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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 […]

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 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.

We did it!!

We did it!!

We are officially living on board! It’s been a CRAZY weekend. A whirlwind of cleaning and loading cars of stuff, and feeling overwhelmed with the amount of garbage that we had accumulated. But we did it! The first few hours aboard looked like a bomb […]

The Gift of Minimalisim

The Gift of Minimalisim

This year, as we were contemplating what to get the kids for Easter, I had a conversation with my mother. I told her how we were considering alternatives to your average Easter baskets, because we don’t need more stuff on board (especially while still trying […]

Two Types of Sailors

Two Types of Sailors

This weekend was an adventure to be sure.

One of the yacht club members decided to organize a raft up at Eardley Spit, a sandbar out on the lake. Whoever wanted to join could sail out, and we would all tie up to each other and have a potluck. Sounds like a plan, let’s do it.

Having never been to the spit, we asked around how to get there.

“Just head due west out of the channel”

10-4. Roger that.

It didn’t quite work out that way.

Because the instructions should have included a “hug the south side for a while, then head west, otherwise you’ll hit the sandbar”.

Which, you guessed it, is exactly what we did.

We were going along so well! There was good wind, it was a beautiful day. We were with several other boats leaving the channel, and in hindsight, we should have stayed behind them. But we were having fun testing different sail setups, figuring out which would work best in the conditions. We started pulling ahead, which shocked the hell out of us since Intrepid is weighed down with all our living stuff. We were pretty stoked to be sailing so efficiently when subtly we glided onto sand, and then we weren’t moving so efficiently. We weren’t moving at all.

Since the glide on had been so smooth, we thought we would be able to just start the motor and throw it in reverse and get out of it. No such luck. All we accomplished was churning up a ton of sand and muck, but didn’t go anywhere. After a bit of trying, we resigned ourselves to calling for help. Except the radio wouldn’t work. FAN-tastic. I called the marina while Tyson fiddled with the wiring, but there was no answer. Yay. Fortunately Tyson was able to wire the radio directly to the battery, and we were able to get in touch with the harbormaster. We’ll fix the wiring later.

While we were waiting, we got advice from one of the other captains to attempt to heel the boat over by swinging the boom out, and having one of us climb out on it. Tyson monkey climbed out while I manned the helm, but to no avail. While our shoal keel is great for draft, it isn’t so great for force keeling while sitting on it.

So we waited. Rescue 4 came out and pulled us free, and we were back on course.

It was all great amusement to the other sailors. Fortunately there was another boat that for momentarily stuck, so we were all able to laugh at our debacle together. No harm done, except maybe to our pride. Though, as they say, there are two types of sailors in the world: those who have run around, and liars.

The raft up was quite the experience. I loved it. We were like a small island of vessels. We explored other boats, and feel in love with a Catalina 34. Food was shared all around, drinks were had, and company much enjoyed. It’s amazing how quickly people become friends in the sailing community. It’s seriously one of my favorite things.

On the way back after, we successfully avoided the spit (though we were both paranoid and jumpy for a while) and we had some amazing sailing back to the marina. Some of our best wind so far, and we were cruising along most of the time. Until the wind died. At which point we gave up and motored the rest of the way in.

It was an adventure, and one of my favorite sailing days thus far. I can’t wait to do it again. Minus the rescue part. That I can deal without.

Cooking on a Boat

Cooking on a Boat

We spent another 5 days on Intrepid last week. Which meant I got to work on my cooking on a boat. Gotta say, I was pretty happy with how our meals turned out. I have found that I’m less recipe inclined on board. Not sure […]

Boat Sewing: Tiller Cover

Boat Sewing: Tiller Cover

Intrepid has a beautiful tiller. Well kept and protected… Except for the last few inches at the bottom. This is because the existing tiller cover is in pretty rough shape. The Velcro is gone, and it’s held on when we aren’t sailing by a bungee […]

Take 2

Take 2

We came back to the boat for another week (ish) stay. The rain didn’t keep us away (though I really, really hope the bad weather stays away).

There is a lot to do this week to prep for boat life. Main things are installing new LED dome lights throughout Intrepid, PS4 mount in place (before I lose my mind having it just sit on the table), magnetic knife strip hung, and solve more leaks.

But all that can wait. Tonight we watch the sunset and relax.

