February 2015: Bahamas: The Exumas

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June 17th, 2015 by

February 1st: Shroud Cay – Emerald Rock

Our next destination for the Exumas tour was Warderick Wells. This spot has two anchorages – Warderick Wells on the north side, and the large bay of Emerald Rock on the south side. This is also the headquarters of the Exumas Land and Sea Park. The mooring balls at Warderick Wells are on a reservation system. In the morning, the rangers call out on the radio boats that can have a ball. ...

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January 2015: Florida to the Bahamas

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January 1st: Rodriguez Key – Sands Key

On the first day of the New Year, we continued our voyage up the Keys towards Miami. Based on information from Active Captain, we decided to cross over into Biscayne Bay using the Caesar Creek inlet. We believed that at high tide, we could safely transit through the well-marked channel, and then anchor in the protection of Biscayne Bay. However, once we started to transit the channel (whi...

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December 2nd – 3rd: San Pedro – Isla Cozumel, Mexico

We left early in the morning under clear skies and reasonable seas with Wildcat following us through the cut. It was a pretty smooth day, with mild winds and seas. We averaged around six knots, with a small current opposing us (surprise, surprise!). The two boats stayed close together, and as the sun rose, we could see Cozumel, our destination. From wha...

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November 1st – November 7th: Providencia, Columbia

After our overnight passage, we were tired, so we settled in for some much-needed naps. I woke up around three in the afternoon, and I heard the guy in the small sailboat to our starboard whistling at us. I was a little disoriented, but then Rosé got up and she saw what he was whistling about. A powerboat that had been anchored off of our starboard bow was heading ...

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September 2nd – 3rd, 2014: Shelter Bay Marina – Bocas del Toro (Red Frog Marina)

Free from Shelter Bay at last, we decided to skip the intermediate stops and cruise straight to Red Frog, an overnight passage. The weather forecast was good, but after sunset, we started to get some squalls and a lot of lightning. The seas picked up and were on our beam. We have hydraulic stabilizers, but the starboard fin had been v...

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August 2014 – Shelter Bay Marina, Panama

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August 28th, 2014 by

Lightning strikes: maybe once, maybe twice

The one thing that really scares us, and most cruisers, is lightning. There is little you can do to protect your boat from it. You can add a lightning attractor and give it a path to the water, but there’s still no guarantee that you’ll escape damage. Similarly, you can be hit and have little damage. The most common damage is frying the electronics. Our cruising friends on Second Wind...

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