Who are we and what’s this blog about?

We’re real people.  We both have or had full time jobs, tiny children and we’re not wealthy.

Me, the Author…a real person trying to do unreal things.

As a kid, I spent 5 years with family on a Taiwan CT-41 cruising sailboat throughout Central America, doing what most kids can’t or won’t imagine.  This fueled my imagination, jump starting creativity and giving me experiences I can’t ever replicate.

Fast forward through the boring stuff,,,(I started working after college) and never stepped back onto a sailboat for nearly 25 years.  But adventure always seemed to follow me  (it’s a mindset) and I found that climbing, mountaineering and adventure travel seemed to fit, but never had many thoughts about cruising or sailboats for many years.

After some intense experiences on various business trips and eventually visiting more than 32 countries;  something inside me knew that cruising and a cruising sailboat with my family was going to happen.  After three years of research and negotiation, we bought a boat (2014)!  and in November of 2017, we sold that boat (see the our boat page to learn about it).  In February of 2018 we bought another sailboat.

Since June of 2017 my wife has lived on both of our sailboats while working three hours away from our permanent home.  In April of 2018 we sold that home and moved most of our stuff into permanent storage.  In July of 2018, I retired and then me, the kids and the Great Dane moved onto the sailboat permanently.


Me and my wife are pretty normal folks, both with full-time jobs and two small children.    If someone reading this could take nothing else off my website, please know that I believe there’s a boat or sailboat within most ANYONE’s reach.  If we could buy a decent boat with nothing down and not a lot of money for upgrades, most anyone else can do it.  Follow us to continue to read our story or ask me questions if you need advice.  I’m no expert at much of anything, but we managed to buy a sailboat and keep her afloat this long, we’re going to continue to muddle through it as we roll along.

The Family:

My family is important to me; I would not have advocated buying a cruising sailboat without my wife’s “buy-in” and we won’t be heading off into the sunset for a cruising adventure without her or the kids.

My wife (aka Hot Wife in my posts) is a strong, smart professional who works a full-time job and somehow still finds time to be a wife and best friend. I met my wife at a time when I had given up on dating and we became friends and running partners prior to dating.  She was also the one who passed the “Yosemite test” with flying colors (try taking girlfriends tent camping in Yosemite during December and see how long things last). Since then, we’ve survived multiple extended business trips between the two of us and I’m having a blast being married.  In 2017, my wife decided to take on a new challenge and took a job three hours away from our home.  This required her to move.  She moved onto our cruising sailboat and lived there permanently while me, the dog and the two kids stayed in the house until I was ready to retire.  This was a significant challenge for the family, but something we got through as we worked toward blue water cruising.

The oldest daughter is 8.  She’s strong, adventurous, outspoken and will turn into a rugged young women. There’s few things we do together than she won’t try. She’s currently looking forward to getting her own guinea pig (might be a long ways off) and swims like a fish. In her words, “she likes to read, do art and especially likes exotic animals.  She really wants to be a traveling journalist when she grows up.  She says she’s really excited about traveling the world on a sailboat”.   What she didn’t say also is that she really, really loves the electronics that we allow her to use on a very limited basis.

The youngest daughter is a spitfire at 6.  She’s louder than her sister and is known as the early riser.  When the sky’s awake, the 6-year old is awake.  In her own words, “she’s getting a lizard (someday)”.  Interview over as she left in a huff, cause I said,,,,no lizard right now.  She also swims like a fish.

Quincy the Dog is our four year-old, 130 pound Great Dane who has a perchant for eating expensive couches, children’s toys, pool fences and barking loudly at most anything that comes near her boat.   She’s pretty good at stepping on feet and knocking over small children.  She moved onto our sailboat in July of 2018 and we’re breaking her into dock life, other dogs and boat life.

The BLOG:

I’ll admit it, I hardly do email, much less anything on social media, so this blog/website is a step forward for me.  This blog isn’t for recognition or instant financial gain.  The writing is for you and me.  If I can pass on something that helps you, it’s a win.   If I can write and feel like I’ve said something worthwhile, funny, practical or educational, it’s a win.  This blog is my art, since I’m all practical, most of the time.  And, it should be a two-way conversation, with my voice as the writer talking with you and perhaps you talking back when you want.

I was down working on the boat and thinking of all the other production boat folks who have either contacted me, follow the blog or I follow their blogs.  As I took off floorboards, worked to clean my bilges and get my batteries filled properly; I determined I would use the blog to help others if they wanted to learn from my mistakes and experiences with our production boat.  Even if I screw things up or don’t do them the way you might,,,,perhaps you could learn from what I’ve doing.

The blog will focus on doing things on the practical side when possible, prepping and cruising on production sailboats (since that’s what we’re taking to sea) and sailing as a potential method of treatment for PTSD.

You can also find LiveFree2SailFast on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and an upcoming Youtube channel.  If you’ve gotten this far on this page,,,,,FOLLOW US.

