|30º 44.61' N||81º 31.836' W||Helacious||Arrived St Mary's River Boatyard where Helacious will be hauled Thursday, stored for the summer months and have a little TLC. Get her bottom cleaned and repainted, check and service some of the systems, and make a few minor modifications/ improvements. Hope she will be safe here.
End of chapter 1 in Brian and Helen's Grand Adventure. Stay tuned, there will be more!||4 months ago||Show|
|28º 24.438' N||80º 37.776' W||Helacious||Marina time in Port Canaveral. Hot showers and a trip to Kennedy Space Center.||4 months ago||Show|
|27º 27.846' N||80º 18.57' W||Helacious||Anchored Fort PIerce inlet after overnight sail from Bahamas. Actually we otored the whole way.
Involved in rescue of sinking boat, friends on Blue Swanee had unidentified leak and disabled engine about 5 miles out of Fort Pierce.
All ended well.||4 months ago||Show|
|26º 58.944' N||78º 12.936' W||Helacious||Downwind sail to Great Sale Cay, the jumping off spot for overnight trip back to Florida. We counted 25 boats in anchorage.
Good weather for heading out tomorrow. Steak for dinner.||4 months ago||Show|
|26º 59.346' N||77º 41.37' W||Helacious||Fantastic close haul with main and code zero up to Allans/Pensacola Cay (2 cays joined together after hurricane).
Begining of the trip home.||4 months ago||Show|
|26º 45.522' N||77º 20.034' W||Helacious||Passaged the infamous Whale Passage today. wind died right on time. Swelly but nothing Helacious can't handle. Anchored at Green Turtle Cay, visited New Plymouth, lovely town, quaint and so many groceries!
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|26º 33.024' N||77º 5.22' W||Helacious||Front approaching with gale force winds threatened. Moved out of Marsh Harbor, did not feel safe with all those other boats so close. Felt vindicated next morning as we listened to the alarmed posts on channel 16 for dragging boats.||4 months ago||Show|
|26º 32.874' N||77º 3.582' W||Helacious||Tucked into Marsh Harbor as strong winds and squalls expected Fri-Sat from S. Went ashore but too late to provision.
Unfortunately then realized everything shut for Good Friday. Oh well, we need to clean out freezer and fridge anyway.||4 months ago||Show|
|26º 28.17' N||76º 59.58' W||Helacious||Anchored in lee of Tiloo Cay. Nice smooth water. Went for kayak.
Next morning ran watermaker before heading north. Generator cut off as overheated. The impeller had shattered. Brian fixed it, not easy to access.||4 months ago||Show|
|26º 21.93' N||76º 59.064' W||Helacious||Moved across to Lynyard Cay to be sheltered from anticipated shift of wind from NE to E. Also nearer Sandy Cay where there is meant to be excellent snorkeling in the Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park. Pasta with artichoke tomato sauce for dinner.
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|26º 20.91' N||77º 0.132' W||Helacious||Downwind sail from Eluthera to Abaco. Poled out jib and main to Stbd. Anchored in lee of Bridges Cay. Wind shifted 180 in 15 minutes, now from N.
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|25º 32.46' N||76º 45.366' W||Helacious||No room in mooring field so back to Yacht Haven. Need to be close as Jake and Emma fly out Sunday.||4 months ago||Show|
|25º 30.336' N||76º 46.578' W||Helacious||Returned to Meeks Patch, south. Fantastic sail, all the way. Winds 15kt SE, average speed 5.5-6kt. In the morning quite windy, little kayaking then left to return to SPanish WElls.||4 months ago||Show|
|25º 5.406' N||77º 13.872' W||Helacious||Motored back to Rose Island where there is a great snorkeling reef. Winds East and very light, smooth ride.||4 months ago||Show|
|25º 30.99' N||76º 46.734' W||Helacious||Went on day sai then anchored east side of Meeks Patch in anticipation of west winds overnight.
Paella with Grouper and crab claws from Spanish Wells :)
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|25º 32.46' N||76º 45.366' W||Helacious||Booked into Yacht Haven Marina for 3 days, little R&R, poolside activity and provisioning.
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|25º 30.828' N||76º 46.932' W||Helacious||Checking out Meeks Patch as good anchorage. Beach was nice, but full of pigs, ducks and a turkey! Not really somewhere I want to hang out, but each to their own.
Sign directed us where to pay for this experience! Errr, no thank you.
