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Would You Continue an Ocean Voyage Without an Engine?

It’s funny, seeing it now—in black and white in hindsight—I’ll admit the answer seems so clear and easy, but it sure wasn’t then.  I guess when it’s you out there, only two days into what was supposed to be an … Continue reading

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Should You Carry This Spare Engine Part?

I know, it’s a loaded question.  And, I’m asking over 100 boaters, so I’m likely to get 200+ opinions, right?  While we all carry plenty of fuel filters, zincs, gaskets, and the like, do you carry any spare parts that … Continue reading

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Composting Head Article in SAIL Magazine

“K.I.S.S. Keep it simple, Sailor,” Author Annie says in this article in the June/July 2020 issue of SAIL Magazine. Because that’s exactly what our swap to a composting head has done for Phillip and me—made life aboard our boat so … Continue reading

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Planning Our I65 Route (Over the Thorny Path) With Help from WRI

“Never again.” “It was brutal.”  “Worst day-sails I’ve ever been on.”  “It took us three months just to get from the Bahamas to St. Maarten.” These are just a few of the not-so-encouraging things we heard from cruises who had … Continue reading

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Take a Virtual Trip With Us! To Our Favorite Island in the Bahamas: Spanish Wells!

Since we are all pinned down at home unable to travel, I thought you might enjoy a virtual tour of what has now become mine and Phillip’s favorite island in the Bahamas: Spanish Wells!  While this island definitely impressed us the … Continue reading

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Follow Captain Yannick’s Journey on YouTube

Ahoy followers! We’ve got some exciting news! Captain Yannick, whom we crossed the Atlantic Ocean with in 2016 on his 46’ Soubise Freydis s/v Andanza, just launched his own YouTube channel, sharing he and his family’s adventures aboard Andanza. I … Continue reading

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Our Corona Crusade: Sailing Home While the World Locked Down In Our Wake!

It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to take the privileges and good fortune we have for granted.  While the fact that travel, dining out, attending concerts, plays, or other fun events, even meeting up with friends, old … Continue reading

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My Scariest Moment Underwater

Getting up close and personal with seven-foot sand sharks at the Florida Aquarium?   No, that wasn’t it.  Let’s see … coming up on a sunken airplane and fearing I might find the dead pilot, all bloated and rotting still in the … Continue reading

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Ever Been On a Sail You Just Want to End?

Phillip and I will both eagerly, happily, readily admit it: We are 100% fair-weather sailors on our boat. While there are definitely longer, more intense passages we still want to make in our lifetime—sailing around Cape Horn, for example, sailing in … Continue reading

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The Magic of a Dinghy Ride

It’s not just a rubber transport, it’s more of a magic carpet.  Looking at the photos from our time at Devil’s-Hoffman in the Berry Islands, Bahamas, I felt inspired to share a little about … the magic of a dinghy ride.   … Continue reading

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