Cruising Log for Sailing Vessel Freedom - a Gemini 105 - Jim and Deb Faughn

This cruising data log was begun on February 19, 2007. The previous log was lost in a computer failure. I included a couple of trips I could remember but reality, this log starts now. I thought the web be a good place to keep the log and it might help others to see how long we took on various trips and crossings. Starting April 9, I added distances to the page too for a more complete log. These distances come from the GPS verses the distance from the autohelm which might be longer in an adverse current or shorter with an aiding current.


Engine Hours Hrs/Tach

Start/End Times and Distance
Mar 23, 09



10:20 am - 11 am 2.8 nm Pensacola - Palafox Pier Marina Moved into the marina to clean the boat and meet up with Jack. Waiting for the water to clear out of the lower Tenn-Tom.
Mar 22, 09



9:40 am - 4:10 pm - 6 hrs 30 min 34.5 Off Pensacola Great sailing day. Used the asymmetrical and were moving between 5 and 8 knots. Perfect wind.
Mar 21, 09



8:40 am - 12:45 pm - 4 hrs 5 min 18.5 nm Ft. Walton Beach Great sailing day. Winds were at our back and didn't fly the spinnaker today although I should have. We reprovisioned at Ft. Walton Beach and are ready for the trip up the Tenn-Tom
Mar 20, 09



8 am - 3:55 pm 43.9 nm Hogtown Bayou - Between Destin and the Canal An anchorage that was protected from the north and east winds. I just found out about the flooding in the lower Tenn-Tom.
Mar 18 & 19, 09



7:15 am - 5:26 pm 210 nm Panama City We did a rough overnighter. Winds were not what were predicted even comparing Grib files and the NOAA service. Of course the data is the same so it makes since that if one was wrong the other would be too. Regardless, we got to Mike and Cheryl's dock and had a good dinner.
Mar 17, 09



7:25 am - 2:15 pm 38.3 nm Clearwater We went outside at Longboat and came in at Clearwater. Nice people at this city dock although it is 2 bucks a foot.
Mar 16, 09



7:30 am - 5:15 pm 56.9 nm Longboat Key Picked up some fuel in Sarasota after coming inside at Venice. Found out that the pass at Sarasota is ok and is marked by private markers by the Sarasota Yacht Club.
Mar 15, 09



7:30 am - 4:55 pm 57.2 nm Pelican Bay at Charlotte Harbor Nice anchorage and there is a park with dinghy access. One to do again when we can spend time here. Also, I used the asymmetrical motor sailing and it worked great. Picked up a half a knot in 4 knots apparent.
Mar 14, 09



7:15 am - 5:40 pm 55.3 nm Marco Island Anchored in the same place as always. Heard a boat taking on water and volunteered to divert. However, they turned me down. Ultimately they said they fixed the problem.
Mar 13, 09



7:25am - 5:15 pm 59.5 nm Little Shark River We are making a quick trip back to Kentucky so I can start a new position as Sailboat Specilist at Green Tutle Bay Yacht Sales.
Various 17.9 engine hours 35 total hours with sailing   Key West We took 6 different trips during this time taking friends and just ourselves out sailing. Taught a person how to reef sails, learned to fly my new/used asymmetrical and flew it a bunch after that. Also, moved our anchorage to get out of a new blast zone and moved to a better anchorage.
Dec 18, 08



6:40 am - 4:13 pm 57.2 nm Fleming Key - Key West We've arrived for the winter. Too much motoring and not enough sailing!
Dec 17, 08



6:40am - 4:10 pm 55.9 nm Little Shark River We anchored off of the river so we didn't have the current.
Dec 16, 08



8:15am - 2:30 pm 34.8 Marco Island Anchorage for passage south
Dec 10, 08



7:35am - 12:30pm 25.1 nm Ft. Myers Beach ball 20 We met back up with Bill and Marge Burg and had a great time with Dick and Jan too.
Dec 9



7:25 am - 3:30 pm 40.9 Usepia Island We always stop and go into Cabbage Key except this time we just hung out at anchor.
Dec 8, 08



8:30am-4:25 pm

8 hours underway sailing

38.8 nm Coral Cove Just a stop along the way.
Dec 3, 08



9:40am - 10:40 pm 6 nm St Petersburg City Marina Boat show time and also Garry and Shirline came to visit.
Dec 2



10:35 am - 1:30 pm 12.9 nm Big Bayou Stopped here so we would be ready to go into St. Petersburg early
Dec 1, 08



9:40 am - 1:25 pm plus anchor pull time 19.2 nm Long Key Nice protected anchorage we use.
Nov 26, 08



11 am - 2:30 pm 18.2 nm Clearwater anchorage They always treat us nice here with the city marina allowing us to land the dinghy. We put down 2 anchors and ultimately 3 while a storm passed through.
Nov 25, 08



10:30-10:55 1 nm Ned's boat. Rafted up. We always like seeing Ned when in Tarpon Springs.
Nov 24, 08



10:30 am - 11:10 am 2 nm The Landing at Tarpon Springs Marina was just ok. Better to stay at the city marina but they didn't have openings. We met up with Tim and Miriam.
Nov 23, 08



7:15am - 5:30 pm 63.1 nm Tarpon Springs Anchorage We anchored at the inlet to the power plant
Nov 22, 08



8:15am - 4:50 pm 45 nm Cedar Key We found a place to anchor.
Nov 20, 08



5:15 am - 3:03 pm 56.7 nm Steinhatchee Sea Hag Marina We had to motor the entire way across but it was a comfortable ride. Part of the way we could motor sail.
Nov 19, 08



12 am - 2:52 pm 16.1 Alligator Point Anchorage Positioning anchorage for the crossing of Apalachicola Bay
Nov 18, 08



7:15 am - 3:45 pm 44.3 nm Carabell Morrings Marina First time in Carrebell. They had a convienient grocery store.
Nov 17, 08



9:10 am - 3:50 pm 34.6 nm White City Public Dock

First time to stop here. Great place on the canal towards Apalachicola

Nov 13, 08



8:18am - 2 pm 32.4 nm Mike and Cheryl's Dock in Panama City We love stopping here and stayed a few days with Mike, Cheryl, Larry, and Susan
Nov 12, 08



