12_09_14 We are underway. Bahamas here we come!

Hi All!

We are underway!  Bahamas here we come!


Underway St. Augustine to New Smyrna Beach


Captain Tom.  This is where he is the happiest!

Captain Tom. This is where he is the happiest!

We left INTERLUDE at the St. Augustine Marina Center, St. Augustine, FL for the summer. When we got back she was in great condition thanks to our dehumidifier, etc. We came down for the season December 1, 2014 and started getting her ready to head to the Bahamas again this year.

We did have a few surprises! One was a resident gecko who we caught and evicted from the boat! The other was some cockroaches that decided to live in the bilge in a box with spare parts. This was the first time in 9 years that we have had critters on the boat. It is also only the second time we had INTERLUDE on the hard. Lesson: We need to make sure we plug up the boat better next season.

Speaking of next season…we are thinking of selling INTERLUDE when we get back in May. There may be a power boat in my future. Not sure how I think about that one but we will see how it goes.

While we were on the hard in St. Aug, we stayed with buds Dennis and Bettye/MISS BETTYE. As always, they were very gracious and couldn’t do enough for us. They are awesome. We are very blessed to have such great buds.

The weather the past week has been overcast, windy and cool. We had one-half day of sunshine. So much for being in the sunshine state! Lol I am sure it will get better when we leave.

Bettye made us new pillows for the boat! They are very pretty! They are in my favorite colors! Amazing that she would do that and get her Christmas decorating done too! Thanks so much Bettye!

My Christmas decorations consist of four battery-powered candles for the windows, a Christmas stocking and a snowman center piece. We may get the battery-powered outside lights on when we get to Vero Beach.

Christmas Mouse Stocking and new salon cushions from Bettye and Dennis

Christmas Mouse Stocking and new salon cushions from Bettye and Dennis

Last minute repairs…Done.  Storing items from home…Done.  Provisioning…Done.  Let the fun begin!

We have been on the boat for two days. It’s always amazing how fast we transition from landlubbers to cruisers. I guess that’s part of the fun…changing up where and how we live.

The sun is finally out today!  Yay!  We are traveling down the ICW with four other boats nearby.

I hope you will keep in touch and travel with us via our blog. We will always keep a light on for you! Hope all is well with you and yours. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Cathie on s/v INTERLUDE. OUT.




6 responses to “12_09_14 We are underway. Bahamas here we come!

  1. Have fun. We’ll miss seeing you this winter but I look forward to your blog updates.

    • We will certainly miss you too! I am enjoying all your snow pictures. We love to ski but we are leaving that fun to the young folks these days! Lol. So glad we can keep in touch! Hugs!

  2. Dear Cathie & Thom,
    I gasped when I read that you may be thinking of selling your baby in 2015-16! Let me tell you that my friends, long time sailors & racers, graduated to a trawler and…..they LOVE it!
    Thinking of you motor-sailing down the ICW and wishing you safe and happy travels.
    Merry Christmas,
    KellyAnne xoxoxox

    • Glad that your friends are enjoying their trawler. Hard to decide if I like crossing over to the darkside. Lol. It will be a big change. I love Interlude. She has been great! Wishing you,Ben, Mathias, your family and friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hugs and Love…Cathie and Tom

  3. To the dark side?! Willl Tom really do that?

    • Yep! He’s ready for some comfort. Since we are a powerboat with a mast most of the time, he is ready to give up the mast, rigging, hard salon cushions, etc. I’m the one who is not so sure about all of that. The extra costs of a powerboat is substantial plus sailboats are so beautiful! I know I will love it if and when we get one but most of our buds have already changed over. We will see! We are looking at a Gulfstar Motor Yacht 49. They are 86 to 89 vintage. Very nice but quite old.

      Hope all is well with you, Gene and family. Have a great holiday season! Hugs!

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