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Some of our Favorite Memories: 2017 Cruising Season

While hanging out in the cockpit one night, Mark and I were reminiscing about 2017 coming to a close. We thought it would be fun to do a blog post on some of our favorite things this year. We hope you enjoy it too. We go slow. So far this year we have sailed or […]

Categories: About Us, Sailing Blog, Shorts and Musings

Joyeux Noël

It’s Christmas time in the Caribbean. There is no snow. It is sunny and hot, always. I don’t really understand how Santa’s magic sled is supposed to work without the snow. That sled is going to make a hell of a mark on the roof when it lands. There are no chimneys for Santa to […]

Categories: About Us, Martinique, Sailing Blog, Shorts and Musings

Inspirations

Whenever I think of our friend Jack, a vivid memory comes to mind. James Brown is singing “I Feel Good” at high volume through the speakers of his boat. Jack is wiggling his bottom to the music and swinging around the cockpit. He is busy pouring us a second helping of the most potent yummy […]

Categories: About Us, Sailing Blog

Our One-Year Anniversary

  Exactly one year ago today, we posted Earning Checkmarks signifying our departure from Atlanta and selling our home of over 20 years. Did we make a mistake? Is it everything we thought it would be? Are we going to carry on?   Mark’s thoughts….   Life on a boat is a little harder than […]

Categories: About Us, Bahamas

Moving South

Mona (our third crew member) joined us on our trip south from Deltaville, VA. She spoiled us with a big batch of Mona Cookies. The marina we stayed at (where the Coast Guard towed us) was great. Deltaville VA has a lot of marinas but the town is really lacking. They really have nothing at all to […]

Categories: About Us, Chesapeake Bay, Funny Stuff

Fernandina Beach

Meet the third member of the Cream Puff crew. Mona is our land contact and knows the whereabouts of Cream Puff at all times. During ocean passages, we check in at predetermined times. If we don’t check in, Mona has a protocol to alert authorities. She is also the primary contact in case an EPIRB […]

Categories: About Us, Nautical Stuff, USA

Gone Sailin’

Early this morning, Cream Puff slipped her mooring lines as we embarked upon our new life as full time cruisers. What is a cruiser? There are many definitions of a cruiser; see Cindy’s post for her explanation about the different ways people can travel by boat. For me, a cruiser has always been a sailor […]

Categories: About Us, Pre-sailing Preparation, Sailing Adventures, USA

Fifty Shades of Gray ….. but not What You are Thinking

  It is nice that in these days and times people have more options when it comes to hairstyles. I would have loved to have had the blue or pink streaks added to my hair when I was young. Much to my family’s delight this idea was not invented until I was too old to […]

Categories: About Us, Pre-sailing Preparation, Questions Women Ask

Losing My Keys

  I guess I really have not given key chains much thought over the past 30 years or so. That is, until today. I remember my first key chain. I was not even close to driving age yet but I had a little key chain. The novelty of buying souvenirs at roadside stops was new to […]

Categories: About Us, Pre-sailing Preparation

Cindy’s Two Cents Worth at 50% Off

A week or so ago, Mark was working on a post for the blog. I think he was writing about moving from the house onto the boat. He asked me if at some point I would “add my two cents on the subject” and put it in a post.  I think I was busy trying […]

Categories: About Us, Pre-sailing Preparation, Questions Women Ask

Frustration

A day in my life. “Hey Cindy, today I’m going to install the new GPS unit I bought. You remember me telling you about it. It tracks the Russian satellites from the GLONASS system as well as the USA system. I think I told you about it, didn’t I? Well, during the cold war, the […]

Categories: About Us, Funny Stuff, Pre-sailing Preparation

Adjustments

Our time in St Petersburg is getting short. We are slightly giddy with excitement about our first passage as cruisers. Although, we are not sure where we will go first. As it stands right now, we will hop to the Dry Tortugas, sail around Key West (been there, done that), and hit some stops up […]

Categories: About Us, Pre-sailing Preparation

We’ll know in a couple of hours…

  Am I about to die of food poisoning? I have an insatiable curiosity. It is who I am. Because of this, I read. A lot! As our plan to go sailing came closer into view, I substituted my reading material of investment prospectus’ and sales related leadership books to boat blogs, cruising guides and […]

Categories: About Us, Funny Stuff, Pre-sailing Preparation

Earning Checkmarks

    10 Things to do before going cruising, made easy:        Set a 20 year savings plan allowing us to retire before 55, afford a boat and not have to worry about money during our sailing adventures        Work Hard        Save money        Avoid buying […]

Categories: About Us, Pre-sailing Preparation

Surprise Surprise!

Nobody is more surprised than I am at the number of people who follow our blog. We really enjoy doing the updates and hope we can bring a smile to a reader’s face every once and a while. We do the blog mostly for selfish purposes. It is a way for us to look back […]

Categories: About Us, Funny Stuff, Pre-sailing Preparation

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