Sometimes, the sea gives and at other times she takes. In this case she took something but I was able to dive in and retrieve it.
When we arrived in Terceira, Azores, we were directed by ARC Rally Control to a commercial berthing area outside the protected marina. We had to tie up along a concrete wall. Then another rally boat was directed to tie up to us. It’s called rafting up. Their boat was heavier than ours and there was a large amount of swell and surge along the wall.When we tied up our lines we were very concerned about the amount of load the additional boat was putting on our lines, so we added more lines to other cleats on our boat. One in particular was running close to the dive tanks and the BBQ along the back deck and rail. Unfortunately, we didn’t take the tidal range into consideration. Overnight, the line dropped under the BBQ grill’s mounting bracket. When the tide came back up, it broke the bracket and the grill went 20 feet down to the bottom of the harbour.This is a video of me plunging in after the grill and swimming it back up. Lindsay asked me if I should take a line to tie it so we could pull the grill up from the surface. I thought it couldn’t be THAT heavy, but it almost was too much for me. I had to kick extra hard and swim with one arm as my lungs were starting to ache for a breath! I got it first try, though!
The funny thing is that after we brought it up and we were rinsing out the seawater, we found something inside. A creature had taken up residence during the night and was having a grease feast!
It’s a sea star like I’ve never seen. It has spines! I’m not touching that thing.
Crew member Charlotte Jones returns it to the sea.
This is a short music video showing my neighbor and his big jet boat. Dave has been refitting MV Boundless. This video shows Dave testing his new docking control system, based on a joystick control. I think he does pretty well after the second try! I’m glad Lindsay and I were there to “fend off” his vessel. In all fairness, when you see this video, Dave would not have gotten so close to my boat if Lindsay and I were not on deck to protect her. This is a fun video using Jimmy Buffett music as any Key Wester would prefer.
We just received a satellite phone. It’s called the Iridium Go!, and it’s perfect for what we are doing. It’s a satellite router, essentially, that transmits a satellite connection via wifi to our smart phones, tablets and laptop computers. We pay $130 a month for unlimited data and 150 minutes of talk time.
Right now, the old satellites that orbit the Earth have very slow transmission rates, very slow and we must use special apps that send and receive tiny files of less than 10k. It will do for us for now to get updated weather files, send text or even update Twitter and Facebook with a small picture while at sea. However, SpaceX and Iridium are half way to launching the Iridium Next network of satellites with eventual speeds promised of over 1Mb. We will no longer need cellular phone towers in wide open spaces, just for inbetween buildings where we don’t have a clear view of the sky.
It’s the future of communication.
Click the link below and bookmark our webpage to be a part of it with us.
Are you seeking some adventure in your life? You’d better hurry up and seriously consider this opportunity before it’s gone. Lindsay has already booked some of the legs of our Trans-Atlantic crossing this spring!
After two years of continuous upgrading (called refitting) and purchasing of new safety equipment, we are now on schedule to cross the Atlantic Ocean in May and June of this year. We are joining the ARC Europe Rally for safety and comradery in the anchorages along the way. We are only asking for a “cost share” on the crossings.
So far we have a couple of people that have committed to two different legs of the crossing. You could go all the way across the ocean, or just a part of it.
If you are considering taking a trip-of-a-lifetime, click on the link to our website below for locations and dates, then get in touch with us for special rates. Discounts for experienced sailors!
A Luxury Sailing Catamaran Chartering in Adventurous Places
Skip the twelve hours of sailing in both directions from Key West to the Dry Tortugas National Park. Choose this add-on product, in addition to any of our liveboard charters from one to seven days. Purchase your ferry tickets and enjoy the 2.5 hour ride to Fort Jefferson.
We will sail the boat the day before and meet you there with eight full tanks of air and a Bauer JRII compressor. Using this compressor, three divers and a guide may dive two tanks up to twice per day in the Dry Tortugas National Park with us!
Dry Tortugas Express Option
This is a video of some footage taken during our evacuation from Irma to Mexico. We motored and motor-sailed for a total of 67 hours nonstop, just Lindsay and me. Having enough fuel was the biggest issue, as we didn’t know how to research the exact location of the Gulf Stream, the Gulf Loop or the Yucatan Current. Heck, I didn’t even know about the Gulf Loop until Lindsay discovered it online. We now we know that we were fighting current almost the entire way.
In this video, I try to show you a couple of tactics for conserving fuel. We ended up making it, of course, but I was unsure for several hours along the journey. Oh, and it’s music is Journey: Cool the Engines. Have fun!
Sorry to post after the fact on something so important as our safety.
On Tuesday, the 6th of September, we evacuated from Key West onboard Makara. We headed to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, which is the first entry point into the country on the Yucatan Peninsula.
We had posted updated on Facebook, which broadcast our position as we traveled across the Gulf Stream.
We are safe and sound in Isla Mujeres, and well rested after driving our boat for 67 hours straight. Lindsay and I did 4 hours shifts the entire way without stopping. We motored almost the entire way, using 98 gallons of diesel.
Here is the link to our Facebook page that has updates along our journey.