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. VI, day 13, Myakka River

    Anchored. 26°57.0662′N 082°11.2751′W.

    We're cruisers. I think all cruisers carry jerry jugs of spare fuel on deck.

    Fuel Transfer
    Fuel Transfer

    Since this is the end of this cruising season, we poured the fuel from jerry jugs into the tank.

    This can be messy and involve …

  • Ph. VI, day 1-2, Bound For Marco Island

    When we depart, we always say we're "bound for" a destination, like Marco Island. We're not necessarily going to actually get there. It's the ocean: things will change.

    The Dry Tortugas
    The Dry Tortugas

    The Plan

    The plan is an 18-hour overnight passage. Leave at noon, arrive at dawn. Due to DST, dawn …

  • Southbound Ph. III, day 10, Waiting

    Waiting for weather in New Smyrna Beach. Weather is pleasant. Anchor is holding.

    Safe Anchor Screen Shot
    Safe Anchor Screen Shot

    This is the SafeAnchor app on the iPhone. It shows about 60' of movement between where I marked the anchor and where we are. In the SW corner of the circle, there's a …

  • Hurricane Florence

    We're lucky. As of Thursday (when Florence made landfall) the projected course was well away from the Chesapeake bay. There will be Tropical Depression wind and rain, but not a direct hit, and — hopefully — minimal storm surge.

    Here's Red Ranger's hurricane preparation list:

    1. Remove foresails. The furling line can break …

  • Rainy Weekend

    May as well clean.

    Wilcox-Critteden Head
    Trying to get the head to flush properly

    And fix things.

    This thing is the pump assembly on our Marine Sanitation Device (MSD). You might know it as a toilet.

    CA's picking the paint out of the inlet valve packing nut.

    The forward cylinder (with the …

  • Whitby Rendezvous 2015

    CA did it again. Another wonderful rendezvous. Food. Friends. Fellowship. Fascinating Stories.


    We had only two Whitby's at the docks. The nor'easter and Hurricane Joaquin intimidated many of us, keeping folks away from the West River Sail Club docks.

    Here's a summary of what we did:

    Monday 5 …

  • More Moving In

    Hoping to be weekenders. But. There were problems.

    Back in June, we moved one car-load (small sedan car: trunk and back seats) from the boat to an apartment. This included a lot of clothes and some essentially galley and head supplies.

    On July 5th, we moved one more little sedan …

  • Week 7: Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

    This week we're starting south from Belhaven, North Carolina. After Hurricane Sandy moves on and devastates the northeast.

    The Commodore Says: "It may be raining, but at least it's not really cold."

    The wintery cold front that merged with Hurricane Sandy brought plenty of blustery winter weather. It was cold …

  • Hurricane Irene

    Hurricanes are dangerous. Video.

    In 2010, we had a "near miss" from Hurricane Earl. It weakened before arriving, and we had a rainy night.

    This year, we had Irene. It plowed right through Hampton Roads and could have charged right up the Bay. Lucky for us, it drifted off shore …

  • Too Hot to Handle

    Saturday was the last day of the 2010 USODA Layline Nationals. Kids left. The place went back to being a sleepy little marina in rural Virginia.

    While the Optimists were coming in after a day of racing -- we went out. The wind had died and the best we could do …

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