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Knock, knock…

Somebody’s home.  We have occasion to visit with folks we meet along the way, sometimes we have a knock on the boat as folks pass by just to say hello. We’ve been getting a lot of “what kind of boat is this?…” comments up here in the hinterlands because well, a heavy blue water capable […]

Hanging out in JAX

After a visit to the west coast of Florida, we returned to Jacksonville in early April for a stopover. Barb jetted out to San Francisco for 3 weeks for the arrival of grandbaby #2.  I stayed behind with Molly, and took care of a bunch of maintenance chores, the biggest of which was the replacement […]

Vero Beach

Since having left New Bern, we spent a month in Jacksonville FL. Part of the stay was to enable us to make the drive to York to spend some time with family before the holidays, daughter Andrea, her hubby David and our granddaughter Kyla flew in from San Francisco and the game plan was to […]

Merry Christmas!

Our stay at the Marina at Ortega Landings was purpose-driven. We wanted a secure location to leave Maerin while we traveled to PA to visit family and a base of operations to obtain a rental from JAX as well as re-provisioning upon our return. A good choice on all counts! Our typical MO for these […]

Where are we ???

One of the most often asked questions we hear is “where are you?” Most of the time we know the answer. Most blog posts are geo-coded, meaning they are associated with a lat/lon that will show the location that corresponds with the posting on a google map. There may however, be a gap between postings, […]


Sammy came to us as a rescue by our daughter, Karen. She was stationed at Tinker AFB during her time in the Navy, and in ’99 when nasty tornadoes swept through the area, the base deployed personnel to assist with rescue and first responder efforts. Karen found a puppy trapped under a house, rescued the […]

The Quilt

We’re occasionally asked, ‘what do you do all day?’ Well, life aboard for us is filled with activity. We spend a lot of time with our dogs; frequent shore trips prompt walks in the environs we visit; there’s the never-ending maintenance to keep our home afloat – well, afloat! The vision of a life of […]

Vero Beach

Vero Beach is one of our favorite stops. It’s known by cruisers as “Velcro Beach” because so many cruisers stop for a night or two and end up staying a month- or longer. There are cruisers who started out on a mooring and now have dirt homes here!   We did manage to talk Ray […]

The Magenta Line

For the non-cruiser readers, this post may shed some light on how we find our way. For the cruisers reading, this post could be a rant. Here goes… The charts that cover the AICW have what’s commonly referred to as “the magenta line”. Hang around cruisers who spend time in “the ditch” and you’ll frequently […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Maerin and crew! The rain in Charleston finally stopped, giving us an opportunity to make the Christmas Eve service at St. Philip’s Episcopal. St. Philips is one of Charleston’s many historic churches, built in 1836. The service was well attended, the music was wonderful, the message from the rector was memorable. As […]

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