Settling In For The Winter

25 Oct

14691015_1799951583627227_2839396493986102523_nNow that the dust has settled from this years boat show in Annapolis and we’ve moved the boat to her winter home just 30 miles north in the Patapsco river, I’ve begun to take stock of our new reality. We’re trying to make some money while we’re back in town but we’re nervous about getting too comfortable, committing to too much stuff. We both want to be able to take advantage of opportunities should they pop up. In the past I’ve been so over extended in normal life that dropping everything and chasing some far out opportunity has never been ...

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Annapolis Boat Show 2016 Preview

6 Oct


It’s that time again! Today we got to wander around the show between helping out Andy and Mia on Isbjorn, their Swan 48. Come say hello (Dock H), We’ll be here all show! We saw some interesting new offerings that peaked my interest.

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First off was the Bauer 8 Dingy. I’m a sucker for hard sailing dingy’s (currently building a sailing rig for my Eastport Pram) and this new offering from Bauteck Marine made me stop and stare. It’s 8’2 overall, has integral foam floatation, and some pretty seductive lines. The row boat is $1600 and the sailing version is ...

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Shops That Float: Power Tools for Cruising.

20 Sep


Like everyone, we found deciding what to leave behind and what to bring on our cruise difficult. I put myself in charge of power tool selection and feel like you can get by with 5 power tools for a 1 year cruise. With these tools I’ve milled down rough lumber and built a rear seat, fabricated a new aft chainplate, and cut custom teak pieces for various  projects around the boat. You can certainly get by with out these tools, but having them aboard will enable you to pretty much build and fabricate whatever you need aboard out of almost ...

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Cruising or Racing?

14 Sep

We’ve all heard the old saw that all it takes to turn a cruiser into a racer is the sight of another boat catching up to us. Sometimes true, sometimes not. Casting a critical eye up the sails to check the trim is hardly racing, it’s sailing your boat well. In fact, the very mention of the R-word leaves many sailors cold, which is a shame because you can have an awful lot of fun getting out on the water in the company of like-minded souls.
Plus, not all races are created equal. More and more clubs are responding to ...

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Hermine Prep In Elizabeth City

2 Sep

Hermine Prep Satori ICW

We’re here in cruiser friendly Elizabeth City, NC, mile 50 of the ICW. As part of their mission to be the most cruiser friendly city on the ICW, the city provides a ton of free dockage. September (already?) is still pre-season for fall migration and we had our pick of the docks. We spent last night on a wall that was exposed to the south by the wide Pasquotank River. We decided to review the weather report in the morning choose our plan of action to ride out Hermine on Saturday. I heard there was a bulkhead north of the ...

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Going small, going now

25 Aug


Aside from one rather unfortunate dinghy-sailing adventure as a teenager, I have managed to steer clear of smaller boats for most of my life. This was a conscious decision; I didn’t defect from power to sail till my late 20s, and since I learned on a J/24 and not a dinghy, I quickly became accustomed—not to say addicted— to the feeling of security engendered by a large lump of lead counteracting the forces of wind and waves. The boats were sporty enough to be exciting, especially in a big breeze, and there seemed little chance of going for an involuntary ...

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Broke down, bought Honda 2000 Generator.

15 Aug

Honda 2000 Genset

I guess it was bound to happen. Put two millennials on a sailboat with 270 amp hours of battery and you’re going to have a problem. I was seduced slowly – everyone knows running the engine to charge the batteries is terrible for the engine and an extremely expensive way to make power. I find we have to charge the boat every other day, even when we have good sunlight for the 480 watts of solar. Our fridge and freezer are are giant and terribly insulated.

But its beyond that, running the engine while on anchor just plain sucks. Even ...

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Florida ICW Cruising: It’s Really Hot

2 Aug

It’s hot out here! Imagine that – Florida in the summer!

We spent almost a week anchored north of the Las Olas Bridge in Fort Lauderdale. Rachel’s Aunt took delivery of our sailrite binimi kit and brought it with her when she came over one night for dinner (thanks Stacie)! We spent the next 3 days building the frame, patterning the binimi, and sewing the thing up. It turned out fantastic and now we have a refuge from the unrelenting sun during the day.

We got in contact with Pam Wall during our stay in Fort Lauderdale and ended up ...

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40 Gallon an Hour Watermaker For Less Than $4,000 Part II

22 Jul

Here’s part 1 of the watermaker install for those of you who missed it.

The install resumed on the hook in Marsh Harbor, Bahamas. I had plenty of time to work on it after we arrived thanks to 30kt winds for over a week. The pump was installed on the mount and then bolted to the engine rails inline with the power takeoff pulley. After three trips to the store I finally got the correct sized belt. Ideally I would have liked to attach the mount directly to the engine. With my setup you have to be careful not to ...

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Passage From Providencia, CO to Key West, FL

12 Jul

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We left Providencia, Columbia, which is located off the Nicaraguan coast on July 2nd. We hoped to arrive in Key West, Florida on July 8th. The window planning is tricky with this passage, trying to time a decent window to get across the most vigorous of the trade winds that set up north of Providencia while avoiding undue amounts of tropical moisture and also transiting while no tropical development is expected is no small order. For this entire trip north we’ve been consulting with WRI (Weather Routing Incorporated). The stakes are too high to misread internet weather information and put ...

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