What Does it Cost to Go Cruising?

Why is it that everyone seems to give such vague answers to this seemingly simple question? Maybe they have a fortune stashed away in some offshore bank account to fund their trip and don’t want the IRS to catch wind of it, or they’ve discovered some get-rich-quick scheme that actually works and aren’t interested in…

Baby Blue’s Outfitting Expenses

It’s a little late, but after getting a lot of questions about how much it cost us to go cruising, we decided we should share our initial outfitting costs along with our monthly expenses. Some of these prices are estimates and I’m sure we’re forgetting a few things, but it should be pretty accurate. We’d…

Back in the US, Back in the USS…A

We’re back in the US* and it feels a little strange. Here are some differences between the Caribbean and living in the big city (by which I mean Denver, of course). I haven’t seen anyone walking down the street holding a machete yet, and if I did I would run away. Everywhere I look there’s…

David & Rachel Come to Town

Prickly Bay was our first anchoring stop in Grenada, largely because it sounded familiar and was the closest harbor after we rounded the southern tip of the island. We spent a week there familiarizing ourselves with our new digs: figuring out where to get on the bus to find groceries, where to find the fastest…

Motorin!

Yep, that’s Bobbie with her tiny new motor. I wouldn’t say we finally broke down and bought an engine, as it has been pretty easy to row to shore from our prime spot in Mt. Hartman Bay in Grenada. But when we heard someone on the morning net offering up a 2 horsepower 2-stroke for…

Here I am at Camp Grenada

From Bequia we had only 76 miles to travel to get to the southern tip of Grenada. The forecast everyday was for 25 knot winds and six foot seas. Normally we wouldn’t go out in those conditions, but we were ready to get it over with and reach Grenada in time to prepare for our…

Martinique to Bequia

Anytime we’re anticipating doing an overnight sail, we’re always a little bit nervous. Just the idea that the weather might go bad in the middle of the night when I’m tired, a little seasick, and mostly blind, starts to tie my stomach in knots. But while there is usually a moment or two of discomfort…

Martinique

We stayed almost two weeks in Martinique so that we could meet up with Jon’s friend, Matt, when he flew in for a business trip. While we were there we tried to improve our French and put it to the test when we went to see Jurassic World in the theater; dubbed and with no…

Dom-in-eee-ca

We had a pretty quick and painless day sail from Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe to Dominica. Before we were even within a mile of the harbor, we were greeted by our designated tour guide/vendor/ambassador for Portsmouth, Titus, on his motorboat. Tour guides in Dominica have to be certified, and a group of them came together…

Frenchie visits Guadeloupe

  We had heard great things about the French islands, and our first, Guadeloupe, did not disappoint. Our first stop was Deshaies. Even though we don’t speak French (despite the fact that we both took a few years in high school) we enjoyed that no one really spoke English. Our first stop after checking in…