Back in the Boat


After a crazy number of repairs and improvements I finally got back on the water.  It’s been a long process…I know a little about sailing, a bit more about wood working, I know very little about wooden boats and even less about boat trailers… Continue reading

Boat Things


The wind had died on us.  We were creeping along in my little sailboat going so slowly that is was more of a floating nap than it was sailing.  And the sun was just so…peeping through a grommet in the sail and blinding me in the eye and random intervals…the boat tipped back and forth gently, the water lapped against the sides…and IT WAS AWESOME!

That was last summer…and I’ve been going increasingly nuts all winter as I wait to get back on the water.  I’ve gone to the library and check out as many boat books as I can carry… Continue reading

The Endless Gear Quest


I’m live chating with an outdoor gear company right now.  I’m looking for a handheld GPS that I can load maps into and charge from a USB port.  I’m not sure if this exists.

They aren’t sure if this exists either…

I’m sitting here sipping Chai and looking forward to the day I can finally push my sailboat back in the ocean and crash along through the waves and get soaked with salt spray.  Once I get there I’ll probably be wet and miserable and ready to do anything for a warm cafe and a cup of Chai.  Such is life though eh?

Turns out it does exist.  Sort of.  For about $400… Continue reading

My Boat

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Shakily taking photos of the boat in your rear view mirror is probably a bad idea, but I kinda couldn’t help it.  Buying a boat is something I’d put a lot of thought into, but I wasn’t sure when it would happen.

It’s not so much the commitment of owning and maintaining a boat as it is the commitment of sailing it, I don’t want this thing sitting sadly in my yard, so now there are some long salty days ahead of me.  Nice sunny days for sure, but also days like today…50’s and raining, which is damn cold on a cramped boat when you’re not moving around too much.

So any way…adventures ahead.

Or at least that’s the plan.  After my experience not actually going to the UK adventure planning has seemed a whole lot less solid.  And it makes me more hesitant to put ideas and plans out there.  I’ve realized I prefer the moment to moment decision making, doing what seems best with the information in front of me, and not forcing my self down a path just because my past self thought it was a good idea.

This might seem good, but it can get really confusing too.  Especially when people keep asking “are you going back to Scotland?” and all I can really say is “yeah…probably? At some point?  BUT LOOK! SAILBOAT!”  Sailboat just happens to be the adventure right in front of me at the moment, so first things first :)

No I haven’t sailed it yet.

But…I like it a lot, and I can magically tow it behind my car, like this…


Actually this picture kinda makes it look like a banana, but in reality it looks like a boat.  You’ll just have to trust me on this.

So that’s the adventure of the moment…and now I’m pouring over charts and hauling dusty boxes out of the back corners of my mind and trying to remember everything from my sailing training four years ago.  This should be good…