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Monday Minute - What A Wild Week!

Monday Minute -  What A Wild Week!

It was a wild crazy week of a storm, world class racing, fake news, and best of all, a Viking ship!

Getting Rid of an Old Boat

Getting Rid of an Old Boat

So what is one to do when a boat reaches its end of life? There are some options, but frankly the industry hasn’t really solved this issue in a way that is sustainable.

What is Life Beyond Boating?

What is Life Beyond Boating?

At some point, we must think of the future. We are the luckiest generation as we enjoy a longer life span than our parents, generally have better health, and hopefully many active years ahead of us.

How do we get there, by plan or by chance?

What is the Future of Information?

What is the Future of Information?

Time to step back from social media and regroup. How we get our information has changed in recent years, and not for the better. We need to rethink where we look for answers and updates. A new world is emerging that embraces a more human connection.

Are You Well Equipped or A Hoarder?

Are You Well Equipped or A Hoarder?

Everyone has a tolerance for a certain amount of clutter. On the sometimes limited space of cruising boats, having spares for every contingency must be balanced with knowing where everything is while not sinking the boat with tons of spares, consumables, and items that somehow find their way aboard. I’m as guilty as the next person, but I’m working on finding the balance.

Monday Minute - It's Always Something

Monday Minute - It's Always Something

No matter how much you prepare, there is always something. A young Swedish couple I follow recently sailed from the Big Island in Hawaii to Honolulu. The sail wasn’t pleasant, and in the brisk conditions, they heard a loud bang against their aluminum hull. Turns out they lost their Rocna anchor overboard. The chain had been removed for the trip to keep seawater out of the chain locker, done a million times, but this time, their trusted stainless steel anchor restraint failed.

It’s Always Something.

Monday Minute - New Tech for Mosquito Bites

Monday Minute - New Tech for Mosquito Bites

I found a cool product that effectively and instantly relieves the swelling and itching of insect bites, in my case, mosquito bites. The German product really works, so I’m telling you about it as I have not seen it before. With all the rain we’ve had this spring, the mosquito problem will be terrible this summer.

Monday Minute - The Meaning of Memorial Day

Monday Minute - The Meaning of Memorial Day

Today is the 150th anniversary of our country’s Memorial Day. Instead of simply enjoying a long weekend at the beach or backyard grill, or buying that new mattress on sale today, take a moment to reflect on the real purpose of this special day. On Memorial Day we honor our nation’s soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, and others who lost their lives defending our country.

Monday Minute - Consider Night Vision

Monday Minute - Consider Night Vision

Carrying night vision on your boat offers great utility, and is great fun. It makes night travel a lot safer, providing you with the tools to see in the dark. Highly recommended equipment, more affordable than ever before.

Monday Minute - What's In Your Dinghy?

Monday Minute - What's In Your Dinghy?

Like that credit card commercial, “What’s in Your Dinghy?”

What you carry in your dinghy may make a difference if the unexpected happens. Whether it is a handheld radio, sunscreen, or a working flashlight, it can make an unexpected situation just another cruising adventure instead of something less pleasant.

Monday Minute - A Pilgrimage Not Unlike Cruising

Monday Minute -  A Pilgrimage Not Unlike Cruising

I now savor my first taste of the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain, which last year attracted over 300,000 people from around the world. I purposely did not set any expectations for this walking trip, rather deciding to let it happen and see where it went. I was rewarded with new friends, and an experience that I could never have imagined.

While the last bit of jet lag conspires against me along with a strong allergic reaction to the pollen now covering Annapolis, I am sure this trip will linger on in my daily life as I plan my third act in life.

Getting Ready for the Next Generation of FollowingSeas

Getting Ready for the Next Generation of FollowingSeas

Taking the time this week to work on expanding the site for new content beginning next week. Have a great holiday season, and I wish you the best for 2018!

Monday Minute - Cruising to Stay Close

Monday Minute - Cruising to Stay Close

The struggles of many of today's young parents are quite a contrast to the families who choose to take the family and go cruising. The dynamics of living and working together on a boat are more intimate and focused than the hurried routines of family life ashore.

Perhaps more people could benefit from the synergy of living together aboard a boat. 

Monday Minute - Summary of the Navy's Official Incident Review

Monday Minute - Summary of the Navy's Official Incident Review

We've heard the unbelievable reports of Navy warships colliding with merchant ships, with loss of life among the Navy crew. How can this happen in our modern world, with all of the technology and control systems at our disposal!?!

Here is a comprehensive review of the four recent incidents in 2017, which reveal amazing issues and problems to be addressed at all levels. Reading these summary review findings gives insight into the complexity of today's warships.

And please take away from this that the initial fears of Russian cyberattacks did not occur, yet such a threat adds a chilling, what-if component to the reported scenarios.

This is serious business in a world that is increasingly dangerous, with threats we have yet to experience.

What's a Trawler - Continuing the Discussion

What's a Trawler - Continuing the Discussion

Continuing the discussion of selecting the right cruising boat, we take a look at hull shapes. There are lots of choices! Consider the options, and the advantages.

Monday Minute - Life in the Fast Lane

Monday Minute - Life in the Fast Lane

The pace of change has picked up and we need to move a little quicker to keep current. This used to the case in one's professional career, but now it reaches every aspect of our lives. 

Goofballs on the Water

Goofballs on the Water

There are many reasons to go sailing across the horizon. But to do it without proper preparation, skill, and experience is not just stupid. It can put others at risk when they must brave the elements to save these people.

Also a few pictures of the Dashew's FPB 78-1, Cochise.

Monday Minute - Benefit Party to Help Hurricane Victims

Monday Minute - Benefit Party to Help Hurricane Victims

A special hurricane relief event is scheduled for the first day of the sailboat show in Annapolis. For those who donate $75 or more to several relief organizations, the Donor Appreciation Party will be held at the close of the show, with free food and drinks. The donations will go directly to relief efforts in the BVIs.

What's Life Without A Little Adventure

What's Life Without A Little Adventure

Scott and Mary Flanders begin a new journey, a new path, with a new design concept for a cruising ocean motorboat. This begins a series of posts that will follow the philosophy behind the design spiral, the construction, and all that will follow....

Please subscribe to FollowingSeas.Media to come along...the adventure has begun!!!