• Adventure,  Boat & Home

    That Time the Boat Flooded

    “Skye should be up from her nap soon, and I’ll grab…GEOFF!!” I’d turned to climb down below only to discover several inches of water on the floor. It hadn’t been there a few minutes previously when I’d gotten us drinks. We were 10 miles from Charleston, SC and the brand new, never-tested engine had been running flawlessly. We’d just passed a raft of powerboats and their wake had given us a serious shake-up. “Something hit a thru-hull. Take the wheel.” There aren’t a lot of ways that much water could get into the boat that quickly and none of them are good. I take over steering while Geoff opens the…

  • Boat & Home

    SV Brave Dragon

    “Skye, it’s time for your nap.” “I’m not Skye.” Ok, what toddler nap-avoidance tactic are we going to try today? “Ok, who are you?” “I’m a brave dragon. RWARRRRR!” Her roars are somewhat adorable. She roars complete with an open mouth and two hands in the air. For a long time, she’s been watching Doc McStuffins with my Aunt Peggy and I’ve downloaded a few episodes for her Kindle (something for her to watch when I have an unexpected work call). One of the characters is a stuffed blue dragon, Stuffy, who repeatedly tells everyone that he is a brave dragon. Skye has apparently taken this to heart. On a…

  • Boat & Home

    Adding an Engine

    On our first boat, our engine worked but wasn’t the world’s most reliable. After a few times having to bring the boat around under sail and get a lot of help to back it into a slip, we had the engine rebuilt, but it never ran quite the same. The boat we started cruising with had a reliable engine, but it burned an insane amount of oil (probably more oil than gas). The back of the boat was always covered in black soot and cleaning it was a pain. The plan was to replace the engine with a new one but that never materialized. With Brave Dragon, we pulled the…