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Blue Water Dreaming



Crew

Ben (Captain), Sarah (Ships Mate), Fluffy (Fur-st Mate)

Boat

s/v Tygress, 1982 Ganley 34 steel sloop

So far

We have been living aboard since mid 2012 and are currently in the process of upgrading Tygress. When we bought her she required a bit of love, things like new canvas, new sails and a deck repaint to name a few. Getting things done is taking a bit more time and money than we expected but we're slowly making progress. We're enjoying live aboard life but can't wait to cast off the dock lines.

What's next

Once Tygress is fixed up and ready to cruise our plan is to head north to the blue waters of the Whitsundays, exploring Queensland's beautiful islands and coastline along the way. One day we'd like to circumnavigate Australia and recreate some famous historical voyages.


The Cynical Sailor

Crew

Scott (the cynical sailor) & Ellen (the non-cynical salty sidekick)

Boat

We were cruising on a lovely little Raven 26 called Rainbow's End, but now we're looking for our next boat!

So far

Scott started racing and cruising in Europe and then convinced Ellen that moving onto a boat in New Zealand would be far more fun than working in an office. We just finished up cruising in New Zealand where we explored the Hauraki Gulf, Bay of Islands and heaps of other great places.

What's Next

We're off to the States in a couple of months to buy a bigger boat so that we can get back out there and start cruising again. Not sure where we'll begin from first - the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes or the East Coast or where we'll end up after that - the Caribbean, the Mediterranean or back to New Zealand via the Pacific islands? But one thing we do know is that there will be plenty of eccentric seamanship along the way.

LAHOWIND

 Crew

Jereme + Kim + Oliver the dog.

Boat

s/v LAHO; a 1982 Endeavour 37 B Plan

So far

After years of planning and loads of boat projects, we're taking a leap of faith and packing up our things (and our poodle Oliver) to set sail in the New Year! We're headed south, cruising from Naples, Florida to the Bahamas + Caribbean, island hopping along the way for the next year (or so)!

What's next

We know that we still have a ton to learn and figure out along the way. There is no finite plan carved in stone. But that’s the beauty of it. We have no agenda, no schedule, no rules.  We’re ready to see new places, meet new faces, and learn a ton along the way, while soaking up every single second of our little adventure.



Life Afloat Archives



Crew

Dan and Jaye

Boat

s/v Cinderella;  a 1980 CSY (Caribbean Sailing Yacht) 33, hailing Northport, Michigan.

So far

Lake Michigan, U.S. East Coast to Bahamas.

What's next

Staying in the Chesapeake Bay area through Sept 2013. Then, pulling out of our slip and turning right; confident that we'll figure something out along the way.


Matt and Jessica's Sailing Page


Crew

Matt & Jessica (and Georgie the cat).

Boat

s/v Serendipity; an '89 Sabre 34 Targa

So far

Left from Lake Michigan in August 2012, went through the Erie Canal  and Hudson River out to the Atlantic.  From there it was down the US East Coast, inside and out of the ICW, until a nasty grounding in Northern Florida put us on the hard for a few months.

What's next

We'll be jumping over to the Bahamas and down through the Caribbean island chain.  After that, a cruise up to Central America, and then possibly over to the Med.  Who knows?  We've found plans don't always work, so we'll just be going with the 'flow'.


more JOY everywhere!


Crew

Ean and Jane (plus 3 cats)


Boat

s/v more JOY everywhere, a 1993 42' Fountaine Pajot Venezia

So far

Total newbies: started in Annapolis... ICW... Bahamas... Haiti... Colombia...Panama

What's next

 The South Pacific, and, we hope, all the way 'round.


Orbis Non Sufficit



Crew

Suzanne, Buttercup the pup dog, and cats Maximus and Hunter

Boat

1976 Gulfstar 37 (awaiting renaming in Spring 2013)

So far

Moved aboard Fall 2012 in Annapolis but still have to learn to sail.

What's next

Hoping to head south in Fall 2013, perhaps visit old friends in Miami, hop around the Keys, and then cut over to the Bahamas and wherever I'm able to make it with pets and on a shoestring.



Project Motor Boat


Crew

Jessica, GR & Gia, plus 2 boat cats

Boat

1968 50' Hatteras MY

So Far

Been living aboard & cruising full time since 2006. First on a 1981 42' Pearson 424, cruising from North Carolina to Grenada and back. Then on a 1977 36' Ericson cruising from North Florida to Bahamas, through the Windward Passage to Jamaica, Roatan and then Guatemala where we sold her and decided to go POWER!

What's Next

Making this power-hungry, inefficient dock dweller an energy efficient cruiser while living aboard in Fort Lauderdale, FL. What's on our to do list? New Heads, New Battery system (24 volt not 32), New Generator (bye, bye 1968 Onan), Bottom Job, and more! Hoping to set off into the wild blue yonder Spring 2014.


Sailing Chance



Crew

Kelley and Jason; and our two dogs Dewey and Riley

Boat

SV Chance, a 1974 34' Seafarer

So far

Spent a year sailing around NYC and the Chesapeake, quit our jobs and left our life in Brooklyn to sail around the Caribbean, currently on the hard in Florida finishing a massive redesign but scheduled to get moving in just a few days(!)

What’s next

Trying to outrun hurricane season. We'll leave Florida and race over to Mexico, then down to Belize. After that we'll slow down and explore the Central American coast a bit more before we settle down in Colombia. Our plan is to open a hostel!


Sailing Journey


Crew

JR, Drena, and Leo the cat

Boat

s/v Journey 1986 O'day 35

So far

The beautiful Chesapeake Bay...

What's next

Heading south in October 2013. We'll figure out details along the way!


Sailing with Totem



Crew

Behan, Jamie, and children Niall, Mairen & Siobhan

Boat

Totem, a Stevens 47-  an early 80s “classic plastic”

So far

Departed Puget Sound in 2008; lingered in Mexico a few seasons, crossed the Pacific via a whole lot of the usual coconut milk run spots.  After an extended stay in Australia, we spent time sailing through Papua New Guinea before heading west into Indonesia.

What’s next

We’re continuing west through Southeast Asia during 2013, and noodling on what timing will make sense to look at heading across the Indian Ocean…unless we decide to loop north across the Pacific. Who knows!


Things we did today



Crew

Bruce and Tammy Swart and two cats, Jetsam and Jezabelle. Bruce is a retired school teacher and swim coach.  He has been sailing since the '70s and (like everybody) has dreamed of Cruising forever.  He has done several long distance deliveries including bringing their boat from Rhode Island to Port Aransas, Tx.

I (Tammy) have been sailing since 1997.  Bruce and I met while crewing in our local Wednesday Night Races.  Our relationship flourished in our mutual love for sailing.  I retired from my job in Medical Management in June, 2013 so that we can Cruise full time.  Jetsam and Jezabelle are along for the ride because we couldn't face the thought of leaving them behind.  They have adjusted nicely.

Boat

Dos Libras is a 1995 Catalina Morgan 45 Center Cockpit

So Far

We moved aboard our sailboat months before our intended departure so that we could test all systems.  We have been fixing and replacing things at an alarming rate. We love living aboard Dos Libras.  So far, so good...

What's Next

We plan to spend 2013 Hurricane Season in our home waters of Port Aransas, Texas, where we will divide our time between playing and making final preparations for heading East around Octoberish.  We would like to meander towards Florida where we plan to spend the 2013 Holidays.  Final preparations should be finished there so that we can hop over to the Bahamas in January, 2014.  We would like to come back to the US around May, and cruise the East Coast until time to head South for 2014 winter…  After that, the plan is fuzzy.