Author Archives: Jeffrey

Trying to get to the Chesapeake

First off, I should say that I am writing this while underway on my cell phone using voice to text. So there may be some grammatical errors and things; hopefully you can just overlooked them. I dropped Margaret off at … Continue reading

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How We Lost Our Yanmar 3JH4E Engine

Since folks have been asking about how we lost our Yanmar 3JH4E, what we replaced it, and how the process went, we thought we would detail some of our experiences in a series of blog posts. This is the first. … Continue reading

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Cruisers Forum and Our West Marine Dinghy

Nearly everyone has heard of Cruisers Forum. Like a lot of people, I used to spend a lot of time on the site. Then we bought Bear, and I slowly realized how irrelevant and useless most of the information on … Continue reading

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MarkJ from Cruisers Forum

Back when I used to go to Cruisers Forum regularly, there was a guy on there with the handle of MarkJ. From what I gathered, MarkJ was Australian, spent his winters in St. Martin, and headed north every hurricane season. … Continue reading

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Yacht Rock: A Sailor’s Playlist

Margaret was a long-time goth, and Jeff runs a website called Grateful Dead of the Day. But sometimes on the boat, we just need some smooth music. And that is when we turn to yacht rock. As we headed down … Continue reading

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Tayana 37 Questions and Answers

A woman who has been cruising Europe on a small sailboat with her partner contacted Margaret on Women Who Sail. The cruiser had some questions about Bear, because they are contemplating purchasing a Tayana 37 and there are few Tayanas … Continue reading

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A Boatyard Cat, Port Townsend Fittings, and a Much Anticipated Launch

Another week – the fourth – of boat work has passed. Everything is still taking longer than I imagined, but progress is still being made. The week was filled with a lot of work on the bobstay and whisker stay fittings and … Continue reading

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The Third Week in the Yard Prepping for Sabbatical

Over the past week, I have not checked too many things off the list, unlike last week. But there has been continual forward progress. And the end is getting closer with, perhaps, a launch next week.

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Week Two of Boat Work

What a difference a week makes. Last monday, I felt like I had barely scratched the surface of the boat work we had planned for the spring. And with so many major projects – literally all of them – still remaining, … Continue reading

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The Figure Eight Voyage

I have been thoroughly enjoying following Randall and Mo’s Figure Eight Voyage the last couple months. If you are hearing about it for the first time, Randall Reeves left aboard Moli, his 45-foot aluminum boat with a rich history of challenging voyages and … Continue reading

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