Marmaris, Turkey

The southwest coast of Turkey is remote and not readily accessible by car.  Jagged, pine smothered, coastal mountains drop precipitously into the Adriatic Sea, making road construction difficult and dangerous. The best touring is done the same way they have gotten to this coastal region for the past three thousand years, by boat. Major harbors…

Dalyan, Turkey

We anchored in the small protected harbor near Ekincik, Turkey, just west of Dalyan. Dalyan and the ruins of the imposing Fort, Acropolis and  city of ancient Caunos were our primary objectives.  They sit on pine sloops along the Dalyan river. The boat that we hired to take us on our tour was over-sized for just four…

Rhodes, Greece

We were 6,500 miles from our last blog and had far more air miles under our wings when we arrived in Greece for vacation. Our friends and host/hostess for the next eleven days greeted us as we exited the airport in Rhodes. The taxi sped along the sea road and we passes resorts, and pebble…

A Tour of Nevis

Nevis is a tiny island of 12,000 people. Located south of St. Kitts. Together they form the two island country of St. Kitts and Nevis, though they both maintain separate island governments. Europeans began coming to Nevis in the early 1600’s. Fruit and sugar were exported and plantations were built. Many have gone to ruin…

Guadeloupe

Many times we sailed past the main island of Guadeloupe and only stopped for a quick stay in Deshaies, and then we’d be off to Ilses Des Saintes, the archipelago just to the south. Deshaies is a pretty town on the northwest coast which every cruiser loves because of its nice protected harbor. The botanical…

Passage to Pointe A Pitre

We delayed leaving Isles des Saintes for Pointe A Pitre waiting for squalls to pass. When we left we motored east into the wind wanting to get the worst behind us. An hour later we were full sails up heading northeast to the main island of Gaudeloupe. The island is shaped like a butterfly and…

Isles des Saintes

The first thing we do in Iles des Saintes is get used to the French ways of doing things. The shops open at 8 or 9, whether it’s groceries, clothes, trinkets or government. They close their shutters at noon sharp, as the restaurants set tables on sidewalks, and frame entrances with chalkboards touting plat de…

Guadeloupe’s surprise

Friday’s forecast was perfect for our sail east to Guadeloupe. We left at 4 am, increasing our chances of arriving at Deshaies by Dark. We pass the south coast of Montserrat with the sun reflecting off the dusty lava still evident of its 1995 flow down the mountain of Soufriere. The eruption wiped out the…

Sundays in Paradise

Sundays on most islands is still considered a day of rest, usually the only businesses open are those run by Chinese. On Nevis, this is true also, except for the restaurants that cater to tourist. The season is short and they have to catch them while they can. We had moored Corcovado off the Four…

Charleston, Nevis

We’ve been to Nevis once before and I’m glad we took the time to come back. The city of Charleston has preserved the old English architecture well. Many buildings built from stone, dates back to the days of Lord Nelson when the stone came from England as ballast for their boat, they needed the weight…

Passage to Colombier

I love sitting on deck as the sun rises. It’s a perfect start to the day. I usually climb through the hatch in the berth at the bow so that I won’t disturb Bill’s sleep. Yesterday, I wanted to have my tea and listen to the birds on Grand Islet one last time before we…

Sunsets

  Thoughout the world, I think everyone respects a fantastic sunset and from our boat we get to see the best.  But whether viewed from our boat, from a beach, a remote fishing village, or the mountain top of a Caribbean island, the best are those shared with our friends and loved ones.  So, this…

Temporary Structures

Containers and other temporary structures Since arriving in St. Martin, we’ve heard the government is reluctant to issue new business licenses. Some business owners try pressing forward by complaining in the newspaper. Some wait six years or more to be legalized, risking everything on running a non-licensed operation. Why a government would want to delay development leaves…

Aqua Drives and thrust plates

Keep in mind that Bill isn’t a mechanic, or mechanical. He a thinker, contemplator, intellectual type guy.  When I tell you he thought for months and months about how to make our boat power better, it’s an understatement. He approached the problem the way he does everything, with lots of research, posting questions on internet boards for…

One bad day

Making a big project out of one bad day. For the past few years, my husband has had a performance problem. Not that kind, he’s good there. I’m talking boat engine and speed. I know we’re a sailboat but we want to get there and the sooner the better is okay by me (I get…

Mice and power needs

Hooray, we’re finally back in the water. We were lifted out of our storage cradle by a huge crane and gently placed between the inflatable folds of the amazing sealift for our short trip down the ramp and our splash. I hope the little mouse that ate my crackers last night got off the boat…

Shawarma

One of the great things about traveling is meeting new people and trying new food. When the two come together, then you know you have it right. Bill and I have become totally hooked on Shawarma. And the owners of Little Jerusalem in Simpson Bay welcomes us so warmly that we can’t wait to go…

On the hard in St. Martin

We are on the hard, (when a boat is on land, usually having repairs or maintenance ) and St. Martin’s airport runway is just across the street, just off our bow. If we were in the water and a boat came as close as the planes do I’d be on the radio asking ‘what’s up’. I understand…

Caribbean Greetings 2012

Merry Christmas Family and Friends, Greetings from s/v Corcovado in St. Martin, Eastern Caribbean. This year we’ve enjoyed visits from old friends and made new ones. The island, a street corner for boats from Europe, Africa, South American and of course the US, offers a cross culture of opinions and personalities. Sun-downers at Barnacles, the local cruiser’s…