Throwing Off The Bow Lines

One of my favorite quotes: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

Mandy and I are in prep mode to cast off from New Bern and head back home to the Florida Keys in the next week to 10 days. We will be taking this trip down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on our Trojan F32 Sportfisher, “Renegade Mermaid”. Luckly, it has two helm stations, one on the flybridge and the other inside the cabin, out of the elements which will be nice this time of year. We will be taking it slow and idling most of the way due to the amount of fuel this thing burns. We also plan to layover in a couple of places along the way. Originally we were going to move one or more sailboats down at the same time but with the proximity to Christmas I decided to do those after the New Year. I can then jump outside and move a little quicker. I will be looking for crew for those trips.

I traded our 1984 Irwin 34 Citation, SV Enchantment, for the Trojan earlier this year. This is my first time owning a “stink pot” but figured it would be a nice platform to learn the art of salt water fishing in the Keys and Mandy loves the extra room. We will be living on it while we search for a cruising catamaran. We have located a marina that allows us to run our business, Conch Republic Sailing out of although we are still looking for a home for the non-profit Conch Republic Community Maritime Center. We hope to take care of that on the trip down.

We have also added some new crew, Loki and Gyspy. Loki is our cockatiel and provides quite a bit of laughs and entertainment with her antics. I would have never guessed birds had so much personality.  She only stays in her cage to sleep at night and even though we clipped her wings she has her own little parkour course throughout the boat. We are not exactly sure if Loki is male or female so if I call her him bear with me. Gypsy is the newest member of the crew. She is a terrier mixed rescue dog found in New Bern, NC. Several attempts to find her owner(s) have not provided any info so now she is traveling with us. She has adapted to dock life well and is a great watch dog. Truthfully I have mixed feelings about dogs on boats and have satisfied my urge to get one by loving on other people’s dogs, so far. Gypsy is so sweet and is the perfect size that we are going to make this happen. I just hope she loves us as much as we’ve grown to love her.

We will resume updating this site with our nomadic adventures and lifestyle as well as our trials and tribulations along the way Mandy plans on sharing her perspective being a new live-a-board and self-employed business owner.  We are not retired and do have to “work” for a living. Mostly that involves a lot of sailing and time on the water as well as looking for lots of small revenue streams wherever we can, especially going back down to the Keys after Hurricane Irma. We might add a couple of ads here and there on this site and participate in some affiliate websites. Amazon is an easy one and isn’t too intrusive. We are not exactly sure of what the future holds but we are going to make the most of it.

Watch our business websites for updates about charters, classes, cruises, edventures and flotillas. Some of them will be Boat Bumz branded but booked through Conch Republic Sailing and East Carolina Sailing.

We have a couple of projects and new offerings in the works, one of which I am very excited about. Back country beach camping/sailing edventures in both North Carolina and the Florida Bay, so check the sites for dates and availability and prep your boat if you have one. These are great books: Beachcruising and Coastal Camping as well as Expedition Canoeing.


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