Monday, June 29, 2015

Knotty7: Sail Date

If you cannot view the video click this link:

Capt. Kim and I had a great sail date yesterday (6/28/2015)

We sailed at a top speed of 7.1 kts at one point. It was a beautiful summer day around 85 degrees with a nice south westerly wind.  

Found a nice spot to throw the anchor in at Ponce Inlet by the lighthouse and had lunch.

 A summer storm rolled in right on top of us. Kim sat out in the cockpit at the helm watching to make sure we didn't drag or the anchor did not give way due to the winds.

 It was set perfectly. The storm passed by and the sun came back out for our sail back to home port.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Computer Programming with Khan Academy

During the Summer, Blayne is taking a computer programming class through the e-learning site KhanAcademy.   He may just be the next Steve Jobs one day!! I'm so proud of him for taking up something he loves to do and working hard at it.

Check out his latest program he made using Java Script language.

If you cannot see the program playing below go to this link>>>


Made using: Khan Academy Computer Science.

My Muse

My Muse...
So there is this bird that has a nest in one of the palms nearby. 

It sings early starting at the break of dawn and until the sun caresses the horizon.
I listen to his songs like they are nature's own Pandora station.
His sweet music, so upbeat and happy. He's happy just singing away. 

I love how nature makes you feel when you take the time to step back and listen....

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Galley Foods, Gadgets and Books

Hi everyone!!
  I have been busily building up a collection of links and info on galley foods and gadgets to use while living aboard. 
    It can really get boring fixing sandwiches or eating out of a can all the time so I have begun my hunt for the best tasting recipes and most practical gadgets to use when living in such a small space to cook and with not much refrigeration/freezer space.  
    With some smart meal planning and close attention to the budget it all can be done and with a bonus you can do it while being healthy.
 We all know sailing can take a lot of strength and being out on the water or on the dock in the heat long hours/days can take a lot out of you. 
To stay strong you need lots of protein and fresh natural foods such as lean meats, beans, veggies and fruits also lots of water to keep you hydrated.  
(Look for my smoothy, slushy and blender drink recipes soon)

You can find that collection on our page "The  Galley" 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Windfinder App

Forecast Ponce Inlet/Daytona Beach,

This is a great app to use from any mobile 
device. Find it here >
We use it before going out on any trips out the inlet. 

See the screenshot below.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Spotted Jellyfish!!

We saw this cool spotted jellyfish in the marina today!!

Watch the video below!

Our youngest mate B did some research and found out this particular jellyfish is rare!

Here is some info about it:

Google Celebrates 130 Years of Lady Liberty

130 years of Lady Liberty in the US thanks to our friends in France! #GoogleDoodle

    Thousands upon thousands of visitors and immigrants have passed thru this harbor and have greeted Lady Liberty.    

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wishing....Dreaming...Staying Positive

Wishing this was US  right now enjoying  some time in the Caribbean!
 Soon very Soon hopefully!!
Trying to stay positive and keep the dream alive. :)

Celebrate Sailing with Summer Sailstice!

Celebrate Sailing with Summer Sailstice! 

Showcase your sailing: Saturday June 20, 2015.
Organize an event! or Enter your sailing plans!

-   When you sign up or create an event you become part of a global demonstration of sailing
 - whether it's open to the public or a private sail it all gives an insight of the world
of sailing. You can sign up your regular club event, create a special event or just go for
a sail or win a prize.  It's all about sharing one weekend of sailing 'together'.
 - See more at:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Places and Spaces You Can Find a Cat on a Boat

As you can see Abigail can be found in any number of hidey holes inside the cabin and exploring out on deck!
Abby sleeping in the anchor hold (her first week on board)
Caught Abby in the head! (LOL)

Abby enjoying her knit blanket

Monday, June 8, 2015

In the Galley Tonight

Tonight on the menu:
Boneless Country Style BBQ Pork Ribs
With Roasted Potatoes and
 Tossed Salad.

I love using my Nesco 5qt roaster/slow cooker while we are here at the dock. It is great for one pot meals , takes up not so much space , and does not heat up the galley too much.
Also, you can cook practically all day long and have dinner ready and waiting while we are doing other things! 
This is a simple dish to prepare and only a few key ingredients.  Most of the ingredients for this recipe you can find already in your pantry/cupboards. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Great Deal Alert!!

