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What we get for our trouble

Some might ask, “Why would you bother to sail several hundred miles, dodge coral reefs, leave family behind, and fight off pirates (just kidding – on the pirate part)? Here’s why! We spent most of this week in the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, which was the first park of its kind in the […]


Always Working!

Michelle took this picture of me while I was on a conference call this morning. I was using my Satellite Phone, which requires that you be in an open area with nothing in the way that could block the signal. On Double Wide, that means climbing on to the roof above the cockpit!


Stepping Across the Great Bahama Bank

When people ask me about the Bahamas, they’re always surprised when I explain that the Bahamas actually encompasses quite a large area. In fact, from North to South the chain of islands that make up the Bahamas strings out across approximately 700 miles and includes 2,400 individual islands or Cays (pronounced KEYS). It’s a big […]


East from Bimini (and Florida)

After a bumpy crossing from Miami to South Bimini, we were happy to tie up at Bimini Sands Marina to wash off the salt and relax a bit with fellow Manta owners, Scott and Tina Ligon aboard Sangaris. The cruising community is close knit, but add another point or two of mutual interests (e.g., sailors, […]


Bahamas 2015 — Here we come!

Michelle, Tug Boat, Sailor and I made it back to Coral Gables last night around 8:00 PM and had to wait at the dinghy dock for less than 15 minutes for a fellow cruiser to give me a lift out to Double Wide, which was moored at the very furthest mooring in the Dinner Key […]


When East Meets West

When we returned from the Bahamas in June, we left the boat in Fort Myers, FL so that we could have some work done on the boat. I won’t bore you with the details (but if you’re interested, take a look at the maintenance section to see what we’ve been working on). Work completed, it’s […]


2014 Maintenance Projects

We brought Double Wide back to Fort Myers after our 2014 Bahamas Adventure so that we could have several maintenance projects completed. Why Fort Myers? There are several good service providers there that we really like and we wanted to get the boat close to them so they could have quick access to the boat. […]


Exumas at Last

I have been reminded multiple times by several friends that I haven’t posted any updates in quite a while. Sorry, it’s been a pretty busy April so far… After a couple of wonderful weeks in the Abacos, 1st with our good friends Tom & Diane McHugh and then with 40 of our new best friends […]


Manta Migration

Beginning on April 1, 2014 and through ¬†April 5, Michelle and I hosted the 5th Manta Migration in the Abacos (and the first Migration held since Manta Catamarans went out of business). We had put a ton of time in to the organization and the efforts paid off for us and the other Manta owners […]


Enjoying the Abacos with the McHughs

Michelle arrived along with Sailor and Tom McHugh’s wife Diane and our bachelor pad was turned in to a couples retreat. All is right in the world again! We spent a wonderful week exploring the Abacos from Marsh Harbour, back up to Treasure Cay, to Great Guana, Man O’ War, and finally down to Hopetown […]