Home in Kinsale
(Or We Are Now ‘Dirt Dwellers’ Again)
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
After spending a very interesting and spectacular winter cruise to, in,
and from the Abacos, we are finally back home in Kinsale.
We left Kinsale aboard our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER
Our special thanks to Lou and Jean for their forbearance, guidance, good humor, patience, knowledge etc., as Kaye and I, aboard SHEARWATER, trailed about 200 yards behind PIKA for most of the trip!
We logged about 2515 Nautical Miles since we left Kinsale (the majority of
the miles were logged on the ICW going to and from
The only notable equipment failures occurred on the way back from the
Bahamas, in South Carolina, within about a week of each other:: The Hurth/ZF
M150A transmission (installed by the Skipper); Transmission shift cable (again
installed by the Skipper); and an electric fuel pump (spare carried on board).
Both transmission problems required towing by TowBoatUS.
Thankfully, we had "Unlimited" Towing Insurance from Boat
We both thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, learned a lot about the culture of
Places in the Abacos that we visited included Great Sale Cay; Green Turtle Cay (one of our favorites); the infamous “Whale Passage”; Marsh Harbour; Lynard Cay; Hopetown (another favorite); Great Guana Cay; Treasure Cay; Man O’ War Cay (still another favorite); and numerous other great anchorages. Actually, all the places are fantastic with crystal clear turquoise water.
We still have quite a few photos of our cruise posted on the A-37 Web site
– we’ll leave them there for some time – so take a look. You’ll want to
go to the
We may also publish some cruising “Lessons Learned” articles in subsequent Newsletters.
We won’t be cruising the
Thanks for all your patience etc., etc., during our ‘sabbatical’ – we especially appreciated all the emails! We would recommend this cruise to anyone - but don't wait till you are over 65 – DO IT NOW!!!!!!!
Photos of the Cruise.