Jul
02

In the arena

Reading Time: 5 minutes For those of you about to jump in the arena to begin a voyaging life, your critics will come from any (and all) directions. Depending on how much you value that relationship, you will need to come up with ways of dealing with this dynamic. Here are the five ways we handled this.

Jun
15

Yacht Club

Reading Time: 7 minutes A few weeks ago, Bill suggested we become a member of a yacht club to cut down on our cruising expenses. The image that I conjure up in my mind when someone mentions yacht clubs is the America’s Cup or an elitist, snobby club. However, we have come to learn that they come in all shapes and sizes.

May
19

Project Slocum Update

Reading Time: 4 minutes For those curious, here is a Project Slocum update. We scraped all our pennies together and put a deposit on s/v Rachel J Slocum. We are officially in escrow… Time to celebrate!

Apr
27

2020 Sailing Plan

Reading Time: 5 minutes During these times of uncertainty, it is helpful to sketch out a preliminary plan to feel like you have control over something. Also, it’s a pleasant distraction from the 24/7 coronavirus news. Here is our 2020 Sailing Plan.

Apr
23

Boat Purchase

Reading Time: 4 minutes Buying a boat can be overwhelming. Follow these 8 steps… and come up with a game plan that answers as much as you can before you make an offer on a boat. This will be an iterative process as you narrow down your preferences. We hope these tips and resources help.

Apr
01

Go/No-Go Decision

Reading Time: 8 minutes Tumultuous would be le mot juste to describe the week which followed our trip to Ft. Lauderdale. As the week progressed, we would have to face a go/no-go decision with regards to purchasing s/v Rachel J. Slocum. Under the shadow of coronavirus, find out what we decided.

Mar
30

Project Slocum Part 5

Reading Time: 10 minutes With the final installment, Part 5 of Project Slocum reveals our second day aboard s/v Rachel J. Slocum, continued discussions with her owners, and our go/no-go decision under the shadow of coronavirus.

Mar
29

Project Slocum Part 4

Reading Time: 8 minutes As we shared previously in Part 1 – Part 3 of this series, we didn’t take this trip lightly. We went ahead with it. and now in Project Slocum Part 4, we share our thoughts on the trip, much like a day-in-the-life.  

Mar
18

Project Slocum Part 3

Reading Time: 4 minutes In Project Slocum Part 3, we provide updates on a few different topics since they all seem to interplay this week leading up to our trip to Ft. Lauderdale.

Mar
16

Project Slocum Part 2

Reading Time: 3 minutes In Project Slocum Part 2 of 5, we explore the following idea: Sailing on a boat really seems like a reasonable post-apocalyptic plan. #noahsark

Feb
23

Project Slocum Part 1

Reading Time: 4 minutes Project Slocum Part 1 – due diligence on buying a boat is much like buying a house. Just as you may make an offer contingent on several variables, in the case of buying a boat it will be contingent on a marine survey and a sea trial.

Feb
16

Eye of the Storm

Reading Time: 4 minutes Although we are still in the eye of the storm, it feels like we are about to turn a corner. About a week ago, I glanced at the Whiteboard and a realization began to bubble up within me. These ideas that we had once sent out in 2018 and which were swirling around in the universe… somehow we managed to make progress on each one of them.

Jan
20

Boot 2020

Reading Time: 8 minutes Shopping for boats at Boot 2020. There’s no better way to shop for a boats than at the largest boat show in the world held in Dusseldorf each year. Push through the jet lag, and the investment in your time over 2-3 days will definitely pay off!

Dec
20

When First We Saw Rachel J Slocum

Reading Time: 7 minutes There isn’t any one perfect boat for everyone. The boat you choose should be safe, comfortable, well built, and ideally capable of fast passages while proving to be a good investment. When first we saw Rachel J Slocum, we knew we found the perfect boat.

Dec
15

Sailing Around the World

Reading Time: 5 minutes Sailing around the world is bringing your home wherever you travel. Our lives had become so frenetic. When our goals crystalized through our whiteboard exercise, we wondered how to reincorporate sailing. It starts by letting go of living on land, moving aboard a sailboat and finding your dream job.