Author Archives: anniedike

Chasing a Blown Impeller: Get Back Here Little Feller!

“The end of a mystery?” Yannick wrote me just a few short weeks ago. That’s a title that will catch anyone’s attention. And when I open the email what do I see?   Yannick’s grubby fingers clutching the culprit. Yannick has … Continue reading

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Hurricanes: The Sometimes Horrible Reality of Cruising

I’ll have to admit, this is one part of being a cruiser I really don’t like.  You thought I was going to say docking, didn’t you?  Admit it!  While that is definitely one.  That and de-docking (Annie term).  I also … Continue reading

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A Silky Article in Cruising Outpost!

“Call it crazy, call it beautiful, bold, I call it: No regrets.  I will never forget that moment.  That feeling.  Soaring weightlessly, floating freely in satin sheets from the mast of a sailboat, with the vast Gulf horizon as my … Continue reading

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Monohull versus Multihull: We Share in SAIL Magazine!

“Bouncing cement really captures it.”  I love that line.  Because it does.  It just does.  “Each time water trapped between the two hulls rumbled, thundered and finally bashed its way out, I had to convince myself that we had not … Continue reading

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My First Delivery (Attempt): Carrabelle to Pensacola on a Catalina

With Wild Phil Hickok at the helm, ominous rumblings in the distance, and magic wires and mysterious wildlife awaiting us in the midnight river, me and these adventurous three are about to get underway.  Buckle up!  Strap in!  And let … Continue reading

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My First Delivery Request: a 1992 Catalina 28

“You are not writing about this,” was his only caveat, when Phillip and I agreed to do the delivery.  I knew I shouldn’t have given him a copy of None Such Like It when he was boat-shopping.  But, after the … Continue reading

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Mind, Body, Free: Life Design by NikkiB

What inspires me?  It’s people, you see?  People like me, and people very unlike me.  People who seek out, overcome and achieve.  Particularly this one: NikkiB!  Photo credit : Val Hawks You know that moment when you meet someone you … Continue reading

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