Bookaholic while cruising

Can you ever have enough books? When we bought our magic carpet in 2007, Totem’s shelf space was leaner than suited our family, particularly with three young children at a…

/ July 20, 2020

How do you know where to anchor?

The deceptively simple question – how do you know where to anchor? – is more nuanced than some imagine. In our hyperconnected world, it’s the kind of straightforward information that…

/ July 15, 2020

Reassurance from Baja’s bounty

Cruisers obsess over food sourcing and long-term storage more than the typical person. Over-provisioning is one of the classic new cruiser mistakes that even seasoned cruisers are prone to make.…

/ July 8, 2020

Fast track to cruising

Pandemic closes down the world. The world decides to go cruising! OK, not exactly, but there’s been a very unexpected impact of coronavirus: we are seeing a surge in people…

/ June 16, 2020

Offshore crewing and inclusion

The catch-22 of getting offshore experience: being required to have prior offshore experience in order to join a crew. Where can the hopeful offshore sailor begin? Yesterday morning I joined…

/ June 8, 2020

Keep the house, or sell it?

One of the biggest decisions for many gonna-go cruisers is what to do about their home on land. Do you keep it? Do you sell it? How do you decide?…

/ May 28, 2020

Totem’s interim normal

A new rhythm patterns our secluded life as Totem floats off the cinder-strewn cone of Isla Coronados. Calling this the new normal feels premature, but it’s an interim normal with…

/ May 20, 2020

Vessel Restricted in Ability to Maneuver

ColRegs, the popular acronym for that mouthful “International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea,” includes in rule no. 3 the definitions for boats restricted in their ability to maneuver. Reading…

/ April 30, 2020

Embrace the boring

Totem recently made landfall in Baja after a placid passage of a little over three days: north up the coast of Mexico’s mainland from Matanchen Bay, then across the Sea…

/ April 24, 2020

10 Tips for Self-Isolation, Learned from Life at Sea

It has been a long time since I sat down to catch you up here on my blog. After the book project, I needed time away from the keyboard. A…

/ April 16, 2020