Month: August 2015

Laundry Aboard

Laundry Aboard

As we pack and prepare to move aboard, friends and family have been naturally curious about what exactly cruising will be like.  How will we cook, do laundry, provision, and all the little things that are much easier to do living on land. Let’s begin […]

Cruising Transition Stress

Cruising Transition Stress

The cruising books that do so much to lure you in to the dream of tropical locations, warm waters, sunny skies, for example, do not prepare you for the “emotional impact” of deciding to go cruising.  You see, you dream about this for years, then […]

Using a Cruising Mail Service

Using a Cruising Mail Service

How do we receive our mail and packages when we are out cruising, traveling place to place?  Fortunately, there are special mailing services that sailboat travelers can use to ensure you receive your mail.  Joe and I signed up for St. Brendan’s Isle, a well […]

We are Officially New Sailboat Owners!

We are Officially New Sailboat Owners!

They say the best day in boat ownership is the day you buy your boat and the day you sell her.  For Joe and I, today is the closing date on our new sailboat, so this is officially the day we now finally own our […]

Sailboat Buyer Beware

Sailboat Buyer Beware

The number one tip I can give to anyone searching to buy a boat by looking online at sites such as Yachtworld or Sailboatlisting, is to take the photos with a grain of salt.   Do not, do not, fall in love with a boat online […]

Transition to Cruising

Transition to Cruising

For so many years, the thought of cruising was a far away dream, something that would happen one day.  Even while we were boat hunting, it still felt like it would happen way down the road.  It was not yet real.  Then, all of a […]

Deciding What to Bring On Board

Deciding What to Bring On Board

Moving from a nice sized house to a 43 foot long sailboat means you must leave stuff behind.  Sadly, It just won’t all fit on the boat.  So, you have to be disciplined and pick and choose what you absolutely cannot live without.  That is […]

The Funny Side of Buying a Boat

The Funny Side of Buying a Boat

The boat buying process seemed to take forever for us.  In hindsight, it was pretty amusing at times dealing with selling brokers.  Here are just a couple of my favorite memories: The angry broker who called me and chewed me out for not being at […]

Survey, Sea Trial and Haul Out Day

Survey, Sea Trial and Haul Out Day

Joe and I flew to Florida for the survey, sea trial, and haul out of the Taswell 43 we currently have a contract to buy.  This was our first survey, so we found it most interesting and fun. We stayed at a nearby beach resort, […]