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Old 08-01-2015, 12:49   #1
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Updates from Christmas in Abaco

For anyone who's interested I just posted a LONG blog entry with some details from our Christmas cruising in Abaco (see signature). We're currently on our way home from the Bahamas to Texas. Not the best time of year but since we bought the boat in Maryland, in October, it's time to get her home to Texas.

Right now, we're holed up in a marina in the Sarasota area due to this crappy weather, hoping to be able to head out tomorrow morning and Continue the journey...time will tell.

If you're not interested in reading my long rambling babble, here's a few pics from the trip.

Thanks and happy 2015

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Old 08-01-2015, 12:57   #2
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Re: Updates from Christmas in Abaco

Where are you going to cross to from Sarasota?
Dog Island is a good spot to overnight then on to Panama City.
If your coming through PC, PM me, I'd like to meet up if you have the time.
Gonna be cold for the next few days though
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Re: Updates from Christmas in Abaco

Thanks a64, we're still working out the route depending on what the weather does. Our goal is to cut across to New Orleans as a semi-straight shot. If the weather doesn't cooperate we'll head further north but. Currently it looks like heading NW is probably our best bet with the predicted NE to E winds over the next few days. Either way it looks like it's going to be cold and lumpy, still working through the options though.

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Updates from Christmas in Abaco

Yeah, it's going to be cold, and Narlens is a long way. You have a generator or some kind of heat?
If you have time you may want to consider going to Dog and overnighting, then jump over to PC to spend the night with power and heat, maybe Pensacola after that?

New Orleans roughly 400 miles? Dog Island roughly 160 or so?



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Re: Updates from Christmas in Abaco

Happy to hear you had a great time in the Abacos. It's been our primary cruising grounds for the last few years. The Admiral absolutely loves the place.

Have a great trip home and, y'all come back (to the Abacos), ya hear?
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We're currently on our way home from the Bahamas to Texas.
Don't Do It! Too dang cold here!!! 31* here at Harborwalk Marina last night, blowing 28 gusting to 35.

Oh well, if you must. Have a safe trip. Look out for Raindog. A CF member on a Pacific Seacraft 34, heading your way. Also, a Catalina 41 named Midnight Shadow. Both are nearing New Orleans.


Nice update on your blog.

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Yeah, it's going to be cold, and Narlens is a long way. You have a generator or some kind of heat?
If you have time you may want to consider going to Dog and overnighting, then jump over to PC to spend the night with power and heat, maybe Pensacola after that?

New Orleans roughly 400 miles? Dog Island roughly 160 or so?



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+1

Last time we did that trip in similar conditions and time of year we'd planned to head for NOLA (from Ft Myers Beach) but got slammed by a NEasterly squall line which consolidated into a gale at sundown. We ended up in sizeable beam seas by 4am and decided to head for Pensacola - cutting over the waves to reduce the capsize risk - it's an easy and pleasant hop from Pensacola to NOLA once you've warmed up, eaten and slept some!
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Old 15-01-2015, 16:04   #8
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Re: Updates from Christmas in Abaco

Well we made it. As we expected, it was freaking chilly but overall the weather cooperated with us. We where able to sail most of the way and where very happy the boat came with a propane heater, those night watches in the low 40s and raining where fairly rough.

Our worst night was as we got into the NOLA offshore area and started seeing rigs, of course the seas and winds kicked up for us. 25-30 knots and 8-10 ft seas. Fortunately, the boat handled it all really well. It was stressful for my wife and I but glad to have gotten the experience.

I'll be updating the blog in a few days we're on our way back to Austin at the moment. Overall, I'll just say I see why people choose to do the ICW the gulf is just much nastier than the Atlantic. Those large'sh seas with a 3-4 second period really suck. Definitely drives home the point of choosing the right time of year for your crossings. If sure a trip like this could actually be fun.

Moral of the story is the boat is now home in the harbor walk marina and of course now that we're back the weather is great. We haven't seen the sun in 4-5 days offshore, so that's a nice change.

Overall, glad to be home but I've got to say raindog has the right idea. I'd much rather be doing the trip in reverse.

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Re: Updates from Christmas in Abaco

We are still at Harbor Walk Marina. Drop by B dock and say hi next time you are down.

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Sorry I must still be a bit sleep deprived. We opted for Waterford harbor up on clear lake, not crazy about being that far from the actual gulf but we're starting there. Probably eventually head down to port Aransas.


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Old 15-01-2015, 17:33   #11
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Re: Updates from Christmas in Abaco

That is a good choice. We just had dinner last week with another CF member that is at Waterford. Have fun with all the crazy boat (and car) traffic there. Glad you made it home safely.

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Have fun with all the crazy boat (and car) traffic there. Glad you made it home safely.
Ralph

Yeah coming up from Galveston through the ship channel, for the first time, at night, in the freezing cold, and tired from the trip...was an experience.

Going to take some getting used to with that lovely "clear"lake water coming from the Bahamas. But at least we finally have the boat in the same state we live in and can start spending weekends down there.

First project will be AC and new/re-upholstered saloon cushions...and it begins
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Re: Updates from Christmas in Abaco

Can't cut and paste off my phone from your page can you post your blog address here

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Sure, it's - brownigvoyages.blogspot.com

Nothing fancy...and I'm pretty long winded. You've been warned
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