We recently welcomed an Australian Cattle Dog named Sylvie onto the boat with us. Sylvie comes to us after many years of wanting a puppy and one major downsizing in order to get our homes ready for her. Let’s go back a few months. We heard some puppies would be ready in the spring. We weren’t … More A Dog and a Boat
“I have so much space,” said no liveboard ever. I recently watched an old episode of Small Space, Big Style, another garden variety home design show where the host takes us into “tiny living spaces.” One segment showcased a 1,000 floating cottage. 1,000 sq ft is tiny in what liveaboard’s world? Compared to our 34′ catamaran … More Tiny Houseboat or Spacious Living?
Charles and I sailed in our city’s Boat Parade of Lights as rookies and we quickly learned that some salty sailors are after $7,000 in cash prizes in a take no prisoners 100,000 watts kind of way. Mandatory Captain’s Meeting two days prior: Imagine a large group of boaters and sailors in santa hats drinking … More Bundle Up for the Parade of Lights
Charles and I decided to sail in the Alexandria, Virginia to Washington, DC Boat Parade of Lights on the same day that the landscaping crew at work restrung and replaced 5,000 outdoor lights. A quick chat with the owner of the landscaping company and I was the proud borrower of the largest bin of lights … More Holiday Boat Parade of Lights: Getting Ready
We put together a video of our recent four days on the river with perfect sailing weather, a small craft advisory, the first freeze of the season and more perfect sailing weather to get us home. We’ve got the sound on low so you can watch it at work and not disturb your boss. Turn … More Over the Seas and Far Away: A Video Vacation
Four days with nowhere to be but the water. Four days to get past the mouth of the Potomac River, into the Chesapeake Bay and back home again. Eh, not so much. Think small craft advisory and the beginnings of fall. After spending the night at a rustic marina and enjoying the best Sunday brunch … More Small Craft Advisory? Just Sail Right Into It.
Four days with nowhere to be but the water. Four days to sail past the mouth of the Potomac River, into the Chesapeake Bay and back. Preparations ashore included packing the fridge, making a second trip home for cold weather gear, filling up the diesel cans and leaving five hours late. (Doesn’t vacation start when … More Good Wind and a Taste of the Weather to Come
The windiest day in months is the perfect time to get up early for a sail. I stopped for a picture at the crack of dawn (no pun intended because it was actually the crack of dawn). I don’t see the sunrise very often so this was breathtaking. Old salts may say sunrises are a … More Sunrise to Sunset and What Happened in Between on a Windy Day