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Bye Bye Silver Maple!

After some great years of sailing, we finally sold Silver Maple last week. We are sad to see her go, but won’t miss the maintenance and work that goes with owning your own boat. Having said that, this will definitely not be the end of boating for us. We are chartering a boat in Croatia this fall, and are planning to do more charters so that we can sail in new and exiting places.

As for this blog, we will keep it going so we can record our travels and adventures. If you don’t already, you can follow us by clicking the follow button on the bottom corner of your screen.

Fair winds to all!



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Sailing in the Grenadines!

Sunday, March 3rd to Sunday, March 10th, 2019

For those who have been following us the past few years, you may have noticed a lack of postings recently. Well, Silver Maple was put to bed at the end of the season last year and she is now up for sale. We decided it was time to move on to another chapter and some different adventures. We loved our time sailing the east coast of the US and in the Bahamas, but it is time for something new.

So, in keeping with that, we chartered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for two weeks. The first week we were with Jackson and his girlfriend, Laura, on a boat named Isaphil. And, the second week just the two of us on Willow Dew. This was both our first time sailing a catamaran, and our first time in the Grenadines. Always fun to try new things! For Laura, this was her first time on a sailing trip beyond an afternoon outing. She did great and is now a welcome addition to the crew whenever she would like to join us.

After arriving in St. Vincent at Barefoot Yacht Charters we climb aboard Isaphil, the catamaran that we will be sailing for the week. Lots of room for the four of us. The rocking motion is quite a bit different than the mono-hull we are used to, so there are a few green faces until we get used to it and take our sea-sickness meds.


Isaphil — Our boat for the first week

We sleep aboard tied to the mooring ball the first night before heading into town for groceries and provisions the next morning. Then, we cast off for Bequia. It is a beautiful day, but the winds are high and so are the waves. We learn very quickly, that this seems to be par for the course here in the Grenadines. Unlike the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands where we have sailed previously, the waters between the islands here are deep and each trip is like doing a full on ocean crossing even if it is only for a couple of hours. The roughest waters seem to be between Bequia and St. Vincent. Okay when you are on a run with the winds behind you, but a bit crazy when the wind and waves are hitting you on the nose. Thankfully, on our first day getting used to the boat, the wind is behind us.

We spend a night anchored at Bequia which is a very pretty island with colourful houses on the hills, a cute town with friendly people and some very good restaurants. From there we continue south staying in Canouan, the Tobago Cays and Salt Whistle Bay/Mayreaux before heading  back north toward St. Vincent to take Jackson and Laura back at the end of the first week. Our last crossing is in the morning the day they have to catch their flight. On the trip from Bequia back to St. Vincent we are in some the highest seas we have ever sailed in with 3 metre waves. Crazy! Our crew takes it is stride though and we make it back safe, sound and salty.


Colourful houses climb the hills in Bequia


Laura on the dinghy dock in Bequia


Painkillers quickly become one of our favourite drinks in the Grenadines


Beautiful Bequia harbour at sunset


Provisioning in the morning in Bequia via dinghy before we head out


Crew and captain at the helm


Sails up!

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Lee swimming off the boat in the Tobago Cays


Captain can’t help himself… in the engine compartment even when its not his boat!


Blue water of Tobago Cays


Jackson and Randy snorkeling off the boat


Bananagram is the favourite sailing game


The group after snorkeling in the turtle preserve. No turtles to be found there but saw them later near the boat. Weird.


Back on the water


Approaching Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreaux


Laura now an experienced crew member


Beautiful Salt Whistle Bay


Laura and Jackson swimming off the back of Isaphil


Lee on the beach at Salt Whistle Bay


Hmm…guess which one forgot to reapply sunscreen after swimming?


Thumbs up and back on the water


Crew hard at work


Last night in the Grenadines for Jackson and Laura (on the beach in Bequia) before heading home

Sunday, March 10th to Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Week two we switch to a different boat (also a catamaran) named Willow Dew. It is just the two of us, so we head further south with a long trip the first full day from Bequia to the town of Clifton on Union Island. Each day the winds are 20 to 30 knots and waves are high even though the forecast is not predicting them. The Grenadines are not for novice sailors, that is for sure.

