Euology for my dad…Herman O. Bips

My Dad.  Herman O. Bips

Good morning or as dad would say,  HAPPY TUESDAY.

Looking around I see many staff and friends I have come to know from visiting my dad here at Shell Point, especially this past year . Thanks to you for making sure my dad was safe and assisting him in all his needs.  From hurricanes to everyday living.  You are the best!  Also a thanks to his friends here at Kings Crown where you all share meals and time together.

Dad was born June 15, 1921 and died March 20, 2018 just short of his 97th birthday.

Herman was born in Newark, NJ to German immigrants and lived in a German neighborhood in an area called Ironbound.  Both parents died when dad was 15 and neighbors took in him and his brother George.

Herman was street tough and eventually found his way to work in his cousin’s sheet metal fabricating shop.  He was self learned and eventually joined the sheet metal union.

My dad married the love of his life, Alma and they enjoyed living in Macoma for 10 years before moving to assisted care at Kings Crown.  Mom passed away in 2010 and was known for her loving kind spirit.  Noone was a stranger to my mom.  They were married in 1943 and were together for sixty-seven years.

Years later, dad felt he was called to the ministry.  He had to get his GED,  attended Drew University for both undergraduate and seminary.  His first church was the Saddle River Methodist Church.   Mom later attended college and graduated with an education degree allowing her to operate child care centers in the churches.

Upon retirement,they moved to Shell Point enjoying gardening, beekeeping, boating and various programs.  They were charter members of the Ft. Myers Unitarian Church.  Dad moved from being a religious person to becoming a spiritual person and seeing good in all religions and in all individuals.  Everyone has a spirit or soul and before he died he had wanted to spread the good news.

Dad also had his famous vegetable by the orchid  house.  He asked for donations for his produce which he gave to the local food bank. He hid a beehive for he needed the pollination.  The bees swarmed and he had to move the hive to the mangroves across the canal.  Once I called him and he was mumbling, and when asked he said the smoker did not calm the bees and was stung a hundred times.  Determined and stubborn, that was dad.

Dad enjoyed political shows and keeping up with modern issues.  He was for peace in the world, justice for all, and respect of women. In the 60’s he often preached of love and against war.  Made for some interesting encounters after church.  Open housing was confirmed by dad when he rented out our home on the open market and accepting all offers.

Dad was a WWII veteran having served in the Army until the blindness in one eye and bad feet drove him out.  He looked sharp in his Army uniform and creased hat.

Herman leaves in his wake his sons . Herman and Bill, grandchildren Jessie, Krissy Bill Jr., Sean, Eric, and Sam who is with us today.  He is the little boy in the video play with his grampa on the bed.

His daughter and my sister Linda , the oldest one, lost her battle with cancer two years ago.  Dad was sorry that she retiring and was on her way to being the best LaLa ever.

Many summers you would find the family at the Jersey shore, or later our annual visit to Sanibel and Captiva.

The family will be getting together in NJ later this year to spread his ashes at the Jersey Shore where he taught us to crab and fish, and ride the waves on rubber rafts at Ocean Grove.  The family moved from Newark to Glenwild Lake in Bloomingdale , NJ  when the kids were very young.

Thanks to my dad for all the love and support these past 68 years I had with him.  The family mourns the loss but all are aware his spirit that lives on through us. May he rest in Peace.

To end this as my dad would end his church services and meals here at Kings Crown……Peace Be With You!





New Land Adventure

Greetings….thanks for visiting Sailislands…


I am presently in New England on a road trip .   Whitewing should have a new owner in a few days.


I will be designing a new website for my new adventures.


Good luck to all who are also pursuing their dreams, either on the water or on land.


Capt. Herman Bips III



A beautiful rainbow in Long Bay, St Ameli Harbour….lots of boats anchored as well as megayachts in Yachthaven Grand Marina…


The local safari taxis provide low cost transportation in St.Thomas,  highest fare is $2…nice outdoor driving experience.



The children’s parade during Carnival is wonderful to watch…go kids!



One of many floats along the waterfront drive.



This boat dragged and ended up holing on the rocks….they had 2 pumps going and towed it .  It was a salvage claim and very expensive for the owner.  Winds blew to 30knots ….often boats drag in this harbour.

DSCN0589   Honeymoon beach on Waters Island is a favorite among the locals. Two beach bars and good music  make this a great sunday afternoon getaway.

^DSCN0588   Honeymoon also has a great “wet” bar.  Grab a beer/drink and come on out!

DSCN0590     The beach is long and beautiful , and is excellent to snorker and view some turtles.


DSCN0584    M:y neighbor in the harbour,  s/v  Mystic out of Connecticut.  Beautiful !


DSCN0536    Fellow cruising friends join me for a hike on historical hassel island….good workout!

Coppertail Brewery in Tampa


Welcome to the Tampa Coppertail Brewery! Capt Herman visited the brewery and enjoyed tasting the beers served by his son Sam….Sam also conducts tours of the brewery.








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The brewery is located on Adamo Drive, across from IKEA.

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Coppertail brews beer for distribution and also onsite consumption.  Only beer, no food, wine or liquor.  Food trucks can be found in the parking lot.

