Breakdowns, Failed Repairs and Struggles in Zihuatanejo… Because when it rains, it pours!
We’ve lost our dinghy… this time for good.
While cruising, there are moments of absolute joy and splendor where we can’t believe how lucky we are to be out here in our floating home in these amazing places… And then there’s those times when we think, what did we get ourselves into, and the saying, “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong” seems […]
Provisioning! Coming up with an easy, practical, economical list
As you my remember, we’ve had a number of incidents with our dinghy, Makara. First, she went for a little joy ride for a couple of days in Santa Barbara during Fiesta weekend, but was kindly returned to the harbor patrol. Then, only a few days later, one of her oars snapped and we ad […]
Hey guys! Since we are getting very close to setting sail and leaving our familiar, everyday world behind for the open ocean, and new landscapes, I thought I would share with you a bit about how we are preparing. We are hoping to be as self sufficient as possible, so that we can truly relax and enjoy […]
Staying in touch and getting weather offshore
Hey guys! As promised, here’s an in-depth look at how we replaced our halyard, and more importantly, figured out how to splice line! We had a really tough time trying to put an eye splice in the low-stretch sta-set line. We tried multiple kinds of fids and struggled and struggled! Eventually we found the Splicing […]
Safety… How to get the right gear, and not go overboard…
Out of all of our preparations for cruising, deciding how to get our weather and stay in touch when offshore was one of our biggest debates. There are multiple options for this, with a wide range of price tags attached. The options we have been debating between are: SSB (Single Side Band Radio) Initial Cost: $5000-$6000 Recurring […]
The Circle of Lifelines
Safety… How to get the right gear, and not go overboard… Literally, and figuratively. That’s what we’ve been struggling with lately… Well, the figuratively part at least. In this day and age, technology has come so far, and there are so many options for safety equipment – EPIRBs, to PLBs, MOB beacons, and satellite communications are […]
Let the Boat Projects Begin!
Got rusty lifelines? No worries, you can redo them… It’s the circle of lifelines! Replacing our lifelines on board was one of our highest priority items that we HAD to do before leaving Portland, taking on the big blue Pacific and sailing south. It turns out, this was one of our simplest boats projects to […]
Becoming Boat Owners!
We are starting to work on Varuna to get her all ready to sail South! Join us as we start to get our hands dirty and get our first taste of boat projects! We start small, with some easy and fun projects… Giving Varuna a good wash down, getting our dinghy and measuring our anchor […]
Boat Show Season!
Hi All! We have been working hard and staying busy these past few weeks, spending all of our energy and time working on boat projects, selling the condo and preparing the boat and ourselves for the journey ahead. In the mist of all this, we finally got a chance to get the video update out! In this episode, […]
It’s that time of year… boat show season! We kicked off the season visiting the Portland Boat Show on opening day in mid-January. Since Portland isn’t a huge sailing mecca, the show was strongly geared towards powerboats and fishing boats. We wandered up and down all of the aisles, staring at the shiny motor boats wondering what […]