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When one half of a cruising couple makes a trip back “home,” it is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you’ll of course miss them and all the things that they typically do to keep your little floating world functioning will have to be either ignored until their return or you’ll have to pick up the slack and do them all yourself. On the other hand, they’ll no doubt come back with suitcases packed with stuff. Stuff that either can’t be purchased down island or would be cost prohibitive it it were.

Is all that for us?

But, what if you have a friend(s) on another boat returning stateside? A good friend. Then there’s little downside, right? That is exactly the situation we found ourselves in when Cheryl and Mikalya from Happy Times set off for a one month visit back home. Of course, we had to look after Mike who was now left all alone (during carnival I might add), but in return, our friends were kind enough to play “mules” for us, bringing us back a whole whack of “gifts.” I’m not going to mention specifically what these gifts might have been because knowing how popular this blog is, who’s to say that some bored customs agent isn’t perusing it right now (yeah, right). I will say that we are extremely appreciative of their help though! So much in fact that I might call them right now on my handheld VHF radio to tell them that I just backed up our movies onto our mini 500 GB USB hard drive before updating this blog about them on our MacBook Pro. 😉

You can see from the J’Ouvert image that I previously posted that we were taking good care of Mike (far left). Imagine the trouble that he could have gotten into if he were not in our care during Cheryl and Mikayla’s absence!

The answer to yesterday’s question: The image I posted represents a Traffic Separation Scheme, the marine equivalent of a divided highway.

Today’s question has two parts:

  1. What is a SART.
  2. How many pulses does it send out: 6, 12, or 18?


  1. Search and Rescue Transponder!

  2. Another guess:

    1. Search and Rescue Transmitter/Transponder/ Transomething or other?
    2. I’ll go w/ 18, and therefore all of the above as 18 means it also sent out 6 and 12?

  3. Search And Rescue Transmitter
    12 dots

  4. diggin the nav rules questions. please keep it up!

  5. Hi Mike & Rebecca;

    We finally discovered your blog 2 weeks ago and love it! Glad to see you’re still living the dream. Last we saw of you folks was Cruisers’ Regatta in George Town (March 2011) out on the volley ball courts.

    Our sabbatical is done (July 2011) and sadly we are now back in British Columbia saving for the extended live aboard cruise in 4 years or so. Mango Groove is in Ft. Lauderdale and her new owners are due to close on her at month end.

    Keep up the great work on the blog and we will live vicariously thr’ you both for a chunk of time to come!! We will keep checking in with the blog regularly.

    Alan, Christina, Courtney and Olivia
    SV Mango Groove

    • Hey guys! Lots sure has happened since Georgetown, for all of us I guess. We’ve been working on our volleyball skills here a couple times per week. Not quite as hard core as GT though:)

      Keep in touch!

  6. really liked your “Norman Island Caves” video. What is the name and group singing the background song?

  7. Mike do you give advice on how you use your mini 500 GB USB hard drive to backup your dvd movies anywhere on your site? I couldn’t find anything. Im trying to figure out how to do the same thing with a iPad-air. I understand you can use a camera kit to connect a usb port on the iPad ….thanks..TL

    • Hi Terry

      I have not had much luck with those drives. I’ve had several fail so I wouldn’t want to reply upon them for anything too valuable. Can you buy large capacity flash drives these days?

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