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So, what's new? Chartering in San Blas

I’m back.  It’s been awhile, yeah? I know. Why the delay?  Because I was doing some land traveling, some writing, some visiting people, some of this and some of that.  Most importantly, I wasn’t on the boat and when that happens I don’t like to broadcast my whereabouts... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/whats-new-chartering-san-blas/
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Afreeeka!

Afreeeka! | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
The rumors are true.  I did it.  I went to Africa.  Namibia, actually.  If you don’t know where Namibia is, that means you’re part of the 99% of the world who isn’t from Southern Africa – fret not.  But go ahead and Google it (or just click here).  Not so many pictures on ... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/afreeeka/
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I know, I know...

I know, I know... | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
Yeah.  It’s been awhile.  Apologies.  Because of the time between posts, I’ve come up with a great number of semi-valid excuses for the delay.  I could probably make an entire post out of excuses.  But let’s not and say we did. So what’s happened?  Everything.  Now?  IR... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/i-know-i-know/
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The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
It’s the beginning of the end. We’re in the process of leaving Cuba. Big provisioning runs. Goodbye parties. Boatwork. More boatwork. Diesel. Gas. Propane. Rum. New crew. Leaving Cuba I decided our route the other day: Cuba, Grand Cayman, Hobbies, Providencia, San Andres, Bocas Del Torro and the... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/the-beginning-of-the-end/
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Friends in Pictures

Friends in Pictures | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
Finally, out of Havana. Back onboard NOMAD. Life starting to seem normal again. Back to the familiar problems: finding provisions, lugging around diesel containers, running out of water, everything corroding and breaking. The normal, expensive boat problems.  Familiar, grinding, frustration. ... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/spearfishing/friends-in-pictures/
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The Black Grouper Hunt

The Black Grouper Hunt | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
At this point we had some epic sailing. Some epic diving. Remote spots. Not-so-easy boat maintenance. New friends. Full freezers. Great beach parties. And an epic success (thanks Jaco) in targeting and acquiring a specific and sizeable species. A personal best and trophy Cubera Snapper. And... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/uncategorized/black-grouper-hunt/
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Jardin De La Reyna

Jardin De La Reyna | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
So. We were in a remote anchorage along the Southern Cuban coast – somewhere in the Jardin De La Reyna. NOMAD and Songerie were the only two boats in sight. NOMAD had only a few inches of water under her keels, and we had a ton of chain out – so we were completely secure. Jardin De La Reyna As so... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/spearfishing/3855/
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Hecho En Cuba

Hecho En Cuba | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
This post was made in Cuba. As is an ever-increasing amount of stuff onboard NOMAD. Coffee – what might be the best in the world (or at least that I’ve tried so far) is onboard, made in Cuba. A good, and reasonably priced aged rum is onboard, made in Cuba. And cigars. Good God.   We have all the ... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/hecho-en-cuba/
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Onwards - To Cuba

Onwards - To Cuba | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
There are two primary factors that decide my schedule: weather and boat condition. Especially on a longer crossing – other considerations are secondary, at best. People’s schedules, people’s desires, flights, holidays, weekends, day or night – none of this really matters. Waiting to Cross And so ... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/onwards-to-cuba/
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The Usual Shenanigans

The Usual Shenanigans | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
Another good few days.  Sondre showed up, Kenny showed up. A beach party.  Moved to the West Hollandes. Sandra left and Lindsay and Eline showed up.  I’m thankful that we’re done with crew-related movements for a few days.  I’ll finally be able to go somewhere and relax there until I decide to le... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/3753/
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Hotel California

Hotel California | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
Connectivity hasn’t been great.  That’s my excuse. It’s been a good few days – though I took a couple on the chin.  Things were going too well for me to get through unscathed.  It’s become more about keeping composure when I get hit, than avoiding the punches altogether.  One thing is becom... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/boat-headaches/
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The Holiday Madness (is finally over)

The Holiday Madness (is finally over) | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
There is an unalterable fact about the Holiday season in the States:  as the Holidays approach, madness ensues.  Sometimes this stateside madness even reaches out and grabs ahold of people many miles from the States.  Sometimes it even grabs me. This year was no exception.  Last year my family vi... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/the-holiday-madness-is-finally-over/
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Fish and Other Stuff

