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

  • Safety Considerations

    Read Safety at Sea: Preparing for Emergencies first. Captivating article.

    On Red Ranger we have the 5 F's of safety:

    • Flood

    • Fire

    • Falling Overboard

    • First Aid

    • Fatigue

    • And Famine.

    Okay. It's six. But they're the life-and-death essentials.

    Here's Alvah Simon's list — based on real Coast Guard data.

    Fire. Red Ranger …

  • Anchor Locker, Ground Tackle, and Silt

    The bottom of the Chesapeake involves silt. A lot of it. Anchoring in silt is kind of fun. You barely have to think about it. Except, of course, for the silt that stays with your anchor chain.

    When we first started sailing down here, we heard an old salt explain …

  • A Million Things to Do

    She's a boat — there are always things to do. We have enumerated the jobs using Trello. There are 51 things on the backlog. Okay. It's not a million. Some are really complex. Others are a trip to Home Depot to find the right gasket for the faucets.

    Instead of work …

  • Pumps and The 5F's of Safety

    On Red Ranger, we use the 5F's of safety.

    • Flooding

    • Falling Overboard

    • Fire

    • First Aid

    • Fatigue and Famine

    These help us separate what's safety critical from what's merely a good idea.

    Which leads us to pumps. Hull integrity, hose integrity, and hose clamps are important preventative measures. A dripless shaft …

  • Lifesling Container

    There are some important lessons learned in safety here. Very important.

    One of the first pieces of safety equipment we bought for Red Ranger was a Life Sling 2. It's a tidy container with hook and loop strips (Velcro™) that fastens neatly to the taffrail or lifeline somewhere.


    Most …

  • A Liferaft Demo [Updated]

    2014-whitby-rendezvous "What a liferaft looks like"

    This is what it looks like when you inflate a small 4-person six-person life raft.

    What's important here is that it's (a) small and (b) small. While it clearly looks like it might remain upright, there are issues.

    In horrifying, scary weather, this may …

  • Week 27: Crossing To Florida

    This was painful, but necessary.

    1. Stuff broke. We knew something was amiss when Mr. Lehman developed an unusual new smell on Saturday or Sunday. Really. A new smell. We'd learned all of his various noises. And a diesel engine has a characteristic smell. But this smell was new and different …

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