Clay and Ally sailed their Catalina 27 “Soultide” down the ICW from Virginia to the Florida Keys. They have an inspiring story and relate some funny anecdotes about their days living aboard. We reminisce about meeting down in Key Largo, dodging mosquitos, running from the cold, learning how to work on engines, and the adjustment back to living ashore. Clay and Ally are musicians, built their own house, have recently acquired a 50 year old Columbia 36, and we are fortunate to count them among our friends. Enjoy the episode!
Links mentioned within:
Wild Flower Honey Band
Blog- Six Imposserous Things
Emily Greenburg has single-handed her Pearson Ariel down the East Coast- from Lake Champlain, through the Hudson River, down the Jersey Coast and Chesapeake Bay, and into the ICW to Florida. We talk about preparing small boats for long-term sailing, her formative sailing experience on an offshore delivery, the satisfaction of working on your own boat, and the realities of sexism in the sailing world and beyond. She keeps a log of her travels at the always-interesting www.dinghydreams.com and is on Instagram @dinghydreams. Enjoy!
Interview time! Bryan Rolfe is sailing his 27 foot Albin Vega across the Carribean, bound for Panama, the Pacific Ocean, Polynesia, and ultimately a circumnavigation. We talk about life aboard a small boat, new-old ways of getting weather information offshore, preparing a boat for oceans, the sobering reality of coral reefs today, and much more! Bryan has a very enjoyable and well-produced series of videos on YouTube and he is donating all proceeds from his videos to the Coral Reef Alliance. He’s also an all-around interesting guy. Check it out!
Bryan can be found on his website:
The Adventures of Tarka
His YouTube Channel:
Also, a few things of note. During the interview we talk about his affiliate site, which is going to be discontinued and rolled into his blog. I will endeavor to get a link to his article about using a laptop to decode weatherfax offshore. Also, I referenced in the interview a buddy with a diesel powered water maker- I’m fairly certain that it is in fact powered by a small gasoline engine. Everything else we say is 100% factual. 🙂
Ryan and I reflect on the ups and downs of returning to shore-side life, our last days on the boat, and lessons learned from 6 months underway aboard a small sailboat. We talk about facing fears and anxiety, our final sail up the Chesapeake Bay and getting our mojo back.
Ryan takes the mic! Preparing food aboard “Firefly,” dinghy adventures, hard dinghys vs inflatable, and anecdotes and reflections on our Northbound trip up the ICW.
Exploring the Florida Keys, meeting interesting characters, beers of the ICW, and Land-sickness x 2!
Clear water and easy sailing on Biscayne Bay! Palm trees and mosquitoes. A soliloquy on all things anchoring- anchorage hi-jinks, anchoring etiquette, anchoring politics in Florida, and dragging anchor in the Keys.
Our crossing strategy, what went wrong, what we would do differently, and reflections on sailing.
Bridge-hell, catching some fish, meeting new friends, and celebrating Ryan’s birthday in Ft. Lauderdale.
Daily rituals, wildlife of the ICW, interesting nav aids, motorsailing, and running aground!
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