Adventures, Mishaps and Explorations…And One Nasty Storm

We finally made it to the Bahamas! Our first Gulf Stream crossing was extremely calm – too calm, in fact. Although it was carrying us north at 2.5 knots, we had no wind to assist its efforts, and we ended up motoring the whole 18 hours. Of course, things got more exciting when thunderstorms started […]

Last Days in the U.S. – Islamorada, Tavernier, and Key Largo

Getting to Key Largo The two day journey from Marathon to Key Largo was beautiful. We started out with a send-off visit by our neighbor and new friend, Buddy the cat. He actually boarded our boat in the morning and was scratching on our companionway doors to get in. (We let him in, gladly.) We […]

Our Easy and (Not So) Breezy First Week

At the end of our first seven days as cruisers we still didn’t feel like cruisers. Seven to ten days was our usual vacation time aboard and, in the past, it typically meant sailing toward Pensacola. After our first week cruising, we were still in the Florida panhandle and I felt like we should be […]

What’s in a Name? (Or, Incurring Poseidon’s Wrath)

Boat names are extremely personal, and the source of much discussion and divergent opinions among mariners. All you have to do is mention around a marina that you’re considering re-naming your boat and you will be bombarded with a flurry of “advice.” The suggestions range from the practical to, well, the lunatic. “Make it easy […]