Safely back on boat now.||5 months ago||Show|
|25º 30.84' N||76º 50.922' W||Helacious||Great sail with Code Zero from Nassau up to Eluthera. Royal Island anchorage is all around protection, but nowhere to land. Did some boat chores and explored in dinghy the coast to south.||5 months ago||Show|
|25º 5.37' N||77º 14.028' W||Helacious||Rose Island anchorage. Beautiful coral reef just offshore, had it to ourselves, then had to share the beach with locals on their Sunday afternoon out.Very swelly anchorage despite little wind, would not want to stay another night.||5 months ago||Show|
|25º 1.428' N||77º 32.82' W||Helacious||Ripping sail to Nassau West End Bay. wind averaged 22kt, our speed with reef in main and two reef in genoa was still over 7kt.
Very rolly anchorage as wind not shifted to north as predicted. It will be long night.||5 months ago||Show|
|25º 39.996' N||77º 45.57' W||Helacious||Skipped around the top of Berry Islands to Market Fish Cay. Sailed and motor sailed in 10-15 it winds. Dodged squalls and possible waterspout. But maybe just nasty storm. Lovely anchorage to ourselves, until 3 more boats arrived.||5 months ago||Show|
|25º 45.39' N||77º 52.62' W||Helacious||Arrived and had anchor down by 11pm. Fortunately nearly full moon to assist. Ripping sail with NW winds 20-25kt from Alice Town to Bullocks Harbor.
Bay not very sheltered as wind not doing as expected and staying from NW. At least swells smaller by Friday. Grilled chicken with mango salsa, rice and black beans.||5 months ago||Show|
|25º 43.332' N||79º 17.958' W||Helacious||Arrived North Bimini at 10am. Checked into Brown's Marina for few days to wait out storm Tuesday and plan the next stage in the big Adventure.
Monday bought Conch from fisherman as he was cleaning it, cant get much fresher than that, and fresh coconut bread still hot from oven from Nates bakery.||5 months ago||Show|
|24º 51.396' N||80º 32.844' W||Helacious||Heading on overnight passage to Bahamas. Plan to check in on Bimini, north island in Alice Town. Dinner tonight sausage stuffed rigatoni, marinara sauce and salad.||5 months ago||Show|
|24º 39.33' N||81º 25.962' W||Helacious||Arrive Summerland Key to visit friends. Will stay a few days for maintenance and provisioning before the next big jump.||5 months ago||Show|
|24º 34.074' N||81º 48.972' W||Helacious||Arrived Key West and anchored far out in anchorage. No intention of staying. Moving on and up the chain.||5 months ago||Show|
|24º 37.554' N||82º 52.272' W||Helacious||Dry Tortugas for 3 nights. Amazing reef island, 60 miles from mainland with huge brick fort. lovely swimming in aquamarine clear water.
Spotted sea turtle, Barracuda and nesting Frigate birds and Sooty Terns.||5 months ago||Show|
|25º 49.02' N||82º 17.67' W||Helacious||overnight passage to Dry Tortugas from Fort Myers. Heated up vegetable curry in hot water (sous vide our vacuum packed leftovers) in place of microwave. Works really well.||5 months ago||Show|
|26º 29.274' N||82º 4.884' W||Helacious||Visiting with Connell this afternoon just off St James City. Dinner on boat tonight as lots to prepare for tomorrows crossing to Dry Tortugas.
Dinner will be last of the spaghetti bolognaise.||5 months ago||Show|
|26º 39.288' N||82º 12.978' W||Helacious||Anchored at Cabbage Key where "Cheeseburger in Paradise" was written (or inspired). On the menu tonight..... Cheeseburgers!||6 months ago||Show|
|26º 41.478' N||82º 14.55' W||Helacious||Anchored in Pelican pass just as the rain arrived. Big storm and high winds expected over next couple of days.
Spaghetti bolognese will be served tonight, using up wrinkly green pepper.||6 months ago||Show|
|27º 6.732' N||82º 27.894' W||Helacious||Tied up at The Crows Nest in Venice. Guest Barry, a fellow Dix aluminum boat owner onboard for dinner to compare notes on boats.
