. There was plenty of light and no fog. We were the first ...
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Day 10 – Fort Lauderdale

Last night’s anchorage featured boats very closely anchored and moored together, nice breeze, and pleasant temperatures. All these factors led ...
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Day 11 – Key Biscayne

We got up earlier today so that Tommy could have a chance to reevaluate a possible alternative final approach to ...
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Day 12 – Bimini, Bahamas

Tommy woke us at 5:40 a.m. before our alarm clock. We were both excited and nervous about our crossing. On ...
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Day 13 – Bimini

Our first full day in the Bahamas was full of happenings, some pleasant, some not so pleasant. We were up ...
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Day 14 – Bimini

Today we did boat jobs in the morning. Tommy did further investigation into resuscitating the anemometer and making sure the ...
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Day 15 – Bimini

The wind blew all night somewhere between 15 and 20 kts. This made for great airflow through the cabin. As ...
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Day 16 – Bimini

Another blustery night and morning! The weather gurus anticipate this will continue till the weekend. We each got up in ...
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Day 17 – Bimini

Weather update - the wind regularly gusted to 30kts in the marina last night, making for a bouncy night and ...
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Day 18 – Bimini

At 6:30 a.m. Tommy listened to Chris Parker's (the weather guru) radio broadcast on the single sideband radio and Paula ...
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Day 19 – Bimini

Last night the wind gusts were as high as 30kts accompanied by light rain. This made for interrupted but still ...
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Day 20 – Bimini

It was another very blustery night last night, this time with more rain mixed in. The day/night wind pattern this ...
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Day 21 – Bimini

Note: We’ll be leaving Bimini tomorrow morning and spending tomorrow night anchored out in the middle of the 70 mile-wide ...
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Day 22 – Great Bahama Bank

Note - We are presently safely anchored in Chub Cay. This is yesterday's post when we didn't have any connectivity ...
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Day 23 – Chub Cay

Sleeping in the cockpit was great with a nice breeze and moonlight and stars. We had interrupted but restful sleep ...
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Day 24 – Rose Island

The little anchorage at Chub Cay was snug, and the winds moderated making for a good night in the cockpit ...
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Day 25 – Rose Island

Last night the winds calmed as expected making for another great cockpit sleeping night. We discovered in the morning that ...
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Day 26 – Palm Cay

The swell that came through our anchorage and caused all the boats to bounce around so much finally subsided around ...
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Day 27 – Palm Cay

A busy, busy day! We could hear the wind last night whirring by the top of the mast and flapping ...
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Day 28 – Palm Cay

The featured picture for this post is of the narrow entrance to the marina through the markers. You can see ...
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Day 29 – Palm Cay

We arranged online for Leano to take us to Nassau again today and he showed up at 9am sharp, as ...
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Day 30 – Palm Cay

This morning we took a walk around the neighborhoods to the northeast of us. The homes were all of unique ...
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Day 31 – Palm Cay

Last night there was palpable water motion in the marina, making us wonder what the wind was like on the ...
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Day 32 – Palm Cay

This morning was a boat project morning. Tommy ran the watermaker, evaluated the latest weather reports, did work on charting ...
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Day 33 – Palm Cay

We called Atlantis first thing this morning to see if we could visit their aquarium. Usually only hotel guests, Atlantis ...
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Day 34 – Palm Cay

Much of today’s mental energy was invested in getting one of our two 10-gallon propane tanks topped off. Paula has ...
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Day 35 – Palm Cay

Last night, for the first time since arriving in the Bahamas, we had hard rain and thunderstorms all night, accompanied ...
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Day 36 – Palm Cay

Much of today was spent in preparation for the departure we hope to make tomorrow. We had rain and thunderstorms ...
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Day 37 – Normans Cay

We were second in the parade of boats leaving Palm Cay early this morning. Once out of the channel, all ...
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Day 38 – Normans Cay

Last night ranked as one of our all-time best sleeps out at anchor. The sky was clear and the stars ...
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Day 39 – Shroud Cay

