Cruz Bay

The channel is known only to the natives; so that if any stranger should enter into the bay without one of their pilots he would run great danger of shipwreck.

Thomas More

Thomas was not really speaking of Cruz Bay, nevertheless , it’s probably not a great idea for a visitor to cruise by yacht into Cruz Bay . All those moorings are private, there is a fair amount of traffic, including that of the ferries and there really is not any dockage for transients. No worries. This lovely harbor with the best shopping, grocery getting and restaurants on St John has an ample dinghy dock . Moor around the corner at Lind Point or Honeymoon Beach and it’s just a short put-put to the bay . Bring a flashlight as you will want to enjoy the nightlife and will need it for the ride back .

Social Distancing

The reason that fish form schools, birds form flocks, and bees form swarms is that they are smarter together than they would be apart. They don’t take a vote; they don’t take a poll: they form a system. They are all interactive and make a decision together in real time.

Louis B. Rosenberg

I think the opposite is true for people. The bigger the group the dumber we get.

This clip was filmed in Waterlemon Bay, St John on the swim back to the boat . Its an incredible place to moor, spend the night and take a hike to the ruins of sugar plantation.

And Now for Something Completely different

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Getting married was the best thing I’ve ever done.

Megan Fox

I don’t know Megan Fox but I share the sentiment.

Alex and Laura … sitting in a tree . Engaged today . Congratulations. Mom and I are so happy for you! Nuff said.

George Dog Island

Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.

Jane Austen

This is SeaSea viewed form the beach of George Dog Island in March 2020. In the background is West George Island and Scrub Island . The dog islands are a small group of islands in the British Virgin Islands. They were named by early sailors for the barking they heard coming from their shores. This was, however, a case of mistaken identity as the sound they heard was not the bark of dogs but rather the yelping of the Caribbean Monk Seal. These creatures were valued for their oil and meat . Which, for them, is unfortunate as the last one was seen in 1952. After an extensive search for survivors they are now officially considered extinct.

For the vacationer the “Dogs ” offer fantastic snorkeling, diving and as you can see secluded beaches.

Little Fishies

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“No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.”

John Ruskin

As crazy and complicated as our world can be , the notion that a dip in Maho Bay can put all those troubles to rest , is therapeutic. Just be sure to partake in the minimal effective dose and know that it is difficult if not impossible to overdose.

Surprise !

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” If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.  ”    

Eleanor Roosevelt

6/24/2020 . Sandy and I returned from the 10 day shake down voyage of SeaSea on March 12 2020. No significant problems . We are thrilled with our new boat. She is just about perfect and the islands are grand.

We return to the real world and … Surprise! It’s closed . What ? Yup . gotta wear a mask and not the snorkeling kind. If it’s not essential its closed. Can our charter guests travel to St Thomas ? Not really , might get a flight there , but if you don’t live there you can not legally check into a hotel , airbnb , or charter yacht so there is no place to stay . Yikes.

Fast forward to June 1 and the USVI finally opens to charter boats. By June 20 SeaSea has completed her first voyage with guests. We sincerely hope she took them on a fantastic adventure . Many thanks.

Ram Head St John, USVI

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.

Helen Keller

Not sure Ram Head is what Helen Keller had in mind when she said the above , but its a pretty good description of what this south east point on St John , USVI has been doing for thousands if not millions of years, standing over 100 feet tall and looking straight ahead across the ocean .

This viewpoint is from the end of the peninsula looking back at St. John. It is accessible from Ram Head trail which can in turn be reached from the road or one of the lovely moorings in the calm bays seen in the upper left corner of the picture . To the right is Drunk Bay . You don’t want to swim or anchor there but it’s only a short hike and is spectacular in its ruggedness.

Drunk Bay

People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.

Ann Landers

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Drunk bay is on of my favorite places anywhere, because its so unexpected . Walk a couple hundred yards from the beautiful quintessential white sand and calm turquoise water of Salt Pond Beach and you will find yourself on a rugged coastline of spectacular beauty and variety. A few thousand miles to the east is the continent of Africa. In between is water , lots of water which is perhaps how this place got its name . Not because this is the place to overindulge in Cruzan rum but because a long time ago someone met their unfortunate watery demise here. Drunkne is the Danish word for drown .

Guadaloupe

Every journey starts with fear.

Jake Gyllenhall

Please don’t drop her. SeaSea arrived in Guadeloupe at 6am , Tuesday January 14 2020.

Interesting job unloading ships. My uncle Harry used to operate a crane at the port of Baltimore. His greatest fear was that someone on the hook end would overload the crane and the whole thing would go tumbling forward. Never happened. SeaSea survived her little flight off the deck as well.

Baby Pictures

“No one likes change but babies in diapers.” Barbara Johnson

Sea Sea in Fountaine Pajot Factory . Photographer unknown

1/12/2020

Curious thing about banks , before they are willing to loan a large sum of money they want evidence that the asset they are funding actually exist. This is proof of the existence of hull number 67.

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