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December 7, 2011

Guide to Cartagena, Colombia from Miami, Florida

Filed under: Navigating — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

Updated version of my guide to Cartagena. Just finished my second delivery.

Warning: Do not travel this route during high hurricane season from August to October.
Caution: From June until November, keep a sharp eye on tropical weather and avoid crossing the Caribbean Sea if a storm is predicted.

Route From Miami to Cartagena

Route From Miami to Cartagena

The key to cruising from Southeast Florida ( whether your departure location is Fort Lauderdale, Miami, or further north such as Stuart ) to Colombia is to stay as far east as possible. The prevailing south easterly trade winds will push you west to Panama and force you to beat back to Colombia. The trick is to sail into the Bahamas, follow along the leeward side of the Exumas, shoot through the Windward Passage, and power reach down to Cartagena. If the winds are strong from the south east, a trick may be to hug the west coast of Haiti and leave Navassa well to starboard. Then let the winds lift you as far east as possible when you round the mountainous coast. The winds sometimes wrap around Hispanola here and will come from due south. The further east you are lifted, the more you will have in the bank during the long Caribbean Sea crossing. Do not go north around Hispanola and leave the Dominican Republic to starboard. You are wasting your time going 300 nautical miles upwind when you can catch the currents underneath Hispanola for the same effect. Read on for a more detailed report on the two halves of this journey. Continue reading “Guide to Cartagena, Colombia from Miami, Florida” »

November 30, 2011

On Delivery

Filed under: Navigating — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

Sunrise over Cartagena in June 2011

I am currently en-route to Cartagena, Colombia on a Leopard 46 sailing catamaran. I should be back on radar in early December. Please feel free to follow me on SPOT enroute to Cartagena, Colombia. You can see my route from a previous trip and an explication on my guide from Miami to Cartagena post on Waves in July.

I am updating this blog from Big Majors anchorage in Staniel Cay on Sunday, November 27th. It is amazing how well you can stay in contact with the world these days. And the $10 per 200 MB of Wifi here at Staniel is worth it.

Tonight we leave at midnight to complete the last 5 or 6 days of this delivery to Cartagena. Kevin is tipsy on Bahamian rum while mis Peruvian patas are enjoying their last tranquilo momentos hasta el viaje. El jefe is chilling in the master hull while the ambasidor is watching a movie starboardside. The wind has picked up, and rain is falling. But all reports are for an usually calm Caribean once we get through the Windward Passage. We have over run our welcome here at Big Majors and seen enough of the Thunderball grotto and swiming pigs. I have swum the anchorage every dawn and dusk keeping up my fitness. I will be glad to get moving again.

Stories and reviews will come in future posts.

November 23, 2011

Trends in Fort Lauderdale’s Brokerage Market

Filed under: Miscelaneous — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

An Increasing Percentage of Sailboat Sales are Multihulls

It is a common statement that Fort Lauderdale has transitioned from being a sailboat cruising waypoint to a megayacht mecca. I have been crunching the numbers to understand the position of the city more in depth. Last week, I posted my raw research data. A synopsis of what I have found is yes, Fort Lauderdale is an area where most the yacht value is in power yachts compared to other regions of the country. The ratio of power to sail boat listings is 10 to 1 while in Annapolis, the ratio is at parity. In Newport the ratio of power to sail is a more moderate 4 to 1. It is interesting to note that the ratio of actual sales of power vs. sail in Fort Lauderdale is 5 to 1 compared to the 10 to 1 ratio of advertised listings. Can anyone speculate why this might be? Continue reading “Trends in Fort Lauderdale’s Brokerage Market” »

November 16, 2011

By the Numbers: Yachting in Fort Lauderdale

Filed under: Lists — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

I am doing market research about the brokerage market in Fort Lauderdale this week. Please see below for statistics. Next week I will do some analysis and interpret what the data means.

General Fort Lauderdale Statistics
10.84 million visitors to the City of Fort Lauderdale in 2010.
165,521 residents as per the 2010 census.
45,000 resident yachts in Fort Lauderdale.
200 public slips and moorings in the City of Fort Lauderdale.
165 miles of navigable inland waterways.
123 bridges.
100 boatyards and marinas.
50 cruise ships.
7 miles of public beach.
Continue reading “By the Numbers: Yachting in Fort Lauderdale” »

November 9, 2011

2011 Hurricane Season Over

Filed under: Miscelaneous — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

With show season on pause until the February 2012 Miami Show, it looks like we escaped hurricanes again this year. The last time I remember having a serious storm was 2006. While the season technically ends November 31st, I do not think I am whistling in the wind by celebrating now. A couple cold fronts have come through already, and another is forecast for later this week with lows in the 50’s. It is a beautiful time of year in Fort Lauderdale. From now until the holidays, snow birds start coming down to tidy up their yachts or cruise down in rallies such as the Caribbean 1500. Royale Palm is filling up a bit more with vessels such as the classic Herreshoff design, “Mistral,” stopping in. The marina is a-buzz with owners newly living aboard. So haul back up your headsails, clip back on your biminis, and slip the docklines for the Bahamas.

