THANK YOU…yes YOU pt 2


As we stated before, here we will continue to say Thank You to one and all for their help, their insight and their opinions.  There are many, many more responses that are Jolly and truly amazing, if you want more, speak up and we will share them.  After all, it’s all of you that makes this possible.   Below we will continue with part two…

Worldly Possessions –

  • I knew a guy who had that beat. Instead of filling up his garage shelves with miscellaneous leftover stuff, he kept a huge collection of assorted fasteners in a secure and climate-controlled storage facility, and there was no charge until he actually needed to use one.
    He called it “the hardware store”.
  • Before you move aboard and cast off you don’t know if this will be a permanent way of living. My wife and I decided after 45 years of coastal weekend and vacation sailing to give it a go. We committed to each other to give it a year and then decided what we wanted to do. We rented the house, sold or gave away a lot of things, put a lot of our things in storage, gave away one car and stored one, gave up our slip and cast off. After one year we were still having fun so we continued. After three years of family, issues caused us to decide to move back into our house. So it turned out to be a good decision for us to keep it. A year later we are still trying to empty the storage unit. I don’t know where we ever put all this stuff before. As we unpack things that one or the other of us wanted to keep we are throwing out nearly half of it and don’t really need or want a quarter more. Of course, the cost of storage was more than the value of the stored stuff…but we just weren’t ready to get rid of it before. And we decided that if either one of us couldn’t part with a thing it was worth storing it.  So, you really just have to decide for yourselves what’s worth keeping and for how long.  Now we are happily sailing weekends and week-long cruises again. It is for us a win either way.
  • Who says you have to sell everything to become a liveaboard? Just buy a larger boat.

Why do you Sail? –

  • Freedom, lack of bureaucracy ( mostly ). really great times sometimes, some scary times that you survive. meeting people. Generally a life of extremes….. not boring. good exercise helps to have a sense of humor and a bit crazy, never-ending learning experience. Must be a lot more. I need a sleep !!!!
  • Good question and hard to answer.
    I suppose it is an activity the whole family can do together or for us maybe it is camping without the hassle of packing up the tent at the end of the weekend.
    You have got me thinking, maybe it is just the fact I like spending money, I mean what else do normal people spend their spare cash on?
    Who knows, but whatever the reason it is always fun to be on the water even if some days the family might not agree with my version of fun.
  • Sailing or cruising? I had a great 26nm sail yesterday that I fully enjoyed, playing with the boat trying to pinch a little more out of her, making sure I kept ahead of the charter cat trying to catch me BUT that’s a rarity, I cruise and sailing happens to be my main form of propulsion, I don’t do it for the sailing. The big question, and so many reasons, but the main reason for me is “the creeping death of sameness” that day to day normal life offers, how many lawns can one mow? A comfortable existence of hoarding more crap just doesn’t do it for me. When Saturday morning at Bunnings (home depot) is the highlight of one’s week, you know you’re in trouble! I look at my life as a book, and I want to write as many chapters as possible, each new place, each new person, each new problem adds to my life, currently writing Seychelles chapter. The busyness of doing irrelevant stupid little things that dwindled my days away at home prior to cruising didn’t seem like living to me, one year blurred into another, If I died tomorrow I feel like lived more in the last eight years than most of my homebound friends have lived or will live in their lifetimes, even the not so good experiences add color to my life, it’s all adventure. Sailboats are designed to move, cross oceans and go places, they teleport you to new experiences!!! IMHO.
  • Why I sail,,,
    Well, that is a loaded question with many answers. First, may I say because I bought this boat for my husband and I last April 2016 to have the best summer of our lives.
    Then sadly he died of a heart attack and he never made the maiden voyage mid-April of last year. So I am not a quitter and I had sailed (as crew only) on my father’s boat 35 plus years prior to owning my 322 O’Day. I needed to hone in on some sailing skills to continue to make my dreams come true. The freedom of space (meaning the waters) the wind in my sails has definitely brought me closer to my main purpose in Life which is, to Love All that I can about being Alive! It may be silly for some but I have met some wonderful people and they have taught me their skills. Still, I am developing my own way to manage and sail my boat. I call my self a “Sailtress” my word for a female Sailor. I have retired early because of a few health issues.  One being legally blind, two having By-pass surgery and 2 heart attacks and 2 stents placed all within the last 3 years this Dec. I am a strong will woman and I fear very little after all that I have lived through in 55 years.
    I remain strong in my convictions and with my pursuit to master my boat. She is my peace which brings me great happiness when I am aboard her. I apologize for the wordiness of this response, but I have found my Peace in Sailing.
    Cheers to All Who Love to Sail!
  • Because that is when the world makes sense

Thank you all

James and Tammy on

The Daily Post Jolly



Part One:

When people say sailing is very communal, as a new sailor, I never really understood this comment and I’m still just scratching the surface.  James always spoke of how social a sailing life can be, how the people around pull together to help one another.

