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DENIED in the Kitesurfing MECCA – Adventure 30 (Sailing Around the World)

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Don’t Do This At Home – Adventure 28

From the tragedy of Huahine to the undersea playground of Tahaa and Bora Bora. Epic! The lagoon waters do not get any better than this. Turquoise as far as the eye can see. These are the gems of the South Pacific. We spent a couple weeks chilling out, exploring and waiting on weather before heading […]


Collision at Night! The Tanda Malaika Wreck – Adventure 27

After beautiful Moorea our next stop was Huahine. Just over eighty nautical miles away. Close enough to contemplate a day-time passage if you have a fast boat. Tanda Malaika set off at first light but unfortunately did not make it in before dark. After the sun set they collided with the reef at the southern tip […]


INSANE Hike on Moorea – Adventure 26

Moorea is insanely beautiful. The travel brochures do not lie. Those gorgeous resorts are on every corner. It is also only a short 2 hour sail from Tahiti. The slow pace was a welcomed treat after the hustle of Tahiti. Easily accomplished while anchored in eight feet of crystal clear water. The occasional ray cruising […]


About our Polynesian Tattoos – Adventure 25

Civilization. Wow. It had been a long time since we had seen lettuce, ahem, I mean traffic. We pulled into Pape’ete after a short 18 hour sail from the isolation of the Tuamotus and it was like entering another world. A City! Traffic, Pollution, Carefour (thats french an amazing version of grocery shopping). Pape’ete was […]


We Went HUNTING at NIGHT – Adventure 24

From the depths of the South Pacific. While jumping from atoll to atoll we came across one which seemed particularly remote. Think population of 10. Middle of nowhere. Nothing but a few guys working the coconut trees. Often sleeping in hammocks. Living off nothing other than rain water, fish and well, coconut. Export of Copra, […]


Diving with Sharks – Adventure 23

Sharks. They’re everywhere in the Tuamotus Islands. Black tips. White tips and Greys. And others lurking in the shadows. We were definitely intimidated when we first arrived. Scared to get in the water while these guys swam at our back step. But slowly, very cautiously, we warmed up to these cuties. They were just coming […]


Kiteboarding with Sharks! – Adventure 22

With 77 Atolls, the Tuamotu are the epitome of the picturesque South Pacific. Each atoll is different and yet the same. Narrow bands of coral. Sometimes small motus (islands). Other times the reef is the only thing between you and the deep blue sea. 3000 meters of nothing but black. The insides of these atolls […]


Ripped Mainsail 1/2 to New Zealand – Adventure 21

Our mainsail took an absolute beating on the Pacific crossing. Nineteen days of sun, chafe and wave slap turned it into a raggity, bagged out piece of cloth. We knew it was in bad shape but thought we could baby it to New Zealand. We were wrong. In one small upwind stint, we tore the […]


The Exotic Marquesas – Adventure 20

Wow! Episode 20. Twenty movies. It’s been a fun ride. Thanks for watching! We hope you enjoy this episode… Rugged. Remote. Exotic. The Marquesas are a wild place. So wild that Fatu Hiva is only accessible by boat. Only after hiking across the island we understand why. Mountains rage up into the clouds. Jungle covers […]


The Life Raft Experiment – Adventure 19

Will an expired liferaft float? What’s inside of these things? How do they work? These things aren’t cheap so it was discussed whether we could trust our old one and just have it repacked or get a new one. We ended up choosing to get a new one. There are many options to decide from. Some […]


Crossing the Pacific. 19 Days at Sea – Adventure 18

We made it! No wait. Holy crap we did it! We crossed the Pacific Ocean! WOOOT! Such a milestone and a huge bucket list item ticked off the list. I feel like we are finally real salty sailors. In reality we, have had much worse yet shorter passages so this one was pretty awesome. Not […]


Life In The Slow Lane

Just a quick update as internet is very sparse out here. Since we have arrived in French Polynesia, we have cruised through the breathtaking and rather wet Marquesas and are now in the Tuamotu. The underwater life here is just incredible! It is absolutely alive below the surface. Friendly and not so friendly sharks circle our back […]


Video: 17 Hours of Sex with Galapagos Giant Land Tortoises – Adventure 17

We have more Galapagos goodness for you. Episode 17 has more of the top celebrities from the Galapagos including Blue Footed Boobies, White Tip Sharks, more Sea Lions and of course the Giant Land Tortoise. Hope you enjoy. Coming up next is our 19 day passage across the Pacific.  


