Apr 8, 2020

The Great Loop: Best Parts of Great Lakes

If you're heading through the Great Lakes, here are the places I recommend checking out:

1. The North Channel / Georgian Bay
Really, the best of the best when it comes to the Great Lakes. There are tons of places to anchor, swim, cool islands to hike, wild blueberries to pick, etc. If you're coming through the Great Lakes and don't check out the North Channel, you're wasting your time.

These photos are from our first long boat trip in 2005:

The best blueberries are the hardest to reach.

Apr 7, 2020

The Best Printer on a Boat?

LeeAnn (my wife) has been asking me to buy a printer for years. The responsibility falls to me as the more "techy" one in our relationship. I've resisted...because printers are a pain in the butt.

They work great for a while...then it seems the novelty wears off and you stop using it. When you need it you can't get it to connect, then after investing a bunch of time getting the thing print-ready, you find out the ink has dried up and it's $40 to buy new ink which really seems outrageous since this is the first time you've felt the need to print anything in 6 months.

Mar 31, 2020

Being Rich


Our society considers someone "rich" if they make a lot of money.

But most "rich people" wake up to the sound of an alarm clock and commute to work just like the rest of us.

Perhaps they do it in a helicopter, but the point is...they work the same as every else. And if they quit, the bank will foreclose on their mansion and repossess their BMW.

Being rich does not mean having a lot of money. It means having a lot of time.

Mar 29, 2020

The Truth About The Great Loop

The Great Loop is an awesome idea. If you've never heard of it, it's a series of connected lakes, rivers and man-made canals that allow a boater to travel from the Atlantic ocean, to the Great Lakes, Down the Mississippi back out to the ocean.

It sounds cool.

The Erie Canal, The Great Lakes, The Mississippi River. Relax in the Florida Keys. See major cities (New York, Detroit, Chicago) and charming coastal towns (Beaufort, Charleston, Leland).

Mar 31, 2019

Family road trip


Heading south to visit the boat on spring break. Hobie is counting each bridge we cross. So far five. We are loaded up with snacks. Beef jerky. Pretzels. 10 hours to Raleigh!

Mar 13, 2018

Today was Tuesday.

Today I hauled water.

3 trips. 21 gallons per trip. 40 pounds per jug. I often think to myself "I used to pay to go to a gym"

It takes 3.8 trips to fill one of our internal water tanks (80 gallons each).  The port water tank is now completely full. I was thrilled when it overflowed.

Mar 5, 2018

Boca Grande Key

A quick sail to Boca Grande Key. Just 15 miles away. A welcome change from long distances. We thought we'd be alone, but found 15 boats instead.

Mar 1, 2018

Key West to Marathon

We had a WONDERFUL time in Marco Island. My Grandma lives within walking distance of the bay where we anchored. We weren't sure what to expect from Grandma. People have lives, and they can't always put them on hold just because we come to town.

Jan 27, 2018

4 Things I HATE About Living on a Boat

There are a lot of reasons I love living on a boat, and I often focus on the pros of the lifestyle. But like everything in life, there are pros and cons. Here are the ones that irk me the most:

Clearwater to Marco Island - 150 miles

It was weird leaving Clearwater. We never felt super at home there, but it had become familiar all the same.

We made friends, most notably with "Greenheart" who Hobie calls "Greenheart Dragon Slayer". We watched movies in the park, saw street performers, and I'll always remember when my dad flew in to visit us.