Brunswick Landing Marina

By | April 23rd, 2017|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

We were greeted by a cheerful staff when we arrived at Brunswick Landing Marina (BLM) where we will stay through December. Our newest grand baby Wesley is already a month old and we can't wait to see him. Jesse and Danielle are also expecting another boy in June, so we are also excited about this. BLM is a fairly easy drive to both Tennessee and Maryland so we anticipate having visitors while we are here. Saint Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Cumberland Island State Park are just around the [...]

Who Is On Watch?

By | April 22nd, 2017|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

After a week in Miami we finally got the weather window we were looking for. With 384 miles to cover on this leg, we figured it would take 2.5 - 3 days of nonstop sailing. Since this is a rather long trip, we had a friend join us to help out. Here was the predicted winds for our 3 day trip; Day 1 - 20 knots from the South East, then dropping to around 15, Day 2 - 10 knots from the East, Day 3 - 5 knots [...]

Three Famous Jewish Wines

By | April 12th, 2017|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

Have you heard the joke, "Can you name three famous Jewish Wines"? Answer: Mogen David, Manischewitz and When are you going to take me to Miami? Well, we are in Miami. After spending a few days in Key West we had to start making our way North in order to eventually get to Brunswick , Georgia where we will stay for around six months in order to wait out hurricane season. Our daughter Melissa and her husband Charles welcomed a new baby boy into the family, [...]

Go West Young Man and Lady

By | April 2nd, 2017|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

We left Marco Island at sunup and had a nice sail down to Shark River Inlet. Winds and seas cooperated this time providing 10-12 knots from the NW with 1-2 foot seas (perfect sailing weather).  Rather than wind our way up into Shark River, we decided to sail a little further south which will shorten tomorrows sail to Marathon. We anchored just within 3 NM of Cape Sable and the Everglades National Park. Here 3 miles off shore and you are still in only about 12 feet of [...]

Having A Large Hose Is Not Always A Good Thing

By | March 26th, 2017|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

Since we were going to be in Marco Island Marina for a few days, we thought we would try and get to the bottom of the wet bilge once-in-for-all (we hope). I called Beneteau and give them the skinny of the ways we knew water had gotten into the bilge. The bilge pump float valve was not working, so consequently back in September while running the air conditioner, the condensate just filed the bilge rather than being pumped overboard. Back in October while attempting to leave Marathon, we noticed [...]

And Their Off

By | March 24th, 2017|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

As much as were excited about finally getting on our way, whoops, Mother Nature had a different set of plans for us. It didn't take us long to realize that the difference between a nice sail and a rough one is all about timing.  Weather rules all! As we left St. Pete North Basin we were pleased to have a 10 knot wind from the North West.  This means a nice easy downwind sail, Right?  Not so, the gentle 10 knot wind turned into 20-24 with gusts over 26 [...]

St. Petersburg

By | March 10th, 2017|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

After several days of 15 MPH winds with gusts of 20-26 MPH hanging on a hook, we decided that a few days in a more protected anchorage would be a welcomed change. We managed to get a mooring ball in St. Pete's North Basin for a few days. Turns out that this is the weekend for the St. Petersburg Grand Prix Race. As you can imagine, there is all kinds of things going on here in the city. Yesterday we did laundry, took care of a few boat [...]

Your not really a sailor until you leave the dock

By | March 1st, 2017|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

There is an old saying "Your not really a sailor until you leave the dock"!  Well, it's time to leave the dock. We wanted to stay semi local in the event something goes wrong with the newly installed solar or  wind turbine and the fact that we have to still replace the Dripless Stuffing Seal. Our new friend Captain Rick let us in on some Tribal knowledge and suggested going to DeSoto Point for a couple of nights. He said there is good anchorage there and Fort DeSoto National [...]

Final Repairs (NOT)

By | February 28th, 2017|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

February was a busy month for 5KNOTS. Scheduling all of the new equipment installations and repairs was a challenge since we had lots to do, wanted to avoid having two projects happening on the same day and was hoping to have all of it done in two weeks. It is like trying to stuff twenty pounds of stuff into a 10 pound sack. Fortunately the weather cooperated and we had only one day of rain the entire month which made this task somewhat easier. This rain day turned [...]

Tying up loose ends

By | January 21st, 2017|Season #1 - Bahamas, Travel Blogs|

The past month has been very exciting for 5KNOTS. Back in Tennessee, we jammed all of our belongings into our truck, tied our newly reconditioned Jetta to the top, and drove to Clearwater. Getting a late start, we decided to drive all night and arrived in Clearwater around 06:00 the next morning. It was a long haul but we were happy to have an extra day at the boat before our scheduled repairs were to begin. We had an Arch constructed and installed by Tom at Aqua-Shade ( [...]