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One of those days

One of those days

Do you ever have one of those days where just nothing goes right? Yeah. Us too. We are at the end of our ropes lately. It’s not the smallness of the boat, it’s not even the huge spiders covering the docks. It’s the flies. Billions […]

The Do’s and Dont’s of Nassau, Bahamas

The Do’s and Dont’s of Nassau, Bahamas

When you think of the Bahamas, you usually imagine picturesque beaches and sunshine and palm trees, right? While we did find some beautiful beaches, we also found some downsides to the island. I’m not saying it’s awful, but just be aware when visiting Nassau. Don’t […]

Boat “Adventures”: Part 3

Boat “Adventures”: Part 3

After taking my kids home, we had plans to take some friends out for a sail. They had been with us once before, but it was December and freezing, so we were hoping to be able to give them a better experience.

It all seemed to be going well, with the exception of our dogs’ Astro turf falling off the bow (we got it back), and we were in high spirits with good food and wind.

Then I looked down. And saw an inch of water in the bottom of the cabin (this is in addition to the 6 inch deep bilge). Fortunately we had gotten the bilge pump fully installed not long before.

I hopped down and flipped the switch to empty it out. So glad we sprung for a more powerful pump that could keep up. Once it went down enough to see what was going on, we found that our through hull valve had failed and was gushing lake water into our bilge. Tyson handed the helm to our friend, and we worked together to shove a rag into the hole to stop the gush.

We continued on to our anchor point at Eardley Spit, and took a swim. Tyson also shoved a rag up in the hole from the underside of the boat for extra security.

The sail back after dark was extremely peaceful and solid sailing, but we were on high alert listening and watching for more water. We made it fine, but the next day was dedicated to patching the hole, rather than relaxing as we had hoped. (Check out the video for details on that) But she’s afloat¬† and hopefully we won’t have to worry about it for a while.

I don’t think our friends will ever come sailing with us again.

Boat “Adventures”: Part 1

Boat “Adventures”: Part 2

Boat “Adventures”: Part 2

Boat “Adventures”: Part 2

After our mishap with the cruise boat, we still ventured out the next weekend for a sail, this time with my kids. We were joining a friend from the marina, Peter, on a sail (motor) out to cradle bay. Because we were leaving late in […]

Boat “Adventures”: Part 1

All growing up, I spent time on boats with my parents. And during that time we had many many… “adventures”. Whether it was running out of gas in the middle of Lake Powell and having to manually tow the boat to shore, or getting stuck […]

Beauty on Board

Beauty on Board

Anyone that know me, knows that I am kind of a girly girl. I like doing my hair and makeup and looking pretty.

When we moved aboard, I went a little nuts with removing products from my makeup and beauty routine. Either because the container they were in was too bulky, or I didn’t use them often enough, or whatever the reason.

I do wish I hadn’t been so rash in my decisions on what to keep and what to toss. But it is what it is, so I have adapted, and ultimately, my new routine is better. Go figure. So I thought I would share it with you all.

I struggle with my hair being damaged. I used to use a hair dryer and/or flat iron almost daily. And didn’t use a heat protector because I was dumb and cheap. Moving on board I knew that it would be even more difficult to keep it healthy, so I had to fix it.

I bought all new products for my hair. Argan oil shampoo and conditioner, a deep conditioning mask (which I’m pretty sure is supposed to be used all at once, but I have been using just a bit at at time) and then a coconut milk serum at the end. And let me tell you, my hair has NEVER been softer. Tyson laughs at me because I spend the whole day petting and playing with my hair the day after. It’s AMAZING.

I also stopped using my straightener and blow dryer most of the time. They are still on board if I need them, but not used nearly as much. If I am going to be sleeping with wet hair (which is most of the time, we shower in the late evening) then I put it in a roller and sleep on it, and then in the morning, it’s curls. Saves me from having to blow dry, and saves my hair from looking all wonky in the morning after sleeping on it wet. It’s fantastic.

My skin has always been kind of neglected. Besides removing my makeup when I use it, and doing an exfoliating scrub in the shower, I didn’t do much. Bad Stacie. I didn’t want to buy a lot of products, so I used what I have. Coconut oil and sugar makes a great scrub (plus I learned that the main ingredient in acne scrubs is sugar anyway), though I do have to let it soften in the sun a bit before I use it.

And toner after my shower is a 50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar and water. Since using them, I have definitely noticed a difference. My skin is happier, although not perfect yet.

