What a year it has been! COVID and then hurricane season kept us holed up in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (near Puerto Vallarta in beautiful Banderas Bay) for 15 months. We fled the heat of Pacific Mexico for July, August, and September, driving north to do medical appointments and and see family. We were lucky […]
Our stories and experiences are documented here. From the thoughts written during the First Time Offshore, to FAQs about cruising, to the humor and angst of day-to-day life while cruising, this is where to find our stories.
How to Dock Without Jumping
There are two ways to do this depending on whether you are reversing into position or going forward to a halt. In each case the engine direction is in opposition to the placement of the line – for a reverse approach you use a forward spring loop, for a forward approach you use an aft […]
Vacation from Vacation
Although only someone who hasn’t done it would call full-time cruising in foreign ports a “vacation”, still it has many vacation aspects. We recently left our boat and drove 3000 miles to northern Washington state to take care of some necessary business including yearly medical visits. Although the cool air here is a relief from […]
Boat Life in Time of Plague
Being sequestered on a sailboat in a small Mexican town during the COVID-19 “plague” has been a time of contrasts. Surrounded by beautiful ocean water, but not allowed to swim. Cute cheap places to eat – all closed. Islands to explore – but all closed to anchoring. While things slowly closed around us the things […]
Planning for Hurricanes in the Midst of Plague
Sailors seem to be in two groups these days, those that hunkered down when the “plague” started and stayed put, flirting with boredom; and those that took off hoping to outrun it before they were prevented from leaving, flirting with ostracism and unknown difficulties. Now, late in the plague season it is clear that every […]
Brizo’s Tail 2
A Portuguese Water Dog who lives on a sailboat has more adventures in Mexico.