Find out what sv Winterlude is up to today, the good, the bad, the amusing & more. Keep in mind, Commuter Cruiser is NOT a “technical” blog – it’s merely a recount of our experiences, boat maintenance, outfitting, topics specific to part-time cruisers, cruising locales we enjoyed, marinas where we left the boat for hurricane season, and more….
Are you a commuter cruiser thinking of leaving your boat in the Rio Dulce River, Guatemala for hurricane season next spring? Imagine never worrying about a hurricane and your boat! We enjoyed this luxury for two years when we left our boat 20 miles up the Rio Dulce River (through gorgeous scenery in canyons [...]
From planning the dream, to buying the boat, to actually leaving the dock to go cruise the Western Caribbean for six years, our cruising dream came true. Maybe it took a little longer and maybe the boat is a bit smaller, but we’ve been commuter cruising since 2001 – over 11 years and 11,000 miles [...]
Every year I forget how drastically our lives change when we switch from living in the midwest USA to living on Winterlude! My last few days at the lake, I wandered from task to task, each time thinking … this will be the last time in 6 months I’ll use a washing machine … dishwasher … drive any vehicle …. [...]
Originally written in 2007, this article on blisters, a potential connection with fresh warm water and getting blisters fixed in LaCeiba Honduras, is still relevant to anyone needing blister repair in the Northwest Caribbean. Two years after we had the blisters repaired, Winterlude was hauled at Shelter Bay Marina in Colon Panama. The barrier coat [...]
In this hurricane season, I’m longing for the times Winterlude was safely in the Rio Dulce, Guatemala! I forgot what it was like to worry about hurricanes and our boat! Catamaran Marina was the first marina where we left Winterlude after we left the U.S. We loved it and would go back if the wind [...]