LIVING ABOARD 1996-1997, Continued
In Annapolis we learned quickly how to live on a boat - Jay spent most of his time making repairs and improvements on the 1973 50' Gulfstar Ketch that was now our home, while Dorothy was chief galley cook and bottle washer.
By November 1996 we were ready to depart for the Caribbean. Joined by our son Doug for the voyage, we left Annapolis and sailed South through Chesapeake Bay to our departure point in Hampton, VA. The voyage from Hampton to San Juan, PR, lasted twelve days; for two of those days we were engulfed in a gale that resulted in a broken bowsprit and the intake of water into our stern storage locker. But we did all the right things and survived, only to be becalmed 80 miles out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Eventually we arrived in San Juan harbor and put it at Club Nautico Marina. Doug flew back to California, and we spent several weeks making repairs before anchoring out in the harbor.
Our stay in San Juan was lengthy because of repairs, including damage from the gale we'd gone through in the North Atlantic and also the rebuilding of our generator which gave out on us. We left San Juan at one point to sail to the island of Culebra, and also spent time in Fajardo, PR, but because of repairs again had to return to San Juan.
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