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Life On The Hard

By | August 18th, 2018|Season #2 - Caribbean, Travel Blogs|

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 [...]

On The Hard

By | June 29th, 2018|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

We intended to stay a few days in St. Augustine in the mooring field to get re-aclimated to being back in the USA. While there, we made a couple of phone calls to working boat yards in Florida and Georgia to try and figure out where we would leave 5KNOTS for hurricane season. Green Cove Springs (GCS) said they could accommodate us but we were aware of past issues of vandalism and were concerned about the security at the yard. GCS is a large working yard located near [...]

It’s Not Over til She’s On The Hard

By | May 16th, 2018|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

Figuring that we still had a couple of weeks of cruising, we were looking forward to enjoying the Abacos as we began our journey back to the United States. We decided to stage our 56 mile sail over to Great Abaco Island in the protected basin at Royal Island. Royal Island has a basin that provides protection from the weather for just about any wind direction. Similar to Hatchet Bay but not as deep with clearer water. We decided to stay at Royal for three days, until we got [...]

Spanish Wells

By | April 25th, 2018|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

We found a decent weather window for the next few days so we figured we should take it. Leaving Long Island means that we are officially on our way north and ultimately back to the United States. During our stay in Long Island we found out that the water we had been purchasing from the Petroleum store at .54 per gallon was actually from a cistern and not RO (Reverse Osmosis). This was disappointing considering we had been here for over three weeks and overtime filled up both of our [...]

Long Island

By | March 26th, 2018|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

Since we did not want to get to the Abaco's until at least April 1st and heard good things about Long Island, we decided to make a U-Turn and head south again. Sadly, So Far So Good and Cantabile (two of our buddy boats) had schedule commitments and needed to push on up to the Abaco's. We hope to be able to rejoin them sometime in April. We made a short stop in Georgetown on our way to Long Island and hiked many of the trails. The main anchorage [...]

Stainel Cay

By | February 11th, 2018|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

Two of our buddy boats had packages delivered to the marina in Staniel Cay so we headed that way so they could pick them up. Headed that way is an under statement considering it is about 60 miles north of Georgetown. None the less, time is our friend and we got the weather window we have been waiting for so off we go. Here is the whole crew sitting at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. On the way from Georgetown we spent one night at Rudder Cay [...]

Georgetown, Exumas

By | February 11th, 2018|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

This picture shows how to stay dry during an afternoon shower. We took this picture while in Georgetown heading to the grocery store. We got our mainsail back on January 8th and the repair looks amazing. You wouldn't even know it had been repaired. We took the sail to Phillips Sailmakers (www.phillipssailmakers.com) where Larry went over the entire sail and reported back that the sail was actually in pretty good shape with the exception of some dry rotting along the leech (back edge of the sail). This type of damage is [...]

New Years 2018

By | January 7th, 2018|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

We are so happy that Anthony, Amel, Lalia and Maelie came to visit us in the Bahamas. We have been waiting for this day for a long time. Looking at the upcoming weather, we decided that it would be best to spend a few days anchored off of Rose Island rather than attempt to travel the 40 miles down to Schroud Cay. Rose island is only 8 miles from Palm Cay Marina and we can get there in just over an hour. We left the marina [...]

Swimming in Champagne

By | December 27th, 2017|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

We left NoName with light winds and 3 foot seas so we played motor boat for the next two days. We easily crossed the Gulf Stream and spent our first night on the Bahama Banks at Mackie Shoals. If you are heading to the Bahamas you do not want to miss this experience. You are in the middle of what seems like nowhere and you can count Starfish on the bottom in 20 feet of water. We safely anchored at Mackie Shoals in 10 feet and spent an [...]

NoName Harbor

By | December 27th, 2017|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

Much has happened since first arriving in Miami. On the third day while anchored at Marine Stadium, a squall came through with high winds, waves and lots of rain. During the squall several boats started dragging anchor and 5KNOTS was one of them. Fortunately we were at the beginning of the basin because the squall blew the dragging boats towards the back and it took us three times to finally get the anchor set properly. Two of the unlucky boats wound up on shore at the back of the basin. [...]