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We’re Stuck!

Now what? We’re stuck in Canada. No boat. No content. Time to figure something out….

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Lori Peterson
July 4, 2020

I Love watching your adventures! We are going to bareboat in the BVI this fall -provided they are open for tourist.
I have a a couple questions.
What watch do you wear?
What camera system do you use to record your adventures? GoPro?
Thank you for sharing your life with the rest of us!!
Lori Peterson

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Pat Magee
June 30, 2020

Hi guys , and congratulations on your new crew member .I know what you mean about stuck across borders , we live in the lower mainland but our boat is in Point Roberts, Washington state so we haven’t seen our boat in three months. If the border opens up perhaps we’ll see you out there some time. oh and welcome back to the dark side (monohull).lol You sailing out of Vancouver or back on the Island ?

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    Ben
    July 1, 2020

    Darn. Hopefully the border opens for you before end of summer. We are sailing out of southern vancouver island. Taking off in a couple days! Exciting.

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Ben Siebert
June 29, 2020

Hey guys,

Congrats on your baby!

we cruised our Pro Kennex 445 cat back ’98 to ’02 when we were usually the only cat anyone had ever seen. Our baby Noah moved aboard at 3 months old, then had our daughter in Miami and she moved aboard at 9 months. Best days of my life (so far). We put lifeline netting across the front queen berth, was so secure that we would put Noah down for a nap, put a baby monitor in a waterproof bag, and go snorkeling. Sometimes we’d get an hour, sometime 5 min, but fun.

Hot tips for cruising with your first baby:

‘No see-um’ netting. No see-ums laugh at mosquito netting. Your baby’s soft thin skin will attract those buggers, and mama won’t be happy to count 32 bites in one night.

Diaper-Genie- OMGoodness it was THE most important thing. It seals the smell and packs those nasty things tight. We could go three weeks with nuclear diapers on board with no smell, in summer Caribbean.

Speaking of diapers: we bought an estimated years worth, but no one told us that babies start using fewer each day as they get older. Only 3-4 a day at 6 mo, 2-3 per day at one year old. We ended up paying for a couple months of cruising by selling extra diapers.

Food grinder: we got lucky and found one on the Georgetown cruisers net. Instead of nasty Gerbers baby food ( I know, I tried it) we’d grind up food and kids devoured it. Kept gerbers only as backup.

Folding play pen. We’d set it up in the cockpit. Noah was just able to stand holding on to stuff. We once were in 12ft seas and Noah was just hanging on and dancing to the sea motion, having a grand time.

Once they crawl, they aren’t safe to leave alone with an over-berth hatch any more. One day we all took an afternoon nap. I went on deck to find my baby had crawled onto the coach roof. When I exclaimed his name, he just looked at me with a shit eating grin like “look what I learned to do”. Hasn’t stopped scaring the crud out of me (he’s 21 and skydiving this very second).

Baby harness! Gotta have it.

Lifeline netting is mandatory. At 10 – 12 months your baby will start pulling herself up and walking all around the boat hanging onto lifelines. and when you are on other boats without netting, clip a harness onto Willa or never let go of her. Noah fell between upper and lower lifelines and into the drink once, I dove in and ruined my Sunday shirt (on my headfirst way into the water, I see that he had already grabbed onto the painter and was only wet from the waist down- there’s a sailor right there!).

Hope that helps.

I look forward to seeing a Canadian perspective on sailing BC. When we shipped Side by Side to west coast it splashed in Vancouver. I got on the boat, took one look at the glacier on one of those big mountains, and thought, Oh dear, what have I done!

Far winds!

Ben Siebert

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    Ben
    July 1, 2020

    Wow. Thanks so much for this. Great hot tips. We’ll be implementing many of those. Luckily she’s still a lump on a log!

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June 29, 2020

It seems like you’d be pretty sheltered from Covid even if you were back on nahoa. Can you expand on why you can’t pick back up? Obviously, you seem cool with the idea of baby onboard (congrats! It’s a life changer but also very fulfilling). Sailing coastal will still be great content etc …just curious.

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    Ben
    June 29, 2020

    Oh we’re picking right back up but not onboard Nahoa. She’s in Thailand and borders are closed to international tourists still. The COVID boat (full walkthru in next episode) will be our bridge content. That and some trailering in our 1978 Boler Trailer. Stay tuned!

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Mike
June 29, 2020

Congratulations on the birth of Willa!!! What a beautiful girl.

Keep cranking out your usual content…which is to say…continue to share your wonderful sense of humor.

You two (three), are blessed with the critical ingredient to a successful channel…magnetic personalities. You’re vulnerable, curious, genuine, and just downright likable.

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing…we’ll tune in.

Cheers

Mike
Warrenton, Oregon

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    Ben
    June 29, 2020

    Thanks Mike. You’re too nice. We will do our best and we ended up with this small boat because we know it will generate more laughter than a comfortable bigger boat. Should be pretty fun in the coming weeks!

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SC Smith
June 29, 2020

Hey Folks, you mentioned a “small” budget. Here’s a great boat for the Puget Sound and small family that my wife and I saw on Craig’s List in Anacortes. Perhaps you should consider it, if the price is right and it surveys out. We’re looking for a larger version ourselves, but have always liked this brand (Nauticat). Here’s the link: https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/d/anacortes-nauticat-33-pilothouse/7147454981.html

Have Fun!

PS, Please remove after you read. We posted only because we don’t know how else to reach you.

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    Ben
    June 29, 2020

    Thanks for that! A bit out of our budget. We were aiming for under 20K CAD but gorgeous boat. Love it.

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