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My Best De-Docking Yet!

Man am I proud to tell this story.  You all know what a stupidly frightening part of cruising docking has been for me. I’ve shared many times on this platform my worst fears in cruising.  Number one has to be hurricanes—the sickening feeling that everything … Continue reading

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Our Best Day and Worst Day, Both in Bimini

It’s a small boat, right?  I mean, I know it depends on whether you’re getting tossed around in some gnarly sea conditions. Then 35-feet is quite a small boat, way too small.  You’d much rather be on a 900-foot cargo ship then.  On the other … Continue reading

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96 Hours Across the Gulf

I’m trying to think back on each and every one of them.  How can they have slipped by so quickly?  Sure, I spent some sleeping (not many, though), but the rest were spent gloriously lounging in the cockpit watching the water go … Continue reading

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Auto Turn Notto: What Almost Prevented Our Bahamas Departure

“What was one of the scariest moments of your Bahamas trip?” a fellow cruiser asked us the other night during our first post-Bahamas reunion.  Ironically, he had asked Phillip first while I was in the restroom, so he got to … Continue reading

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Birthday Tribute: 37 Reasons Why This Past Voyage Was Our Best Yet

Reason No. 1: My GoPro Broke Our First Day in the Bahamas. Why is that a good thing? Because it was the universe telling me to just live in the moment—to see, taste, and feel it, rather than film it. … Continue reading

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See You In Annapolis! I’m Speaking at Cruiser’s University

I still have to pinch myself because I’m not quite sure this is 100% real yet, but I just saw it go up on the Annapolis Boat Show Cruiser’s University website, so it must be! Friends, followers, I have been … Continue reading

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People With Gusto! Article in SAIL Magazine

If someone were to ask us what cruising is about, I’m sure Phillip and I would say the adventure, the travel, the freedom, the challenges, but I’m confident our answer would also include “the people.” The people Phillip and I … Continue reading

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My Bags Are Packed: Boat Prep for the Bahamas

Or maybe I should say: “My Jerries are strapped.  I’m ready to go.  Standing here outside your … dorade-oh.”  I’m great with lyrics. Ahoy crew!  Phillip and I are getting excited to shove off soon for the Bahamas again.  We love that area! … Continue reading

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New Anchor: Sarca Excel No. 4 (37-lbs) – Research and Selection

Ask 10 sailboat owners what is the best anchor and you will get 20 opinions.  One, because we are opinionated (because this is important stuff!) and two, because—as is the case with almost everything in boating, it’s a compromise—it’s hard to … Continue reading

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Shipyard Vid: Install of Our New Composting Head

Hello crew! This is the final video from our time in the shipyard with Perdido Sailor in 2018. I know many of you have been very curious about our swap from a manual to a composting head, and I wanted … Continue reading

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