Category Archives: Sailing

Captain Hook

Despite getting the fuel cleaned in Isla Mujeres, the starboard engine on Happy Times continued to run at less than peak performance. We relied on the port engine as usual as we motored overnight from Key West to Key Largo. … Continue reading

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America’s First Undersea Park

The last time I visited John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, I was a freshly certified scuba diver exploring Molasses Reef and French Reef, blowing bubbles with my sister, brother-in-law and a couple of friends. We were on a 10-day … Continue reading

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I Can’t Go 55

Sammy Hagar’s “I Can’t Go 55” runs through my brain as Happy Times struggles first with one engine and then the other. Clearly there’s a problem with their operation and it’s the fuel. Before our family left to travel by … Continue reading

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Tight Squeeze

Backing a 40’ catamaran with a 21.5’ beam into a slip is always a gut-wrenching task. Doing it on only one engine adds another element of tension. Shrink the space allowed for maneuvering to an area of about 1000 square … Continue reading

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Lobstering in Belize

Maine without a doubt is the lobstering capital of the world. Do epicureans find Thai lobster on the menus of the finest restaurants? Of course not. Maine lobster is the standard for the best, juiciest, most succulent lobster. Lobsters may … Continue reading

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