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    Finally made it to Georgetown, Bahamas-gctid351441

    It's been a long slow trip since we left Baltimore in October last year but we're here now Had numerous ups and downs along the way, but that's boating. We have travelled mainly at slow trawler speeds - sometimes even sailboat speeds - as there has been no rush to get anywhere. We have had a few deadlines - collect daughter and 2 grandsons on Nassau and get then to Staniel Cay in time to fly out. And now we wait here for my sister and brother-in-law to join us in 2 weeks.

    The boat has performed well. We've had some issues: battery charging and capacity, clogged fuel filters, stuck throttle control, depth sounder packing up and a bilge pump dying and a few others. Most have been minor.

    Our biggest issues have been due to uncertainty!! Uncertainty about the weather; uncertainty about the anchorages; uncertainty about the sea state; uncertainty about the holding in anchorages; uncertainty about our schedules. It's the uncertainty that has caused us more stress and sleepless nights than anything else.

    Highlights so far: beautiful beaches and amazing waters; sights we've seen - iguanas, swimming pigs, Thunderball Grotto, to mention a few - catching my first ever Mahi Mahi , and, of course, meeting our family and lots of other cruisers, some only once, others on a number of occasions.

    Now, it'll soon be time to turn around and head north again.

    More in my blogs.....

    #2
    Fun trip.
    ..........

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      #3
      *envy* *envy*

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        #4
        My wife and I say, "Wow, how cool is that?"

        Did you cook up your Mahi Mahi onboard? Did you catch it while underway to a destination? Too fun!

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          #5
          Caught it about 5 miles from Elizabeth Harbour Had fillets last night and froze the rest for 6 more meals!! It tasted fantastic!

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            #6
            Lance, by the look of one photo, you use a single bridle when at anchor. Have you thought of using a double bridle, attached to each of the 2 front cleats. That may take out some of the yawing, and also the rocking and rolling. Just a thought, and a few on BOC have done that and commented that it works. Sounds like you are having a great trip with much enjoyment.

            cheers

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              #7
              I have been reading your blog makes going thru winter in the Midwest easier. Good luck on your further adventures.
              Capt. Ron.
              "I will not tiptoe through life to arrive safely at death"
              "Never Trade Luck For Skill"
              1987 3870 - Northern Lights ll
              Hino EH700
              Westerbeke 8.0
              1999 Logic Marine 17' CC/50 Merc.
              on Louisiana pool Mississippi River.

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                #8
                Just a trip of a lifetime!!! Awesome!!!
                Doug ;}
                MMSI: 338068776
                "Go Aweigh to" Photos < click on red letters... 2001 Bayliner 2452 w/6.2 HO (paid for)


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                  #9
                  drrrroooooooooooolllll

                  man..that sounds like an awesome trip..

                  pictures or it didn't happen.....

                  :arr arrr

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                    #10
                    You guys are living the dream!

                    KEVIN SANDERS
                    4788 LISAS WAY - SEWARD ALASKA
                    www.transferswitch4less.com

                    where are we right now?

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                      #11
                      Peter. Thanks, I'll try out a double bridle

                      Seapuppy: Trust me it's happening All photos are on my website - click on my signature link or see maryandlance.com

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                        #12
                        Lance,

                        I've been enjoying your blog since you left Baltimore. Perhaps you could share with us answers to some of the common questions that come up with regularity when people are planning to go cruising......

                        What size is your generator?

                        How many amp-hours is your house bank?

                        How many hours per day do you need to run the generator for battery charging?

                        Since you have a watermaker, do you make water every day?

                        Do you charge your sailor friends for showers? :-)

                        I believe you are running your vessel, with Cummins repower, at displacement speeds...do you have any fuel burn data as a "trawler"?

                        What is a reasonable plan for two people, warm weather (swimming :-) ) regarding holding tank pumping? I believe the 38 Bayliner has about a 40 gallon tank.

                        Do you ever get used to the wave slap against the chine in the forward cabin when the winds picks up?

                        Are you using a LED anchor light?

                        Good grief I guess I could go on....perhaps others might have other questions.

                        Thanks and continued good luck on your trip.

                        Walt

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                          #13
                          40WALT wrote:
                          Lance,

                          I've been enjoying your blog since you left Baltimore. Perhaps you could share with us answers to some of the common questions that come up with regularity when people are planning to go cruising......

                          What size is your generator?

                          How many amp-hours is your house bank?

                          How many hours per day do you need to run the generator for battery charging?

                          Since you have a watermaker, do you make water every day?

                          Do you charge your sailor friends for showers? :-)

                          I believe you are running your vessel, with Cummins repower, at displacement speeds...do you have any fuel burn data as a "trawler"?

                          What is a reasonable plan for two people, warm weather (swimming :-) ) regarding holding tank pumping? I believe the 38 Bayliner has about a 40 gallon tank.

                          Do you ever get used to the wave slap against the chine in the forward cabin when the winds picks up?

                          Are you using a LED anchor light?

                          Good grief I guess I could go on....perhaps others might have other questions.

                          Thanks and continued good luck on your trip.

                          Walt
                          Hi Walt, glad you're enjoying the blog. Here are some answers:

                          1. Original Westerbeke 8kw

                          2. 450 AH (2 x 8D)

                          3. Battery charging depends on your charger - usually 1-2 hours twice a day

                          4. Usually make water every day or 2. It produces 20 gal per hour and is completely AC driven. We don't skimp on water

                          5. We run at about 1000 to 1100 rpm - 6-7knots. Data since Baltimore is 2.6 gal per hour total!!! (1.3 per engine). Never only run on a single engine - too worried about the transmissions and stuffing box. I keep very accurate data on this.

                          6. Holding tank - about 4-5 days (40 gal tank)

                          7. Wave slap is very annoying but you do get used to it. We now tend to move anchorage when we know there is going to be a wind shift that will cause excessive slap and rollyness!

                          8. Standard anchor light.

                          The biggest draw on the battery bank is the fridge. We turn the dial to coldest when on generator and about number 2 when on battery.

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                            #14
                            Sounds like an awesome time. Was down there (lower Exumas) 4 years ago. Flew into Georgetown and traveled North for 10 days to Elutheras on my friends 74' Hat. First day, dinged over to "Chat and Chill". Got soo drunk...but had a blast. That's a MUST SEE anchorage/bar. Hope to do this again on my own boat (41 ' Aft). Best vacation EVER. What a wonderful expreience.

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                              #15
                              Just read your site info. I'm sitting at my computer (land bases) and crying. What a great experience you are having. Good luck.

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