Monthly archives: April, 2014

Port Lucaya to Cat Island

Miles: 235 Hours: 44 We had fantastic weather as we left the cruise ship tourist trap of Port Lucaya behind.  As we soon discovered, cruise ships spend the day letting their passengers tool around on land, and by night they do their best to run over little sail boats!  We’re pretty sure that the numerous

Boating Etiquette (Part 1 of Infinity)

So we’re rapidly acclimating to boating lifestyle, and I’d like to share a few things we’ve learned along the way, mostly through errors on our part. In no particular order: When someone is casting off or arriving, the only reason you should be involved is if you are offering to help or shoving a fender

Marathon, FL to Port Lucaya, Bahamas

Miles: 180 Hours: 33 We are very grateful that Don and Robin of s/v Our Nest suggested Rodriguez Key as an overnight anchorage between Marathon and No Name harbor.  We’ve had some ongoing technical difficulties with one of our alternators, and this anchorage provided nice protection from a northerly wind throughout the night while we

Margaritas: The National Drink Of Texas

1/2 cup lime juice, about 6 to 8 limes worth 3 cups water 1/2 cup honey 1 cup Triple Sec 1 1/2 cups tequila Substitutions: If you don’t have limes or you are feeling lazy, buy limeade in the cartons or frozen. For the love of all that is holy, don’t buy margarita mix. It’s

Bradenton Beach, FL to Marathon, FL (with an unexpected stop in Sarasota)

Miles: 240 Hours: 47 We had a fantastic few days hanging out at the beach in Bradenton, FL.  Every time I looked out at the water, I though… Hmm… perhaps we should be moving the boat.  Good wind, light seas… but we promised the kids some beach time so we stayed. When we originally left

How Do You Fake Being French On A Nude Beach In Thailand?

It’s easy. Whip your top off and never open your mouth. (We learned this on Ko Samet island in Thailand while lying on the beach. All the ladies were sunning their chests, so I figured “What the heck.” and did the same. Then we watched the waves and read old Tom Clancy books while nodding

The Constraints Of A Sailing Kitchen

Cooking on a 43-foot sailboat is very different than cooking in the palatial kitchen of our old 2,200 sq-ft house. When under sail, things slosh and roll around. Glass bottles and jars smash, so everything has to be plastic. The fridge is tiny and the freezer is itty bitty. The stove is tiny and only

Repairs in Mobile

We spent way way WAAAYYYY too long in Mobile getting repairs done before we head out of the US. In our defense, we got quite a bit done and the weather was total crap the entire time. Here’s the run-down: Aft Cabin Fan The fan was flimsy, black, and positioned in a way that interfered

Mobile, Alabama to Bradenton Beach, Florida

Miles: 354 Hours: 65 We left around 2:30 pm on Wednesday because Prince wasn’t finished installing the solar panels. And then because Prince had installed the monitor for the solar panels in a place that blocked the refrigerator door and we had to move it. And then the newly installed autopilot got all weird on