What we do on our sailboat (besides sail)

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

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First and foremost, we fix things. We’ve been told by many people that Cruising is “fixing your boat in exotic locations”. We haven’t gotten to the exotic part yet, but we are definitely fixing Free Range as we move along.


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We take pictures of our boat. From all angles and distances. At every place we anchor. Because we all know how awesome it is to look at many, many pictures of other peoples’ boats.



We take pictures of other peoples’ boats. Or the train wrecks, at least. (No, Anthony P., this is NOT our boat 😉


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We figure out where and how to best get groceries. This was in Morehead City, NC. A mile dinghy ride to a “beach” that might have been private (?), a half mile walk to the grocery store. Because, yes, having eggs for breakfast is SO much better than oats.


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We work the groceries into the shot of our boat. Because you can’t have too many shots of your boat!


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Fix more things…


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We go ashore and take pictures of random things.


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Spend quality time with family.



Take selfies.


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Pose for tourist-y photos.


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Go shopping for massive quantities of canned goods and paper products.


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Fix more things…

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We sample local cuisine. (Scotch egg – hard boiled egg wrapped in sausage and deep fried. Yes, it was awesome).



Organize all our stuff. Most of the “stuff” we have these days consists of nuts, bolts, screws, power tools, pumps, replacement parts, and clippy things.


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Walk to places like libraries, marine supply stores, only to find that they are closed.


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Eat. Oats for breakfast again? (You see the importance of getting to the grocery store for fresh eggs now, don’t you?)


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We pump out. (a.k.a. sucking the poo/pee from the holding tank with a big vacuum).


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Figure out how to dispose of our garbage.


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Multi-tasking: More sampling of local food / drink AND selfie.


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Time to fix something again.


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And it’s been at least a day since we’ve taken a photo of Free Range.


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We meet up with best friends.


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We read our sailing books so we don’t look like complete morons out there.


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We take more photos of other peoples’ boats. This little pirate ship was photo-worthy though.



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We play cards.


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We (well, only I for this one) shave legs.


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Spend more time with good friends.



Time for another selfie!


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More groceries…

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More touristy photos…

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We cook meals with things like powdered milk and chicken-in-a-can (or bag).


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We make friends.

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We figure out where we are going and how to get there.


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But, let’s be honest – mostly, we fix things.


    • anthony pylar on December 10, 2014 at 9:52 am
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    Hi guys, awesome post! Go back and fix something, stop reading this

    • Grandma on December 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm
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    It;s good to keep thinks “fixed”. I’m sure Stepane loves those “shaved” legs. I loved the selfies of your and Stephane.

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