If you've been keeping up with our Instagram, then you know that we've been enjoying Miami, South Beach, Mexico, and Nicaragua. What were we doing in Miami for an entire month? How did we end up in Central America in the middle of December? Why did Jamie almost yell at P.Diddy? How did we speed up from our usual 5 knots? Who came to visit? It's all here...
On December 1st 2017, after a beautiful 12 hour sail down the coast of Florida from Palm Beach to Miami, we finally stopped the Southbound grind and decided to settle in for a while. A while ended up meaning exactly one month, because we are heading to the Bahamas tomorrow.
7 notable things that happened in Miami:
1. We had the pleasure of staying on a beautiful 65' Viking Sportfish in Miami Beach thanks for Trevor's friend Tom. We thoroughly enjoyed the air conditioning and hot showers (luxuries we do not have on our little Frannie). Thanks Tom!
2. Jamie got to go for a few flights to Key West (Florida), Bimini (Bahamas), and Cat Cay (Bahamas). This only fuelled her longing to get back in the cockpit, but it was a wonderful surprise. Nothing like breakfast in Key West, lunch in the Bahamas, and dinner in Miami! Thank you Caravan Chris!
3. We had some of our favourite people come visit us from Toronto - something that may not be so possible in the remote islands of the Bahamas... We loved being in such a central location!!! Jamie's cousin Nick and his new fiancé Ally, and our friends Morgan and Brendon!
4. We booked two last minute trips to Nicaragua (Trevor) and Mexico (Jamie) to visit family for 10 days. We left the boat on a mooring ball and had some wonderful time away from the boat.
5. We enjoyed this beautiful anchorage right next to Star Island in Miami Beach for almost 2 weeks! Although, we had one especially sleepless night when Jamie was feeling a bit under the weather... The music coming from the island was loud... by 4am, she almost went over to the partying house to tell them off - but it's a good thing she didn't because we later found out that P.Diddy was the culprit!
6. We got to speed up a little bit, hitting 72 MPH in Tom's MTI. Needless to say, Jamie was all over driving at those speeds. Thanks again Tom!
7. We had a wonderful adventure planning and executing operation "Christmas dinner on the boat" with the help of our friend Jim. (If you missed it, check out the video below).
After spending almost 2 weeks in North Carolina doing engine work - we are finally leaving to head for the Caribbean!
Why did it take so long?
Well for starters, this happened:
Surprise! If you haven't already read about it, There was an engine in our kitchen. This was a huge, unexpected delay in our plans to make it South. And of course, we completed this engine escapade right as the nice weather window was ending. After freezing our butts off for over a week with no heater as temperatures hover around 0, today is finally our window to head out! Such is sailor life...
New Bern, Oriental, Beaufort
We spent the majority of this time in New Bern doing engine things (see "10 Lessons/Tips from our YSM12 rebuild"). New Bern is a lovely town - including many great local bars and coffee shops, charming bed and breakfasts, and a lot of bear statues. For those of you reading from Toronto, this is very similar to the moose thing we had going a few years back... If you find yourself cruising down the ICW with some extra time, we'd recommend visiting New Bern, even just for a day or two of strolling around.
From there, we putted down the Neuse River to Oriental, a lovely little fishing port. The town has a free dock (you may stay up to two nights) within walking distance to stores, cafés, and restaurants. We only spent two nights there before heading to what was supposed to be our final land-locked destination: Beaufort, NC.
North Carolina isn't a bad place to be "stuck". It's a beautiful place to be in the fall - as you can see, we've hung out in a few anchorages & marinas, seen some sunsets, stalked some wild horses, etc...
As most of you know know, we didn't end up completing our planned passage to the Dominican Republic (see our next post). But as we were leaving Beaufort, here was the plan:
Why Dominican Republic?
Where in DR?
How are you getting there?
How can I follow your journey?
Off we go!
We'll take lots of notes/pictures - so you can expect a full report once we arrive.
See you guys in a little over a week!