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June 2012

The lovely handrails that Chris installed.  They will also serve a nice support for the 140W solar panel that will stretch across the dodger on SS crossbeams.

The Final Countdown!

It’s almost the end of June and that means we are shoving off in less than a week.  The original goal was to leave Annapolis Tuesday evening, BUT Chris has been in Annapolis since last Tuesday and she has been working so hard and been so successful at getting our …

AIS on the iPAD running iNAVx app.  Yellow triangle is Shearwater.  The red labels are boats in the area with their AIS on.  How cool is that?

Back in the saddle again…

The Travel lift saddle that is.  Yesterday was launch day again and hopefully we’ll be in the water for a long time this time.  Chris arrived in Philadelphia on Monday, collected all of our goodies from her Mom’s in New Jersey and moved onto the boat Tuesday morning. It’s only …

Norman, a 55th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, waits to be unleashed and go after his target during training April 17. The Offutt K-9 unit performs regular training to maximize the dogs effectiveness in the field. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Josh Plueger)

Tempering the tantrums

I leave for the states on Monday, but we’ve been hard at work in Madrid…trying to micromanage some contractor work on the boat.  Neither one of us likes being micromanaged, but we’re trying to wrap our heads around how a project that was anticipated to take 2 hours has now …

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Inspiring thoughts…

One of my long-time friends, Sara and her husband (and two little girls) are off sailing the south seas – they’re actually in the Tuamotus at the moment, in the South Pacific.  I knew Sara from high school, as we were in many of the same classes together.  Fast forward …

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T-minus one month to blast off!

Side note: If you can read this blog post then we were successful at testing out posting via the XGate email service that we will be using in conjunction with an Iridium 9555 satellite phone. We just passed the one month to go mark for our planned departure from Annapolis. …

Formation of tropical storms - September

Stormy Weather

One of the things we get asked constantly by non-sailors and even some sailors is “what about storms?” or more specifically “what about hurricanes?” It hasn’t helped matters that for the first time in recorded history both the Eastern Pacific and the Atlantic had their first named storms of the …