Category: Steps to Cruising

2017 Refit For MAHI

2017 Refit For MAHI

Joe and I are getting ready to plan and schedule the next chapter in boat ownership- our second major refit!  This fall, we will sail the boat back to Florida from our hurricane season home port at Great Harbour Cay in the Bahamas  (shown above). […]

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 […]

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 […]

Our Refit List 2016- Interior

Our Refit List 2016- Interior

Now that our Refit “To-do List” is complete, I thought I would share all the improvements made to our Taswell 43, Mahi, in less than 5 months. Because our list is so long, I have broken it down into the “exterior” of the boat and […]

Our Refit List 2016- Exterior

Our Refit List 2016- Exterior

Now that our Refit “To-do List” is complete, I thought I would share all the improvements made to our Taswell 43, Mahi, in less than 5 months. Because our list is so long, I have broken it down into the “exterior” of the boat and […]

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 […]

Waiting for Weather Window

Waiting for Weather Window

Ready to head across the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas, but first must wait for a favorable weather window.  With Ethan on board, we want to be as safe as possible, plus provide a comfortable sail for all crew. How do we know when to […]

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 […]

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 […]