Why Did You Chose Ithaka?
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Posted: August 26, 2005
Why Did You Chose Ithaka?
What made you think Ithaka was the right boat for you guys to live on go offshore cruising?

- Ann Peckham, Encinitas, California

From Douglas: Bernadette and I spent more than eight months trudging painfully up and down the Eastern seaboard looking at various boats and being continuously disappointed before we gratefully found what emerged as the right one for us. During that time we were often exulted and discouraged, nearly giving u...... Read More

Fight Back This Winter
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Posted: August 26, 2005
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East Coast Alerts - August 25, 2005
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Posted: August 25, 2005
New Shoals in Same Old Places, NC ICW:
LNM #34 from the 5th District USCG referred to two recent US Army Corps of Engineers surveys showing new shoals in, you guessed it, Lockwood’s Folly Inlet Crossing and Shallotte Inlet Crossing, in the North Carolina ICW:
A ACOE survey conducted 20 July, 2005 revealed shoaling to a depth of 2.4 feet in the vicinity of Cape Fear/Little River Buoy 47A (LLNR 40230 Note: This is in Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing). Aids to navigation may not accurately mark the channel.
A ACOE survey conducted 25 July, 2005 revealed shoaling to a depth of 5.5 feet in ...... Read More

Critter Concerns - 8/25/05
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Posted: August 25, 2005
Critter Concerns
August 25, 2005
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Getting Ready to Go - 8/11/05
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Posted: August 19, 2005
Getting Ready to Go
August 11, 2005
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Sweet Reunions In the San Blas August 15, 2005
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Posted: August 15, 2005
August 15, 2005
Acuakargana, Kuna Yala, San Blas
09° 35.80 North
078° 46.50 West
Sweet Reunions In the San Blas
By Bernadette Bernon
For the past two weeks, the San Blas has been the setting for some of the sweetest reunions Douglas and I have ever had. First and foremost was our reunion with Lisa and Cade Johnson on Sand Dollar, who we haven't seen in over two years, when we'd gone one way - to explore Kuna Yala and Cartagena -- and they'd gone another, to take teaching jobs in Venezuela. Since then, we've been in touch with these frie...... Read More

The Reality of Living Aboard
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Posted: August 12, 2005
The Reality of Living Aboard
Now that you've moved onboard the boat, how does the reality of that compare to the anticipation of it?

- Mary Talbot, Newport, Rhode Island

From Bernadette: The anticipation of moving aboard was overwhelming in so many ways, and I was so glad when we were past it. Up until we officially moved aboard Ithaka and slept here, I felt as though I were living two completely separate lives. One life was lived on land, in our house, as we cleaned and repaired ...... Read More

In the Crosshairs of a Seagull
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Posted: August 11, 2005
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East Coast Alerts - August 10, 2005
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Posted: August 10, 2005
Remote Control Unmanned Semi-Submersible at Lake Worth Inlet, FL:
We saw this thing on our trip north in the spring, with its escort. It was weird--surreal almost, and it moves very fast. Since it’s close to the busy “Snowbird” season again, this is a caution to all who venture offshore in the Lake Worth Inlet area:
The USCG 7th District LNM 31, August 2005 Monthly edition, states that Lockheed Martin - Perry Technologies under contract with the United States Navy is testing the Remote Mine hunting Vehicle (RMV)--an unmanned, remotely piloted, semi-submersible vehicle. Oper...... Read More

Booking Passage -- Jamaica to Kuna Yala A
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Posted: August 01, 2005
August 1, 2005
Acuakargana, Kuna Yala, San Blas, Panama
09° 35.800 North
078° 46.509 West
Booking Passage -- Jamaica to Kuna Yala
By Douglas Bernon
By 5:45 a.m., we'd pulled down the last weatherfax, topped up the water tanks, languished in the marina shower for the last time, and dropped off our final bag of garbage. I sent an email to my friend John, who keeps track of our departures and landfalls. The deal is this: If he doesn't get word from us within three days of our conservative landfall schedule, he's set to roar into gear and t...... Read More