5 Surprising Facts About Living on the Water

Living on a boat for any period of time was never in my life's plan. It's never something I envisioned or even necessarily hoped for. Not a single thought of it had ever crossed my mind. Nevertheless, here I am, living on a boat. Almost every single aspect of living on the water is new … Continue reading 5 Surprising Facts About Living on the Water

Three Weeks in Marco Island

When we arrived in Marco Island, our two main goals were to fix the leaky deck to haul joint and to do the laundry. Somewhere along the line, those two goals stretched out into another long list of projects. By now, I should expect this. RJ told me the other day that people refer to … Continue reading Three Weeks in Marco Island

Sailing Across the Gulf, in RJ’s Words

We had been waiting for favorable weather to make the passage from Port St. Joe, Florida to the Dry Tortugas, some 400 miles to the south. It was December and cold fronts from the frozen North had been sweeping over the area for weeks, bringing storms and strong winds. After a week of waiting and … Continue reading Sailing Across the Gulf, in RJ’s Words

Sailing Across the Gulf of Mexico – Day 2

If you haven't already, start by reading Part 1.  When we finally made it through the first night and the sun graced us, the dolphins came back. Different ones, maybe, but more this time. At least ten escorting us on each side of the boat to lift our spirits. I could have passed the entire … Continue reading Sailing Across the Gulf of Mexico – Day 2

Sailing Across the Gulf of Mexico – Day 1

We left Port St. Joe to sail across the Gulf of Mexico pretty much at seven o'clock on the dot after a long week and a half of preparing the boat. And ourselves. RJ had been checking multiple weather forecasts multiple times a day to find out when would be the best time to leave. … Continue reading Sailing Across the Gulf of Mexico – Day 1

Sailing Along the Gulf of Mexico

The morning we finally decided to leave Mobile, Alabama, to start sailing the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, we were ready. Patches may not have been fully ready, but RJ and I surely were. We put the mast back on Patches, along with her brand new sails. She even got a full deck scrub (Thank you, Jim … Continue reading Sailing Along the Gulf of Mexico

The River to the Bay

In the evening before departing Demopolis, there was a plan. Somewhere in the ballpark of ten boats were leaving the dock and heading for Demopolis Lock, just a couple of miles south. One person was in charge of communicating with the lock master and organizing the departure time, so as not to overwhelm them with … Continue reading The River to the Bay