After 6 weeks of cruising in the beautiful Bahamas aboard 12' ENIGMA, I'm now back at home. I didn't talk too much about my proposed trip beforehand because frankly I wasn't sure if I could even do it. Though I had visited the islands seven times before with my wife aboard 15' LITTLE CRUISER, this time would be different because I would be traveling alone and without the benefit of an outboard motor...
Everything got packed up today, and I'm headed down to the Florida Keys to do some cruising and to enjoy the fine weather. Hopefully I'll have a few interesting stories to tell and some nice pictures to show everyone when I get back. Until then... (more)
Now that the weather has improved, we had the opportunity to finish up the work on ENIGMA. Pumice was added to the deck to give it a non slip surface, and another coat of home-made antifouling paint was applied to the bottom. Both the boat's name and the new registration numbers were hand cut from self-adhesive outdoor vinyl.... (more)
Happy New Year!
Well the year came and went and I got to do a lot of paddling, but not as much sailing as I would have liked. Hopefully this year will be different, and I spent the Fall preparing ENIGMA...
A lot has changed since our first trip aboard Little Cruiser in 1991. Back then we used paper charts, compasses and dead reckoning to figure out where we were and where we hoped to be. GPS was expensive and Loran units were not practical for our trips to the Bahamas. However, since that time there have been huge advances in the world of electronics, and now GPS and digital chart plotting has become readily available on even the most common devices like smart phones and tablet computers....
This past Tuesday Tom P. visited Mindy and I after driving all the way down from Ontario to pick up a beautiful Enigma 360 hard cabin prototype in Florida. Unfortunately, the original builder developed health issues towards the end of the project, and this prevented him from having the energy to finish the boat. Therefore, it was listed on the Yahoo microcruising forum, and Tom became the happy new owner.
Mindy and David have a passion for small sailboats called micro-cruisers, and they have been cruising in their tiny boats for more then 20 years. Their favorite destinations have been the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the beautiful islands of the Bahamas.
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