Busman’s Holiday in the Abacos

My good friend, Tom McHugh and his brother-in-law Mike Dalen flew in to help me move the boat from Fort Myers to Marsh Harbour where Michelle and Tom’s wife, Diane were scheduled to fly in and join us. We sailed/motored hard in order to earn some down time to enjoy the beauty of the Abacos […]


What is it?

While snorkeling at Powell Cay several days ago, Mike came across something interesting next to a sunken boat. See anything interesting in this photo?         Below is what it was. Now go back and look for the eyes and the tail. He/She was well hidden in the sand. It’s hard to get […]


Marathon and on the the Bahamas

I’m writing this note from the Sea of Abaco in the northern Bahamas. The weather today is near perfect and we’re on the move again, headed to Powell Cay. We’re having to motor, because what little wind there is, is on our nose. I’m starting to get used to being a motor boat… After a […]


Double Wide is on the Move!

Yahooo! Our Bahamas 2014 Adventure is under way!! My good friend Tom McHugh and I flew out to Fort Myers on Saturday, 3/15 to move Double Wide to the Bahamas. The plan is to get the boat to Marsh Harbour by 3/22 to meet Michelle, and Tom’s wife Diane. Tom & Diane will stay with […]


Reflections on a Gulf Crossing

A week after completing our crossing from Port Aransas to Fort Myers, I think I’m ready to reflect back on the trip. Statistics: We sailed 789 miles in approximately 6 1/2 days. Our average speed was 5.6 Kts and our top speed was an incredible 18.2 kts! We saw winds that peeked at 55 kts […]


Fort Myers Beach…

What a week! We arrived at Fort Myers Beach at 7:45 PM. What a ride! Of the 8 trips I’ve now successfully made across the Gulf of Mexico, this was, by far the toughest trip that I’ve ever had. I’ll have some reflections, I’m sure to share in the next day or two. For tonight, […]


Just Another Day at Sea…

Really not much news today. The winds didn’t moderate as much as the wind charts had indicated, so we’ve been bouncing along, beating in to a 25 knot breeze. Jack and Tim seem to have accepted their fate better than I. I was sullen most of the day, but a sun downer, a good hot […]


Weather, what bad weather?

This evening we finally are getting some relief from the weather. The wind has moderated to 18-25 Kts and the seas are down to around 8-9 feet. Whew! As we were sitting in the cockpit this evening having queso flameado and lemonaide it was obvious that everyone’s mood had improved with the weather. In fact, […]


Soaked!

They say a bad day at sea is better than a good day at work. Right now I think Tim, Jack, and I would be happy to be back in our warm dry office. And yet experience tells me that when the wind moderates all will be forgotten and we’ll be telling the stories of […]