Southeast US Boat Show

Today, we went to the Southeast US Boat Show, held in Metropolitan park in downtown Jacksonville, FL. We had one task on our agenda – find the sailboats, walk on board, and get a feel for what it’d be like on board for the 3 of us.

The boat show was originally scheduled for April – but was cancelled at the last minute due to complicated circumstances involving payment and the city of Jax. We were very disappointed. Fortunately, the show was saved and we were able to attend today. Parking was $10, tickets were $12/person and free entry for kids under 16.

Once through the gates we had to run the gauntlet of vendors trying to sell their products, get you to sign up for timeshares, and enter raffles for prizes. Following that was a maze of power boats, a food court, and other distractions. Our hopeful eyes were searching along the riverfront until we saw the masts. We were beginning to worry that there wouldn’t be any sail boats! We had called before and confirmed there would be sailboats to view – but that was before the cancellation and rescheduling.

Turns out there were a meager 3 sail boats – 2 monohulls (a 42 foot Beneteau and a 42 foot 2017 Catalina) and 1 catamaran. The Catalina had a tri-cabin layout, and was incredibly spacious compared to the Beneteau of the same size – but this may just be because it is brand new. On both boats, it was reassuring to see how the 3 of us could comfortably move around. I realized the v-berth was much larger than I expected and could comfortably sleep Michael and I. They always seemed smaller in the videos and pictures online. Our son, Alex was super excited to see below deck and seemed ready to immediately move into the aft cabin. On both, the hanging locker space and storage seemed perfectly adequate for our clothing and personal belongings.

We had really hoped to see a Hunter but they were absent from the docks. Despite the lack of sailboats, attending the boat show was a valuable experience because it allowed me to finally walk on a sailboat over 14 feet! Strangely enough, it felt like home. I was already imagining making meals in the galley, eating in the saloon, reading charts at the navigation station, sleeping in the v-berth, reading in the cockpit..

Overall, this confirmed for me that a 42 foot, tri-cabin, monohull would more than suit our needs. The tri-cabin layout is my preference because I’d like to use the 3rd cabin for guests or storage and eventually the next addition to our family. Anything larger would be too much, and I can’t yet comment on a smaller sized model because I don’t have any personal experience.

We met some fellow sailors who were happy to chat with us and share experiences. The broker, Julie Tijerina, whom me met on the Beneteau and also recently became a live-aboard , offered us the advice: don’t wait like we did! 

We get that advice a lot. Life can’t wait.


If you’d like to check out some of Julie’s listings go to



Uncooperative Halyard and Doctor’s Lake


Hi all!

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

St. Mary’s


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!









Captain’s (kinda) Log 0001

Hey everyone!


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!