8:45 am - 1:50 pm 23.8 nm Entrance to the canal off of Peach Creek The anchorage worked out and gave us an easy day the next day.
Nov 10, 08



12:00 -1:25 pm 5.5 nm Destin Harbor anchorage We were able to find a dinghy dock and enjoyed Destin
Nov 9, 08



11:30 am - 12:30 pm 4.5 nm Ft Walton Beach free dock Another great stop for provisioning and the cinema
Nov 8, 08



8 am - 3:50 pm 31.2 nm LaSater Pt near Ft. Walton Beach Stopped for fun at an anchorage
Nov 5, 08



9:30 am - 11:30 am 8.3 nm Palifox Marina Again, we stayed here to see my father and visit old town Pensacola. One of our favorite stops.
Nov 4, 08



10:40 am - 12:10 pm 5.4 nm Redfish Point Great place to visit the beach
Nov 3, 08



10 am - 11:30 pm 6.5 nm Big Lagoon Park We can dinghy into the nice restaurant we like from this anchorage.
Nov 2



9:25 am - 10:20 am 4.1 nm Pirates Cove We loved stopping here. Put in the dinghy and went to shore for lunch. Great music today too. It was a local artist spotlight.
Nov 1, 08



6:55 am - 4:30 pm 40.4 Wolf Bay We stopped for an hour for lunch at Lu Lu's. Anchorage had free wi-fi
Oct 31, 08



9:25 am - 4:25 pm 35.1 Isle Aux Herbes Behind a marsh again before the bridge heading out to Mobile Bay.
Oct 29, 08



7 am - 2:15 pm 39.3 Ocean Spring Harbor Marina Nice small marina to visit my father at Biloxi. Did some maintenance and had a good visit.
Oct 28, 08



7:45 am - 7:35 pm 50.1 1 mile west of Daulfin Bridge behind marsh Intersting Day. We were going in for fuel but Bill had problems with his engine. We stood by as he made his way in under sail and was able to get the motor started again so I didn't have to tow him. He fixed that and Deb and I got underway again. We ended up anchoring in the dark using night vision device. No moon. Good thing for GPS!
Oct 27, 08



6:50 am - 5:25 pm 64.4 nm Mile 12 Last night anchored with Bill and Bette. Great out of the way anchorage.
Oct 26, 08



9:05 am - 5:05 pm 44.7 nm Mile 129 Anchored out of channel and out of the way. Nice anchorage because you are behind the bouy's on a straight away.
Oct 25, 08



8:40 am - 6 pm 50.8 nm Private Dock we had to tie up to. Nobody was there so we had to use it since it was getting dark.
Oct 24, 08



9:40 am - 4:30 pm 26.1 Mile 188  
Oct 22, 08



6:55 am - 4:30 pm 46.2 nm Demopolis Needed fuel and it was going to rain rain rain.
 Oct 21, 08



9:10 am - 3:40 PM 32.2 nm Sumpter Landing Another anchorage we've used before
 Oct 20, 08



10:50 am - 4:30pm 27 nm Marina Cove  
 Oct 19, 08



7:30 am - 12 pm 21 nm Columbus Marina Nice people here and of course a must stop since we always need fuel.
Oct  18, 08



7:05 am - 4 pm 39.1 nm Mile 358 using the private markers to get in Third time we've used this anchorage.
 Oct 17, 08



8:30 am - 5:15 pm 40.8 nm Anchorage mile 403   D Pool Good anchorage
Oct 15, 08



7:05 am - 4:40 pm 39.6 Grand Harbor - Start of the Tenn-Tom waterway Great marina and VERY clean bathrooms. This is a high class place.
Oct 14, 08



6:50 am - 5 pm 46.9 nm Swallow Bluff Island Mile 169.5 Great anchorage and protected.
Oct 13, 08



6:55 am - 4:30 pm 40.8 nm Cuba Landing Great little marina. Nice people and 1 buck a foot.
Oct 12, 08



8:20 am - 5 pm 38.4 nm Standing Rock Creek Mile 68.5 on the Tennessee River Great Anchorage with water deep on entry and exit and this is during the time when the water is down.
 Misc         We pumped out a couple of times, took the boat to haul it out for the bottom job, and also took pictures of the Commonwealth Cup Race. It was just a good time but not near enough trips.
 July 10, 08



8:30 am - 11 am 17 nm Green Turtle Bay We are back and have a good place to tie up.
July 9, 08



6:30 am - 1:45 pm 43.6 nm  Duncan Bay Once again, we found that we were anchoring in Duncan Bay on our way back to Green Turtle Bay. It was a great way to end the trip this time.
July 8, 08 



5:40 am - 3:25 pm

61.1 nm   We anchored at a cove Paul had used on a previous trip.
July 7, 08



6am - 7:20 then 10:05 am - 5:30 pm 46 nm Mile 155  They said come ahead, lock would be ready then nope, they were shutting one down for maintenance and we would have to wait for a tow coming up. Great.
July 6, 08



? 6.5 nm Moved to a cove by the dam We planned for a departure tomorrow morning, called and all was good for an early locking through our last lock.
July 2, 08



10 am - 10:45 am 2 Grand Harbor Marina Moved over to Grand Harbor for the holiday weekend.
July 1, 08



8:20 am - 1:15 pm 27.8

Anchored in Zippy Branch, Pickwick Lake

We passed through the continental divide. Amazing amount of dirt and rock they had to move.
June 30, 08



8:40 am - 12:30 pm 16.9 Mile 418 in a cove on the west side. Bay Springs Beautiful lake. Only marinas are on the shore and one church that we've seen. Nice water and trees everywhere. Swimming day. Tomorrow we go through the continental divide.
 June 29, 08



6:40 am - 3 pm 36.5 Mile 399.8 New anchorage for us in the Tombigbee River. Nice anchorage and out of the way. We did 4 locks today.
June 28, 08  



8:55 am - 1:10 pm 24 Blue Bluff Recreation Area, Aberdeen, MS We are in for easy days for now because we are trying to enjoy this part of he trip and we aren't in a hurry. This is a good place because there is a free tee dock you can tie up to and dump trash.
 June 27, 08



