Category: 2013 Adventures

Fifth Mate Guest Posting

Fifth mate Tim here, self assigned crew title that certainly fits, following Captain Clark, Admiral Michelle, Captain Emeritus Jim, Tugboat. Some highlights of the voyage: The Haley family is wonderfully welcoming providing great conversation, great food, and a great adventure. The weather is here and it is beautiful! Sunny and 70-80’s. Key West is always […]


7:00 PM – 5/19/13 – We begin our crossing of the Gulf of Mexico with clear skies and East Winds at 10-12 Kts. The day began with a beautiful sunrise aboard Double Wide in the harbor at Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas. Michelle, our friend Tim Clipson and I toured the old fort in the morning. […]

Sunset Key West Style

We love sunsets and Key West is world famous for theirs. I have to say, there really is something special about this place as the sun recedes in to the ocean. If it’s your first Key West sunset, you must go to Malory Square. Watch the sun go down, of course, but there’s much more to […]

Key West!

We arrived at Key West today. We’ll stay at the Key West Bight Marina until around the 18th. Clark has to get off the boat for a business trip to California while Michelle and Tug stay behind to enjoy the local color. Neither of us can believe that the vacation is over! We’ll leave here […]

Snorkeling near Big Munson

From Rodriguez Key, we made a 45 mile run to Marathon where we overnighted. The next day we continued on towards Key West, but rather than doing a long 45 mile day again, we stopped for a snorkel off of Big Munson Key. What a fantastic stop! Late in the day, we moved in to […]

Across the Stream

Today we crossed the Gulf Stream. They say that you’re not supposed to cross with a North or Northwest wind, but the wind was moderate – 10-15 Kts, so we thought we’d give it a shot. It was a non-event with 2-4 foot seas out of the North. We made Rodriquez Key around 7:00 PM, […]

R&R at Gun Cay

Having made it safely up through the Abacos and home through the Berry Islands we decided to take a day to rest and enjoy the beautiful turquoise water and sugar white beaches  of Gun Cay. Tomorrow we’ll cross the Gulf Stream, but that’s in the future. Today is for relaxing! We slept in, had a quick […]

Back to the Biminis

We left Great Harbor early in the AM this morning for a long 75 mile passage across the Bahamas Banks to Bimini. The wind Gods caught up with us again and we ended up beating in to a strong North West wind which fetched up a wave pattern that reminded me of Corpus Christi Bay….Bang, […]

Little Harbor to Great Harbor Cay

After our “grounding” experience and a rather rough night at anchor, we were looking for a calm and relaxing day in one of those perfect Bahamas anchorages that we so often dreamed about. We studied the charts and decided on a 5 mile move to Devil’s Cay which promised beautiful beaches and great snorkeling. When […]

Moving on….

Yesterday we ran aground as we were messing around in water we had no business being in. We were so stuck that we had to wait on the tide to come back in. I figured high tide to be around 6:00 AM so we resigned ourselves to spending the night on the hard. Before we […]