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Willow Dew


Clifton harbour


The town of Clifton on Union Island


Lee on deck in Clifton

From there we stop at the beautiful Petit St. Vincent and then Chatham Bay. Both are lovely quiet spots with nice resorts. We finish the trip with two nights at our favourite place, Bequia before doing the crossing back to St. Vincent. Again, on the return trip, even though the weather in the Bequia harbour is quite and calm, when we head for St. Vincent, the winds are up to 40 knots on the nose with over 2 metre waves and driving rain. We are soaked through by the time we get to St. Vincent where the sun is out and it is a beautiful day.


Sails up in the sunshine


In the dinghy on our way to dinner at Aqua


Checking the anchor is set well


Lounging at the bar at the Aqua Resort in Chatham Bay


Afternoon cocktails at Aqua. Yum!


Dinner with gorgeous view of the sun setting


Lee on the beach in Chatham Bay in front of Aqua restaurant and resort


Back in beautiful Bequia


Floating bar in Bequia with cruise ship in back ground. The big ships love this place as much as we do!


Another beautiful Bequia sunset.


Captain enjoying his arrival beverage


Dinner at the Fig Tree in Bequia

It was great to be back on a sailboat for a couple of weeks. It really made us miss Silver Maple and our times living aboard. The Grenadines are beautiful and some sunshine and 80 degree F days were just what we needed. The catamarans were nice, but we have decided we are mono-hull sailors and will go back to that next time… on our next adventure in sailing.

Stay safe everyone! Hugs!




Finishing the east coast

Friday, March 30th to Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

What a trip! The weather stays unusually cold most of the way as we continue north. From Oriental, NC we head to Belhaven, NC and stay at a nice marina called River Forest and explore the town. It is one of the few stops along the way where we have seen a town improve since we last visited it 6 years ago bringing Silver Maple down the coast.


Silver Maple (right) on the dock at River Dunes in Oriental, NC

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Osprey keeps an eye on us as we depart from Oriental, NC


Bouncy ride on the way to Belhaven, NC


Randy at the River Forest Marina in Belhaven, NC with Silver Maple on the dock behind


This is the River Forest Marina and event center in Belhaven, NC. Clearly, not your typical marina!


Silver Maple looking lonely in Belhaven, NC

The  next morning we head towards the Pungo-Alligator Canal and Alligator River. When we get to the Alligator River Marina, we meet a nice couple, Sophie and Stephane from France on their trawler named Troll. We have cocktails together and then meet them for dinner again at our next stop in Coinjock, NC.

Beautiful calm morning on the Pungo River leaving Behaven, NC
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Coyote crosses the canal in front of us swimming as fast as he can to get out of our way


Danger? What danger? Hmmm…


Captain enjoying some down-time on the deck through the Pungo-Alligator Canal


Water is red/brown as if there is blood in it

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Coast guard does a fly-by


When we exit the canal and enter the Alligator River, the wind picks up and so the sails go up too. Yeah!


The Alligator River Marina is very modest — basically it is a gas station with some docks


Silver Maple at the Alligator River Marina at sunset


Silver Maple with Troll (Sophie and Stephane from France) at the Alligator River Marina

Sophie and Stephane passing us the next day in the Albemarle Sound


Dinner at the Coinjock Marina restaurant with Sophie and Stephane (Troll) from France

From Coinjock, it is on to Portsmouth/Norfolk, VA marking the end of the Inter-Coastal Waterway (ICW) and the Carolinas. It is a beautiful calm day with Ospreys nesting on almost every channel marker. But, it is a hectic managing the timing of multiple bridge openings and a lock, so we are pushing Silver Maple’s engine hard.

We spend a day in Norfolk exploring and waiting out bad weather, then carry on to our next stop at Deltaville, VA. In Deltaville, the weather turns bad again so we stay put for a few more days before heading to Solomons, MD. The Chesapeake Bay is cold, windy and wavy both days we are on it. Heading to Annapolis from Solomons, our last day on the water is probably our roughest day yet.




Beautiful calm day on the canal with only being the ones we make


Nesting pair


Flying away as we approach


Watching us from the tree as we go by


The water is like glass — gorgeous!


