Author: Jules

Your First Year of Cruising is Part of the Refit

Your First Year of Cruising is Part of the Refit

If you are planning to buy an old boat to refit and go cruising, make sure you add that first shakedown cruise to the cost of the refit. After nearly four years refitting our 1984 Whitby 42, Greg and I finally left the dock! Star 

A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain for #BourdainDay

A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain for #BourdainDay

On the one-year anniversary of the death of Anthony Bourdain, we offer this modest tribute to a hero of travel, brotherhood, and food. I honestly didn’t know he held up a little corner of the sky until then. I cried big, ugly tears the morning 

Going All-In on a Boat: Star Stuff is Paid Off!

Going All-In on a Boat: Star Stuff is Paid Off!

We’ve decided that going all-in on the boat is the right path for us. With the boat paid for, the only thing keeping us from cruising full time is…everything else! I got a boat for my birthday this year! Our ability to patiently squirrel away 

Is Fear Keeping You Away From Your Cruising Future?

Is Fear Keeping You Away From Your Cruising Future?

If you are letting fear keep you from your dreams of cruising, you’re missing out on an opportunity to leverage it for better performance. I spend a lot of time around boats and their humans. There seems to be a recurring theme that I’ve noticed 

When Are We Going Cruising?

When Are We Going Cruising?

Are we EVER going to go cruising? But, when? My thoughts as we work through our refit list, but don’t get to use the boat much. Okay, at all. Bardo: “the state of existence intermediate between two lives on Earth.” It is obscenely easy to 

Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

“So, where do you see yourself in five years?” You’ve been there, right? Sitting in a job interview with an executive across the desk who asks the question with feigned interest in the answer. Or, perhaps sincere interest, if that person believes in the purported 

How To Choose a Cruising Boat

How To Choose a Cruising Boat

If you are in the first phases of boat shopping, you might be thinking, “how do you choose a cruising boat?” Here’s how we broke down the decision. “What boat should I buy?” This question gets floated around on the Liveaboard and Cruising forums every 

Living Your Dream: Six Spiritual Steps

Living Your Dream: Six Spiritual Steps

The Cosmos/God/The Universe wants you to have an amazing life. The longer you do what someone else expects you to while ignoring your own inner knowing, instincts, and visceral reactions, the longer it will take you to start living your dream. Today, one of my 

Adjusting to Life Aboard a Boat

Adjusting to Life Aboard a Boat

How are we adjusting to life aboard our boat now that we’ve spent a little time acclimating to living in a marina full time? We have now lived aboard our Whitby 42 a grand total of five weeks. With the labor of selling off the 

Growing Pains and Goose Eggs for All!

Growing Pains and Goose Eggs for All!

Growing pains should be expected any time you make a significant change to your life. Our first week aboard our boat was a painful experience for us – and the boat! *Naughty words ahead* Bang! “Oww!” Bang! “Oww, dammit!” Bang! “Oww, shit!” Bang! Crash! Screech!