Video: 7 Days at Sea. Sailing to the Galapagos – Adventure 16

After 7 days at sea we land in the Galapagos. A place full of life both above and below water. Sea lions promptly invade our cockpit. What an awesome place to explore by sailboat. We hope you enjoy this episode. With love, Ben & Ash  


Video: Car Crash in Panama City – Adventure 15

Rental cars are really cheap in Panama city. Something like $10 per day. But then they tack on $50 worth of car insurance. Mandatory car insurance. We ended up attempting to decline all insurance. It was a long and futile argument that ended with us paying for the expensive, mandatory low end insurance. The roads are quite […]


Day 19 – Land Ho!

Conditions: Eerily calm. We are at anchor! Persons aboard: Can you believe it? There are still two persons aboard! No, seriously. No stowaways found to date. And, the knives stayed in the cupboard the entire time. Except when there was fish to slay. Fish count: Ben retired from his fishing career after that big one. […]


Pacific Crossing – Day 18: Mixed Emotions and Then the Big One!

Conditions: Pretty good. 15 to 20 knots on the beam. Bouncy. We stopped looking at weather forecasts a week ago. Nothing seems to change out here. It’s either windy or pretty windy. Persons aboard. One fisherman. One hell of a fisher woman. Fish count: One monster… (Ben) And just like that it’s all over. Where […]


Day 17: Monsters are Jumping

Conditions: Squally. Just the rainy squall kind. Wet out here! Persons aboard: Two tired salty souls. Fish count: One good size skipjack tuna. We are no longer Tuna snobs given the drought. (Ash) I have just realized that we have been out here a long time. By the time we get into port it will […]


Day 16 – Fresh Veggies

Conditions: We saw the sun! Finally a day where there was both a sunrise and sunset. Been a while. We are ignoring the rain squalls in between. Persons aboard: Two salty dogs. Fish count: Nada, nil, nix, zilch, zip, diddly-squat.. NOTHING. (Ash) Tonight we are having Greek Salad for dinner. Can you believe it? 16 […]


Day 15 – Mr Fix It

Conditions: Better! Still a huge swell, a million sail changes with fickle wind, but so much better! Except why oh why are there always huge squalls at dinner time? Persons aboard: Haven’t checked in a while. Could you imagine if we found a stowaway. That would be so cool at this point! Fish count: We’re […]


Day 14 – Chores

Conditions: Waves, waves, waves, squalls and fickle winds. Conditions must be better today, we did chores. Day 14 was officially our slowest day of the trip so far. Only 140nm covered in the last 24hr. Persons aboard: 2 clean sailors Fish count: Does chicken count? Steak fajitas anyone? Just to be clear, this does not […]


Day 13 – Awful. Just Awful

Conditions: The title of this post says it all. Persons aboard: One miserable. One very miserable. Fish count: I tried. Three lines out. Tangled two. Awful. Just awful. (Ben) What a miserable day. No wind. Tons of wind. Squalls. Rain. Waves. Huge rollers. No wind. More rain. More waves FROM ALL DIRECTIONS. Ahhhhhhh. Frustrating. This […]


Day 12 – Course Change

Conditions: MIXED BAG. Clouds, Mild Squall, wind, no wind, a sprinkle of rain, finally a downpoor. Persons aboard: Deux. Un Monsieur. Un Mademoiselle. Fun fact: We’re entering a land where they speak French (french Polynesia).ir Ashley tells me she’s been practicing her french on the toilet. Out loud. Fish count: Two Mahi Mahi. Had three […]


Day 11 – Mid Ocean Babble

Conditions: 10 – 15 knots. Had our Code Zero (light wind sail) up most of the day. It’s a downwind sleigh ride. Persons aboard: Two. One male. One female. Fish count: Made a sweet new lure out of a Laphroaig scotch cork. Looks like it works great. I mean, hasn’t caught anything yet but putting […]


Day 10 – Half Way. HALF WAY!

Conditions: Confused seas this morning gave way to a more gentle ride in the afternoon. There’s nothing worse than short steep waves. Forty knots of wind, no problem. Big huge rolling swell, no worries. Short steep 1-6 foot chop. Barf. Persons aboard: I wish three. Kind of ran out of stories and no one else […]


Day 9 – No One

Conditions: 18 to 23 knots. Windy now. We’re surfing down waves consistently at 10 to 12 knots. Max speed in last 24 hours was 14.3 knots and 185 nautical miles. I think we’ll break a 200 mile day yet. Persons aboard: Two irresponsible adults. Fish count: Nada. Zilch. Nichts. (Ben) Haven’t seen or talked to […]


Day 8 – Blustery & Rough

Conditions: 18 to 23 knots. Overcast. It’s rough out. The oceans are confused. Waves coming from three directions. We’re getting wave slap underneath this cat causing the entire saloon table to bounce up a couple inches. It’s loud. Boom! KaBoom!! Sleep comes in spurts when one is too tired to care about being bounced around […]


Day 7 – Is Anybody Out There?

