Retire Early, Go Sailing, and Enjoy Life!

Retire Early, Go Sailing, and Enjoy Life!

Season 4 On Mahi- Part 1

Season 4 On Mahi- Part 1

What a season we had this past year!  We started at Great Harbour Cay, in the Bahamas, flying out from our home in California.

Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas, from the air.

After saying hello to our many wonderful friends on the island, it was time to get the boat ready to take back to the US for another mini refit.

After quickly placing the sails back on, and organizing assorted items stowed over the summer for hurricane season, we provisioned, and headed overnight back from Great Harbour Cay to the US.  We made great time, so turned south (once to Biscayne Bay)  in the Hawk Channel for Marathon down in the Florida Keys.

Sunrise Gulf Crossing

In Marathon, we met up with old friends and new.  Joe put on a new Garmin Autopilot and Radar, plus fixed the windlass and a few other items.  We picked up a Brownie Hookah System, which allows us to dive under the boat.

 Sunrise view from Mahi in Marathon

We also added an asymmetrical spinnaker by our sailmaker, Peter Grimm.  He knows his stuff, since he has done all the Sail inventory on our Taswell 43, all we had to do is email and order one.  Here is a picture of what it looks like flying on a downwind sail:

Peter Grimm and Co., plus Joe in sail loft

The best part of Marathon was being able to get Amazon deliveries, plus provision at Publix Grocery Store.  There is also a Home Depot, CVS, and West Marine in Marathon.  We also spent time making new friends and of course, socializing.  Thanksgiving was spent hanging out with the crew of SV Shambala and SV Mysterious.

SV Mahi, Shambala and Mysterious!

With a full boat, we took off for the Bahamas again.  This time,  the Hawk Channel had 3-4 meter seas, so after talking to Addison Chan, who we just passed as he was arriving to Marathon, we took his advice and took the inside ICW route north to Biscayne Bay.    Below, we are heading under the 7 Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys:

This route can be shallow in places, and we did bounce in sand a few times at low tide, but it was an enjoyable sail east and north.

Miami skyline from anchorage

Once Mahi arrived to Biscayne Bay, we anchored under the beautiful skyline of Miami for the night, then headed back over to Bimini to check back into the Bahamas.

Mahi in Bimini

In Bimini, there was no dock help, so I was able to lasso a spring line to stop the boat and pull it over to the dock.  This allowed me to step onto the dock to finish tying off the lines.  Joe and I work well together!

We also met up with our friends on SV Avighna, and after resting up for a day, we set off a lovely overnight sail back to Great Harbour Cay.

Next stop: Outer Berries.

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