Sailing

Boat shows and Birthdays, oh my!

Since our delayed departure had the upside of putting us in range of Annapolis for the boat show weekend, we decided to swing by and check it out.  Some Liberty Sailing friends were there as well, so we got a slip in the Annapolis City Marina, right next to them.  We were all hanging outRead more…

lifestyle, Sailing

Last days on land – part 3 – final projects and cast off!

The past few weeks have been crazy. We originally planned to leave September 15, but hit one delay after another. First it was finishing some critical projects (inststalling the new head, adding a temporary dept sounder etc…), then the pope visit, then Joaquin… finally we finished up and were ready to head out. Coincidentally, itRead more…

lifestyle, Sailing

Last days on land – part 1 (packing & purging)

Our departure date is just under 2 weeks away now, and we are officially in Crunch Time… Fortunately the last “big” boat project to do is installing the composting head.  Most of the time now is devoted to throwing out stuff & packing the rest for storage.  It’s amazing how you can fill giant trashRead more…

lifestyle, Sailing

Philadelphia tall ship festival

This past weekend, the Tall Ship Festival came to our home port of Philadelphia – the ships were lined up right outside our marina!  While we (sadly) still do not have sails on, we did motor out to see the ships from the water (a good choice, since the riverfront itself was absolutely packed!). Views 1175Likes 0

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Leaving… on a sailboat…

When we bought Elara, we had no intentions of doing any kind of long term cruising on her… the plan was to use her for daysailing and trips down the Chesapeake, while saving up for a bigger boat to cruise on. But you know what they say about sailors plans and all – written in the sandRead more…

Charters, Sailing

Charter #4 – Belize

After 2 years of chartering the in the BVIs we were up for something a little different.  Don’t get me wrong, the BVIs are amazing and we’re planning on going back many more times, but we wanted a little change of pace.  Belize seemed to fit the bill.  We knew it would be much lessRead more…

Sailing

And we have a boat…

It was fall 2014.  Vicky and I had been sailing with the Liberty Sailing Club for 3 years, and “The Itch” had grown almost unbearable.  My dreams of boat ownership and sailing off into the sunset were so close I could taste them. Views 1221Likes 0

Charters, Sailing

Charter #3 – BVIs (again)

We had such a great time on our first BVI charter, that we decided to take the same trip the next year. Hit some different stops this time, and made it up to Anegada.  This time we were the old salts, showing the newbies around – although I learned a valuable lesson as well. ViewsRead more…