Conditions: A gentle 10 knots. The sun is shining. The stereo is blasting The Best Of The Eagles and french toast is appearing out of the galley. A grand morning. Persons aboard: Two for the time being. Fish count: Caught two flying fish on the trampoline last night. I know. That doesn’t count as “fish” […]


Day 7 – Is Anybody Out There?

Conditions: A gentle 10 knots. The sun is shining. The stereo is blasting The Best Of The Eagles and french toast is appearing out of the galley. A grand morning. Persons aboard: Two for the time being. Fish count: Caught two flying fish on the trampoline last night. I know. That doesn’t count as “fish” […]


Day 6 – Shifts Shifts Shifts.

Conditions: Wind has filled in. White caps everywhere. 18 knots on the port quarter. Absolutely gorgeous sailing. Screaming along on a broad reach. Life is good. Had a few squalls this morning. Nothing with much punch to it. Just a bit of rain. Persons aboard: Still two. Fish count: I don’t want to talk about […]


Day 5: Food Obsessions Continue

Conditions: A mild 8 to 12 knots during the day. A gentle 2 meter swell is lifting us up ever so gently and then dropping us back down. Ramping up slightly to 11 to 15 knots of wind during the night. Persons aboard: Still two. Fish count: Zero. Not even a bite. A sad sad […]


Day 4 – Cranking Out The Miles

Day 4: Conditions: Had a fantastic run the last 24 hours seeing winds up to 18 knots. 8-10 knots of boat speed. We hope this is signs of things to come once we get further south in the stronger trade winds. Covered 190nm in last 24hr, that is close to a record for us! Persons […]


Day 3. Galapagos to Marquesas

Day 3: By Ash: Settling in. Yup, we are settling in. I am not so sea sick and finally am getting into the swing of things. Fish are being caught and we have a beautiful red footed boobie hanging out with us for entertainment. His name is boobie Bill and he is beautiful. The wind […]


Day 1, 2. Galapagos to Marquesas

By Ash: Anticipation and excitement and quite a bit of frustration lead up to our departure. We were desperately trying to upload a video to youtube and finish up a few tasks that we had left to the last minute… you know bond letters for entering french Polynesia and boat insurance… no biggy. Well we […]


Video: The Panama Canal – Adventure 14

What an experience of a lifetime! After much planning and waiting, this is definitely one of those milestones in our lives that we will never forget. A one-way ticket of sorts. An exit from the Caribbean and the entry into the Pacific. A homecoming of sorts as we have spent most of our lives in the Pacific. […]



Video: Adventures in Panama – Adventure 12

In  this episode we have a grand old time getting around in Panama. We (possibly illegally) walk through the port of Colon to get the paperwork process started for transiting the Canal. We figure out how to catch schooling tuna and generally just enjoy the last couple of weeks on the Atlantic side of the […]


Video: Kiteboarding the San Blas – Adventure 11

How can you possibly leave when the wind is up and kiteboarding is to be had? The shallow waters of the San Blas offer some of the best Kiteboarding in the entire Caribbean. Behind each barrier reef are vast sections of knee deep water. The perfect place to kite.  


Blog: The Human Meat Sandwich

  The fridges are looking rather empty. A few rotten carrots. Two eggs and some stale bread. The top-loading fridge is a deep cavernous hole. The beer & wine situation is dismal. What was once an entire guest cabin reasonably filled with beer & wine is now a vacuum. Today we provision; An entire day […]


Video: Paradise in the San Blas Islands – Adventure 10

Talk about getting off the beaten path. Sailing our home through the San Blas for the past weeks and months has been an absolutely amazing cultural and breathtaking experience. There are picture perfect islands everywhere. The local Kuna indians, who control the land, have been able to maintain their way of life. It is so […]


Video: Cartagena at Night – Adventure 09

No video in weeks. Over a month to be exact! Outrageous to leave our readers hanging. Well, we’ve been sailing in areas that are rather remote. No internet. No cell phone coverage. (not much beer). No vegetables. Nothing but deserted islands with a few perfect palm trees. Throw in some kiteboarding, spearfishing and snorkling and […]


Big Seas & Gale Winds to Columbia – Adventure 08

We set sail from Puerto Rico expecting a “sporty” sail. What started as a mundane sail ended with winds to 40 knots, a fresh gale, and steep waves. The coast of Columbia is renowned for it’s sea conditions. Some say it’s the entire Atlantic piling up in this corner of the Caribbean. Others say it’s […]


Swimming With Dolphins – Adventure 07

What do you do when have to wait for batteries? You swim with dolphins! What an unreal experience!! We play with these intelligent creatures for probably over an hour. We watch and listen in awe as they chirp, laugh and blow bubbles around us. We continue to cruise the Spanish Virgin Islands and explore a rickety […]


