Monthly Archives: September 2018


Sep

30

2018
Building a Better Boat Day 7 Part 3–I went out last night

Building a Better Boat Day 7 Part 3–I went out last night

After accomplishing my boat shopping, and hiking back to Red Hook, I was ready to put work and other tasks away for the day. I quickly finished my Pina and headed over to the ferry. This trip I ended up on the old 1960’s era diesel smoker that’s plied the water’s between St Thomas and St John for almost 40 years. Mind you this makes...

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Sep

30

2018
Drake's Atlantic Explorations

Building a Better Boat Day 7, Part 2: A Thoughtful Passage and Hawwbaaar Shawwwping.

We pulled into Red Hook at 1015 exactly an hour after leaving Virgin Gorda. It was a scenic and pleasant ferry ride traveling downwind with the waves and current. I love the trip through the Sir Francis Drake channel. From the hills of St Thomas, Tortola and St John, Sir Francis would stalk French and Spanish merchant ships hoping to escape unmolested from the world’s...

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Sep

30

2018
Building a Better Boat Day 7 Part 1–An Inter Island Odyssey.

Building a Better Boat Day 7 Part 1–An Inter Island Odyssey.

The Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel is a lovely 10 room bed and breakfast in the heart of the “action” in Cruz Bay, St John, USVI. This morning I awoke on top of the sheets, not under them. From the very comfortable queen size bed I scanned my body and was unsurprised to feel a slight headache, pinchy arms, and itching calves. That’s the undeniable evidence...

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Sep

29

2018
Building a Better Boat Day 6–The Rock after the Storm

Building a Better Boat Day 6–The Rock after the Storm

Good evening from Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. As you can see I’ve escaped the boat for the weekend so that I can complete the other major goal of this trip: finding my mast. Just before Dad and I left VG in March I made a deal on the intact mast off a storm-wrecked Jeanneau that ended up stern sunk and bow nearly...

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Sep

25

2018
Building a Better Boat Day 3–Monday, Monday

Building a Better Boat Day 3–Monday, Monday

Thankfully it’s not a Manic Monday today–though challenges with my direct reports certainly threatened to drag me down a hole of negativity early in the afternoon. Instead, I am writing from my cool and dry master stateroom on SV Downwind Dogs after a nice dinner at the excellent marina restaurant. I did the math and it was actually the first full meal I’ve had since...

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Sep

24

2018
Building a Better Boat Day 2–I’m the only guy working in the Marina…

Building a Better Boat Day 2–I’m the only guy working in the Marina…

This morning I awoke to a dry, lovely day on the east end of Puerto Rico. What most people don’t realize is that the front and tail ends of Hurricane season are very pleasant in the Caribbean. The winds are calm, the ocean’s flat, and the water temperature is somewhere between “Oh, that’s nice” and “Damn–that’s bath water!” The crowds are small and the beaches pretty...

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Sep

23

2018
Building a Better Boat Day 1–Mine eyes have seen the glory….

Building a Better Boat Day 1–Mine eyes have seen the glory….

As always seems to be the case on travel days, things pop up that sometimes throw your schedule out of alignment. Yesterday was no different. I spent some time in the afternoon doing a 90 minute “1000 Calorie Burn” ride from my online Gym–Studio Sweat On Demand. I’m dubious about the thousand calorie claim, though. The little monitor on the spin bike said I came...

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Sep

20

2018
Adˈven(t)SHər

Adˈven(t)SHər

Our good friend Google defines adventure as: ad·ven·ture (adˈven(t)SHər) noun  an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity verb  engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory I’ve thought a lot about adventure lately–what it is to most people and what it is to me. I have tried to build a life around adventuring (V). To date,  I’ve visited over...

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