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Posted by on Saturday, September 22, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Florida, Frustrations, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Sailing Westbound Across The Gulf Stream

Watch Episode 67 here!

In this post, we sail our Endeavour 32 westbound across the Gulf Stream towards West Palm, FL.

In this post, we make a big mistake…

…we go back to the States.

Well, that’s my (Ben’s) opinion anyways.

Yes, it’s sad but true. We cross the Gulf Stream from East to West and we wind up back in the land of brown water.

It’s actually a little more complicated than that because it really takes us 2 attempts to safely cross the Gulf Stream. The first time to try it, the swell was just ridiculous once we got 5 miles away from Bimini, so we turned around and spend 1 extra night in the Bahamas. It wasn’t as great as it sounds though because the anchorage was very rolly. Ah well.

The next day we get up and the seas had calmed down. Unfortunately the wind had also disappeared, so a motorboat ride it was as we made the 75 miles crossing from Bimini to West Palm.

Lastly, I hope you can still enjoy the video even though a massive booger is visible during a good portion of the footage.

That’s all.

-Ben

6.23.17 We got up at 5AM to leave for Florida. Between the wind direction, the waves, and the swell it was so uncomfortable. We just couldn’t continue. We turned around at 7AM.

We didn’t get anchored again until 11:45. We were roaming around Bimini trying to find a place to anchor that wasn’t rolly, or crowded, or right in the channel. It was so super stressful and by the end I was crying. We just had to pick a place to anchor. It wasn’t the best place, but it was all we had, and I was tired of circling.  N 25*43.849 W 79*17.884

I know we’re sitting anchored in this beautiful anchorage and we are so lucky to be here, but I just can’t be here anymore. I am missing my family and friends at home. It’s been such a long 9 months. It’s been such a wonderful 9 months! I can’t believe that this amazing trip is coming to an end, and in a way, I’m perfectly ok with it coming to an end.

We were so tired, and stressed, and wore out we watched two movies today. The first one was Big Hero 6 and the second was Moana.

We’re going to try to make it to Florida again tomorrow.

 

6.24.17 Today, we got up at 5AM again to try and cross to Florida. Last night I didn’t sleep very well between the swell and the party on the beach it was impossible to stay asleep.

We left for Florida at 5:30, it was a pretty uneventful motor sail back. We made it back to Florida at 3:30. It feels so good to be back in the states!

About an hour and a half before we made it to the inlet we were boarded by the coastguard. They wanted to see the engine compartment and the bilge. They wanted to make sure that our flairs and our fire extinguisher were up to date. They checked all of our storage spaces and wanted to make sure we had all of our paperwork. They also took a peek at our passports to be sure that we were legal.

When we came through the cut we anchored South of Peanut Island. N 26*45.887 W 80*02.831

I called the customs office and we were cleared. Tomorrow, we have to go to the airport and check in, in person. We watched Finding Nemo tonight.

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Posted by on Friday, September 21, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Berry Islands, Frustrations, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Manatees And Beaches In The Berry Islands

Watch Episode 65 here!

We go to the beach, we see manatees, we ride in the dinghy, and we eat dinner at The Brown’s Garden, with a French Canadian family. I run around with a couple of boat kids. We fill our water tank with bad water. Tambi does some laundry at one point.

We have a great few days in Great Harbour basin!

-Ben

6.17.17 Today we had breakfast then went to the beach around 11 or 12ish with the French Canadian family on Zenroots. We had a great time. We also saw two manatees at the marina! We got to pet them! Later on Molly went back to Leo and Charlottes boat to play legos. Ben and I washed dishes then went over ourselves. We had rum and cokes with lime. We all had a great time. Molly and the kids played and the adults talked. They are going to buddy boat with us for the crossings back to Florida.

We came back to the boat right before dark. Molly and I read some of the BFG then we went to bed.

6.18.17 Today is Fathers Day! Molly and I made Ben cards. We went ashore and washed one more load of towels, since I forgot to do them the first time.

After that we let Molly go over to Zenroots to play again. We came back to the boat and realized that we had bad water in our tanks. So very frustrating. The only think we can think that happened, is that we picked up some bad water in Spanish Wells.  We had to drain the entire 50 gallon tank (which we thought was 65, so we learned something new about our boat today!) While the water emptied down the drain, I figured this would be a good time to wash the dishes. After we emptied out, cleaned, and refilled the tank, we went to dinner with Zenroots at a place called The Brown’s Garden. It was very good! There was a really cool sea glass pile in front of the restaurant that we got down in and explored.