It was a windy night last night with 20kt+ gusts in the anchorage out of the NW. This anchorage on ...
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Day 40 – Warderick Wells

Last night was one of the best star-watching nights we’ve had. The milky way could be seen and Orion and ...
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Day 41 – Warderick Wells

Last night as evening set in, Paula got some great pictures of the sunset. We know we take a lot ...
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Day 42 – Big Majors (East)

We had a hard time with the title for today’s post. Our chosen anchorage for today, and likely the next ...
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Day 43 – Big Majors (East)

Waking up to these striking surroundings was a treat. At first, all was dark and the total sky planetarium show ...
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Day 44 – Big Majors (East)

Day 44 – Big Majors East The dawn today was calm and colorful. It continues to be amazing to wake ...
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Day 45 – Big Majors (East)

Today our Bahamas adventure has arrived at the same number of days as our ICW cruise lasted. A lot of ...
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Day 46 (3/22) – Big Majors (West)

Today we had a decision to make about our anchorage. We had intended to stay put in Big Majors (East) ...
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Day 47 (3/23) – Big Majors (West)

Bright and early we hopped into Poltergeist and traveled to Pig Beach. We had heard that the pigs loved fresh ...
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Day 48 (3/24) – Staniel Cay

After coffee, we decided to see if Poltergeist could make it to Staniel Cay. Conditions were calm, and the current ...
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Day 49 (3/25) – Thunderball Grotto

This morning we had quick coffee and got our snorkeling gear together. The goal was to take Poltergeist to Thunderball ...
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Day 50 (3/26) – Big Majors (West)

Tom dedicated part of this morning to running the generator to top off the batteries since we got behind in ...
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Day 51 (3/27) – Big Majors (West)

Last night was the windiest night we’ve had so far. The fun started around 11PM and by 1AM it was ...
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Day 52 (3/28) – Big Majors (West)

Today went by in a flash. Another blustery night, with a tiny spray of rain around 11pm, otherwise dry. The ...
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Day 53 (3/29) – Big Majors (West)

It sounds like a broken record, but it was another night of strong wind singing in the rigging. It continued ...
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Day 54 (3/30) – Black Point

Although the wind was still fairly brisk, we felt comfortable weighing anchor and taking the short 10-mile jaunt southeast on ...
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Day 55 (3/31) – Black Point

The most interesting part of the day today was spent exploring Black Point Settlement on Guana Cay. Officially, 414 souls ...
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Day 56 (4/1) – Black Point

Today was a quiet day of boat jobs. Tommy started the watermaker and worked to get salt off the topsides ...
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Day 57 (4/2) – Black Point

This morning we explored the beaches and rocky shoreline of the anchorage in Poltergeist. Paula saw a heron perched all ...
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Day 58 (4/3) – Black Point

Yesterday afternoon we had a spectacular rainbow come up over the anchorage, even though we’d only had a few drops ...
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Day 59 (4/4) – Compass Cay

Today we pulled up anchor, said goodbye to Black Point, and went North to Compass Cay. We were able to ...
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Day 60 (4/5) – Cambridge Cay

After one night, we decided to leave Compass Cay anchorage. It just never felt right from the moment we arrived ...
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Day 61 (4/6) – Cambridge Cay

We started out the day with coffee and then dinghied over to talk with new friends we met last evening ...
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Day 62 (4/7) – Cambridge Cay

Last night, after we dinghied home after the potluck, Paula decided to rinse out the large pasta sauce pot on ...
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Day 63 (4/8) – Cambridge Cay

Last night, unexpected wind blew up around 2:30am of around 18-20kts. Paula had foolishly left laundry on the lifelines, so ...
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Day 64 (4/9) – Hawksbill Cay

We’re sure you want to know about the featured pictured first. This terrific couple are Chuck and Carmen. They are ...
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Day 65 (4/10) – Normans Cay

While Hawksbill Cay was nice, the anchorage was rolly last night, even with very little wind. Luckily, our boat handles ...
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Day 66 (4/11) – Palm Cay