Amazingly calm


Like a big mirror


Waiting for the bridge to open so we can make a dash to catch the opening of the next bridge


You can take the boy out of the country, but…


Coming into Norfolk the scenery changes quickly to a busy port of military and ship building


Working on an Aircraft Carrier


…and Destroyers


Making us look small


In Portsmouth, VA the town across the river from Norfolk


Walking along with river in Portsmouth looking across to an Aircraft Carrier in Norfolk


The city of Norfolk, VA from across the river


Silver Maple on the dock in Portsmouth, VA at the Tidewater Marina


This little guy spends a lot of time looking up at us over the rails of Silver Maple on the dock. Apparently, he has learned that people on boats feed him, so of course we do!


Ferry to cross the river from Portsmouth to Norfolk


Lee and Randy on the ferry


Approaching the Nauticus and Naval Museum with the Battleship Wisconsin


Big ship


Would be interesting to have an office with that pointed at you


Tomahawk missile launcher on board


From the ground it looks even bigger


Silver Maple at sunset in Portsmouth, VA



Leaving Norfolk and heading out towards the Chesapeake Bay


Up close and personal with the Coast Guard as we leave Norfolk


Cold morning as we pass the Aircraft Carriers docked in Norfolk as we leave

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We get passed by this strange looking military vehicle. Amphibious?


Lighthouse in Chesapeake Bay


Bouncy ride from Norfolk, VA to Deltaville, VA


Busy shipping channel on the Chesapeake. We have to change course to get out of this guy’s way…


Captain takes a little nap at the helm

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Lots of military aircraft fly overhead as we approach Solomons, MD


Silver Maple on the dock at Zahniser Marina in Solomons, MD


Last day on the Chesapeake is our roughest yet (click photo below to view video)

When we get to Annapolis, MD, we take 4 days to pack up all of our belongings and move off of Silver Maple. Our friends, Ruth and Bruce drive down with their trailer from Canada. We load it up and say goodbye to Silver Maple. The drive home is a bit treacherous with snow and freezing rain.


Packing up!


Randy packing up the storage locker


Silver Maple on the dock at Bert Jabin’s Boatyard and Marina in Annapolis


Bert Jabin’s is busy putting boats into the water for spring launch


The harbour has sailboats as far as the eye can see…


Ruth and Bruce to the rescue! They drive their truck and trailer down from Canada to get us.


Out for dinner in Annapolis with Ruth and Bruce. Happy 34th Anniversary guys!


Last look at Silver Maple (far side of dock on left) in Annapolis


Rain and sleet on Hwy 401 after we cross the border back into Canada


It is snow on Hwy 507 as we get close to home


Winter wonderland at home when we arrive. Perhaps we are home too early…


Randy gets the tracter out to clear the snow


Trailer with all of Silver Maple’s contents waiting to be unloaded and unpacked

Now back at home, winter is still in full swing. Lots of unpacking to do to keep us busy until spring arrives. Which, hopefully, will be sooner rather than later…




Visiting the cold Carolinas

Saturday, March 17th to Friday, March 30th, 2018

It has been a challenging few weeks of cold. Is spring coming …ever? We continue to take our time moving up the coast in hopes that it will warm up. Temperatures have been 10 to 15 degrees F. below normal and very windy. When we started this trip we had planned to do sections of it out in the ocean, but the weather just hasn’t made that possible and we continue to putter our way slowly up the Inter-coastal Waterway (ICW).

After a fun visit in Charleston, we continue north. When we hit Georgetown, NC they are expecting thunderstorms and tornadoes, so we leave the boat for a couple of days, rent a car and drive up to visit our friends, Ellen and Doug at their place in Huntersville, NC (just outside Charlotte).

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Silver Maple (right) at sunrise on the morning we leave the dock at Charleston, SC

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Passing the beautiful Charleston homes as we leave

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Lee sees her first alligator! We pass this guy along the ICW in South Carolina.

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Love the pelicans!

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Randy enjoying some brief sunshine at the bar before the storms hit in Georgetown, NC

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Great visit with Ellen and Doug at their new home in Huntersville, NC

Once the weather clears, we are on our way again through some of the pretty parts of the ICW. It continues to be cold — in the 30s F. at night and the 40s and low 50s F. during the day with high winds. In St. James Plantation near Wilmington, NC we stop for a day of golf. Our great golf pro, Doug Hammer, at Troon North in Scottsdale arranged for us to play the beautiful Reserve course in St. James. It is a cold day, but well worth it. Thanks Doug!


