Had some fun In the Snow!!!
Our first nautical job.. Payment in Burgers!!! Love it!
We brought Pauls new sailboat from Port Sanalac to Sarnia…. A nice little sail down the lake..
Couldn’t teach Paul how to tie a double granny knot.. but his daughter (8 years old?) can tie a Bowline BEHIND her back!!!
He best not leave the dock without her!!!
200 miles race starts this morning, sailing on AMBUSH from Port Huron Michigan to Mackinac Island..
Jessi’s soccer team ended 10 days on the road with the top prize!!
47 hours and around 300 miles later, we land in Florida!!
First 8 hours was crossing bahama bank where the depth can be just 6 feet but averaged 10.. with coral heads around, it was not a spot to relax..
There was a cheer from the crew when we entered the Tongue of the Ocean area where it is over 6000 feet!!! Ya!!!!
Sailing up to Nassau we had our normal shift changes in action. Allie was at the helm when a fairly good sized squall hit us!
It was the most unusual time to happen.. I had just woke up.. made a coffee and sat down beside Allie.
Timbo: “Allie, what would you do if a squall hit right now”
Allie: “Bear off the wind, release the jib and main”
No kidding.. at that precise second her next words were
“Is that a raindrop?”
and BANG… wind went from 15-20 to greater than 35 knots…
Robin came flying up from below, as Allie and Timbo were knockin down the sails..
These squalls only last 5-10 minutes.. but at night a lot of times you don’t see them coming!
Its the kind of thing the first couple times it happens you go “WHOLLY CRAP &%$” and then it’s not a big deal at all.. just part of sailing down here.
Our second night passage was across the Gulf Stream to Florida.. I’ve had many people tell me how crazy it can be.. and have read many stories of people who never really cross it…
They try, but turn around… try again.. and eventually sell their boat…
Well I can’t really chime in on it… I was asleep… Robin sailed her across and woke me up to the buoy’s and high-rises of West Palm Beach!
Sad to say goodbye to the Caribbean, but feels like some type of accomplishment getting to Florida…
OK.. where’s Walmart!!! 🙂
Have a Great Day!
Neat little stop here in Cocoa Village.. hanging out with Family (Dan Pat Lindsay Jamie and John)
Girls did a day of shopping while the guys hit the marine stores, auto stores and of course Walmart!
Changed out the oil, oil filters, racor primary and secondary fuel filters on Island Dancer.
With 3 engines (including the genset) that’s 9 filters and many jugs of oil!
Nice place to restock those items… 1 gallon of 15w40 can be $40 in the islands.. Walmart same brand $12.88
Heading up the coast today staging for another ocean passage..
Have a Great Day!!!
Florida to the inner banks of Cape Hatteras a 460 nautical mile journey!
Thats a new record for us.. Back home that would be like sailing from Sarnia to Tobermory 3.5 times without stopping…
Yaya… all the salty sailors are pointing at the computer screen and laughing right now..
no it’s not an ocean crossing, but we didn’t see Land or a Walmart for 3 days and nights!!! 🙂
If we were to go the inter coastal waterway, this journey would have been 11 days at 8 hrs a day behind the wheel..
Your limited to only cruising during the day.. and we cut off more than 100 miles going in a straight line.
What did we see… well lets sea here….
1) Dolphins… LOTS of dolphins… every single day… Looking off in the distance you would see one jump… Then they would notice us and literally come flying over.. it was soooo cool..
They would play in the bow wake for 5 minutes or so then take off to who knows where.. We would practice talking to them in dolphin language… I almost have it down now!
2) Ships… Land of the cargo ships… we would go a full day without seeing anything, no land, no ships, nothing at all.. then BAM.. the AIS lights up with 10-20 ships.. and of course a few are always pointed right at you…
More times than not, they would see our heading and actually change their course.. love this technology!!!
3) Fish… Caught another fish.. this time a big nasty barracuda.. Big TEETH on him… so we didn’t invite him onboard!
4) Sunrises and Sunsets – All awesome.. beautiful out here!
5) Blue water… 60 miles offshore the whole way… we saw our share of water!!
Weather was almost perfect.. we could have used a little more wind some days, but better than thunderstorms eh!
The Gulf Stream is Strong… We easily picked up a couple knots of speed at times (>10 knots boat speed at times)… and in the right direction!!!
But let’s backtrack a little on how we got here!
It all started Wednesday… we woke up with full intentions to go to Cape Canaveral and visit the Kennedy Space Centre…
Checking out the bus map, it’s not on the route… a bit out of the way I guess when you blast off rockets now and again…
Then the final straw was my buddy Al… He’s not the easiest one to open his wallet and I think he’s rubbing off on me..
$55 a head… what? It was free when I was there (when I was 5 years old)!!
So… up the anchors Crew!! and before we knew it, Island Dancer was pointed north in the Intercoastal waterway…
Arriving 5 hours later at a town called New Smyrna, snowman our weatherman suggested we had many days of sunshine ahead of us…
Hummm… guess we should pick up some groceries and head out to sea!
Dropping anchor, we dingy’d over to the town dock where we met our new friend Ron..
Ron and his best buddy Coco were out for a walk when we approached the dock
It wasn’t long that we learned the only grocery store was more than a few miles walk and certainly out of reach for us.
With the sun getting lower in the sky, we didn’t have a lot of time to play around if we were to get out in the ocean today… what to do?
Well Ron looked at his watch and asked… “Just how long do you plan to be in the grocery store???”
Robin “20 minutes”
Timbo “5 minutes”
Ha.. well next thing you know we are all jumping into Ron’s truck with Coco as co-pilot..
It wasn’t a few minutes before we learned Ron was a Harley guy.. and at 71 years old had just sold his bike during ‘Bike Week’
Lots of stories were shared of biking trips between us… so nice to run into such a friendly person to help us out!
It was exactly 1 hour from dropping the anchor.. dropping the dingy from the davits.. boating to the town dock.. meeting Ron.. Over to the grocery store (10 minutes shopping)…
back to the dingy.. back to the boat.. dingy stored up in the slings.. boat stowed fort offshore passage, anchors up..heading out to sea… sails up and CRUISIN!!!
Without meeting our friend, we would be eating Kraft dinner for 3 days… Allie was happy to have a grocery cart of fruit not to mention real food like chicken, beef and sausage!
Thanks again Ron!!!
Here’s the AIS Screen Shot… ok I guess more than 10-20 boats.. more like 100 eh!