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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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Sailor Up! A Bitchin’ Article in Cruising Outpost

Dang, who’s that chick at the helm?  This is so fun to share followers.  Bob Bitchin’ published another one of my articles in the Spring 2019 edition of Cruising Outpost.  What a fabulous honor!  Please go pick up a copy to … Continue reading

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Going to the Miami Boat Show? That’s Very Proper of You!

Ahoy followers!  As Phillip and I are here working in Pensacola and checking down our winter boat projects list, I’m getting lots of emails and messages from friends who are going to the Miami Boat Show, which is fantastic news!  … Continue reading

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A Friday Afternoon Special in SAIL Magazine!

That’s what Brandon calls a bad install on a boat … one that must have been done by a lazy worker on a Friday afternoon.  This was such a fun treat to come home to!  To find one of my … Continue reading

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Shipyard Vid 3: New Coupling & Rot Repair

Calling all boat project fanatics, this one’s for you! Boy, did we have a time trying to get our engine aligned. While Phillip and I knew we had some kind of issue going on with our prop shaft, the key … Continue reading

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Our First Atlantic Circle Complete! This Calls for an Annie Seuss Treat!

From the Bay of Biscay across an entire ocean to the BVIs, Under our belt now a full Atlantic Circle lies!   My mind firing, my knuckles cracked and loose, I’m certain this event warrants a famous ditty by Annie … Continue reading

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Shipyard Vid 2: Removing the Quadrant & Replacing the Cables

Maybe they should change that B.O.A.T. saying to “bonded or about to.”  The hardest part of our rudder drop was getting the stinking quadrant off! Heat, impact, cheater bars, nothing would work.  So, the creative guys at Perdido Sailor had … Continue reading

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Shipyard Vid 1: Reinforcing the Rudder Post

Hey hey crew! As I write from La Rochelle, I have a confession to make.  I’ve been saving a treat for you!  I was holding this for when I knew we would likely be shoving offshore, so you all would … Continue reading

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