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Fair Trade? One Dinghy for one Lobster – Adventure 05

What a fun couple of weeks! We do a little crazy driving in Grenada, catch a very nice size Wahoo (that’s a fish). We have fun trading with the local fishermen on Petit Martinique and get a lot wet with monsoon-like rains on Union Island. A little underwater exploration wraps up this action packed episode. […]


Cruising vs Reality – Adventure 03

This cruising life sounds wonderful doesn’t it? What we possibly gloss over is things like boatyard work. It’s really hot awful work. Nothing works on a boat when it’s out of the water. No toilets means climbing down a ladder in the middle of the night and running across the yard. No anchorage means no wind […]


Where has the time gone…

Well we are so far behind in telling tales of our journey, it’s daunting to catch up. We have been flying through the Eastern Caribbean Islands working our way south. Destination: Grenada. Deadline: July 5th.  Just over a month ago we left the virgin islands and we have been moving almost non-stop since. We have […]


New Video: Bahamas 2016

Bear with us as we work on our video editing skills. Somewhat embarrassed by this video but in the spirit of progress, we’ve pushed this out anyways. More to come in terms of video soon.  


A Puerto Rican Interlude

Quickly we realized that Ben needed a car for the gathering of engine parts while living in Fajardo. What we didn’t realize was that Puerto Rico was one of those places where people drive however they want. Ben pulled out his race car driver mode as he navigated around half of Puerto Rico in preparation of […]


Fajardo

After a week at sea, we were happy to tuck into a decent marina in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. We slept and rested for a day. Then it was off to work. We had major issues with our transmissions not going into gear. Days prior to departing the Bahamas the starboard engine wouldn’t consistently go into […]


The Cursed Lure

Ft Lauderdale. At 3:30am the alarm went off. It was go time. Time to leave the United States of America. Over the past six months we’d developed a love-hate relationship with this country. We’d had some of the worst experiences of our lives. All of them caused by this wretched hard top. A non negotiable item […]


Hostage

Ughh. We’re still in Virginia. We’re in the water but tied up to the dock at the same old boatyard. It’s cold now. We’ve slipped into winter. The leaves have mostly all come down. Every morning is near freezing. We’re in a bit of a funk. It’s not fun anymore. This is not the ‘dream’ […]


Our Plan South

Back in October, during a cold snap, we we bought an $18 space heater at Walmart. It got used a fair amount during that cold snap but then things warmed up again. Shorts weather. The perfect kind of working weather. Not too hot, not too cold. We’ve now slipped into November. Middle of November. That heater […]


Topless & Scammed

How do I begin? It’s been a tough week. Really tough. I will not mince words; We’ve been scammed. Scammed for many of thousands of dollars. We feel humbled. Defeated. Everything is so clear when you look back. Our mistakes are so obvious. We trusted. We took someones word. We believed in the good of a human. We’ve paid […]


A Day in the Boat Yard

How can we have possibly spent over a month in the boatyard? What do we do all day? Is there really that much to do? Well it’d bore you to death, just like the last post, if I explained it in detail. But maybe this video will give you an idea.  


Boat Project – Lagoon Rudder Bearings

Rudders. They’re an essential piece of equipment on a boat. As essential as your mast, engines and trying to keep water out of the boat. What could go wrong? A lot. Frozen rudders, loose bearings, delamination and a plethora of other situations. Since having only purchased this boat eight months ago, I decided to check every system […]


Progress On The Hard

The people here in Deltaville Virginia are some of the sweetest I have met in recent memory. The density of nice people here seems way above normal. We’re from Victoria, BC and it’s a relatively smallish big town. The vibe is pretty calm but can be a bit anonymous. I guess small enough but too big for […]


Is Anybody In There?

There have been zero blog posts since we arrived in Virginia. What is wrong one might ask?  There are excuses. Many of them. Most based on a life of being busy…on land. Let’s see here. We drove up the east coast. Visited New York, Maine and crossed the border into Canada. That is, only after […]


Norfolk, Virginia

Somewhere in the North Atlantic to Norfolk, Virginia *This post is long overdue but I’d thought I’d better finish the story…. Norfolk was our first stop as it had a customs and border control office. I somewhat knew it would be a busy port after looking at charts the day before. The amount of buoys […]


Day 5 & 6 – Fish On!

