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February 25, 2016

Having rounded the northern end of St. Martin, we had nice wind for close reach to St. Barths where we headed for Gustavia harbor to check in.  Note that Cayuga's Yanmar diesel hasn't missed a beat since I fixed a clogged fuel tank pickup tube in mid-ocean in November....

February 11, 2016

We happened to be in St. Martin during the annual Carnival, which was pretty cool.  Near-naked gyrating butts in every direction!  After several days of gorging ourselves on French pastries, we moved north to the bay off Grand Case, known as St. Martin's restaurant row...

February 10, 2016

After some time back home, we returned to the boat in late January where we'd had someone babysitting it on a mooring in St. Thomas, USVI. We re-provisioned, worked on some projects, hung out on the beach, and waited for a day with more northerly winds forecast that wo...

January 12, 2016

If the streets are filled with people celebrating the holidays, where do you find space to have a parade?  The folks in the city of Charlotte Amalie on the island of St. Thomas, USVI found the answer: take advantage of the 1/2 mile long seawall along their main street....

December 11, 2015

In unvarnished terms, the essence of a bluewater passage on a small boat sounds like some perverse research project conceived by undergraduate psych majors:
"I know, I know.  Let's throw four random guys together for two weeks in a long, skinny 300 sq. f...

December 10, 2015

Rhoda and I were confident in and comfortable with CAYUGA, so our two-week summer shakedown cruise was much more about learning if we could coexist in a small space for more than a few day as opposed to learning more about the boat.  After a successful shakedown, there...

June 25, 2015

After several weeks of work on various projects, I left Whitehall Marina near Annapolis on June 7th to begin our pre-cruising shakedown trip to the northeast.  Rhoda, Tristan, and Jenn had arranged to meet me between the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, so I motored and s...

June 29, 2014

We had been looking for the right boat for about a year, and had formed a good relationship with Bernie Jakits and Kate Christensen at RogueWave Yacht Sales in Annapolis. In early April, 2014, Bernie told us about the owners of a Valiant 40 who were in the Bahamas and...

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