Key West, Cuba, The Bahamas, Home
|2001 was, by contrast to the previous year a low mileage
year for Sister. We cruised a little bit of Florida and Cuba, a
little bit more of the Bahamas then brought Sister back to the States to
spend the hurricane season at Hilton Head Island, SC.
|January, Florida: Andy and I spent a
couple of weeks aboard in Dania, Florida getting some work done on Sister as well
as installing a computer system and integrating it into the on board
navigation system, making some changes to the electrical system adding
miscellaneous equipment and generally getting the boat ready to go.
|February, Key West and Havana:: In early
February we headed south taking an overnighter to Key West. Once
clear of the harbor we handed the navigation duties over to the computer
and it took us pretty much all the way to Key West. Note that we had
autopilots on both boats and they had been doing most of the steering all
along. But now, for the first time, we could use our
navigation system to display nautical charts on the monitor then point,
click and drag our way to a course from point A to point B (with infinite
intermediate points) then, once underway, let the computer take control of
the autopilot. It worked very well.
In late February we made the
overnight crossing from Key West to Havana where we spent a short week
before heading north to meet our next crew.
|March-April,The Bahamas: We spent a little
more than two months cruising some of the islands of the Bahamas.
Other than a week at Harbor Island, just off the northern end of Eleuthera
we spent most of our time in the Exuma chain of islands south of Nassau.
Three crews came along for part of the ride in the Bahamas..
|May, back to the US: Andy and I spent the
first week or so of May hunkered down once more in the Bahamas. This
time we were tied to a dock in Nassau so the only real inconvenience was
not being able to head back to the states which we were both more than ready to
do. Eventually the weather settled enough and we headed for Florida
re-entering the States in Jacksonville after a pretty rough ride (the
"settling" of the weather was temporary).
From Jacksonville we went to
Savannah for a week then on to Hilton Head Island where we had found a
marina in which to leave Sister for the hurricane season.