A New Chapter in Our Cruising Life

Well, they say that the best 2 days in a boat owner’s life are when he buys his boat and when he sells it and today it is the later. Michelle and I are feeling a both sad and happy about letting you all know that we have sold Double Wide (that’s the sad part) […]

Work in Yard Stops

Rain in West Palm has brought all outdoor work to a halt aboard DW. Luckily, I have plenty of projects to do below decks, but I’m waiting for a lull so I can make a supply run. Forecast is for rain today and tomorrow. We’re planning to splash on Friday late afternoon, so it looks […]

On the Hard in West Palm Beach

Double Wide is “On the Hard” at Cracker Boy Boat Works in West Palm Beach (technically we’re in Riviera Beach, but who’s counting?) I have a number of projects to do before we can sit back and start enjoying the cruising life. Here are a few items on my list: New Bottom Paint: 1st coat went […]

2016 Cruising Season

The 2016 cruising season begins this wee for Double Wide and her crew! Well, almost. What really begins today is a couple of weeks of maintenance. Then the cruising season begins! Well, sort of. I’ve got a conference in Miami during the first week of February. Then the cruising season begins! Ahem. Well, I’ve got […]

In Memory of Jane Haley

My Mother was a Sailor My Mother was a sailor. If you met my Mom and my Dad and you didn’t know their history, you would almost certainly assume that Dad was the sailor and Mom was along for the ride – and you would be wrong. When they were dating, Mom taught Dad to […]

There be Manatees in Them Waters!

Michelle has been on the look out for Manatee for the last couple of years. They’re fairly common in South Florida and the Bahamas, but we have never seen one – until this week. We were motoring up the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) and had just passed through Jupiter Florida. Michelle was at the helm and […]

This Just In – There’s an Uprising Underway in the Conch Republic

Sunsets in Key West are legendary. Sunsets in Key West seen from your own boat are EPIC. That’s all we set out to do this evening – watch another wonderful sunset, but then all hell broke loose. It appears the natives are restless and they’re at war with the United States Coast Guard!! Here’s the […]

Moonset at Sunrise – and a Lunar Eclipse to Boot!

Down island, I get up at 6:30 AM every morning (except Sunday) to listen to the weather forecast on our Single Side Band Radio. This is an important chore, because when you live on the water, you need advance warning of bad weather – and with no (or limited) internet and no local radio, this […]

Exploring with the Bryants

Our friends Alan and Kit Bryant flew in last week to escape the cold of Colorado for a few days. They stayed at Fowl Cay Resort , which is located right next door to Big Majors and Staniel Cay, so we were able to spend some quality time with them, exploring the Exumas Land and […]

Michelle and Clark’s Most Excellent Double Wide Exuma Adventure

We had a wonderful time this past week showing the Exuma Land & Sea Park to our friend, Tim Clipson. Along the way, we began teasing him about giving us a good “Yelp Review,” thus the title for this post. It was a Most Excellent week! I’m not sure I can adequately describe the week, […]