Lee & Rachel

The Run to Panama

16 Mar

Tayana 37 Offshore

Rachel and I schemed to make the 110 mile run from Santiago De Cuba to Port Antonio, Jamaica, over night. We made excellent time, arriving 10 miles offshore around 4 in the morning and sitting hove-to until around 7. I always get nervous about landfalls. Something about all that land being so close after having the open expanse of ocean around me for days. Even with two  sets of electronic charts and a small scale passage chart to reverify my position, I still never quite trust what everything is telling me. I need to see it with my own eyes....

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Everything you need to know about sailing to Santiago De Cuba

12 Mar

Our ferry & Cayo Granma

Last post about Cuba!

I put together a list of things that we were not clear on when arriving in Cuba, mostly about money, internet, and transportation. Hopefully this will help future American boats as they venture into Santiago. This information is current as of March, 2016.

Approaching Cuba

They say you should call the Garuda Frontera when approaching Cuba. I tried this and got no response. I did however have my  AIS transmitting and this seemed to alert the port to our arrival. They had the customs people waiting when we arrived and the Cubans knew where we were ...

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What it costs to cruise Cuba: February Budget | Cruising Budget

7 Mar

 

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Here’s what it cost two American 28 year olds to cruise in February:

This time we managed to spend all but $250 of our budget in by the 4th of February. I blame my metabolism and our small battery bank. (battery charging). It was fun to do our first major resupply since the trip had started. As I write this we just refilled with diesel again in Jamaica for $2.50 a gallon! Pretty awesome. The categories are divided as usual. Cuban tourist currency (CUC) is roughly equal to the dollar, we used Euros to avoid the fee to change ...

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Cuba, Part II

4 Mar


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Having checked-in successfully, we spent the next few days exploring Santiago, getting some work on the boat done that I had been putting off till we were on the dock and enjoying the lower prices of food and drink. Coming from the Bahamas, even $1 beers are cheap! We saw the sights: Castillo Del Morro, Cayo Granma, shopped in the market, ate in a Paladar and took a taxi ride in a 1951 Chevy. It’s true what they say about Santiago, you can take it as a city of hustlers or a city full of culture and life. Once you ...

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Ahoy Cuba!

26 Feb

Satori in santiago Cuba

We left Ragged Island the morning of the 17th. Wind out of the north was expected to fill in and then build to about 23 knots by Friday. My plan was to ride the northernly across the Columbus Bank and then scoot around the eastern tip of Cuba before the wind got up to the mid-twenties. This was mostly successful as the wind finally intensified on the southern side of the shipping lanes, south of Punta Masi (the eastern tip of Cuba). It did blow near thirty the night of the 18th. I think the localized wind coming off the ...

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The Ragged Islands: Bahamas Found

17 Feb

Ragged island lobster

Since leaving George Town we’ve been heading down some lesser known Bahamian islands that run Southeast towards Cuba. I’ve been searching for these islands, where there are only a handful of cruising boats and the water still teems with fish and lobster. Well I’m happy to report the Jumento and Ragged Islands offer all of the above and more. While most of the islands only provide protection from the east, refuge can be found from all directions in some spots. There’s no water, food, gas, diesel, propane and only cell service/internet in Duncan Town on Ragged Island. I like to ...

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Escaping Chicken Harbor

16 Feb

Stocking Island

Satori and her crew have called George Town, Exuma their home for the last 3 weeks. The area has many names, Elizabeth Harbor, Georgetown, Stocking Island, Chicken Harbor, and by using any of them people generally know what you’re talking about. The last name, “Chicken Harbor” amuses me. It’s called this because George Town is the traditional final southern port of call for most boats that start their journey from Florida or points north. Beyond this relatively safe and well stocked area, the Bahamas get much more remote and the number of places to hide from a strong frontal passage ...

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The Numbers Are In: January 2016 Cruising Budget

8 Feb

Eastport pram

They say budgets are made to be broken. Maybe they don’t say that but it sounds good when you’re trying to defend your broken budget. This month we managed to spend $539.55 more than we had said we would. The cause? Amazon. Even 800 miles away from home we can’t escape its pull. Not that I’m complaining that is. We had a bunch of little items like an external hard drive, skin suit, some spare vhf radios and a bunch of sail making and repair items. All told it came to about $500. Rachel’s parents packed an extra suitcase when ...

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Cost Control While Cruising the Bahamas

27 Jan

Now that we’ve been down in the islands for a few months, we’re getting an idea of what it costs to cruise down here. Like always, its more than we thought. As a general rule, everything is twice as expensive as it is in the mainland US. Drinking or eating out can be prohibitively expensive if you make a habit of it. For most people traveling in the Bahamas the cost of things is not a big deal because they are “on vacation”. However since we happen to live full time down here at the moment we have to make ...

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Breaking (down) The Budget: Decemeber

24 Jan

In an effort to be as transparent as possible about how much it costs to cruise, here are the December numbers!

Budgeted

Over/Under

Income

1,500.00

1,500.00

at budget 

Expenses

1,393.35

1,500.00

106.65 under

Income less Expenses

106.65

0.00

106.65 under 

So where did all that money go? Heres the breakdown for our luxury items which Rachel has Lovingly named: The Good, Bad and Ugly.
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Capn Jacks – Lunch (12.1.15)

$35.25

Budda’s Snack Shack – Lunch (12.5.15)

$33.00

Macheti (12.5.15)

$15.00

Lee’s Book

$10.00

Wild Orchid –

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