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Charmed arrival in San Francisco

Placid conditions under the Golden GateOriginally uploaded by behang We came under the Golden Gate bridge around 4:30 on Thursday afternoon. Although they were absent from the rest of the passage, we had dolphins in pairs visiting us on and off for the hours preceding that cruise under the bridge. Between their escort, and the […]

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Departure Day

welcome to day 1Originally uploaded by behang Departure Day It was just after noon on Thursday, August 21, 2008 that Jamie and I finally cast off the docklines—departing Bainbridge Island to begin a nomadic life afloat as a family. Over the last two weeks, we’d kept a count of days-to-departure updated on the whiteboard affixed […]

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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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There are always projects

Replacing hatchesOriginally uploaded by behang We purchased this boat with the idea that it was already in solid shape, and definitely not a “project boat.” All you boatowners out there now shaking your heads at us know… EVERY boat is a “project boat.” It’s just a matter of scale and how much you want to […]

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We’re a little busy

Thanks, we’re busy Originally uploaded by behang Our Dear Children are currently spending “summer camp” at their grandparents in northern Michigan. In a lovely, remote, far away, 12 hours + travel time, recreation-filled summer destination. So…we’re busy. Blog updates will be more regular soon. :->

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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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It’s a big backyard

a solstice paddleOriginally uploaded by behang One aspect about our choice to live on a boat which people often comment on is the very small space we pack our lives into…and with three young children, the lack of a big yard or area for them to run and play in. It’s a pretty big misconception. […]

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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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Making Progress: Getting a Hard Dodger

We’re working through a myriad of projects to get Totem ready to be our floating family home. The boat is currently up in Vancouver Island, Canada, getting a hard dodger installed by the great team of Jacques and Bea at Tartarooga. Jamie and I took the boat up in on a mild weekend in mid-October, […]

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