What is the value of stuff? When Ben and I flew to Panama to pick up our new boat, we carefully selected each item we would bring with us. Because we were flying we were limited by size and weight. Each tool, article of clothing, pot and pan was carefully chosen from all our belongings. […]
One of the criteria that Ben and I had for boat shopping, was that the new vessel had to be big enough to take passengers aboard yet still small enough so that we can solo sail. Ben and I both solo sailed our pocket cruisers side-by-side for several years. When I compare that experience to […]
We are now accepting applications for a summer season of New England coastal and offshore sail training and leadership expeditions. For each expedition, we will select four adventurous crew members to join us for a rigorous voyage that will depart from Rockland, Maine and explore the New England coast. The longer voyages may even venture […]
This is a ramble-on (and on) about some of boats we looked at… a bunch of folks asked about it, so thought we’d share… In 2006, when I (Ben) first began looking for a boat, I considered only 3 options: a Bristol Channel Cutter 28, a Nor’sea 27, and a Falmouth Cutter 22. When Teresa looked […]
For two years Ben and I have been looking for a vessel for our next adventure. Now that we finally purchased a boat, many people are eager to know what type of boat it is. What is more exciting than the boat, is what we plan to do with it. During the same two years […]
How many frogs do I have to kiss before I find my prince? How many boats do I have to sail before I find my next blue water chariot? Three? Five? Ten? Nope. Try fifty-eight! I think we did our due diligence. We made spreadsheets and shot thousands of photos. We considered them all, from […]
The best response to the high number of recent vessel abandonments is to first recognize that accidents CAN happen to experienced sailors and then ask, “What can I learn from this?” While this is a big issue, today I want to focus in on regular inspections and routine checks which often get neglected when everything […]
UPDATE: Congrats to Mike for winning the contest! Thanks for participating everyone! In this post author Will Robertson speaks about the Simplicity themes that are woven into his latest children’s book, “Boxes.” And what’s more, we are giving away a framed original, signed charcoal illustration of the boy and his box! Read on to find […]
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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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