Good evening everyone!
Last weekend was beautiful. It was a very relaxing time spent going to St. Augustine. We were going on a St. Augustine cruise. I did not get a shot of it, but I got to see my first wild dolphin. I know it’s probably not that big of a deal but it was really amazing to me.
We also saw another ship on the water named Freedom. You can see her in the video. That was super cool to see her flying down the water. I looked her up online and she does tours. You can even get married on her. Super awesome.
We also got word that we didn’t get approved for a loan, but we did get the rental property we looked at! Moving in on April 15th! We also are looking at live aboard marinas and seeing as Georgia has really weird live aboard laws, we are going to most likely going to be living aboard in Florida when S-Day comes. Prime candidate is Ortega Landing Marina.
Hunters look to be our prime candidate for our boats. We really like the 410s and 420 Passages. Looking to get a boat from 2000 and up for insurance/engine reasons.
This upcoming weekend we are going on a dolphin tour. Time on the water is the best time.
What an amazing weekend! I’ll start out by saying we won’t be able to cover all of it in this post. We went to St. Mary’s and learned it’s going to be a lot harder to find a liveaboard marina in St. Mary’s due to Georgia’s restrictions on liveaboards. There are only a few marinas cleared by the Department of Natural Resources. I’ll put a link here to a good resource for that.
Georgia Liveaboard Laws
I imagine the list will change when we would be ready to move but we found some other options in North Florida that look really promising. Ortega Landing being one of them.
The rental search is ongoing and we applied for one of the properties. Our real estate agent was really sweet and helped us find some good places to check out. She also mentioned a USDA loan that Camden county qualifies for and we may be able to purchase a house and live in it for 2-3 years until we’re ready to sell and get the boat! That would be ideal. Fingers crossed!
We got to take the Flying Junior out, SV Monarch, and bombed around Doctor’s Lake. A few issues we were going to address this time out was launching via oars away from the docks. That went super smooth. Then… well we couldn’t raise the sails. They were halfway up and we were being half-propelled across the lake. Karen was able to have control of the tiller while I tried to figure out what was going on. Ultimately we found out the the main sail was caught in the groove [SailSpeak: Luff Groove] and after pulling it down I was able to get it back up. Not without tearing up my finger. We weren’t filming at this time due to the nature of what was happening but needless to say, the beast was stunned. [ I couldn’t help it. ]
We sailed jibless [SailSpeak: Front sail ] for the day to get a good handle of just using main sail plus… I had my hand torn up and didn’t want to deal with another halyard. Seems the rollers at the top weren’t cooperating and need to be lubed up. That’s been done since the trip.
Docking was another story.
We planned on using the oars to come in and dock so we lowered our sails when we thought we were close enough but the current was too strong and we went right by.
I was able to raise the mainsail this time without NO problems and we tacked out to our 1 o’clock close-hauled and then once we just passed the dock we tacked back and landed smoothly! Much smoother than our launch! When things go wrong I harken back to the old mantra, “A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.”
We also took a trip to St. Augustine the next day. I have yet to edit that video and that will be next unless something more exciting comes along!
Karen and Michael here! Real quick, we’re starting this blog to keep track of interesting information we find during the process of purchasing our live aboard sailboat!
We figured if there is someone else out there that wants to try this lifestyle like we do they’re probably just as lost as we are! We’ll be sharing photos, useful posts, and the like that we find along the way.
As it stands, we are saving up for the down payment and looking to move into an apartment in St. Mary’s/Kingsland area. We are practicing our sailing in our 14 foot Flying Junior. We have had a lot of fun learning the rigging and towing with the Nissan Sentra. That was a hair-raising experience but completely safe. Just nerve-wracking.
The Nissan didn’t have any trouble and it didn’t outright say we couldn’t tow the boat. I have to say, she performed admirably!
So, this will be the log of our adventure and a place to compile our thoughts, useful posts, and ideas. Please feel free to reach out to us on our Contact page. We look forward to sharing this adventure with you!