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Friends, boats, and cruising

By Mike Jastrzebski A couple of things happened this week that made me think about making friends and cruising. One of those things was a visit by Chris Kling and her new boyfriend, the other was an email from marina … Continue reading

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More than making do with what’s on hand

by Christine Kling In the photo above, I’m posing next to the church bell at one of the churches here on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Do you recognize the bell? Yes, it is a gas cylinder. They can’t … Continue reading

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Anchoring out

By Mike Jastrzebski Today we’re moving Rough Draft to a small anchorage about a mile away from where we’re currently docked. We’ve been at the dock since we arrived three weeks ago. While I was working on the overheating problem … Continue reading

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Quick update

By Mike Jastrzebski The Internet is down where we’re docked right now so this will be a short post from my iPad. Today is engine test day. The parts for the heat exchanger came in Friday, I’ve changed the impellers … Continue reading

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You want to put an elephant where?

By Mike Jastrzebski It’s a rhetorical question of course, but my wife, Mary, frequently says that finding room for six months of provisions on a 36 foot sailboat is like trying to stuff an elephant into a breadbox. The problem … Continue reading

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I love her, wait, I hate her…

By Mike Jastrzebski Seventeen years ago today Mary and I bought our 36′ Islander sailboat, and trust me, my life has never been the same. If you were to ask me if owning a boat is good or bad, I’d … Continue reading

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Lucky

by Christine Kling I’ve been seeing this word “luck” again and again recently – and used by people who don’t seem to be all that lucky. In C.E.’s post yesterday, she described a multitude of natural disasters from 100-year storms … Continue reading

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Decision time

By Mike Jastrzebski With work on the boat winding down Mary and I are facing a decision that will affect our cruising destinations for the future. The decision? Should we sell our car? Now that may not seem like much … Continue reading

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Migrations

by Christine Kling Cruising sailors are migratory animals. Like birds, they migrate in response to weather, habitat or food availability. I’ve been in Trinidad for about ten days now staying aboard Wild Matilda, and I can attest to the fact … Continue reading

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Ghosts of hurricanes past

By Mike Jastrzebski This weekend we found ourselves preparing for a hurricane that might, or might not come our way. The prospect of Isaac turning east got me thinking of the hurricanes we’ve had to contend with since we moved aboard … Continue reading

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