6:05 am - 9:05 am 14.7 Columbus Marina, Columbus, MS Easy trip with one lock. We arrived and picked up fuel, pumped out and then moved to our transient dock. Used the courtesy car to pick up supplies for the next part of the trip.
 June 26, 08



5:55 am - 1:45

41.6 Tombigbee River mile 318.8 We stopped because this is the last anchorage before Columbus. We have reservations tomorrow so should arrive early.
June 25, 08



6:40 am - 4:00 pm 31.6 Sumpter Recreation Area Another nice anchorage. Place for 10 boats probably. There were two other boats anchored there and they weren't moving too soon.
June 24, 08  



5:40 am - 5:15 pm 59.7 Foscue Creek at Demopolis, MS We anchored in this new for us anchorage. It is nice, protected and very safe ( coast guard are here.)
June 23, 08  



7:08 am - 4:00 pm 39.5 Bashi Creek Mile 140 This is a good anchorage although small. We waited at our first lock for over an hour while they locked a tow through, loaded another one and fortunately there was room for us too. Nice Captain on the Dan Hogan - Larry.
June 22, 08  



6:10 am -4:15 pm 49.8 The old lock This is the old lock and is a questionable entrance. If it shoals in, it isn't accessible. We used it again and it was a great anchorage.
June 21, 08



6:05 am - 3:30 pm 48.2 Alabama River, AL At 12:30 today, we past the 31st latitude and now our insurance is valid during a named storm. However, that won't happen where we are going. Nice anchorage. We stopped a bit early because of the rain.
 June 20, 08



7:15 am - 3:30 pm 44.5 Dog River - Mobile Bay, AL We are moving on our trip north and this is the first leg. We left Florida and motored/motor sailed up to our anchorage.
June 18,, 08



10:20 am - 11:40 am 7 Perdido Key, FL We came back into a marina to again see my father. Changed the oil and picked up lots of supplies and then we were off again.



1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 9.3 Redfish Point / Pensacola, FL We came out here to anchor out for 4 days while my father works. We were going to travel around some but decided to just stay here and use the dinghy to see things. Worked well.



10:30 am - 12:10 pm 8.3 Pensacola, FL We arrived at Palafox Pier. Nice people here and great access to the town. We stopped at the marina for the first time in about 8 months to see my father.



10 am - 4:05 pm 28.3 Pensacola Beach, FL We picked a place to anchor and set the hook. Stayed in preparation to make the marina tomorrow where we have reservations.
June 9, 08



9:15 am - 1:15 pm 17 Ft. Walton Beach, FL Arrived at the city dock. We had called the city manager for reservations. Great place, no power but they have water and a free pump out.
June 8, 08



9:15 am -4:30 pm 42.6 Destin, FL Anchored off of Destin for an easy day tomorrow to Ft. Walton. We have reservations at the city dock.
June 6-7,08



10 am - 10:30 am 3 Panama City, FL Moved into Mike's dock. Met up with Mike, Cheryl, Larry and Susan for lunch. Great people and a great time.
June 4-June5-08



4:50 am - 2:10 pm 201 Panama City, FL We did a big crossing on this one. We left at dark, went all day, all night and arrived the next afternoon. Anchored off of the area we were going to meet our friends at the next day so I could get some sleep.
June 3, 08



2:30 pm - 3:20 pm 3.3 nm Tarpon Springs, FL This was a positioning move. We anchored off of an island for protection but in the position to leave a O dark 30 tomorrow. Pulled the dinghy out of the water, stored it and went to bed early.
June 2, 08



10 am -2:10 pm 22.3 nm Tarpon Springs, FL We anchored off of the park in the cooling water exhaust of the power plant. It is a good anchorage and it also is a nice park. We dinghy 'd up the river for lunch and also over to the park.
May 29, 08  



8 AM - 2:00 pm 33.5 Clearwater, FL  Anchored next to the highway where we did before out of the channel. They are great at the city dock and allow us to dinghy in, dump trash and access the area for free.
 May 28, 08



12:30 pm - 2:30 pm 9.2 Anna Marie Island, FL Pulled anchor and then were off to visit Ed Sterba. Great guy and nice new lady friend too.
May 26, 08  



1:45 pm - 3:55 pm  10.8 Longboat Key, FL We pulled anchor, and then headed north.
May 24, 08




8 am - 1:15 pm

25.1 nm

Sarasota, FL  We pulled anchor and motored the way up. NO WIND. Well, so life goes. We also had to go pretty slow through some Manatee spots that slowed us down. Who cares, we aren't in a hurry anyway.
May 23, 08




11 am - 3.58 pm

22.4 nm

Lemon Bay We pulled anchor and went to the dock and had lunch. Left after lunch and simply pulled into a deep spot on the side of the waterway.
May 22, 08




8 am - 12:45 pm

24.1 nm

Cabbage Key, FL  Motor sailed up. Not much help from the sail. Anchored and had a great afternoon.
May 18, 08




6:50 am - 2:40 pm

34.3 nm

Ft Myers FL Great sail today averaging 4.8 knots. Used motor for what it was designed for - in and out of anchorage. Used the snatch block off of third stanchion.
May 17

10.1 hrs



6:35 am - 4:40 pm

57.8 nm

Marco Island Motor sailed to make the distance. Anchored exposed to the gulf but behind the old island which still provides protection.
May 16, 08

3.2 hrs



7 am - 5:55 pm

40.9 nm

Little Shark River We motored out from Marathon and through bridge before stopping engine. Sailed the rest of the day. Lots of grass so it was good sailing although slow.
May 13, 08

7.6 hrs



6:30 am - 2:10 pm

44.1 nm

Marathon Stopped here to see friends and then run up the west coast
Multiple 2681.4   5 day trips Key West Taking out friends and using the boat.
Mar 27, 08

4.7 hrs



8 am - 4:25 pm

45 nm

Key West Sailed and motored. Nice to be in Key West again
Mar 16, 08

3 hrs



9 am - 1:30pm

22 nm

Marathon Had to stop and clean water strainer. Grass is floating everywhere!
Mar 15, 08

4.5 hrs



7:45 am - ?