Some of the prettiest parts of the ICW as we head to Myrtle Beach, SC

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Lee and Randy at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach for some dinner and music


Sunrise over Myrtle Beach, SC


Captain doing his stay warm dance

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This poor guy was walking along the beach looking lonely on a small strip of land between the ICW and ocean


Passing large dredging equipment on the Inter-Coastal Waterway (ICW) in South Carolina


Along the way we still see what looks like damage from hurricanes


Ready for a day of golf at St. James Plantation in North Carolina


Cold day for golf but lots of fun

After our golf break, we continue through North Carolina, passing through the Cape Fear River, visiting Wrightsville Beach, Swansboro, and Beaufort. We now have just 200 miles to Norfolk, VA where the ICW ends and we enter the Chesapeake. Yesterday the weather finally warmed up enough to remove some layers. Woohoo!


Lots of birds along the ICW

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Being passed by the ferry on the Cape Fear River


We are shadowed by this security boat as we pass a military base on the Cape Fear River


Silver Maple on the dock at Wrightsville, NC


Osprey by its nest on an ICW marker


Bundled for the cold, we look like we are dressed for skiing not sailing!

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Sure looks like a loon! We’ve seen a few on the ICW, but we don’t hear anything calling at night. Do they come this far south?

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As we pass Camp Lejeune in North Carolina we see lots of military aircraft

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Helicopters pass nearby at Camp Lejeune


No lights flashing so it is safe to carry on. Whew!

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We hear lots of loud ‘booms’ as we pass, so they are firing something…


Silver Maple on the dock at Swansboro, NC


Happy Captain

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Captain enjoying a margarita on the deck in Beaufort, NC


Marker 200! Two hundred miles to Norfolk, VA.


Its warming up so layers start to come off

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…and another one


ICW follows a beautiful creek as we approach the Pamlico Sound in NC


Sailing in Pamlico Sound

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It is nice to see lots of other sailboats as we pass Oriental, NC. It has been pretty quiet since we are ahead of most boats heading north.

Now in Oriental, NC at the lovely Grace Marina at River Dunes, we are once again waiting out bad weather. We had hoped to carry on tomorrow but now looks like it might be another day here. Not to worry. It is a very nice place and we are enjoying the break. Cheers!


It is cold! Georgia to South Carolina

Wednesday, March 7th to Friday, March 16th, 2018

Well, we certainly weren’t expecting this! It has been cold, cold, cold through most of Florida, and now Georgia and South Carolina. Still we are making tracks, though admittedly we are doing it very slowly in hopes that spring will arrive up north and the storms will pass before we get there.

We have a great time touring around Jekyll Island, GA on bicycles. This island was historically used as a playground of the rich with many beautiful ‘cottages’ and a large Club House. Thankfully, the weather warms up a bit and it is a beautiful day to see the island.


Silver Maple on the dock on Jekyll Island, SC

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Jekyll Island is a great place to ride bicycles


First transcontinental call was made from Jekyll Island in 1915


The Spanish moss hanging from the trees gives the place some great character


The Jekyll Island Club House for the rich and famous, is now a hotel


Lovely day!


We take a tour of the Rockefeller ‘cottage’ called Indian Mound on Jekyll Island


The former club house diningroom unfortunately requires jackets for the gentlemen and dresses for the ladies — not something we have on the boat, so guess we will have to take a pass this time (ha!)


Some rooms still have the upscale hunting lodge feel


Randy pretending to be a Rockefeller sitting on the porch of the Club House

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Exclusive multi-family residences are considered to be some of the first condos


The wharf where the boats arrived bringing people from the mainland is now a nice, casual restaurant

From Jekyll Island, we head to Wallberg Creek, GA and then on to Thunderbold, GA just outside of Savannah. On the way, our mileage on Silver Maple passes the 5000 mile point. Wow!


Another windy and cold day travelling form Jekyll Island to St. Simons Island, GA


Lee bundled up trying to stay warm


Settled on the dock in St. Simons the next morning after a windy arrival the day before


The Morningstar Marina on St. Simons Island, GA


Captain still uses paper charts as back-up for navigation


Lots of technology including iPad and full Raymarine navigation system on the boat too


Back on the water leaving St. Simons Island and heading towards Wallberg Creek, GA


The Inter-Coastal Waterway (ICW) in Georgia is mostly through marsh areas

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Lots of birds


Water fowl on the shore as we pass (Heron?)

