Category Archive: 04: Cruising: US East Coast

Dec 15

Dodging Cruise Ships

The sun sets, pink and pissed behind us as we motor out of the Lake Worth inlet leaving West Palm Beach behind. We head south almost immediately, hugging the coast; the Gulf Stream runs quite close to Florida in these parts and we want to steer clear of it. Wondering about the Gulf Stream? It’s this crazy …

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Dec 13

Things that are worth drinking to at ten in the morning

There are only a few things worth drinking to at ten o’clock in the morning. For example: 1. Completing an epic offshore sail (one, small Dosarita then nap time) 2. Hair of the dog (maybe, if it’s a Bloody Mary) 3. The engagement of your dearest friends. This morning, we drink to number three! A most …

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Dec 10

Motor-sailing through Money Country

We were hoping to jump off at Fort Pierce and sail down to Miami but the weather offshore is nasty. So instead of staying at our Fort Pierce anchorage for who-knows how many more days waiting for a better weather window to head offshore, we take off down the ICW. We are antsy to head …

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Dec 09

What we do on our sailboat (besides sail)

We’ve been at it for three months. What are we actually doing?                                                            

Dec 05

Velcro Beach

We’ve heard talk of this place from the very beginning of our journey. Velcro Beach: a mythical land where hot showers never run cold, trash is easy to dispose of, buses run frequently and are easily accessible; locals stop on the side of the road to offer you a ride to the grocery store and wine flows from …

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Dec 05

Mal de Mer

Gone are the days of the soft, electronic chime of my iPhone gently waking me for the day; my new alarm clock is gritty, mechanical, and loud: it’s the windlass. And right now it’s grinding and whirring as it spins, collecting our anchor chain: it’s time to go. Stéphane cannot wait to test out Super …

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Nov 29

Mark 2.0

We are up early on Thanksgiving morning, pulling anchor, hailing the drawbridge to confirm their 7am opening, and hailing the St. Augustine Marina to secure a spot on their dock for fuel and pump-out. Fully fueled and pumped-out, we make our way down the ICW for Daytona Beach and our new autopilot – Mark 2.0, …

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Nov 29

Provisioning @ St. Augustine

We’ve heard stories of people taking a bus ten miles to a Walmart, buying food and supplies for many months, having to catch a cab back then shlepping bag upon bag of groceries from street to dock to dinghy to boat. That’s a lot going on. So when we found the St. Augustine Town Dock …

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Nov 26

St. Augustine

Stéphane and I have been told if there’s one place in Florida worth seeing it’s St. Augustine. And after spending a week in Jacksonville, a place definitely not worth seeing (but thank you very much for the free dock), we felt we owed it to ourselves and to Florida to explore one of its more authentic, …

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Nov 24

To Mooring Ball or Not To Mooring Ball?

Since we are only headed a short ways south of Jacksonville, we take this stretch on the Intracoastal. Destination: St. Augustine.   The Intracoastal Waterway (or ICW) runs from Norfolk, VA to Key West, Florida. And then there’s another section of it that runs along the Gulf Coast. The plus to taking the ICW is that you can …

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Nov 21

Picture catch-up

Our laptop is cured! So, here’s a photo catch-up: less words, more photos.                                          

Nov 17

Logistics in Jacksonville

Still waiting on laptop to be fixed so no pics for this post (boo! We all know pictures are more fun than a bunch of words)… Alas, here we go: I awaken to the mechanical groan of our windlass as it winds our anchor chain up and out of the water and into Free Range’s …

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Nov 12

Cumberland Island

After sailing most of the morning along the ICW, we motored the last ten minutes to Cumberland Island, GA and the most beautiful, peaceful anchorage yet. This place, it’s like a ghost story waiting to happen. Live oaks, twisted and gnarled, shaggy in their Spanish moss, loom ominous over narrow tracts of sandy beach. Plenty …

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Nov 12

Death of an Auto Pilot

We check the weather. We check it again. We check it on multiple websites and apps to be sure. We REALLY want to sail on this next passage! The weather calls for wind 15-20 knots, seas 4-7 feet for several days. This means we can sail! We wait until ten o’clock in the morning to …

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Nov 09

Charleston, SC

Charleston is an historic, unique, funky, fun town – at least the part of that was in walking distance for us. From our anchorage, a three-minute dinghy ride got us to the dinghy dock and then a mile walk to the Charleston downtown and groceries, hardware store, library, etc.   A lot of the streets …

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Nov 08

The Logemanns Visit!

Sarah Logemann, my very best good friend from middle and high school (and twenties and thirties and onwards), came to visit Stephane and I in Charleston with her awesome husband Adam and their three super fun and frisky children Laurel, Addison, and Henry. I haven’t seen Sarah and Adam in probably ten years! Their daughter …

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Nov 08

Wrightsville Beach > Charleston (more motoring)

We stopped at the Bridge Tender Marina in Wrightsville Beach around eight o’clock in the morning and filled up our diesel and gasoline (for the dinghy) and topped off our water tanks. On the way over we hailed the marina to tell them we’d be there in five minutes. Oops! It took more like twenty…everything …

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Nov 02

A Week in Wrighstville Beach

It’s been a relaxing week in Wrightsville Beach; a nice change of pace from the non-stop work/projects of the last six weeks. Although we are still working on minor projects, our new focus is on weather (our first question when we meet fellow cruisers: where do you get your weather?), navigation, logistics, and anchorages (i.e., …

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Nov 02

Making Friends

This past week in Wrightsville Beach has been our first experience with how cruisers interact with each other. Here’s how it works: you get in your dinghy and you motor over to your neighbor’s sailboat and you call out or knock on the hull if they aren’t outside. And then you’re like, “Hey, neighbor! We’re …

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Oct 28

The Beaufort Debaucle

Explore Beaufort = check Meet fellow cruisers = check Spend a sleepless night at anchor because of the crazy current = check Good weather window = check So, we’re ready to take off for our first night passage from Beaufort to Wrightsville Beach. We plan to be under weigh by 5pm so we start prepping …

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Oct 28

First Night Passage

Im writing from the North Atlantic Ocean!!! A few thoughts on our first night passage. It is 5:30am, I took the first shift from 8 till midnight, Sara took the wheel from midnight til 4:30 am and now I’m back on. We looked for a night that wasn’t too windy to do this passage so …

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Oct 25

Our journey begins: Oriental > Beaufort