Leavin’ Tomorrow…

Peter’s response every time anyone asked was “Leavin’ tomorrow…” partly because intention and actuality make for a funny juxtaposition…but mostly because we had no idea how long it would take us to get ready to go. We spent the last two months getting Gratitude ready and getting ourselves ready to leave life as we know…

Renovations and Recipes

Peter continues to refit the galley…while I continue to decide what’s going in it and how to get ready for daily life aboard Gratitude. After tackling the pressure pot a few weeks ago, my next concern was what to do about two of my go-to foods: yogurt and lettuce. As I recall from my time…

Maiden Voyage

The night before our maiden voyage, Peter’s brother came down to visit. The three of us were sitting in Gratitude‘s cockpit, enjoying the sunset while Andy recounted the story of how he and Russ took a train to New York when Russ first bought the boat (then called Ocean Rose) back in 2007.

Sticking to it…

We had a beautiful renaming ceremony, but the last part of appeasing the gods requires the boat owners to take the boat out, back-wind the sails and float backward at least one boat length. We ordered the vinyl lettering spelling out our new boat name and hailing port. We waited and waited. Finally, Saturday afternoon…

Under Pressure…to Get to New Horizons…

Peter worked on constructing bed 1.0 and v-berth 1.0 while I worked on learning how to cook a few meals in my new pressure pot. We slept on Gratitude for the first time a few weeks ago. When my mom came to visit, we offered up our Über comfy bed in exchange for the v-berth.…

Paperwork and Water Pumps

It’s July and we haven’t been sailing—have not even been out on our boat—since November when we took Moon up to Riverside to have her pulled and placed on the hard. Sailing is what we do, what we’ve done together for going on nine years. We are chompin’ at the bit to get out there,…

Renaming Ceremony

Of the many superstitions involved in sailing–leaving on a Friday, cutting hair on a boat, seeing a red-head, a rat, a cormorant, the list seems endless–renaming a boat is perhaps one of the riskiest endeavors…unless you and your friends have a properly reverent ceremony, spill lots of bubbly and generally respect the power of the…