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living aboard

coconut ice cream, flying grills & monkeys

February 21 – 24, 2013   The morning we pulled away from El Porvenir, the wind was blowing 20-25 knots out of the northeast. It was a perfect wind to carry us about 35 miles to the west. The trip was even better when we ended up with three black fin tuna on our fishing … Continue reading »

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bounties of the sea . . . and sharks!

January 1 – 3, 2013 After spending another day in Black Point with boat chores (more laundry, boat cleaning, taking down Christmas decorations, etc), we pulled up the anchor by 8 a.m. and sailed offshore for another day of fishing.  Whether we caught fish, or not, was the determining factor for our final destination.  We … Continue reading »

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birthday surprises

December 31, 2012 [Now to get back on track with the blog posting] After bidding farewell to Jennifer and Pete, we pulled up anchor and set our course for Black Point and their famous laundry facilities. As we were departing the Staniel Cay area, two local, award-winning regatta boats were preparing to race each other … Continue reading »

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big major whirlwind

December 18 – 23, 2012 Our week at Big Majors Spot was a whirlwind of activity. Daily, Colin would finish school early, so he could play with the boys from What If and Good Trade. Justine and Colin worked extremely hard to complete all schoolwork that needed finishing before the Christmas holiday. Each afternoon, we … Continue reading »

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special times

December 7, 2012 Our morning started with a unique ham radio contact. After speaking with my dad and a family friend over the air, a station in Oklahoma contacted me. He was getting ready to do a Special Events session with a group of middle school students in remembrance of Pearl Harbor. After he started … Continue reading »

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refreshing rain

December 6, 2012 After one last snorkel at Rose Island, we picked up anchor and headed for Nassau. It was time to tend to some errands ashore. The 6 mile journey to Nassau, taking us about an hour, was all motoring against the wind. Ominous rain clouds were appearing on the horizon, so we kept … Continue reading »

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rose island

December 5 – 6, 2012 The anchorage on the southern side of Rose Island was a great snorkeling spot. There are a bunch of coral heads along the edge of the island, and since this reef is protected for tourism, there are many large fish swimming in and around the coral. As par for the … Continue reading »

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lions and kings and barracuda . . . oh my!

December 3 – 4, 2012 So we could do some fishing along the way, our trip to Nassau was taken in steps. After school was completed for the day, we picked up anchor and bid farewell to Spanish Wells. We sailed about 7 miles south to a remote spot along the northwestern coast of Eleuthera … Continue reading »

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spanish wells

December 1 – 3, 2012 Royal Island turned into just a brief overnight stop on our way to Spanish Wells. We were hoping for some fun snorkeling in the small, protected harbor, but the strong northeasterly winds had really disturbed the water’s clarity. Therefore, we quickly sailed on to Spanish Wells at St. George’s Cay … Continue reading »

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tip of the month ~ trash tricks

One of the best tricks we’ve learned is how to handle our smelly trash.  Thanks to our good friends onboard Matador, we can now go for longer periods of time without stinky trash bags piling up inside the boat. When we’re underway, and well offshore, all biodegradable foods and items can be tossed overboard, something … Continue reading »

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