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Our BVI National Parks Trust Marine Parks Mooring Permit

Before arriving in the British Virgin Islands, we had read up on fees and procedures on Noonsite.com, in The Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands, and elsewhere. Everything mentions an additional BVI National Parks Trust Marine Parks Mooring Permit that you … Continue reading

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Our AIS Transceiver on Passage

Installing an automated identification system (AIS) – an AIS transceiver in particular – was a priority for us this spring. And although it took us until July, when we spent two weeks in the mooring field at Annapolis completing our spring … Continue reading

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Fixing a Furler to Get Out of Nanny Cay

We finally slipped the grip of Nanny Cay today. And it was only after a monumental effort this morning that we were able to get away. When Felipe and I first arrived at Nanny Cay marina a day after we … Continue reading

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Passage to the BVI Overview

As many of you know, we completed our passage to the BVI a week ago, arriving in Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke after 13 days from Hampton. We have spent most of the time since at Nanny Cay marina, … Continue reading

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Tropical Weather Forecasts in Text

As we make our passage to the Caribbean, our only long-range communications will be a Garmin InReach, which will provide text messaging capabilities (unless we get our SSB working, which seems unlikely given the time constraints). Without regular access to … Continue reading

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Beauty to Beast: New London to Manhasset

Yesterday, from New London to Manhasset, started out lovely, but turned into a beast. Right on schedule, we all raised our sails, dropped our moorings, and headed down the Thames into Long Island Sound. There was not much wind, but … Continue reading

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Newport to New London with a Northwest Wind

I am writing this from the Thames River in New London, Connecticut, on a mooring just a hundred yards or so from Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor rail line. I made it in from Newport a little before five yesterday afternoon after … Continue reading

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Getting Marine Diesel Engine Re-Power Estimates

After the catastrophic failure of our marine diesel engine – a phrase that mechanics we talked to used with regularity – we had no idea whether we would be able to get a re-power in time to go south for … Continue reading

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Sitting in Newport Making Plans

For those of you who missed my Facebook post yesterday, I had a sporty sail down Narragansett Bay to Newport and am now on a mooring tucked behind Goat Island. The forecast continues to be relentless strong winds with a … Continue reading

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Banged Up In Rhode Island Sound

Yesterday, while coming down Buzzards Bay, I spent some time looking at models for later in the week and over the weekend. It seemed like I could make a run down the Jersey coast if I could just get to … Continue reading

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