Apologies to those I’m about to offend, but the ICW is boring as ___. Flashes of pretty, the odd dolphin, aren’t enough of a tradeoff for the monotony of motoring day after day along narrow channel. If the weather was fine, it might cross into the realm of pleasurable for a short stretch, but in conditions we’ve had these miles are just something to get over with. To answer the question in the title: no, not in Florida yet! But Charleston for Christmas, along Totem’s slow path south down the ICW, is going to be great.
So foggy we couldn’t
Satori has two new warm blooded pets on board for the winter. After several stubbed toes and near falls, accompanied by several four letter words I wont mention here, they we’re unceremoniously dumbed “In-The-Way One” and “In-The-Way Two”. Then we drew cartoon eyes on them and took pictures in a fit of joy and enthusiasm. Now they adorn the nooks and crannies of the boat and are a bit easier to deal with due to their more life-like qualities. These two electric radiator heaters, combined with our Dickinson “Alaska” model diesel pot-heater, have done an admirable job in keeping the ... Read More
We’re never going down the Intracoastal Waterway, I said. We’re too tall for the ICW, I said. Totem’s rig is about 68’ over the water, when everything is attached. The ICW is sprinkled with bridges; many of them open, quite a few do not. The controlling height over water for those fixed bridges is 65’ (and, there’s a 64’er in there just for fun). Totem doesn’t fit, but that’s fine, we’d rather sail anyway. Besides being more fun than motoring, it’s faster. We’d get to Charleston in two and a half days going offshore; motoring down the ICW takes a ... Read More
This fall could not be anymore juxtaposed to the previous one. Outwardly nothing seems to differ – it’s getting cold, the days are growing short, there are Christmas decorations for sale in mid October.However this year we’re winding down our nautical endeavors rather than spinning them up. We landed a job with World Cruising Club running the 2016 ARC Bahamas Rally. It’s a budding fleet of 7 boats that are heading towards Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. We’ve enjoyed getting to know the crews and helping them prepare for what they will find once they arrive down island. It’s been a ... Read More
Now 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 ...
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.
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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. Read More
Plus, not all races are created equal. More and more clubs are responding to ...
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More