Getting Ready

So, what do you do to get ready to leave home for eight months and move aboard a 34-foot boat? Previously, our longest cruise had been about six weeks on aboard and a few hundred miles. This one will be a few thousand miles and is a whole new ball game. Preparations were split between … Read more

Five Pounds of S__t in a One Pound Bag

Where can it be? Now let me see, In locker A or locker B. Perhaps it’s forward, No, it’s aft! I swear, I think I’m going daft! (Poem above was from one of the boating cookbooks belonging to our friend, Sandy Netting. It was she who first suggested to us a detailed storage inventory for … Read more

Maryland to Georgia ICW Route

We departed and returned to Rock Hall, MD, on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, following the ICW (red line) the whole way.

Florida ICW Route

We departed and returned to Rock Hall, MD, on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, following the ICW (red line) the whole way.

Bahamas Route

We followed the route in red in a counter-clockwise direction, leaving from No-Name Harbor at the south end of Florids’s Key Biscane and returning to Fort Pierce four months later.

Rock Hall, MD, to Poquoson River, VA

Rock Hall, MD to Wye River, MD October 6, 2003 Whew … destination Bahamas … finally! We finally left the slip at 1022 hrs. Dockmates, Tom and Carol, stood by on their boat, Hymn, to salute us and to photograph our departure. Clearing the breakwater, we headed toward the Kent Island Narrows. We planned to … Read more

Poquoson River, VA, to Pungo River, NC

Poquoson River, VA, to Hampton, VA October 13, 2003 The sun was out and a northerly breeze had sprung up when we hoisted the anchor about 8:00 am. We motored out the river and hoisted sail in company with about five other sailboats who appeared to be heading toward the Norfolk area. The wind built … Read more

Pungo River to Wrightsville Beach, NC

Pungo River, NC, to Nettings on Back River, NC October 20, 2003 We were almost embarrassed that we were the last boat to leave the anchorage that morning.  Our trip down the Pungo River was uneventful, managing to motor-sail a little bit but mainly just powering south. We’ were tempted to stop in Belhaven overnight … Read more

Wrightsville Beach, NC, to N Myrtle Beach, SC

Wrightsville Beach, NC October 27, 2003 The most important morning thing is coffee. And Bill found his in a small, specialty coffee shop just across the street from the dinghy dock. Then we took a two mile walk across the island and across the draw bridge to the local West Marine store. There, we bought … Read more

N Myrtle Beach to Charleston, SC

Barefoot Landing, N. Myrtle Beach, SC November 3, 2003 Although we anticipated lots of shopping at Barefoot Landing, we were disappointed to find a tourist trap that tried to pass for a big-time discount outlet area. Fortunately, the stop was a great social situation. We’re caught up in the main flow of snowbirds who have … Read more