“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain


Boat Cards – Done!

Since our last name isn’t the easiest to remember (or pronounce, or spell), and the boat name and nickname Smitty, is pretty popular, especially here in Boston with its large Irish-immigrant population, we have decided to order Boat Cards.

Smitty boat card

Since we are still land-based (unfortunately), we have stuck with basic info.  On the back (not shown) we have included email and phone # as well as the Mark Twain quote as appears on our home page.  Once we are cruising, we will update the cards to include our MMSI # and most likely a picture of our dog Summer.  The font used for the name on our boat is pretty unique, so I included a picture of the hull on the card.

I am looking forward to making new friends as we hand these out at the upcoming Boston boat show.  We will be at the CANE (Catalina Association of New England) booth from 12-4 on Feb. 22, 2014.



Charter Trip to the BVI’s

In November of 2012, my Bride and I chartered a boat in the BVI’s with our friend Pam and Chris.  Here are some photos from the trip (there are songs with the photos).



Can’t wait to go back. Just next time on Smitty.

Fair winds


Why does it seem like there are more younger cruisers on the West Coast?

I was reading a recent blog posting from a couple from Michigan that I love to follow, Matt & Jessica. They were doing a self interview for the Newly Salted blog which is part of the Interview with a Cruiser Project.

This lead me to read through a few of the other posts on the Newly Salted blog.  It seems like the majority of the younger (selfishly classifying this as under 45 so that we still count as younger cruisers when we head out in 1 year and 8 months) are on the West Coast.  Most of them seem to be concentrated around Mexico or the San Juan Islands.  It surprises me that I don’t find more younger cruisers doing the East Coast, Chesapeake Bay, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

I wonder if this is a reality or just my perception.  It could be that more people on the West Coast are blogging about it thus I find more blogs.  Or it could be that the cruising grounds on the East Coast are more expensive so younger cruisers tend to avoid those areas more.

Makes me curious as to what we will find when we get out there.

Blogs I follow:

Sail Panache http://sailpanache.com/


Art Of Hookie

Changes going south

Commuter Cruiser

Cream Puff http://www.creampuff.us/

Every Good Thing….

Harts At Sea http://hartsatsea.typepad.com/hartsatsea/


Liz Clark And The Voyage Of Swell http://www.swellvoyage.com/

Matt & Jessica’s Sailing Page http://mjsailing.com/

Mid-Life Cruising!!! http://www.mid-lifecruising.com/

PacificSailors.com http://www.pacificsailors.com/

Rode Trip http://blog.rodetrip.net/

S/V Delos http://svdelos.blogspot.com/

Sailing Journey

Sailing Zoot Allures

Searaven sailing

Skelton Crew http://www.skeltoncrew.com/

Summertime Rolls

Sundowner Sails Again

Síochána http://siochana.us/

The “Life Afloat” Archives http://lifeafloatarchives.blogspot.com/

The Monkey’s Fist: Collecting Cruisers’ Perspectives http://themonkeysfist.blogspot.com/

This Rat Sailed http://thisratsailed.blogspot.com/

Tidal Life

Turf To Surf

Wright Away Sails Away

Update April 1st – Ran Across s/v the Red Thread which lead to some others.

http://www.seaussailing.com http://www.seaussailing.com
With Brio http://withbrio.com/
S/v The Red Thread
Knot Tide Down http://knottidedown.blogspot.com/
The Cynical Sailor & His Salty Sidekick

*Word Press blogs don’t show up with addresses in the export.