Archive for the ‘Boating’ Category
21 Jul 2015
It’s not a pretty sight is it? What’s even worse is that there are about fifteen more similar but much smaller tears all over the clew section of our Genoa. On the second day of our seven day passage from Isla Mujeres, MX to Providencia, CO the clew shackle on the jib broke in two pieces and while we were busy reefing the main a sharp piece of metal still on the clew worked like a dagger to slice and tear the sail as it flopped violently in the wind. Did I mention we were reefing th […]
15 Jul 2015
One of the most publicly and privately asked for pieces of writing from this blog is a gear review for “X”. I’ve been holding back for months because I feel that it is only fair to share our gear reviews that you’ve actually used and been using for some time to get a good feel for it. I can remember equipment from my camping days that I hated at first but after a week or so, you get into a groove with it and then you can’t be without it! Other gear needs time to […]
08 Jul 2015
This week we surpassed the 6 month cruising mark! We have now been cruising on our beloved sailboat for over 180 days…and we are still alive and wanting to go farther. The cruising life has taken some getting used to but I think we are finally in the groove of things. Something we are always getting better at is saving money and I am happy to report that we are spending way less than we anticipated and realistically it’s possible to spend even less.
When we were still working and sav […]
11 Jun 2015
“After being delayed over two months in Isla Mujeres I felt like all we were talking about was how much we were looking forward to leaving. It’s not that we didn’t like it there but the trip around the world is long and there are many wonderful places we have yet to see, like our current trip South. We had to skip many places like Belize’s atolls and the Honduras Bay islands in order to get out of the hurricane area. The island of Providencia is 550 miles away from Isla a […]
09 Jun 2015
Good day readers! I know it has been a long while since we last spoke, but rest assured that we aboard Sundowner haven’t been sitting idly by on our haunches. Oh no, on the contrary, our lives have been full and busy. Let me explain…
After our long wait in Mexico the time finally came to up anchor and escape. It was around 3pm when we lifted our anchor, stowed the boat, and made our way out of the Isla Mujeres achorage.
Luckily for us, we got a huge lift leaving and were able to […]
25 May 2015
The anticipation is palpable. It seems like we’ve been stuck here forever. The chains of the curse of Isla Mujeres are 3/8″ galvanized BBB, strong, unrusted, and unyielding. But the time has finally come to break out the bolt cutters and get the hell out of here before we grow roots.
The final thread holding us to the island has finally been snipped. We were waiting for a package delivery from DHL and despite Mexican custom’s best efforts to thwart us, it has finally arriv […]
22 Apr 2015
I was told when I was young that there was an old proverb that went something like, “It is easier to swim downstream than fight the current.” Now I’m not exactly sure why it took some genius thousands of years ago to pass down this little nugget of wisdom to us poor rubes when it seems like such knowledge is inherent, but it must have struck a cord because it was told to me by someone that told it to them and so on all the way back to Genius Zero who informed all the world tha […]
04 Mar 2015
After our decision to head to central America instead of the lesser antilles, Dani and I had a sort of nagging excitement to get there. I know that is a very uncruiser like emotion to have but it was there none the less. It was exacerbated by the fact that we had no cruising guides, no special notes, no real advice on where to go or how to get there. The only thing we knew was that we wanted to drop the hammer and get there.
A second gulf stream crossing loomed like a cloud in my mind. You […]
15 Feb 2015
NOTE– Though this post is from Tate´s account, this is Dani´s writing.
Overload. This is a word I’d like to use to describe my experiences thus far after departing the US (Los Etados Unidos). We have been doing and seeing so much nearly every day that I have a very hard time figuring out how I ever had the time or by god the energy to work a 40 hour a week job while also refitting a boat. It seems so far away and unthinkable at this point. The language barrier, local foods, differ […]
14 Feb 2015
Cuba, the forbidden fruit. It has been all I hoped and I had feared thus far. The island is an amazing destination rich with natural beauty born of both its location and its peoples. However, it is also just as poor and backward as I thought I might find it. It has been a surprising personal revelation that the poverty and deterioration has not dampened my experience and may actually be enhancing it.
Individual moments and experiences might better explain this than any generalized statement […]