Finally had the chance to turn remnants from our 20 year old headsail and trampolines into guitar straps. . This sail took us all the way across the Pacific Ocean back in 1995. It did a great job but has long since been replaced due to age. Stoked that she will live on through rock and roll. . Thanks to Dad for helping me figure out how to make them! Amidst the endless list of boat jobs, it’s nice to do one just for fun.
Writing and recording a new theme song for the sailing Vlog today! . The tune is part punk, part muppet pirate, part cheese, and wholly ridiculous. Very much looking forward to recording the vocals with the crew:) . Note for my musician buddies: After fifteen years of Pro Tools, this is my first time trying Logic Pro X. It’s blowing my mind. Great sound patches and a user friendly program. Highly recommended.
The girls need a harness to be in the cockpit at sea, so we replaced the webbing on the harnesses my sister and I wore 35 years ago. . Nowadays almost all kid harnesses use plastic fittings and don’t have a strap between the legs. Our old school harnesses were built to last; metal fittings and extra straps abound. . I was shocked at the thin selection when we searched for new kid harnesses. It reminded me of the way Transformer action figures were die cast metal back in the day but now they are all cheap plastic. . I wouldn’t trust saving Earth to a plastic Optimus Prime.
Yesterday I noticed a solitary bumper sticker high on the wall of the public bathroom at the marina. . It promotes @theburlky , a small but very cool music venue in Lexington, KY (where Sarah and I lived for the past decade). . We are currently in Fort Pierce, 900+ miles from Lexington. I have no idea how this sticker ended up here. . It would seem less weird if there were other stickers on the wall but there is only this one - 12 feet above the single toilet stall. . This clearly means something.
Awesomeness. A few months ago SAIL magazine contacted us about a short inset for a feature on liveaboard catamaran cruisers. I’ve been keeping an eye out and finally saw it today! Super rad. Thanks SAIL! The girls were very excited to be in a magazine:) . As an unanticipated bonus, the piece suggests that Exit Only is MY and Sarahs boat, which is a truly wonderful revelation for me and especially Dad. For me the hardest part about being Captain has been tricking Dad into paying for the boat refit. . How did I become a Captain, you ask? The old fashioned way! I simply arranged for a internationally distributed document of record to gas light my mutiny. It was a long, difficult con but it really paid off in the end. . Dad keeps yelling “Fake News!” Whatever, Dad. Don’t make me pull out the gangplank.
Finally busted out the mosquito net for my hammock. Did not anticipate the degree to which it would make me look like a Dementor going camping.
Sharpie work on the dinghy continues between daily rain squalls. Going for a Polynesian motif with the waves. Zoe is lobbying hard to color waves in, which might give it a stained glass vibe. . Thinking about going with some sea turtle action on the stern pontoons. Will see what happens. Mostly aiming to make dinghy less generic so less appealing to thieves.
Found this awesome mock-up of a futuristic megayacht bridge today. Unreal. Screens are touch sensitive and buttons send vibrations when pressed. . I asked a guy who worked there what the deal is. He said “this style of bridge is common on megayachts 200 meters and longer in length”. . Shortly thereafter we had dinner with a friend who is a longtime professional in the yachting industry. He was skeptical about that claim. . Either way, what’s really important is that the girls and I protected Earth by blasting some freaking Klingons out of the sky.
We tried. We genuinely tried to do yoga on the dock as a family. Rather predictably, things veered off course. . I don’t even know what the kids are doing. They were very insistent about doing it though.
Our 20 year old dinghy bit the dust so it’s time for a new one...which means Art! . The goal is to make the dinghy less generic and hopefully less desirable to thieves. . The arrow Sharkey fish are the logos we are gonna put on Exit Only’s bows eventually. The octopus is the first of many random oceanic denizens to grace the dinghy. I don’t have a clear plan yet but it should make for an interesting result. . The Sharpie ink will definitely fade over time, so this is one of those deals where you enjoy it now, then make use of it’s faded glory to deter theft. It’s an artistic statement on the importance of living in the moment. Or something like that:)
Today was an Epic day. Zoe has been saying she wants to go to the top of the mast and it turns out she meant business. . I was shocked she did it. No trace of fear, only determination and a smile on a boat girl’s face! . About two years ago Zoe decided she was afraid of heights. I don't know where the idea manifested itself (presumably from television or a classmate) but it was a classic parenting tightrope between not wanting to dismiss her fears out of hand and giving her the encouragement necessary to overcome limitations she places on herself. . We've been doing a lot of rigging work this week and Zoe has watched me go up and down the mast repeatedly. Much to my surprise, she decided she wanted to do it too. . So we went for it. I thought we would stop part way up but she was all in. At the top she wanted to chill for a while and enjoy the view. I was amazed. . When she came back down (all smiles), I told her she is an official Boat Girl now. I asked if she is still afraid of heights. She said That was when I was a little girl. I'm a BIG girl now!. . (Cue stadiums of cheering crowds in my head) . Epic day.
Just found this on Sarahs phone. Zoe has been dying to make videos but we didn't know she was freelancing while I was up the mast. Im surprised with her sense of narrative vlog structure (see you later with more videos.... . . Mostly putting this up to blow Z's mind tomorrow morning:)