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After that little bit of sadness* (not winning last night's lottery) we have picked ourselves up and are once again moving forward. We had some back and forth correspondence with the owner of the boat mentioned below today. The end result of which is that we will be going to meet up with him and view his boat mid-April (it is currently shrink wrapped in Toronto). We are very-much looking forward to this as up to this point our only…

Today was another good news, bad news, good news, bad news kinda day! GOOD - We found a PDQ 32 for sale IN CANADA, not more than a couple of hours away from us. We contacted the seller for pricing and the number he sent us was not over-the-top crazy. BAD - There was no currency listed in the information sheet he sent me so I felt it was prudent to ask. I mean, is it safe to assume that a Canadian…

Our Fast Track to Cruising® course took place in two portions. The second part, the live-aboard course, presided over by Captain Mike, began rather abruptly. The first thing we did (or perhaps the first thing I remember) is the Captain taking Rebecca, our fellow classmate Ken and I below deck and SCARING us with a "discussion" on the four gasses that can kill you on a boat! By my recollection it involved him shoving our heads into the boat's bilge,…

Our house is getting bigger, or at least it appears that way. This illusion is created by the fact that there is now a LOT of empty space in our place. Rebecca has been selling stuff off as fast as Walmart! For those of you who have ever agonized over what to pack for a week-long vacation in the tropics, you may be able to extrapolate that feeling and imagine how hard it is to decide what to keep for…

My latest bit of research is coming by way of the book The Care And Feeding of the Sailing Crew by Lin and Larry Pardey. The authors of the book, the Pardeys have been cruising forever! And they do so now primarily onboard TALEISIN, their engineless 29 footer! The book goes into serious detail about provisioning, organizing a galley and preparing meals underway. My only critique of the book is that, because it includes recipes at the beginning of every…

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