I know this is against the norm in the blogging world but, I try to keep the site clean and easy to read for our reader’s enjoyment. For this reason, I opted to keep comments to one page. We would love to hear from you. Do not let my wacky thought process deter you from expressing your feelings regarding our postings or another items of interest you want to share.

  • Thoughts on the cruising lifestyle?
  • Do you have an favorite sailing destination or a place you think we should avoid?
  • Send us your favorite recipe.
  • Have you read any good books lately?
  • What would you like to know about us?

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  1. Marie

    Glad to hear you are back home and everything went well. Comparatively of course. Cream Puff looks beautiful. That perfect bottom paint looks amazing!

  2. Great blog … only just found it
    Elyse SM437

  3. Dave

    Dear Mark and Cindy
    Reading your blog is like being there with you. Loved your Ile de Saintes blog.
    I wanted your advice. My wife is a brilliant chef with STCW but keen to get some offshore experience on a yacht…any ideas
    She is a out in Caribbean at moment. She is not bothered about being paid..just getting experience.
    Take care and happy sailing!!

    • Mark

      Hi Dave,

      Thanks for the kind words. So glad you enjoy the blog.

      If you or you wife are looking for sailing experience, there are many websites where you can advertise your skills and look for a position (paid or unpaid). There are profession sites such as: or not so profession such as:

      Hope this helps,


  4. Marie

    I love/hate travel stories like that. It’s good not to be the one going through it; but you KNOW it’s coming at some point in your traveling journeys. All you can do it live through it. LOL

    • Mark

      It was good that we didn’t have any sort of schedule. The only thing waiting for us in Miami was a bed πŸ™‚

  5. Wow, that was quite the travel “adventure” or should I say “misadventure.” Glad you made it back to the States safe and sound, although exhausted. Hope you enjoy your time Stateside.

    • Mark

      Thanks Ellen. It is nice to be able to order something from a menu and know what is going to show up πŸ™‚

  6. Fiona Hill

    Hi Mark and Cindy, great to meet you in Curacao, super blog too, ours is very simple in comparison! Hope we meet up again, would love to chat about life and stuff over coffee or a beer. Take care both of you
    Fi x

    • Mark

      Thanks Fiona. We hope to see you again soon somewhere down the road.

  7. Marie

    LOVE! your doorbell. What a great idea when at the dock. Now for the other side of the coin. I have often though about having a sign made for our access stairs to the boat that says, “The Captain is Sleeping”. I love my marina neighbors; but sometimes it would be nice to nap without interruption. We love ourselves a nice decadent nap on the weekends.

    Enjoy your blog very much and love hearing about the costs. It is crazy how much some of the eastern seaboard marinas charge for a slip and power. Cape May, New Jersey we paid $3 a foot. It cost us $135 for a 16 hour night at the dock. That was just stupid money.

    I understand fresh water can be pretty expensive in the islands. It is fortunate that you have a watermaker.

    • You are so right about the rates along the East Coast. We were surprised. In some cases the rates were more than the local hotels charged!
      Fresh water can be expensive in the Bahamas and Caribbean. There are a few places where people can obtain water for free but in most cases there is a fee. A water-maker was really high on our list of “must haves” for the boat. We are so glad to have one. Thanks for the note. It is always great to hear from you. Have a great day! πŸ™‚

  8. Bob Norton, Jr.

    Mark/Cindy – great writing, great pics as always, but outstanding article on the struggle and optimism displayed in Dominica. Question – I went to the link to donate to the fund you suggested, but when you try to change the currency to USD, the only currency my cc will allow, it only give options in either Euros or GB Pounds – not sure, not familiar with the symbols. Any guidance on giving, and you’re sure that’s a good fund that will get the $$ to the island? Keep up the great work!

    • Mark

      Hello Bob,
      First of all, thank you so much for wanting to contribute. We picked this site because it is the site suggested by the Government of Dominica: Clicking the donate link will take you to a British site called JustGiving. The donation amounts are in British Pounds. Β£1.00 is equal to about US$1.40 When you get to the credit card page, your card will be charged in pounds and your bank will make the conversion to US dollars. On this site we can be sure the full donation amount goes to the people of Dominica.
      Hope this helps and thank you for being generous today πŸ™‚

      • Bob Norton, Jr.

        Mark – sorry for tardy reply, donation sent with message that it was on behalf of Mark and Cindy aboard SV Cream Puff. Keep up the great writing and pics.

  9. Hanspeter Baettig

    Well done your brilliant Website with uselful informations.I like it.
    SM 16
    Las Palmas

    • Thank you for the great comment and for stopping by the blog. We do our best to mix information with funny stories. It is always great to hear when readers enjoy our scribbles. πŸ™‚
      Have a wonderful day!

  10. I think I would like Martinique, in spite of the toilet paper shortage and the lack of toilet seats. We found the same to be true in Ecuador with one caveat: many public restrooms were guarded by a man or woman who kept the restroom clean and sold toilet paper for 10-25 cents US. It provided a job for them, and a clean rest room for us, which we appreciate all the time, regardless which country we’re in. If there was no attendant, we had to be sure to bring our own. And paper napkins there? Extremely small. Honestly I wasn’t sure what the point of them was. You’d need three napkins to equal one American napkin. Are Ecuadorians neater eaters? I couldn’t tell. My favorite bathroom was the one on the bus. This emptied out directly onto the street, so they asked that this be used only for ‘number 1’. Using it was not unlike trying to pee on the boat in a large swell with high wind. Fascinating. Love the colorful photos, and that Iguana!

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