Welcome to Culebra

Culebra as seen approaching from the west.  Beautiful mountains line the coast.



culebraharb  Inside the harbour, my neighbor is a large sailboat redone as a trawler..

culeharbhomes     Many homes are on the edge of the waterfront.

pirageisland    Pirate island is a closeby and fun to snorkel and look for lobster.


whitewingnewhome   Whitewing is anchored in her new harbour.  It’s over 20 ft. deep and heavy tradewinds blow daily, so lots of  anchor chain out.  This anchorage gets busy in December when the season starts.


culelobstr     Yes, there a lobster in the harbour.  These two decided to join me as dinner….Yummy!


culeliftbridge    This liftbridge used to work.  It goes over the canal that connects the two sides of the island.


cullib     The library is community based and offers good wifi and book exchange.  A few minutes from the dingy dock.


flamingbch    Flamingo Beach is one of the top ten beaches in the world.  Just a $3  bus ride from the dingy dock.  It is located on the northwest corner of the island and gets some good size waves.


Dominican Wedding Sheyla and Walmer

DSCN0148wachiicake  Uncle to the bride, Wachee, picks up the bridal cake in a cab and delivers it to the wedding scene.  Watch those bumps!  He also escorts Mama to the ceremony area.

DSCN0198 The happy bride and groom,  Sheyla Cueto and Wlamer Morrabel, are ready to sign and make the union official.

DSCN0196 Signing away her singleness to become a married woman.

DSCN0166 The bride is escorted by her dad, Norman.  Looking good.

DSCN0161  Walmer’s parents stand with him at the improvised altar waiting for the bride to make her way down to the beautiful waterfront.

DSCN0147  Pappa looks good standing with these young guys.

DSCN0146  A wonderful backdrop of water and sky!

DSCN0145 Uncle Ronny with nephew Alvin.  The younger kids are growing up.

DSCN0144  Uncle Freddy, second from left, getting the bar going with assistance from local friends.  Good drinks!

DSCN0134  Beautiful waterfront altar ready for the wedding to start.

DSCN0127  Sister of the bride, Janna, is busy at work making sure it is all decorated .  Thanks for all the work for you sister.

DSCN0126  Norman with daughter Angel,  and long time friends.

DSCN0122  The Dominican Republic has spectacular cliffs and mountains down to the sea.

DSCN0128  Pool reflections of the nicely decorated dining tables.

DSCN0136    The wedding cake is nicely decorated and ready for the guests.



Salinas , Puerto Rico

salinasmarina  Marina de Salinas is a well run, cruiser friendly marina on the south coast of Puerto Rico, slightly east of Ponce.  It has a small fee to use the pool, the showers, wifi, dingy space, mail and package receipt, etc.  The town is close by with plenty of restaurants and stores.  Major food stores are within a walk or a short bike ride.

DSCN0337  Here is the marina more formal restaurant.  The dinners run around $20 for the entre’ of fresh fish,etc.  A great view, nice glass of wine and dinner with frineds with always a special occasion.

salinaswifisnackbar  The casual snack bar is a great place to meet fellow cruisers.  Salinas is highly transient, but a few do make it their home or cruising base.  No, the $2 large bohemian beer found in the DR are long gone, but the local Medallia is good, it’s light meaning an amber color.  The BBQ on Friday is very good with enough food for another meal or two.  Wifi is free here as well .

freedomnearbysal  Another Freedom as a neighbor, last met them in Luperon.  It’s a small world out here cruising.

jonsosal   Jonso is a liveaboard and owns a local bar right by the marina.  He also recently became a seven seas cruising association station host.  Congrats!

restsalinas    Lots of waterfront bars !   Quiero Cevaza  Por Favor!

mextilesalinas     Mexican tiles is alive and well…different rules sometimes but fun for an afternoon….Where’s the Texas Holdem?

salinsfrigate    Watch out down below…these frigate birds are constantly diving for fish and resting atop the masts.  Messy but great to see the wildlife here.

waterfrontbarsal   Close to the anchorage, a nice waterfront bar overlooking the mangroves and small bays of Salinas.

salinasshuttle   A water ferry takes you to various docks and beaches around Salinas.  You can just take your dingy but lots of locals take it on the weekend.

clubburgees   A common practice among cruisers is to hang your burgee on various island bars you have frequented.  I found Al and Fran’s  SSCA burgee and hung my DIYC one next to it…Who’s next?

salstatue   This metal sculpture is in the village of Luperon.  It depicts men net fishing, but I see more local powerboats  with families aboard on weekends than the traditional fishing boats as found in the DR.



Boqueron , Puerto Rico    a nice anchorage close to the dingy dock and a wonderful village .


It took 3 full days to motorsail from Luperon , DR to Boqueron, PR.  Nice to see a cycling club enjoying the area.


All islands seem to have a great bakery, and Boqueron was not the exception.  Good baked goods and hot sandwiches from this family run business kept the customers coming.


Buddy Jed, a fellow cruiser who has “Gypsy” in Luperon, stepped up and helped me motorsail to PR.  The hyrdrallic ram did act up again, forcing me to repressurize and add fluid to it constantly.  At least we did not have to use the emergency pipe tiller.  Big shouts of thanks to my friend.


Seafood is abundant in the islands, and this street vendor had a nice fresh selection.

boqfriendlybar   So often out cruising, we were met by helpful locals.  This bartender got me the number to clear in on her own cell phone.  So nice to meet friendly, helpful folks.

After a few days, we bid Boqueron farewell, anxious to get to Salinas, my new island home in Puerto Rico.  The night winds were light, a full moon, and a calm sea was a pleasant respite from the strong winds and current on the nose of the past few days and nights.  Salinas here we come.