Category Archives: Boat Life

Voyage stats: Our first FOUR months

One hundred twenty-four days ago, we waved goodbye to our family and friends in Seattle and sailed into a September sunset beneath the Olympic Mountains. In 124 days (September 30 – January 31), we traveled from Seattle, Washington, USA to Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico. I figured this would be a perfect time to crunch some numbers […]
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Monterey…for days and days

Monterey for days Monterey was an unexpected stop for us. Initially, we had hoped to sail roughly 300 miles directly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, but we are learning quickly that Mother Nature will play just as large a part in voyage planning as we will. A large storm rolled in, which prevented us […]
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Night cruising: San Francisco to Monterey

After five nights beneath the glimmer of Ghirardelli Square, we weighed anchor and departed the Aquatic Park at 8 pm. As we motored west toward the Golden Gate Bridge, we watched our first major port of call fade under the glitter of an unexpected fireworks display. Since we knew not the cause for the celebration, […]
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Sittin’ on the dock of the bay

From Bridge to Berkeley San Francisco lived up to its reputation of great food, consistent [if not a bit ferocious] afternoon winds, and beautiful cityscapes. After a foggy welcome by the Golden Gate Bridge, we made our way across the bay to Berkeley Marina. We docked next to our sailing friends from Port Ludlow, WA, […]
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It takes a village + Ep. 1 VIDEO

Preparation for an extended sabbatical from work to sail the big blue has been intense these last months. We’ve had to do everything from prepare our boat; wind down careers; sell, recycle, or give away many of our belongings; sell our car; and somewhere between all of this try to emotionally come to grips with […]
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Countdown to cruising: Emotional to-dos

September 18, 2014: It’s dark out still. The rains returned yesterday, and drops continued to fall through the night. My breath feels caught in my chest, making this airplane feel much smaller than it really is. I feel a single tear stream down my cheek and for a moment feel a bit startled. I didn’t […]
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Gettin’ Liebster lovin’

THANK YOU! We are still new kids on the block when it comes to blogging, so imagine our excitement when we discovered that we had been nominated for the Liebster Award! The Liebster Award is an honor bestowed from blogger-to-blogger, recognizing a fellow writer’s work. It works like a chain letter (remember those…?). We were nominated by […]
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Kombucha: Adventures in home brewing

What the heck is kombucha? Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that is created by introducing a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) to a combination of black or green tea, sugar, and water. Kombucha is amber-colored and mildly effervescent, with a flavor that is slightly sweet and tangy. Please note that not all people […]
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Making a boat a home

The most substantive modifications to our boat have been aimed toward improving her performance and safety. However, we’ve also devoted a bit of time during the last year to making subtle changes and practical renovations that have helped to make The Red Thread feel more like home. Although the modifications described below are not exactly […]
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Four salty seasons

July 1st marked our one-year anniversary of living aboard The Red Thread – It’s hard to imagine that we bid adieu to our landlubbing life a full year ago! We moved aboard in the heat of summer and watched as summer swelter subsided and the leaves on the trees faded to hues of yellow, red, […]
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