Back Aboard

Phebe and I are back aboard Noodin after a summer of touring around the northwest in our motorhome visiting family and friends. We made a last minute decision to take the motorhome (Steve) to Georgia with us to hook up with Noodin. It was a good trip and gave us an idea of what the RV life might be like.

Steve and Cory Hooked Up for Travel
Steve at a Corp of Engineers Site in Eufaula, Alabama

One of the nicest things about taking Steve south was that we had a nice place to live while we worked on the boat.

We had the normal list of boat chores to do before launch and spent about a month getting Noodin ready and buying and storing all of the provisions necessary for 6 months in the Bahamas.

Ron Being Lifted by Crane to Inspect the Mast Top Light
Just a Small Portion of the Provisions that Phebe Hid Away

We got launched into the North River November 25th and began our journey south. Our plan was to cross to the Bahamas from either Ft Pierce or Palm Beach Florida. Our preference would be to move south in Florida by sailing in the Atlantic but the weather wasn’t cooperating. Option 2 was to motor down the Intra Coastal Waterway for roughly 300 miles. It was getting cold in Georgia so off we went down the ICW. We stayed a couple of nights in St Augustine and a few nights in Marineland to sort out a couple of boat issues. While staying at the Marineland Marina we got to visit the dolphins at the Marineland park.

First Glimpse of the Atlantic at Marineland
Merry Christmas from Team Noodin

We had some cold days and nights heading south with some overnight lows in the upper 30’s and highs below 60. I know we’ll get no sympathy from our northern readers but it was cold on the water.

Lighting the Heater in St Augustine
Motoring Down the ICW

One of the really cool things about traveling on the ICW is the dolphins. Everyday we would have dozens of dolphin sightings, often with them coming to play beside the boat.

The ICW passes very close to Cape Canaveral and we were able to witness both a rocket launch and a rocket landing.

Not Much of a Picture but You Get the Idea
The Melbourne Bridge at Sunset

Another cool thing about the ICW is looking at the expensive homes.

Homes Near Vero Beach

We’re currently tied to a mooring ball in Vero Beach waiting for decent weather to cross the Gulf Stream. We think we’ll have an opportunity to cross about December 17th. You can see where we are by selecting “Where’s Team Noodin ” from the website menu.

This Morning in Vero


16 thoughts on “Back Aboard

  1. Hi!

    Your travels sound wonderful! I want to hear more about your RV trip! We are also back on the boat going to the Bahamas! Right now we are in MD for the month of December and Dolce Vita is in Harbor Town Marina in Ft. Pierce, FL. Our route to the Bahamas are different this trip in that we are crossing Lake Occichobee then heading south to the Keys, then crossing over to the Bahamas in late Feb.-March. We might just meet up with you at some point! We are headed to the Abacos. Where are you going to in the Bahamas? So great hearing from you!


    1. Hi Joan and Ed. We’ve talked about crossing Lake Okeechobee so we’ll be interested to hear about it. Our plan is to start in the Abacos and work our way south through Eleuthera, the Exumas, Long Island, and hopefully the Raggeds. Hope to see you guys along the way.


  2. Great to hear you’re back on the water! Amazing pictures (especially the dolphins!!). We always look forward to your posts! Safe travels and all our love to you both.


  3. Great Pic’s ; I also love hearing about all your travels; This past summer Kyle took Netty and I sailing on Pudget Sound; I really get it now.

    Fair winds and following seas for you 🙂



  4. We were glad to see your post this morning – have been wondering about you folks! Happy you got to experience the RV life for awhile. We enjoy your pictures. We’re having an early extra cold start to winter here in Montana…I just want to hibernate by the wood stove! Have a safe trip and God bless,
    Faye and Bart


  5. Love the pic’s, great to see your back “on board”. Kyle took Netty and I sailing on Pidget Sound last summer, I truely get it now.

    Fair winds and Following seas to your travels this time around,



  6. Great to hear from you!! We are in Jacksonville and it has been a bit chilly here as well. Heading out 20 Dec to Cocoa Beach Florida for X-mas and New Year. Thank You for the gift received it today :)!!! Safe travels and looking forward to hearing more of your adventures. Love Patty and Tom
    PS We have Dolphins here as well not up and personnel as you have!!


  7. Was fun to catch up in Marineland. You made great time down to Vero. Safe travels as you continue south and east.
    We will hope to catch up in the spring. April sounds like a time we will be going that way.
    We always enjoy your travel logs. Keep the adventures coming. Hey, that is a nice mug you have in your helm shot. ?
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Crew of Tango


  8. Great to hear an update from you two, think about you a lot! Enjoy your winter on the waters, and please continue to keep us in the loop.


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