My best friend is 80 in people years and has never set paw on a boat. Time to change that with a trip to our fabulous cat-amaran. OC’s never seen stairs before and a catamaran has two sets. I wasn’t sure how he’d do but he quickly figured them out. OC spends about 22 hours a day … More Teaching an Old Cat New Sailing Tricks
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
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. How did that that trip to the mouth work out? Weather, check. Wind, check. Swells and a small craft advisory, check. Beautiful weather today, yes please. Day Four, … More Not the Last Hurrah
Diamonds are not the best friend of every gal on the sea.
We recently pulled the boat out for a day so we could replace a few instruments and take a look at the bottom. Chiron’s bottom paint is only five months old and we found more peeling paint than we expected for a fresh water boat. This means another pull out next year for a good cleaning … More We Pulled Out So You Don’t Have To
Gunston Cove is a small cove on the Potomac River bordered by Ft. Belvoir, historic Gunston Hall and Pohick Bay state park. It’s only a few hour’s sail from our marina so when we don’t have a lot of time we can still have a nice evening anchored out and a pleasant day on the … More Pork Chops and Chinese Lanterns: What to Bring for a Weekend on the Water
The Potomac River is only 2′-3′ deep in places so if the boat sinks, just stand up. We use nautical charts to decide where we can and cannot sail on the river: the brown is land, the blue and white are water, and the tiny numbers in the water show how deep the water is. The Potomac … More Can We Get Under That Bridge?
Charles having a typical day at the office.
Charles and I anchored in Mattawoman Creek in southern Maryland for two nights to celebrate Charles’s birthday. The hats were my idea. We arrived on Friday afternoon. So many crab pots to navigate around as we pulled in! There’s not much up to date information about Mattawoman Creek anchorages so I only knew to expect weekend … More Here’s What Happens When Your Boat Runs Out of Gas and You Discover That Your Husband is a Good Swimmer