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Our First Visitors On Board!

We welcomed our first visitors aboard Ocean Song.  Jim’s sister Lynn and our nephew Bryan flew from North Carolina to spend 10 days with us. We were overjoyed to have them. They arrived on a Wednesday afternoon.  We arranged for a taxi to meet them at the airport and bring them to Port Louis Marina […]


The Solar and Lithium Conversion, Our Most Complex Upgrade

This post is for the folks who might be interested in a few of the technical aspects of our solar and lithium installation. As mentioned in our most recent update, this is getting into the weeds and for most this will be far too long and very boring, so you may want to skip it: […]


It’s Been a While

It’s been a while since we did an update. The reason is that we’ve had a lot going on in the last 8+ weeks. We have been doing hashes, the Sunday morning cruisers’ walking club, snorkeling, getting ready for and completing our big solar and lithium upgrade, and preparing for and having a visit from […]


Life On the Hook (or on a mooring)

In our last update (August 19th), we had been back in the water only a few days after our haul out and we were waiting for a tropical wave to pass. It did pass and other than a couple of days of rain there were no impacts here in the southern bays of Grenada. Luckily […]


Life on “The Hard” is a hard life!

Ocean Song was hauled out at Clarke’s Court Boatyard (CC) on August 5th. As mentioned previously hauling out is stressful, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Our haul out was uneventful, just the way we like it. Once hauled it was into the yard, tucked in with many other boats. During the haul out […]


Settling into Cruising Life in Grenada, West Indies (WI)

JULY 15th We’ve now been in Grenada for just over a week and we are getting settled after more than a 3,146nm (3,620 statute miles) journey! That’s roughly the driving distance from Key West, Florida to Vancouver, British Columbia. On a sailboat we are usually going at a slow, jogger’s pace. As we’ve mentioned many […]


Samana’, Dominican Republic (DR) to Grenada, West Indies (WI)

We decided that our initial destination after leaving Marina Puerto Bahia on the northeast side of the Dominican Republic would be St. Croix in the USVI. After Tropical Storm Bret passed (there were no effects felt in Samana’) we would have a 289nm trip to St. Croix. We left on Sunday, June 25th at 7:00am. […]


Luperon, Dominican Republic (DR) to Marina Puerto Bahia, Samana’, DR

Our stay in Luperon was brief, only a couple of days. The process of checking into the DR and checking out was quite cumbersome. To check-in the Commandante’, a member of the DR Armada (Navy), came aboard and completed initial paperwork, including taking our photos. We then had to go ashore to the Immigration Office, […]


Change of plans: Bahamas to… (part 2)

South Caicos Island was a nice place to rest and do a few maintenance tasks before heading to the Dominican Republic.  We went into Cockburn Town to clear out.  As with many of these islands, some of the locals are always waiting around the dock to help cruisers navigate the town.  So we accepted a […]


Change of Plans: Bahamas to …(part 1)

I am coming to realize that cruising is not about sailing. It’s about getting from one place to the other with yourself and the boat intact. Plans are like the weather. They change constantly. We signed on with a weather router to help us with our voyage planning and decision making. He suggested, due to […]