6.19.17 Today we hung out on the boat, then we went to the marina for showers and ice cream.

We had ice cream to celebrate Molly’s birthday because we’re not sure where we’ll be on her actual birthday.

Ben and I watched Harry Potter 3.

6.20.17 Moved to the outside of the basin today. N 25*46.019 W 77*53.322

Zenroots is here. Molly and Ben went swimming and Molly got stung by a jellyfish in the left knee pit.

We hung out on Zenroots tonight for some popcorn and fun.

6.21.17 Today we moved to Little Stirrup Cay to prepare for our crossing to Bimini tomorrow.

N 25*49.201 W 77*55.529

I spent the afternoon baking things to get ready for tomorrow. We had birthday pancakes for lunch for Molly.

We went swimming with Zenroots. Then they came over for brownies and popcorn.

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Posted by on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in Blessings, Boats, Frustrations | 10 comments

Frustrations, Blessings, and Boats.

Those are 3 things that go together right?

When I first started this blog, I told myself that I would not only post the good things, I would post the bad things and frustrations as well. So, here we go….

The last few weeks have been challenging, to say the least. If you’ve been following us on our Facebook page, you may or may not have seen where we had a brush with an angry lady who ran a stop sign and got all in a fit of rage about it. Denying that she was at fault, she got away with it and did not get a citation.

We lost our car Sophie. (We lovingly named it many years ago.) She was a good car and we are sad to see her get totaled by the insurance company. While the photos may not look like there was much damage, the whole front end was damaged!  However, this may have been a blessing in disguise. Just a few weeks prior we were discussing what to do with her when we left. Do we leave her with family? Sell her to someone here in town? Try to sell her when we get where we are planning on heading out? We couldn’t decide. This answered our question and we got more for her from the insurance company (even after paying the deductible) than we thought we could sell her for.

Then about a week later we had a set back on a possible boat purchase. We were planning to go to North Carolina to view a Pearson 35 we’ve been watching and talking to the owner about. He was giving us a great deal and we thought it might be “the one.” Then a few days before we were set to leave, we get a call about something that was happening with our renters/neighborhood.  I won’t go into details for privacy reasons, but we decided that now wasn’t the time to go possible purchase a boat and have things fall apart at home. We’re just going to wait it out for a couple weeks and make sure things improve. I feel like this is a sign that this just isn’t the boat for us, and that’s okay. There are plenty of boats out there and we will find ours when the time is right.

In fact, just as I’m writing this, less than two weeks later, we have already found a couple of boats that we might like even better. YAY for us!

Let me tell you, boat shopping is way harder than I thought it would be. Each boat is very different and not every boat is perfect. You might find one that has the perfect layout, plenty of storage, but it needs way more work than we are willing to put into it. Or you will find one that is in great shape, has a great engine but the storage is really lacking and the galley is just not a good set up. We even found one boat that we put on the maybe list, but then we learn that the settee in the salon doesn’t make a bed (which is where Ben and I will probably end up sleeping and Molly will be in the V.)  There are just so many things to consider when choosing your floating home! It can be very overwhelming at times!

We are taking is one step at a time, and trying not to rush things. We are so excited and SO ready to get this adventure started, but we don’t want to make the wrong decision and pay for it later. This is a very important purchase. We need to find a boat that will have plenty of storage, an acceptable layout/cockpit and has good solid “parts” (rigging, engine, hull, etc.)

Even though there have been some struggles in this adventure, we will continue to move forward. and are looking forward to the day that we can leave the land challenges behind and gain new perspective and new challenges (and NEW adventures) on the water.

Last Wednesday, Ben and I planned to going sailing on Lake Lanier with Kathy and Doug on their Ericson. Due to an unfortunate Molly meltdown before school, she got to come with us. Which, actually turned out to be a good thing, since Molly has never been sailing before.  It was super windy that day, but we had a great time and Molly loved it! Kathy said she took to it like a pro, and she laughed with excitement when the boat was healed over at 35 degrees. I’d say Molly’s first sailing experience was a success.

Ben and I are going sailing again tomorrow. Stay tuned for more adventure to come!

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