Category: Preparing for Cruising

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 […]

Provisioning

Provisioning

One of the last steps you do before leaving the US on your sailboat is to provision.  Provisioning means you supply your boat with food, drink or the equipment you need for the journey. In this case, we plan to be cruising on Mahi, our […]

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 […]

Getting Closer Now…

Getting Closer Now…

We have been living back on our Taswell 43 sailboat for over 2 weeks now.  Love it, it is cozy, comfortable, and we are working away at all the needed jobs to do before we take off. I am happy to report that Mahi once […]

Moving Back Aboard

Moving Back Aboard

With the boat smelling great (see post here), and with the new mattress installed, it is time to move back onto our sailboat and start preparations to head offshore.  First though, we have a few jobs to wrap up. The compressor failed on our fridge […]

Improving the Smell on Your Boat

Improving the Smell on Your Boat

When Joe and I were hunting for our cruising sailboat, one memory stands out.  We were viewing a 44-foot sailboat for sale, and when we went below, there was a scented candle burning.  “What smells are they trying to mask?” I whispered to Joe out […]

Refit Almost Done!

Refit Almost Done!

All of the refit work is winding down or being completed on board Mahi. The electrical work is wrapping up, lots of wiring upgrades, new breaker panel organization, plus new cabin fans added throughout the boat for added comfort in the tropics. I chose Caframo […]

Favorite Galley Things, Part 1

Favorite Galley Things, Part 1

The holidays are upon us, so I thought I would share some of my favorite galley items.   Please note that I am not affiliated with any of these products, nor benefiting from my recommendation.   If you are looking for a gift for your […]