Many people think active dog breeds must live in houses with lots of land, but we disagree. We share well under 200 sq ft of indoor space with our Australian Cattle Dog, Sylvie. She’s happy, healthy, and gets lots of exercise both indoors and outside. I recently shared Sylvie’s story with Tiny House Magazine. If … More Big Dog, Tiny Home | Tiny House Magazine
We spent the night docked at St. Clements Island, arriving safely and tying up in almost total darkness. This 40-acre island is uninhabited in the winter and offers us the perfect place to stop on trips to the bay. We love having a safe place to tie up overnight and take Sylvie for a walk in … More Any Port in a Storm
Sunrise at the marina is always beautiful, no matter which marina you’re in or why you’re up so early. This morning we were up before the sun in preparation for our early haul out, pressure washing and refit. I have a little French Press coffee pot trick to conserve water. A normal French Press has … More Adventures in Nautical Refitting
Our land days are filled with physical activity and having an 8 month old pup means more opportunity for exercise. Often on long passages we’ve skipped our usual routines in favor of other exertions like hoisting the sails and scrubbing the deck. It’s not quite the same as a good Pilates class but I’ll take what I … More Recent Adventures That Are All Totally My Fault
Oh, to be young and in love and in need of an extravagant anniversary gift. The crew of Sailing Chiron to the rescue, ready to host a romantic sunset sail for two! … More Thank You for Giving Me a Boat Life
While Tropical Storm Hermine was battering the east coast yesterday evening I was walking Sylvie along the river near our marina and enjoying a pleasantly cooler evening than we’ve had in months.We’d spent the day watching the weather and reading blogs and Facebook posts from sailors in the southern states who’d endured many hours in 50 to 80 … More While the Storm Was Blowing
We left last night’s marina in a heavy fog and beat the rain by less than an hour. Soon it was raining and we determined that we’d have a three hour sail down the river to reach the Chesapeake Bay. Breakfast was served underway and we both ate standing up with Charles at the … More Into the Bay
So there’s a blizzard going on in the mid-Atlantic this weekend. They’re warning people to stay off the roads, whiteout conditions, threats to life and property, potential wind gusts of up to 60 mph. And the marina is closed. We received this email from the dockmaster: “The snow is still coming down here and wind … More The Marina is Closed. Also Known as a Bit of Snow.
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.