A Day in The Life on The ICW

00:00 – 04:00: Wake with mild panic every hour or so to make sure the anchor isn’t dragging. Despite the fact that we routinely set two anchor alarms and the fact that we haven’t dragged anchor anywhere in years, we still can’t escape some mild anchoring anxiety. Probably better than becoming complacent. The prospect ofContinue reading “A Day in The Life on The ICW”

The Chesapeake

Neither of us has spent much time in The Chesapeake Bay. Learning this place was a priority when planning our fall sailing schedule. After a memorable stop in Annapolis (covered in the last blog post) we headed to the Eastern Shore to explore. We nosed our way up the Chester River and made our firstContinue reading “The Chesapeake”

New York, New York, Big City of Dreams

The highlight of September had us sailing through Hell’s Gate, down the East River, and straight into the heart of New York City. With family aboard, we had a two day adventure, first spending the night in Brooklyn then moving on for a brief visit to Jersey City before tackling the rest of the coastContinue reading “New York, New York, Big City of Dreams”

August Visitations

August was a social month full of visits with family and friends. Sundance and her crew enjoyed a lively New England farewell tour. In Cushing Maine our friends Deb and Doug Morgan hosted us once again to a delicious dinner on their deck while Sundance bobbed below on their mooring in beautiful Davis Cove. AsContinue reading “August Visitations”

The Islands of Southern New England June Cruise

After a hectic May spent closing up our land based life and moving aboard the boat, we needed a slower pace in June. The Islands of Southern New England provided the perfect setting for adjusting to boat life. Our plan was to revisit some of our favorite spots. Instead of rushing from one to theContinue reading “The Islands of Southern New England June Cruise”

This Corner of The Boat: Part 1

The port quarter storage arrangement aboard Sundance is one of the more unusual aspects of the Morris Justine design. It’s also one of my favorite features of the boat. Most 36′ sailboats will be laid out with both a forward and aft stateroom. On Sundance, we have well organized storage spaces in the place theContinue reading “This Corner of The Boat: Part 1”

And We’re Off!

The Countdown is Over. We have cast off…or been cast off??  It’s true, it’s real, the house is sold, the cars are gone, the furniture is stored, goodbyes have been said.  We now live aboard S/V Sundance, full time, all the time, on the water.  Holy crap. First, a profound thank you to all ofContinue reading “And We’re Off!”

Cooking With Gas

We consume one propane bottle (6 lb) about every three weeks when cruising full-time. After six weeks, we’re down to our last bottle and looking for propane. We recently did a few things to extend our range: 1. Two more bottles. Now we can go 12 weeks before we’re down to our last bottle. IContinue reading “Cooking With Gas”

Spring Commissioning

The cover is off and spring commissioning has begun. The bottom painting project was a lot easier this year after the bottom stripping project last year. Interlux Micron CSC has been my go to bottom paint for decades. It works great for seasonal sailing in New England. I’m curious to see how it holds upContinue reading “Spring Commissioning”

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