Kiteboarding the Grenadines – Adventure 06

We Kiteboard Salt Whistle Bay as well as the Tobago Keys. Hands down some of the best locations to kiteboard in the eastern Caribbean! We stop by Bequia and buy a 4 pound lobster. Then continue on overnight to Martinique where we stock up on french cheese, baguettes, and wine. Note: Fuel problems are now […]


Fair Trade? One Dinghy for one Lobster – Adventure 05

What a fun couple of weeks! We do a little crazy driving in Grenada, catch a very nice size Wahoo (that’s a fish). We have fun trading with the local fishermen on Petit Martinique and get a lot wet with monsoon-like rains on Union Island. A little underwater exploration wraps up this action packed episode. […]


She Floats! – Adventure 04

We’ve done it. We’ve left the boatyard and this time we managed to do it in under two weeks. Our mission was simple; get everything done below the waterline. The rest can wait. We’ve only seen a glimpse of what Grenada has to offer. It is an absolutely gorgeous island with an incredible amount of personality. The locals […]


Cruising vs Reality – Adventure 03

This cruising life sounds wonderful doesn’t it? What we possibly gloss over is things like boatyard work. It’s really hot awful work. Nothing works on a boat when it’s out of the water. No toilets means climbing down a ladder in the middle of the night and running across the yard. No anchorage means no wind […]


5 Flights to Paradise – Adventure 02

After 30+ hours of travel, we are finally back in Grenada. The same island where our boat is! It’s been an epic journey. We have an epic time ahead of us with boat work. Very soon we’ll be back to cruising the tropical waters of the Caribbean and beyond!  


101 Farewells – Adventure 01

We are enroute back to our boat! Currently sitting in the Toronto airport with another twelve hours of travel ahead of us. We absolutely cannot wait to see our gem of a Catamaran. She’s been patiently sitting on the hard in Grenada. We have massive plans this coming sailing season. Stay tuned for tons and […]


For Sale – 1987 VW Westfalia

Normal scheduled programming will resume shortly as we prepare to head back to the boat in one weeks time. We have some major sailing plans this year which we’ll fill you in on shortly. In the meantime…. Reduced to $9,000 We’re selling our drop dead gorgeous Volkswagen Westfalia. It has a one-of-a-kind paint job. But don’t […]


Where has the time gone…

Well we are so far behind in telling tales of our journey, it’s daunting to catch up. We have been flying through the Eastern Caribbean Islands working our way south. Destination: Grenada. Deadline: July 5th.  Just over a month ago we left the virgin islands and we have been moving almost non-stop since. We have […]


The British Virgin Islands – The Cement

Eight or so years ago we took a three week vacation to the BVIs. That vacation cemented our sailing dreams. I remember filling out the application to charter a sailboat. There was a section on experience. Oh man did we fill that up. We were actually pretty qualified… to rent a dinghy. We had raced all sorts […]


Freedom & Moving

We woke up this morning bobbing ever so slightly. Sleepily, thoughts crossed our minds. What is the plan for today?  Within a matter of a few sentences we decided that today we move. Move to another country. It is exactly this sort of freedom that appeals to us. Being able to move your entire house […]


Spanish Virgin Islands

Well, we have a little catching up to do. Two months ago we arrived in Puerto Rico and for two months we have been meandering through the Virgin Islands. Now we are onto the leeward islands as head south to Grenada for Hurricane season. So what’s with the delay? Well we had guests. We had […]


New Video: Bahamas 2016

Bear with us as we work on our video editing skills. Somewhat embarrassed by this video but in the spirit of progress, we’ve pushed this out anyways. More to come in terms of video soon.  


A Puerto Rican Interlude

Quickly we realized that Ben needed a car for the gathering of engine parts while living in Fajardo. What we didn’t realize was that Puerto Rico was one of those places where people drive however they want. Ben pulled out his race car driver mode as he navigated around half of Puerto Rico in preparation of […]


Fajardo

After a week at sea, we were happy to tuck into a decent marina in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. We slept and rested for a day. Then it was off to work. We had major issues with our transmissions not going into gear. Days prior to departing the Bahamas the starboard engine wouldn’t consistently go into […]


Bahamas to Puerto Rico – Day 5 & 6

Day 5 – Alone & Near Mutiny (By Ben) Perspective: We’re pretty far away from civilization now. Haven’t seen any freighters for about a day. It’s night time. 4 in the morning. It’s dark. No moon. Just stars and a big empty ocean. I lay on the front of my boat as it gently bobs […]


Bahamas to Puerto Rico – Day 3 & 4

Day 3 – Fish, Wind & Life Lessons. (By Ash) Wind. Finally! We sailed without the engine for about 6 hours making good time compared to the last couple days. But with the wind came the waves and that made today well, ugh. It’s hard to explain the wave action. There is both a forward jerky […]


