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July 13, 2018

Earlier in our trip we interviewed the kids, and it turned out to be one of our most popular posts.  So now that a year of adventure has come to a close and we are headed back to Portland, we are revisiting those same questions.  We also asked the kids to choose some o...

July 6, 2018


As expected for early summer in the Bahamas, there had been thunderstorms off and on for a few weeks.  There were some big ones, and some scary ones, but this morning’s storm wasn’t either. In fact we were relaxing on our mooring at Warderick Wells eating lunch...

April 17, 2018

Sometimes a blog goes quiet for a while. Why?  

Where have the authors gone?  What are they doing that is more important that producing content?  Was there a problem? A crisis? A big change? A man overboard?

In our case it wasn’t really any of those things.  


February 2, 2018

This sailing thing is getting really real!  We have two overnight sails under our belts now: an easier one last week and then 78 nautical miles last night, our biggest sail to date.  

Actually, thanks to mild winds are relatively small waves the sail wasn’t su...

January 15, 2018

We’re in Sainte Anne, on the island of Martinique, to be specific.  This is the largest of the Windward Islands, and it is very much France.  Not “sort of French” but truly a part of France, much like Hawaii is part of the US (if Hawaii had been part of the US for hund...

September 22, 2017

Our friends on land like to ask questions about our trip.  Some are more reasonable than others, but here are the top 5 questions we get (in whatever order I remembered them)

1: What about pirates?!?

Easy one.  For better or worse, we won’t be encountering any pirates bu...

August 31, 2017

In Part 3, we narrowed down our choices, and ended up deciding on a Leopard 40.  But which one?  This >spreadsheet< listed out the available boats.

After watching boat prices for a year, I felt fairly comfortable predicting boat prices. For example, Boat #1 had bee...

August 17, 2017

8 days of driving.  12 states. 53 hours of driving.  3,123 miles. 

Portland, Boise, Craters of the Moon, Yellowstone, Devil's Tower, Badlands, Adirondacks.  Multiple Comfort Inns and Suites.  A 3 day interlude at summer camp.  A handful of meltdowns....

August 10, 2017

If you haven’t already, read Part 1 here

Buying a boat is challenging, especially if you haven’t done it before: The boat you are looking for could be anywhere in the world.  Private sellers often have crazy ideas of what their boat is worth.  Many, many brokers are wor...

August 4, 2017

First let me get this out of the way: I wanted a monohull.

But foolishly I let us charter a 40’ catamaran last year, and instantly our double hulled future was guaranteed. I argued that a cat had twice the cost, twice the systems to maintain, and would probably only s...

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