When I became a Dad, I thought my kids would just trust me. One of the hardest parts for me is not taking it personally when they don’t. Which is why my favorite part of this video is when my girls refuse to touch the Sea Hare because they are scared, but after I do it and say how soft it is, nothing in the world could stop them. . This is the kind of experience I look forward to when my wife and I contemplated cruising. I want my girls to interact with nature and see the world first hand. . Also, Sea Hares are awesome. We caught another one after this and it squirted purple ink, like a squid. Super rad.
Yesterday I posted an incredibly beautiful photo of us ripping across perfect turquoise water. Today I want to give you a clearer picture of everyday life on board Exit Only. . Dad saw a spider. It attacked me. . In case you haven’t noticed already, we threw dignity out the window a long time ago.
The Bahamas know what’s up! Cruising the banks.
Sometimes you randomly share a beach with 20 awesome skydivers who push the envelope! These guys were nuts and amazing. 10 divers in wingsuits landed on the beach first, then 10 more with high performance fast chutes. A bonus ending to an exceptional day:)
Made it to Port Lucaya, Bahamas! Night crossing went smooth. Gulf Stream was chill, just a touch swirly at times. Pic 1 - First Offshore sunrise, Pic 2 - Sarah sights land, Pic 3 and 4 - the girls got their first passport stamp! . Just a few things to take care of, then it’s time to go down island! So stoked.:)
Made it to Port Everglades, just turned east. Good night America. See you in the morning Bahamas:)
WE ARE IN THE ATLANTIC! A pod of ten dolphins welcomed us back:) . Testing all our systems as we head south before we turn east for the Bahamas. So far so good! Our new rigging is happy, the new headsail is pulling like a champ, new electronics are smooth and easy:) A perfect day!
Leaving Fort Pierce TOMORROW! After all we’ve been through in the past two years (Dad’s gall bladder exploding in 2018, Dad breaking his hip in 2019), we aren’t taking any chances tonight. WE. ARE. GOING. TO. THE. BAHAMAS.
Video 1: Zoe and Joss’ onboard medical kit. Video 2: Sarah, a Physician Assistant details Exit Only’s medical kit. LINK TO WHOLE VIDEO IN BIO . A lot of cruisers ask what to put in their offshore medical kit. With a PA and a doctor on board Exit Only, this is what ours looks like. Hope it helps!
We had to figure out what would happen if the kids got swept under the boat in a kayak. There’s a pretty good amount of current here so I became the guinea pig. The delight on my children’s faces at seeing me under the escape hatch was too great to be measured by science. There is a 100% chance they are kayaking between the hulls the first time I take my eyes off them. . SIDE NOTE: In case you missed it, be sure to check out the premiere of Season Two’s new vlog episode. Link in our bio. It’s a pretty great time:)
It's #MaxingOutMonday! NEW VLOG (link in bio) . In this clip from the episode, the girls learn hard lessons about the true nature of fish. . I didn't know where to start with this Vlogs this season - returning to the boatyard and removing/repainting last year's disastrous barnacle-fertilizing bottom paint? Rehashing Dad's emergency gall bladder procedure? Discussing the hurricane-season tactics we used to store the boat in the yard after last year's failed attempt to leave the dock? Showing Dad's physical therapy progress after he broke his hip by falling on the dock four days before we were finally ready to leave for the Bahamas? . I decided to just jump to where we are now: living on board and preparing to leave for blue water. Maybe, if they are relevant, and I've had enough therapy I'll go back and edit those videos for you. But right now, it is time to look forward:) . NOTE: I should mention that as I type this, we are sitting at the dock for an additional week because Mom broke a tooth and we need to wait for an implant to get made. Our journey has been very unpredictable thus far but we are nearly there!
Got tired of waiting for the Bahamas and busted out the kayaks! Baba and Gaga gave Zoe and Joss that little blue kayak for their birthdays and it was their first time trying it out. . They did great, but their favorite was The Rocket Maneuver, where I drag them behind me at full speed. . SEASON TWO OF OUR VLOG STARTS TOMORROW:)