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Wooden Boats, Free Showers, and Heady Topper

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Nobody move – this is a shakedown….cruise.

For our non-sailor readers, a shakedown cruise is the term for the first time you take the boat out for a sail.  As the term implies, it is a time to shake out all of the kinks in the systems … Continue reading

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2 West Marines, 1 Defender

A day in pictures:

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This line is kinky….

Today was a beautiful day to be on the water.  After sleeping in a bit, I got up when Jeff returned from town, where he went to find Internet, to work on his online course.  And, since the boat is … Continue reading

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Sea Trial and Tribulations

Saturday morning we wore up early to get the Genoa bended on before the sea trial. We had plans to meet with Phil, our surveryor, at 9 am for coffee to get reacquainted and ask a few questions about what … Continue reading

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A Busy Day on Bear

Today was a busy day aboard Bear.  After our first night sleeping aboard, we were surprisingly well rested this AM.  The yard was quiet last night and, after the last train came through the nearby station, it was just us … Continue reading

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The Preparations Begin!

Today was my last day of official teaching, only a few more meetings, a bit of grading, and the always-too-long graduation ceremony to attend before I am officially free.  I have begun to gather our gear for our first summer … Continue reading

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Photographing Women Who Sail

Last week, I began photographing women who live and work on the water for a new photographic series funded, in part, by the Puffin Foundation.  I was welcomed aboard by three lovely women who I met via Women Who Sail, … Continue reading

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Aboard Bear for the first time!

Fortunately, we do not teach on Fridays, so that allowed us to leave after our classes on Thursday afternoon. We ended up driving out to eastern Ohio before stopping for the night. The next day, we drove the rest of … Continue reading

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Driving to Connecticut Interview – Heading to see Bear!

As we were in the process of setting up the survey, it became clear that, because of Margaret’s busy schedule, I was going to be going to the survey without her.  Understandably, Margaret wanted to see the boat in person … Continue reading

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