Pre-sailing Preparation

Bubba Takes a Hit

For the past few days we have worked our way up the western side of Martinique. I wanted to stop in Les Anses-d’Arlet for a couple of days but it was just too crowded with boats. This time of year in the Caribbean there is a phenomenon called Christmas winds. From December to February, the […]

Categories: Caribbean, Dominica, Pre-sailing Preparation, Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog

All Systems Go – Or, So We Thought

Well, we are kinda sorta ready to get going. We have enough food to feed an army. We have full tanks of fuel and water. We have our repairs done and most of our projects completed. We have good easterly winds that would make our trip down the west coast of Florida perfect. There is just […]

Categories: Pre-sailing Preparation, USA


  Oh, decisions, decisions, decisions! A big part of our logic about spending this hurricane season in Tampa Bay is that we thought our next stop might be Cuba in November. Now I am reading about Cuba and I am having serious second thoughts. Cuba has long been an attractive cruising destination for Canadians. Most […]

Categories: Money, Pre-sailing Preparation, Shorts and Musings

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

St Petersburg – The Arts

One of the things we’ve noticed during our stent in St Petersburg, FL is art. No we are not talking Garfunkel. St. Petersburg has built into the cityscape wonderful murals and statues. Taking a short break from readying Cream Puff for our escapades, we took a walk about the city armed with cameras. We have […]

Categories: Pre-sailing Preparation, 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

Under 30 Days

We gave our marina office the required 30 days notice we will be vacating our slip and applied our security deposit to our last month’s rent. Our list of “must do’s” is shortening daily. We have a list of tasks that must be done and a second list of things we would really like to […]

Categories: Pre-sailing Preparation

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


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


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

A New Rig

  This week was the most expensive week of our lives! Ouch. Okay, perhaps the day when we purchased a house or one of our boats was really the most expensive week of our lives. But, we don’t have jobs anymore and when money goes out, it doesn’t come in (this is really quite scary […]

Categories: Maintenance, Money, 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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