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…..


Food For Thought (2)

Hey you…yes you… the one currently looking at the screen, we need your advice.  Do you cook? Do you eat on your boat?  What are you favs?

Food do’s and food don’ts …Being someone who is super new to boat life and sailing I am trying to wrap my thoughts around many different things.  I am sure that there are many other newbies out there as well trying to find the same answers.

Bacon…YUMMY, everything is better with bacon, right?  Wrong…consensus say not in the galley, the smell, well yummy, sticks around for awhile and worst case scenario you get a grease fire on board.  If you have a deck grill then perhaps yes to bacon. So this has got me thinking, I read a lot of different sites, posts, etc but how do you weed through everything and remember for future reference.

Deck grills, interior stoves and ovens, pressure cookers, coffee makers, microwaves…There are so many ways to cook and prepare food, but you might be limited in space and power.  What works well for you?  We would love to hear from as many people as possible, what do you use on your boats? What is your opinion? Do you wish you had used something different?

Brussel sprouts, cabbage, beans, garlic and yes bacon are some of the many high smelling foods (some for different reasons 🙂 ) …but all are soooo good. And this is just locally, there are foods all over the world that should be tried and some that should be avoided.  What do you cook in your galley vs on your deck grill? Are there foods that you should just avoid?  What is your best recipe?  What was your greatest fail?

One last point on food for this article…storage.  Do you keep the original packages? I have heard that many bugs love to live in box board packaging (crackers, cereal etc…) because of the glue and its a great place to hide. Do you vacuum seal anything?   How much food do you keep stockpiled at any given time? What keeps the best and the longest? How do you store your spices?

Your time, thoughts and opinion are greatly valued here, please share them and share this post, the more information that we all have, the better the sailing journey becomes.

Cheers 🙂



So we all have a list, items we need, items that we would like to have, and items that would make our lives so much nicer.  Because Ocean Phoenix is currently in a state of being a racing boat, you can image that we are on the look out for many items.  Yes, I know go to a store like everyone else… but I would imagine that there are people out there with a shed, a garage or a basement full of items that they would like to part with to offset some of the costs when they had refit there own vessel. Plus, we all like a deal, and sometimes we find a great price, we would love to hear of these great prices. Ebay, letgo and Kijiji are some great online resources but if we can buy something from another sailor that would be better for all. This list will continue to change as we buy items and find new items that we need to change.

Some things we will just buy new for sanitary reasons like the waste system components, but other items we would prefer used like the Raymarine instruments, water pumps etc… Our electronics were great in the day but are definitely dated. We would like to build on the RL80CRC (Pathfinder) chartplotter/radar and ST6001 auto pilot. For all those not familiar the units are 2004 era.

  • 10″ Cleats x 4
  • Windlass
  • Waste bladder
  • Water bladder
  • Large fenders x 2
  • Transom ladder
  • Foot pump
  • Teak panels
  • Refrigeration compressor
  • Macerating pump
  • VHS radio with DSC function
  • CD stereo and speakers
  • LED lights
  • Outlets w/ covers x 8
  • Portable generator
  • A/C panel
  • Dodger
  • Bimini
  • Water pump
  • Water maker
  • Ice maker
  • Portable freezer
  • Charts for Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut
  • Raymarine boat speed
  • Raymarine wind instruments wanted-responsive

We SOLD our boat!

Yellow Jacket is sold… We listed her about one month ago on Kijijj, We got some inquiries, took a couple phone calls and shared the information about her, but no offers. We left the boat in Canada when we were done sailing in the Thousand Islands and parked her on the side of a busy highway at a family members house. Two weeks ago we put a large for sale sign on the deck. People were stopping! We had several people stop by, look at the boat and then move on. Then it happened… This couple stopped and looked at her last Friday and Saturday, then he contacted us and we set a time this weekend to meet with them and show the boat throughout. We spend about two hours talking with this couple, they were really nice to speak with. Then the wife says “you know that you like the boat, you might as well buy it”, which of course made us feel great!

