Welcome! Just a little background before the actual chronological blog....We are not yet cruising again; the above picture is us a few years ago when we were crusing in the Exumas, Bahamas. Our goal is to get back out there cruising again.
We decided to do this blog for several reasons; the first: it will serve as a diary/ship's log for us once we get underway; secondly, it will allow our friends and loved ones a way to follow us as we are away from them, and somewhat out of contact; thirdly, as information and enjoyment to those out there who are either going to follow the same dream of a sailing/cruising lifestyle, or are doing so vicariously through us.
Having followed cruising logs for years, we understand how much info we gained by reading other sailing blogs, and how much we enjoyed reading them while we were "dirt dwellers".
We have done this before...this cruising thing, that is. We bought a Beneteau 411 in 2004, refit it with a genset and a watermaker; replaced the bimini, and mainsail; added a dodger, a rocna, a new dinghy and motor, and then left in Jan '06 right after our first grand-daughter, Reece, was born. Leaving Charleston, SC, we traveled down the ICW (the ditch) to Port Royal Sound then jumped offshore to St. Augustine; stayed on the ICW from there to Lake Worth, then offshore again to Biscayne Bay and Coconut Grove. We stayed in Coconut Grove, at anchor, for a month finishing watermaker installation, and waiting on weather to cross the Gulfstream.
We crossed over to Gun Key, then crossed the Bahama Bank to Nassau, where we stayed several days. When weather allowed, we then began our Exuma, Bahama cruising adventure sailing to Allen's Cay, and then moving as far south as Georgetown before having to head back to Charleston at the end of June '06.
It was an invigorating, eye-opening, and totally enjoyable 6 months...it was just an 'appetizer' compared to the 'feast' we hope to enjoy in a couple of years. We absolutely loved the lifestyle of cruising.....it rocked! The Good Lord willing, we plan to do it again for an indefinite period of time in a few years. Our plan, written in the sand, is to cruise for as long as we enjoy it and our health allows it.
We have just recently begun working toward that goal by starting to liquidate and consolidate our 'stuff" in preparation to rent our home out and purchase another boat. The boat search has begun, but we are in no rush at this point....too many other things to accomplish first.
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