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9 days ago
I finish up my on-the-hard projects and go splash into the muddy waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Getting back around to the sheltered anchorage of Jackson Creek proves just as challenging in reverse, but at least I don't hit any channel markers this time! HOW TO SAIL OCEANS TEE SHIRT: https://maritimetees.net/search?q=how+to+sail+oceans WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby MUSIC: Better Days--Kevin Boothby VIDEO SOUNDTRACKS: https://soundcloud.com/user-177118317  CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
20 days ago
While the global bug has thrown a belaying pin into the spokes, my plans for an Atlantic crossing this summer may yet be salvageable. So the plan is to continue with preparations for an around the Atlantic cruise in 2020, come what may. Since I have already done several videos on my annual haulout routine, I will not repeat them but only cover some new projects on the list for this year. HOW TO SAIL OCEANS TEE SHIRT: https://maritimetees.net/search?q=how+to+sail+oceans WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black
1 month ago
Closing the Virginia coast I encounter thick fog, which brings back memories of sailing the coast of Maine with my father years ago. And then comes the fickle winds, which also bring back memories of Maine in the summer. Meanwhile I'm contending with some south setting current which has me drifting a little close to Virginia Beach. Nonetheless, just after midnight, on March 30, I am anchor down in Fishing Bay. Two days later I find a wind to sail into Jackson Creek, where I intend to haul out at the Deltaville Boatyard. I am then informed that the Deltaville Boatyard will not allow me to work on my boat in the yard, which doesn't work for me at all, so I ring up True North Boat Works just around the corner and they can accommodate me. But that means another round of tricky sailing ... HOW TO SAIL OCEANS TEE SHIRT: https://maritimetees.net/search?q=how+to+sail+oceans WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
1 month ago
Well now we get to sail out of Beaufort's narrow, winding, current-swept inlet. We need a generally northerly wind to sail out, but then, as we are turning to the northeast, we need the winds to shift southerly for us. It's a tall order, admittedly. But it actually happens, and the good ship goes scudding around Cape Hatteras while showing her shapely stern to another sailing yacht a good deal of the time ... HOW TO SAIL OCEANS TEE SHIRT: https://maritimetees.net/search?q=how+to+sail+oceans WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby MUSIC: Better Days--Kevin Boothby CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
1 month ago
After quite the amusement park ride in the Gulf Stream, we close the coast and make for Beaufort, NC. The strong winds ease once over the colder waters, but the ebbing current out of the Beaufort Inlet is fierce. The winding channel into the anchorage is a bit narrower than I had imagined, putting adrenaline in my blood and a few beads of sweat on my brow ... HOW TO SAIL OCEANS TEE SHIRT: https://maritimetees.net/search?q=how+to+sail+oceans WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby MUSIC: Lazy Days--Kevin Boothby CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
1 month ago
The Gulf Stream offers a considerable amount of favorable current to boats northbound up the US East Coast, up until Cape Hatteras. But it is a double-edged sword. The favorable current often comes at the cost of uncomfortable sea states (and potentially dangerous ones), as well as a tendency for unsettled weather in the form of thunderstorms and squalls. HOW TO SAIL OCEANS TEE SHIRT: https://maritimetees.net/search?q=how+to+sail+oceans WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby MUSIC: 02:35--Better Days--Kevin Boothby CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
2 months ago
After a midnight arrival in Key Biscayne, FL, and then hanging on my anchor through another cold front, I spend some time relaxing in the relatively upscale area of Key Biscayne and Coconut Grove. But I am watching for a weather window to begin my trek north, back to Deltaville, VA. Being so early in the season it is unlikely to find a weather window sufficiently long to make the passage in one go, so I entertain some options for sheltering along the way. HOW TO SAIL OCEANS TEE SHIRT: https://maritimetees.net/search?q=how+to+sail+oceans WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby MUSIC: Dawn Sail--Kevin Boothby CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
2 months ago
Southerly winds ahead of an approaching cold front prompt me to make the 100-mile sail from Marathon, FL, to Biscayne Bay (Miami). On account of numerous requests, I revisit my self-steering windvane, from its design and construction to its operation. HOW TO SAIL OCEANS TEE SHIRT: https://maritimetees.net/search?q=how+to+sail+oceans WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black
3 months ago
Well after contemplating life and its complexities, I turn back toward the northeast, to Marathon, FL. But a pit stop is on order in the well protected New Found Harbor while another strong cold front approaches. Once in Marathon I get a dinghy pass which gives me a shipping address, as I am in need of new batteries. The Vmax AGM's had lasted six years with deep cycling and solar charging. After a survey of the market, including flooded and Lithium batteries, I decide to go with what I know has served me well. HOW TO SAIL OCEANS TEE SHIRT: https://maritimetees.net/search?q=how+to+sail+oceans WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby MUSIC: 02:35: Better Days-- Kevin Boothby VIDEO SOUNDTRACKS: https://soundcloud.com/user-177118317 CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
3 months ago
February 1, 2020, and my mooring contract with Garrison Bight City Marina is up. I move off onto anchor near Fleming Key to weather another passing front. Should have stayed on the mooring ... my anchor pulls out around 0600 the following morning thanks to volley of rain squalls, and I have quite the time getting my anchor weighed and under sail without going aground or hitting anything. Then it's onto to Boca Grande Key. Tranquil weather and solitude inspire me to write another essay ... TEE SHIRT! If you would like to purchase the How to Sail Oceans tee I'm wearing, click here: https://maritimetees.net/products/anchor-home-port-t-shirt WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby MUSIC: Better Days-- Kevin Boothby VIDEO SOUNDTRACKS: https://soundcloud.com/user-177118317 CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