25.2 nm

Channel 5, FL Absent the motor stopping because of a broken bracket and bad ground preventing the fuel pump from working, this was uneventful........ Fixed and underway.
Mar 14, 08

14.7 hrs



2:45 am - 5:10 pm

80.2 nm

Rodriquez Key, FL We are back, back in the US the US,SA. We had an uneventful crossing. No wind but 4-5 foot swells about 10 seconds apart. Cool. If you didn't look at them, you wouldn't have known they were there.
Mar 13, 08

16.2 hrs



3:50 am - 7 pm

76 nm

South Riding Rock, Bahamas Again, stopped for a partial nights sleep. This morning was VERY ROUGH motoring into seas and we could only make about 3 knots banging into them. Not a great day at sea in the dark.
Mar 12, 08

7.5 hrs



8:05 am - 3:50 pm

38 nm

  We stopped for a partial nights sleep.
Mar 7, 08

2 hrs



7 am - 2 pm

40.6 nm

Nassau, Bahamas Squally and bigger seas. We were at one reef and sailing north.
Mar 6, 08

5.9 hrs



8:15 am - 2:10 pm

35.5 nm

Normans Cay We motor sailed north.
Mar 5, 08

.7 hrs



9 am - 12:55 pm

17 nm

Stainel Cay We were able to sail most of the way wing on wing.
Mar 4, 08

7.1 hrs



7:15 am - 2:15 pm

41.2 nm

Little Farmers Cay We motor sailed north.
Feb 25, 08

7.2 hrs



6:15 am - ?

42.5 nm

Georgetown We left early so we could hit the pass at high tide. We were on a rising tide and it was a good thing I was up front giving Deb directions. Coral that is unmarked in several places that would rip the hull open. Not ours!
Feb 24, 08

2.2 hrs



10:45 am - 1:05 pm

14.2 nm

Water Cay We stopped here for some shelling before we headed back to Georgetown.
Feb 21, 08

4.4 hrs



6:50 am - 4:30 pm

57 nm

Fleming Cay Jumentos We made it to the Jumentos. This is where Gary's plane is located. BEAUTIFUL WATER.
Feb 19, 08

7 hrs



7:15 am - 2:10 pm

37 nm

Long Island We had an improptu get together arranged while traviling to Long Island. About 40 cruisers got together and I played for the happy hour part.
Feb 8, 08

7.1 hrs



6:50 am - 1:50 pm

37.9 nm

Georgetown. This is the meca of cruisers. We moved a couple of times because of weather.
Feb 7, 08

1.5 hrs


  7.1 nm South of Little Farmers We positioned for our trip south and I also picked up fuel here too.
 Feb  5

2.4 hrs


  8:10 am - 10:45 am Little Farmers We did like these people and met some more cruisers.
 Feb 3, 08

.6 hrs



9 am - 11 am

10.9 nm

Blackpoint Settlement We backtracked because we could. Great Laundry and Great bread.
 Jan 31, 08

2.8 hrs



9:10 am - 12:50 pm

19.1 nm

Little Farmers Cay We are here for the first friday in Feburary Festival. Great people.
 Jan 29, 08

4.6 hrs



9:01 am - 1:30 pm

20.3 nm

Staniel Cay Beautiful water and dive at Thunderball.
 Jan 28, 08

1.1 hrs



9:05 am - 1:20 pm

22.1 nm

Exuma Sea Park We had a great hike and what beautiful waters!
 Jan 24, 08

2.7 hrs



10 am - 12:45 pm

14.2 nm

Normans Cay We are now positioned for the next 25 knot winds expected to arrive tonight. Will be staying for a few days.
 Jan 23, 08

6.8 hr



6:25 - 1:30 pm

33.6 nm

Allens Cay We are now in the Exumas. Time for that SLOW trip down the islands. When I pulled anchor this morning, I had to cut away mono and plastic from the anchor chain.
Jan 16, 08

.8 hr



10:30 ish

3 nm

Nassau, Bahamas We moved our anchorage so we will be more protected from the south winds and out of the shipping traffic.
Jan 13, 08

7.4 hrs



6:50 am - 1:45 pm

37.4 nm

Nassau, Bahamas We motorsailed close to the wind, AGAIN, over to Nassau. Good thing I brought extra fuel. Anchored and sat watch for the day.
Jan 11 & 12, 08

28.5 hrs



7 am - 10:30 am

172 nm

Morgan's Bluff, Bahamas We have taken our second step to achieving our dreams - We are in the Bahamas! Cool. Trip was rough at first and then worked out fine. We checked in that afternoon and now we are officially in the country.
 Jan 10, 08




10 am ish - 4:20 pm

25 nm

Channel 5 We got away earlier and went to the fuel dock to fill up with diesel, gas, and water. Then we paid up and motored into a headwind to our positioning point. On the way, I figured out how to use a snatch block and bring the jib in closer. HUGE DEAL! Hooray Jim.
 Dec 7, 07




7:50 am - 4:10 pm

46.4 nm

Marathon, FL We arrived to our provisioning port. On the way down, Bill broke his coupling and then partially fixed it so he could get into the anchorage. We sailed some and motor sailed too. We led the way in making sure the bridge was open before he got there. Now provisioning time at the mooring ball.
 Dec 6, 07




7:20 am - 3:50 pm

53.4 nm

Rodriguez Key Motored through Miami and out to Hawk Channel from Biscayne Bay. We caught fist and we went on the south side of the island for some protection.
 Dec 4, 07




7:20 am - 12:35 pm

29.2 nm

 Miami Again, offshore. We were able to enter through Government Cut since there were no cruise ships in. Nice day and good anchorage with easy access to food and fun.
 Dec 2, 07




7:00 am - 3 pm

49.4 nm

Ft. Lauderdale We went offshore and motor sailed. Good run and run since we avoided the bridges.
 Nov 29, 07




9:15 - 3:30 pm

30.6 nm

Lake Worth or North Palm Beach, FL  We motored again today into the wind on the Intercoastal. Had to wait for a few bridges and one of them was because a drunk wouldn't get off the bridge which made us late for the next one. Anchored.
 Nov 26-28, 07