We have been writing posts since the beginning of October since we purchased our sailboat Ocean Phoenix.  Our first post “From the Beginning” to our most recent post “Relocate…One Country to another” have been learning experiences for us.  We have written 19 posts and really enjoyed the feedback and comments.  We share our posts through our website, our Facebook page, and other Facebook groups and on the Cruisers & Sailing Forums.  The majority of responses have been from the Cruisers Forums.

We would like to thank everyone who has responded to one of our posts.  It is amazing to hear the thoughts and opinions from so many different people.   In keeping with the community aspect of sailing, we would like to share some of the responses with you.  Below you will find the title of our blog in “Italic” and underneath that will be some of the responses.  Unfortunately, we can not include every response, as much as we would like to.

“The Power of sailing” – 

  • You should also search the web for Service Bulletins. They’re those pesky notices about how the original manuals were wrong and other things you NEED to know about upgrades to the engine. Very important.
    Engines 101 – The BIGGEST & BEST collection of M25 Series Universal Engine Information on the Internet, plus some M35, too
    Diesel Engine –
    Also, find out what rw pump you have.
  • Aw, c’mon. You can’t expect me to let that statement stand!
    The comments about fresh fuel are correct. To expand on that, probably 90% of the auxiliary engine failures I’ve seen on sailboats follow the same pattern.
    Your fuel is rarely used if you’re truly sailing. Bugs (bio-fouling) and sediments are stirred up by a brisk day sail. Motoring back in, the stirred-up sediment eventually clogs the filter. Right around the time, the boat is approaching a lift bridge or some other immovable hazard.
    It happens with frightening regularity. I’ve seen boats dismasted by a bridge, and I’ve pulled people off a boat being heeled over by the current, with the mast stuck on a bridge. Always the same cause.
  • I have an M35. It starts extremely quickly and seems a very remarkable engine all around. Like all diesels (and really all engines), it requires some essentials to start. When those essentials are not there, things go to poo quickly.
    I have had issues for the better part of a year with mine but I can’t blame the engine. It seems to be related to a VERY tiny air leak in the fuel supply line. The resulting problems are VERY fickle including being apparently dependent on the level of fuel in the tank. I think I have it solved (but then I thought that before).
    There are a number of other little things that can drive you insane trying to figure them out. Despite all of the problems I have had, I LOVE that engine![/QUOTE
    Install an electric fuel pump with a switch as close to the tank as possible. If you have 2 tanks install it right after the Y valve. When on this will pressurize the lines & show you right where the leak is. Plus it’s great for changing filters & can also run the motor if the primary fuel pump quits on you.

“Ocean Phoenix” – 

  • Have you Had a look at this yet?:
    Or here?:
    …and here?:…-drawings.html
    …and for some photos, try this:
    Those will get you started.
    Which 37R did you purchase?
  • The following link is to previous threads in CF that mention the boat model you now have. There are good tips and comments about the boats in those threads. I saw several that should help you with tips about chain plates, core, rigging, handling, etc. Look beyond or deeper than the thread title, as often the comments that are very helpful are not closely related to a thread title.
    Good luck, and I hope you enjoy your new boat and cruising too.…037&
  • Had a C&C 38 with a customs keel, 7.5′ draft, based out of Narragansett Bay, I sailed the snot out of that boat up and down New England and NY area in all conditions and loved it, it’s long gone now but I still miss that boat. C&C tended to make well rounded, good performing boats that still handled challenging conditions well and comfortably. Mine had an inner forestay added, to fly a storm jib, which added much flexibility to the trim options, it’s something you might consider, it helped bring the center of balance inward in big wind, it was removable, so it didn’t interfere with tacking the large (155%) headsail in normal conditions.
    Perfect boat for the area you’re in, good upwind performance, good seakeeping traits(for a racer cruiser) and a level of comfort and stability most racer cruisers don’t offer. Oh, and by the way, I was able to outpoint most J’s, which gave me no endless joy. One thing though, due to the inner mounted genoa tracks offwind headsail trim could be inefficient, so I used to carry extra genoa lines with snap shackles and s hooks on the ends, on broad reaching days I clipped them to the toe rail to bring the trim of the headsail out from the center of the boat which made for much better broad reaching sheeting angles. It’s worth noting.