Serving pasta putanesca and salad with rum cocktails.||6 months ago||Show|
|27º 31.362' N||82º 38.232' W||Helacious||Anchored at De Soto Point, entrance to Manatee River. Light winds today so played with the asymmetric code zero sail and tried to get windvane to work. Still a project. Dinner tonight Pasta Fagioli and salad.||6 months ago||Show|
|27º 45.606' N||82º 38.082' W||Helacious||Arrived St Petersburg. Ripping sail down coast and back up Tampa Bay. Grilled salmon, pesto pasta and salad. Have sea legs now, and appetite too.||6 months ago||Show|
|27º 56.4' N||82º 49.452' W||Helacious||Arrived Clearwater 8pm. Champagne with chicken and rice. Not a bad combination!||6 months ago||Show|
|29º 10.05' N||85º 11.904' W||Helacious||Crackers, marmite on toast and electrolyte vitamin drink, oranges and kiwi. Not sick, but not hungry. 171 miles travelled. ||6 months ago||Show|
|29º 52.158' N||86º 42.282' W||Helacious||Not eating today! ||6 months ago||Show|
|29º 52.158' N||86º 42.282' E||Helacious||Not eating today! ||6 months ago||Show|
|30º 19.662' N||87º 19.206' W||Helacious||Anchored in one of our favorite spots, Fort McRee off Big Lagoon next to the Pensacola inlet. Dinner tonight is Chili and rice.||6 months ago||Show|
|30º 19.788' N||87º 22.14' W||Helacious||Anchored in one of our favorite spots, Fort McRee off Big Lagoon next to the Pensacola inlet. Dinner tonight is Chili and rice.||6 months ago||Show|
|30º 19.254' N||87º 20.022' W||Helacious||Exhausting day! Sailed Dauphin Island to Pensacola inlet, anchored at Redfish point. Winds started stronger 15-19 SSE but faded during day. Very roily, machine washer feeling. Glad to be back on calm water. Seafood dinner with Ken and Becky.||over 1 year ago||Show|
|30º 14.628' N||88º 6.972' W||Helacious||First anchorage on our circumnavigation of Orange Beach. Tucked in behind sandbar at Dauphin Island. Steak to celebrate tonight.||over 1 year ago||Show|
|30º 19.65' N||87º 19.314' W||Helacious||Busy anchorage at 4.30, hoping everyone will leave by 6pm. Beautiful day, light wind but finally after 10 years if dreaming, Helacious sailed on the open ocean. Tortellini for dinner.||over 1 year ago||Show|
|30º 19.08' N||87º 20.61' W||Helacious||over 1 year ago||Show|
|30º 19.116' N||87º 20.61' E||Helacious||Anchored at Redfish point. Wonderful daysail on Perdido Bay then along Big Lagoon. Grilled salmon with pesto rice and peas for dinner.||over 1 year ago||Show|
|30º 18.81' N||87º 34.188' W||Helacious||Our new home for a while, slip B13, Barber Marina.||over 1 year ago||Show|
|30º 33.99' N||88º 5.34' W||Helacious||Helacious has arrived and is secure in skinniest slip at Turner marina, at entrance to The Dog River. Steak and a Helacious bottle of red planned for dinner.||almost 2 years ago||Show|
|30º 51.96' N||87º 59.28' W||Helacious||40.3 miles today. Sun is out, shorts back on. Anchorage in Big Zbiyou Canit at mile marker 17, staging for Mobile bay tomorrow. Poached salmon and salad for dinner with mango ice cream.||almost 2 years ago||Show|
|31º 23.148' N||87º 54.0' W||Helacious||57.9 miles today. Last lock so now in tidal waters. Anchorage sounded pretty, Upper Sunflower, maybe looks better on a sunny day. For dinner we will be serving Pasta Fagioli and salad.||almost 2 years ago||Show|
|31º 57.39' N||88º 4.512' W||Helacious||Pulled up to the side of river next to Bashi creek. Stern anchor out to stop us swinging into the channel. Only one more lock to go tomorrow, then we will be in tidal waters. Ikea meatballs, mashed potatoes, green beans and gravy for dinner.||almost 2 years ago||Show|
|32º 31.83' N||87º 50.52' W||Helacious||Marathon day, 62 miles to reach half way point, Demopolis marina. Thai chicken curry and onboard made naan.||almost 2 years ago||Show|
|32º 56.658' N||88º 10.5' W||Helacious||Beautiful anchorage in oxbow river after chilly ride today. Hamburgers, beans and slaw for dinner.||almost 2 years ago||Show|
|33º 29.43' N||88º 25.992' W||Helacious||4 more locks today. Rain overnight but clear today, cold north wind. Sausage and tortellini for dinner.||almost 2 years ago||Show|
|34º 3.918' N||88º 25.002' W||Helacious||Storm coming so tied up in Smithville marina. 4 locks today. Chilli for dinner.||almost 2 years ago||Show|
|34º 29.46' N||88º 15.162' W||Helacious||Great first day, lovely weather. Off to good start. Anchored right by lock for early start tomorrow. Pasta puttanesca and salad for dinner.||almost 2 years ago||Show|
|34º 59.808' N||88º 15.0' W||Helacious||Aqua Marina. starting point.||almost 2 years ago||Show|