Pulp Friction

Fernandina Beach – a tourist trap bookended by two giant papermills. It’s really someone’s idea of hell on earth or a poorly executed site gag. Hurricane Irma had raged through here at the end of 2017 and caused a good …

Foghorn Leghorn

Sailing in fog is at times an enlivening experience. While all your senses are muted and you can be disoriented to the point of panic, if you can disconnect your rational brain from your body, there’s a good chance you …

How to Find Aleta

Several people, well at least one, have asked, “How can I track you?” Unlike most things boaty, the answer is simpler than it might be with other endeavors. Knowing where ships are in all weathers and conditions and to avoid …

Run for Salvation

North Myrtle Beach lies just over the state line at approximately mile 340 of the ICW. We are at least 17 days behind schedule. The timeline is mostly in my mind because one of our first rules for this adventure …

ICW Endeavors

Position: 33°54’52″N 78°14’13″W There’s a pattern emerging already: almost everything we assumed about this part of the journey has been incorrect. Beginning with our timeline. We left Portland for Baltimore on December 1, and, naïve me, I thought we’d set …

Aleta Takes a Walk

“Aleta’s gone!”, Carol suddenly cried out. “What do you mean, gone?” “Look – at my Navionics – she’s dragged her anchor and – gone! Oh, my god!” We’d gotten in the habit of turning  the Navionics charting app on our …

Trial and Error

What is it about learning? Some get it out of the way quickly, others spend a lifetime figuring things out. The question that’s always rattled around in my mind is who gets bored more easily – the educated or the …