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Redesigning the Boat Interior

Redesigning the Boat Interior

As part of the sailboat remodel for Mahi, I wanted to redo the interior space as well.  The interior cushions and fabric were well past their prime, so it was time for a more modern look. First, let me show you what the older interior […]

Re-rigging the Boat

Re-rigging the Boat

Since our boat had standing rigging that was 23 years old, we definitely needed to replace them before we could safely set off for the Bahamas. “Standing rigging” means all the stainless steelwires, lines or rods that ensure that the mast stays in place.  It […]

Sailboat Refit Work

Sailboat Refit Work

Now that the boat is in Ft. Lauderdale, it is time for work to begin.  What changes and improvements are we making?  Here is our list, so far: Sail Inventory– Our Taswell 43 needs a complete new sail inventory.  In this case, since it is […]

Delivery Trip- Sarasota to Ft. Lauderdale

Delivery Trip- Sarasota to Ft. Lauderdale

Last Friday, the delivery trip of Mahi from Sarasota to Ft. Lauderdale began.   This is the first big sailing trip since we bought the sailboat.  This first leg started out in Longboat Key, out to Sarasota Bay, ino the Gulf of Mexico, with the sailboat […]

Moving the Boat

Moving the Boat

We need a haul out and work to be done on the boat in Fort Lauderdale, which means a delivery trip from the west coast of Florida, around to the east coast.   Mahi leaves the marina tomorrow, where we had been renting a slip. Helping […]

No-See-Ums

No-See-Ums

From an earlier post here, I mentioned that there were biting midges in the marina and beaches near Sarasota, FL where we are living aboard our boat.  They are commonly referred to as “no-see-ums” because they are too small to see until they actually bite […]

New Dinghy and Motor!

New Dinghy and Motor!

Today, our brand new dinghy and motor arrived by freight truck.  This is progress!  Why am I so excited to get my order, you might wonder?  For a cruising sailboat, a dinghy is basically your car, a way of getting from your boat to land, […]

The Adventure Begins Slowly

The Adventure Begins Slowly

When you start your cruising journey, you picture white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees.  Drinks are optional.  However, if our first few days are anything to go by, we are not  there yet.  Quite the opposite, though we will probably look back on these […]

Traveling Coast to Coast

Traveling Coast to Coast

Packing complete,  it was time to load up the U-Haul trailer and head for Florida from our home in California.  Can you say, “Long drive with a 4 year old in his car seat?”  Actually, Ethan did just fine, except for those moments across Wyoming, […]

Packing Day!

Packing Day!

Today, we are packing up the U-Haul trailer with everything we intend to bring on board the boat.  The plan is to drive across the country, from California to Florida, in order to move onto the Taswell 43 sailboat.  We will be making a short […]