Category: Preparing for Cruising

Managing Prescriptions While Cruising

Managing Prescriptions While Cruising

On a cruising sailboat, it can be a challenge to manage and obtain large quantities of prescriptions while traveling for extended periods- especially out of the United States. Often, if a couple or family out cruising internationally has a crew member with a health condition […]

2 Year Sail Anniversary Questions

2 Year Sail Anniversary Questions

This month completes the first two years of cruising by sailboat on board our boat, MAHI.  Time has sure  flown by!  We have survived Hurricane Matthew, numerous storms, a major refit and problem solved any number of issues.  We learned to provision and outfit our […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sunday Trip

Sunday Trip

Finally, after waiting patiently,  the weather forecast allows us to leave Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Sunday.   We are starting our journey by heading south to Biscayne Bay, anchoring out for a night, then leaving across the Gulf Stream to Bimini.  Previously, we were planning […]

Going With The Flow

Going With The Flow

 The cruiser mentality is to “go with the flow” and take things as they come.  Old habits of our former life on land- namely living to schedules, having a rather predictable life- have now flown out the window, leaving life a bit unsettled at times. […]

Final Refit Work Complete

Final Refit Work Complete

It was a very long 4 1/2 months of solid work, but we are finally done with all the refit (boat remodel) jobs completed on Mahi. In the photo at the top, you can see the last 2 jobs that were done- the custom bow […]

Random Boat Stuff

Random Boat Stuff

Living on a 43-foot cruising sailboat is much different than living on land.  I thought I would share some of the little differences. Washing Dishes by Hand– Yes, everything must be washed by hand.  Plus, you do not have a garbage disposal, so no dumping […]