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Posted by on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Maryland, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Annapolis Boat Show October 2017

Watch episode 78 here!

In this post we travel to the Annapolis Sailboat Show. We walkthrough boats, talk to fans, and enjoy a relaxing day in our element.

This is actually the 2nd time we’ve been to this boat show. The first time was right before hurricane Mathew back in 2016 – right around the time we bought our Endeavour 32. It was cold and rainy that year. This time the weather was much more pleasant.

We spent most of out time just wandering around, looking at all the fancy boats, and talking with a whole lot of good folks that enjoy our videos. There’s a wonderful vibe at these shows. So many great people who all share the passion of sail.

I’ve tried to make this video have a slower pace. Not a whole lot of ambient music and punchy effects throughout. I wanted to try to show people what it’s like to casually enjoy the show – tour some cool boats – and give the feeling like they’re actually there. That’s the intent, anyways – I hope it’s enjoyable.

-Ben

You always have to get a photo of your family in front of the Welcome to Virginia sign.

It’s always a pleasure when we get to see Behan from Sailing Totem and we met Capt. Murphy, the man we bought our boat from!

Our new friends Karen and Paul took us out for a wonderful lunch!

It was a beautiful day at the boat show!

We met a lot of great people. I was even star struck, when we met Tasha Hacker from Chase the Story and Brittany Meyers from the blog Windtraveler.

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Posted by on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 in Boat Projects, Living Aboard, Maryland | 0 comments

Mast Climbing and Fun Times!

We’ve officially started making progress South!

So many things to learn along the way. It’s amazing all of the little skills that need to be acquired in order to become competent and safe sailors – but we’re chipping away a bit each day and becoming more and more capable as things progress.

Beautiful sights. Sunrises, sunsets, and everything in between has become beautiful in it’s own unique and individual way. So much life and energy out there on the water.

Watch Video 18 here!

10.9 Today I worked on the blog, and Ben uploaded a video to YouTube with the Casa Rio wifi. We went for a 3 mile (round trip) walk to a little convince store for some things we were getting low on (IE: RAVIOLI). We invited Aras over for dinner tomorrow before we leave on Tuesday.

10.10 Today Molly and I did Homeschool and Ben worked on the next video. He also went up the mast today! He was pretty scared. Molly and I thought it was funny. We had Aras over for dinner tonight to say goodbye and thank you for all his help. We rowed over to the Casa Rio Marina again for showers before we leave tomorrow!

 

10.11 Today, we woke up, had breakfast and got ready to head out. We left the dock around 9:30 and we went south for about 6 hours. We anchored in Hill Point tonight and head out tomorrow morning for Solomans Island. N 38*33.157′ W 76*17.043′

 

10.12 Today we headed out for Solomans Island, where we anchored for the night. We took a dingy ride over to a dingy dock at the hotel and walked to the grocery story, West Marine and had BurgerKing for dinner. N 38*20.317′ W 76*27.583

 

10.13 Tonight we anchored in Glebe Creek. It was a beautiful spot. Beautiful sunrise and sunset. Crossed into Virginia today! N 37*59.536′ W 76*29.005

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Posted by on Friday, November 25, 2016 in Living Aboard, Maryland, YouTube Videos | 2 comments

First Days Living Aboard

Check out Video 17 on YouTube!

October 1st

Today, Saturday, the forth day of rain! Why is it that in all the 7500 miles that we drove to find a boat we did not have ONE drop of rain, then when we get here to move aboard all we have is rain? Ha! Today we just spent on the boat getting organized. We also took the rental truck back to the rental place and Aras picked us up and brought us back to the boat. Tonight for dinner Aras picked us up at our Marina and we went back to his Marina where we meet and had dinner with the crew on SV Gromit, a very nice family with 3 girls ages 5, 3, and 6 months (Instagram @Familyatsea). Aras let us take his truck back to our boat at the Casa Rio Marina.

October 2nd

Sunday, we got up and had breakfast and took Aras back his truck. We hung out with him for about 30 minutes. He took us back to our boat on his Boston Whaler (small fishing boat). When we got back to our boat there was a bit of a commotion going on. A guy who was supposed to be coming in tomorrow got there early and was trying to get into the dock, there was another guy there, who tied up to our boat, who was trying to move his other boat that was stuck at the dock. After we got the boat situation worked out, Aras helped us get our mainsail put up and get our cans where we wanted them. He convinced us to head out to Selby Bay and anchor instead of heading over to tie up to Gregs dock for the night like we had originally planned. I guess we have to suck it up and untie the lines sometime right? Why not now? We had a beautiful sunset dinner of pancakes. We talked to Grammy and Mimzie on the phone tonight.

October 3rd

Our first night on anchor was wonderful! This morning we woke up and had coffee and breakfast. Then we did homeschool. We were 4 days behind in homeschool, so we had to do some major catching up. It was pretty stressful for mommy and pretty tiring for Molly as well. We only got 3 days caught up, so tomorrow we will do 2 days of lessons and be totally caught up.

October 4th

Today we took a dingy ride over to throw out some trash, we went to a playground to let Molly play, and we took a baby wipe towel shower tonight. (HA!)

