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Puerto Rico

Unlike the Bahamas where you can do a onetime check-in and get a cruising permit for up to six months, the Dominican Republic requires cruisers to check-in and check-out each time you move anchorages. This adds a level of coordination to the process and prevents you from deciding to move at the last minute. With each move, you have to clear with Immigration, Customs and the Armada (Navy). The process has been made painless at the Puerto Bahia Marina. Customs and the Navy are usually on

Don’t Drink The Water

Much has happened since we arrived in Luperon. We stayed in the bay on a mooring for two weeks and explored the town daily. Here is Tim grabbing some WiFi outside of Wendy's, one of the local hang outs. Many cruisers travel through the islands and find that they decide to call this place home. The bay is an excellent hurricane hole and food, drinks and apartments are extremely affordable. We were told that you can live very nicely on around $1,500.00 per month. We went on

We Ran Through Them

1064 Nautical Miles, 3 countries, $545 in customs fees all in 27 days! It is hard to believe that we are already 1/3 of the way through this years cruising (St. Marys, GA to Grenada). But that is the good and bad news. Good in that we are all the way in the Dominican Republic and the bad is, we have already killed a third of the trip. We knew that we were going to skip the Exumas this year because we wanted to spend the bulk of

Two Heads Are Better Than One

We finally got the weather window we were needing. It wasn't ideal because the wind was suppose to drop off and once again we would have to motor. However, it would be safe and since we were planning to spend the night anchored at Mackie Shoals in the middle of the Bahama Banks, it was a good choice for us. We left Miami at first light and navigated through the channel at Biscayne Bay and were able to put the sails up once out of the channel. We

Hurry Up and Wait

Renee is so excited about getting to the Bahamas that she got a new hat and bathing suit! Getting such a late start this season and being 39 degrees in Georgia, we could not wait to get moving south. The first leg of our journey south is 274 nautical miles to Lake Worth/North Palm Beach, Florida. This will take around 50 hours from start to finish. The prediction was to have 20-25 knots of wind with gusts up to 30. But the wind would be behind

All Dressed Up and No Place to Go

In preparation for a long journey through the Bahamas and Caribbean, you have to try and figure out what additional spare parts you will have to bring along. Ordering spares here in the United States is fairly easy, but having to get these ordered and shipped while cruising has its challenges. We ordered several items, including the complete set of curtesy flags for the Eastern Caribbean and out islands. We returned to the boatyard immediately after the New Year in order to complete the remaining items from


Living in a boat yard is not all that bad. Did I just say that? Here at St. Marys Boat Services (SMBS) we are fortunate to be located close to the river and get to enjoy beautiful sun sets like this one almost every evening. We have a list of projects/repairs that we would like to complete before splashing in January. The list contains things that "must" be completed and others we consider as "would be nice". The list seems to grow and shrink almost daily. As one project

Annapolis Boat Shows

We have been to the Annapolis Sailboat show several times and are planning to go again this year. However, this year we decided to work both the Sail and Power Boat Shows. This will give us some additional income and allow us to visit the shows on our days off. Renee signed up first and then I followed. During our phone interview, Renee told the lady in charge that we wanted to work the same schedules but she wanted to be on a different team then me. Not sure

On the Move

We find that after a couple of weeks in any one spot we get the itch to keep moving. We had a few days to kill before the Annapolis Boat Shows (where we will be working), so we decided to head north and do some camping. While looking for a convenient place to stop for the night, I noticed we were close to Nazareth, Pennsylvania which is home to the C.F. Martin Guitar Factory. I have always wanted to visit and figured what better time than the present. We

Life On The Hard

Much has happened since we left 5KNOTS in Saint Marys. Our original thinking is that we would not need our own vehicle while living on Land. However, the cost of having to rent a car or book a flight would become to expensive in a hurry. So we decided to look for an inexpensive, reliable vehicle that would take us where we wanted to go and also double as a portable storage locker. We did the normal stuff like checking Craig's List and hitting all