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

  • Ph. IV, day 26, The Conch Republic

    This is hard to believe. I was there, and it's still hard to believe.

    We're in Key West, on a dock. We have food, but expensive Key West dining options are right here. A few steps away.

    There's a brew-pub just down the dock. It's the bar for Beach Brewery …


  • Ph. IV, day 25, The Conch Republic

    Moved! We're now docked in Slip A-15 at the Key West Bight Marina. Our location is 24°33.775′N 81°48.0516′W.

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    KWBM

    We're at a dock. This means several things.

    • We moved from the mooring field.

    • Top off the water. We're down about 50 gallons in the …


  • Ph. III, day 48, Weather Check

    Checking the weather. Again.

    This is from Zone AMZ650, Jupiter Inlet to Ocean Reef FL. It starts a little south of here. As long as we stay close to shore, it shouldn't be too bad.

    Monday:
    North northwest winds around 10 knots becoming northeast in the afternoon. Seas 2 to …

  • Ph. III, day 48, Rats!

    Rats! In the Bilge!

    Ugh.

    Small hints:

    Rat Scat
    Rat Scat

    We found rat scat in the cockpit. Not much. A few little turdlets.

    We found very little rat scat inside the boat.

    Except in the shopping bag where we had the bread. We left it on the floor in the V-berth …


  • Ph. III, day 47, Dinghy Propane

    Here's the interim solution for a propane canister on the dinghy.

    If we had a hard floor of some kind, we wouldn't need to be so careful. But with an inflatable floor, we need to keep sharp (or potentially sharp) metal objects away from the dinghy.

    Like This:

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    Propane Fuel …

  • Ph. III, day 46, Ozzy

    Here's Ozzy roosting on the mizzen mast.

    With a dead fish.

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    Ozzy the Osprey

    Ozzy needs to announce their presence -- with a fish -- on a perch. We have no idea why.

    "You've got a nice fish," we say. "Why call attention to it? Do you want to start a fight …


  • Ph. III, day 45, Solutions

    Today was the day.

    1. Old engine out.
    2. New engine in.

    We don't have a car. So, this was complicated. CA prepared a minute-by-minute plan.

    09:00 Stage the old stuff on the dock

    Old Outboard
    Out with the Old

    10:00 Call for an Uber ride to a U-Haul place in Stuart …


  • Ph. III, day 44, Stuart

    Having a wonderfully low-key time in Stuart.

    CA inspected the hose clamps. Which means lifting each cabin-sole board and reaching down with a tool to see if they can be tightened even a little. Any rusty ones are my problem to replace.

    The USCG rules for fire extinguishers have changed …


  • Ph. III, day 40, Stuart

    Nothing much going on here. Still.

    CA washed down the toe-rail with ammonia. It's a once-a-year job to keep the teak clean.

    Toe-Rail Washdown
    CA scrubbing the toe-rail

    The idea here is to keep the teak clean so it can "silver" naturally. There used to be Cetol finish on the rail. It …


  • Ph. III, day 36, Stuart

    Nothing much going on here.

    I've cleaned out the pile of Tohatsu/Nissan spares.

    Box of Parts
    Tohatsu/Nissan Spares and Parts

    We remain docked at the Harborage marina in Stuart. 27°12.702′N 080°15.451′W. Slip J-38.

    We placed an order about a week ago for a motor and …


  • Running Rigging Update

    We started replacing the running rigging back in September. See Home Handicrafts — Splicing for the start of this. We're not done, but we're close. Really close. And I'm getting better at splicing.

    The start of this effort is an exhaustive enumeration of all the running rigging. Red Ranger is a …


  • Weather Window Again (again)

    There's another big Winter Storm pummeling the northeast. Which means cold winds and high seas down here.

    This has just shown up in the AMZ450 forecast for St. Mary's, GA.

    Tuesday Night And Wednesday North winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet.

    And PredictWind has similar details …


  • That Disorienting Lurch

    There's kind of stomach-churning lurch that happens. It's a sudden change in direction or speed that seems to catch you off-guard; it's a visceral thing. A twinge in your gut that something's not right.

    We leave Mom's a day early to avoid crap weather between Schenectady and Hendersonville. We leave …


  • The Weather Window [Update 1 Feb]

    If we didn't still have a million things to do, we should leave right now. But. We still have water tanks to fill, laundry to do, and we need to take the truck to storage. So. Instead of leaving when the window opens, we'll leave tomorrow as it's starting to …


  • The Truck Question

    What is the truck question? To keep or not to keep, that is the question. And if we keep, where to keep to avoid the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune?

    Back in '12, we sold the truck. No problem until we needed a vehicle to commute to a job …


  • The Depths of Winter

    It got cold. Much of the northeast had a huge winter blizzard.

    We had this.

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    Yes, that's 38°F, which is really 3°C.

    It's not a blizzard with dangerous levels of blowing snow. It's just cold. Indoors.

    The space heaters are running non-stop. While today's …


  • Dinghy Death and New Life

    Our 2012 Walker Bay has finally become more liability than asset.

    Here she is, waiting to get rolled up and ready to be unshipped.

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    The high-pressure air floor finally sprang a leak.

    We talked with repair places and they were not optimistic.

    So we started looking …


  • Stowage and Destinations

    We're heading South to visit — if we can — a bunch of birding sites, looking for bird sightings.

    The overall, vague outline is to get to St. Mary's, GA, during the weather window on Tuesday. (We'd like to go Monday, but we won't quite be ready; stay tuned for complications.) The …


  • First, of course, we have to start

    Today (Jan 16) we're enduring a big winter storm.

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    We're enduring it from the relative safety of Hendersonville, North Carolina.

    Red Ranger is tied up at Cooper River Marina, in Charleston.

    We can't really continue our Southbound journey until we can get out of the snowy mountains and down …


  • 2021 Southbound Phase III

    We're planners. CA and I can't do much without a detailed plan. We worked for a company that liked to have an MBM (Minute-by-Minute) for software deployments.

    It's cold at Mom's. It's pretty cold in Charleston. It's not so cold in Key Biscayne. So. That's our objective.

    Not so fast …


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