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Posted by on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Boat Projects, Moving, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Moving Back Onboard the Sandflea

November 26-28, 2019

Watch Episode 92 here!

It’s finally time to move back aboard the good ship Sandflea! In this post we rent a uHaul truck, fill it up with cruising gear and food, and make the 1-way trip to Florida.

We pack up the moving truck and get ready for the 7 hour drive to Green Cove.

We are greeted with a beautiful sunrise as we drive South to Green Cove Springs and the Sandflea.

The next day we finish unpacking the truck and getting everything onto the boat so we can return the moving truck. It’s so cold when we wake up!

Getting the boat organized!

November 29-30, 2019

Watch Episode 93 here!

I may have caused our Whale water pump to explode. Chalk it up to a rookie mistake, but when I replaced our water lines, I inadvertently attached a pressurized water line to the non-pressurized foot pump.


A bit of drama occurred when I flipped on the water pressure breaker for the first time. A minor explosion and a bit of theatrical screaming was the result. The solution, however, is to run a new non-pressurized water line through a very inaccessible area of the boat. Ah the unexpected joys and surprises of boat life!


We have a yummy pizza dinner and decorate the Christmas Pole.

After dinner, as we’re getting ready for bed, the water pump explodes all over the floor of the cabin. This is when we realize that Ben accidentally hooked the foot pump up to the pressure water pump coming from our water tanks!

The next day we go to Ace Hardware to get the supplies needed to fix the foot pump, and a new faucet for the galley sink. Molly sends a letter to Santa.

We get back to the boat, and get to work putting in the new lines from the water tank to the sink for the foot pump.

December 1-3, 2019

Watch Episode 94 here!

Molly, our resident swabby, installs our new CPT Autopilot.

Thank goodness there is such a talented engineer aboard our humble sailboat to handle such delicate installation projects.

Ben also handles the task of rewiring the mast lights and VHF antenna. There’s a good chance that everything will work correctly when he’s done, but we’ll see.

After this, the only thing left to do is to leave the dock, point our boat South, and start making our way towards the islands.

Oh man! I can almost feel the warm breeze now. It won’t be long at all until we’re back at our home-away-from-home…


Molly helps Ben install the new CPT Auto Pilot, and he hooks up the VHF wire.

We get some rain, so the Swabby bails out the dinghy. The Sandflea is looking ready to leave the dock and start her new adventure!

We’ve had a successful move aboard the Sandflea, Molly celebrates with a juice. Ben installs the new grill, and we have a wonderful dinner with some new friends on SV Gogo.

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Posted by on Friday, November 16, 2018 in Cleaning out, Moving, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Selling and Sailing- General Update

Watch episode 82 here!

We spent January and February emptying out the storage building and making sure the house was in tip top shape to get it ready to sell.

Things aren’t going as easily as we had hoped concerning the sale of our house. It’s not really that big of a deal, aside from the fact that it’s causing us to miss out on valuable cruising time.

This post shares our current day-to-day living as well as sharing our future plans for sailing and cruising.

Rest assured that we are anxious as HECK to get back out there.

It’s going to happen, and when it does, we’ll be that much more free to roam as a result of the preparations we’re making during our down time.


Our house is officially SOLD as of the end of April.

Its an incredible relief to have that off our plate. Now, we can concentrate more on boat stuff instead of house stuff.

The feeling can only be described as “bitter sweet”. It’s the first house that Tambi and I bought together. It’s the house Molly was BORN in – heck, it may even be where she was conceived… bowchickawowow.

Suffice it to say that an abundance of wonderful memories are tied to that house and thats what makes it tough to see it go. Ultimately though, we’re all happy and excited for the additional freedom that we can enjoy without the added responsibility and stress of managing a piece of Real Estate from afar.

From here, the plan is to stay land-based through hurricane season. We’re still making trips to the boat to work on it every few weeks. I hope to have the boat out of the water within the next month so that the mast can be unstepped in order to complete the standing rigging replacement. After that, she’ll stay on the hard for the next few months with the goal to have her ready to splash just as soon as the hurricane season fizzles out.

The big-picture plan is slowly coming together, and the sale of our house is a HUGE accomplishment that we can officially check off the list.


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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 Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Cleaning out, Moving, Rent our house | 8 comments

Out Of The House – Into The Dungeon

We have SO much to tell you!

First off, we are officially moved out of our house. That’s one big milestone that we can scratch off our list. We really didn’t think it would take so long to find renters for our house. It certainly wasn’t for lack of interest, but we just wanted to be certain that were putting the very best people possible into our home. Trouble at home is certainly not something we want to be worried about while we are 2000 miles away – so we took our sweet time in making that decision.

Now, we are living in “the dungeon” – also known as my momma’s basement. The space was lovingly given the title of “the dungeon” by my father, I suppose because it’s dark, damp, moldy, smells of old cheese, and is infested with scorpions that have acquired a taste for human flesh. I’m joking, of course, about all that stuff – except for that part about living in my mom’s basement… that part is real… very real indeed.

Anyways – let’s get you caught up.

Building pre paintingBen finished the storage building in late November. He worked very hard on it for days on end until it was finally done! He also painted the newly enclosed side to match the existing side.

Once completed, we noticed that birds were getting inside and pooping on the ground. I certainly didn’t want bird doodie on our safely stored belongings, so I had the brilliant idea to put up some type of screen on the openings at the top. The people who renovated our house before we bought it, left the original storm window screens in the attic of our house, so Ben re-purposed them as bird-proof-barriers for the storage building.


After he finished the building, we were able to start filling stuff in buildingit with all our belongings that we just couldn’t part with, kitchen stuff, and some of the things that we didn’t want to have to purchase again after we got back from our adventure. This newly enclosed part of the building is not “mouse safe” like the back part of the building, so we have to be very selective as to what we put where.

