Photo 5

James at the helm, this is the first time on Ocean Phoenix and without assistance.  Being on our vessel has been amazing in every way.  The total sense of joy, relaxation and peace that we get from being onboard is priceless.


Photo 6

First time at the helm. I was so excited to share this experience with James.  As we are learning and exploring what Ocean Phoenix can do and what she can handle, it’s great to learn all the roles on a sailboat.


Photo 7

This is the day that she became Ocean Phoenix.  It took a lot of research and soul searching to find a name that means something and that is fitting for her.

Ocean Phoenix port

Photo 8

64 feet up in the air…LOVED IT.  When you have your partner on deck and you trust him 100%, going up the mast is a great time, with a great view. Thanks James


Photo 9

Best KID ever.  We are very proud of him.  He loves the boat and caught the most fish! This pic made the list as he looks so relaxed and at home.


Photo 10

Thanks to my very talented husband, we have great cutting boards and covers.  They worked great all season.


Photo 11

A full day cleaning all the lines.  Surprised that this would make our list? When we are not on the boat we still enjoy the chores and prep work that goes along with owning a sailboat


Photo 12

Our first morning on our mooring and our first cup of coffee. It was a great way to start the day with a freshly brewed coffee in hand, sitting, and watching the world go by.


12 days of photos

I’m sure by now you have read our “We miss you” blog… We do miss being on board of Ocean Phoenix, the pure sense of relaxation and enjoyment when you are onboard your vessel.  All of us that have to leave our boat for the winter months surely feel the same…

Over the next 12 days, we are going to do 12 days of photos on our blog.  We are going to pick our favorite photos, saving the best for last,  from our time onboard.  We really want you to join us as we celebrate our vessels.

As we post a pic during the countdown we will explain why this photo is important and what it means to us. Comment on the blog with pics of your boat, or reply to the Facebook/Twitter/Instagram feed. Every day starting on December 12 we will post a picture and a description of why we like it, and we want you to respond and share your vessel with us.    Let’s see your vessels

Let the countdown begin…(the first one comes out tomorrow)

We miss you…

It’s almost the middle of December, it’s still green outside right now, but oh boy, it’s cold.  While December brings a lot of joy and happiness, James’ Birthday, Christmas and festive holiday season, we can’t help but miss her.

Ocean Pheonix is all closed up. October was the month that we hauled her from her cozy mooring on the Barrington River in Rhode Island.  We decided we would remove all the sheets and halyards for a full inspection.  We also thought it was time to remove the mast for a full inspection and to repair the instruments and lights.  So there she sits on the hard with no mast, no sails, and a dry bottom.

All the cushions, as well as all the flooring, were also removed this year.  During the terribly cold winter months, we will redo the flooring and give new life to it.  While the floor is out we will be cleaning the bilge completely, rerunning some wires, moving the battery bank to the aft cabin again and installing a dripless shaft seal. But most of this will be done next spring when we return.

Now, what do we do…? We sit here and think about sailing, places we want to go, islands we want to explore and all the people we will get to meet one day. We watch shows on sailing and boating and we do research on items we want on our boat.

It’s around the freezing mark now and all we can do is countdown until the next sailing season is upon us. We miss our boat, we miss the water and we miss the warm weather.  What do you do to pass the winter months away?

James and Tammy on sv Ocean Phoenix