Splash! What’s Right … and what’s …. not so right….

Boats don’t like to be abandoned every year and they will retaliate! Expecting it,makes it easier not to temporarily lose enthusiasm for cruising! Although I will admit, each year I feel like sitting in a corner and crying over whatever has gone wrong this year…. No worries, we’ll sort it out & be “out there” soon!

What’s In Your Pile?

As Commuter Cruisers, we always seem to have piles and piles of stuff when we return to the boat… one year the piles included the hydraulics for a below decks autopilot (all the way to Bocas Del Toro, Panama) — this year is much easier, but the piles just keep mounting … What’s in YOUR piles? 🙂

Expecting the Unexpected

Expect the unexpected is my mantra when returning to the boat. There’s always something … but the good news is that in the US, what we can’t fix ourselves, we can ask help from friends and if we still can’t fix it, ugh, we can pay a pro… Soon, very soon! 🙂


Cruising San Blas Islands

We’re “officially” short-timers!   Time is getting closer to returning to s/v Winterlude, currently on the hard at Marathon Boat Yard in the Florida Keys!  We’re excited, although, as usual, we’re not entirely sure about where our cruising plans for the winter may take us – wherever the warm winds blow? Part of it may depend […]

B.O.A.T. Know What It Means?

Someone once said: “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy you the kind of misery you prefer.”

Working With a Boatyard From Afar

As commuter cruisers, we often find ourselves managing major projects with a boatyard while we’re not there… not the best way, but we don’t want to waste our precious six months sailing in a boatyard … here are some tips from our experiences…

I HATE Leaving the Boat!

I hate leaving the boat … but if we don’t leave the boat, we can’t explore Southwest Utah in our travel trailer … so for now, we’re off! We’ll be back soon!

Where To Spend Hurricane Season?

Burnt Store Marina North Basin, Hurricane Charley 2004

Hurricane season is fast approaching. Commuter Cruisers around the Caribbean and USA will be making decisions on where to leave their boats for this season. Here are a few tips.

Checklist for Those Inevitable Transitions …

I hate leaving the boat. But it’s that time again (early this year since we’re headed west to explore national parks) Here’s our updated haulout/storage checklist if anyone needs a starting place.

Sailboat & Diesel Fuel Issues

Clean sailboat diesel tanks are a never ending quest, especially for Commuter Cruisers who leave their boats … How do you keep from getting contaminating fuel? What if the fuel is already contaminated, how to clean it? This year we’ll do it differently … and see what happens.