Category: Advice

Cruising and Beachcombing

Cruising and Beachcombing

One of my favorite cruising shore activities is to walk along the beach and search for treasures.  This is more commonly known as beachcombing.  I freely admit I am a passionate beachcomber and love the exercise, the hunt, and it also is meditative, allowing you […]

Ethan and Buckyballs

Ethan and Buckyballs

Back in January 2016, we were finishing our refit and tying up all the loose jobs we still needed to complete.  Ethan was going to preschool in Fort Lauderdale while Joe and I were working on the boat each day.  One afternoon, I needed to […]

The Surveyor Missed What?

The Surveyor Missed What?

When you buy a boat, you do your due diligence and use a surveyor.  When we bought our Taswell 43 back in 2015,  we had hoped the surveyor we hired would have found and revealed all the boat’s system issues, especially those items which are […]

Dehydrating Food For Our Boat

Dehydrating Food For Our Boat

I’ll admit I have been dehydrating food like crazy lately.  I stumbled onto the idea one day while watching a You Tube video about dehydrating food  for backpackers.  It dawned on me that it was the perfect fit for cruisers who have limited storage space, […]

Preparing Your Boat For Summer

Preparing Your Boat For Summer

Our summer plans include leaving the sailboat in the Berry Islands, Bahamas, at Great Harbour Cay Marina.  I thought I would share how I prepared S/V Mahi for our absence during the tropical hurricane season. When you leave your boat for an extended time, there […]

Provisioning Mistakes

Provisioning Mistakes

Since our current trip to the Bahamas was the first major provisioning opportunity for Mahi, I knew there would be a steep learning curve.  Mistakes would be made.  So, I decided to share what has not worked in order to help future cruisers. In preparation […]

Cleaning Conch

Cleaning Conch

I just happen to love conch…  conch fritters, cracked conch, conch salad, and conch burgers.  I knew I wanted to learn how to catch, clean and prepare the conch while out cruising the Caribbean. Catching conch is easy, you just have to snorkel and find […]

Advice to New Cruisers

Advice to New Cruisers

Joe and I have now experienced the steep learning curve of cruising- including a boat search, purchase, driving across the country to move aboard, then a refit, then back on board, provisioning, outfitting and now setting off.   We thought we would post advice we […]

Installing Your Lifeline Netting

Installing Your Lifeline Netting

This post is about how we added the lifeline netting on board Mahi.    Lifeline netting is an important safety feature on a sailboat when you have young children and/or pets on board.  Full disclosure- this was the first time we had put up netting on […]

Set a Deadline

Set a Deadline

When you are planning to cruise by sailboat, it is helpful to finally set a deadline.  From experience, I can easily say that if you do not set a deadline for taking off,  you and your boat will never leave the dock. With this in […]