Bahamas to Puerto Rico

Day 1 – Outwitted & Out Played (By Ben) We pulled anchor several hours later than scheduled. The water was just too crystal clear that morning that it enticed us to a few more swims. It was as if the Bahamas were tempting us. Questioning our decision to leave; “Hey, check out how beautiful I […]


Exuma Life

Life is better in the Exumas. Two weeks has slipped by and we have hardly taken note. Days meld together. There are no weekends. There are no weekdays. Every day, every hour has a special moment. Whether it’s the sweet smells coming off the islands, iguanas parading the beach, pigs swimming, kiteboarding or simply the […]


The Cursed Lure

Ft Lauderdale. At 3:30am the alarm went off. It was go time. Time to leave the United States of America. Over the past six months we’d developed a love-hate relationship with this country. We’d had some of the worst experiences of our lives. All of them caused by this wretched hard top. A non negotiable item […]


Each To Their Own

The new hard top is on. Installed. Looks amazing. It’s a work of art. It was ready last Friday. We were ready Sunday but the weather was not. So tomorrow we head out into the Gulf Stream and cross over to Bimini, Bahamas. We thought about leaving first thing Monday, but hey, what’s a few days […]


Hard Aground

She was right. Here I am at the helm. Steering this ship as a Captain does. Checking my charts. Cross referencing with the color of the water. Trying to figure out if we can tuck around this next corner to avoid all swell tonight. Ashley comes storming out of the saloon; “It’s too shallow up ahead. […]


Yesterday

Yesterday. A test of sorts. We had run low on everything. Including beer & eggs. The essentials. It had been howling thru this mooring field for three days now. We’d been cooped up on this boat for two. Unable to get off as it was too rough to bother. Then, yesterday, we got our chance. […]


Back in the swing of things

It’s been almost two weeks since we left Fort Lauderdale. I can say we’re back in the swing of things. Back into cruising mode. A mode that can be tedious but one that also has many rewards. I often quickly forget how this vessel is a floating city; There’s water systems to attend to. The […]


We’re Back!

We took the last couple weeks to fly home for a reset. Five days of snowboarding. Christmas. New Years. Family. Short but sweet. We hadn’t told a sole of our visit home so the reactions were priceless. My family is German and we celebrate Christmas eve. Ashley and I parked on the side street, snuck around […]


Living the Nightmare

The last two months have been the worst of my life. Period. Getting ripped off once. Getting ripped off twice (I’ll get to that later). I have sat down many a times to write something. Each time failing to hit the ‘Publish’ button. Why? Because everything I had to say was dry, boring dribble. Stuff […]


Hostage

Ughh. We’re still in Virginia. We’re in the water but tied up to the dock at the same old boatyard. It’s cold now. We’ve slipped into winter. The leaves have mostly all come down. Every morning is near freezing. We’re in a bit of a funk. It’s not fun anymore. This is not the ‘dream’ […]


Our Plan South

Back in October, during a cold snap, we we bought an $18 space heater at Walmart. It got used a fair amount during that cold snap but then things warmed up again. Shorts weather. The perfect kind of working weather. Not too hot, not too cold. We’ve now slipped into November. Middle of November. That heater […]


Topless & Scammed

How do I begin? It’s been a tough week. Really tough. I will not mince words; We’ve been scammed. Scammed for many of thousands of dollars. We feel humbled. Defeated. Everything is so clear when you look back. Our mistakes are so obvious. We trusted. We took someones word. We believed in the good of a human. We’ve paid […]


Those Neighbours

Unlike living in the city you get to know your neighbours really well in the boat yard. For better or for worse. In this case, for the best. Carl & Joan have been working on restoring this gorgeous Albin 36 for quite some time. We’ve had several cocktail hours as a result of being directly across […]


A Day in the Boat Yard

How can we have possibly spent over a month in the boatyard? What do we do all day? Is there really that much to do? Well it’d bore you to death, just like the last post, if I explained it in detail. But maybe this video will give you an idea.  


Boat Project – Lagoon Rudder Bearings

Rudders. They’re an essential piece of equipment on a boat. As essential as your mast, engines and trying to keep water out of the boat. What could go wrong? A lot. Frozen rudders, loose bearings, delamination and a plethora of other situations. Since having only purchased this boat eight months ago, I decided to check every system […]


Progress On The Hard

The people here in Deltaville Virginia are some of the sweetest I have met in recent memory. The density of nice people here seems way above normal. We’re from Victoria, BC and it’s a relatively smallish big town. The vibe is pretty calm but can be a bit anonymous. I guess small enough but too big for […]


Welcome Home. Here’s a Hurricane.

We’re back on the boat. Which is on the hard. Our maintenance list is long. Two days in and my back is seized, my shoulders feel like The Hulk and for some odd reason, my quads hurt. Life aboard is a full body workout. From the time you get up (and go pee) to climb down […]


Is Anybody In There?