James and Tammy on

Relocate…One Country to another


July 2016 my husband relocated to New York from Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  He relocated for work purposes within the same company.  Our son and I followed suit a year later.  Relocation for us has been a very positive event.  I would think that for some people this can be a very trying and complicated business.  Now, don’t get me wrong we sure did have our ups and downs, and we are still waiting on an item to be processed, but this part is all of the paperwork and ensuring that everything is legal…there is not much that can be done here.

When we came to New York, we decided to live in the Albany area.  We are nestled between the Adirondacks, the Catskills and the Berkshires with the Hudson River flowing beside us.  No doubt that this a beautiful area rich in history as well. We have enjoyed every moment here.

As with any change or relocation, there are bound to be differences.  We moved 4 hours down the road, into a different country.  Kingston, Ontario Canada is only a four-hour drive to Albany, New York, USA.  Being so close we figured that not much would change as far as daily living…Wrong, there has been changes, neither good nor bad, just items that are different.  Here are some examples…

1. USA – Restroom
Canada – Washroom
You would think not a big deal, but if you really have to pee and you are standing there asking for a washroom and they have no idea what you mean

2. USA – Soda
Canada – Pop

3. USA – No Advent calendar
Canada – Yes, Advent calendar

4. USA – Beer is inexpensive
Canada – Beer is double the price

5. Healthcare. Now…. this is a tricky one, and can be quite political. Please remember that this is just our opinion.

       Canada – The healthcare is very Good. Basic Health care is covered within your taxes. You can upgrade through your employer for an additional fee if benefits are offered. There are some additional costs if you are Not Healthy that Healthcare does not cover. There is a lot more to this but this is it in a nut shell. Most don’t have to fret about the costs for the majority of procedures.

     USA – There Health care is AMAZING! as far as technology, doctors and wait times. However, there are many different levels of healthcare coverage. And with that if you are not Healthy it can cost you big dollars. If you are relatively Healthy and complete your checkups and take advantage of work benefits if provided the cost per year is actually less than Canada. Again, there is a lot more to this but that’s what we have found so far.

We love the changes, all the little differences, in our minds are great, they tell us that we are still learning, growing and changing.  And now we are doing all this in a new Country

So, as I stated before, our relocation has been amazing, we have found some new friends and much joy from moving here.  We have so much more to explore and learn from our new home and we are embracing it all with open arms.

Written in response to The Daily Post prompt:




As we sat there on our boat sipping a glass of wine…I realized that this was a special gift.

This was my first sailing vacation, my first large amount of time on a sailboat.  We took a week in August of 2017 for our honeymoon and sailed around some of the islands in the Thousand Islands on the Canadian side.  The first couple of days we had weather that was not great, but we still enjoyed our time, on day three we docked on Beau Rivage.  That evening as we sat there, the water was calm, our hearts were peaceful and all was tranquil…nothing but Serene

“Sail” Tales


So after the purchase of our boat one of the first things was to survey our sail inventory. We had looked at the cruising sails before we bought her but she also came with a healthy supply of racing sails.

Unlike many sailors we do not have a great knowledge of sails yet. I mean, we know the basics, but to actually know what we have will require a professional to do a tune up on them. So its off to the sail maker to have then serviced.

Yes that’s right…. I said serviced. Just like your engine, your sails being a source of power need to be serviced on a regular basis. Many can do this themselves and have the skills to do so. Us however, need to have the repairs done by a pro.

Our inventory consists of 5 cruising sails, 5 racing sails and 2 spinnakers.

We stretched out every cruising sail in our yard first and tried to identify the obvious issues with each sail. (I’m sure our neighbors thought that we were nuts.  We even had one guy ask if we were going parachuting when we opened up the spinnaker, lol) Some had just a slight tear that could be taped up and others had a little more stitch work that was needed to make them ready to be hoisted. For the most part the cruising sails were in great shape. The delivery main was perfect and the cruising main had a small tear on the luff.  The 2 Genoas were in good condition and the storm TRI sail was like new (never used).

The racing sails were another story. We don’t know a lot but we do know that a sail is less effective with a big tear in it. Only 1 of the 5 racing sails was in my opinion ready to use. They are a nice NORTH racing sail made with Mylar and Kevlar. Although we are using our boat for cruising it would be nice to utilize the racing sails both for fun and also to save some wear and tear on the Dacron cruising sails.

We are fortunate to have a sail-maker – “Kingston Sail Loft”–  that we have been using for several years with other vessels. He is fantastic and honest. We will take them to him this weekend and have him give us his opinion on repairs.

