My Boat! Cruising World Passport 37 Review

We love our Passport 37.  What boat owner doesn’t love their boat?   1985, hull number 2,  we bought it in 2001 in Annapolis, MD and immediately “commuter cruised” it to southwest Florida in three 10 day increments.  Cruising World did a review of the Passport 37 in their Classic Plastic section — the review […]

Why Do Cruisers Avoid Marco Island/Factory Bay?

With a name like “Factory Bay”, I could have cared less about anchoring off Marco Island.   But since our experience last year coming in Capri Pass, anchoring in the Marco River not realizing the 3 1/2 foot tide swing and having a BEACH growing beside us by 9 PM, Factory Bay was a wise […]

Why Do Most Cruisers Go to Nassau? How About West Bay?

West Bay on the western end of New Providence (Nassau is on the eastern end), turned out to be a perfect anchorage for us on the way and returning from the Exumas.   If you’re not going to check in or re-provision in Nassau, West Bay provides a comfortable anchorage with a state park on one […]

Weathering the Storm with the Swimming Pigs, Big Major Spot, Exumas

As long as we have to have another storm, might as well anchor off the swimming pig beach in Big Major Spot anchorage – at least we’ll have entertainment during the storm!  Typical of this winter’s cruise, there’s yet another major blow coming over the weekend.  Chris Parker was calling for winds in excess of […]

7 Things You Need to Know Before Cruising the Exumas, Bahamas

I LOVED the Exumas!  Here are 7 things you may want to know before cruising there!   1.  The most important thing to know!  Beer is $65+ a case in the Exumas!  Bring plenty with you!  And if you want to “invest” in Kalik (pronounced click), be prepared!  🙂 2.  There is no such thing […]

Here Comes 2012 Hurricane Season… Are You Ready?

Here we go again!  Hurricane season 2012 officially gets underway on Friday, June 1.   Ever since Hurricane Charley made a direct hit on Burnt Store Marina as a Cat 4 hurricane, I’m paranoid about hurricane season!  If you want to see more Hurricane Charley, click here to visit Sail Winterlude, my personal website.   Here’s another […]

What the Heck is THIS??? Uncommon Atlantic Black Seahare

What the heck is an Atlantic Black Seahare?    Literally minutes after we tied up the dock lines returning to Burnt Store Marina,  I spotted this ugly thing swimming under the stern of the boat as I was adjusting a chafe gear on a stern line.  It was about the size of a large caribbean squid […]

Lucky Duck Day! Sailing Little Shark River to Indian Key, Everglades

Lucky Duck is one of our favorite wines – particularly the Malbec.    With a weather forecast for some serious thunderstorms and squalls, lucky duck also describes perfectly our sail from Little Shark River to Indian Key … or more precisely, Russell Bay in the 10,000 Islands.  By May Little Shark is infested with bugs — […]

Warderick Wells Photo Essay

Warderick Wells, the headquarters of the Exuma Land & Sea Park was easily one of the highlights of this winter’s cruising season!  We loved Warderick Wells, and I’ve done posts already on the Haunted Island, BooBoo Hill, Hang on Noah and Hiding from Weather in Warderick Wells, but none of the posts show the true […]

5 Key Boating Safety Tips for Boating Safety Week: May 19 – 25

5 Key Boating Safety Tips From Sea Tow (To See the Original Sea Tow Publication, Click Here) In honor of National Safe Boating Week, the Sea Tow Foundation offers the following five tips for staying safe on the water this summer. Learn more about the Sea Tow Foundation at www.boatingsafety.com. 1.  Wear a life jacket: […]