There have been zero blog posts since we arrived in Virginia. What is wrong one might ask?  There are excuses. Many of them. Most based on a life of being busy…on land. Let’s see here. We drove up the east coast. Visited New York, Maine and crossed the border into Canada. That is, only after […]


Boler – For Sale

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; It’s so small you can push it across a parking lot with one hand. It’s so small, you can touch on either end when you stretch in bed. It’s so small that you can heat it with one burner on the stove. Now that’s no way to […]


Norfolk, Virginia

Somewhere in the North Atlantic to Norfolk, Virginia *This post is long overdue but I’d thought I’d better finish the story…. Norfolk was our first stop as it had a customs and border control office. I somewhat knew it would be a busy port after looking at charts the day before. The amount of buoys […]


Day 5 & 6 – Fish On!

Let’s not even talk about the fish tally. It is utterly dismal. I’m disgusted with myself. A juvenile Barracuda as we left the Bahamas and that’s it. Just a bunch of weed. It’s an epidemic out here. Literally carpets of seaweed. And this isn’t just in the last day. Oh no. There have been steady […]


Days 3 & 4 – Time Warp

Passage Bahamas to USA -Somewhere in the Atlantic to Somewhere More North in the Atlantic As I get out of bed this morning I find Ashley conversing with a swallow in the galley. They’d already introduced each other. His name was Chirp. He’d spent the evening with us yesterday watching the sunset. So when he paid us […]


Day 2 – Anxious Boredom

Passage Bahamas to USA – Northern Bahamas to Somewhere in the Atlantic I am uncertain where the day went today. It just sort of passed as we tried to stay cool in fickle winds. It seems a case of lethargy has struck this vessel. What we thought was going to be a brisk sail home in 20 […]


Day 1 – A twinge of Fear

Passage Bahamas to USA – Nassau to northern Abacos.  We’d been anxious to get going. It was time to go home. Hurricane season had officially started a few weeks ago and you could tell things were getting heated around these parts. Consistently we’d start to see thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. Big billowing clouds. You could […]


Ready….Set….

It’s a done deal. I have my passport back with a pretty US Visa plastered inside. We’ve decided on where we’re going. We’re pointing our bow north! Virginia to be exact. Setting up for a departure on Wednesday and continuing a non-stop, offshore passage for five to seven days. True blue water cruising. We haven’t taken this lightly […]


Stuck in Paradise

It’s June. End of June. The start of summer back home and what seems like, the height of summer in the Bahamas. But I would be lying if that were true. Every day seems to get a little bit hotter. Every day I start to sweat ten, twenty, thirty minutes sooner. Simple things like sleeping […]


Creepy Holes

Last night was horrible. Anchored, in what we thought was a pretty damn protected bay. But alas, as it always seems to happen, the side swell came up something fierce. Just for the record, this always happens after dusk while Ashley is making dinner and immediately after another boat has anchored way too close within […]


Our Boat – The Walkthrough

We made a short little video of our boat below decks. Lots more to come on the video front. Some sneak peeks in the intro here…    


How’s It Going?

We’ve been at this for a couple months. So how are things? How’s it been? What do we love, hate, tolerate? It’s definitely been a period of adjustment. Both physically, mentally and in terms of relationship. It hasn’t been all been cookies, ice cream and tea. (Ice Cream is only sold melted in the Bahamas). It’s […]


Our Boat – 2005 Lagoon 410

Welcome. Welcome to our floating home! A 41 foot Lagoon 410 S2, built in 2005. She’s a comfortable ride. In the starboard (right) pontoon is the owners quarters. These consist of a bed, small office, bathroom with a shower. On the port (left) side is the guest accommodations; Aft we have a berth. Midships is […]


Bahamian Sloop Race

After having spent way too much time at Black Point we were ready to move. Word on the street was that there was a Bahamian sloop race this coming weekend in Barreterre, a town just south of here. What better excuse than to pull anchor and set course to the next destination. We’d barely made it […]


Flying Pigs & Work

The Exumas:  “Sapphire blue water. An exotic collection of dream destinations.” That’s how the travel brochures describe the place we call home. We’re fortunate to be here. Very fortunate. We don’t realize it at times. We grow immune to it very quickly. This past week I’ve spent almost every single waking hour working. That’s right. I’m sitting […]


Curse of the Skipper

We’re still getting used to this boat. Lots of new noises. Especially at night. I typically do two walk arounds at random intervals throughout the night. You can find me in my birthday suit on deck between the hours of 1 and 5 am. As a skipper, you never rest. One ear is always listening. […]


Nassau

We made it. A beautiful sail for five hours or so. Bikini sightings on the front deck. Showers on the aft. Banana bread was baked and bilges were cleaned.  There’s been a new slightly annoying problem. The bilge pump keeps starting up every few hours. Annoying because it sounds like all hell is about to […]


