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Going With The Flow

Going With The Flow

The decision to go cruising comes with lots of changes.  Things break, new items don’t fit, and you lose your dock space due to circumstances outside your control.  In other words, stuff happens.  The only thing you CAN control is your response to the event […]

Changing Your Boat’s Name

Changing Your Boat’s Name

When you purchase a new boat, you need to decide if you want to keep the boat’s name, or change it to something new.  While we liked our sailboat’s former name,  Fortune Cookie, we made the decision to change it to Mahi.   What tipped […]

Haul Out and Halloween!

Haul Out and Halloween!

This last week was a busy one for the Mahi crew. Work with our various contractors continue- the rigger  (who is replacing our rigging), sailmaker (new sails), welder (building a custom radar/VHF/GPS pole mount), canvas/awning maker (making the full enclosure and sun awnings), and upholsterer […]

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, […]