With Joaquin threatening to interrupt our Morse Alpha Sail-training passage by forecasting landfall on the New England coast (in more than one of the models), we knew we needed to be prepared for the worst, which meant getting to a solid hurricane hole. Still, the sail would be tough. We carefully measured the conditions – […]
VOYAGING ON A BOAT is a good metaphor for the voyage of life. Stowage space is minimal, requiring the distilling down of possessions to only the most important. Things that break easily, have no useful purpose, or have to be carefully handled are left behind. The same principle that applies to possessions also applies to relationships and activities. For activities this means clearing out the […]
Most of my sailing life has been in education. I’ve spent many years teaching teens, adults, men, and women how to sail coastal, offshore, in big ships, in tiny lifeboats. One day I thought – there must be something more. So, I decided to purchase Daphne and move aboard. My goal was to experience life at sea […]
After only about a year of cruising, I was introduced to the idea of BCS – or – bored cruiser syndrome. Yes, apparently this exists. Sailors get bored?! Evidently, aside from a few variations in color, the horizon tends to look the same no matter what day of the passage it is. This in fact […]
The best knot stays tied when you need it to, and easily loosens when you’re ready to untie it. Each knot has a special purpose and function. Knots that require tension, such as a sheepshank, will fall apart when slackened. A knot improperly tensioned will capsize or bend out of shape
Originally published in Maine, Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine, January 2015 Last summer I was teaching an Outward Bound course in a pulling boat off the coast of Maine when the students lost their way in the thick fog. My co-instructor and I told them to stop sailing, drop the anchor, and figure out where […]
A Look at the boat in more detail begins with pulling the chainplates and rebuilding the windlass. Last spring’s “shake down” from Panama to Maine went off without a hitch. Before we left, we checked the boat pretty carefully, but didn’t tackle anything except the essentials. After 3,000 miles, and some of the biggest waves […]
In an effort to share a little bit more of the day to day, I’ll be posting some shorter posts here chronicling our journey…hopefully not in a lackluster fashion. hen I lived aboard Elizabeth during the winter in Martha’s Vineyard and Long Island – March was about when you begin to go mad. Winter Mad. […]
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Sailing, Simplicity, and the Pursuit of Happiness, began in 2008 when Teresa gave up a job, home, many things, and a whole lot of stability for the unstable plan to chase her dreams. In the following two years she lived aboard a small 27 foot sailboat named Daphne with only her cat Dory for company. Its not a house, but it was home, its not a car, but she traveled a blue road. For two years she sailed, explored, and discovered what simple living meant to her and shared it all on this blog. Writing helped her. Blog readers inspired her. Now, as she plans for her next big voyage, Sailing, Simplicity, and the Pursuit of Happiness must give back to the readers. Our goal is to share meaningful thoughts on simple living, to help sailors with life aboard, and to inspire others to chase their own creative dream through honest and uplifting writing.
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