Monthly Archives: December 2015

#35: Time to Replace the Old (B)rods

The only really bad thing about rod rigging is that she doesn’t show her age, but we knew, at 30+ years, our original rods were getting up there.  If we wanted to sail south next season, a re-rig was in … Continue reading

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Chapter Twelve: The Final Storm

The sunrises at Port St. Joe have been some of the best we’ve seen.  The last time Phillip and I left there the year before, it had been at sunrise, the boat was bobbing along in slick, pink water toward … Continue reading

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#34: A Christmas Gift for You!

Merry Christmas kids!  As thanks for your support and encouragement this year … a FREE eCopy of (the still #1 bestseller) Keys to the Kingdom.  Shoot me an email between now an NYE and she’s yours!  — anniedike@gmail.com. Also, enjoy … Continue reading

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#33: Havana Daydreaming

We’ve got a TON of projects coming up kids, so I wanted to give you a little glimpse of what it is that motivates us when we’re doing all of this scraping, cleaning, sanding and prepping.  Enjoy! Thanks to my … Continue reading

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Chapter Eleven: Some Much-Needed Shore Leave!

CRACK!  There went another.  I’m telling you, I like to watch lightning.  I think it’s beautiful.  I’m not sure I ever need to see it again from the cockpit of a boat, though.   Big thunderheads seemed to loom over … Continue reading

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#32: When Rigging Fails

Because sometimes it just does, although our takeaway here was: check your chafe points.  But, we were surprised to see our mast (even with a rotten base) stood up to some of the heaviest forces she has ever seen.  This … Continue reading

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#31: The Blues Bring Bad News

A rotten discovery in the bilge brings us the blues during Blue Angles weekend.  Find out what tragedy just made our project list a helluva lot longer and follow along as we knock out these chores and get our boat … Continue reading

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Chapter Ten: Everywhere We Look … Lightning

So … accidental jibes?  Apparently not much fun on a Nonsuch (and probably not much fun on any such).  After assessing the minor loss of the outboard tiller extender and choke, we were able to get that big ass sail … Continue reading

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Keys to the Kingdom is LIVE! (In honor — Video #30: My Last Legal Battle)

She’s Live!  Go Get Her! This is it … the BIG launch. I’ve never launched a book before. I was worried I was going to hit the wrong button! Thankfully, I didn’t and she’s now LIVE on Amazon and Kindle just waiting for you to pick … Continue reading

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#29: We Got Screwed!

We did!  This handrail rebed is for the birds!  Never again.  But it sure is fun to watch us occasionally FAIL.  Thank goodness Bottom-Job Brandon (www.perdidosailor.com) was there to rescue (and make fun of) us.  Handrail rebed … take two! … Continue reading

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