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Donnelly Great Loop Adventure 2017

SV Serenity

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We are the Donnelly family, taking a year away from work and heading around the Great Loop in 2017-2018. We are on our PDQ36 sailing catamaran named "Serenity," which is a reference to the space ship, not 'peace of mind!' We are accompanied by our Dog, Lucky and maybe by our Cat Sid. Though we are holding out to see if Sid, who is 17 years old, makes it to our departure in May.

Numbers

The trip recap in numbers.

S/V Serenity and crew
Boat size:  36 feet long, 18.5 feet wide, 3 foot draft (depth in water)
Boat type:  PDQ 36
Number that started the trip:  5 (Jim, Jan, AJ, Lucky the dog and Sid the cat).
Number that finished the trip:  4 (Sid decided to stay in the Bahamas) Continue reading “Numbers”

We arrive ‘home’ (6/7/18)

I have been delaying/avoiding posting that we finished because I’m in denial. If I don’t post, then we haven’t finished and the adventure can continue, all other evidence to the contrary. Continue reading “We arrive ‘home’ (6/7/18)”

Friends (5/22/18)

Good friends take your car while you leave for a year. Take all the crap out of your house when you sell it. Collect your mail and forward to you.

Great friends come spend a week with you on your trip. Rent a house. Let you use their flush toilets and run out their hot water.

The best friends have a cooler of cold beverages and a bag of snacks awaiting your return from a year away.

 

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Waves and new waterbed. Chesapeake Bay (5/20/18-5/22/18)

We have have three days remaining on our trip and three states that we will cross. Assuming weather cooperates. Continue reading “Waves and new waterbed. Chesapeake Bay (5/20/18-5/22/18)”

Welcome back! (A special welcome back from the Chesapeake Bay) (5/21/18)

[Note: This post is a transcript of a recoding of a rant by the Chesapeake Bay. Please note that there may be some salty language that may not be suitable for some of the reading audience. Also note that the Bay is actually a body of water, and cannot actually rant. This is what we imagined he was saying as we spent our first full day back on the bay.]

You have been warned. Continue reading “Welcome back! (A special welcome back from the Chesapeake Bay) (5/21/18)”

Rain puts the dismal in the Dismal Swamp (5/19/18)

Our trip today takes us from the Alligator river to the Dismal Swamp. Note to North Carolina: Spend some money on a PR dude/dudette and see if you can come up with more inviting names. Continue reading “Rain puts the dismal in the Dismal Swamp (5/19/18)”

We escape imaginary thunderstorms. And then it rains (5/15/18-5/18/18)

We leave our next home running to escape thunderstorms. Wait for days for rain and then when we next leave? It rains. Continue reading “We escape imaginary thunderstorms. And then it rains (5/15/18-5/18/18)”

Big Creek, NC and we find our next place to live (5/14/18)

After leaving Beaufort, we spend the day with friends, both new and old, and perhaps find the area where we want look at living long term! Continue reading “Big Creek, NC and we find our next place to live (5/14/18)”

Back into the ocean, Beaufort here we come. And we find another FWHOTBBNTWWU (5/12/18)

To hell with the ICW–at least for a day. We are heading into the Big Bad Atlantic for a (hopefully) short run to Beaufort. If we can get out of the fog. Continue reading “Back into the ocean, Beaufort here we come. And we find another FWHOTBBNTWWU (5/12/18)”

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