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This must be what yachting is like

This must be what yachting is like

Even with an abundance (relatively speaking) of power, there are still some things we just can’t do. One of them is to heat water with an electric water heater. Before I get into the nitty gritty of our situation, I’ll give you a spoiler: we have found a way to make hot water with little electricity or fuel. It is incredible. We now have electricity, refrigeration, and hot showers. This must be what yachting is like!

Seasickness has an evil twin

Seasickness has an evil twin

For the first time in several years, after a few days at home, I was landsick. That’s right; I was not seasick while on the boat, I was landsick walking on shore afterward.

The cat fell overboard

The cat fell overboard

To be honest, we aren’t exactly sure if he fell or jumped. Regardless, he went for a swim on Sunday, making a few laps around the boat before being wrangled into the dinghy.

Moving offshore and off the grid

Moving offshore and off the grid

The goal of my planning was entirely sustainable, off-grid living from May to November. All of our systems will run off of our 12-volt battery system, charged primarily by solar and additionally by wind generators.

A guide to simple coffee without the mess

A guide to simple coffee without the mess

I don’t drink coffee. I know, it’s strange. I simply can not stand the taste or smell of coffee no matter how many times I try it. Hot coffee, iced coffee, coffee ice cream…no, thank you. My wife, however, does drink coffee like a normal person, which means I make coffee on a regular basis. Due to the space and power constraints of life on a sailboat, a standard coffee maker isn’t practical.

Enjoy the fruits of your labor

Enjoy the fruits of your labor

I found myself caught up in the joys of sailing, relaxing, and reflecting. To take a few days off from the computer, unplugged and away from the dock helped to motivate me. I think it is important, from time to time, to look back on what you have accomplished, take a deep breath, and reap the rewards.

Living with purpose

Living with purpose

In my continued effort to live with intention and purpose, I will aim to avoid swapping convenience for simplicity, and to carve out a fulfilling life with an abundance of memories which define my legacy.