As always we cherish your knowledge and opinion so please tell us. Who do you use to service your sails? Do you have any experience with Mylar materials and how to repair them? How many years of service have you gotten out of your sails? Do you have a favorite manufacturer?

Tell us what your experience is or has been.

James and Tammy

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Worldly Possessions


Day sailing, weekend voyage, a week here or there, summer vacation or liveaboards, we all enjoy our vessels. We enjoy the freedom of travel, we enjoy the sensation of being on the water, we enjoy not being confined by the daily grind of traditional life on land.

More and more we are trading in our land roots for an anchor, we lift that anchor and float, sail, or power away.  We all have material items, items that we have grown fond of, items that make life so much easier. We have art, stemware, china sets, kid’s toys, pictures and photo albums galore.

If you are a short distance traveler at the end of your day or destination, you can head back to port and enjoy your home and your comforts.  But perhaps you still have a few items that you brought onboard that give you comfort and joy.  Items that you prefer no matter what. A comfortable blanket, your favorite mug, perhaps a coffee maker even.  On your short trips what do you prefer to have?  What are some of the items that you just have to have on board?

If you are a liveaboard things are different.  Typically, we sell our homes, our cars, and most of our possessions. We take small items onboard such as dishes, pots, pans etc.  Maybe you take a photo album and maybe you take a couple keepsakes.  But what do you do with everything else?  Those of you the are currently liveaboards, did you sell EVERYTHING?  Does anyone have a storage unit with items in it and if yes, what did you keep?

Guys…what about all your tools? The compressors, the saws, and the endless containers of fasteners, the welding machines and anything else that may be in your garage.  James, my husband has a full garage, he has a tool for everything and for every occasion and sometimes he even has double the tools.  He is a welder/millwright by trade so when it comes time to set sail what do we do with the tools?

We had friends that sold absolutely everything, if it didn’t fit on their boat, it got sold.  Ten months into their trip of a lifetime they had an injury and needed to return home to recover.  So now what…they had sold everything at the start of their journey.  They need their own place to heal and so they found themselves starting over again.

What did you keep?  Do you utilize a storage unit just in case?  Many of you, I have noticed, have been liveaboards for 5+ years.  If you do keep items, at what point to you decide to sell them? Did anyone keep a car?

After you get through all the big items, what you are keeping and what you are selling, do you have that one item that you just had to take?  Please share your thoughts with us and with everyone trying to figure this out.

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sailing routes picMany of us dream of sailing away to far places. Many to escape cold weather like ourselves or maybe it is a desire to see how other people live in other countries. Whatever the reason most people have somewhat of a plan that they would like to follow. It may be as simple as a daily plotted course or maybe more dramatic as a cir-cum navigation done over the course of years of planning.

Since Tammy and I have just purchased our 37R our first season will likely be filled with short sails to put her through the paces and get a feel for how she sails. I can see us doing several overnights and we are planning a week of sailing to Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard next summer to start. Bermuda is also a destination that we will likely do in the next 5 years.

Although for now we will have limited time for long passages it is always running through our mind….. where are we gonna go once we head south permanently? We have seen many places by land (Flight). USA east coast, Bahamas, TCI & Cuba just to name a few. I know that these are all on our hit list to sail to in the first few years of retirement.

A great resource for us has been other cruiser videos. Distant Shores ( Paul and Sheryl Shard) has been one of my favorites. They do a GREAT job with their videos and you get a feel for the places they visit. Another couple we have been following is “Gone with the Wynns” ( Nikki and Jason Wynn). They also do a great job with their videos and have been a great source of information also. There are so many others but these 2 seem to have our attention.

So with that being said please share with us your favorite destinations. Where did you visit? What caught your attention while you were there. This can be as short as a simple day sail to somewhere or as elaborate as a lifetime getaway.

For us our most memorable sailing trip was the 1000 islands on Lake Ontario, Canada for our Honeymoon. Since we are both originally from the Kingston, Ontario area it had a touch of home and it was breathtaking. Now that we hang our hat in Troy, NY and our vessel is in Rhode Island we are looking forward to some fantastic East coast sailing.

So grab a Pint of your favorite beverage and tell us where you went this past year (2017)


James,Tammy & Ray

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Why do you Sail?

The water is all around you, your boat is swaying gently with the waves and you can feel your whole body at peace.  We know this feeling because we live on a sailboat or we are striving to live on one. BUT…

We have all been there…talking with friends, with our family and someone says, why in the world are you going to live on a boat.  They are confused and appalled, they can not understand why.  They try to talk you out of it, some are worried that you are going to sink, most of them have never been on a boat.