8:35 am - 4:00 pm

39 nm

Stuart, FL We left our mooring at Vero Beach and motored into the wind to Stuart. It seemed we fought current all day. Picked up an assigned ball at Stuart.
 Nov 17-25, 07




7:55 am - 3:40 pm

42.9 nm

Vero Beach, FL

We arrived at our Thanksgiving destination. We were assigned the same ball as Bill and Christy so we are rafted up with them. We are ready for a rest from moving.
 Nov 16, 07




10 am - 1:20 pm

18 nm

Cocoa Beach, FL  We sailed a little over half of the day until I had some steering problems and we motor sailed from there. The town of Cocoa is a town we need to explore more next time.
Nov 15, 07




7:50 am - 2:30 pm

41.8 nm

Titusville, FL A couple of tight water places along the way. Reports of boats running aground renamed our boat as Depth Finder 1 for Bill and Christy. We all made it through as I wondered back and forth for the best water for them. Titusville anchorage is exposed to the north wind and that is what we had.
Nov 14, 07




7:00 am - 3:30 PM

46.4 nm

Daytona Beach, FL We pulled both anchors out, made the 7:30 bridge and got fuel. Left the fuel dock with diesel, gas, pumpout and full water tanks at 8:15. Arrived in Daytona Beach in time to dinghy ashore to another West Marine and happy hour next door at the Stock Exchange where they had food too as a part of happy hour.
Nov 11, 07




6:45 am - 4:00

59.6 nm

St Augustine North of the Bridge of Lions We anchored close to shore, short dingy ride and put in two anchors. We were in 4.5 foot of water at low tide. Being that close to shore, not as much current action. Great town
Nov 10, 07




9:25 am - 11:55 pm

13.8 nm

Cumberland Island mile 710 Nice anchorage. We went ashore and walked to the beach. Beautiful. It would be nice to explore this again. Wild horses and other animals.
Nov 9, 07




6:50 am - 4 15 pm

65.2 nm

Brickhill River off of Cumberland Island Nice offshore day. We had to motor sail all day but it was nice not having to watch every turn in the ICW. Hal, our autohelm, drove most of the way and we just kicked back and watched. However, not pretty when we decided to change from St. Simons to St. Andrews inlet. Should have stuck with St. Simons.
Nov 8, 07




8:15 am - 1:40 pm

32.4 nm

Walburg Creek St. Catherine Island GA We went offshore. This was good experience but we probably should have stayed inside. Rough getting out and not bad coming in. Anchorage is a do again. Beautiful, good walking beach.
Nov 7, 07




9:15 am - 3:30 pm

41 nm

South of Thunderbolt in the Turner Creek Not a bad anchorage. I think further in has better access to things but we didn't get off of the boat. Changed oil.
Nov 6, 07 2396.5     Beaufort, S.C south anchorage We anchored and had a good time in town again. We are ready for the trip south to St. Augustine.
Nov 5, 07       Beaufort, S.C. City Marina Moved into the marina to finish with the polyglow project. I was able to wash the back of the boat and then we went for food in the loaner car. Boat was dry next morning and i finished the project before we left to go to the south anchorage.
Nov 2-4, 07




7:45 am - 11:45 am

28.5 nm

Beaufort, S.C. north anchorage This time we anchored on the east anchorage before the bridge heading south. Nice little area and using the marina, it has easy access to the hardware store, propane refilling, groceries.
Nov 1, 07




7:30 am - 4:40 pm

56.4 nm

South Edisto River We had stopped here before and it is a good anchorage.
 Oct 31




8:00 am - 5:15 pm

55.2 nm

Graham Creek - Just above Charleston, SC We stopped for fuel this morning and then were off. This anchorage is a DON'T AGAIN. Reason is you must set 2 anchors because of the big currents in and out to the ocean. It's also narrow. Just a pain to have to put in and take out two anchors if you aren't staying awhile. Nobody came trick or treating however.
 Oct 30, 07




7:10 am - 4:10 pm

56.3 nm

Wacamaw River - Beautiful place to anchor This storm is taking aim at us. The chances of that are slim so we will keep moving. It is starting to get a bit warmer. Transmission is doing fine.
 Oct 29, 07




7:15 am - Late

58.7 nm

 South of the Rock Pile in S.C.

It was cold this morning 48 degrees. We have had to run the generator all night so the bird doesn't die on us. Still running south now from hurricane Nole too.
 Oct 28, 07




7:20 am - 4:05 pm

56.7 nm

 Mile Hammock Bay at Camp Lejeune, NC  We bypassed Beaufort, NC just because it is COLD. Transmission seems to be doing fine. I had to make a one turn linkage adjustment and reset the idle speed. Now things are smooth but I'm still thinking about it.
Oct Misc, 07       Oriental, NC Moved boat from Free Dock to Sailcraft, test with mechanic of transmission, to marina, to pumpout, to Sailcraft, test of transmission, and back to marina (Whittaker Pointe Marina)
Oct 16, 07



  8:30 am - 11:30 pm Oriental, NC Pulled anchor and went to Oriental. This time, the sippage occured 8 or so times before it quit. Not good, I'll have to get a mechanic. Not good.
Oct 15, 07




7:25 am - 3:40 pm

48.6 nm

Bay River, NC Pulled anchor and continued south. Noticed transmission slipped again.
Oct 14, 07




7:25 am -5:15 PM

62.6 nm

Alligator River, NC Pulled anchor and motored further south. I noticed the engine was speeding up again today and going back down. Sounded like transmission was slipping. It did it a couple of times and quit.
Oct 13, 07




7:50 am - 4:10 pm

44.4 nm

Blackwater Creek, VA We left Cobb's and headed south. We are planning on moving now until we get to Oriental. We went the Virgina Cut route because the Dismal Swamp is clogged with alge and weeds. They are clogging people's colant systems so we went the other way. Dismal Swamp was pretty but it also had lots of junk floating. Virginia Cut is safer.
Oct 11, 07




9:45 am - 1 pm

16 nm

Cobb's Marina We pulled anchor and sailed about half the time. It was straight downwind. Arrived at Cobb's and took the slip they assigned us.
 Oct 10, 07




