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The Surveyor Missed What?
The Surveyor Missed What?

When you buy a boat, you do your due diligence and use a surveyor.  When we bought our Taswell 43…

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Great Harbour Cay Christmas 
Great Harbour Cay Christmas 

Back living on Mahi, it was time to unpack, put on the sails, full enclosure and unpack.  Slowly, we brought…

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Flew Back To Mahi
Flew Back To Mahi

With the end of hurricane season,  Captain Joe, Ethan and I flew from California to the Bahamas to rejoin our…

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Dehydrating Food For Our Boat
Dehydrating Food For Our Boat

I'll admit I have been dehydrating food like crazy lately.  I stumbled onto the idea one day while watching a…

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Update # 5-Post Matthew
Update # 5-Post Matthew

Communications to Great Harbour Cay are still down, and text messages from Joe have been hit and miss the last…

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Update #4 Hurricane Matthew
Update #4 Hurricane Matthew

The satellite image shown above provides an idea for where The Berry Island chain is located relative to Hurricane Matthew. …

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Update #3 Hurricane Matthew
Update #3 Hurricane Matthew

Joe was able to get this video to me from Great Harbour Cay in the Berry Islands, Bahamas.  The hurricane…

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Update #2 Hurricane Matthew
Update #2 Hurricane Matthew

Last night, I spoke with Joe briefly.  He was able to take a break from the outer bands of the…

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Update #1 Hurricane Matthew
Update #1 Hurricane Matthew

Thought I would write a series of updates over the next few days.  Joe and our sailboat, MAHI, are currently…

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Preparing For Hurricane Matthew
Preparing For Hurricane Matthew

Joe is now in the Bahamas, overseeing the final preparations to our sailboat, MAHI, before Hurricane Matthew arrives.  We are…

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Meet the Crew

Hello, glad you found us. We planned for this adventure for almost a decade before setting off. What did it take to sail off into the sunset? We worked hard, paid off the house, took classes, sailed whenever possible, retired early, then bought the boat. Along the way, Joe and I also adopted our grandson, Ethan, who will be traveling with us.

Joe Barrett (Captain, Engineer)

After a successful engineering career, Joe recently retired early from a major Semiconductor Manufacturing company in order to realize his dreams of traveling the world by sailboat. Of course you know that Joe’s mechanical engineering degree will come in handy fixing the boat when things break. I asked Joe what he wanted to say in his blog bio, his reply was that “my role is to show up with the bags of cash, and fulfill my wife’s every wish.” Smart man! Joe first started sailing back when Sailing 101 was a PE elective at his high school in Dana Point, CA. During his college days at UC Berkeley, Joe enjoyed sailing on San Francisco Bay, though not perhaps when the fog rolled in. Ten years ago, Joe got bit by the sail cruising bug after some nagging prompting by me. After reading Herb Payson’s classic cruising book, Blown Away, Joe realized that if Herb could sail to the South Pacific, so could he.

Carla Barrett (aka Admiral or First Mate)

I discovered my love of the ocean after numerous yacht deliveries with my sister, Yvette, and brother-in-law, Capt. Dave. Dreams of cruising followed, but it took me awhile to get Joe on board. Once he was, the planning began. Prior to cruising, I taught machine quilting, mixed media and design classes both online and at international machine quilting shows. If curious, feel free to check out my creative blog at www.CarlaBarrett.com. During our travels, I plan to continue creating and drawing designs (sold at Digitech Patterns) while on board the boat, plus draw the occasional cartoon when the mood strikes. With my new Sailrite machine on board, who knows what I will make. Stay Tuned….

Ethan Barrett (Age 5)

Ethan loves roller coasters, water parks, volcanoes, Octonauts, legos, and making new friends. He is very social, happy and outgoing little guy whose favorite words are, “Excuse me?”. Ethan loves to look at the boat engine compartment and in the bilges. He also can name the entire human digestive system, too. Wonder if this means he will be an engineer or a doctor? I’m rooting for another engineer in the family. After all, an engineer with social skills will go far in the workplace. Ethan will be boat schooled during our travels. If land based for any time, we will enroll Ethan in local schools, too.

Our Boat

13177780_254621828222366_2723439572920559186_nOur boat, S/V Mahi, (former name Fortune Cookie) is a Taswell 43, currently located in Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands in the Bahamas.   In February, 2016, we finished a major refit for extended cruising.    Here is a diagram of what our boat looks like:

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This cutter rig sailboat was designed by Bill Dixon and made by Ta Shing in 1992.

Taswell 43’s are safe, proven, offshore sailboats, with a floor plan that is most livable inside.  This is a center cockpit boat, and features a double bunk cabin forward (for Ethan) and an aft cabin with a center-line queen for Joe and I.

We will be the second owners of this vessel.   The first owners bought the boat new and took excellent care of her.  It was obvious that it had been lightly sailed, yet well maintained.  After my initial viewing, I called Joe and equated the boat to “a grandmother vintage car who only drove it to church on Sundays.

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It has a beautiful interior teak and the photo above shows you part of our main salon.  Right now we have the small table on while we provision.  Here is the opposite view of our salon showing the bookcase, and TV.

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There is also a larger table which lowers, for additional berth space for guests.

tas043s001_layoutThis photo, above, reveals the overall floor plan of the interior.

Here are photos of the Galley and Navigation Station:

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Above images show you the aft master cabin and forward bunk cabin where Ethan sleeps.

Below photo shows you the new bottom paint completed in November, 2015.

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Would love to hear from you.  If you have any questions, ask away!

Sponsors

The following companies have products we believe in and use on board Mahi.

Mantus Anchors

mantusWhen considering our dinghy anchor, we knew wanted a Mantus Anchor.   Practical Sailor magazine agrees, a December 2015 article named the Mantus dinghy anchor their “Best Choice,” too.   Will be reviewing our new anchor addition once we get to the Bahamas.

Just Marine

inflatable-dan-buoy-300x242Dan Buoy– We knew from the outset that we wanted a Dan Buoy from Just Marine even before we found our sailboat.  It is a self inflating, crew overboard safety device that auto inflates once you throw it into the water.  It will help you locate your crew overboard both day and night.  We keep ours next to the helm in the cockpit while underway.

 

Where We Are

Follow us as we travel on Mahi.  Click the link to see where we are at.

http://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/Mahi

Plans in 2016 include sailing and cruising in the Bahamas, then leaving our boat at Great Harbour Cay for hurricane season in the summer.   We are planning to take Mahi back to Florida in October/November for a few boat projects, then take off cruising again in early 2017.

 

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