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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.

What the hell are we doing out here today? (4/16/18)

We move from Titusville to Fort Matanzas Daytona. And we are reminded we really don’t like Florida. Continue reading “What the hell are we doing out here today? (4/16/18)”

Titusville just keeps on giving: Playing bumper cars. With boats. (4/15/18)

Titusville. Ah, Titusville. Like a Russian nesting doll, it has layers and layers of surprises. If the rocket launch on Saturday wasn’t enough, on Sunday, we got a cannonball in the shape of a power boat. Continue reading “Titusville just keeps on giving: Playing bumper cars. With boats. (4/15/18)”

Rocket’s red glare in Titusville, FL (4/13/18-4/16/18)

I believe my description of Titusville was ‘not a throbbing metropolis.’ And it is not. But it has one HUGELY redeeming quality that very few other communities have. Proximity to a launch facility. Very cool. Continue reading “Rocket’s red glare in Titusville, FL (4/13/18-4/16/18)”

On the road again. (4/11/18-4/13/18)

Technically, it is the water not the road, but I like wailing out Willie Nelson when slogging up the waterway rather than, say Christopher Cross and ‘Sailing.’ Continue reading “On the road again. (4/11/18-4/13/18)”

Land of Gluttony and Hedonism. Welcome back to the USofA! Ft. Pierce, FL (4/4/18-4/11/18)

Holy cow. After 84 days in the Bahamas (and that is about six months or more too few), we are back in the good ole USofA. Fort Pierce Municipal Marina is our home for a week. We have power. Unlimited water. A rental car. Good to be back. Continue reading “Land of Gluttony and Hedonism. Welcome back to the USofA! Ft. Pierce, FL (4/4/18-4/11/18)”

Heading Back to the USofA (4/2/18-4/3/18)

We are on the third of our planned three day push back to the USofA. First two were short days with stops at anchorages. Last day? All day and all night back to USofA. Across the big bad Atlantic and the gulf stream. Continue reading “Heading Back to the USofA (4/2/18-4/3/18)”

Part one of our trip back to the USofA: The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (3/31/18-4/1/18)

We are officially on our way back to the states. It will take three days, the first two of which are short runs and the last will be a FULL day. Little did we know that we would be transported to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) for the first two days. Continue reading “Part one of our trip back to the USofA: The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (3/31/18-4/1/18)”

Fighting on our way to Treasure cay (3/29/18)

We live on a boat that is 36 feet by 18.5 feet. Not all of that is living space. It is small. But to us, at least by now, it is home and feels enormous. Plenty of space. But when one, two or three of the people aboard the boat are in a pissy mood, it can get really, really small, really, really quickly. Now normally the bad hair days are spread out so that if one person is having one, the other two are not and we all manage. But on the days when two or more of us wake up on the cranky side of the bed, the boat can become cramped. On the rare occasions when it is the two adults that are snappy, there isn’t enough space in the Bahamas to spread out, much less on this boat. Continue reading “Fighting on our way to Treasure cay (3/29/18)”

We don’t like Marsh Harbor. And Boat Clothes (3/29/18)

We move the whopping eight miles from Hope town to Marsh Harbor. Should have stayed where we were at. Continue reading “We don’t like Marsh Harbor. And Boat Clothes (3/29/18)”

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