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Being relatively new to the whole blogging thing I wasn't clear on the benefits of "Tagging" posts. I understand now that this helps readers more easily track down entries which are of interest to them. Sooo... here we are going back post by post and adding relevant tags. Please bear with us while we are "under construction." :) Here is another nice pic of the PDQ 32 Katana, this time in the water.

I read recently how someone felt that circumnavigating the globe had been done so many times it was hardly even worth getting worked up about anymore. When you consider that back in 1968, without GPS, chart plotters and roller-furling head sails, they were even then looking for bigger and more exciting challenges. Several years prior the first single-handed circumnavigation had been completed. It was because of this that the idea of a non-stop, single-handed race around the world was conceived.…

This past Saturday Rebecca and I travelled to Toronto where Anthony Motley and his wife Jackie gave us a very thorough tour of their PDQ 32 Katana. The boat was still on the hard, sans mast, and had just received a new coat of antifouling paint. Our initial impression? Even for a relatively small cat this boat is plenty big! In fact, once onboard we couldn't believe all of the storage space. Anthony took time to show us the entire…

Continuing along with the "changes in lifestyle" theme let's talk about showers. Like most people I think being around dirty, smelly people for any extended period of time is not all that enjoyable, and thus we bathe and hope others do too. If you are the type of person who enjoys relaxing in a steamy shower with the water beating down on your back, that just isn't going to happen on a boat. Due to the necessity of conserving that…

Although still landlocked we are trying to at least think about some the changes in lifestyle that will be needed for us to be live-aboard cruisers. One thing that we know will be different is the management of resources such as water and fuel, including that used for cooking. Many cruisers seem to be big on the usage of pressure cookers for preparing meals. We don't have any experience with this but it appears as if they allow you to…

Yesterday, following one of our noon-hour classes (yes, we still work for a living) one of our newer students innocently asked what we planned to do for the next few hours. Because we didn't have any classes scheduled for approximately 4 hours it is easy enough for people who only see us a few hours per week to think that we would have a nice long break. Sadly, and all too typically, the next hours were spent cleaning, fixing and…

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