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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 […]

Laundry Aboard

Laundry Aboard

As we pack and prepare to move aboard, friends and family have been naturally curious about what exactly cruising will be like.  How will we cook, do laundry, provision, and all the little things that are much easier to do living on land. Let’s begin […]

Cruising Transition Stress

Cruising Transition Stress

The cruising books that do so much to lure you in to the dream of tropical locations, warm waters, sunny skies, for example, do not prepare you for the “emotional impact” of deciding to go cruising.  You see, you dream about this for years, then […]

Using a Cruising Mail Service

Using a Cruising Mail Service

How do we receive our mail and packages when we are out cruising, traveling place to place?  Fortunately, there are special mailing services that sailboat travelers can use to ensure you receive your mail.  Joe and I signed up for St. Brendan’s Isle, a well […]

We are Officially New Sailboat Owners!

We are Officially New Sailboat Owners!

They say the best day in boat ownership is the day you buy your boat and the day you sell her.  For Joe and I, today is the closing date on our new sailboat, so this is officially the day we now finally own our […]

Sailboat Buyer Beware

Sailboat Buyer Beware

The number one tip I can give to anyone searching to buy a boat by looking online at sites such as Yachtworld or Sailboatlisting, is to take the photos with a grain of salt.   Do not, do not, fall in love with a boat online […]