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Profile: Herb Hilgenberg and the Southbound II Net

“Southbound II, Southbound II, Sea Whisper, Sea Whisper”.  I’m calling Herb, our weather router on ssb frequency 12.3590. We’re in the mid-Atlantic and Herb warned us yesterday about increasing winds. In the last twenty-four hours, we covered 187 nautical miles …

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Beat the Heat

There are six of us sitting in our cockpit, it’s 40C, there’s not a breath of wind; the men drip, the women melt.  This brings up the discussion of how we can beat the heat on our boats at times …

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It’s Summer and COMPANY’S COMING

These two words either bring joy to the heart or shiver one’s timbers.  After exchanging ‘visitor stories’ with other cruisers, we collected these tips to prepare visitors for a boating holiday at your pace, with your itinerary.  Planning ahead, providing …

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Cleaning your Boat with Natural Products Part II

Essential oils are used effectively on a boat for more than just cleaning.  They repel bugs and rodents, sweeten your laundry, protect your clothing, make windows and mirrors sparkle, and get rid of nasty odors. Uninvited visitors arrive on board …

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Aruba – Paradise Finally Found

After eight days of beating our way through squalls and against currents, the coast of Aruba looks like paradise finally found. Warm tropical showers wash the accumulated salt off Sea Whisper and the seas change colour from a Waterman’s deep …

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Clean Your Boat with Natural Products

Rejuvenate, refresh, clean and maintain your boat with pure essential oils effectively and naturally. Essential oils are aromatic liquid substances extracted from certain species of flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, roots and trees  Why consider essential oils for cleaning?  Properties of …

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Cruising to Guadeloupe

We depart Les Saintes for Basse Terre in Guadeloupe, racing our friends Gary and David on Pakele.  Average 7-8 knots, we arrive in time for lunch at the south end of Guadeloupe’s west coast. Guadeloupe (gwa-da-LOOP), part of the French …

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Carnival in Trinidad

It’s one of the most highly-crafted, exciting events in the Caribbean.  It’s flamboyant, colourful and loud; a flight of imagination, a time for fantasy.  It’s Carnival in Trinidad! The word "Carnival" comes from the Latin words ‘carne vale’ which translates …

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On the Hard in St. Lucia

It’s our first morning in the boatyard and we wake up even before the roosters start crowing and chasing the hens.  Dogs in the yard begin barking.  Lionel starts the electric sander at daybreak; this man is not making friends …

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