Privacy Policy and Indirect Compensation Statement: 

There’s only one person who writes for this blog/website so all content is mine and mine alone,,,,unless you want to REBLOG/REPOST it,,,,then I’m ok with it.  All the photographs featured on this blog are mine unless I legally download them or they are given to me by our roving reporters.  Please don’t rip them off, unless you ask permission.

All views expressed on this website are mine and mine alone unless you disagree with my views,,,,then they become someone’s else’s.  You’re not going to read alot of politics on this blog but I am a sometimes semi-redneck sailor who drinks red wine, is a cheating vegetarian and listens to waaaay too much Jimmy Buffet, country and rock & roll.

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The Federal Trade Commission wants me to tell you this so that you   know the site is monetized and I'd like to make a million dollars    from it,,,,but probably won't.

 

 

 

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58 thoughts on “Who are we and what’s this blog about?

  1. Chad & Michelle. You guys I Love this. takes me back about 40 years now I can live vicarioursly keeping track of you guys. Meeting you and your family and dog, in 1978 has become one of those friendships that last a lifetime. Hoping
    to seeing the boat when next in 29 Palms. You are a funny guy, keep writing.
    Looking forward to the further adventures from the 29Palms YC.
    Your old friend, Dennis had39@shaw.ca

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    • Kerry, deep water is safer than shallow water for most boats that can handle it. The feeling of being drawn to the sea is as old as mankind, as the sea seems to awaken something in some of us that’s old and powerful. Although I was on a boat as a kid like my page says, I never went back to the sea until a few years ago, when I could understand it better. How cool it was to take basic classes with my wife and understand that despite what life was throwing at us, there was more out there than just the daily humdrum. Thank you for following the blog, please ask your friends and anyone else to follow, as I am working hard to build this thing. I know next to nothing on the tech side and I know a little about boats. If you’re ever in So Cal, we would LOVE to take you out on the boat for a day sail with the calm captain and quiet children- Get 25 folks to follow, get a FREE kewl T-Shirt that I will ship for free! and you’ll be a member of the 29 Palms Yacht Club!

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    • Dave:

      Hi, thanks for the reply- I got the new engine panel from the Hunter Parts Webdsite: http://shop.hunterowners.com

      They were pretty awesome as they drop shipped it to me, turns out the distributor is here in Cali and I got it in two days but their website says a minimum of 5 days. I was pretty impressed. Hit me back with anything else you need, it’s a work in progress.

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      • Thanks, I saw that they had one, just seeing if there was another source. If you don’t mind me asking, What brand/size/model are you using for an inverter/charger. I assume stock Xantrax 1000 gave up a long time ago.

        Are you in Marina Del Rey?

        Regards,

        David

        (818) 521-7155

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  2. Thanks, I saw that they had one, just seeing if there was another source. If you don’t mind me asking, What brand/size/model are you using for an inverter/charger. I assume stock Xantrax 1000 gave up a long time ago.

    Are you in Marina Del Rey?

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    • Dave: No, I think the stock Xantraz 1000 is still in the boat but may not be doing as well as I’d like. I’m working on several electrical challenges now and a house battery just died. I’m not in MDR, I was in Oceanside but we just moved the boat to San Diego this weekend. She’s getting a little work done. Thanks for the reply-

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    • Ellen, what a thrill it is to hear from you, I am just a new blogger but your’s is very established and huge, thanks for the response. Yea, the Yos Test was real but unrealized at the time as I just love the outdoors and didn’t care who was with me till I met my wife. She’s now bought into the boat and cruising and we’re looking for another boat soon. Thanks for following, please stay with us-

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  3. Hi Folks Just found your blog (as you’ve just found ours!), and look forward to learning about you and your journey.
    Nicki and I also prepped for never three years, and just departed for our first extended cruise in August. Leaving from Maine, we’re currently in Hampton, VA, where I (Keith) am recovering from a surprise retinal detachment and the necessary surgery before we continue south on the ICW for a planned winter in Florida and the Keys.
    Hope we can cross paths with you somewhere as our cruising adventures unfold!
    Best, Keith & Nicki, s/v Sionna

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    • Hi, thanks so much for following our fledging blog. We’re here o the west coast but planning on retiring in 2018 and moving on to the cruising life. We’re in boating flux as we look to change out boats based on job changes but that’s ok, we’re always going to have a sailboat and we will continue the blog through our adventures. Thanks for following, hope the eye feels better-

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  4. Good Luck! More importantly, have fun!

    I lived aboard from 60 to 63. We had a blast. I was 10-13 years. Cruising in those days was more minimalist than what today’s minimalist could imagine. I had great friends. It is a feeling I’d like to recapture, minimalism and all.

    Norm on Cape Cod

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    • Norm:

      Hi, thanks for reading and commenting. I lived on board also as a kid younger than you in the 70’s and loved it, but left it for many years. Cape Cod is where the real sailors are, I hope it’s not too cold out there. If you like us, would be great to have you follow us, thank you for reading.

