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Questions about the passage

Some few people we aren't related to who read this blog are prospective Pacific passage makers, and have emailed a few questions about the passage. What do you want to know that we left out? Post your question to the comments or send a note to us at sail (at) sv-totem (dot) com, and eventually […]

Reflections on the crossing from Mexico to the Marquesas

With a little time to rest and regroup, Jamie and I reflected on the passage this morning over coffee (J) and English Breakfast tea (B- thank you, Clauson’s Fine Teas!). First, some statistics: Total miles: ~2950Top speed: 12.2 knotsBest 24 hour run: 193 milesDiesel consumed: 40 gallonsHighest windspeed: 35 (ITCZ squalls, and one intense night […]

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You have to be rich to go cruising?

One of the biggest misconceptions of cruising is that you have to be rich to realize the dream. It’s just not true. Sure, it can be very expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. There are cheap ways to go as well, but most importantly: anybody can do it. It has far more to do […]

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Kids aboard: what do they do all day?

After 6 months of writing a cruising column for 48 North, we’re finally touching on the subject of kids aboard for the upcoming June issue. Our article is more generally about the choice to cruise as a family, but it has prompted reflections on the questions people might have about what it’s like for the […]

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Top 10 Questions

After years of planning and dreaming, it feels pretty amazing to have smoothly finished the move on board our sailboat. That we’re soon to depart on an open ended journey as a family still leaves me wondering if I’m dreaming! We’ve found that sharing the news of our impending, open-ended travels prompts concerns about our […]

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Hiccups on the road to salty dogdom

my cheering squadOriginally uploaded by behang Our transition to living on board has been much smoother than either Jamie or I anticipated. It would have been so easy, we thought, for one of the kids to have some objection to the dramatic shift in living space and neighborhood. Our house is on a great little […]

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Finally living aboard

Jamie bringing Totem into Eagle HarborOriginally uploaded by behang What does it take to get moved onto the boat? By a few of the numbers: 4 dumpster runs3 vanloads to the Children’s Hospital thrift shop2 vanloads to Goodwill1 vanload to the Grace rummage salea massive garage saleat least 200 cups of coffee As of May […]

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More….Progress?

Sometimes it feels like one step forward, two steps back. Totem is not habitable right now…couldn’t even go for a sail. She’s floating in Eagle Harbor, but the mast is up in Port Townsend. The main salon settees are mostly ripped out. The bunk cabin is an empty shell- no bunks, no sole. All three […]

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