Cruising

Finally Back in Cruising Mode

Michelle and I are anchored off Punta Arena on the NW side of Vieques tonight. We’ve been working on the boat and/or moving her south since October and what was muscle memory has faded a bit and we found ourselves struggling with routine tasks! It feels good though, to be back on anchor and off…

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In Fishing News…..

On Sunday we got more serious about fishing and assigned someone to stay in the cockpit and watch the lines. I re-skirted my favorite Mahi lure and put it out on the rod with only about 100 yards of line left on it after yesterday’s spooling incident. I pulled out a new purple and black…

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a Life Aquatic

I’ve been thinking a lot about my Dad on this trip. He loved long offshore passages. He would sit facing aft in the cockpit with f his Morgan 38 and stare into the deep blue ocean for hours, dreaming of past and future adventures at sea. When he was in his 80’s, he made several…

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Fish. We Need Fish.

My son, Sean sent me an email last night asking how the trip was going. Here’s, in part how I responded: “Trip couldn’t be better. Boat’s running great. Crew is awesome. Weather is decent. Don’t know how the trip could be better… Fish. We need fish!” We got semi-serious yesterday about catching dinner, but lost…

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The Sea Gods Found Us

We had a wonderful ride going yesterday with winds 5-6 kts and slightly behind us for most of the day. By dark, the wind had creeped around to 20 degrees off our starboard bow, but at less than 5 kts we paid no attention to the shift. We had a wonderful meal together just after…

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No Socks?

Earlier this evening, it dawned on me that I wasn’t wearing any socks. We entered the Gulf Stream this evening during Robert’s watch yesterday (Tuesday 18) and the water temperature went from 60 to 77 degrees in a minutes. In contrast to Monday night when the seawater temp was 48 finger freezing degrees. NICE!!! I…

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And We’re Off!

With a fresh weather forecast from Chris Parker, professional Weather Router, we left the dock in Portsmouth VA at 10:45 last night and headed for the Atlantic. Chris warned us about strong winds for the next 24 hours (no shit Chris, the wind at the dock is causing a 10 degree list…). I’ve been fretting…