Doug & Kathy’s Boatlog 2010-01-18 15:44:00

Cruising again starts tomorrow!The boat is all prepped, including the reinstalled FloScan fuel monitor, and stocked, including a wonderful mango pie from the local Paradise Deli on Marco Island. Today we took our car to Marathon Key, in the middle of…

Stern Light

After mounting the dingy on the new Sea Wise Davit in the raised position, the dingy hides the stern light which is against the Coast Guard Navigation Rules pertaining to lights.  We are having an additional mast mounted white light installed on the transom that will extend above the top of the dingy and provide […]

Ready, Set,Wait…………..

We arrived in CA on New Year’s Day to begin 2 weeks of provisioning and outfitting the boat.  We were scheduled to depart for Mexico on Thursday, Jan 14 at 4:00 pm.  During the first 2 weeks we worked 13-14 hours each day shopping for everyth…

Ready, Set,Wait…………..

We arrived in CA on New Year’s Day to begin 2 weeks of provisioning and outfitting the boat.  We were scheduled to depart for Mexico on Thursday, Jan 14 at 4:00 pm.  During the first 2 weeks we worked 13-14 hours each day shopping for everyth…

Doug & Kathy’s Boatlog 2010-01-15 18:03:00

Back on the boat! Daisy and I drove back from Chicago, arriving this evening. It was 10 degrees with a foot of snow in Chicago and it’s 78 here and beautiful sunny weather. I’m picking up Kathy at the Ft. Lauderdale airport tomorrow so we can prep th…

Panama City Through Christmas

We have had a great time here in PC so far.  We have had a chance to reconnect with friends and we visited with Bo and Carmen Johnson at their house on the beach with Roy & Elvie, Ken & Darcy, and Carl & Greg.This was a Christmas …

Vigo to Leixos (Porto)

2nd January 2010
After an exploratory trip to the mouth of the estuary to assess the conditions we concluded that we would make for Porto – an estimated 10 hours away.
Estimates, we are finding, can be very inaccurate.  Contrary to the forecast …

Key West or … You’re Not In Kansas Anymore, Toto!

Marco Island was a pleasant stop, highlighted by the arrival of Sarah from LA-YEAH! Before her arrival, Didi & I took a dinghy ride through the many canals and lagoons on the island, where we ran aground a few miles from our boat. The water was too…

December’s Non-Cruising Blog

Bender Blog December 2009 Wild Dunes Marina – Ashley MarinaCharleston, SC
This month (nor November) definitely did not ensue as planned but we’re hanging in there knowing that in the whole scheme of things, this little modification won’t be a deterrenc…

La Coruna to Vigo

28th December 2009
We had an opportunity to catch our breath for a day anyway.  Stocked up on some fresh produce we returned the hospitality and had “Aussie” Richard to visit for roast duck and plum pudding.  I suppose he was glad of the…