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Laura Fortune
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Westerbeke Generator Runs Again
We are celebrating a major achievement here on Thistle . Watch the video. It's pretty funny.     It seem like it took FOREVER, but we finally got the generator running again on Tuesday. We last ran the generator in Fajardo, Puerto Rico on March 9th, just be...

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Lightning Capital of the USA
We are still here in Stuart, Florida waiting for generator parts. We've been here since June 22nd, and according to the Westerbeke Parts Department, we'll be here until at least September 10th. It wouldn't be so bad if the water was clean enough for swimmin...

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The Fox, The Goose, and The Bag of Beans
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT, PLEASE CLICK ON THE BLOG POST TITLE AND THE COMMENT BOX SHOULD APPEAR AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST. Sometimes the challenges of cruising remind me of the ancient puzzle about the Fox, The Goose, and The Bag of Beans. Like that old...

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The Fox, The Goose, and The Bag of Beans
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT, PLEASE CLICK ON THE BLOG POST TITLE AND THE COMMENT BOX SHOULD APPEAR AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST. Sometimes the challenges of cruising remind me of the ancient puzzle about the Fox, The Goose, and The Bag of Beans. Like that old...

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Night Passage to Virgin Gorda
Our last day in Statia was pretty typical of a cruiser's life. We arrived early at the Customs Office only to find it closed. When it opened, they told us we needed a form from the Port Authority Office and it was closed. So we waited for them to arrive, go...

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The French Way
I love the French, I really do. I love their food. I love their culture. I love their national motto: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité (Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood). I love that cheek kissing thing they do. Heck, I even love their devilishly difficult langua...

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Champagne Reef and Bubble Beach
  Dominica is still active geothermally speaking. There are several places where hot gases come to the surface creating hot springs, sulpher pools, and a Boiling Lake. We ran the dinghys down to Champagne Reef yesterday and had a wonderful day snorkeling, s...

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Location Map Nov. 22 - Dec 7, 2015


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Camp Grenada
A few years back boat insurance companies declared that anywhere below 12 degrees North latitude would be safe during the Caribbean hurricane season which is from June to October. Wouldn't you know it? Grenada is just below 12 degrees! Consequently hundreds...

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Bonaire Hedgerow
I have always admired English hedgerows which are basically a living fence of closely planted trees and shrubs. If well maintained they are strong enough to contain cattle. They also provide cover for a large community of birds, animals, and insects and giv...
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