We sailed back from the Bahamas on April 28, 2018, and returned to this dream marina and wonderful town of Stuart, Florida in Martin County. This place more than any other place we have traveled has our attention. We even rank this location above Annapolis Maryland and you all know how much Radeen and I like Annapolis. Why do we like Stuart, Florida? First, Sunset Bay Marina and the way it is managed. The staff focuses 100% on customer service and take great pride in the facilities, from the coffee bar, wine bar, varnished teak furniture, gas grills, patio furniture, captains’ lounge with sofas and TV, air-conditioned laundry and bathhouse and the many special events they plan. Add to this a boardwalk around the water’s edge to the old town of Stuart and we have a dream boating location. Mooring balls are $175/week or $400/month. Where can you live for $400/month and have all this? Sunset Bay is our #1 USA marina location.
What are we Doing?
The other question we are hearing is, “What are we doing” waiting in Stuart? Everyone thought we were sailing home. We usually do sail north the first week of May. One year, we waited until June to sail north and that put us in crazy thunderstorms and severe weather and we said never again. This year, we came back to Stuart because while we were in the Berrys we were working on yacht sales. We had three active deals we were working on. So, we came back, rented a Chevy Impala and drove north to Brunswick, GA for a survey on one boat, then back to Stuart. Then we turned around and drove to Palmetto Florida, on the west coast to show our listing there. Next we drove back to Florida East coast. In all, we drove 1,150 miles in 6 days! During this same time, we were working a yacht closing in Nanny Cay, the British Virgin Islands. These deals were difficult to secure from the remote Berrys and we knew they would be impossible to continue to service. So, we sailed back to Stuart for our yacht broker work. We work as “buyer’s brokers” and only focus on Island Packet Yachts. We fit best with anyone looking to buy an Island Packet Yacht. We will help buyers decide on a model that best meets their cruising goals and then we will shop and evaluate the market helping to find the best yacht. We will write offers and counter-offers, attend sea trial and survey, and we will help our customers buy their dream Island Packet. This is why we are back in Stuart and this is what we have been working on for the past 3 weeks.
Having some Fun
While working on these three yacht broker deals, we also have been working with Mack Sails on our new Code Zero sail. This new sail was fitted last week and we have sailed it in the creek here around Stuart. Last Saturday, Colin Mack and his photo and video man, Ed of Starboard Films wanted to get photos and video of our boat at sea with the new code zero flying. Out to sea we went. The winds were 12-15 knots true and Colin and Ed came out on their chase boat with cameras and a drone. As we sailed, they shot photos and video. Ed will be using this for marketing of the Mack Sails company. How exciting, Team Island Spirit is a new advertising yacht. This will be great when the post-production work is all finished. Here are some photos of the sail.
Crazy Weather in Florida
While we have been sailing the new code zero and working on these yacht sales, emailing and supporting our buyers, we have been dealing with crazy weather. There is a low pressure developing in the Gulf of Mexico off Tampa area. This low has been spinning counterclockwise, as lows do in the northern hemisphere, and with that spin, it has been pulling in tons of moisture from the south and driving it to north. We actually thought about sailing north on this great SE 20-knot wind, but the unstable weather brings with it thunderstorms, waterspouts and high winds nearly every day. Small craft advisories offshore are calling for seas 6-9 feet and 5-6 seconds! If you know the ocean, that is ugly boating. So, we are simply waiting here til we rent a car and drive back up to Brunswick GA, 5 hours to survey a boat with our buyer. We thought we could sail there, but with this crazy weather, no way, we will drive I-95. Look at these WX photos.
Sun Halo over Island Spirit
If there is a good sign, this has to be one of them. While out daysailing with new Island Packet buyers on board and sharing the cruising life with them, this sun halo appeared over our yacht while under sail. How cool is that? This happens when ice crystals form in the atmosphere and the sun refracts thru the ice. Very interesting image.
Our Plans to Sail Home
We are still planning on sailing back to the Chesapeake Bay so we can enjoy our boat this summer and sail friends aboard. We hope to make the run as direct as we can, departing this area Mon, Tue or Wed and sailing for Cape Lookout, NC, nonstop if possible. Then if weather allows, we will sail around Cape Hatteras and up into the Chesapeake Bay. One option sail would be to divert offshore to Cape May NJ to see friends there, and to go fishing, but, first, we need to start heading north. For now, we are enjoying helping others with finding their dream yachts and taking in the sunsets here at Sunset Bay. Look at these two photos…..:-)
Remember, LIVE tracking when yacht moves
Thank you for sailing along…..