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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Warderick Wells, Exumas … Haunted? Or Just Voices in the Wind?

Warderick Wells, the headquarters of the Exumas Land & Sea Park (a Bahamas national park) is a spectacular blend of underwater coral gardens, colorful reef fish, some scary sharks, 1700’s Loyalist settlement ruins, hiking on rocky bluffs overlooking watercolors in all shades of  inky blue, teal, aqua, clear green, and white.  Waves crashing on the […]

The Ancient Mariner Paying It Forward

So I’m waiting for my washers to finish so I can claim a dryer in the Marathon City Dock laundry room, listening to other cruisers discuss what we all discuss all the time … weather.  Not an uplifting topic for those of us waiting on a window to go north and confronted with cold front […]

How To Run a Guy Line to Pull Wires

I love living aboard our almost 30 year old Passport 37 sailboat!  We can relocate our backyard, move into a new neighborhood or even move to paradise any time we want to untie the dock lines.  It’s a lifestyle that fits my never-ending curiosity and allows us to walk on distant beaches that few see […]

“If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Use It” …. Eileen Quinn

In the words of one of my favorite cruising artists, Eileen Quinn, …  “if it ain’t broke, don’t use it”!     Sometimes it seems like all we do is fix things Before we left the US in 2004 to cruise the Western Caribbean for 6 years, our idea of fixing something was a call to the […]

Wine Aboard: Life is Too Short to Drink Bad Wine! SAIL Magazine, April 2012

SAIL Magazine published one of my articles in the April 2012 edition.  Here’s the original article. ************* Wine connoisseurs to box wine junkies and all of us in between agree that life is too short to drink bad wine!   But wine can be difficult to keep under less than optimum conditions such as the realities […]