One Lobster

About five years ago, a spearfisherman was fishing for lobster near his anchorage in the Bahamas.  Diving in the turquoise blue waters that surround the Bahamian Islands, he had a very productive day.  After returning to his catamaran, he and his wife knew that they had an extra lobster that they wouldn’t eat that day. Continue reading “One Lobster”

The Universe, Lessons, and Lifelines

Preface from Jon: Sailing Pivo recently posted about some of the hopes and dreams that she had when they moved to the sailing life.  In Debunking Myths, Daniella observes that if you don’t some work to change yourself, you aren’t likely to feel any real true life satisfaction with just a change in scenery.  That’sContinue reading “The Universe, Lessons, and Lifelines”

Next Steps

Disclaimer:  This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon.com.  If you buy using the link you do not pay any more for the book, but we will get a portion of the purchase price. So, the biggest questions I have gotten after the holiday season are, 1) Did you go see your boat over theContinue reading “Next Steps”

Weekend Outing

We are no longer homeowners as I mentioned last week.  Now, there’s still a lot to do to get ready, but we can work on the sorting, shopping list creating, etc. on the weekends and evenings without having to worry as much about house projects too.  I still need to mow, but it’s a lotContinue reading “Weekend Outing”

Things are getting real

There’s been a lot happening in the last 10 weeks.  Let me explain. In early July, Sandy was looking on Facebook and found a house for rent that looked like it might be a good fit for us.  We could have the dogs, there was a fenced back yard, rent was comparable to our currentContinue reading “Things are getting real”

Transitions

Right now, we are undergoing a ton of transitions it feels like.  Our oldest son is starting his second year of college.  He didn’t really care for dorm life, so he got an apartment and a job to help pay for it.  We are selling our belongings on a massive scale.  The house is upContinue reading “Transitions”

Charter successes

The last post I talked a bit about how it was confidence building to get the sails up and sail on our own.  But the whole trip was really a confidence booster.  We had opportunities, even though we didn’t sail much, to practice a lot of other skills and really show ourselves that we canContinue reading “Charter successes”

Wind (?) on the open water

We got to the spend the week on a sailboat in the Pacific Northwest.  I’m pretty deliberate about saying we spent a week on a sailboat, because to say we sailed for a week would be a bit of an overstatement!  In typical Lever fashion….we were lacking wind or when we had it, it wasContinue reading “Wind (?) on the open water”

Certified…or Certifiable Sailors!

We wrapped up our American Sailing Association 101 and 103 courses, with the Victoria Sailing School, a couple of weeks ago.  What this entailed was taking our last practical lesson, which was on a J/30, so it was about eight feet longer than the other boats we’ve been on and taking our two tests. FirstContinue reading “Certified…or Certifiable Sailors!”