Family Sailing Adventures

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Sailing South, Leg 3: San Francisco to Monterey

We pulled out of Emery Cove Marina on September 10th and headed out of the shallow waters that are San Francisco Bay towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Passing Alcatraz, Bloom pushed forward towards dozens of other sailboats gliding across the bay. Under the bridge we... read more

Road Trip: San Francisco to Crescent City

After much contemplation as to how to get our dog, Ruby back from Gramma’s in Washington, (she lovingly doggysat our girl while we sailed down the rough part of the West coast) we decided to make a road trip out of it. Turns out none of us could bear putting her... read more

Sailing South, Leg 2: Newport to San Francisco

After several days in Newport, there were quite a few other boats moored around us that had all bottlenecked in Newport Marina on their journeys South as well. We got to know several of them as well as a delivery captain on an 80′ power boat. It was great to... read more

Sailing South, Leg 1: Neah Bay to Newport

We arrived in Neah Bay on August 1st after a long, 12.5 hour journey from Port Angeles in conditions that did not permit us to sail. Our friends on sv Muskoka had just arrived in Neah Bay as well, so we got a much-needed rest and the next day, the Muskoka crew... read more

Bloom Explores Puget Sound: From Point Roberts to Neah Bay

On July 8th, we waved goodbye to Canada knowing we may not be back for a few years. It was a sad farewell to a country that we hold very dear to us. A country we are so proud to be citizens of… a country where much of our family and friends live. It was time for... read more

Adding Flexible Solar Panels on a Bimini Top

In order to be ‘off the dock’ for a few days, we typically turn our fridge off and put a block of ice in it to save on power consumption. Our fridge is by far our biggest power consumer, as we do not have a freezer. So, it was decided to put some solar... read more

Goodbye Victoria! Adventures in the Gulf Islands

Well, we finally did it. After 11 months in Victoria, we pushed off on June the 4th. I realize this post is way late, but it has been such a whirlwind since we left that we’ve barely had a free moment to update our blog. We have now been vagabonds for over a... read more

Getting Internet on a Boat! The Cruiser’s WiFi Dilemna

Let’s face it. It’s an online world these days! Cruisers are constantly looking for ways to get internet access when away from the dock (and sometimes when they are still tied to the dock!). We hope we have found the solution. As we run a business from our... read more

Bloom’s Anchor Dilemna: Fitting a Rocna on a Bavaria

Ground Tackle Upgrades on Bloom A Heavier Anchor As part of our pre-Mexico offshore preparedness, we decided it was important to upgrade our anchor. Bloom came with a 16KB/35LB Lewmar Delta anchor. For a 40-foot boat, we knew we wanted a heavier anchor and preferably... read more

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