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The beauty of a professional theater performance, beyond the script and the acting, is that the audience is completely unaware of all the things that are taking place behind the curtain to make the show happen. I like to think that this website is a bit like that. People visit here, read the posts, comment if they choose, and then move on, oblivious to much of what has to happen to keep the show going. The writing and photography are the obvious bits, but sadly, there is significantly more administration taking up our time.

For example, even though I run a WordPress plugin that notifies me of dead links, I spent more than an hour this morning manually checking website links listed on our Research page. While the majority of the ones I checked were still live, I found several that were completely broken, and a number of blogs that haven’t been updated in a year or two. Unfortunately, without a broadband connection, the job was just taking too much time to check every link.

I think that our Research page is a great resource, but it loses it’s value of it is not kept current. If you come across a broken link on that page, or anywhere on our site, be it a dead one or one redirected to someplace that it shouldn’t be, please let me know and I’ll remove it. If you’re visiting the blogs that I have linked and you see one hopelessly out of date, I’d like to know that too. Equally important, if you have a sailing blog that you are keeping up to date (you needn’t post daily as I try to), whether you’re in the early planning stages, or actively cruising, please give me the link and I’ll add it to our site.


  1. Keeping a fresh and worth visiting blog up and running is REAL WORK…that’s another behind the scenes reality. You guys do a great job of that.

  2. Yes, very true.

    It reminds me of the quote about the swan ” Smooth and calm on the surface, but paddling like hell underneath”.

    Thank-you for doing it. I, like many others, greatly enjoy it.



  3. Your links to Happy Times’ website, “”, don’t seem to work. I’ve also seen links to, but that points to another boat.

    I found one such link on page 161. FYI.

  4. You’ve got some great resources on your research page – thanks for collating them all.

    If you’d like to add our blog to the list, we’re at We cruised in New Zealand, then came back to the States to buy our current boat and are now living aboard with plans to go back out cruising after h-season.

  5. I hadn’t seen any new entries on my feed reader (feedly) since May 12 and thought you must be on a passage. I no longer can detect your feed so I wondered if you’d made a deliberate change? I’m a fellow Canadian (left-coaster) part-time dinghy sailor and I love following your adventures!

  6. Hi Mike, sorry to bother you again. I just tried to resubscribe and feedly claims it cannot find your feed (and that possibly the feed is no longer published).

  7. Hey Mike, I have noticed that your links (I tried almost all of them) to LTD sailing are not working, though I can access it by Google search. Oh and I’m catching up quick, just a few months left. Trying to get through it as I leave to visit the Grandkids on Saturday… fascinating life you two have chosen, hoping to follow along on your beaten path come spring – and thanks for that btw.

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