Nov. 28, 2018

Most Asked Questions

Q: What has been your best experience so far?

A: That's so hard to choose!  I'd have to say that the day we took my sister, neice, and nephew sailing in Orange Beach has to be a big highlight. The day was perfect for sailing, weather, wind, everything. Because it was one of the few times we didn't have to be anywhere, we just got to sail around the bay. We loved sharing the boat and passion with them. Afterwards my nephew got to fish from the dock, and it was just a wonderful family day.

My youngest sister also came to Kemah, Texas to visit,  and sail, but that day the wind just said no. It was still great having her on the boat, and that was another good day.

Another wonderful moment was when we sailed into Biloxi, Mississippi. We had always driven there in the past, and we would always look out our hotel windows at the bay and say, "Someday, we will sail right in here.".....and we did!! 

Q: What has been your worst experience so far?

A:We try to forget those bad days. But they do happen. There were two really bad days on the Gulf. Hard to choose which was worse but I'm going to say it was the day we crossed the Louisiana/Texas border, and anchored on the Texas side of the Sabin Pass jetties.

To say we got scrambled is an understatement. The waves came from every direction, slamming the boat, picking it up and bashing it down. Side to side, up and down, back and forth. I was attempting to sleep, as we had a rolly anchorage the night before as well, but as soon as my grip on the rigging relaxed, I got tossed. Twice I got lifted and thrown in the floor. Every item in the cabin was tossed, every nerve was jangled. They call it the washing machine, they got that right.

The next morning at first light Robert crawled to the bow, knife in hand, ready to cut the anchor. It miraculously came right up! 

That was one of the days I seriously questioned everything. When we got to the Marina in Sabine Pass they confirmed our worst thoughts...yes....had we anchored in Louisiana on the other side, we would not have been in the soup.

Q: How far out do you anchor when you anchor out?

A: Kathy, Here is what we look for...9 to 12 feet of water, no danger of rocks or hazards, some kind of sheltering. Little coves are awesome. Curves in the shoreline and trees to block the wind are good, We have to make sure we are completely clear of any channel and not over any pipelines or wrecks. 

We have a drift alarm on our Raymarine chartplotter. Which means if we come loose and drift it will sound an alarm. We do use our cruising guide and try to use recommended anchorages that are marked. But when we were traveling on the Gulf we just had to use the charts and our judgement. We have had some wonderful anchorages, and some not that great, but we learn something and gain better skills each time. 

Q: What do you do when it's rough?

A: Brett, I don't want to sound flip about this, but, we hang on. We do our best to avoid rough weather, but as you know, the Gulf can churn up a storm out of thin air.  Robert has yet to get sick. I spent one entire day throwing up into a bucket. But I did find that taking the helm actually helped. I ate saltines as I could, but you know, it's like everything, it's miserable and you swear you are never going to get on that blankity blank boat again, but there's another beautiful sunset, pod of dolphins, or sky full of stars just around the bend. You just get through it. 

Q: How do you live in that small of a space?

A: It's not always wonderful. Organization is very important. You have to resist the urge to buy anything that has no purpose, and it's even better if it serves more than one.

My eye is always looking for ways to make things more compact. Stack inside each other. Stay neat. 

It's very cozy, yet surprising how each of us has our own space. And how I really never feel deprived of stuff. When you let go of that stuff, you feel free. 

My biggest splurge item is souvenir shirts from places we go. I have 6 little drawers and that's it. But I learned how to roll them instead of folding them to put away, and I have 13 in one drawer!

I heard of a company you can send 12 to 20 t-shirts to, and they will make a quilt out of them, so that is what I will do. It will make a great memory item, and serve a purpose aboard. It is called Project Repat. The quilts are made in the USA

Thanks for your Questions! We will do this again soon!!