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Organizing

Our Favorite Gear

Need a last minute gift idea for the sailor in your life? Here is a little list of items that are useful on the boat everyday. Also a few options for any kind of traveler or adventurer. For even more of our favorite items visit our Gear page. UNDER $20 Sarong – Not only useful to cover up on the beach but great as a lightweight beach towel and to add more shade to the cockpit. Portable Inverter – We use this in the car to power the laptop or for gear we only have a 110V charger for. Also used it on our smaller boats where...
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From Palmtrees to Pines and Mistletoe

We drove up to the little mountain town of Julian yesterday to get that holiday-feeling. Here in San Diego it’s hard to get into the christmas spirit with near-constant sunshine and 75 degree daytime temps. Julian was chilly enough to warrant wearing a scarf but not nose-freezing cold. The town is famous for its apple pies, so of course we couldn’t resist taking one home. After  lunch we headed up to Mount Laguna to take in the views and pick some mistletoe. Once we got above 5,000 feet there was even some snow left on the ground from last weeks...
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How to Store and Use Glass on Board

Many boats come complete with a set of plastic dishes – as did ours. It seems that the general consensus is that because an item is on a boat it has a tendency to break and therefore should be plastic. Not so! Mike and I really don’t like to eat or drink from plastic as it seems to take on a taste after some time. We also try to use as little plastic in our lives as possible, so as not to further contribute to the plastic debris we find on every beach. The first thing we gave away were the plastic...
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S.P.A.C.E.

I am a bit obsessed with organizing. I drive Mike nuts because I’m always “organizing his stuff away”. I try to go through one area of the boat at least once a week, reorganizing and tossing things we no longer need.  On a boat there is not much space for any unimportant items.Our “garage” is the guest bed, there are boxes of tools in our bedroom, and food and spare parts under our bed. As I’m writing this I’m sitting next to a pillow filled with spare blankets. We’re surrounded by our stuff! Living in a house it was easy to put stuff out in the...
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Provisioning and Lessons Learned

Before heading further south into Mexico we spent three months in Ensenada (60 miles south of the border) getting Camille ready and driving across the border to San Diego once a week to buy parts and gear. During this time I was learning what types of food are available at Mexican grocery stores but we had a hard time weaning ourselves from what’s familiar. So we filled Camille to the waterline with all of our favorite foods from Trader Joe’s and cases of wine from Whole Foods (only $2 per bottle and much better than the two buck Chuck from TJs!)....
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Entropy

en·tro·py (ˈɛntrəpɪ) : noun 1. lack of pattern or organization; disorder; chaos 2. order leading to disorder Why is it that every time I get the boat spic-and-span something breaks? It’s usually just some seemingly small issue… such as the galley faucet that started leaking today. But since we live in a boat-shaped 38′ by 12′ space total entropy ensues – in a matter of minutes.  To get to the faucet the entire under-sink-cabinet has to be cleared out. Since there was a leak everything has to be dried as well. In a house this would be no problem: Simply put everything from under the sink somewhere next to you...
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