We’re trying to give Ice more freedom to see if he will be more obedient. Currently he is running around the beach and reeds. Another nice thing about boat living is the seclusion means he can roam a bit more freely. During the day he needs to stay on the docks because we have tourists and he might bother them, but nights he can wander. We will see how it goes over the next few days. But in the meantime, he seems pretty happy.

The Problem with Plastics

The Problem with Plastics

Alright guys. We need to have a talk. And I am going to get a little bit hippie on you, but I’m ok with that, because this is important. Earth is dying. We are killing it. With our nonchalant attitude towards eco friendly stuff, we […]


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Alright guys. We need to have a talk. And I am going to get a little bit hippie on you, but I’m ok with that, because this is important.

Earth is dying. We are killing it. With our nonchalant attitude towards eco friendly stuff, we are destroying this beautiful planet. We don’t think before we toss an empty box in the garbage. We don’t think about climbing in our big gas guzzling trucks that dump black exhaust into the air. We don’t think about taking that straw for our drinks. And we don’t think about what that is doing to the environment. That box goes to a landfill, that exhaust pollutes our air, those straws end up in landfills or our oceans, harming the life there.

We need to start thinking. We need to start doing more. Because if we don’t, our planet won’t be here for generations to come.

http://expand-your-consciousness.com/giant-dead-whale-is-haunting-reminder-of-massive-plastic-pollution-problem/

I know it’s not the easiest thing. It really isn’t. And it’s far easier to just say “meh, I’m just one person, what does it matter?”. Trust me. I had the same attitude at one point. It IS hard sometimes. Finding a recycling facility is a PAIN. But you can do it. And you can feel good that you are helping protect the world. Little by little, we can make a change. Here are a few changes you can make to be a little more eco friendly.

  1. Say no to the straw. When out to eat, just say “no straw, thanks”. I know this can be difficult to do when they just give them to you, but try. For more info, check here http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/no-straw-please/.
  2. Skip the plastic grocery bag. Reusable ones are less than $1 at most stores (they are also at the dollar store), and they are sturdier than plastic bags. If you must use plastic, when done, bring the bags back to be recycled. Most grocery stores now have a bin to return the bags.
  3. Also skip the produce bags. They aren’t entirely necessary, especially since we often just stick them in the plastic grocery bags with everything else, so it’s double the plastic bags. If you really want to use a bag, order (or make) some reusable produce bags. I have THESE.
  4. Boxes. Recycle them. Whether that is through breaking them down flat and finding a drop off (check with local businesses, a lot have recycle bins that you can access), or through reusing them for storage or crafts. Don’t just toss them. Boxes in landfills can’t properly decompose and break down because they are mixed with other non-compostable garbage. It’s also using so many trees to produce boxes that we just throw away. If you are like me and shop on Amazon a lot, request to ship all the items at once during checkout. That way you reduce the number of boxes you get.
  5. Replace your ziploc bags and plastic cling wrap with reusable options like these silicone ziplocs bags (I have these), these silicone wraps, or beeswax wraps (these are the ones I have, but there are several brands, and I have heard it’s possible to make your own. I haven’t tried that yet).
  6. Buy and USE a reusable water bottle. You can get extremely affordable ones from the dollar store, or on amazon.

There are many more swaps you can make. These are the easiest ones. They take minimal effort. We have to make an effort.

The tip of an iceberg by Jorge Gamboa…
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For more info or resources, check out these sites

http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/ 

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42264788

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/plastic-waste-oceans_us_58fed37be4b0c46f0781d426

https://www.nature.com/news/bottles-bags-ropes-and-toothbrushes-the-struggle-to-track-ocean-plastics-1.20432

https://www.nrdc.org/stories/10-ways-reduce-plastic-pollution

https://ocean.org/stories/plastic-invasion/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwtOLVBRCZARIsADPLtJ06-z8GVCuyyKQwsiGqHBnLlETjieWWEzmMaHDfGKn3Ms4EnKhm2nQaApRVEALw_wcB#cover

http://www.surfrider.org/initiatives/plastic-pollution?gclid=Cj0KCQjwtOLVBRCZARIsADPLtJ0CPhC–7ngHtO3I0A7YkOFB9kN2yyDGBCLqX3eKKZ1g2EU09ws2hAaAsGTEALw_wcB

https://www.sailorsforthesea.org/programs/ocean-watch/plastic-pollution-and-its-solution