November 2, 2011

Thoughts on FLIBS and the Future of Yachting in Fort Lauderdale

Filed under: Miscelaneous — Tags: , , , — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

Morning at Bahia Mar Courtesy Show Management

Rain dampened this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which ran from last Thursday until Monday, October 31st. Monday morning I awoke at 5:30am to flooded streets and stalled sedans littering Federal Highway. But in general there was enough clear weather for another optimistic show. Highlights for me included the Raymarine E7 series, PassageMaker seminars, and pride in the status of my home city. There have been many good choices made by people in Fort Lauderdale to encourage luxury yachts, brands, and people to populate the area. From what once was a cruising waypoint, Fort Lauderdale has become the world’s megayacht capital, and FLIBS is probably the most striking example of the benefits of this approach. I am often reminded of our positive position by other brokerages who envy our location and pine for the inventory of yachts available in town.

Talking to old timers about the hey days of Miami as a yachting hub constantly keeps me sharp on helping prevent Fort Lauderdale from loosing our position. Thirty years ago, Fort Lauderdale was like Fort Pierce or Saint Petersburg is today, and most the yacht industry was located in Miami such as Merrill-Stevens. A year or so ago, Merrill-Stevens went bankrupt, but Miami’s fortunes had fallen many years earlier. Nevermind the cause, Miami is seen these days as a third world country in terms of yacht service and storage with lower quality workmanship, higher rates of crime, and a blighted infrastructure.

What we must do in Lauderdale to maintain our position is keep investing in projects such as the renovation of Bahia Mar and attracting the class of businesses which seek to provide high quality products or service. Any drop in our level and events such as FLIBS could shift north to Stuart and leave us to repeat the history of Miami’s yachting industry. If you were able to attend FLIBS ’11, I hope you left with a good impression of Lauderdale and come back on your yacht and stay awhile.

October 26, 2011

11 Best Lunch Joints in Fort Lauderdale

Filed under: Lists — Tags: , , , , , — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

I spend a significant amount of time these days driving around Fort Lauderdale doing yacht related business and often end up eating at convenient wayside locations. I am more a drive through kind of guy when alone while I like to sit down and take a break with company. Below is a list of 11 eateries which is an incomplete list for sure. Writing this list reminds of me of the local PBS show “Check Please.” If you stay a day in Fort Lauderdale, you will likely end up hearing or eating at these places. Maybe if you are in town this week for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, you will get a chance. The restaurants chosen are mostly marinetime themed and often on the water. Continue reading “11 Best Lunch Joints in Fort Lauderdale” »

October 19, 2011

Boat Show Season Continues

Behind the Scenes at 2011 FLIBS

Two weeks ago I posted about the Annapolis show. Reports are that the Annapolis Sailboat Show was excellent. Just finished is also the power show in Annapolis October 13-16. Next up is the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from October 27 to the 31st. FLIBS is the most impressive show featuring the largest and most expensive yachts both power and sail of any US show. Preparations are well underway with the floating docks being assembled across from our office on the Dania Cut-off canal and towed up the Intracoastal. The floating docks run from Bahia Mar north to Las Olas Marina lined with the latest and greatest megayachts. Continue reading “Boat Show Season Continues” »

October 12, 2011

5 Nautical Knots You Must Know: Bowline, Cleat Hitch, Clove Hitch, Slip Knot, Trucker’s Hitch

Filed under: Lists — Tags: , , — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

You can learn a lot about the skill of a sailor by how he ties up at the dock and squares away running rigging. Are the lines neat and secure? Are the spring lines tight and bow / stern lines appropriately loose? How about the sheets? To accomplish the basic seamanship, there are a lot of knots out there, but all you have to know and know well is a handful to be worth your salt. I consider knowing how to tie a bowline, cleat hitch, clove hitch, and slip knot the most important. Combining these knots you can also make two variations of one of the handiest knots around – “the truckers hitch.” Knot tying videos shown here are courtesy the excellent Animated Knots website. Continue reading “5 Nautical Knots You Must Know: Bowline, Cleat Hitch, Clove Hitch, Slip Knot, Trucker’s Hitch” »

October 5, 2011

Annapolis Show 2011: October 6 – 10

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

The Newport show is over; next up is Annapolis which is the biggest US sailboat show. Annapolis is the best show to attend if you are in the market for a cruising sailboat because it features almost all the manufacturers. There is a power show the week afterwards, October 13 – 16. New Bavaria, Beneteau, and Dufour designs are among the models to premier. Two boats that have caught my eye are the Leopard 44 with the forward cockpit arrangement and Jeanneau’s beachable boats. Please feel free to share how the show is going this year by posting back a comment. To the right is a 2009 of timelapse of the Annapolis US Sailboat show.

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