Hi Girls & Guys: Spanish Wells is a fishing community and there is no port in the Bahama's where I feel more at home! The people here bustle about in golf carts & cars in a surprisingly quick way always on the wrong side of the road. The houses, streets are very clean and neat! There is a tremendous amount of money here yet I have not seen a policeman. These fishermen go out for three to six weeks and bring back a stock of lobster worth a half a million dollars per trip! Every male on this island has fished or is fishing for a living! If they would let me I would move here in a heartbeat! This tiny island provides 75% of the lobster in the entire world. This is not the northern lobster (homarus americanus) but the southern one that eats algae not meat like the northern one! Quite a feat for such a tiny place! When I say tiny I mean tiny, you can walk the entire island in an hour or so! The work ethic here reminds me of my 40 years fishing but with a big difference these fishermen here have been building artificial reefs for many many years and now their fishery is recognized as self sustaining! Not like here in the States where all fishing rights are owned by large corporations! There only concern to sustainability is poachers coming into their waters and harvesting the lobster in the off season when the lobsters are breeding! To remedy the situation they build new reefs and move the old ones to a new spots during the breeding season! Each boat has built thousands of these lobster condominiums! By doing this they have boats constantly in the area which helps keep the poachers at bay! My friend and web developer found a civilian satellite company that may be able to provide security using satellite surveillance! These poachers come in the waters with 200 foot ships and launch small boats to do the poaching!
Hi Girls & Guys: Passages on the Gulf Stream are always special. The stream is a very unique place that very few people on the planet get to visit. I feel gifted to have traveled this world of deep blue water many times, beginning in June of 1976 as Master of the M/V Muscavado bringing in a couple of tons of Colombian weed! While it has always been the same stream it has always been a different passage. With the Muscavado it was a close encounter with the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, on a passage north a few years back with my fisherman friend Frog Tillet, the wind was blowing the snot out of our nose, creating big beautiful waves for the Tern to surf on! All was fine on that passage until the auto pilot broke 60 miles offshore, it was a long night and I was ever thankful that Frog was aboard! This beautiful place with spectacular sunrises and sunsets can become a place of horror with a simple change of wind. It is hard to imagine being in heaven and hell at the same time but that is what happened on this "Passage From Heaven Into Hell.
Hi Girls & Guys: Thousands of nautical miles have passed under the Tern's keel since my last blurb, spring is almost over, with a winter that never was for some of you as well as a wonderful winter sailing the Florida Keys and the Bahamian Cays for me & the Tern! This blurb is a picture blurb in that I am going to let the pics, speak a thousand words for me because at this time I am in New England rehabbing my shoulder and back, while the Tern waits patiently, for my return while tied to a dock in Oriental, NC. I will have a blurb out soon on the Passage From Hell, as soon as I can sit and write it! For now the pics will have to tell the story! All the pics were taken by Chris Snow onboard the S/V Escape out of Marblehead, MA., while we were buddy boating in the Abaco's. He is a friend and a co-developer of the Tern's Nest. Hope you enjoy the pics Ciao! For now, Mike
Hi Girls & Guys: The city of Nassau like it's lighthouse is in need of repair! You would think with the billions of dolls in yachts in Nassau the city would have money for repair of their crumbling infrastructure, but like here in the US the money just disappears into the big money pit with little to none trickling down to repair this crumbling city!
Hi Girls & Guys: It's hard to believe it was seven years ago the Tern & I spent most of our winter in Boca Chica! The roar of the jet fighters & the smell of JP fuel hangs heavy in the air as the F-18 Hornets practice takeoff & landings! The noise & smell bring back memories of working on the flight deck of the USS Coral Sea, some 50 years ago...
Wow, 2016 is upon us, my how time flies when you are having fun! I remember a quote from my college days, "IN A WORLD WHERE DEATH IS THE HUNTER, THERE IS NO TIME FOR REGRETS OR DOUBTS, ONLY TIME FOR DECISIONS". Keeping this quote in mind I made a decision in 1999 to purchase the Cutter Patience from Bob Sanborn of Martha's Vineyard for one dollar & other considerations! One consideration was I take him to lunch where he signed the federal document over to me! The other consideration was that I restore her. I then placed the S/V PATIENCE in trust for my grandchildren. While I was thumbing through the box of papers on PATIENCE that Bob had given me I discovered that Bob had started rebuilding PATIENCE in 1978 finishing in 1984, in addition I discovered her original name when launched in 1938 at the Casey Shipyard in Fairhaven was PAVITI TERN. As the Fonz would say "the rest is history"!