My New Cuisinart Microwave/Convection Oven is on Sale!

My new 1.2 cu ft. convection/microwave/grill is ON SALE at Amazon – $174! I paid more. My new boat doesn’t have an oven. There’s no space in the galley for dozens of appliances, I need something that does it all (or at least most of it…). Our solution …a convection/microwave/grill that’s 1.2 cubic feet, fits, works and, at least for now, is ON SALE at Amazon!

FCC Radio Licenses for Great Loopers

Are you planning to cruise the Great Loop, but confused by FCC VHF radio licensing requirements? If your Great Loop includes Canada or the Bahamas, you need a Ship’s Station License with an MMSI number and a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator license. Here are all the links from the FCC & a telephone number (with helpful people) for help. You’re welcome!

New Years Eve Eve Joyriding!

Our Great Loop maiden voyage … we’re not quite ready for the Loop yet, but we learned alot on our New Years Eve Eve joyride/practice ride — first time away from the dock beside the sea trial!

First Time for Everything!

After 7 days aboard Optimystique, we can confirm that there’s a first time for everything – every system, every little thing! And sometimes things don’t operate quite the way you think they should.

Living On A Boat: Remember the Learning Curve?

Moving aboard our second boat should be a breeze, right? WRONG! All new boats are challenging!

How to Buy a Boat That’s Not For Sale

All I can say is, it must have been meant to be … but I’m still in the “pinch me, I’m dreaming” stage…..

Buying a Boat for The Great Loop

Before you start looking for a Great Loop boat, here are a few things to know … plus a list of our Top 20 considerations in selecting a boat…

Why Would Anyone Want to Cruise “The Great Loop”????

Cruising America’s Great Loop? What the heck is that? Would we want to consider it? After all, currently we don’t even have a boat!

Time To Go Explore!

Days are getting shorter, temperatures are more refreshing. As good CommuterCruisers, it’s time to switch from slalom skiing at the lake to hiking in the mountains.

Don’t Forget the Dinghy Anchor!

Please don’t leave the boat without an adequate dinghy anchor in the dinghy. It’s as important for your safety as a life jacket!