Now to Norman’s Cay


Sept. 11:

She looks really big out of the water. See the bow thruster?

We’re going to the Bahamas this winter, but we’re not quite ready.  For starters, it’s still hurricane season, so late November is a more realistic date,  and then there is this biggy. We decided to sell Silver Girl and buy a larger Catalina. We will move from 31 feet to 39 feet overall.  This means more interior space which is good. We will have room for crew now. Nice aft cabin. Any takers?

Interior? Finished when?

But a larger boat is more to handle. So we have added a bow thruster, which is a transversal propulsion system that makes the boat more maneuverable. For you non-boaters, that is a little propeller thingy in the bow, driven by an electric motor that pushes the bow either toward the dock or away depending on which you need to do. This should make docking (and undocking) easier since Ed can get the bow closer to the dock and I don’t have to jump so far. Now, that being said, we’ve never sailed with a bow thruster so we really don’t know how well this works. It’s impressive when we’ve seen other boaters use it. Surely we can learn.

Here’s the thing. Our new boat ( yet unnamed), isn’t ready. It won’t leave the factory in Largo on the Gulf Coast until the end of this month, then the dealer in Palmetto needs 6 weeks to put on all the deck hardware, step the mast, paint the bottom and a whole lot of

Catalina factory from the deck of our 385

other things. Bottom line, it isn’t nearly done when it leave the factory.

We will have a full day of orientation, including a short voyage with someone from Massey Yacht Sales when she is ready. Then we will sail her down the West Coast of Florida, around Florida Keys to the East Coast so that we can take off for the Bahamas. This will be our maiden voyage and in areas we have never sailed. That in itself should be interesting.

We do intend to get to Norman’s on this trip. We need to walk the runway and think about all that happened some 30 years ago when Carlos Lehder owned much of this island and along with George Jung created his own little drug kingdom here. We’ve read a lot about those years but need to walk the walk so to speak. All this history plays a role in our next novel, Night Watch.

Now, the big question is, what to name the boat? Any ideas anyone?

May the wind be at your back.

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About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Next month we will travel 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies. Australia is over. Now on to S. America for the Rally of the Incas.
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5 Responses to Now to Norman’s Cay

  1. Sherry Galey says:

    Congratulations! Getting a new boat is always so exciting…Once you’ve picked a name, we’ll watch for you…;-)

    • ejhowle23 says:

      thanks, yes exciting. Now to sell our 310. Really don’t want to own two boats. We hope to make the trip around from the West coast mid-November, then on to the Bahamas soon after that. Please keep in touch.

  2. dcb45 says:

    Exciting times! Enjoy and be safe. No idea for name. Have hard enough time thinking of names for our longhorns. Take care.

  3. Thomas Schwagerl says:

    New name for the boat? How about Golden Girl, continuing the legacy of Silver Girl now furthe into your Golden years.
    Thanks for a very interesting blog.
    Thomas from Randleman NC

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Thomas, We will begin blogging our trip to the Bahamas as soon as our new Catalina is ready. We named her Sable which is the French word for sand. I love your name and if we hadn’ already named her, I think we just might have used Golden Girl. Since you have read our blog, I’ll update you with the information that my poisonwood is finally resolving but it looks like I will continue with poisonwood “tattoos” for some time. A trip into the bush on South Andros is off my bucket list!

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