Orchid Lady (named in honor of Susan, who enjoys growing orchids) is a 46’
Morgan ketch sailboat. We flew
from California to Florida to look for a boat in the fall of 2003.
We knew when we saw her that she would
be the boat for us.
She is very
roomy for a live-aboard and has many of the amenities we require: center cockpit,
good size galley, aft
cabin, two heads (one has a bathtub!), salon, work station, nav station and forward
In addition, she is
solidly built and very safe for blue water cruising.
We need to do more work on the boat, provision her,
and we’ll be able to set sail in
We will of course be bringing along many
orchids, and plan to collect some new species along the way.
has been difficult for us to decide which direction in the Caribbean to head
to from Florida.
East or west?
We’re somewhat familiar with the eastern
Caribbean, having previously visited many islands such as the Grenadines,
Dominica, Trinidad & Tobago, Martinique, Guadeloupe, etc.
However, these visits were for only
several weeks at a time, and we'd like to spend more time exploring the
We are not familiar
with the western Caribbean, such as Belize, and Central America, and we
hope later to cruise this area.
We've decided to
first visit the eastern Caribbean, heading toward the Bahamas by the first of December,
and to be in Grenada by end of June for hurricane season.