To The Bahamas, Part 8: Great Sale Cay

2012-04-12, 20:00 — Great Sale Cay, Northwest Harbour

We made the decision — almost by default — this morning to not go anywhere at all, but to take a kind of rest day right here in this peaceful anchorage. I said “almost by default” in part because Barbara and Frank let me sleep in. In […]

To The Bahamas, Part 7: Miami to West End and Great Sale Cay

2012-04-11, 19:30 — Great Sale Cay, Northwest Harbour anchorage

Yesterday, we were up bright and early. Well, early. Well, we got up, anyway. The first thing we had to do was return the rental Fiat to Enterprise. Frank and I drove over there around 08:00, turned the car in, and walked the 10 or 12 […]

To The Bahamas, Part 6: Miami (still)

2012-04-09, 22:00 — Miami, Miamarina, slip #C-1

Time slips away, doesn’t it? I meant to blog on Saturday night, then again on Sunday night, but failed miserably. At least it’s only Monday night, right?

Lemme see if I can recall what we did over the last three days.

Saturday morning, we got up early and […]

To The Bahamas, Part 5: Miami

2012-04-06, 21:30 — Miami, Miamarina

I forgot to mention in yesterday’s post that our arrival at Miamarina had some minor hiccoughs (“hiccups”) associated with it. Barbara phoned (radioed?) the Marina for a reservation, and the dockmaster and office people were all out. The accountant was there and tried hard to be helpful, saying that he […]

To The Bahamas, Part 4: Key West to Miami

2012-04-05, 14:00 — Miami, Miamarina, slip #C-1

We’re here in Miami, finally. And we’re tired.

Yesterday (only yesterday?) morning, we got up pretty early and headed back over to West Marine to buy some more line to install for our second reef. We were there as they opened, so we were back on the boat […]

To The Bahamas, Part 3: Charlotte Harbor to Key West

2012-04-03, 21:00 — Key West, A&B Marina

We left our little anchorage just inside the Charlotte Harbor entrance at about 09:45 yesterday morning (2012-04-02), planning a roughtly 56-hour nonstop sail (and/or motor) to Miami. Our planned route would have taken us through a pass (Boca Grande Channel) just barely east of the Marquesas (uninhabited small […]

To The Bahamas, Part 2: Eggmont Key to Charlotte Harbor

2012-04-01, 22:30 — just inside Boca Grande Pass into Charlotte Harbor

We set sail this morning at 08:40, weighing anchor and heading south. We got a bit unnerved because the engine was somewhat reluctant to start and then stalled a couple of times at idle. (We’ve decided that it was likely caused by air in […]

To The Bahamas, Part 1: Start of a Real Cruise

2012-03-31, 20:00 — Eggmont Key

Well, the long-rumored and long-planned sail to the Bahamas is finally here. Dream SeQueL has been on the hard at Snead Island Boat Works (SIBW) in Palmetto, FL, for almost eight months! I sailed her to SIBW in late July 2011 for a simple bottom job…renew her antifouling bottom paint. […]

When, oh, when, will I sail again?

In an earlier post (I Got Dem Old DB Blues), written ‘way back in August, I wrote about Dream SeQueL’s expected “three to four months” on the hard, having the blisters on her bottom ground out where necessary, then her hull dried out, followed by gelcoat, a new barrier coat, and a fresh bottom job. […]

July/August 2010 Sailing Trip — Day 24

We decided a couple of days ago that we’d go sailing again today. It’ll be the last chance we get on this trip, ’cause we’re leaving for Utah day after tomorrow

The tides keep slipping until later, as they will do, so we can’t really get out of here before 11:30 or so. So, […]