Pillows, blankets, and important things we’ve had to put in the back side of the building. Other things like kitchen supplies, and furniture we were able to put in the front. We also had a lot of plastic tubs, so we were able to put our clothes and other things in those and store them in the front. Hopefully we choose right and we don’t come home to some big family of mice living in our stuff! We worked very hard to keep things organized and it took MANY trips to get everything up the hill and put away into our private mini-storage facility.


RentersAfter months of searching we finally found our renters! We were so excited to have Kathy and Jim contact us looking for the perfect rental home! They moved from Pensacola Florida to be closer to family in the area. When we met them, we instantly knew that they were the ones we wanted living in our loved home. They moved in on January 6th. We went over that evening when they got into town and helped them unload some of the truck. Ben went the next day while I was at work to help unload the rest. I think this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship with this couple!


It’s a bit weird moving someone else into our home. We searched for months for the perfect first home years ago and we have LOVED it since the day we spotted it on the market! It’s a pretty bittersweet thing to do. On one hand, you know you are doing the right thing, you know you have the perfect renters, and you know that you are taking one more step towards your goal. On the other hand, you are going to miss your house and the life you have built there. I just keep telling myself that this is what is right for us, and that we have so many exciting and fun (and challenging) adventures coming!

IMG_6062Along this journey we’ve had to part with some things that are definitely difficult to part with. Take this potty seat for example, we won’t need it on the boat, and really didn’t need to bring it to moms. You wouldn’t think of a potty seat as such a hard thing to get rid of, but for me, it has literally supported Molly’s bottom for the last 3 years. She was toilet trained on this seat. But alas, I can’t scrapbook a potty seat can I? So, we had to say goodbye and we sent it out with the trash (I mean really, who wants a used donated potty seat?).



After we locked in our renters it was time to start packing up the rest of the house. We had already started packing up and moving things up to the building that we were not currently using, like books, summer clothes, most of Molly’s toys, and other sentimental things that we didn’t want to part with. We also packed up some kitchen things that we didn’t necessarily need at this time. But we had a lot left that needed to be boxed and moved up into the building.

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We also sold our bed and were sleeping on a mattress on the floor for a while. We kinda liked it better than having a huge bed taking up space in the room.



The day after Christmas we MOVED into my Moms. My Moving Mollymom and Jimmy (her hubby) have been so generous to allow us to move into their basement! Even though our renters were not coming until the 6th of January, this was just much easier than trying to live in our house while also trying to pack up and clean. So we packed up everything that we thought we might need at moms and took it over. It took us about 3 or 4 trips to get everything there. The basement also needed to be cleaned a bit, before we could fully move in, so we cleaned up over there before we were able to unpack. Here is Molly in the back with the first load of stuff to take to moms.


At moms we have a nice space downstairs. We have a bedroom which we share with Molly, a bathroom, and a living area. In the living area there is a counter top with a small bar sink and a mini fridge. We eat most dinners as a family upstairs, but it’s nice to have a “mini kitchen” downstairs for breakfast and getting coffee in the mornings before work (also, late night snacks). It’s really nice to have this time spent with family too before we head off. Ben’s parents live pretty close to my moms so it’s nice to be closer to them as well.


Before our renters could move in we had a lot of This is what Molly does while we clean. Play in that needed to be done! After we were moved out and officially sleeping at moms house, and we had everything packed and in the building, we started the task of deep cleaning the kitchen, bathrooms, floors and everything in between! Here is a photos of what Molly did while we were working hard! Playing in the leftover cardboard boxes.


Tambi Cleaning







I was on the floor scrubbing the tile, wiping down cabinets, deep cleaning all the appliances, scrubbing toilets, sinks and showers, cleaning kitchen counters and wiping down all the baseboards, walls, and doors for a good four days.



kitchen light



While I was busy doing all that, Ben had the task of
patching up the many nail holes (including drywall puddy, sanding and painting), fixing light fixtures (BIG JOB THERE!), he also had to touch up scrapes along the walls and baseboards with paint, vacuuming and steam cleaning the carpets and so much more!




We had already taken most of the food from our house over to my moms, so while Ben was at the house cleaning while I was at work, he didn’t have much to eat. What he did have was a few cans of Vienna Sausages, beef flavored Ramen noodles, and some cans of pineapples.

In fact, I got this text one day while I was at work.


















We tried selling our TV and Couch on some local for sale sites on Facebook, but we didn’t have any takers for the prices we wanted, plus we were on a pretty tight time crunch. We figured that we would get just as much of a write off for them as we would if we sold them, so we called the Salvation Army and they came right out and took them away. It was a bit sad getting rid of the couch. It kinda has some sentimental value to me. You see, that is where I gave birth to Molly. Yep, right there on the couch. We had a (planned) home birth.



Wednesday, January 6th was the renter arrival day! They were 20160106_125939expected to arrive around 6pm. That day we put the finishing touches on the house. Ben and I went around the house and found any little spot that needed to be touched up with paint, made sure the walls were clean, wiped down the baseboards, cleaned the hardwood floors and did anything else that needed to be done. We wanted it to be perfect for their arrival. And it looked better when we left it than it did when we moved in.

So, what’s next? We will get settled and into a routine at moms and quite possibly start looking for a boat. Right now we are also just trying to work as much as possible and save as much money as we can. We are also trying to spend as much time as we can with friends and family that we will miss dearly while we are gone. We probably won’t see most of our loved ones for the full time we are out sailing unless they make a trip to see us.

This was a big step for us on our adventure, and one that I am happy that has happened. Until next time folks!


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