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To Future Cruisers: Plan better than we have…

August 10th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Fellow Cruisers, French Polynesia, Oh Crap., Our Route, Passages, Stupid Ideas, Tonga

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but we are going to be doing ANOTHER LONG PASSAGE.  What is the deal?!?!  Most people who do this cruising thing try to keep the long passages to the minimum.  But, not us! Oh no, we like to just GO.  We have barely been sailing for 6 months and […]

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This is the Life (A real-time post! Rangiroa, early A.M. July 10)

July 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Adventures in the Dinghy, Famous Firsts, First Mates, French Polynesia, Funny, Oh Crap., Our Route, This sucks, Tuamotus

It’s not often that I get to post something as it’s happening.  But, this morning, I got up early and wrote something up because it’s actually kind of exciting for me to share something immediately instead of always having everything be post-dated.  So, this is what happened last night and what we are dealing with […]

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Maybe this is a little TOO honest….. FULL DISCLOSURE: one month in

March 24th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Boat Work, Introspection, Life Lessons, Life on the Boat, Mexico, Oh Crap., Stupid Ideas, The beginning, This sucks

“What if I told you, Karen , that you couldn’t have anymore of anything… No more friends, no more money, no more anything, until you first got happy with what you have? Actually Karen , I’d never tell you that, because frankly, it’s not always true. But, if you’re not happy with what you’ve got, […]

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Let the hazing begin – an initiation to the cruising life

March 14th, 2010 · 11 Comments · Famous Firsts, First Mates, Funny, Life on the Boat, Oh Crap., Passages, The beginning

Hello world!!!  We just arrived in La Cruz, Mexico after NINE FULL DAYS out at sea.  I can’t believe we managed to stay out so long.  All in all, it was relatively uneventful although we did encounter a small storm in the first couple of days.  The overwhelming feelings for the first 6 days were […]

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Our first (and hopefully only) Tsunami experience (Shelter Island, San Diego)

February 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Famous Firsts, Oh Crap.

Note:  The video is very unimpressive, but it was extremely disconcerting to come on deck and see our dock lines straining, and the water flooding in, knowing that if we experienced anything worse we wouldn’t be able to do anything about it because Matt had all the belts off the engine! One thing Matt and […]

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An undesirable encounter (or Balls to the Walls)

February 20th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Funny, Life on the Boat, Oh Crap., Our Route, The beginning

At 3:37AM (I know because we have a clock velcroed to the ceiling of the quarterberth) I awoke to an awful sound.  A dull, heavy, rolling thudthudthudthudthud echoing through the water.  “Matt!” I whispered.  “Did you hear that?” and then the dread of every cruiser – “I think our anchor might be dragging.”  Seconds later, […]

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Sooooooooooooo close

February 8th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Boat Work, Oh Crap., Preparing for the trip, The beginning

We are this close to finally pulling out of the slip, away from the dock, out under the Golden Gate and into the big blue sea.  But, today, as we were heading over to Berkeley to fill up on diesel fuel, our engine started overheating *again*.  We thought the problem had been fixed a while […]

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Weak Knees :(

December 22nd, 2009 · 5 Comments · About Money, Boat Work, First Mates, Oh Crap., Preparing for the trip, The beginning

Every once in a while someone will make a comment about how relaxing our lives must be now that we’re going into a period of not working and just “hanging out” on the boat.  Yeah, wouldn’t THAT be nice. We’ve suspected for a while that there was a major structural repair needed on the boat, […]

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Brits Captured by Pirates

October 29th, 2009 · No Comments · Fellow Cruisers, Oh Crap., Pirates!, This Could Have Been Us

So,  you think “OK” is code for “For the Love of God, please get us the %^$ outta here!?!?!”    Yacht couple ‘well and being fed’ A British man and his wife kidnapped by armed pirates while they slept aboard their yacht in the Indian Ocean has said they are being treated well. Paul Chandler, […]

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