A New Day

Being grumpy and moping sure feels good. But you don’t accomplish a thing. We finally sit down and list our options. Go back to Fort Lauderdale. Call the season quits. Cruise the Eastern Seaboard where it’s easier to get parts. Sail und Genoa only to the Exumas. None are really appealing. Then Ashley remembered a blog […]


The Day We Almost Made it to Nassau

The plan is perfect. We’re using as much of the easterly component of the wind to head south. We’re heading to the Exumas and no one is stopping us. The Exumas sound like The place for us. No one around. Beaches. Fishing. Kitesurfing. I toss and turn at 5am. 6am and I’m up. Batten down the […]


Stretching our Sailing Legs

One night at anchor in Bimini and we’re off. Headed east. There’s not much to Bimini. A stopover island. First impressions of the Bahamians? Nicest people I have met to date. Strangers say Hi on the street. They treat each other with kindness. Almost as if they’re all family. I could get used to this. […]


The Crossing

It’s still dark out. My alarm is about to go off but I wake minutes before. Two hours of sleep later. Somewhat tired yet a tinge of excitement runs through my body. Today is the big day. We head off into the blue yonder. No more marinas. No more sweaty boat work.  Everything is ready. […]


The Night Before

We have one full day left to prepare for our first passage – Crossing from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini, Bahamas. We’re anxious. Last night I woke up in a sweat at 2am. Yelling gibberish at Ashley trying to clarify what kind of shackle she needed. It was critical to our survival. We were in a […]


All Aboard!

We’ve moved on board! Well, we’re on board. Our stuff is on board. Moved in? Not so much. This place is a disaster. Has been for the last two days. A bomb went off. I’m writing this wedged amongst boxes and stuff in the cockpit. Wedged! After seven years of planning, saving, dreaming, we’re finally […]


Fishing Gear

Went to buy fishing gear today. They have massive fishing gear stores south of the border. Warehouse style. It’s not just a tackle store. Need a motorboat? No worries. Lots in stock. Need a hunting bow? Hunting guns? Hand guns? Absolutely everything and anything a guy could ever need. As we got to the back of the store, we […]


A Technicality

As expected, today went off without a hitch. Well, almost. Rolled out of the Boler. Grabbed a coffee and hit the road. Thirty minutes later, we were there. Or so we thought. Turns out my lovely navigator hadn’t had enough coffee yet. As a result I was routed to the wrong marina. Some confusion ensued. She wasn’t very […]


Is this for Real?

I’m driving. Heading east. We talk about how long we’ve been on the road. Almost two weeks now. We’re making a long haul from New Orleans. Arriving in Fort Lauderdale tonight. But it doesn’t phase us. Same old; chipping away at The Boat Dream. Just inching closer km by km. Then something suddenly changes. We turn south. […]


Notes from the Road

We’ve been driving for a while now. Days. A week to be exact. It’s a different world out here. A world that consists of long haul truckers, rest stops and wasabi nuts. At first, you don’t notice it. But after a while, you get a lay of the land. You figure out the normal. For the […]


Fire in the Boler

We drove (up) to the Grand Canyon today. All day up hill. The car was screaming. Begging for mercy. I had no idea the Grand Canyon was at such a high elevation. I also had no idea this is The Tourist mecca. Something like 2 million people per year. Beautiful nonetheless. We stood there and […]


Borders

It’s always frightening. Mostly the U.S.A border.  You see, I’m a germ. A german immigrant. Landed resident, although permanent in Canada. An alien in the usa. We knew this particular crossing would be tricky. Last time we drove across the border to catch a flight to Hawaii, it took three hours to get a Visa. Three […]


Emotions Getting Ready

Regret. Worry. Anxiety.  “Did we make the right decision? Why did we buy this 13′ trailer? Did we make the right choice with this boat? What the HELL are we doing? Are we courageous or stupid?” Scared is a pretty good word to describe us at times. Who does this? Who sells most of their […]


Project Hell

We’re cramming. Been a bit of a flashback to University days. Always something to do. Never enough time. I sometimes have trouble keeping track of all the projects I’m working on. Is that weird? There’s the new startup. Then the Boler renovation. Keeping consulting clients happy with zero billable hours. The project of life; digitizing […]


This Just Happened

Not sure how this happened. Well, I do. It just followed us home. Possibly also something to do with a couple bottles of wine, Ashley suggesting the word ‘Boler’ and me falling in love (with a Boler). That was Saturday. 72 hours later and we are proud new owners of a 1974 13′ Boler. 72 […]


