All in sailing

Sparkling Water on a Boat

This post is in conjunction with a YouTube video tutorial. Sparkling water, fizzy water, bubbly water, charged water; whatever you call it, it's a necessary thing for us on our boat. For us, having loads of cans or bottles of sparkling water on board just does not make sense. The life cycle of us buying it from the store, hauling it back to the boat, storing it before we drink it, storing the waste it creates, and hauling that waste to shore does nothing for our efficiency. 

Equipment We Love (and use)

We’re all about the right tool for the job, and so we’ve compiled a list of items that are some of our favorite things onboard Twig. Of course this is an incomplete list, and we’ll be adding to it, but it’s a great start of things to keep you comfortable and safe onboard. Most things can be purchased on our company site: Twig Marine.

Provisioning for the Bahamas: What Worked, What Didn’t.

Since this is a food + sailing blog, I figure I better produce some fascinating content about provisioning for sailing. Keep in mind all sailing, all sailors, and all boats are different. Different boats will have diffeeent types of storage options and if you’re like us, the boat is half tools, half food. Also keep in mind that I'm no expert, this is just what I've learned so far and serves more as a reminder to myself for future provisioning more than anything. 

Selling Myself Short, and an Update!

For as long as I can remember my mother has been telling me, “don’t sell yourself short.” She has mostly meant this in a “be confident,” “you’re focusing on the negatives instead of the positives,” or other encouraging way, and mostly when I’m in the grips of holding myself to impossibly high standards. I do this. Kai does this. And now, Rev does this, because she has little genetic material to lead her elsewhere. 

Sitting Still in Annapolis

Annapolis during boat show time is like summer camp for cruisers. It seems everyone we knew was passing through and all the sailing celebrities were in town. We met countless new people and ran into “old” sailing friends. I say old because the sailing community gets to know each other quickly and the common bond of safely maneuvering and maintaining a vessel in the mighty ocean makes for fast friends. 

Six Months In

We have now been on the boat for 6 months, and I have a lot to write about the undertaking we've chosen. My primary thought is, usually, so what? We've harbored qualities of avant-gardeness for most of our time together. So we want to live on a sailboat? Who cares? (And maybe you don't and you can stop reading now.) Most days I don't think our lifestyle is all that extraordinary. It seems crazy even as I type, that this life doesn't feel so different than our previous life at times.

Bahamas: Great Sale and Grand Cays

I know, I know. I haven't kept up a good account of the places we've been on this blog. I've started writing a post about a typical day for us, and in reflecting, it feels as though we're nearly as busy as we were prior to living on the boat. The busyness (minus Kai's work) is a different kind of busy though. We have things like sailing, boat chores, maintenance, planning, and exploring to do in addition to all the usual activities in a day: cook, eat, groom, school (which for us is drawing, writing words, and listening to stories), look in the mirror and sing Moana songs (the mirror is critical to this activity and this is mostly a Rev thing), and play.

Once more, with feeling.

First, let me warn you that I cannot and will not stop marveling at the color of the sea in the Bahamas, and I will try to fit the turquoise splendor into my narration as often as possible. I can't help it.

We planned on West End being a short stopover on our way to more remote cays, however, stopping there did allow us to see a little bit of what the locals have been dealing with since Hurricane Matthew hit last fall.

Bahamas Baby

After preparing feverishly all day, we left Lake Sylvia, Fort Lauderdale, Florida at midnight, prepared for about a 12 hour sail to West End, Grand Bahama Island. We wanted to make sure to have plenty of daylight when we arrived to check into customs and find a place to stay for the night.

There were countless chores to do before heading offshore such as putting our new dinghy on deck (dinghies are best lashed on deck instead of towing or hanging behind the stern on the arch), putting all the tools and items away (for future information, this basically takes longer than it takes to sail across the Atlantic), and general stowing of anything that could fly around and break something or someone.