Fish and Other Stuff | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
The saildrive fight is still on.  It’s the seventh or eighth round and I’m not sure who will win.  It may end up a split decision. I’ve overcome bad businesses, crappy customer service, impossible connectivity, and strange personality differences.  If I can’t figure it out before I go home for Ch... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/spearfishing/fish-and-stuff/
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In the Namibian Bush

In the Namibian Bush | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
So.  At this point I’m with friends in Namibia.  We’re all getting ready to go out into the middle of nowhere for a week (ish).  The goal is to see alot of the country and it’s animals.   In the Namibian Bush This is the day.  We have a huge breakfast at the bakery.  After ... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/in-the-namibian-bush/
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Up 'Til Now

Up 'Til Now | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
Alright. I’m trying to catch up a bit here.  Alot has happened.  I’m on the other side of the world, the boat is in a marina.  Crazy, right?  I haven’t seen the ocean in a week.  In fact, I’m in the desert.  Talk about a change of scenery. But back to catching-up. Up ̵... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/up-til-now/
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Awesome Crew Wanted

Want to be crew? Cool.   I’m usually looking for awesome people to do awesome things with – somewhere, at some time. Read on, carefully… The truth about cruising on a small boat across big oceans is that it’s much like a roommate situation, without having any previous experience with your r... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/awesome-crew-wanted/
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Obsessed

Obsessed | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
Alright. So we’ve been in Cuba for a very long time now, it feels like time to go. We’ve done everything we came for and more. I’ve had my fair share of this country, and I’ve enjoyed most of it. We’re running out of money. We’re running out of patience. We’re running out of things to see and do.... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/spearfishing/obsessed/
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The Thing About Havana

The Thing About Havana | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
Havana. It’s a strange place. The entire city is a bustling, dirty, noisy contradiction.   The people live in complete poverty and relative fear of their government. There’s a guy named Che (not even a Cuban!) that is one of their minor Gods. Something like a saint. Or maybe just a martyr. I’m no... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/the-thing-about-havana/
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Spearfishing Cubera Snapper

Spearfishing Cubera Snapper | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
It was nearing the end of our adventures in Jardin De La Reyna. We needed to get back to Cienfuegos to renew visas. We were anxious to visit Havana, and we’d been remote for long enough that people were likely starting to worry about us. So much had already happened. There was the time that we t... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/spearfishing/spearfishing-cubera-snapper/
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Trinidad, Cuba (and other stuff)

Trinidad, Cuba (and other stuff) | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
Sorry for the delay in posts. I was sailing through a remote part of the South Cuban coastline. Can’t tell you where because the fishing was too good. But I will, eventually, share some pictures. It might be paradise. One more thing: I’m taking a step backwards on the Cuban coffee. It’s good. But... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/trinidad-cuba-stuff/
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Welcome to Socialist Cuba

Welcome to Socialist Cuba | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
And we did feel welcome. Much more so than we felt in the Caymans. We finally got our weather window and escaped Grand Cayman. 7 days, more or less, in the Caymans. It was 7 days too long. So when the weather turned favorable, we left at our earliest convenience. Cayman may be nice and pretty... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/welcome-socialist-cuba/
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Finally, A New Post!!

Finally, A New Post!! | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
How about that time lapse between this post and my last? Been awhile, huh? Yep. I agree. We’ve been insanely busy. And there’s been crap connection. And there’s still crap connection. And we’re sailing to Cuba, where there will been even less connectivity. So. Hauling Out I spent some time limpin... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/finally-new-post/
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Back There

Back There | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
Laundry.  I desperately need to do laundry.  The good news is that board shorts never really get too dirty to wear in the water.  It’s the time out of the water that gets you.  I’ve discovered the art of using towels as clothes, though I can’t say that my towels are in much better shape.  This, t... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/spearfishing/back-there/
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Joy, Back in Panama

Joy, Back in Panama | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
I left off last post as I was boarding a plane from Houston to Panama, with only half of my boat-gear.  On this flight a couple of pretty women took an interest in  me and so we exchanged numbers and names on the plane, much to the surprise of many of the passengers.  Never they mind, this is S.O... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/joy/
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Happy Holidays from The Nomad Trip

Happy Holidays from The Nomad Trip | Sailing and Cruising | Scoop.it
So.  This post is part catchup, well-wishing, and looking back. Since my last post, we’ve done a ton of fishing, poker-playing, some Holiday celebrations and making of new friends from other places on the planet.  I’ve traveled and said goodbyes and said hellos and reconnected with pe... http://www.thenomadtrip.com/update/happy-holidays-from-the-nomad-trip/
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