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The buoys marking crab traps make navigation even more challenging. Birds like them to rest on.


Passing barge traffic


Anchoring in Wallberg Creek, GA

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Dolphins visit us in the anchorage


A calm day on the ICW as we head towards Thunderbolt, GA which is just outside of Savannah, GA


Channel markers make great bird perches


Finally, a nicer day!


Approaching Hell’s Gate, one of the notoriously shallow spots on the ICW. Georgia is frustrating to navigate because there are so many areas where the depth is so low we can only traverse when the tide is up.

While in Thunderbolt, we take a day to tour around Savannah, GA. What a great city! All of the squares give it a very peaceful feeling. And, the weather warms up a bit for us again for the day. Woohoo!


Safe and sound at Thunderbolt Marina just outside of Savannah, GA


Randy with our Segway Tour Guide, Ray in Savannah, GA


Fountains in Savannah have been dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day

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Lee and Randy on Jones Street, historically one of the most prestigious streets in Savannah and where we get the phrase ‘keeping up with the Jones’


The flowers are blooming in Savannah


Beautiful hedges!


Lee and Randy in front of the ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ house


Savannah is a really nice, livable city built around 22 squares


Spot where the bus stop bench Forest Gump sat on eating his chocolates in the movie


Hey, we have a square!

From Thunderbolt, we do a very short trip to Hilton Head, SC marking the end of Georgia. Whew! The shallow depth of the Inter-Coastal Waterway in Georgia makes it very challenging.

Bad weather and gales are moving in later in the day, so we want to get tied to the dock as soon as possible.


Back on the water, we approach some traffic on the Savannah River


We won’t argue with him!


The lovely Harbour Town Marina in Hilton Head, SC. We are out of Georgia!


Silver Maple on the dock in Hilton Head next to our next boat… maybe?

From Hilton Head, we take off for Beaufort, SC. which is another very short run. And, then the next day we head towards Charleston, SC. This turns out to be a horrible day. Its cold, in the 40s and 50sF. Its windy, with up to 30 mph winds. And, its a long day where we are on the water early and don’t get in until the early evening. We are so glad to get to the St. John’s Yacht Harbour Marina just outside of Charleston.


Cold again as we head from Hilton Head to Beaufort, SC


Lots of military aircraft around

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Pelicans still around even in the cold


Wow! That’s cold!

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Fighter jets overhead


Bridge opens as we approach our marina in Beaufort, SC.


Nice little town with beautiful old homes


Heading from Beaufort, SC towards Charleston, SC. What’s with the cold!??

We take the next day to visit Charleston. Love that city!


Sunrise at the St. John’s Yacht Harbor Marina just outside Charleston, SC


Lunch at 82 Queen in Charleston, SC.


Charleston, SC is one of our favourite cities with beautiful old homes and great food


These houses are know as The Three Sisters


Silver Maple safe and sound on the dock at the St. John’s Yacht Harbor Marina


Noisy neighbours on the dock at the St. John’s Yacht Harbour Marina

Today, we are still on the dock at St. John’s Yacht Harbour. We will be moving Silver Maple later this afternoon into the a marina in Charleston where we will be meeting up with our friends, Doug and Ellen from Charlotte, NC. Looking forward to seeing them!

Tomorrow we will be back on the water!



Lyon family visit the Bahamas and moving Silver Maple north

Tuesday, February 13th to Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

A warning in advance, it has been a long time since we last posted so this will be a long one. Time is passing so quickly it has been challenging to keep up with it all. We had a great visit with the Lyon family in February for four days — Stacia, Paul and the two 10-year olds, Celia and Andrew. It is the most people we have ever had on Silver Maple, but it was a blast. So glad Stacia and Paul made the trip down to the Bahamas with the family.

When they arrive we pick them up in Marsh Harbour and head to Fishers Bay, Great Guana Cay, to anchor out. We have lunch at Grabbers Restaurant and then hit the beach for some time playing in the waves. The Lyons seem to have no trouble jumping right in to the slower pace of life in the Bahamas. Well done!


The Lyon family having just arrived, we hit the water to make it out of the harbour on the high tide and head to Great Guana Cay, Abacos, The Bahamas. Andrew is at the helm!


