Seriously,,,,a Great Dane on a Sailboat?

Yes, seriously, we’re probably derranged or something.. Continue reading


My Sailboat Wishlist

I’m approaching retirement and have a lot of work to do on the boat to get her ready to  put some more miles under her keel.  Aside from the work, she still needs some more equipment, as we go along we’ll try to acquire and install the following over the next year:

– 300 feet of BBB (triple B) hot galvanized chain.

– A working water maker-

– A working generator

-A wind generator

-Two more solar panels, with folding supports

-A lift for hauling up the dinghy motor (it weighs 100 pounds)


-Fishing kit (fishing poles and a good set of deep sea lures with heavy test line)

I know there’s more on the wish list, but as I sat in traffic this afternoon on the way back here from the boat,,,,,this is all I could think of-



If you write; will they read it?

Something I still ask myself and I think some new bloggers often ask others,,,,”if I write on my blog and website,,,,,will anyone read it”?  The answer is hopefully,,,,yes.  But I think the exercise is actually more important than the result,,,,the writing is as important or more important than the result of anyone reading the blog or website.  I was reading an article by Mr. Fatty Goodlander about how he got into writing his books and magazine articles,,and he said he just started banging out ideas on a typewriter,,,,and mailing them.  Eventually, someone actually came back and asked him to write something specific,,,,and he was off and running.  I also read new blog posts by Mr. Charles French’s students.  He does a lot of horror that I have to skip based on my own fears; but his students do a lot of writing online in the form of blogs that they have to start.  What a fantastic way to get into blogging and writing,,,,,that your teacher makes you start writing short stories (which are blogs) online to learn the craft of it.

LF2SF is working to grow as a blog/website and I’m excited that I’ll have more time to spend working on the blog starting mid-july.  We’ve reached out to a number of sponsors already but that end of things is a slow go,,,,,but the blog is growing as we speak.  We’re gonna continue to do things on here the way we’ve always done them,,,,our own way.  There’s a bit of bad language, misspellings, occasional micro-brewery recommendations and of course you can see our style if you check out our pinterest page,,,,but we’re going to continue before, during and after our cruising adventures,,,,cause adventures happen on and off the water.

Quick Update to my Book Review of “Swell” by Captain Liz Clark

A quick update to a previous post from a week or so ago,,,,,my book review of “Swell” by Captain Liz Clark.  Since I wrote that story and her book came out several months ago, she’s gotten some wonderful press in top tier magazines about her story, her book and her sailboat trip.  Make sure to check these stories out in the June/July 2018 Edition of “BoatUS” and the April 2018 Edition of “SAIL” Magazines.

Here’s the book review I wrote:

Summer Slog

-The House sold in May.  99% of our stuff went into long-term storage.

-We moved into a much, much smaller rental house until I retire.  (I’m thinking it’s helping the kids get used to much less space and shared heads).

-I retire very soon, meaning I’ll be free to find another job, go cruising, work on my boat or dad-up.

-Once I retire, we’re moving onto the boat as a family,,,,,me, both kids, the dog.  My wife’s there already.

-I’m also trying to keep this website/blog up and concurrently working on my Project Management Professional Certificate (that’s a slog).

-This coming weekend, we’ll introduce Quincy the Great Dane to the docks and a cruising sailboat.  I can’t wait to see all this, we may break out the GoPro for the first time to get some great video and see how to use it.  Pictures of that are going to be great!



Republish: “The Checklist” and “Mariners Trip Planning” by Captain Chris Couch

I’m republishing this post and another about some of the sailing aids I’ve used from Captain Chris Couch because I wrote them while still owning Tulum IV.  I still use them now that we’ve moved on to another sailboat and they still have value.   Read on… Continue reading

Republish- Pre-Ocean Checks/Pre-Ocean Inspections and Captain Chris Couch

Another story I think has value but was written several years ago.  The techniques and mental cues described here are still relevant and I still use them and urge you to use them.  Nothing makes me more happy than when someone comments that they didn’t like my ideas the first time, but when they got back to their own boat and had a stressful situation; they started to understand some of my preparedness.  To me, the more I prepare, the more at ease I am in stressful situations.  Read on…. Continue reading