7:40 am - 4:15 pm

54.2 nm

Black River on the Chesapeake We left Berine's dock and headed south after great food and company. We anchored off of an airforce base who gave us an airshow.
Oct 8, 07




 8:40 am - 4:45 pm

45.1 nm

Great Wicomico River Pulled anchor and headed to Bernie's dock. They were great hosts!
Oct 7, 07




6:30 am - 1:40 pm

44.8 nm

Solomons, MD Pulled anchor and left the boat show. Went out with Bill and Christy and went south. This is the start of our trip back down the east coast.
Oct 1, 07




6:45 am - 4:15 pm

43.6 nm

Annapolis, MD Pulled anchor and went to the free pumpout. Washed the boat and also pumped out and filled the water tanks. Next moved to the fuel dock and filled up with fuel. We were off by 8:30. Sailed and then had to motor.
Sept 26, 07




7:00 am - 4:00 pm

59.1 nm

Solomons, MD We were able to motor sail much of the way. Engine died so I had to change both fuel filters where the Potomac meets the Chesapeake. It took 8 minutes. Back to Solomons to reprovision.
Sept 25, 07




7:10 am - 5:30 pm

57.6 nm

Bluff Point We left, picked up fuel, water and pumped out. Then we started down the Potomac. Found an anchorage out of the wind and stayed the evening. Had to use the delta anchor, the bruce wouldn't set - must have been weeds.
Sept 8, 07




9:15 am - 1:30 pm

25.1 nm

Washington, D.C.

We arrived, put out the requisite 2 anchors and called the D.C. Harbor police. They gave us permission to stay two weeks. Ultimately they extended the stay for us another week. I played at their lunch/dinner with my guitar and sang.
Sept 7, 07




7:25 am - 1:45 pm

34.9 nm

Mattawoman Creek We stopped early because we didn't want to arrive late. Met some great people at anchor too. Good holding and good protection from the north and east.
Sept 6, 07




7:45 am - 5:30 pm

62.2 nm

Upper Machodoc Creek We made good time today because we had some wind and we were motor sailing. Even though we had current against us. Good anchorage although shallow for everyone but us.
Sept 5, 07

.8 hr


  afternoon Solomons, MD Pumped out, filled with water, filled fuel and then positioned in St John Creek to leave for Washington, DC. free wi-fi
Aug 30, 07




7:20 am - 3:00 pm

41.4 nm

Solomons, MD This has become our favorite stop. Good anchorage, cheap dinghy dock, good supplies, easy access, free wi-fi, and a great place to meet people at the Naughty Gull.
Aug 29, 07




6:35 am - 3:10 pm

52.4 nm

Reedville, VA We had took the dinghy in and had dinner in "town." We anchored very close to the bay because we were out of the wind and not in the fish smell from the processing plant. That changed in the morning.
Aug 28, 07




7:40 am - 12:45 pm

22.9 nm

Mills Creek Stopped here because the wind was from the wrong direction to continue north. It is supposed to turn tonight.
Aug 26, 07




11:15 am - 3:20 pm

27.5 nm

Smithfield, VA Home of the Smithfield ham. Anchored in a wide spot in the river. We had high hopes for this spot but ends up we were disappointed. You can't believe all the marketing hype. Good holding for us.
Aug 22, 07




8:30 am - 3:00 pm

34.2 nm

Jamestown, VA We anchored north of the ferry dock. This is a cool place called Jamestown Settlement. We also went several other places via the bus system. It is a wonderful place to learn your history. Good holding.
Aug 21, 07




1 pm - 3:10 pm

10.5 nm

Mills Creek We stopped again in Mills Creek just to get out of the marina. It is nice to be back on the boat, provisioned and now we start our west shore swing.
July 11, 07




9 am - 2:50 pm

24.4 nm

Cobbs Marine in Norfolk, VA

We motored against the waves today but had to get to Norfolk. We are heading back to the mid-west and we needed to get to the marina to make preparations. Also, had to change out the raw water pump which they had ordered for me.
July 9, 07




8:30 am - 4:00 pm

43 nm

Cape Charles, MD We chose to tie up to a dock for our time here. It was hot and I had to "kluge" in a raw water pump for our A/C but got it working. Again, a nice small town with a very nice dock and they like it. $$$
July 6, 07




9:05 am - 1:50

24.3 nm

Onancock, MD We had a great sailing and motoring day today. We went up a small river and anchored in a wide spot. Free wi-fi and a free dinghy dock. The town was old and very nice however it was a long ride to the grocery store.
July 1, 07




8:15 am - 4:20 pm

39.3 nm

Crisfield, MD We found this was a great small town. We were able to dinghy to the launching ramp, secure the dinghy and then bike to town. Protection was good and the fireworks show was right above our boat. Nice people, free wi-fi, and we took a trip to Smith Island too.
June 24, 07




7:00 am - 11:30 am

25 nm

Solomon, MD We love this stop. It is a great biking area, good holding, good protection, and easy access.Also free wi-fi
June 23, 07




11:08 am - 3:10 pm

23.4 nm

Taylors Island We Stopped here because we got a late start. We didn't want to make it a long day but I have to say, this anchorage is one not to be repeated. We rolled all night.
June 20, 07




8:40 am - 3:50 pm

34 nm

Cambridge, MD We sailed and motor sailed today. Overall, this is a nice town. We met some Gemini people here too. Very nice people who are the editors of the Gemini Gems.
June 18, 07




9:50 am - 2:15 pm

24 nm

St. Michael's This is a great little town. You have to read the website to find out about the efforts to find my wallet however. This is the start of our east shore tour.
June 11, 07 3.1  

9:55 am - 1:20 pm

18.7 nm

Annapolis, MD We picked up a mooring ball and what a town. Good bus system and good showers.
June 10, 07 5.4  

10:05 am - 3:30 pm

32.7 nm

Herring Bay We anchored out in the open. Not bad tonight but it would be horrible if it were winds from the east with any velocity.
June 8, 07




7:08 am - 2:30 pm

41.1 nm

Solomons, MD We met up with Bill and Christy. Great Anchorage and facilities.
June 7, 07




