10:38 a.m. Departed Crown Bay Marina, Slip C-18.

10:45 a.m. Took on 800 gal of fuel from Crown Bay Fuel Docks at 4.42 per gallon.

11:10 a.m. Departed St. Thomas and headed for St. John.

1:45 p.m. Arrived at Francis Bay Trunk Beach, hooked on to a mooring ball. Emma and I changed into our swimsuits and Ed and Emma lowered the dinghy.

2:15 p.m. We dinghied over to the mooring pay station (floating) and Emma hopped off the dinghy and got the paperwork out of the slot, filled it out and put in $20.00for our fees for the night.

2:20 p.m. Ed dropped Emma and I off at the beach, we hopped off the dinghy into the beautiful torquise, clear, sandy ocean bottom and walked ashore. We dropped off our bag, put our towels on the beach and hit the water. So cool, nice waves, fish, soft ocean sand beneith our feet. We just looked at the water, the waves and Great Mates II in the distance as Ed journeyed back to take care of our little ship and we said, “AHHHHH”!

3:30 p.m. Thunder started rolling in the distance the clouds darkened and Emma called the dinghy Captain to come to retrieve us. He did.

4:00 p.m. Glass of wine, swiss cheese and crackers.

I am looking out my window next to the desk where my computer sits. I see clear blue/green water, gentle waves, nice skys, big green hills here and yon, waves crashing against the base of the green hills and their rock boarders…. and a few other boats in the mooring field. Thats it! Just our little Carribean corner of the world. I feel miniscule!

Oh, on the way here we passed S/Y “Maltese Falcon”. FABULOUS!!!!

5:00 p.m. Emma has put on her snorkle gear and is snorkling around the boat with Pop watching closely. That kid has always loved the water.

Tomorrow morning…destination, “Bitter End Yacht Club” in Virgin Gorda. According to my chart, (given to us by dear friend Steve Kluz), we cruise via the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Nav Officer, Ed says it’s about 25 miles. An easy day. This trip, we are opting to not pull into “Sopers Hole” or Roard Town in Tortola. Next winter.

More later as we have internet connectivity…

Peace, blessings and love,



In my previous blog post, I talked of boats of all types being loaded and moved on a transport ship. This morning ONE of those ships was pulling out loaded so I took some photos to share.

Last evening we went to dinner with an English gentleman, Frank and he explained that when his sailboat is loaded to head home to Isle of Man, he will go with it. He will have a stateroom in which to stay, meals etc. I asked him if he REALLY wanted to go across the Atlantic on such a “working” vessel (no frills) to which he explained….”I used to be a Merchant Marine, so this is a world I’m very comfortable in.”

A brief explanation….the tug boat has to first push the starboard bow side, then, the tug moves back toward midships to push, then towards the stern. It has to help the ship get out in the channel. Oh, the first photo….a typical scene on the docks….flip flops OFF before going aboard.

Blessings and Peace!


Special note…

To Lucas Tye, Audra Lynn and Emma Katheryn… it is a JOY, beyond measure to be your mother.


Indeed this is a different dock than ever we’ve been on before.

We are the ONLY trawler at Crown Bay Marina ~ there’s a few fishing boats (as you will see in the photos later) a few big yachts and the rest is just sail boats. Both dual hull and single hull. Sail boats from everywhere!

I spoke about our friends, Ruth and Koni from Switzerland. Their boat is now loaded on a big transport ship and is headed for France. Then there was Michael, the Russian Captain next to us who is now off with his 1st Mate to New York. Then yesterday we met Frank who’s boat will be loaded on a transport and it’s being taken back to Isle of Man off the coast of England. Then the sailboat two slips away is from Estonia. I’ve been introduced to country flags I’ve never known before. Then there’s the HUGE sailboat (see pix later) that’s headed back via transport to Spain. The Captain (a young blond fellow from I think Sweden said, “no more Caribbian, hello Meditranian”.

He and his young strong crew have worked non-stop since they arrived preparing the boat to be transported. They have to take down everything from the top, store it, secure everything down below and then they will fly to Spain and meet the boat, unload it and put everything back together. Not an easy task by ANY means. Especially when one is dealing with a multi-million vessel!

There’s alot of racing sailboats that have been competing down islands and now they are loading their boats to compete elsewhere ~ mostly Europe.

Ed and I took a dinghy ride yesterday. We headed into downtown St. Thomas, got stopped by the US Coast Guard (see pix later), they checked our credentials and off we went to tie up at the seawall, walked into town and went to a little restaurant called Gladys. Our friends Craig and Kim Rutkai (see pix later) introduced us to this little place which is highly rated.

Speaking of Craig and Kim, they came to pick us up in their tender (dinghy), we had packed a cooler of drinks and food and off we went to Honeymoon Beach for the day. Beautiful water, neat beach with a little drink stand called “Gloria’s”. There were only a few other people there so it was like our own private strip of sand in the world.

Well, Ed and I have to head to the store so I better sign off.

Happy Derby Day! Gods peace and blessings,



The first two photos are us at work! Capt Ed ~ installed new steel cable rigging on the port side paravane (actually both sides)….climbed up the foot holds, hung on with one arm, while using the other hand to thread through, snip, tightened, etc., etc. Tough job! But nobody ever said boating is easy.

And then, there’s me….cleaning the bilges. YUCK! (fyi, I’m wearing a head lamp, that’s not some new jewelry craze).

The next few photo’s include one of the few fishing boats here….pretty evening shot, hugh?
Then there’s that amazing very sleek sailboat I spoke of in an earlier blog.

The several photo’s are of good friends Kim and Craig at Honeymoon Beach,
Capt. Michael Tetelbaum with 1st Mate Michael ~ departing for NY from St. Thomas.
and then there’s the Coast Guard Boat that pulled us over to inspect our credentials. Nice guys! Four of them in that tiny cab though…with long pants and long sleeve shirts and boots on. Whew!


God’s blessings and peace and a very happy Mothers Day to all those who are Mothers or who have Mothers.



For the followers of our blog….I herewith submit explanations of the photos posted.

The big ship of which I took a picture off our bow is (as identified by our AIS system) the Robert J Bouchard. She is 173 meter long, 27 meters wide, has a 23 ft. draft and is traveling to NY. We took her photo off the coast of Cuba. (I think; or it may have been Haiti).

The sunrise pix I took as we are off the coast of Puerto Rico…..Sunrise; beautiful! This was ONE MORNING that I could acutally stand my watch. Out of 8 days cruising, I could only stand my watch (4-8 both a.m. and p.m.) 3 days. I just was so sick and could hardlu get up to pee, let alone stand watch and care for Great Mates II and the other vessels in this mighty ocean.

Now…the DINGHY pix you see is of little “Matey” that due to extremely rough weather was litterly HANGING BY ONE CABLE! Thankfully, (read my prevouis blog entry), Ed and Curt resuced the dinghy and resecured her so she is not lost. Whew….I was SCARED!

The other picture is Ed and Curt up on the flybridge as Ed was lowering the paravanes down (see one hand has the controls and the other the rope to control lowering). When we get out in the “big water”, we lower these paravanes (“flopper stoppers”) in order to reduce our rolling side to side.

So now that is all the practicals of living aboard Great Mates II and making a SIGNIFICANT passage. On to more fun stuff next entry.

Gods peace and understanding.