Always Water

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I wouldn’t say “provisioning” has started in earnest, but multiple boxes and cans of the same thing have been coming home from the store pretty regularly these days. St. Augustine has turned out to be a pretty cool place to have a boat with kids. We’ve got the marina right … Read More

Builders

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We’ve always got “garbage” piled up next to the dock locker that the kids use to build different things. It’s gotten to the point around here that our neighboring boats are even dropping off their boxes for our kids to use. By day three I had everything pretty well assembled … Read More

Thanksgiving

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Just in time for Christmas. Lowe managed to hold on to all of his teeth until they came out naturally—seems to imply that he is just better than his sister at protecting his face when he wipes out. We went down to New Smyrna Beach for the big kite festival. … Read More

Kids Life

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The kids found a cast net left behind in the dock locker and immediately added it to their arsenal. One two-minute Youtube video later Ouest was casting like an old pro. Lowe was still a little too small to get a good swing on it, so he’s sticking with his … Read More

Manatee

Going up the mast is quite different on this boat, with a top-of-mast height of just twenty-four feet. We’ve been up there clearing all the old crap off. That big goofy round thing on top, that was performing the important task of gathering HD tv signals from the air to … Read More

Family in Florida

The daily routine here usually includes a trip to a nearby beach along the Tolomato River, if not out to the ocean beaches. They like to jump into the middle of the river and ride the current. Ali just shakes her head in disbelief of their bravery. On one of … Read More

Halloween

While Uncle JJ was in town we went on over to the lighthouse. I don’t know what Lowe was doing, but I swear he wasn’t going to the bathroom in the corner. And from there we went to the fort in town. We’re going to have to start keeping the … Read More

Around the Marina

Still working on getting some teak work done. In typically American fashion, the guy we hired was told by the marina that he needed a million-dollar insurance policy. That delayed us a week. Nowhere else in the world would hiring someone to do this sort of work require anything like … Read More

Superheroes, Dolls, and Fairies

When a superhero is making banana bread she should always wear her cape. This is the top deck steering station. Seeing as we’re ripping out all the big old chartplotters, and the boat is 31 years old, there is plenty of wiring to rip out. I just like to clean … Read More

Sliding Back Into Boat Life

Transitioning back to boat life has been pretty easy. The kids are happy—Lowe has said for years that he wanted to live on a boat, as he doesn’t really remember the last boat, other than through pictures. It rains like crazy in Florida this time of year, but the boat … Read More

The Boat Gods Smile

These two would totally ask each other to Homecoming right now. Grammy is doing fantastic after a hip replacement. I left Portland a couple days ahead of the rest of the gang, as my help was really no longer needed, and there were some projects on the boat that would … Read More