Miami Sound Machine

By | December 5th, 2017|Travel|

We are back in Miami and there is an abundant supply of Latin music in the air. Miami is rich with a Latin/Hispanic feel that you can find all over the city. It is an exciting city that seems as if it never sleeps. We are currently anchored at the Marine Stadium basin with our three other buddy boats where we will stay for a few days before moving around to NoName harbor. The basin, as is NoName harbor are quiet during the week but on weekends the [...]

Finally On the Move

By | November 8th, 2017|Travel|

Although we enjoyed our time at Brunswick Landing Marina (BLM), we are thrilled and excited to finally be unleashed from the dock and on the move again! We are going to miss our new friends that we made, but know we will meet again. Special thanks to the BLM staff who always go out of their way to see that your needs are met. Our friends Jane, David and  their two Yorkies Mollie and Boo-Boo on "So Far So Good" arrived on Thursday and it was awesome to [...]

Who Is On Watch?

By | April 22nd, 2017|Travel|

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|Travel|

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|Travel|

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 [...]

And Their Off

By | March 24th, 2017|Travel|

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|Travel|

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|Travel|

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 [...]

Marathon Key to Clearwater Beach, Florida

By | November 8th, 2016|Travel|

As soon as the repairs were completed, myself and three acquaintances sailed from Marathon Key to Clearwater Beach by way of the Dry Tortugas where we spent two nights.  Unfortunately Renee could not come on this trip because she was still working. The wind cooperated for our run to to Dry Tortugas.  The weatherman predicted an easterly wind of 8 to 15 knots, moderate seas of 3 to 4 feet and no rain.  The evening skies were clear and the stars were beautiful.  Around 22:00 we decided to drop [...]

Moving the boat from Ft Lauderdale to Marathon Key

By | October 1st, 2016|Travel|

After we finally closed and the boat was ours, we made plans to move it to Clearwater Beach, Florida where it will stay until we make our permanent move to the boat. Clearwater is a one day drive from Knoxville and an easy flight if we do not need our vehicle while at the boat. We left Ft. Lauderdale a few days later than we had planned due to a hold up in the boats paperwork with the wind off our nose. Since time was short, we decided [...]