Ten Travel Tips from a Grownup Homesick Kid

This is a repost from Ash’s weekly newsletter, Clouds Form Over Land. Subscribe for less sailing-oriented writings in your inbox every Wednesday. When I was a kiddo, a trip to a neighborhood restaurant could spark physical symptoms of homesickness. I closed up like a clam. Hunger dropping from my stomach, the busyness of the placeContinue reading “Ten Travel Tips from a Grownup Homesick Kid”

Getting Intimate with the Engine

We love sailing — the joys of using natural differentials in air pressure paired with control lines to shape a piece of fabric and create movement is an altogether awesome way to explore the world. Sailing has been a primary form of transportation for thousands of years and for good reason. That being said, it’sContinue reading “Getting Intimate with the Engine”

So when do you start?

It’s probably the number one question we get now. The answer is, we’ve already begun! Apologies for the gap since our last post, it’s been a heckuva month with leaving our slip in Alameda, preparing for the haul-out, completing the haul-out (yay), and making our way to a couple anchorages, to now resting in theContinue reading “So when do you start?”

Closer than ever!

Okay so maybe every day will be “closer than ever,” but it actually feels that way this week. After spending three nights on anchor last week and being able to test out the system upgrades we’ve been working hard on, we’re both very optimistic about our next and “final” steps and our early-April departure estimate.Continue reading “Closer than ever!”

Project Updates

Flash update on many projects as we’re churning them out over here! New Spinnaker A spinnaker is a light-weight sail you fly in the very front of the boat, usually when sailing with the wind behind you. They’re often referred to as a “kite” because of the way the sail pulls you with the wind.Continue reading “Project Updates”

Lighted Engine Room

Good morning! How is it Thursday already? Ash and I have been house-sitting lately and recently returned to the boat. It’s so comfortable here we both just sank back into the boat, being 100% familiar with your surroundings is such a cozy feeling. It’s such a bonus that we are able to take this littleContinue reading “Lighted Engine Room”

Electric Windlass

Azimuth came to us with a Simpson Lawrence windlass that was older than me. It worked, but not without some awful creaking, chain complications, and always the fear that I’d stub my toe on it before getting any decent use from it. It was a manual windlass, meaning that either Ash or I (or whomeverContinue reading “Electric Windlass”