Captain Randy with his new crew on deck


Getting into the island pace of life at Grabbers on Great Guana Cay


Celia and Andrew with their coconut collection on Great Guana Cay

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Celia ready for the waves on Nippers Beach, Great Guana Cay


Andrew survives a wave hit

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Stacia looking lovely walking the beach in front of Nippers

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Fun in the water with Dad

The next morning we head to Lubbers Quarters for some snorkeling on an old sunken barge and then off to Tahiti Beach to anchor for the night. The following day, we make our way to Hope Town and stay a few days at the Hope Town Inn and Marina. While there, we climb the lighthouse, spend time on the beach and go to the Hope Town Song Writers Music Festival at the Abaco Inn. What a fun time!


Sunrise over Great Guana Cay


Celia at the helm as we sail towards Lubbers Quarters


The men on deck


Celia and Andrew getting salty


A dolphin swims along side of us on the way to Lubbers Quarters


The ladies with the conch shell


Celia blowing the conch horn at sunset at Tahiti Beach to ensure the sun will rise the next morning


Celia and Andrew on the deck having a good time


New sailors!

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Stacia and Lee chillin’ at the pool at the Hope Town Inn


Andrew watching the Manatee at the dock at the Hope Town Marina


The Lyon family in front of the Hope Town lighthouse, the last remaining kerosene burning lighthouse in the world


Beautiful Hope Town Harbour from the lighthouse


At the top!


Picnic on the beach on Elbow Cay


Listening to the performance at the Songwriters Festival

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The whole group at the Hope Town Song Writers Festival


Enjoying the waves on the beach on Elbow Cay near the Abaco Inn after the Song Writers Festival


Nothing better than family beach time!


Some nice folks give us a ride back the two miles into town from the Song Writers Festival in the back of their truck


The whole crew on the marina shuttle back to Silver Maple after the festival

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Celia and Andrew with their favourite shuttle driver, Casey


Lee and Stacia enjoying yummy Caribbean Margaritas on Silver Maple


Lady of leisure with her morning Jo


Loading on the marina shuttle to catch the ferry to their flight home. Boo!



After Stacia, Paul, Celia and Andrew leave, we take a day to prepare and then push off the dock and start our trek back north. The weather is in our favour so we make tracks for West End in the Bahamas, with stops in Allans-Pensacola and Great Sale Cay. West End will be our starting point for the crossing to Ft. Pierce, FL. The night before we leave for Florida, we have a nice visit with Debbie Meeker who lives in Freeport. Originally from Mississauga, she and her family have been family friends of the Potters for years. In fact, Debbie used to baby sit the Potter kids. Lee often refers to Debbie and her sisters, Kim and Shannon, as ‘cousins’.  So great to see her!


The beginning of our trip north leaving Great Guana Cay and heading towards the Whale Cay ocean passage. Hoping the rainbow is a good sign…


On our way north!


We will miss the beautiful blue waters of the Bahamas


Captain on deck


Great day for sailing!

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Gorgeous! The Abacos Islands are giving us a beautiful send off.


On the move…


Preparing to drop anchor at Allans-Pensacola Cay


Sunrise over Allans-Pensacola


Heading towards Great Sale Cay


Arriving at Great Sale Cay to anchor for the night


Sunset over Great Sale Cay


Early morning on the way towards West End, Bahamas

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A Dolphin comes to visit


Amazing blue water as we arrive at West End, Bahamas near Freeport

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Lee with long time family friend, Debbie Meeker

The next morning on February 26th, we cross the Gulf Stream over to the US. It takes us 12 hours to make the crossing to Ft. Pierce, FL. It is a long day!


Early morning start to cross the Gulf Stream to the US. Hey, it’s dark!


Sunrise over West End as we head out

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We are not alone out here in the dark — lots of cruise ships and freighters!

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Good morning from the Gulf Stream

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Full sails and good wind


Our tradition of a photo marking half-way across the Gulf Stream to the US


Thank you Gulf Stream for the lift. We are moving at 9.4 knots! Woohoo!

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Tough to see, but this is our first view of land on the US side. Almost there!


Dolphins come to escort us in to Ft. Pierce, FL after a long 12 hour trip across from the Bahamas

Since arriving in the US, we have been making our way up the coast the via the Inter-coastal Waterway (ICW). We had hoped to go on the outside to the ocean for some of the trip, but so far the weather has been too unsettled, cold and windy to do that.

