"Hello all, We just sailed the entire west coast from Canada to Mexico. Next, the Chessie, then south to PR after hurricane season. I have sailed well over 50,000 nm since 1969 after returning from VN. To old to quit now, glad to be…"
"could be of interest to some of us....Toll Increase for Panama Canal AnnouncedPosted on April 25, 2012 by sarahThis is not great news for many cruisers, but be sure to take it into account if you have plans to head through the Panama Canal after…"
My husband Don and I are currently in Oriental North Carolina to do a remodel of the interior of our boat so we can continue cruising. We have been cruising on SOUTHERN CROSS a 1974 Dickerson 41 ketch, the last woody that Dickerson built, since October 2002. If you are in Oriental, come by for a visit.
About the boat: The original owner, Neville and Louise Lewis with their son Chris took SOUTHERN CROSS around the world from 1975 to 1979. That was when there were real sailors! Went around with only a flasher depth sounder, a knot log, and sextant. My husband bought SOUTHERN CROSS from the Lewis' in 1984.
Oriental, North Carolina
Some, but not all of the Great Lakes - Lake Erie, Lake Huron, north Channel, north Georgian Bay, upper Lake Michigan. Cruised the East coast of US from Cutler Maine around to the west coast of Florida up to Clearwater. Then the Dry Tortugas, the Bahamas - both the Abacos and the Exumas. We have stopped at the Spanish Virgins by Puerto Rico, US Virgins, British Virgins including Anagada, St. Martin/Sint Marten, Saba, Antigua, Guadeloupe, St. Barts, Dominica, Martinque, St. Lucia, Barbados, the Tobago Cays, Carricou, Grenada, Tobago, Trinidad, Venezuela (Marguerita, Puerto la Cruz, Aves, Roches...), Bonaire, Curacao, Cartagena Colombia, San Blas Islands, Portabello, and Bocas del Toro, Laguna del Bluefield of Panama. Then Alagarte Reef off the coast of Nicaragua and moved on to Guanaja and Roatan Honduras. Next up the Rio of Guatemala for interior exploring. Moving along to Big Creek, then Turneffe Reef, Middle Long Cay, Half Moon Cay, and Cay Caulker of Belize. Then it was back to the States for the first time in over two years for the SOUTHERN CROSS.
We are currently in the starting stages of remodeling the interior of the boat for future long distance cruising.
We want to visit new places, meet new people, and try new foods We want to keep cruising until it is no longer fun. To have no particular place to ,and plenty of time to get there.
"Well Bob as luck would have it, my boat does not have the optional macerator pump for holding tank pump out. There is a black switch under the sink but it is for the shower sump drain. Thanks again for the reply."
"We use original 44 pound plow that came with boat. Added 100ft 3/8 ht chain in 2010. This setup has proven very reliable and we have not drug since 2010. This set up has held in numerous weather systems with high winds from Martha's Vinyard Ma…"
"We have a 55lb Rocna on our 43 and it fits just fine, sets quickly 99% of the time and holds like a rock. I use a double line bridle made up of 5/8" 3 strand and a chain gripper plate. On those times where it doesn't set immediately I just…"
"We upgraded from a Bruce 40lb anchor to a Manson 60 lb anchor on our B-40 as well as went all chain instead of rope to chain rode. The anchor fit perfectly on the roller. One suggestion is to put an inline swivel on the anchor and have a boat hook…"