Category: Cruising

Crossing the Gulf of Mexico

<Rant> I believe this was the 11th time that I’ve crossed the Gulf of Mexico between Florida and Texas. After eleven trips, I’ve come to a conclusion. I HATE the Gulf of Mexico. The wind and currents conspire to make even benign weather uncomfortable! The waves always have an incredibly short period between peaks, plus […]


Old Bahama Channel to Key West

After the Bahamas National Family Regatta we were anxious to take advantage of a good weather window to head back to Key West. Most people would head north through the Exuma Chain, across to Nassau, jump across the Tongue of the Ocean to the Berry Islands, and then cross the banks to Bimini or West […]


Haitian Refugees!

The country of Haiti is in a horrible state right now. The economy is in a shambles and their politicians seem to be unable or unwilling to do anything to help their people. This isn’t a new issue. In fact, Haiti has been a country in turmoil for centuries. To make matters worse, the country […]


Beautiful Exumas

We crossed the Exuma Sound from Eleuthera to Staniel Cay on February 24. The cruise was spectacular and we even caught a Blue Marlin along the way. We have been to the Exumas many times on our Nordhavn 47, “Roam” and on our previous sailboat, “Double Wide.” Over the years we’ve explored the entire island […]


We Caught a Blue Marlin!

We left Eleuthera early on the morning of February 24, headed for Staniel Cay, which was about 60 miles across the Exuma Sound. The weather was perfect and we were hungry for fish tacos so we dropped a couple of feathers in the water, hoping for a Mahi Mahi or maybe even a Wahoo. Around […]


Eleuthera – FINALLY!

Every year when planning our trip to the Bahamas, Michelle and I say, “This year we’re going to Eleuthera.” We haven’t made it because, well, it’s out of the way and to be honest, the Exumas are so beautiful that it’s hard not to push through to get to the “good stuff” as fast as […]


Bahamas Bound

After a couple months away from Roam, we worked hard to complete our pre-departure project list, moved Roam south to Florida, and made multiple provisioning runs to the grocery store. Yada, Yada, Yada, we were finally ready to head over to the Bahamas. We left Fort Pierce, hooked a right and headed down to Palm […]