Sewing on Boats: Curtains

Sewing on Boats: Curtains

Do you ever start a project with a plan that you think is going to be so easy and amazing and awesome… and then halfway through it you want to chuck the sewing machine out the window and curl into a ball and cry? No? […]

Just a quick one today

Just a quick one today

As you know, we try not to have too much food waste. Which means when we get green onions at the store, after we use the tops, we put the white parts with the roots in a cup of water so they can continue to […]

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming

I know I haven’t posted a new post in a while. Getting settled in has taken a lot more time and effort than I previously anticipated. And we still aren’t fully settled. Some things still haven’t found a set place on board, which means a lot of our day consists of moving things from one location to another, in order to use the space under it. Which, not gonna lie, is really obnoxious. We are still working to find the ideal place for these things. Namely our computer bags. Mine especially is huge and in the way all the time. A lot of our stuff ends up kinda just stuck in the head area since we rarely use it for it’s real purpose. (see the bag on the head? Yeah..) Not an ideal situation.

We have gotten some projects on board done though. Towels finally have hooks. Which are dock cleats hung sideways. Cause we have to be boaty like, right? Jax had fun helping me with hanging these. While we were doing it, I taught him the difference between screws and bolts, and ever since then, if I make a mistake and call a bolt a screw (and vice versa), he makes sure to correct me. What a helpful kid.

I’m also particularly happy with this because it now covers up the hideous 2×4 piece that we had to mount to give the TV extra support on the other side. I still need to figure out what to do with the top one. I am brainstorming.

Jax also mounted the pull knob for the pantry for me. I drilled the hole, he did the rest. The doggos supervised.

Once major project that we got done was the bilge pump hose. This thing. I swear. Bane of our existence.

First of all, I don’t know how the previous owner made due with no bilge pump. EVERYTHING drains to the bilge. So you have to pump it regularly to keep it clean and dry. Maybe they used a manual pump. I don’t know. Whatever they did, a working bilge pump was a necessity for us. We have had the pump for a while, but the hose that goes with it was too big to fit through the small gap to carry it to the aft of the boat to drain out. So we bought a smaller hose, and adapters to go down to the smaller size. Except the adapters didn’t end up being the right size, because there is a conspiracy for bilge pump hoses to be odd sizes, so you can’t make it work and have to spend a bunch of extra money. At least that’s our theory.

After what felt like an hour at Home Depot, we walked away with some rubber tape to make a gasket on the adapters we had, stretchy sealant tape to add extra seal, and duct tape, just for good measure. All in all, I think it worked out well. Improvisation to the rescue once again.

Not the prettiest thing, but it functions. So I will take it.

This time of year is also crazy busy with kids events. We picked the WORST time to move an hour away from their schools. Choir, orchestra, end of year programs… none of which happen to fall on the same day, that would be far too convenient. We try to attend as many things as we can, but I am very much looking forward to May being over so we can get into a summer schedule.

Crazy kids schedules has proven especially difficult with the doggos. Originally we had just planned to leave them kenneled or leashed in the cockpit when we had to go places, but that resulted in some complaints from neighboring docks, because they would bark. In order to accommodate, we bought ultrasonic bark collars, and try to keep them inside the cabin when we leave. Right now it’s not a HUGE deal to have them inside because it’s not too hot outside yet, but once it gets warmer, we will need to figure out a solution for air conditioning. Boat life is a list of never ending projects.

I know this sounds like I am complaining. I’m not. Even with all the difficulties, I still love boat life. I love working with my kids on projects. I love learning how to cook on our propane stove (even though a lot of stuff has turned out sub par so far). And I love seeing the sunrise and sunsets out here. I keep waiting for the awe of living in this gorgeous place to wear off. It hasn’t. I still find myself walking down the dock with an extra spring in my step because I LIVE HERE! We get to see this beauty all the time. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Rough Seas

The last couple of days have been rough. Actually, they have been downright hellish. So awful that’s it’s hard to even write it out cause I get frustrated with it all over again. But we learned some lessons. Always learning. Lesson 1. Leash the dog […]

My Diary

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The last couple of days have been rough. Actually, they have been downright hellish. So awful that’s it’s hard to even write it out cause I get frustrated with it all over again. But we learned some lessons. Always learning.

Lesson 1. Leash the dog up lower and tighter so she can’t get on the table. (Scolding said dog for being a bad dog also resulted in dog peeing all over the floor, next time wait til outside to scold.)

Lesson 2. Batten down the hatches better. Less dust inside.

Lesson 3. Always put on repellent before taking the dogs on a walk. Especially if you are walking by the swamps. If you don’t, you will end up with bug bites er’ry-where. (Is that how you type that? I don’t know how to type… words)

Lesson 4. Don’t bark at skunks otherwise you get sprayed and your family will not cuddle you.¬†(hopefully said dog learned this one)

Lesson 5. Make sure the motor stop clip is in place, or else you will hit it with the rudder and lose momentum. We also learned a trick of spinning the boat by using the current. That was fun.

Lesson 6. Dramamine.

Lesson 7. Get floating phone cases ordered, and always secure phone when on the dock or boarding/de-boarding the boat.

It’s never ending cycle of new stuff to learn, but sometimes the lessons blindside you one right after the other and it’s a bit much to handle at once. We will get a rhythm, and eventually the things will slow down.

At least that’s what I keep telling myself.