Monthly Archives: December 2014

Winter Maintenance Day 2 – A Photo Post

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Frustration, Claustrophobia, and a Near Sinking

I cannot say that today was the most productive of days. We worked our asses off, but did not complete too many jobs. But, I guess we are that much closer to actually checking more things off our list. Rather … Continue reading

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Winter Maintenance Day One – Jeff

As we got close to St. Marys, Georgia last night, I started to get really excited about seeing Bear and getting aboard once again. Unfortunately, we rolled in after dark, so we were unable to head right over to the … Continue reading

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Winter Maintenance Day 1 – Margaret

Today we climbed aboard Bear for the first time since September and began to make a dent in our lengthy list of repairs and delayed maintenance projects.  While I worked on the list below, Jeff tackled a bunch of other … Continue reading

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Our last day in Florida before heading to St. Mary’s, GA

We have spent the last week visiting with family in Florida.  Tomorrow we will drive up to St. Mary’s, GA to spend the next few weeks working on SV Bear.  She has been on the hard since early September and … Continue reading

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New gear for SV Bear!

This holiday season we have been reminded of how lucky we are to have parents who support our sailing adventures.   Jeff’s parents in particular have helped us on multiple occasions to provision, clean, and even sail down the ICW … Continue reading

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Mariners Trading Consignment – Port Charlotte, Florida

One of the first things we do when we visit Jeff’s parents in Florida is take a trip to Port Charlotte to visit Mariners Trading.  This boating supply consignment shop has a wide variety of used gear as well as … Continue reading

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Winter work aboard SV Bear

It has been a hectic few weeks for us, which, unfortunately has meant radio silence on the blog.  While we are now relaxing in Florida, soaking in the warm sun and gentle gulf breezes, just a few days ago it … Continue reading

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Our Animal Sightings over Summer 2014

Here in Illinois, we are wrapping up the end of the semester and looking forward to escaping south for a few weeks of boat work and relaxing with family. This past Wednesday, we had a little faculty party at our … Continue reading

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The Best Sailing and Cruising Books of 2014

If you are into such things, this is the time of year when all the “best of the year” lists come out. I always pay attention to the ones listing books, looking for interesting or important works that I may … Continue reading

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