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

  • Starting the 2024 Boat Year

    My little heart is going pit-a-pat as we start preparing for our (very short 2024 cruising season.

    We have three objectives. First, this is essentially sea trials after Hurricane Ian and a year living in Texas.

    I'm confident the solar panels work. The semi-flexible panels on deck are a mess …


  • Looking at Launch Day

    We're focusing on April 10th, 2024.

    If all goes well, we're bound to arrive Safe Cove Marina on that day.

    We've got about three intensive days of commissioning before launch. (I'll share the list, don't worry.)

    Then we'll need to spend a some time at their dock, where the potable …


  • Leap Day Planning

    As noted in Looking at the future, it's time to start dreaming again.

    For this year, the Gulf Coast of Florida is our aspiration.

    Getting out of Charlotte Harbor would be pleasant, if we can do that.

    I've updated my planning charts to include the Bahamas (for next year) and …


  • Boating Later in Life

    See Seeking Advice. Add this to the question.

    "My current thinking is to play around in the Caribbean again for a while then perhaps over towards Central America. Pleasure boating experience is nil. Some deck experience when on the Navy ships."

    Important self-reflection on boating experience being nil. That's central …



  • Diesel Fuel Consumption

    Not on the boat. Not near the boat. But. Thinking boaty thoughts.

    Boulder City, NV, is the home of the Hoover Dam. There are lots of things related to trains and heavy construction. Including an ancient poster for a 65-horse-power diesel engine that consumed "0.44 pounds of fuel per …


  • Welcome to the New Sailing Year

    Previous years began around Memorial Day. This year, we had a late start.

    CA's Side Project has been Yoga Teacher Training. 200 hours of classroom time is a lot of work.

    Arduino
    A prototype anchor position alarm device

    S.Lott's Side Project has been an Anchor Alarm.

    The core concept is …


  • DreamTime

    Aboriginal Australians have a concept of dreamtime during which creation happens. It seems to make sense: we dream, we create a vision, we focus our actions around that vision. The hard part is keeping on course with your vision.

    There's no end of management folderol about the essential importance of …


  • Where are we? Where are we going?

    You need to know both things -- where you are right now, and where you're going. If you don't know where you are, the destination is just academic.

    Sailors like to say they're "bound for" a destination. We're told not to over-commit to a particular place and time. My limited off-shore …


  • Preparation

    "Let's do something stupid, while we're still young and good-looking," I said.

    It remains to be seen precisely how stupid this "thing" turns out to be.

    Stupidity aside, it's certainly big and complicated. Two things lead to complexity. The first is the volume of connections and entanglements to be unwound …


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