Passing Time

We are ready to go! Boat contract is signed. Deposit made. The countdown is kicking into gear. We will be arriving in Florida in exactly 42 days. Yikes! The weeks are flying by like days. A good thing. A sign that we’ve been busy. I wake up Friday thinking it’s Monday. Ashley is consulting. I’m consulting and […]


Good Tings a Brewing

Things are good. Real good. We’re on a lucky streak. Doors are opening. Wide. Opportunities are presenting themselves left right and center. Life is odd. Life is good. There is one thought that keeps popping up – “Some things happen for a reason.” And all because we were forced to walk away from one boat […]


First Date

I’m hesitant to write this. Am I announcing a boat pregnancy too early? The entire purpose of this trip to the Dominican Republic was to look at a boat. A Lagoon 410 catamaran. We found her a couple weeks earlier. She had made her debut on the internet immediately after we had surveyed her 38′ sister. Unlike her […]


Animals Waiting for Wind

Setting: Cabarete, Dominical Republic. Kite Beach. Mood: Chilled. With anticipation. Kiteboarders: A herd of animals. The herd replays the same conversations in their head. “Is it windy enough?” “Is it 14 meter weather?” “Maybe it’ll pick up. Rig small now. Stay out longer once it cranks.”  It’s an overly optimistic bunch. Then, one animal pulls the trigger. Out comes […]


My Eye Twitches

My eye has been twitching for months. At first it was the upper left. Then the twitch moved to the bottom right. For the past month the left eye has been twitching in combination with the bottom right. It starts randomly but is guaranteed to make an appearance at the slightest provocation. A mildly heated discussion with […]


The Party Bus

I typically don’t fly a lot. Once or twice a year for vacation. I work from home, for myself and only travel so much as required by my clients. For the most part, hardly at at all. The last couple months have been different. Overnight red-eye flights. Milk runs across the country to save a few […]


Go Go Go. Stop.

Well, in the end, the deal on this Lagoon 380 didn’t go thru. We’d completed the survey. Done oil analysis on the Sail Drives (transmissions) & engines. Everything was structurally sound albeit neglected on the outside and we’d compiled a laundry list repairs that were required before we set sail. We were ready to pull the trigger […]


Boat Surveys & Negotiations

Earlier this week we had a survey done on a boat in Miami. The word disappointing comes to mind. We went thru this boat with a fine-toothed comb. Absolutely every nook and cranny was looked into to. She was clean on the interior but definitely neglected on the outside for the past few years. There is an […]


Full Throttle

It’s been a whirlwind the last three weeks. We finished sorting our stuff, did a one-day road trip to the summer cabins to drop some off our belongings. Then moved out & cleaned. That same day we hopped onto a plane bound for Florida to have a boat surveyed. It’s been epic. We’re tired. Exhausted […]


(Avoiding) Heavy Weather & Forecasting at Sea

We have been deeply immersed in learning about weather forecasting after attending a course in Offshore Weather. Two full days of intense learning about weather maps, heavy weather (storm) sailing techniques and various other worst case scenarios. At the end, we had finally realized how little we do know. But we did learn what Isobars, Wind feathers, Occluded fronts, […]


The Value of Nowhere

Things are getting really heated on the home front. I can’t say much due to ongoing boat negotiations but we’re getting really close now. And yet it seems light years away. We may be in the Bahamas in two months time, yet it doesn’t seem real. It just doesn’t seem possible. We will update you with […]


New Site. New Address. Faster.

We’ve moved. Digitally. What used to be FindingOurParadise.com is now FindingParadise.ca. You likely didn’t even notice. But if you do wander over to the old site, you will be automatically brought back to the future (here). Easier right? The .ca makes sense. We are from Canada. Eh. I never liked that previous name. Too much of […]


Wanted: Lagoon 380 S2 Catamaran

It seems nothing has been happening on this blog. Utter silence. In actuality, a lot has been going on. First, the a mundane exercise of eliminating “stuff” and second, putting low-ball offers on boats. We tried to offer 50K less on one catamaran only to realize it was already under contract for 10K under asking. Quickly found […]


Boat Brokers, Hurricane Seasons & Wifi Aboard

We are going to be homeless in just over a month. Things are a-changing around here. Has it set in? Not really. We’re still somewhat going about things as normal; Get up. Go to work…Have a beer. But there is progress being made. Most of this progress was instigated by one connection to a wonderful couple […]


One Boat for Another

We are moving out of the country and need to sell absolutely everything. We struggled buying this 23′ motorboat 3 years ago. “Should we buy it or save for an extended sailing trip?” In the end, it was a great decision – It got us places quickly, one of our main requirements. We worked all week […]


The House is Gone

It’s starting to sink in that the house is sold. Either that or the focus has shifted onto the next monumental task of actually getting ready to become nomads. Everything must go. Either into storage or sell. We did one gutting of our house in early spring prior to listing it. That should help. I’ve digitized […]