What makes someone leave everything we have known as comfort for so long, too sell everything in our 2, 3, or 4 bedroom homes and set off to wander the never ending blue waters.

Some sailors are born into this life, it is a cherished gift passed one to another, the passion and respect for the water.  Others are introduced at some point in their lives to the joys that water can bring.

Regardless of your start, we all become boat owners and some set off for uncharted waters.  The one question others all have in common is WHY?  Why do you sail? For those who do not sail or dislike the water they have a hard time with this, they cannot understand the appeal that it holds for us.

So, for each of you reading this…Why DO you sail?  Is it the lust for adventure?  Maybe you wanted to try something new and you got hooked.  Sailing can have a very social aspect to it, but you can also enjoy a life of solitude if that is your fancy, and sometimes right beside each other.  Do you enjoy people or maybe you want to escape them? Do you cherish the sense of freedom? What made you choose this lifestyle?

Take a moment, if you could please, and hit the comment button and tell us all Why do you Sail?

Sailing Destinations

20170814_195025Your vessel is loaded, you have everything you need, food, water, supplies…but now what.  Where do you what to go? And what are you going to need when you get there?

The not so fun side…

When you enter into a different country there are procedures to follow.  You have to pay a fee, enter into quarantine, and only aloud to bring certain items in with you.  Each destination requires a certain number of document copies, your passport, your licenses, your pet information, and whatever else is needed in that country in the correct number of copies per person.

The fee you have pay will also vary…some destinations have an all in fee, this will include your customs fee, your cruising permit, fishing permit and your departure tax. Other destinations will be paid individually, and to different people, with this, how do you know you are paying the right person and the right amount? Not to mention any extra trips you may want to take or parks you want to visit while staying at your destination.  Tips…who gets a tip and who does not, what if you try to tip the wrong person…any thoughts and stories on this?

The so much more fun side…

When you enter into a different country the sites, the sounds, the smells can be powerful! The water might be crystal clear and warm, the hills around you a lush green. And then excitement starts, you go ashore to look around, meet some of the locals and to do some shopping.  But where do you go, where is the places with the freshest produce the softest breads and ice cold beer (priorities right, lol)

Every destination has places that are a must see, food that is absolutely mouth watering and events that are fun and exciting.   Sailing has a community aspect to it, we help each other, we enjoy sun-downers together, and we watch out for others.

We all like to share where we have been we are proud of our vessels and of our destinations and others find the information really helpful.  I would like to encourage you to join the Facebook group called Sailing Destinations, this is not a promotion for one, but for all.  We want to know what you eat, what you really liked and what you disliked about your destinations.  Is there a local baker for fresh bread?  Is there a local market to support when we buy our produce? What are the procedures at the port of entry where you are?  What events are happening in your part of the world this holiday season? Is there a certain item that is a must have from each destination?

If you decide to join, please feel free to share any time and any items that you feel others could benefit from, we currently have some great members who share regularly and provide us with excellent data.  We want to hear from you about your Sailing Destinations and how you enjoyed them, what you would change and what you loved!

Here is a link to the group. Just click on JOIN

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Cheers and safe passage 🙂

The POWER part of sailing

20170825_130650So…. we all agree that sailing is not only the best way to boat but also the most economical. However, we all have those times when we have to start the motor and use mechanical propulsion to get to where we want to go. Whether we are motoring to make up time or due to a lack of wind, it is inevitable. Even just getting off a mooring or setting the anchor needs a bit of power to help us along.

The bottom line is, it needs to start when it is needed especially in an emergency. Ocean Phoenix is a bit of a hard starter. Although we have not had her in the water yet we did run the motor before purchase on the hard and we did winterize her this year. The mechanics who got her running after sitting for 3 seasons and our broker both commented that it took a bit to get her started and we found that it took about 45 seconds with the glow plugs and a full throttle to get her up and running.

The M35 Universal, I am told, have always been finicky but still…… does that not seem a little much? So the question is, is it bad fuel from sitting for 3 seasons? Are the glow plugs weak or is the relay not working at all? The motor was just overhauled before she went on the hard and I was assured she has about 5 hrs on the rebuild. When she is up and running it purrs like a dream and runs clean.

Does anyone else have any experience with the Universal engines ( particularly the M35). My experience has been mainly with Yanmar and they tend to run strong if serviced yearly. My plan is to drain all the fuel and start over fresh. New filters all around and some fresh engine oil should help also. I am curious how to check the glow plugs & relay to see if they are up to the task also.

  Your thought are welcomed…..