6:40 am - 3:30 pm

53.7 nm

Great Wacomico River We are trying to catch up with Bill in Christy in Solomon's. We had a day of motoring today with no wind after yesterday.
June 6, 07




8:45 am - 12:00 pm

12 nm

Mills Creek We were going to have to motor into rough seas all day and I didn't want to get beat up. We had a nice night at anchor.
June 5, 07




8:40 am - 2:45 pm

35 nm

Cobbs Marine We traveled through Norfolk, NC and what a sight with all of the war ships. Tied up at Cobbs Marine to talk to them about our bottom job. Very nice people. She can even baby sit our bird.
June 4, 07

7.5 hrs



7:30 am - 3:00 pm

35,1 nm

Deep Creek, NC We traveled up the Dismal swamp. We arrived at the first lock at 10:23 and waited for the 11 opening. We aren't going to make the last lock in time to get further so we decided to tie up to the wall and shop and see friends who made a special trip to see us there.
June 3, 07

2.2 hrs



9:15 am - 2:45 pm

31 nm

Elizabeth City, NC Left Richards in what was supposed to be 20-25 knot winds. Ended up they were a high of 42 knots and we had two reefs in the main alone. Good day for proving the boat can handle it.
June 2, 07




8:10 am - 11:30 pm

19.7 nm

Colington Island, NC We motor sailed over to Richard's dock and spent the day and evening
 June 1, 07




7:41 am - 3 pm

44.2 nm

South Lake at the east end of Alligator River, NC We motored all day to get to our stopping point to do maintenance and then be ready to move to a fellow Gemini owners dock tomorrow. We did almost 3 hours of maintenance at the end of the day.
May 31, 07  

8.1 nm



7:31 am - 3:50 pm

50 nm

South entrance to Alligator River - Pungo River Canal We were able to motor sail for much of the day which increased our speed at times to 7+ knots. We sailed without the engine for awhile but we were going right down wind so after a half hour we started back up. I needed to clean the raw water strainer and wanted to do it before dinner.
 May 30, 07




8:05 am - 1:30 pm

23.5 nm

Adam's Creek, NC We were planning a longer day but we had a headwind in the afternoon across a large sound. I didn't want to motor into it and the 2 foot seas for 2+ hours. The anchorage had good holding and well protected except to the west.
May 27, 07




7:55 am - 3:00 pm

38.8 nm

Beaufort, NC We anchored in Taylor Creek in a narrow spot. The rest of the anchorages were taken. Two anchors. This would be a better spot if we were up in the "regular" anchorage.
May 26, 07




6:20 am - 5:30 pm

61.4 nm

Mile Hammock Bay at Camp Lejeune, NC I left early to get to this anchorage. There aren't very many anchorages along this part of the waterway. We will go back here because it is protected and seems to have space for quite a few boats.
May 25, 07




11 am - 5:20 pm

32 nm

Dutchman Creek near Southport, NC We left at 11 am and went to the fuel dock to pick up fuel and pump out. We got underway at 11:30. Motored all day and anchored.
May 22-24, 07



  8 am - 1:15 pm Coquina Yacht Club - North Myrtle Beach, SC We left and again rode a favorable current most of the way. We went into the marina and secured the boat. We have some planned maintenance for the next three days along with catching up with Gary and Shirline.
May 21, 07




10:50 am - 3:30 pm

27.6 nm

Waccamaw River We left and rode a rising tide all the way to our anchorage. It was a quick trip making 6.8 knots all day. The anchorage was good holding and we used one anchor.
May 20, 07       Georgetown, SC  
May 19, 07




6:50 am - 4:30 pm

47 nm

Minim Creek We anchored after fighting current all day. It seemed to take forever to get here. We will leave tomorrow and should be in Georgetown by 11 am. This by the way, is a good anchorage with a mud bottom and not much current. We used one anchor.
May 11-19, 07




7:45 am - 2:40 pm

29 nm

Charleston, SC We anchored off of the City Marina with two anchors. The tidal current here is pretty swift so I decided that I would use two anchors. Bill has an anchor that is 65 or so pounds so he used one. We stayed a week.
May 10, 07




8:45 am - 2:55 pm

27.6 nm

South Edisto River We are moving to Charleston and traveling with Veranda. We anchored for the night and will be moving on tomorrow. Ends up we travel at the same speed so it is working out very well.
May 6-9



  11 am Beaufort, SC There was supposed to be a BIG weather system coming at us with 40 knot winds. We decided to go to the marina and tie up. This ended up being a non-event even though it was a sub-tropical storm. We could have stayed an the anchorage but then we wouldn't have made friends with Bill and Christy along with Rick and Linda.
May 5, 07




7:10 am - 11:35 am

25.5 nm

Beaufort, SC We motored up to our anchorage in Beaufort. We used two anchors because of the current. This is a good anchorage and in retrospect is very well protected from northerly's.
May 4, 07




10:45 am - 2 pm

16.6 nm

Bull Creek We motored to our next anchorage and in the process actually motored through a sailboat race. I helped them out by slowing and the speeding up while waving them not to worry about me. I think they appreciated it.
 May 2




 10:15 am - 11:00 am

4 nm

Moved from the anchorage to Thunderbolt Marina We pulled both anchors, cleaned them up and motored over to the marina. We took on 14 gallons of fuel. Not bad for running 26 hours on the engine. The marina has good docks, nice showers, and friendly people. They even give you Krispy Kreme doughnuts and a USA Today each morning. There goes my diet.
 April 30-May1, 07



  8:05 am on 4-30 to 10:55 am on 5-1 - 26 hours and 50 min total time 136 nm  Thunderbolt - Outside of Savannah, GA We started the engine and then started pulling anchors. The lines were very dirty for only a week in the water. It took a half hour to clean and stow so we missed the 8:30 opening. Went through the Bridge of Lions at 9 am and then picked up fuel for the trip. Back through the bridge at 9:30 and started towards the pass for the Atlantic. More details in our website about the trip but we learned more about watch keeping and need to start taking shifts from the time we depart. Needed more rest for the first night. All was safe and equipment did well. We sailed for about 3 hours between 6 and 9 pm and then motor sailed until midnight. Winds were too low then so we went back to strictly motoring. When motor sailing I would only run the engine at 1800 rpm's. From 9 pm on we had to slow the boat to 5 knots. The counter current in the pilot charts never materialized so we were going to be too early for entering Wassaw Sound. Made it to the first buoy at 7:45 am and at high tide. We worked our way up the river and anchored at Herb River for the afternoon and night. We both took a 3 hour nap. Good uneventful crossing.
April 21, 07