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  5. Hey: Today was cold, below freezing. We went down to the yard and unstopped the mast with the help of our yacht mechanic son who works at the yard. It was a fun project. We have some repairs to make on the spar and now is as good a time as any. details at our site. Yes, I am following you. Norm

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  6. Saw an ad that a 2000 Hunter 46′ Sailboat was for sale (Owner has orders)? I will be in San Diego this week looking at boats and would like to see yours. Please tell where, who I should contact and your asking price.

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    • Anthony, would be thrilled for u to come look at Tulum. Please contact Clark Hardy at yachtfinders at 619-224-2349 or 619 573-3566

      Most of the info on the boat can be found on the yachtfinders/windseakers website under yachts for sale, then 46 hunter 460 and theres lots of pictures of her on this blog

      Thanks for reaching out, great to hear u want to see the boat, she’s in good shape and Clark can give u great info on her

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  7. Anthony, just following up again, I hope you saw my reply and were able to get hold of Clark Hardy at Yachtfinders. If you need any other info you can find lots in this blog or you can make more comments and I’ll answer them- Chad

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  8. Im trying to get a hold of a man who came in my business in Santee , CA requesting t-shirts to be screen printed,
    he did not leave name or business card. I gave him an estimate and just trying to follow up with him.

    This is anthony with Elite Wear 619-250-7962

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  11. Dear Son of a Sailor,
    We are looking at a Hunter 460 and it would be so valuable to be able to get in touch with you. Appreciate if you can write back to me.
    Thank you.

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      • Dear Son of a Sailor,
        I missed your previous message!
        My wife and I are interested in this ’99 Hunter 460.
        We went to see her last weekend, and we are impressed with the space down below.
        The boat is very well maintained and seems to be in good shape – we will proceed with a survey.
        From your experience, is there anything in particular we should pay extra attention to during the inspection?
        Many thanks.

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      • Cloudy Bay,,,,look for water in the bilge. Most Hunters have a dripless shaft so don’t let them tell you fibs on water coming through the shaft. I had challenges with water in the bilge for three years till we finally found one of the water tanks leaking, and fixed it. Check out my posts for this work and more,,,,but for more questions, ask. I’m sitting here in the same Marina as my old Hunter Tulum IV and two other Hunter 460’s.

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      • Thanks for the tip!
        Another very broad question here: what would you say about the sailing characteristics of this boat?
        – As the boat is beamy I don’t expect her to be the fastest – though my wife and I have no such intention to go very fast.
        – I like the strong B&R rig.
        Any comments highly appreciated.
        Best wishes.

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      • The boat is beamy at 14 feet, but she sails really well, unless you want to go downwind. Not really designed for straight downwind with the B&R rig, but that can be fixed with a chute or kite or big spinnaker. The other thing you’ll find that some love or hate is that she spins on a dime, especially if you have a bow thruster. Really good for getting in and out of slips,,,but finicky in wind and current in some of the same circumstances. One of my posts from two years ago has the Hunter 460 specs and owners manual in the one place you can find it online, I got it from Hunter. The other thing I don’t like is that you won’t get any more support from Marlow Hunter really, but Greg Emerson answered my email and happened to include the soft copy of the Hunter 460 owners manual, nice to have. I’m here for more questions-

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  12. Hello,

    I found your site while reviewing established boating organizations. My organization and I cannot say thank you enough for all of the wonderful resources that your site provides for those on their boating journeys!

    I’m reaching out to you today because I’m part of the community outreach team at Schultz & Associates, LLC, a family law firm in Hackensack, NJ. Carrie Schultz was raised to be a lover of the water and is now hoping to help further a student’s passion for it, too. We’re currently offering a $1,000 Sailing scholarship and I thought I would reach out to organizations that have the greatest chance of finding the students who need it most. Our goal is to help those with the passion and appreciation for sailing get through college and set their sights (and sails) for new horizons.

    Would you mind taking a few moments to review our scholarship at https://www.schultzfamilylaw.com/2018-set-sail-scholarship/ and consider including it on your blog page?

    Thank you so much for your time!
    Becca Nattress

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  13. Hi! I’m a new sailor (and blogger) and bought a 1983 Morgan 45 last year. She needs lots of work and I have lots to learn! Looking forward to reading more from you and learning along!

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      • Yes, I’ve learned haha! Even the simplest project on our boat is not simple at all! Thank you! I’m sure I will at some point! Would you mind following my blog? Maybe some of my experiences or insights could be helpful as well!

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  14. Hello,

    I contacted you last week in regards to our Set Sail Scholarship. We would still love to be able to share our scholarship on your site, no matter the age demographic of your audience, as we just want to get it in front of as many faces as possible.

    I completely understand that your time is valuable and I hope that you can help us spread the word by sharing our link on your website. If you have any questions please let me know, I’m more than happy to discuss.

    Thank you!
    Becca

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