In this, the third book of the Idiot Afloat trilogy, a single handing woman sailor takes her boat from Marathon, Florida to the Bahamas, usually sailing alone, but sometimes with friends along.
To test her new motor, she sails to Cuba in the fall of 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, which hit southern Florida hard. Then there is the scary trip across the Gulf Stream with a friend who has never steered a boat before, in ever-increasing winds, to get to Bimini.
From Nassau she sails through the Exumas to George Town. She anchors in isolated turquoise waters in spots to which tourists never get. She meets many of the people whose characters have been formed by a hard life on the water. She learns to handle problems that the boat, the weather and these people bring into her life.
The story bumps along, with all of the misery and pain and the times of joy mixed in together, and eventually brings the reader back to the safe harbour all sailors crave.
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