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Sailing, why we do it, not how to do it

I am paraphrasing from the cover of a recent Latt’s & Att’s I saw on a magazine  rack. It’s a tough question, somehow, even though it seems like it should be obvious.  Sailing along on a broad reach yesterday, temps about 75-80, sun shining, watching the bottom slide by in 10 feet of crystal clear water was […]

Baby, It Was Cold Outside

It sure was nice to look at the 5 day prediction for Miami and see our normal weather for this time of year return. High’s of 80 and lows of 65 are much better than the chilly (Coldest 6 day stretch in Key west since they started keeping records in 1876) past couple of weeks. […]

Dolphins in front of the sailboat

Is going sailing better than going shopping?

Ok, I think I know the answer but a recent study by Ryan Howell, assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University suggests that, in the long run, experiences make people happier than possessions. This from a recent CNN article; “While most people were generally happy with the purchase regardless of what it was, those who wrote […]

A Protected Mangrove Canal Great for Anchoring your Sailboat in High Winds

An ASA Class with some unusual weather

We enjoyed hosting Monica and Keith for an ASA Bareboat Certification Class. They got to see a whole range of weather from gale warnings (watched from a calm anchorage) to no wind. We had 2 days of winds in the 30 knot range which is very unusual for our area. It gave us a chance to practice […]

Family Sailing Vacation for the Holidays

Bring Your Family for a special Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year Sailing trip in The Florida Keys this year. Swim Sail and Snorkel, spend some quality time cruising the tropical Islands of the keys, and of course have a holiday dinner that can’t be beat! www.island-dreamer.com/family Your family can help sail the boat, snorkel, fish […]

Sailing to Fantasy Fest

Sailing to Fantasy Fest

Margie and I went to the Grand Parade at Fantasy Fest in Key West for the 1st time last year.  It was quite an experience fun, but not for the faint of heart. It is a huge costume party on the streets of Key West  where the participants and many of the watchers have spent much time […]

Wishing I could write this well

Since I am on this NY Times kick heres a quote from an article by Sam Sifton in todays paper; “There is only the water, a soft pale grassy green flecked with white that gives way to teal in the channels, and to straw-ruffled browns on the flats, the oily green rise of mangrove hummocks […]

Kayaking in the Florida Keys

There is a great article in the NY Times today  about Kayaking near Marathon; “WE were paddling atop an expanse of shin-deep water, and our guide was in the middle of a long recital of facts about the old Seven Mile Bridge, the decaying concrete structure we had just passed beneath.” Whether you are Kayaking, […]

A calm water sail from Islamorada to Key West

A calm water sail from Islamorada to Key West

We left the Boy Scouts of America’s High Adventure Seabase with a 25 knot wind behind us 2 days after Christmas. Island Dreamer and our buddy boat Chantaclair took the backcountry route on the north side of the Florida Keys for our sail to Key West. The geography of the lower Keys with its shallow […]

St Pete Boat Show

Margie and I worked at the Women’s Sailing Connection booth at the show. It was great chatting about how to be comfortable living on and operating a sailboat. There was real interest from many couples in increasing their knowledge in preparation for the cruising life. A recurring theme was the difficultly of learning from your […]