Haulover Canal Bridge (Cape Canaveral)
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ICW Anchorages for the Trip from West Palm Beach to Jacksonville

On our way South we primarily sailed outside, but on the way back North we opted to take the Intracoastal Waterway. There are plenty of places to stop along the way, so there are not ALL the ICW anchorages that are presented here. This is the list of the ICW anchorages we personally used in… Continue reading ICW Anchorages for the Trip from West Palm Beach to Jacksonville

Warderick Wells
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Exumas. PART THREE. Warderick Wells. The Trip Home and The Easiest Way to Clear US Customs / Sailing Bahamas, Days 61-74

In our previous articles about the amazing Exuma Island chain in the Bahamas, we stopped at 5 beautiful anchorages, discovered a submerged plane, enjoyed a dinghy ride through the mangroves, swam with the pigs, explored the grotto from the James Bond movie “Thunderball” and made new friends at the hospitable Black Point. Finally, it was… Continue reading Exumas. PART THREE. Warderick Wells. The Trip Home and The Easiest Way to Clear US Customs / Sailing Bahamas, Days 61-74

Black Point, Exuma, Bahamas
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Exumas. PART TWO: Black Point. The Complete Guide to the Island / Sailing Bahamas, Days 29-60

In the previous article about sailing Exumas, we stopped at four awesome anchorages and discovered a submerged plane, an adventure dinghy ride in the mangroves, swam with the pigs and dove the famous James Bond’s Thunderball cave.  After all this exhilarating activity, we needed some rest. We got plenty of it when we arrived to… Continue reading Exumas. PART TWO: Black Point. The Complete Guide to the Island / Sailing Bahamas, Days 29-60

Highbourne Cay
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Exumas. PART ONE: From a Submerged Plane Wreck to the Swimming Pigs – What to See and What to Do / Sailing Bahamas, Days 29-60

The Exumas was the final destination for our trip and we spent about a month cruising this amazing island chain. The good thing about sailing the Exumas is that pretty much all the way down you can stay on the side of the banks, where you will always see the bottom and will never get… Continue reading Exumas. PART ONE: From a Submerged Plane Wreck to the Swimming Pigs – What to See and What to Do / Sailing Bahamas, Days 29-60

Nassau
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9 Reasons to Stop at Nassau Harbour Club on Your Way to the Exumas and Back / Sailing Bahamas, Days 20-28

Many Exuma-bound cruisers skip Nassau altogether, but if you need to re-provision or do some boat work, it’s an inevitable stop – you will not find any supermarkets or boat stores in the Exumas!  Besides, we always love to visit a new place. We saw the buildings of Atlantis, one of the largest resorts in… Continue reading 9 Reasons to Stop at Nassau Harbour Club on Your Way to the Exumas and Back / Sailing Bahamas, Days 20-28

Devil's Cay Anchorage
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Berry Islands. Secluded Paradise, Blue Hole and a Bar In The Middle Of Nowhere / Sailing Bahamas, Days 11-19

After a little bit over a week in Bimini, we departed for the Berry Islands. There are two ways to go around Bimini in order to cross to the Berries:  through the North and through the South.  The Southern path has a couple of shallow spots and we were cautious about running aground, so we… Continue reading Berry Islands. Secluded Paradise, Blue Hole and a Bar In The Middle Of Nowhere / Sailing Bahamas, Days 11-19

Gulf Stream Crossing
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Preparation, Provisioning, Gulf Stream Crossing and Arrival Procedures / Sailing Bahamas, Day 1

How to prepare for a cruising trip to the Bahamas - Provisioning - What should you take with you - The best weather and strategies for the Gulf Stream crossing - Our experience of the Gulf Stream crossing - Arrival to Bimini - How to check in to the Bahamas. One thing that living on… Continue reading Preparation, Provisioning, Gulf Stream Crossing and Arrival Procedures / Sailing Bahamas, Day 1

11 reasons to bring your boat to No Name Harbor, Key Biscayne
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11 Reasons To Bring Your Boat To No Name Harbor, Key Biscayne/Cape Florida

No Name Harbor is known in the sailing world as a stop not to be missed before going to and from the Keys, as well as a place to wait for a weather window before crossing to the Bahamas. With only a bit more than 40 miles to Bimini, there is no need for an… Continue reading 11 Reasons To Bring Your Boat To No Name Harbor, Key Biscayne/Cape Florida

Boot Key Harbor After Irma
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Remembering Hurricane Irma: How It Was for Us, Boat Owners in the Florida Keys

"The view that opened up before our eyes, made us hold our breath in bewilderment. It was like being in a war zone. Smell of decay, of destruction. Everything around was gray – mangroves lost all the leaves. No civilians in sight – only military trucks, soldiers, firefighters and police...." A story about being in… Continue reading Remembering Hurricane Irma: How It Was for Us, Boat Owners in the Florida Keys

Painting Boat with Awlgrip
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How To Paint Your Boat With Awlgrip (Personal Experience)

A step-by-step guide of painting our boat with Awlgrip using roll&tip technique. After several months of working on Elysia, we were finally in the yard. We asked a couple of people for the painting estimate and got quoted about $9,000 to $10,000. After collecting our jaws from the floor, we started thinking...