Monthly Archives: February 2014

Review of Fishermen’s Village Marina, Punta Gorda, FL

As our dream of boat ownership becomes more of a reality, we have begun seeking out marinas and boat yards.  While we are not sure exactly where we will be buying a boat, we have narrowed down our boat search … Continue reading

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Benjamin Edward – A 1978 Union 36 Review

Flying down to Florida on a moment’s notice was a new thing for me, and, as you might imagine, it was incredibly hectic.  The morning after making the decision to go, I awoke long before daylight and headed out on … Continue reading

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Provisioning in Marsh Harbour – The Real Cost of Cruising

A frequent topic on cruisers forums and sailing blogs is the question “what does it cost?”.  A few weeks ago I wrote about how to save money and cut costs while cruising.  Today I offer some solid figures on provisioning … Continue reading

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Mermaid Reef – Bahamas Charter Day 4

Waking up in a peaceful, quiet harbor in the Bahamas does not get old.  Day four of our trip began, for me, with a leisurely morning filled with reading in bed, a cup of tea on the deck, and warm … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions – Part Two

Upon returning to Peoria, we both got the car unpacked, cranked the heat, and, then, logged on to Yachtworld. We charted all the Tayana 37s and a few other boats between 35-40 feet that we had initially overlooked. We also … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions – Part One

Leaving St. Petersburg and Northern Light, we had eight hours in the car to discuss the boats we had seen and our shopping plans. We clearly were still not completely sold on any of the boats we had inspected because … Continue reading

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Northern Light (aka Baba Ganoush) – A Baba 35

After another lovely day in Florida, we finally needed to begin our return to the frozen north.  The first leg of our journey would take us from North Port, Florida, to Margaret’s Dad’s place in Lucedale, Mississippi, about nine hours … Continue reading

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Exploring Man-o-War Cay – Bahamas Charter Day 3

I woke up this morning at 7 a.m. (many of my friends are in shock and disbelief right now), and grabbed some juice and headed on deck to check out the anchorage.  The rest of the crew was discussing an … Continue reading

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“The Bad Tayana” – A Tayana 37 in Ft. Myers

Getting back to my folks’ place near Charlotte Harbor, on the west side of Florida, we were still itching to check out a few more boats in our last couple days in Florida.  While we did not have to find … Continue reading

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Safety first! Best practices for crew safety.

As we mentioned in a previous post, we attended several seminars at the Chicago Strictly Sail Boat Show last month.  While Jeff went to Safety Under The Water Line I checked out Safety At Sea which was put on by … Continue reading

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