Another trip to the Bahamas comin’ up

A little more than three years ago, Barbara (Edelberg; my spouse) and I sailed from our home dock in Clearwater Beach, FL, to the Bahamas and back (see To The Bahamas, Part 1: Start of a Real Cruise). We had intended for that trip to be followed with a year or so by a trip […]

November/December on Dream SeQueL

It’s been almost six months since I last wrote (To The Bahamas, Part 16: Lake Worth Beach to Clearwater Beach — the End of the Journey), but that doesn’t mean that nothing’s been going on.

I spent the first 16 days (including two travel days) of August down in Clearwater Beach, FL, working on Dream […]

To The Bahamas, Part 16: Lake Worth Beach to Clearwater Beach — the End of the Journey

2012-04-30; 21:00 — Clearwater Beach, Florida, Home Dock

Whew. We’re back at our home dock for the first time in nine months — ever since I sailed the boat down to SIBW for what I expected to be a week-long bottom paint job.

Our time in Lake Worth Beach was fairly relaxed. We did a […]

To The Bahamas, Part 15: Marsh Harbour to Lake Worth Beach, Florida

2012-04-20, 11:00 — Lake Worth Beach, Cannonsport Marina

Wow. We set sail roughly 48 hours ago, rather later than we’d planned, but it all worked out perfectly. We didn’t throw loose the dock lines until about 10:30 on 2012-04-18, because the dockmaster had to read our electric meter and he took his sweet time coming […]

To The Bahamas, Part 14: Green Turtle Cay to Marsh Harbour

2012-04-17; 22:30 — Marsh Harbour/Boat Harbour, Boat Harbour Marina slip #422

What a great day! We had a wonderful time all day, although it got a little bit tiresome at the very end of the day. But I should start at the beginning.

We actually got up fairly early and threw off the docking lines […]

To The Bahamas, Part 13: Green Turtle Cay

2012-04-16; 22:00 — Green Turtle Cay, White Sound, Green Turtle Club Marina slip #14

We’d kind of planned to stay here only one night. We’re beginning to feel the pressure of time as the days drift past and the date of Frank’s flight back north (and that of my flight to Phoenix) race toward us. […]

To The Bahamas, Part 12: Crab Cay to Green Turtle Cay

2012-04-15; 20:00 — Green Turtle Cay, White Sound, Green Turtle Club Marina slip #14

Another very easy and pretty short day. We weighed anchor just before 11:00 after having our breakfast and doing a few boat chores. The wind was still from the east today (as it really should be most of the time), so […]

To The Bahamas, Part 11: Hawksbill Cays to Crab Cay

2012-04-14; 17:00 — Tucked behind Crab Cay

We had a serious scare around 06:00 this morning! Barbara and/or Frank awakened with a start as they realized that there was an alarm going off. I raced to the nav station to look at the chartplotter and saw that it was, indeed, our anchor drift alarm that […]

To The Bahamas, Part 10: Hawksbill Cays

2012-04-14, 01:00 — Hawksbill Cays

Shortly after I wrote the preceding blog entry that documented our grounding off Foxtown, near the Hawksbill Cays in the Bahamas, I realized that we were starting to hear the occasional “bump…bump” beneath the keel. It took me several minutes to realize the implication — the tide was coming in, […]

To The Bahamas, Part 9: Great Sale Cay to Hawksbill Cays

2012-04-13, around midnight — Just west of the Hawksbill Cays, Bahamas

CRAP!

Here’s what my logbook entry shows for today:

And, as the line from the Rocky Horror Picture Show goes, “that ain’t no jive”. So far, this has been a really, really, REALLY, bad day. Actually, in fairness, the really bad part didn’t […]