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Ship's log of Krogen 58' Sea Fox: From Ft. Lauderdale to Trinidad



11-30-2002

We are presently anchored in the Turks and Caicos at Lat: 21 44.4N and Lon: 72 17.3W after leaving the anchorage at Staniel Cay at 5:00 on Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Day. It is now 15:30, 11-29-02 and we have made 285 N.M. in the last 35:30 hours and plan on running to Luperon, Dominican Republic for our next landfall.

We departed Ft. Lauderdale on Tues. 11-26-02 at 13:30 and traveled non-stop to Normans Cay anchorage in the Exumas, 210 N.M. in 24:30 hrs.

After a short hop of 34 N.M. and 4 hours we anchored at Staniel Cay, Exumas to stage a departure to George Town the next morning based on weather. Upon leaving Galliot Cut and entering Exuma Sound towards George Town, our onboard "Weather Guru" Jim Sheppard determined we should continue east towards Turks and Caicos. He calculated there should be favorable winds (or the lack of) for a trawler. He did not mean flat, but for this vessel, just favorable will do.

We crossed the Gulf Stream with 10-15 kts. N. to N.E. and she handled it very well! I mean the boat not the Admiral! But Julie is doing much better now as she is in the galley frying sausage for us after standing her two watches last night.

After the Exumas, this is all new territory for Julie and me, but our friends Jim and Denise Sheppard made this trip to Trinidad in their Island Packet 45 two years ago and are with us on this trip.

We have found that the mid-ship stateroom with the guest forward has given us the privacy we all need, especially with the forward companionway from the pilothouse to the guest quarters. We converted the forward twins to a queen birth for this trip to make life better for our friends. Chris Washburn and Bill Parlatore used this stateroom in the twin configuration on our trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia last year and it worked great. What Versatility!

Well, I have to go now into the bilge to change the vacuum pump on the master head. The motor burned up during the night. Thanks to Scott Good, I have a spare unit! (I thought if you had a spare part the unit would never fail!!) Sea Fox performance numbers:

  • 549 Nautical miles
  • 64:00 hours passage time
  • 440 gallon diesel
  • 1.20 Nautical miles per gallon
  • 0.83 Gallons per mile
  • 8.26 Knots average speed
Cruising on Sea Fox,
Dennis and Julie Fox