Erika GO AWAY! We Have No Windows

Main hatch with cover guard in place.  And yes, we have someone that checks on the boat checking to make sure nothing is leaking inside.

Replacement hatch acrylic may or may not be installed in time for Erika. Do YOU think the blue stuff will hold up in torrential rains? There are a couple new links for hurricane tracking in this post that are very cool (thx Jody!).

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

RIP to our 30 year old Hurth V-Drive transmission

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

The rudder assembly required rebuilding ... hopefully it's better than new!

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!

Winterlude is still waiting, not so patiently for our return....

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.

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.

All Choked Up….


It’s possible I’m crazy …

Checklist To Leave Boat For Hurricane Season

Another few days and we'll be ready to leave - the canvas is off, the Shadetree awnings are up, we still need to remove the rolled mainsail and store it below

I have very mixed emotions on leaving s/v Winterlude for the summer. But it’s time. Here’s our annual free downloadable PDF checklist for Leaving The Boat – hopefully it’ll provide helpful insight as you develop your own checklist.

Tips To Take Sails Off (Reverse It to Put Them Back On)


Sails are expensive. Tips of taking care of them – everything from flaking sails to how to take the roller furling jib off for hurricane season.

I Must Have the Date Wrong…

Oops.  The quarterberth mattress drying in the hot sun - luckily low humidity that day!

Ah the joys of getting the boat ready to leave for hurricane season. Surely no one else does stupid things — and the ironic thing is we invent new ones every year!