  7:05 am - 3:15 pm - 46.4 nm St Augustine, FL Longer day. We were able to motor sail many times throughout the day. Good thing for the roller furling on the head sail because I would pull it out even for a 2 mile run and then back in when we headed further into the wind. Using the sail would make a knot increase which was needed when we were going into the current. At times we were down to 4.6 knots without the sail out. Overall it was a great day to be on the water.
 April 20, 07

3 hours


  8:15 am - 11:10 am - 14.7 nm Daytona Beach, FL Short day. Again, anchored with one anchor because we were in a bigger anchorage and not many people around us. Also, the wind was having a good effect on us out of the east so we didn't swing as much with the tidal change.
 April 19, 07



  8:25 am - 2:30 pm - 29.3 nm New Smyrna Beach, FL We got underway and had an easy day up to New Smyrna, We had a headwind so motored the entire way. Anchored with two anchors because we are in a narrow anchorage and starting to get some tidal change again.
April 13, 07 2.7   10:00 am - 3:10 pm - 12.6 nm Local Took Linda and Steve out for a sail. It was great. We were able to sail for about 1.5 hours and then had lunch and had to motor back. We had a great day with great people.
 April 11, 07 5.6   7:45 am - 1:20 pm - 34.5 nm Titusville, FL We made time today! The wind finally came from our side so I pulled the head sail out early and at times we were making 7 knots. We averaged 6.6 knots until I had to slow down to sync up with another boat that didn't have his sail out for the next bridge. The wind was too slow to sail alone but really was great for motor sailing. I ran the engine at about 2,300 rpm's.
 April 10, 07 7.5   7:30 am - 2:50 am - 41 nm  Melbourne, FL Started engine, pulled anchor and found an adverse current of .8 knots at the beginning of the trip. This lightened up as the morning progressed. First day to use the crock pot and it worked great. It didn't rain until 15 min after the anchor was set although it looked like it all day.
 April 9, 07 4.9   7:30 am - 7:50 am and 9:50 am - 2:30 am - 26.6 nm Ft Pierce, FL Moved off of the mooring ball to the dock for dinghy cleanup, pump out and water. Paid bill, took showers and got underway.
Mar 28, 07 2.2   10:10 am - 12:20 pm Stuart, FL

Secured to mooring ball 68. Great mooring field and facilities. We will be here 9 days I think. Time for some boat cleaning, maintenance and exploring the town.

Mar 27, 07 7.6   7:10 am - 2:45 pm Peck Lake 14 more bridges. Peck Lake was nice because we rowed ashore and went over to the Atlantic. Great surf and lots of shells. This is a national park and was worth rowing to.
Mar 26, 07 7.8   6:55 am - 2:45 pm Lantana Anchored off of Lantana. There was a Tiki Bar on shore you could dinghy up to. If we come on the inter coastal again, it would be a good place to see. Holding was very good but dirty. Took time to wash anchor chain and anchor. Good thing for my washdown pump.
Mar 23, 07 7.2   7:00 am - 3:30 pm Ft Lauderdale - Los Olas Mooring The mooring field is on the south side of the bridge. We went through 15 bridges today and skipped Miami. We will hit it on the way back down, maybe. Good day.
Mar 22, 07 2.2   7:30 am - 9:40 am Elliot Key Started out to get to Miami but the rains came and at times we only had 200 yards of visibility. We anchored and sat it out. Good holding and this key would be interesting to explore. National Park.
 Mar 21, 07 7   7:50 am - 2:50 pm Pumpkin Key off Key Largo Motored again into the wind all day. The days seem long because of the motoring and especially because of pounding into the waves. Good thing we were inside and have the variety of avoiding shallow water along with the mangrove canals.
Mar 20, 07 7.3   7:15 am - 2:20 pm Shell Key Picked up fuel after hauling the anchor. Motored out into the bay, under the bridge and then into the wind on the inside route on our way to Miami. Winds built during the day and ultimately we were down .5 knots because of the headwind. Picked up a free mooring ball at Shell Key.
Mar 17, 07 1.9   6:45 am - 2:00 pm Marathon

Great sail. Anchored in Boot Key Harbor

Mar 10, 07 1.5   11:30 - 5:30 pm Key West Motored in to pick up visitors, lunch then motored out to Legacy and then sailed back in. Motored to dock to let them off and back to anchorage.
Mar 9, 07 1   Various Key West Motored for 15 min to test engine alignment - great. Went in for pump out and back to anchor.
Feb. 16 2   1:30 - 3:30 Key West Motored out to Legacy, dolphins and then into dock to drop off visitors.
Feb. 15 4   10:30 - 3:30 Sand Key and Back Motored out to Sand Key for snorkeling. Little wind.
Feb. 2 4   10:30 am - 4 pm Key West Took Bill and friends on a sail ride up to see Legacy, dolphins and then sail past the cruise ships out to the ocean.
Jan.     11 hours Key West Motor sailed and sailed back to Key West.
Jan.     8 hours Dry Tortugas Motor sailed over to the Dry Tortugas.
Jan.     4 hours Marquesas Sailed most of the way and then motored into our anchorage.
Jan.     3.5 hours Key West Motored into the wind back the next day
Jan.     3 hours Boca Grande Sailed the trip over
Jan       Key West Sailed back into Key West
Jan       New Found Harbor Sailed to New Found Harbor with a great wind and sail.
Jan 2007     7:30 am - 3:30 pm  Marathon Motored to Marathon with Gary and Shirline
Dec. 2006     4:15 pm - 10 am   Crossing from Marco Island to Key West.
2001 - Dec 2006         Old logs lost to the computer gods when the disc drive failed. Stupid Jim thing for having bad backups.

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