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Old 09-24-2015, 07:02 PM   #1
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Baltimore, MD to Eastern Caribbean by way of Central America

After a total refit (ability, time, and money restricted), we have departed on our trip to take a few years. If you are interested in following along:

www.caribbeansealife.wordpress.com

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Old 09-24-2015, 07:04 PM   #2
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Well, you have the boat for it. Best wishes, and will follow along. Just finished watching "The Wire" for about the 5th time. I would be heading for the Caribbean also. :-)
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:03 PM   #3
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Greetings,
Safe travels and enjoy.
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Old 09-24-2015, 11:48 PM   #5
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There are several Krogen 42s which seem to come and go in the Eastern Caribbean. We look forward to seeing you arrive.

Fair winds and calm seas.
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:29 AM   #6
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I enjoyed your blog. I will be following along.
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Old 09-25-2015, 11:57 AM   #7
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I read your rebuild blog also and found it rather appalling the condition your KK42 was in due to original construction flaws.

Especially shocking was the nail that was glassed in.

Another TF member posted a Yachtworld link to a KK42 in the Keys that was re-powered with a Yanmar. I was wondering why he chose that route rather than a rebuilt Lehman like you installed.

At any rate, you did a fantastic job on your boat and I am quite envious. Enjoy your journeys!
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:17 PM   #8
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I was quite shocked at a number of things I encountered, that I would consider to be factory flaws. My hull is #61, I have been told they did improve a bit later, but you wouldn't know unless you tore it apart....
I think the design is fantastic, but quality control not so much!

I chose to repower with the Lehman 120, because the original was a running takeout. That left me with a wonderful assortment of usable/tested spares. I also didn't want to reengineer mounts, shaft, gear box etc. Again time and money, the goal was to cruise, not perfect the boat. So compromises where made.

If money and time were not a concern, a newer motor would be nice for part availability, but would still want a naturally aspirated, mechanically injected motor.

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Old 09-29-2015, 06:22 PM   #9
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Had the pleasure of being invited aboard Sealife to spend the afternoon with Scott and Caroline. What a project these two just completed! It's hard to imagine what condition this KK42 was in when they started. She's a fine looking vessel now and the crew are pretty good people also. If you see them on their way south, go on over and say hello.
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:08 AM   #10
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I thought I'd give Scott and Caroline's blog a little bump. They've been quite busy lately.

https://caribbeansealife.wordpress.c...11/14/updates/
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Old 11-15-2015, 04:17 PM   #11
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Thanks, Larry, for posting the photos. I have been following their journey, and it sounds idyllic. It is really nice the way that they are enjoying the cruising life. My little granddaughter always wants to know "how Howard is doing." I am hoping she will be a cruiser someday.
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Old 04-09-2016, 07:10 AM   #12
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Scott and Caroline should be arriving at Isla de Quanaja, Honduras this morning. They finally pried them selves away from Mexico. I think they were having too much fun.

https://share.delorme.com/SeaLife

https://caribbeansealife.wordpress.c.../adios-mexico/
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:40 PM   #13
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Thanks for posting update Larry. We now have internet again. Caroline will be catching up on blog about trip here etc. I may start a new thread...
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:56 PM   #14
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Great blog, told in an honest voice, safe passage!
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Old 04-21-2016, 10:23 AM   #15
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After almost 2 weeks we will be moving on to Roatan this weekend for a while, before returning here to Guanaja. We will spend some time(waiting on refrig components) before checking out and heading to Providencia on our way to Panama. Guanaja is excellent, cheap to check in, safe, friendly, water is cleanest we've seen yet.
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I love the little pizza place you found owned by the German dude. What a cool find. You are doing the exact kind of cruising I want to do one day, but I'm getting older every day (obviously, but you get the point), and I keep wondering if I'll ever get anywhere.

Moral of the story, go cruising ASAP. Don't wait for everything to line up perfectly.

OK, I'm done whining...
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Old 05-16-2016, 06:34 PM   #17
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An update for those intersted and not following the blog:

Well, Roatan was interesting. Very touristy, very few locals fish, all involved with the tourist industry. Everyone takes US$ and credit cards, unlike Quanaja which take neither. French Harbor area has an Ace Hardware(just like the US), and several other very good provisioning stops. It is so good in fact, that after fixing the fridge/freezer debacle, the wife has requested a return visit to fill up on frozen goods. So we will return to Roatan, then back to Guanaja for a third time before leaving for good for Providencia enroute to Panama.

On a side note, this area of Honduras and also the Rio Dulce is loaded with cheap boats for sale, both power and sail. Very few get advertised, most did cruise here, then owners grew roots and stayed. In just the last few weeks: 50+ foot wooden flush deck grand banks, 48' Krogen for $30K(going to look at this when I go back for a friend), and a few others. Now most have not moved in years, but for refit material, or get it to Fl for resale not bad. Pretty interesting area anyway.

More later....
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Old 05-18-2016, 12:20 PM   #18
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Scott,


Really been enjoying your blog! Well written and pics are first class! Looking forward to future posts of you journey.
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For those intersted, we leave tomorrow AM for Providencia Island, Colombia. Approx. 400nm. Should take 65-78hrs depending on currents. Hopefully make landfall Thursday during daylight hours. You can follow our delorme route here:

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