Heading South in Point Judith

7AM this morning was cold. There was frozen water in the dock cart and frost on the car windshield.

Dock cart full of frozen water. It’s cold this morning!
Frosty windshield

The boatyard was full of friends boats on the hard.

Buddy & Renee’s SV Star Watch with the beautiful blue hull with a gold boot stripe

As we pulled away from the marina a look back shows just how many of the slips are empty as the boatyard crew is working overtime to get all the boats pulled and blocked on the hard for the winter.

Empty slips everywhere

Last year many people asked me questions like …

  • How long does it take to make it to Florida?
  • How many hours did you put on the diesel to get to Florida?
  • How many gallons of diesel did you use?

In response, I reset my “fuel used” on my Cummins Smartcraft display.

I also snapped photos below of the main and genset hour meters.

1104 hours on the Cummins QSB 5.9L 330HP diesel
775 hours on the Northern Lights 9KW genset

The pilot house was warm and the sun was shining on the water.

Even on cold winter days the pilot house with all it’s windows stays toasty warm

W02L001 – Winter Season 02, Leg 001 of many looked like this…

We anchored in Point Judith’s “Harbor of Refuge” and just in time as the sun is setting.

Sunset in Harbor of Refuge

2018 Spring, Summer & Fall – Rhode Island

We spent the Spring, Summer & Fall docked in Rhode Island.

1. Kayaks
Docked in RI

We grew up here and our families still live in the area. We spent much of our time catching up with friends and family which was nice after spending the entire winter in the Florida Keys.

For me that meant lots of trips to the grave with Dad and my siblings to visit Mom.

While at the dock in RI Kelly took up fishing..

Fishing Kelly Rod

 

In January of 2017 we made the decision to leave our careers in corporate America and boat full-time. While we will miss our coworkers we believe in “Sell everything but the boat and have the Simple Life”.  Once retired, we took on the huge task of selling everything we own and staging our home for sale. We worked right up to the middle of November when we just had to leave because of the weather. I had no time to prepare the boat for departure we simply loaded it up and shoved off for warmer weather.

This year we spent the entire Spring, Summer and Fall completing routine maintenance & projects so the boat to be better prepared for cruising.

When you own a boat and you are not rich you must perform all the required maintenance yourself. That means you must be an electrician, plumber, HVAC/R tech, Marine electronics expert, diesel mechanic, FRP (Fiberglass Resin Plastic) and gelcoat repair technician, Carpet installer, painter, boat detailer, etc.

Maintenance projects Pictorial Guide:

No Eels were harmed during the painting of our bottom.

Then it was time to splash the boat back in water

 

Then it was time to get back to more maintenance jobs:

 

When we were not doing maintenance we were doing upgrade projects:

 

When we were not busy with boat projects, with the help of my family we were able to replace my father’s Septic system

Septic

We Voted …

We suffered “Boat Bites”…

 

After we watching one of our slip neighbors depart to Martha’s Vineyard, we were saddened to hear of their boat running into the Oak Bluffs entrance jetty and sinking on the beach. Luckily, captain, wife and child were unharmed.

And other local boating disasters…

 

We swore that we were going to leave in mid October and now it’s approaching mid-November and the weather is not looking great.

4. Weather
Wind = 33 kts sustained with 48 kt gusts and 8′-10′ seas

Dogs Happy Brody
Crew are looking forward to some warm sun in the Bahamas… Time to go…

Point Judith & Waiting on Poop

Our departure was later than expected but Steve Harding and Sean Flynn helped us get out before the sun set. Thank you both.

Before leaving the marina we stopped to fill up the water tanks with 450 gallons of water. The water was turned off on our dock due to the recent freezing temps and the next fill will have to be further South.

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Taking on Water Before Departing Warwick, RI

The seas were fine in the bay, not bad (for mid-November) after taking on 350 gallons of diesel @ Wickford Cove, RI . We proceeded to run into the darkness until anchoring in Pt Judith’s Harbor of Refuge. The dogs don’t like the swell but are happy now that they are on anchor. The only issue we have is PooP.

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We prefer the beach for pooping

We made the decision that the dogs will do “their business” on the artificial grass we placed in the cockpit. This saves me from making beach runs every morning and night to let the dogs have their time ashore. While I usually enjoy these dinghy rides… it is November. One of the best features we added to the boat was diesel-fired forced-hot-air heating that is ducted throughout the boat. The ride here was warm and dry in the raised pilothouse. Our plan is to celebrate our first night on anchor and awake with the sunrise & get underway. We are the only boat in the anchorage and with the moon being a waning crescent and overcast skies the anchorage is dark.

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Dark Anchorage lit only by the lights from shore

Tomorrow, we want to put as much water under the keel as we can.
Getting South to warmer weather is our priority. We really appreciate all the great comments from our friends & family and hope you continue to enjoy our blog. We will do our best to post as often as we can.

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Steaming Through Narragansett Bay

Every Journey Begins With a First Step

So we finally did it! What you say? Our goal of living aboard a sailboat and sailing the world. Ok, It’s not a sailboat and it’s not the world but only the East coast. But we DID IT! Tonight we finished moving everything out of the house and onto the boat. Yes, the boat is now full of our stuff. Your whole life is about collecting stuff. I never realized how true that is till now. Stuff that you thought would make your short stay on this Earth more meaningful but when it’s gone… you feel free. Your possessions weigh you down. I spent 3 months Craigslisting most of what I collected over my life. I feel FREE. We chose the name “Simple Life”.  “Sell everything you own except the boat and have the simple life”. I suppose it’s a philosophical statement about focusing more on the experience of life and less on the materialistic aspects. I hope that this odyssey is all that we’d imagined.

95Sheldonville
Casa Lonergan North

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Casa Lonergan South