Last night there was light breeze and a clear sky at bedtime that gave way to clouds and high atmosphere ...
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Day 67 (4/12) – Palm Cay

After a month at anchor, it felt distinctly strange to get up in the night and see boats on either ...
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Day 68 (4/13) – Palm Cay

Today we were up before daylight, due to our (possibly permanent) hypersensitivity to boat noises. The small clinkings and rope ...
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Day 69 (4/14) – Palm Cay

Be forewarned: This day’s post is more about boat maintenance and day-to-day boating life than cruising. There are some hair-raising ...
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Day 70 (4/15) – Palm Cay

Paula got up at 5:30am because of the sound of the wind howling through the rigging. She started the coffee ...
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Day 71 (4/16) – Palm Cay

Warning: If you are looking for drama on the high seas today, you may wish to peruse another sailing blog! ...
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Day 72 (4/17) – Palm Cay

Yesterday we said farewell to one set of friends, and had the pleasure of greeting another set. Our Caliber friends ...
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Day 73 (4/18) – Palm Cay

This morning Paula went with our friends to the grocery store to assist in amusing the children while their parents ...
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Day 74 (4/19) – Palm Cay

This morning we arranged for a whole day rental of one of the marina’s cars and trekked across Nassau to ...
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Day 75 (4/20) – Palm Cay

Last night it rained, and today there have been shifting patterns of ominous clouds (featured picture) and periodic distant thunder ...
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Day 76 (4/21) – Palm Cay

Paula was up early this morning and went out in the cockpit to read while dawn approached. The forecast called ...
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Day 77 (4/22) – Palm Cay

Another intermittently rainy, blustery day. Good for baking! Paula made her first attempt at a risen loaf of Bimini Bread, ...
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Day 78 (4/23) – Palm Cay

One more day ‘till Glenny arrives! In a happy coincidence, the marina decided to put a new boarding ladder on ...
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Day 79 (4/24) – Palm Cay

Last night, Paula woke up when the wind picked up and checked the lines. She noticed we had been sent ...
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Day 80 (4/25) – Palm Cay

Glennis’ first morning in the Bahamas was meteorologically celebrated by an early a.m. thunderstorm. Fortunately, Glennis slept through most of ...
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Day 81 (4/26) – Palm Cay

I woke this morning to warm sunlight streaming through the portholes, the smell of fresh coffee, and the soft swaying ...
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Day 82 (4/27) – Palm Cay

Yet another thunderstorm, this time at 3:30 a.m., failed to disturb our slumbering guest. Once again, it was beautiful by ...
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Day 83 (4/28) – Palm Cay

Thunderstorms returned last night after Mission Impossible and persisted until about 11 a.m. Undaunted, we continued with plans to go ...
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Day 84 (4/29) – Rose Island

After four nights of the best sleep I’ve had in years, the fifth night wound up being more eventful than ...
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Day 85 (4/30) – Palm Cay

Glennis, infected by boat life, was up shortly after dawn and joined Paula and Tom in the cockpit for coffee ...
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Day 86 (5/1) – Palm Cay

This week of Glenny’s visit has absolutely sailed by. It was hard to realize that today was departure day and ...
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Day 87 (5/2) – Palm Cay

The featured picture today is what's left of our Bahamas courtesy flag flying from our flag halyard. We bought it ...
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Day 88 (5/3) – Palm Cay

Today was mostly a work day on the boat, some planned and some not. First up for Tom was to ...
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Day 89 (5/4) – Palm Cay

We used this poor weather day to prepare for our hoped-for departure in a few days. One more trip to ...
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Day 90 (5/5) – Palm Cay

Today the wind abated slightly, but we still had rain and generally very overcast conditions (featured picture). That being said, ...
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Day 91 (5/6) – Palm Cay

Squalls continued to lash Nassau periodically last night. The wind shifted to the SE, bringing lots of swell and rain ...
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Day 92 – (5/7) – Palm Cay

