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Spin Doctors preforming in Miami

Sailing to the Big City

We are able to spend some of our time when we are not sailing the Keys in our anchorage in downtown Miami.  Lately we have enjoyed a free concert downtown with the Spin Doctors (I am showing my age) and have seen some really great authors speak at the Miami Book Fair. During some of our longer […]

Young Sailing Skipper at the Helm

Why Learn To Sail, 1957 Edition

I picked up the August, 1957 Popular Boating Magazine at an Antique fair on South Beach.  From an ad by the National Sailing Association; Skippering a sailboat builds character. It teaches responsibility, dexterity, ingenuity and good sportsmanship. It attracts companions with equally high ideals. Young sailors are rarely troublemakers. What an argument to teach your kids sailing! Imagine what they would have had […]

Boca Chita Harbor at sunrise

Follow Your Dreams

I was interviewed for a business magazine about turning your hobby or passion into a business.  One of the questions asked was what mistakes have you made. I had a hard time answering last night, this morning as the sun was coming up I sent her this follow-up; When I was in my early 30’s  I considered getting […]

Island Dreamer Sailing Reviews on Yelp

We have had 3 customers (so far) that have taken the time to post reviews on In case you missed them; Wes N writes; We just returned from our four day couples sailing course and it was a wonderful (and unique) experience. Our goal was to achieve the ASA 101 and 103 certifications, and […]

Cruisers in Israel

Great Information about Living on Your Sailboat

Margie and I sold our house in 2001 and moved aboard our sailboat. Even though we had owned boats for the 25 years prior to that and spent most of our leisure time sailing and diving it still was a big step to leave a land based life. I spent an quite a bit of time reading […]

Commercial Shipping and your Sailboat

When Margie and I leave Miami to sail to the Bahamas one of the scariest parts of the trip are the lights of a big ship heading towards us. The recent development of AIS has made this passage much easier. AIS transmitters are required on all boats over 150′ and optional on smaller boats. They give the location, […]

Open Ocean Sail Training with Jeff and Jean

An Offshore Passage Opportunity to the Virgin Islands

Join Captain Jeff and Captain Jean on their Skye 51′ on a 2 week passage from Florida to the Virgin Islands.  The boat is a true blue water cruiser with 7′ draft equipped and the latest in marine electronics.   You will be able to experience a real open ocean passage with two captains who are both also ASA […]