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safety & health

long story, short

April 22, 2013 As we area getting ready to make our leap across the Pacific Ocean, for the time being, here is the short story of our past month. March 4 – 14:  After transiting the Panama Canal, we spent 10 days anchored near La Playita on the outskirts of Panama City.  The majority of … Continue reading »

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water’s coming in!

While this post is a little out of line, I want to let everyone know where we are and what happened on our journey here. January 28, 2013 . . . enroute from Jamaica to San Blas Islands, Panama . . . NE winds 25 knots, seas 8-12 feet . . . starting at about … Continue reading »

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almost swept away

December 9 – 11, 2012 [Note: This post was an emotionally difficult one for me to write. My heart still races and I get nauseous when I think back through the ordeal.] My entire family was in danger and there was nothing I could do to help save them. Thanks to a French dive instructor, … Continue reading »

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learning from the locals

December 8, 2012 On this Saturday, we had decided to split up for our day ashore in Nassau. Wil took the kids to the cruise ship area and over the bridge to Paradise Island, while I went inland for some various shopping. This was the first time in a very long time that I had … Continue reading »

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making the news . . . again!

October 6, 2012 My eyes couldn’t believe what I was reading . . .“Congratulations; Front page news of the local newspaper!”   “No way!  Really?” I’d spoken aloud to no one in particular.  I was reading an email from the refrigerator person we had been in contact with at the Annapolis Boat Show, and he … Continue reading »

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liberty to delaware bay

September 23 – 24, 2012 Prior to hauling up the hook from our Liberty anchorage, Wil and I discussed whether or not to put up the mainsail first.  The channel between the buoys was just wide enough for our boat, and the mainsail might be an interference.  However, the wind was only a slight breeze … Continue reading »

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a blow in port washington

September 18, 2012 The wind howled and the wind howled, and the wind howled some more.  First thing in the morning you could already hear the wind blowing through the rigging.  By evening, we could barely walk on deck without almost being blown off balance.  This was a southerly blow not to be reckoned with. … Continue reading »

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big seas gear

Remember the parachute anchor chain plates that we installed on the bows?  After finishing the chain plates for the bow, we had the stern chain plates made for a series drogue attachment, but we didn’t get them installed before we started cruising.  Our series drogue had been ordered, but it needed to be custom made and … Continue reading »

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lost dinghy boy . . . almost

Colin has become our “dinghy boy”, so to speak.  Every time we need to go to shore, he has taken on the reponsiblity of getting the dinghy ready.  He helps one of us lower the dinghy to the water.  Then, he gets into the dinghy to unclip it from the davits.  Each time, he also … Continue reading »

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our location

You will now be able to see our location as we move from place to place.  I have also added the link to our sidebar. our current location As we pull away from the dock tomorrow morning,  it could possibly be a few days before we get an internet connection again.  (Our wifi antenna isn’t … Continue reading »

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