Boat Painting 101

Boat Painting 101

It doesn’t take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go.  J.C. Watts   I have a whole new respect for people in the boat repair business. The estimate to repaint the hull of our 43’ Taswell was around $14,000. Having now experienced the process, I would […]

The Easter Gift

The Easter Gift

“A waiting person is a patient person. The word “patience” means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” Henri Nouwen There are two kinds of people that buy a boat and head out to sea. […]

Taste of Things to Come

Taste of Things to Come

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. Oprah Winfrey   It’s so close now, we can taste it. We enjoyed the holidays with our family but now that they are over, the countdown has resumed. Reality has set in that we will be leaving soon – it’s only […]

Moving On

Moving On

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great!” Author unknown.   The month of December was a blessing and a curse.  December was our planned departure date, but Christmas and the holidays were […]

Countdown to Cruising #1

Countdown to Cruising #1

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. Marjorie Holmes   Finding ourselves […]

Countdown to Cruising #2

Countdown to Cruising #2

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. Marjorie Holmes   It’s almost […]

Countdown to Cruising #3

Countdown to Cruising #3

“The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.” ~ Ralph Marston     It has been a long time coming, that elusively low number 3. Only three months left until our proposed […]

Countdown to Cruising #4

Countdown to Cruising #4

“Sea life is charged with indestructible charm.  There is no weariness, no fatigue, no worry, no responsibility, no work, no depression of spirits.  There is nothing…like this serenity, this comfort, this peace, this deep contentment to be found anywhere on land.  If I had my way I would sail on forever.”  ~ Mark Twain   […]

Countdown to Cruising #5

Countdown to Cruising #5

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. Anatole France   For months now, we’ve been broadcasting our intent to leave everything behind and embark on our voyage around the world.  […]

Countdown to Cruising #6

Countdown to Cruising #6

Our boat is home.  Home is relative in that our boat is now at a dock in the Bowley’s Quarters Marina in the Chesapeake Bay.  Equus is only an hour and a half away instead of the 8 hours when docked in New Bern, North Carolina.   We knew in advance that sailing a 43 ft […]