Today’s blog entry will be a short one. It was a stormy night last night, and we were rocking around ...
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Day 93 (5/8) – West Bay

This morning the weather forecasts had altered such that it looked to be best if we began our trip home ...
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Day 94 (5/9) – underway

This is just a reminder that you probably won't see a regular post tonight because we won't be anywhere near ...
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Day 95 (5/10) – Lake Worth

We made it safely to Lake Worth today! We got in late in the day and are tired, so this ...
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Day 96 – Lake Worth & Recap of crossing

(5/9 – day of departure) After a good night's sleep in West Bay, we awoke Wednesday morning refreshed and anxious ...
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Day 97 (5/12) – Lake Worth

It was a good night’s sleep in a calm anchorage. We woke to lowering skies, increasing but refreshing winds, but ...
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Day 98 (5/13) – Lake Worth

It drizzled thru the night, but none of the predicted high winds materialized. However, rain and more rain was promised ...
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Day 99 (5/14) – Lake Worth

The very last thing we expected we’d have to do once we arrived back in Florida was wait five nights ...
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Day 100 (5/15) – North Palm Beach

Thunderstorms continued periodically throughout the night, and although the anchor held fast, Tommy’s PDSD (Post-Dragging Stress Disorder) led to him ...
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Day 101 (5/16) – North Palm Beach

It was a pleasure to know that although it rained and thunder-stormed all last night, we didn’t have to get ...
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Day 102 (5/17) – North Palm Beach

Today a diver from Barnacle Busters came to clean the bottom of our boat. Interestingly, by custom or perhaps mandated ...
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Day 103 (5/18) – North Palm Beach

As we hope to be able to resume travel on Sunday, Paula decided to launder the sheets and few bits ...
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Day 104 (5/19) – North Palm Beach

Another weather hold day. We've had rain every day since we've been back in Florida, often so hard that visibility ...
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Day 105 (5/20) – North Palm Beach

Last night Paula was up late, talking on the phone to a family member, when the rain and wind suddenly ...
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Day 106 (5/21) – North Palm Beach

Just a short post today as there was not much change in the rain and wind. Tommy did some writing ...
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Day 107 (5/22) – North Palm Beach

Hopefully this will be our last weather hold day for at least the next two. The wind and rain continued ...
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Day 108 (5/23) – Vero Beach

This afternoon we reached Vero Beach. We are happy to be making progress towards home again and to have successfully ...
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Day 109 (5/24) – Titusville

When arriving at a new marina, Paula usually sprays the lines from the pier to the boat at their attachment ...
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Day 110 (5/25) – Titusville

There were a couple reasons we chose to stop here in Titusville on our way back. First, this was about ...
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Day 111 (5/26) – Titusville

Today at dawn Paula took the laundry to the marina’s facility. Since many boaters are also early risers, she was ...
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Day 112 (5/27) – Titusville

Another weather hold day in Titusville as Alberto tracks up the eastern side of the Gulf of Mexico. We are ...
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Day 113 (5/28) – Titusville

Weather holds are one challenge of life on a boat that Paula at least had never thought much about before ...
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Day 114 (5/29) – Titusville

While we had heavy rain and thunder for most of the afternoon today, there was a nice break in the ...
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Day 115 (5/30) – Rockhouse Creek

We left Titusville at about 6:30 am. Although we knew we'd likely see rain, the chances of thunderstorms was predicted ...
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Day 116 (5/31) – Palm Coast

When the rain stopped last night around 7PM, we had a very calm and peaceful night in the anchorage. We ...
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Day 117 (6/1) – Saint Augustine

Last night after dinner we strolled around the Hammock Beach Resort at Palm Coast. We got another look at the ...
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Bahamas Recap – Technical Report (6/14)

Our Bahamas wrap-up is being published in two parts. The first part (below), is oriented more towards the mechanical and ...
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Bahamas Recap – Quartermaster Report (6/15)

What worked well: Food provisioning: From a provisioning/quartermaster standpoint, food prep and provisioning  worked well overall. As on our 2016 ICW ...
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