Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas 2013

We have had a busy Christmas!  We transported the boat to Brunswick (via road) in preparation for our trip.  The boat is currently getting new bottom paint before being re-launched.  We spent a couple of days working on recommissioning.  The mast is back on the boat, the arch is in place.  So we are getting closer!

As of now, our plan is to finish commissioning in early January, make a few test sails to be sure everything is working, then set off on our trip sometime around mid January.  The trip is now starting to feel like "its real".  I must admit that transporting a boat is a very stressful experience!  I am looking forward to having her back in the water and making sure that all systems are functional again.

Here's a short video of her being transported across I-16 in Georgia.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

We are spending Thanksgiving on the boat working on several projects to get ready for our trip.  Today's projects included:
  • running cable to connect our VHFs to NMEA and activating MMSI numbers
  • installing a duplicate chartplotter at the Nav station
  • installing an AIS transponder

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Introduction - Midnight Sun II


Midnight Sun II - Lake Lanier

Welcome to our Blog.  I must admit, we have never done a blog before, so this is something of an experiment to say the least.  We are about to set off on a journey that may be short by many standards, but we hope will be the start of a new adventure for us.  We are going to be sailing our boat - a 1997 Hunter 42 Passage, starting out in early January from Brunswick Georgia. 

At this point in time, our plans are somewhat flexible as to where the journey will take us and exactly how long it will take.  But tentatively, we are looking at a 4 month trip.  Our plan is to essentially circumnavigate Florida, make a side trip to the Bahamas, return to the US via the Florida Keys, and then head north up the Tennessee River system (entering at Mobile, AL) towards Chattanooga, TN.  For anyone familiar with this route, it is essentially the bottom half of the popular route known as the Great Loop.  For more information on the route, see  There are many good resources on this website and we have already joined America's Great Loop Cruisers Association.

As we make preparations to haul the boat and transport it  - now less than 6 weeks away, we will try to provide updates and we hope keep a good catalog of photos and videos of our journey.  We hope you will follow our progress and encourage us along on our little adventure.