3 months ago
Now that I have some time, it is time to build a new mainsail cover. The old cover has places so badly damaged from UV light that it is not much stronger than tissue paper, and any attempt at sewing patches is futile. The steady march of strong winter cold fronts across the Gulf of Mexico, however, oblige me to take breaks from sewing in order to check mooring lines and hunker down while they pass. HOW TO SAIL OCEANS TEE SHIRT: https://maritimetees.net/products/anchor-home-port-t-shirt WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black
4 months ago
Conditions settle down enough for me to sail up to another mooring, but alas it is not without some additional adventures. Not wishing to repeat the previous week, I don mask and snorkle and tie an additional line directly to the mooring itself, just in case. Finally, with some security regained, I return to boat projects, one of which is building a new mainsail cover. HOW TO SAIL OCEANS TEE SHIRT: https://maritimetees.net/products/anchor-home-port-t-shirt WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black
4 months ago
Failing to reach Garrison Bight before dark I (wisely) decide to anchor out for the night and pick up a mooring the following morning. After some follies with actually securing the boat to a mooring, and after more than three weeks of hard sailing, we are finally secured in Key West. The rest and relaxation is short lived, however, as bad weather moves in and, with the winds rising, the mooring suddenly lets go ... HOW TO SAIL OCEANS TEE SHIRT: https://maritimetees.net/products/anchor-home-port-t-shirt WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
4 months ago
We escape the clutches of the rushing Gulf Stream and enter the relatively tranquil waters of the Hawk Channel. But the wind fails me four miles from the anchorage at Indian Key, and I end up just closing the shore and anchoring for the night. Then it's on to Marathon for some re-provisioning, and finally we set off for Key West, which was our original destination some three weeks ago ... TEE SHIRT! If you would like to purchase the How to Sail Oceans tee I'm wearing, click here: https://maritimetees.net/products/anchor-home-port-t-shirt WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby MUSIC: Air on Air-- Kevin Boothby VIDEO SOUNDTRACKS: https://soundcloud.com/user-177118317 CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
5 months ago
Happy Holidays everyone! In this episode we thread our way through the Providence Channel, cross the Bahama Bank, and exit into the Florida Strait by South Riding Rock. Having to pay close attention to my navigation seriously cut into my sleep schedule, and at times strained my nerves. And the Gulf Stream seemed well determined to send me right back to Virginia ... WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby VIDEO SOUNDTRACKS: https://soundcloud.com/user-177118317 CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
5 months ago
A spell of light winds and pleasant weather obliges me to break out the sextant for a few sun LOP's. I also talk about my new Garmin inReach-mini, which I now use for obtaining offshore weather. For more information on celestial navigation, see my two previous videos: Celestial nav part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDkqIxtRiMY Celestial nav part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNeYASJJQxw WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby MUSIC: LaDiDa Land-- Kevin Boothby VIDEO SOUNDTRACKS: https://soundcloud.com/user-177118317 CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
5 months ago
The strong northwesterlies arrive and the Gulf Stream refuses to release me from its clutches. Finally some pleasant sailing ensues until Sunday (November 24) when we are obliged to heave-to for strong southwesterlies ahead of an approaching cold front. WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby MUSIC: Loose Ends-- Kevin Boothby VIDEO SOUNDTRACKS: https://soundcloud.com/user-177118317 CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
5 months ago
Well after days and days of waiting, a weather window appears for Monday, November 18. This follows a massive low pressure system which hung off the US East Coast for three days before finally moving off to the northeast. Two days out, however, the models are showing brisk northwesterlies developing, so I hope to be across the Gulf Stream by then. Light and fickle winds frustrate my efforts. WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby MUSIC: Haul Away Joe--the Eskies (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCs8d1fdkkc) CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black
6 months ago
Being slow (as usual) to get my act together, I missed a decent weather to head offshore on Nov. 2, content to wait for the next one. Well here I am one week later and there is still no window in sight. In the meantime I am exploring some alternative routes through the Bahamas, and requesting information from any of you who may have sailed these routes. WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby THUMBNAIL IMAGE: TP Heinz https://pixabay.com/illustrations/composing-aquarius-neptune-1865691/ MUSIC: Loose Ends-- Kevin Boothby VIDEO SOUNDTRACKS: https://soundcloud.com/user-177118317 CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
6 months ago
I spend several weeks anchored off of the Deltaville Boatyard waiting for two new sails to arrive from New Zealand. Saturday, October 26 brings a decent weather forecast to head south to Hampton, Virginia, which will be my departure point for Key West. But there is no wind anywhere near Jackson Creek, and I end up sculling the boat all the way out of the channel. A pleasant sail ensues once out into the Chesapeake Bay, though I have to negotiate a narrow, crowded anchorage at the end of it. WEBSITE: https://www.boothbyboats.com TIP JAR: https://www.paypal.me/KevinBoothby CAMERAS: Canon EOS 60D Olympus TG-3 Go Pro Hero 7 Black DRONE: DJI Phantom 3 Standard
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