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Miami To Bimini To Mackie Shoal To Great Harbour

Posted by on Friday, August 11, 2017 in Bahamas Anchorages, YouTube Videos | 2 comments

Miami To Bimini To Mackie Shoal To Great Harbour

The time has arrived. Now, instead of making progress South down the protected waters of the Atlantic ICW, we must turn our little ship East, and head out into the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

In this video, we leave the USA, we check in at Bimini, we spend the night anchored on Mackie Shoal, then we finish up at Great Harbour in the Berry Islands… just in time for a monster cold front to hit us.

Fun stuff.

Oh, and get this… there’s sailing in this video.
GASP!!!

Sailing you say?? You heard right! We raise those white triangle-shaped pieces of cloth of begin making miles, not with the power of a diesel engine, but by that incredible, invisible force that has propelled ships over the horizon for thousands of years… wind.

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Preparing For The Bahamas Crossing

Posted by on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in Florida, ICW Travel, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Preparing For The Bahamas Crossing

The time is nearly upon us to depart to the Bahamas!

Only a few last minute things to do now before we make the jump across the Gulf Stream towards Bimini.

Scary stuff. Yikes!

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The Final Stretch Of The Atlantic ICW

Posted by on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in Florida, ICW Travel, Living Aboard, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

The Final Stretch Of The Atlantic ICW

We’re stuck! Stuck in Miami.

Turns out that these winter “Northers” are no joke. Persistent, strong winds for days and days on end keeps us pinned down for over a week.

So, what do we do?

Well, we edit video, we homeschool, and we prepare for the upcoming Gulf Stream crossing… even though we’re not entirely sure when that will be.

Still, hope looms on the horizon in knowing that our next big move will be not South… but EAST!

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The ICW Bridge Gauntlet Of Southern Florida

Posted by on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in Florida, ICW Travel, Living Aboard, Visiting Family, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

The ICW Bridge Gauntlet Of Southern Florida

South, South, and more South!

Things change the further South that you get along the ICW. The water gets clearer, the people get crazier, and the bridges become MUCH more numerous.

These changes occur quickly and dramatically right about the time you hit Jupiter, FL on a South-bound course. Try it, you’ll see.

In this post, we conquer dozens of opening bridges, we endure dozens of monster powerboat wakes, we get yelled at by emotional “panties-in-a-wad” bridge tenders, and we get THAT much closer to our “jumping off” point of Key Biscayne, FL.

C’mon crew… hang in there! Not far to go now.

So. Very. Close.

I can almost taste the conch salad.  🙂

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VHF Woes, Christmas & Family in Titusville and Melbourne, Florida

Posted by on Monday, August 7, 2017 in Boat Projects, Florida, ICW Travel, Visiting Family, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

VHF Woes, Christmas & Family in Titusville and Melbourne, Florida

I thought we were done with boat work! Don’t you remember all the hot, sweaty work we did before departure? What gives?

Well, in this post Ben installs a new portlight, a new VHF antenna, wire, and transceiver unit. Sounds easy. It’s supposed to be easy, but why does boat work take 10 times as long as it should?

Probably not the most exciting stuff, but HEY, this is what it’s like when you live on a boat – particularly an old boat.

We spend time in Titusville with Baila and we visit some family in Melbourne.

In addition to that, we’re getting closer to a jump-off point for the Bahamas. Won’t be long until we’re staging for our first official crossing. Holy cow, that’s hard to believe…

Getting butterflies in my tummy just typing this up.

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Pirates and Wenches of St. Augustine

Posted by on Monday, August 7, 2017 in Florida, ICW Travel, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Pirates and Wenches of St. Augustine

Aside from an absolutely ripping current running through the anchorage, our St. Augustine stop was just great!

What a wonderful city. It’s so well managed, so clean, so organized. The people are great, and it just seems like a city that really has it’s act together in all the right ways.

While there, the highlight of our stop was visiting the Pirate Museum. Molly was really excited about this place, so we just had to go. I’ve got to admit, it was lot’s of fun! Very informative, and the collection of pirate relics is beyond impressive.

We had loads of fun!

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