Author Archives: Sail Kestrel

About Sail Kestrel

We are two full time cruisers aboard our Island Packet 35 sailboat, Kestrel.

How Do You . . . Save Money While Cruising?

We live on a fixed income and have a strict budget for monthly expenses.  Saving money is a paramount concern for us, and we’ve developed a few strategies.  None of this is new or unique, but it’s what has been … Continue reading

Posted in How Do You

Lessons from Cruising the Bahamas

We are amateurs at cruising the Bahamas.  We had a million and one questions before we left, and we have only slightly fewer now, but we did learn a few broad lessons.  One caveat is that we traveled primarily in … Continue reading

Posted in Bahamas

May 1, 2018: Let the Boat Work Begin

On May 1 we left Fort Pierce and arrived at Apex Marina in Stuart, FL.  Kestrel will be there for the month while we have our chain plates and standing rigging replaced by Mack Sails.  Both jobs have been on … Continue reading

Posted in Boat Work, FL, Marinas

April 11 -30, 2018: Vero Beach and Fort Pierce, FL

After spending a few days in Vero Beach, we moved to Fort Pierce City Marina while we waited to go to Stuart, FL, to have some major work done on Kestrel starting on May 1. Fort Pierce never disappoints.  The … Continue reading

Posted in FL, Marinas

My Favorite Signs in the Bahamas

I’m not ashamed to say that I get a kick out of grammatical humor and the absurd; mix those together, and I’m in heaven.  I realize this makes me a giant dork, but I’m not ashamed of that, either.  The beauty … Continue reading

Posted in Bahamas, Uncategorized

April 7- 10, 2018: Back to the US

(Sorry for the long blog hiatus—things have been very busy!) Once we left Green Turtle Cay, we made two utilitarian stops.  Our first night was anchored off of Coopers Town on Great Abaco.  We anchored in 17 feet of water … Continue reading

Posted in Bahamas, ICW, Offshore

April 5-6, 2018: Green Turtle Cay, Abaco

We were eager to leave Great Guana Cay, and our next destination was Green Turtle Cay to the northwest.  Getting to Green Turtle is a little more complicated than the hops between other Abaco islands.  The water is too shallow … Continue reading

Posted in Bahamas