Cruising

And We’re Off!

With a fresh weather forecast from Chris Parker, professional Weather Router, we left the dock in Portsmouth VA at 10:45 last night and headed for the Atlantic. Chris warned us about strong winds for the next 24 hours (no shit Chris, the wind at the dock is causing a 10 degree list…). I’ve been fretting…

Cruising

Delivering ROAM to Puerto Rico

Michelle has abandoned ship, flying this week to Puerto Rico to meet her sister for a little sister time. She promises to meet me when I bring ROAM to PR. As for me, I’m wrapping up a few last minute projects and prepping to leave for PR next week (Monday or Tuesday). I will have…

Maintenance

Fall Maintenance Projects

ROAM is at the Deltaville Boat Yard, getting some needed TLC. We’ve been in “maintentance mode” now for over two months and we’re ready to get back in “cruising mode” again. We’re tired, but we’ve accomplished much during our time here and Roam is much better for the effort. Here’s a list of what we’ve…

Cruising

We Spent 5 weeks in Annapolis!

Fun Fact: Michelle and I lived and worked in Annapolis in the mid-80’s. We didn’t have much money in those days, but we managed to find ways to enjoy our surroundings. We hung out in a tiny basement bar called The Ram’s Head (they’ve grown!!), we rode the Metro in to DC on weekends, visited…

Just for fun!

The Birth of a Butterfly

METAMORPHOSIS noun meta·​mor·​pho·​sis | \ ˌme-tə-ˈmȯr-fə-səs biology : a major change in the form or structure of some animals or insects that happens as the animal or insect becomes an adult One of our favorite things to do in North East Harbor is to visit Thuya Gardens. Stepping through the gate and entering the garden is surreal experience. The garden splashes…

Cruising

Magnificent Maine!

Maine is a wonderful place to cruise in the summer months. There are hundreds (thousands) of well protected and isolated anchorages, the wildlife is abundant, and the seaside towns are picturesque and inhabited by welcoming and interesting people. What’s not to like? Well, there are a few downsides. The lobster pots are thick and difficult…

Cruising

East Coast Sleigh Ride

Once we got our semi-annual maintenance stop completed in South Florida, we were ready to begin our migration north like thousands of other boaters. Boat insurance companies charge a HUGE premium if you want to leave your boat in the “Hurricane Zone” between about July 1 and November 1. During hurricane season last year, we…