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 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 […]

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 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. […]

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. […]