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 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 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 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. […]

Lots of Joy, but Not Totally…

On January 13, I put myself on an airplane bound for Tampa St. Pete International Airport. Dream SeQueL was not, by any means, ready to go back into the water, but I decided that I absolutely had to start working on my lengthy “To Do” list if there were to be any chance that we […]

Oh, joy. Maybe.

This morning, I received a phone call from Sue, the business manager at Snead Island Boat Works, where Dream SeQueL has been on the hard for five months and counting. Sue told me that Gary, the yard manager, planned to test the moisture content of my hull later today or tomorrow, and that he said […]

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. […]

I Got Dem Old DB Blues

DB is, of course, the Dreaded Blisters!

It’s been several months since I’ve blogged, mostly because my day job has been more-than-usually overwhelming. But Barbara and I had planned a long trip to Florida to work on and sail Dream SeQueL during August of this year. Neither of us had been down since the end […]