October 5th

Laundry day! Today we did laundry in the bucket and we hung it up on the lifelines. We had a pizza dinner on Aras’ boat and took a REAL shower at his marina. BEST SHOWER EVER!!

October 6th

Today we docked at Selby Bay Marina and got diesel and water. We went out into the main bay area and played around with the sails. We got her up to 7 knots! Then we reanchored in Selby Bay for the night. We rehung the laundry outside again too because it hadn’t finished drying yesterday. It still wasn’t done when it was time for bed, so we hung it inside the boat to keep it from blowing away.

October 7th

Moved over to the small marina where the house boat is in Mayo for the weekend to stay out of the wind and rain from hurricane Matthew. Tonight after dinner we rowed over to the Casa Rio Marina and took a shower.

October 8th

Today we went to the Annapolis Boat show with Aras and his friend Susan. It rained all day but it was still a good time. We ran into someone who recognized us from our YouTube channel! It was so fun! We had dinner with Aras and Susan in Edgewater where I tried fried oyster and crab cakes for the first time. It was a great day!

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Posted by on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 in Boat Projects, Maryland, Moving, YouTube Videos | 3 comments

Moving aboard SV Sandflea!

Watch Video 16 here!

When we got home, we got started right away with all the last minute things that needed to be done. We had two weeks left until we were leaving our little town of Toccoa, Georgia for good (or until we get tired of cruising.)

We ordered every last minute thing that we needed to order from Amazon like flags, portable electronic chargers, water containers, ICW charts, and so much more. Those two weeks were like Christmas everyday! We also went shopping for all of the food we might need for the next month or so. We then took things out of bags and boxes and put them in hard plastic containers, we took the labels off of the cans and wrote the contents on the top.

We organized our stuff into keep, take, and toss piles, packed up everything that we were leaving in a closet at my moms house and then we cleaned the basement. We canceled things we didn’t need anymore and we ported my phone number to Google so that I would still have it when we return and not have to pay for 2 phones when we only need one. Now my phone is only good for Wifi.

 

I also got to work sewing all 6 of the settee cushions, the curtain for Molly’s bed, the curtain for the closet, the pillow cases, the napkins, and the cover for the anchor locker in the v-berth. We also bought a king size blanket, cut it and I sewed the edges to make two blankets, one for each of our beds.

Then, one of the last things we did before we left was have our Sail Away Party. It was so bittersweet. We are so excited to move into the next step of our adventure, but it’s so hard to say goodbye to such good friends and family! We will miss them all so much. We will still be able to keep in touch, but it’s just not the same as being able to see them, and hug them and spend time talking to them face to face.

We left bright and early on Wednesday Sept 28 with our rental truck packed, 95% empty. We drove all the way to Maryland, no overnight stop in Virginia this time. It was a LONG drive.  It also rained through all of Virginia and Maryland.

When we finally got to the boat (still on the hard in the work yard), we started to unload some of our things. It felt so good to be back on our boat. It feels like home already.

Around dinner time, Aras (the nice guy we met on our last day here when we were working on the boat last time we were in Maryland) picked us up in his truck and took us to dinner. He also let us stay the night on his boat, and boy was the wind blowing tonight!! It was so windy and rainy.

 

The next day, we had coffee and breakfast with Aras on his boat, and then he dropped us back off at our boat on his way to work.  We continued to fill it up with our stuff. We decided to wait until tomorrow to put her in the water, since it was still pretty windy and rainy. It rained all day while we were working. We drove the rental truck back to Aras’ boat to stay another night (because our boat was still on the hard and pretty much a MESS!) When we got there, Aras had a great looking dinner of spaghetti and garlic bread prepared for us! It was even more windy and rocky tonight than it was last night!

Friday morning, we woke up and had coffee with Aras and then went back to the boat for more organizing. We also put the boat into the water today! It was a great day! The boat is starting to come together and get organized. We went to dinner again with Aras tonight. Tonight was the FIRST night we slept on our boat!

Next post you will get to see our first few days on board in the water!

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Posted by on Sunday, October 9, 2016 in Boat Projects, Maryland | 2 comments

Boat Projects on the Hard

When I last left you, we had just bought our Endeavour 32! Now it’s time to head back to the boat for a second time and complete some boat projects! Watch part 1 here and Watch part 2 here!

We went to Maryland and moved the boat over into the work yard and had the bottom sanded. Then we painted the bottom. There was so much to do to get it ready for us to come back for good. We cleaned the inside, we took out two old broken A/C units, we painted the cubbies and cabinets, put down contact paper to make them pretty, repaired a leaky diesel tank, rubber coated the bottoms of both diesel tanks for protection so they don’t leak again, painted the transom, added the new name and home port, cleaned and waxed the topsides, put up a new bimini, and SO much more!

Before bottom paint

Nice new Bimini!

Sealing the diesel tanks.

Clean and ready for our return!

Taking out the 1st of 2 AC Units.

After bottom paint

Molly working on  homeschool.

Where’s Ben?

Cleaning the composting head…. YUCK! Poo Dirt!

It was 9 hard long days of work, but we got it done. Now we head home where we do some sewing projects, pack up the rest of our stuff, say goodbye, and head back for good!

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