Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

We have all been there — arriving late to the marina on a long weekend, wanting/needing to find the perfect weekend dock. The seriousness of preventable events that occurred later all stemmed from the same initial failure to check the marine forecast before heading out. The wind and waves on this July day were memorable, […]

Restoring a Boat and Building a Family

Restoring a Boat and Building a Family

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Early on in our life together, my husband Mike and I began dreaming about owning a sailboat. Our neighbor Charlie, who owned a 26-foot Hughes, took us sailing the weekend before our wedding. While on our honeymoon in Barbados, we ventured out on a Sunfish dinghy. Though both events led to newbie mishaps, we were […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Capt’n Mike and I dreamed during the frosty winter about a boating adventure aboard our trailered 17-foot Siren, Katie. We would have our first overnight trip with the boat, accompanied by our nine-year-old and seven-year-old kids. A handheld GPS had been Capt’n Mike’s Christmas gift (a real budget breaker), and I had read the manual, […]

Don’t Do What I Did

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

          After earning my pleasure craft safety certification, I knew I required current navigational charts for each section of our upcoming boating adventure, so I purchased them along with a cruising guide, a good resource to have aboard. If you’re thinking I sound quite organized, think again. My lack of attention […]