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Category: Gulf Coast

  • Mainsail Repairs

    Mainsail Repairs

    On a 5 hour sail down to Offatts Bayou, Matt noticed the sunlight beaming through the mainsail near the leech. It looked like a whole. It was a hole! So now we’re repairing the mainsail, and it’s a first! We’ve not done this before. So let’s see how it’s done. We first bought the Speedy…

  • Sunrise in Offatts Bayou

    Sunrise in Offatts Bayou

    There’s something about waking up to a new sunrise. Each day seems to bring with it a new promise of something good. In Offatts Bayou, the sunrise is almost always over the bow as the Gulf breeze blow over Galveston island pointing you to our nearest star. The poet, Suzy Kassem wrote it this way:…

  • Out On Anchor for the First Time

    Out On Anchor for the First Time

    After 5 days of working on the generator, furling line, and other sailboat systems, we finally made it out! And this was the first time to spend the night on anchor. In a few words…it was a blast! This is the story of getting there…navigating the Houston Ship Channel, the barge traffic, Galveston Causeway Bridge,…

  • Preparing for a Hurricane on our Sailboat

    Preparing for a Hurricane on our Sailboat

    Hurricane Laura was barreling toward us in the Galveston Bay. She was on track to land on Bolivar Island (where we got stuck in the mud), which is just 10 miles away. This put us on the verge of 100 kt winds, and we had 4 days to get ready. Did you enjoy the episode?…

  • How we plan to leave land and sail away.

    How we plan to leave land and sail away.

    We thought minimizing our stuff, selling the house, and buying the sailboat at the beginning of the COVID shutdown were going to be the hardest part of this journey. We were wrong. Leaving land is the hardest part. We’ve settled on 4 simple steps that we need to take in order to leave land. And…

  • Dinghy Fun Around Clear Lake

    Dinghy Fun Around Clear Lake

    This week, we decided to take a break from sailing Cadence, and instead, we went out to watch the sailboat races on Clear Lake. There was just one problem with our plan…the dinghy was too small for the big waves! The original plan was to just jump around the corner to Kemah (in a protected…

  • How Did We Get Stuck in the Mud?

    How Did We Get Stuck in the Mud?

    That’s right. We got stuck in the mud! I know, I know. We have a 40 foot sailboat and should be moving around in shallow muddy water. But the little harbor we were trying to get into is just so nice! And we thought the high tide was on our side. We were wrong. Before…

  • Three Days of Straight Sailing

    Three Days of Straight Sailing

    Learning to sail has been a blast, and yet, it was never really our focus. We bought the sailboat to (1) travel by water and (2) to live minimalist, and we never intended to enjoy the simple act of sailing – man, were we wrong! Learning to sail is not only challenging, but it’s also…

  • The Lessons Never End as New Sailboat Owners

    The Lessons Never End as New Sailboat Owners

    Part of this journey is to push ourselves beyond our comfort zones and to enjoy the learning along the way. We bought a sailboat without knowing how to sail…and now, we’re sharing 5 things we wished we knew before buying a sailboat and 3 basic sailing lessons that we need to master ASAP! We Wish…

  • Is It Dangerous to Sail Offshore?

    Is It Dangerous to Sail Offshore?

    We only just finished our ASA 101 sailing lessons with Windward Seaventure, but after a few days of preparing Cadence, our Catalina 387, we’re off for an overnight cruise into the Gulf of Mexico. It might be foolish for us, an inexperienced sailing family, to go offshore in our floating home, but we’re under the…

  • Quantum Sail, Neptune Toast, and Prop Problems

    Quantum Sail, Neptune Toast, and Prop Problems

    We had three days before we were heading offshore. But the to-do list was still long, and the boat wasn’t ready! After spending two weeks at the boatyard preparing our Catalina 387 for offshore cruising, the sails still needed work, our sailboat still didn’t have a name (which is a legal requirement in addition to…

  • First Time Sailing Our Tiny Home

    First Time Sailing Our Tiny Home

    Yes, there have been a lot of firsts! We figured this one would be worth sharing – our first sail by ourselves in our new tiny home, the Catalina 387.  Even after taking our sailing lessons, we still couldn’t remember how to get started.   And it wasn’t so much remembering as it was trusting. Trusting that…

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