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Tag: Starting Out

  • Best Sunrises In Galveston Bay

    Best Sunrises In Galveston Bay

    Okay, you might have seen better, but for us, these were the best sunrises in Galveston Bay! Truly, I hope you enjoy this video – the calm views of nature and the waters. 😉 We were lucky to see the best sunrises in Galveston Bay as we spent 3 nights at anchor in one of…

  • Another Simple Sail to Offatts Bayou

    Another Simple Sail to Offatts Bayou

    It takes time to build confidence. You know what I mean? At this point in time, we’re building confidence in our sailing, navigating, and anchoring skills. It’s the perfect learning opportunity for a weekend away! Oh, and Matt doesn’t need his truck anymore, so we say goodbye to ol’ red. Really, that’s what life has…

  • 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,…

  • Repairing the Generator, Splicing the Anchor, and New Furling Line

    Repairing the Generator, Splicing the Anchor, and New Furling Line

    Nancy told me, “I’m not going if you don’t fix the generator.” And she’s right. We were in the middle of another Texas heat wave, with the index upwards to 110 degrees F. And that’s with high humidity. But I have this intense desire to start breaking free from Galveston Bay and begin exploring 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…

  • Preparing To Sail Offshore

    Preparing To Sail Offshore

    When we were looking for the right tiny home to sail us away to a tropical island, we knew it had to be offshore worthy! We didn’t exactly know what that meant, but we believed we should look for three things. Safe. Comfortable. Reliable. That’s part of the reason we went with the Catalina 387,…

  • Survey, Haulout, and We Bought A Sailboat!

    Survey, Haulout, and We Bought A Sailboat!

    We bought a sailboat! …actually we bought a floating tiny home. But we’re fine if everyone calls it a sailboat. 🙂 After all, she does sail, float, and bob around. It’s been a solid year and a half journey getting here with a few challenges, ample joy, and many lessons learned. Every step has been…

  • Getting Schooled: American Sailing Association 101

    Getting Schooled: American Sailing Association 101

    Seeing as though we’re shopping for a sailboat, we should probably learn how to sail. We recently complete ASA 101, which the first certified sailing lesson from the American Sailing Association. Surprisingly, sailing is (can be) quite simple. There are a few ropes…eh hum, “lines” and “sheets” to pull and a big steering wheel. If…

  • Corona Virus, a Lagoon 380, and a Business Update

    Corona Virus, a Lagoon 380, and a Business Update

    First, I hope you’re staying safe and staying sane during this time of isolation. We’ve been locked up for two weeks now, and I’m beyond stir crazy! Hopefully, last week’s video can bring you some escape! Lagoon 380 Lagoon is one of the top-producing catamarans (a two-hulled sailboat). It’s well-known for creature-comforts, and Nancy loves…

  • Is a 42-Foot Sailboat Big Enough to Liveaboard?

    Is a 42-Foot Sailboat Big Enough to Liveaboard?

    In our last episode, we explored two 42-foot sailboats – the Jeanneau Voyage 12.5 and the Hunter 420 (see below). Both boats are large enough to sail the Gulf of Mexico (our current home waters), Coastal Atlantic, and one of the boats already has an Atlantic crossing under her belt. But is a 42-foot sailboat…

  • Friday Fun, Valdo’s, and Kemah Fireworks

    Friday Fun, Valdo’s, and Kemah Fireworks

    We’re a long way from sailing the world (at this time). We need to sell our stuff, sell the house, make some massive cash, and buy the right boat. Oh, and learn to sail. That’s a pretty important little detail. But first, here’s a little family fun. After all, what good is a journey if…

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