Let’s not even talk about the fish tally. It is utterly dismal. I’m disgusted with myself. A juvenile Barracuda as we left the Bahamas and that’s it. Just a bunch of weed. It’s an epidemic out here. Literally carpets of seaweed. And this isn’t just in the last day. Oh no. There have been steady […]


Days 3 & 4 – Time Warp

Passage Bahamas to USA -Somewhere in the Atlantic to Somewhere More North in the Atlantic As I get out of bed this morning I find Ashley conversing with a swallow in the galley. They’d already introduced each other. His name was Chirp. He’d spent the evening with us yesterday watching the sunset. So when he paid us […]


Day 2 – Anxious Boredom

Passage Bahamas to USA – Northern Bahamas to Somewhere in the Atlantic I am uncertain where the day went today. It just sort of passed as we tried to stay cool in fickle winds. It seems a case of lethargy has struck this vessel. What we thought was going to be a brisk sail home in 20 […]


Day 1 – A twinge of Fear

Passage Bahamas to USA – Nassau to northern Abacos.  We’d been anxious to get going. It was time to go home. Hurricane season had officially started a few weeks ago and you could tell things were getting heated around these parts. Consistently we’d start to see thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. Big billowing clouds. You could […]


Ready….Set….

It’s a done deal. I have my passport back with a pretty US Visa plastered inside. We’ve decided on where we’re going. We’re pointing our bow north! Virginia to be exact. Setting up for a departure on Wednesday and continuing a non-stop, offshore passage for five to seven days. True blue water cruising. We haven’t taken this lightly […]


Our Boat – The Walkthrough

We made a short little video of our boat below decks. Lots more to come on the video front. Some sneak peeks in the intro here…    


How’s It Going?

We’ve been at this for a couple months. So how are things? How’s it been? What do we love, hate, tolerate? It’s definitely been a period of adjustment. Both physically, mentally and in terms of relationship. It hasn’t been all been cookies, ice cream and tea. (Ice Cream is only sold melted in the Bahamas). It’s […]


A New Day

Being grumpy and moping sure feels good. But you don’t accomplish a thing. We finally sit down and list our options. Go back to Fort Lauderdale. Call the season quits. Cruise the Eastern Seaboard where it’s easier to get parts. Sail und Genoa only to the Exumas. None are really appealing. Then Ashley remembered a blog […]


The Day We Almost Made it to Nassau

The plan is perfect. We’re using as much of the easterly component of the wind to head south. We’re heading to the Exumas and no one is stopping us. The Exumas sound like The place for us. No one around. Beaches. Fishing. Kitesurfing. I toss and turn at 5am. 6am and I’m up. Batten down the […]


Stretching our Sailing Legs

One night at anchor in Bimini and we’re off. Headed east. There’s not much to Bimini. A stopover island. First impressions of the Bahamians? Nicest people I have met to date. Strangers say Hi on the street. They treat each other with kindness. Almost as if they’re all family. I could get used to this. […]


The Crossing

It’s still dark out. My alarm is about to go off but I wake minutes before. Two hours of sleep later. Somewhat tired yet a tinge of excitement runs through my body. Today is the big day. We head off into the blue yonder. No more marinas. No more sweaty boat work.  Everything is ready. […]


The Night Before

We have one full day left to prepare for our first passage – Crossing from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini, Bahamas. We’re anxious. Last night I woke up in a sweat at 2am. Yelling gibberish at Ashley trying to clarify what kind of shackle she needed. It was critical to our survival. We were in a […]


A Technicality

As expected, today went off without a hitch. Well, almost. Rolled out of the Boler. Grabbed a coffee and hit the road. Thirty minutes later, we were there. Or so we thought. Turns out my lovely navigator hadn’t had enough coffee yet. As a result I was routed to the wrong marina. Some confusion ensued. She wasn’t very […]


Good Tings a Brewing

Things are good. Real good. We’re on a lucky streak. Doors are opening. Wide. Opportunities are presenting themselves left right and center. Life is odd. Life is good. There is one thought that keeps popping up – “Some things happen for a reason.” And all because we were forced to walk away from one boat […]


First Date

I’m hesitant to write this. Am I announcing a boat pregnancy too early? The entire purpose of this trip to the Dominican Republic was to look at a boat. A Lagoon 410 catamaran. We found her a couple weeks earlier. She had made her debut on the internet immediately after we had surveyed her 38′ sister. Unlike her […]


The Party Bus

I typically don’t fly a lot. Once or twice a year for vacation. I work from home, for myself and only travel so much as required by my clients. For the most part, hardly at at all. The last couple months have been different. Overnight red-eye flights. Milk runs across the country to save a few […]


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