Great Deal Alert!!

If you are looking for something fun to do while on the water this summer consider a kayak! They are great exercise and can easily navigate shallow waters.

I just found this great deal on an inflatable kayak from West Marine.

Description: $100 Off Scout Advanced Inflatable Kayak. Buy Today for Only $349 Online & In-Stores! Price valid thru June 21st. *Restrictions May Apply

Click the Link below to see more info....

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

When on the dinghy...

What happens on the dinghy...
stays on the dinghy! 
Always a fun time hanging out with these two.

Cool Video from our Marina!

This is an aerial video 
(captured by a drone)of our marina where we are currently.
Halifax Harbor Marina 
is located in Daytona Beach, Florida

See if you can spot SV SeaDragon!!

We love this marina! It has superb amenities and top notch service!
If you happen to be cruising in this area stop by.

You can find it by water  here:
MM: ICW St. Mile 830.5 at ICW Marker 39A
LAT/LON: 29.204024, -81.012205

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Quality Marina Services!

A Shout Out to our good friend Jeffrey Boyd,
 owner of Boat Works & Detailing! 
 He does quality work and will treat you right! 

Monday, June 1, 2015

For the Dad who Sails: Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is Sunday June 21, 2015
I  have compiled a list of useful and memorable treasures any nautical loving dad would love!

Nautical Gifts for Dad:

Weems and Plath Teak Log Cover, Sailboat Plate - 299Weems and Plath Teak Log Cover, Sailboat Plate - 299
The attractive, handmade Teak Log Book Cover is perfect for the sailboat owner because on the front is featured an engraved sailboat on a solid brass plate. There is ample room to engrave the vessel name and captain in order to personalize this elegant wood log book cover. It features a high gloss lacquer finish and it fits all the Weems and Plath Log Books (sold separately) such as the GPS Navigation Log (800) and The Ship's Log (797). * Dimensions: * 13" x 10" (330 x 254 mm) * Weight: * 2.87 lbs (1,302 g)

Benzara Nautical Theme Sailboat Decor With Waving Flag - 69894 Benzara Nautical Theme Sailboat Decor With Waving Flag - 69894
Benzara Nautical Theme Sailboat decor With Waving Flag - 69894Product Features ? Made of metal ? Let your contemporary home dive into the deep blue with this sailboat ready for an adventure at sea ? For all those who love the sea and love the sea faring live

Benzara Versatile Style Aluminum Sailboat Bookend with Worn-Out Look - 26916 Benzara Versatile Style Aluminum Sailboat Bookend with Worn-Out Look - 26916
Benzara Versatile Style Aluminum Sailboat Bookend with Worn-Out Look - 26916Product Features ? If you are looking for an accessory that stands up to your expectation of style and artistic look, then this Aluminum sailboat bookend would surely interest you ? It comprises of a worn out book in the middle and two sailboats of the same size at both ends, this accessory will add a classic touch to your living room shelf ? The shine of the sailboats is carved with the black stands that can make it look good in the dining area too ? The versatile look of this sailboat bookend makes it ideal for enhancing offices as well ? Place it on your desk or on a shelf in your cabin to add a richness and gloss to your office decor ? The top quality metal used in making this structure ensures a lasting use without corrosion or a scratch ? It comes with a dimension of 7" H x 5" W x 4" D.

Timex Expedition WS4 Altimeter Watch Timex Expedition WS4 Altimeter Watch
Product Features * INDIGLO Night-Light with NIGHT-MODE * Altimeter * Barometer * Digital Thermometer Measures Air and Water Temperature * Accurate Digital Compass

Custom Sailorbags Medium Sailcloth Round Duffel Bags White/Blue Custom Sailorbags Medium Sailcloth Round Duffel Bags White/Blue
Sailor Bags 208-B Medium Round Duffel - BlueProduct Features Both the round-end and the square-end sailcloth duffels are made from double-layered sailcloth, with waterproof lining, and loaded with pockets on the inside, plus a quick access pocket on the outside. All of our duffels are tough as nails and built to keep their contents dry. All duf