To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

  • Reflections

    12 years ago...

    Chesapeake Eagle in the shed
    Red Ranger (before her name change)

    We'd bought a boat back in December. We'd fiddled about a bit in January and February.

    Now, it's march, and she's going into the shed to have the foredeck (and some other places) rebuilt. Water had intruded and rotted the balsa …

  • Shakedown Cruise Planning

    Summer Land Cruising is almost over. Hurricane season is an unholy mess — looking at people struggling with Ida, but, also heading toward a conclusion. We still have to get back to Deale, where Red Ranger is docked.

    Which means the start of Red Ranger's south-bound cruise.

    And that means …

  • The To-Do List

    How do you keep your to-do list?

    Paper? iOS Reminders app? A spreadsheet?

    What's on it? Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul? Anything else?

    I've been using Toodledo for years. Well over 10 years now. It has an iOS app as well as a web app. It has a kajillion features with folders …

  • The Fuel Tank Sender Problem

    We've lost our fuel tank sender. It doesn't report anything below about ½ tank. It simply drops from ½ to "not working at all" mode. I looked at it with my trusty multimeter. It is dead.

    It's a standard Teleflex sender. Nothing special; easy to replace.


    Until we replace …

  • Visiting SF Bay

    We flew to the San Francisco area this week. The trip is epic because it reflects some of the decisions we made before buying Red Ranger. It illuminated some of our previously dim understanding.

    Some years ago — never mind how long precisely…

    The full quote: "Some years ago--never mind how …

  • The Phases of Moving In

    Learning a new place is exciting. Indeed, when living on a boat, it's an essential skill. But it's also a ton of fun. How do we learn a place? I think there are a few phases.

    Phase I. Find Something. Anything.

    You don't know where things are. You don't even …

  • Whitby Rendezvous Miami

    Back in October, the Whitby-Brewer Rendezvous Group decided to have a Rendezvous South. It was great. Small but great.


    We had five crews in attendance: Indefatigable, Joie de Vivre, Red Ranger, Dream Ketcher, and Simbi.

    What makes a good Whitby-Bewer Rendezvous? Besides enthusiastic owners, of course.

    1. An associated event …

  • Week 36: Annapolis III: "The Hangout"

    Currently, Red Ranger should stay anchored at 38°58.586′N 076°28.415′W, Severn River, Annapolis, MD. So far, we have no reason to move. We're perfecting the art of hanging out.

    A big question this week: "How do you hang out in one place for so long …

  • Forming a New Tribe

    Having conversations with folks on the subject of opening new chapters in their lives. Maybe we're just sensitive to the topic. It is wonderful to hear people's reflections on their lives and their directions. Changes, new things, old things. Some folks worry about what they might lose. We found that …

  • Dreaming of the New ‘Hood

    "Stone Soup Today" -- a blanket invite to everyone hanging around the marina. "Stone at 5, Soup at 6" is the small print at the bottom of the sign. (Ishky Baha is Gaelic, "water of life", from which we get the English word Whiskey.)

    CA was cruising the boatyard, looking at …

  • Finger Drumming

    The waiting is hard.

    FoGoBo says "Don't wish time away."

    Rather than pacing around, beating a tattoo with our fingers, we should really be doing something. Sadly, the boat is layed up.

    Since December, we've been "playing boat" just about every weekend. Partly, it's what we do to get out …

  • Visiting; Going Home

    It's only been about three months, but things change. We moved October 1st, '09. Three months later, on Martin Luther King day of 2010, we went back to the old stomping grounds.

    MLK day -- celebrating human dignity and skiing -- what a combination. How this? Letting justice roll down like waters …

  • The 12 Days of (New Boat) Christmas

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a Ford Lehman engine.

    On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 2 full berths.

    On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 3 little anchors.

    On the fourth day …

  • Those Little Anchors

    Life is full of little anchors that tie us down and hold us in one place.

    Some anchors are good -- friends, family, church, school, work. These are part of our social context. They give us a foundation for who we are and the things we do.

    Some anchors are not …

  • Cool Quote

    Dana posted this on Facebook.

    "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Thurman

    I think that describes what this "boat thing" is all about.

    Appropriate for this …

  • The Timeline

    When did this start? Let's leave out the distant past -- Family Learn to Sail on Lake George in 1997 and events like that. That's too long ago and too shrouded in the mists of recollection to be very interesting.

    Let's look at the immediate past. The packing-up and moving-out past …

  • The Next Bay

    What's around the next corner? In the next bay? Up the next river?

    Some people are happy where they are, and don't need to know what's down the coast around the point.

    Some people are curious, but don't want to actually go in, there might be rocks, or shoals or …

  • Walkability Index

    Look at the Walk Score web site. See the Walk Score for Boissevain Ave.

    The Walk Score site includes 13 criteria: grocery stores, bars, book stores, libraries, etc.

    What's simpler is this basic rule:

    If your building has a name, the neighborhood is walkable.

    Ghent is full of buildings with …

  • Mistakes Were Made

    Of course, mistakes were made. We'll look at them as we go.

    Here's number one, however.

    Before selling your house, take some pictures. You'll want them.

    We emptied the house, painted the rooms, redid the basement floor. But never really captured the "the way it was" photos. I was copying …

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