January 2008   Nettles Island Marina   Florida
Here's the scene as we begin 2008.  Sno' Dog is comfortably docked at Nettles Island Marina next to an Endeavour 44 TrawlerCat
After our trip south in November, we left Sno' Dog at Nettles Island Marina and headed back to New Hampshire (by plane) for the month of December - which turned out to be the snowiest December on record in NH - lucky us!
Our new companionway dodger will allow us to keep the door open in rainy weather.  (Design by Paul Gooding of Horizons)
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We came back to Florida (by car) and began preparations for our next adventure - the Bahamas!  I signed up for a 2-day PMU* course on diesel maintenace taught by Tino Mastry, CEO of Mastry Engine Center, southern US Yanmar distributor, which proved most instructive.  I now know all the things that can go wrong with our rather complicated Yanmar 4JH3-HTE's.    * Passage Maker University - part of the Stuart (FL) Trawler Fest
In preparation for southern cruising, we installed a new companionway dodger to help keep rain out of our slanted door.  This is particularly useful in warm weather when extra ventilation is needed in wet weather.  The dodger was installed by G&G Canvas of Stuart, FL.  The original design was by Paul Gooding of Horizons.
We're now ready to head for the Bahamas, but unfortunately the wind is blowing at 20 knots directly out of the North.  Hopefully, we'll get a good weather window in the next week or so, then we'll be off!  HMC 1/27/08
02/02/08 - We crossed the Gulf Stream on a beautiful day with near calm winds and seas.  We left from Hillsboro Inlet at 7 AM and pulled into Old Bahama Bay Marina at West End, Grand Bahama at 11:45 AM.  Glad to be here in the BAHAMAS!
Crossing the Gulf Stream
Docked at Old Bahama Bay Marina, West End, Grand Bahama - BAHAMAS
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