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Our First Sailing Season was onboard our first boat, Dream On, a Beneteau Oceanis 430

Our cruising life started in December 2004 with a Christmas maiden voyage to the Florida Keys, followed by a crossing to The Bahamas in mid February 2005.

After an incredible 4 months exploring The Bahamas, we left the Abacos, northern Bahamas in June 2005 to return to the east coast of the USA.

We made a 400 mile offshore run to Charleston, South Carolina, then another 200 miles offshore to Beaufort, North Carolina. After this, we headed up the Intra Coastal Waterway and the Chesapeake to Chestertown, on the Chester River in Maryland and hauled Dream On out for summer storage until our return in October 2005.

June - July 2005 Return to USA Leaving The Bahamas from the Abacos, offshore to Charleston, South Carolina. Offshore again to Beaufort, North Carolina, then north through the Intra Coastal Waterway and the Chesapeake to Chestertown, Maryland.
15 February to  June 2005 Bahamas From Marathon across the Straits of Florida and the Gulf Stream making landfall at Gun Cay. Exploring Nassau, the Exumas, Jumentos and Ragged Islands, Long Island, Rum Cay, Conception Island, Cat Island, Eleuthera and the Abacos.
January to 15 February Marathon We ended what we call our maiden voyage in Marathon in the Florida Keys on 30th January 2004. We intended to stay for a few days, but somehow ended up there for seven weeks.
  17 to 30 December   Maiden Voyage   Our first trip on Dream On. Starting from Summerfield Boat Yard on the New River at Fort Lauderdale. Down the Intracoastal Waterway, (ICW) to Miami. Out through Biscayne Bay into the Hawk Channel in the Florida Straits south of the Florida Keys, on to Key West and then back to Marathon.  
  April 2003 to 17 December 2004   Getting Ready   A record of our progress from purchase of Dream On in April & May 2003 through to the start of our maiden voyage on 17 December 2004  
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