December 24, 2022 What a long, strange trip it’s been! We have just spent 65 days traveling 1720 nautical miles through 13 states from South Portland, Maine to Miami, Florida, not including the six weeks we spend in Rhode Island working on the boat in preparation for the trip. In all honesty, nothing could have […]

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Nirvana S4:E2

(This poem is inspired by The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll and our last couple weeks aboard as we make our way south through North Carolina and South Carolina.) The Sailor and Her Mate The sun was shining on the seashining with all its mightIt did its very best to makethe Sailor feel […]

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November 10, 2022 Season 4 of sv NIRVANA has officially, and very much in earnest, begun! I’m writing from Elizabeth City, NC, where we’ve been since Sunday, awaiting the passing of Tropical Cyclone Nicole. After two days of motoring on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) from Norfolk, VA on the Great Dismal Swamp canal and Pasquotank […]

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September 27, 2022 Our journey south has begun—sort of—which is why we’re still in Season 3. After a three-day sail back to South Portland from Down East and a week of preparation, we left familiar waters and sailed five days south to Warren, RI, where we’ve been since Labor Day. We’ve been in the expert […]

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August 18, 2022 We are hunkered down in Burnt Coat Harbor on Swan’s Island for a couple days of rain and fog, which has been unusual for this dry, sunny summer. Will is picking meat from one of the four Jonah crabs we bought yesterday after a refreshing swim in the quarry. Along the way, […]

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July 20, 2022 Has it really only been three weeks since we left the dock? And only just over two weeks since we left the familiar waters of Casco Bay? The experience of time has an amazing way of shifting when you’re living aboard a sailboat and you move from place to place at a […]

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Jun 26, 2022 The beginning of the sailing season aboard sv NIRVANA has officially begun! After five weeks at Spring Point Marina in South Portland, we finally untethered from the dock on June 16. Living aboard at the marina allowed us to enjoy the proximity to Bug Light, downtown Portland, friends, and family, as well […]

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May 18, 2022 While I fill in for our errant scribe, it is more than filling in because I am so happy to be writing about our house-sitting stays, mostly at our friend Liberty’s house, and our west coast trip. (Details and photos of that trip below.) The planning Tash and I did in preparation […]



Feb 7, 2022 Last we wrote we were leaving Syracuse and heading back to MDR (Marina di Ragusa). We had a delightful sail for seven of the ten hours, anchored overnight, and then motored the rest of the way with the wind on the nose. It was glorious weather and we enjoyed being outside in […]

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Cascade II S2:E4

Jan 16, 2022 Where to begin? We have both been sick, probably with COVID though we can’t be sure due to our negative tests before Christmas and again yesterday. We now realize it was probably too early and too late to give positive results. Will has been trailing me by five days with hacking cough, […]

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