So they bought our boat. While we were at home earlier, we found it hard to find the right form to use without having to download or sign up to a bunch of useless sites. We found one that would work as far as information went and then revised it to suit our needs. We will be adding a new section shortly to our website, it will be “resources”, in here is where you will find the form. We completed two forms, one for each of us, accepted his payment and made arrangement for pick up.

We have offered to help step the mast the first time in the spring. Every boat is different and we have had the chance to learn a couple things that might help. Plus it gives us all a chance to catch up! All in all, our experience was amazing!

Ocean Phoenix

We have talked a little here and there about Ocean Phoenix, so I think it is time to cover her inside and out.

We purchased her just over a month ago on September 12, with her already on the hard. That meant that while we do not have to pay for hauling fees this year, we will have to wait until next year to dip her in the water. We did spend two weekends on board to get everything cleaned out and winterized. Worked and resolved some electrical issues we had, (still a few more lights to get working next year though).

The main electronics are Ockam and are a bit dated but the Chartplotter/Radar and auto pilot are Raymarine so we will likely build on that system and add Raymarine Speed/depth and wind instruments next year.

The exterior is in nice condition but we will need to redo the anti slip paint and bottom paint soon. The gray anti slip paint was a selling feature for us as it adds some depth to the deck, we really liked the two-toned color. Bottom paint is something we all need to do… We will need to repair the boot of the mast, a port side stanchion, add an anchor locker and windlass, add a couple more cleats and a few more ports.

The interior will need a longer list, lol… We really need to do some research on how to work with teak. There are a few spots that seem to have been stained or something, its darker in color and has runs in it. The cushions are currently in our basement (more on this later) and we will have a lot of wires to trace and plumbing to up date.

It may seem like there is a lot of bad with this boat, but we were able to look past this. We will not be sailing full time until we retire at 55 so for us, the repairs that are needed are minor, what interested us the most was the open layout and accessibility. When we are in the cockpit there is a lot of room, both sitting and standing, when hit by waves the water will run straight out the transom. The top deck has a great shape to it and it’s really easily to navigate. As you enter the salon we have a split galley, stove and sink on the port side and ice box with ample work space on top on starboard side. This allows for more then one prep area. Under the stairs is our engine and the one of the points about the boat that we REALLY liked… We have access to all four sides of the engine as well as the top. So if something happens we have easy access. The rest of the boat is pretty basic, v-berth, aft cabin, head, wet locker and storage areas… but we really liked the basic setup. We can add our own touches, what works for us… and that is one of the reasons we bought this boat over the others…. it’s a clean slate.

Unfortunately our boat did not come with any information about the C&C 37R at all, and we would love to find some of the schematics for her. This will aid us greatly when redoing the wiring and plumbing. Please share this around in hopes that we may come across another 37R owner.

Mooring Location

Hey all, we are looking for a mooring location for next season.  Currently our boat is on the hard in Barrington, Rhode Island.  We have really come to enjoy the Rhode Island area as well as Bedford, Massachusetts. Though we are totally open to suggestions…

But first, some information is needed…Ocean Phoenix has 8′ draft (yes, we know that is a lot, we are fine with this).  Her length over all is 39.5′, beam is 12.58″, air draft is between 62′ and 68′ (we will need to measure this) and displacement is 14,900 pounds.

So as you can see, we are in need of a deep water mooring that will still have enough depth when the tide is out.  Below is a list of some of the items that interest us when choosing a mooring;

  • Location – Our home is located in Troy, NY and we would prefer to keep her within a 3 hour drive
  • Not too much traffic – we have seen some that are under or close by heavily used bridges
  • Dingy service is an interesting aspect, during certain hours you can use a ferry system to and from the dock
  • The ability to bbq on our deck – if a dock is suggested.
  • Swimming location close by
  • Preferably less than $65/ft for a seasonal mooring.

Please drop us a line and let us know your thoughts…have you heard of a mooring coming available, do you know of a location for us to call or prehaps its your fav spot and we can get together for a sundowner…either way!