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Sunrise at the Ft. Pierce marina in Florida


Our first draw bridge on the Inter-Coastal Waterway (ICW) in Florida


Approaching our first fixed bridge in Florida. Will we fit?

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Close one! Yikes!

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Osprey in the nest along the Inter-Coastal Waterway (ICW) in Florida


No more blue water. Boo!!

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Approaching the lovely Cocoa Village Marina

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We watch the launch of the Goes 2 NOAA Satillite from Cape Canaveral while we are staying at Cocoa Beach. Very cool!

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Dinner at our favourite Thai/Sushi place, the Thai Thai Sushi Bar in Cocoa Beach. We ate there six years ago on our trip south with Silver Maple from Toronto.

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The NASA building at Cape Canaveral as we pass along the Inter-Coastal Waterway (ICW)

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Osprey patroling the Manatee slow speed zone

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Some Florida life on the water

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Lots of hurricane damage as we head north along the Florida coast

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We love the pelicans!

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The quaint New Smyrna City Marina in Florida

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Lots of wind so sails are up on the ICW

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Captain at the helm

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Silver Maple at the New Smyrna City Marina in Florida

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Eagle! Lots of wild life along the way.

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Weather has turned cold and windy! Ugh!

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The ICW (Inter-Coastal Waterway) in Florida

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The European Village at Palm Coast in Florida

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Approaching St. Augustine, Florida

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Walking the historic streets of St. Augustine, Florida

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Lee in front of the oldest wooden school house in the US located in St. Augustine, Florida

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Silver Maple at the dock in St. Augustine, FL

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More hurricane damage as we arrive in Fernandina Beach, Florida

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Shrimp boat in Georgia just shortly after crossing the border from Florida

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Approaching the Jekyll Island Marina in Georgia

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Silver Maple safe and sound on the dock

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Randy over looking the marina on Jekyll Island

Yesterday we crossed the Florida – Georgia border and we are now at the Jekyll Island Marina in Georgia. Taking a day off from travel today to do some bicycling around the island. Should be fun. Tomorrow we are on the water again. Goal is to be in Annapolis, MD by mid-April. Still a long way to go.

Wishing everyone fair winds!




Living the dream in 2018…

Friday, February 2nd to Monday, February 12th

The weather has been windy and rainy since we got here, so we haven’t been able to get off the dock. Regardless, we’ve been enjoying Hope Town and all the fun people we meet here. Lee is feeling much better and is pretty much back to normal. Yeah! We keep busy with boat chores and just hanging out. Randy has been doing lots of varnishing and waxing. Silver Maple is looking great!


Captain hard at work varnishing the cockpit table


Randy’s work pays off! Table looks amazing!

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Randy gets a visit from the resident Manatee while he is waxing the hull

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Saying hello!


Likes a little pat on the head and belly rub. Too cute!


Hope Town harbour looking like a postcard


Lee joins the painting group in Hope Town for the morning


Curly tail lizard poses for Lee while she is painting. Sorry, painting trees and ocean today!


Happy Hour with all our boating friends


In the bar at the Hope Town Inn watching the Superbowl. Yeah, Eagles!


Great a capella group called Shere Khan from Princeton University gives benefit concert in Hope Town

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Out for dinner at the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay with friends Gloria and Jim (from Charlotte, NC on Jimandi), Debra and John (from Annapolis, MD on Mandalay) and Louise and Guy (from Vancouver, BC on Miss Ellie)


Out for a beach walk on Elbow Cay


Stopping for a cocktail at On Da Beach half way though our beach walk


Bellying up to the bar at On Da Beach. Lovely spot!


Sunrise over Hope Town Harbour


Hope Town Marina looking lovely at sunrise on Elbow Cay in the Bahamas

Good news! This week, the weather has changed! It’s been gorgeous so we take a trip down to Lynyard Cay and Tahiti Beach.

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On the water again, finally!

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Gorgeous day!

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Sails are up!

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Lee at the helm

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Captain says the sails are looking good

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The delivery boat on its way into Hope Town bringing supplies to the island

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Captain Randy!

Next week we have visitors coming, Stacia, Paul, and their kids Celia and Andrew from Ann Arbor, MI. It will be cozy with all of us on the boat, but should be really fun. Looking forward to it! Yeah!