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Co-Captaining,Can It Be Done? – Article in SpinSheet Magazine!

Amelia’s article, Co-Captaining – Can It Be Done?, appears in the April issue of SpinSheet magazine.  We co-captain Velocir, which is probably not typical of most boating couples.  Happy to say it worked very well for us during our entire voyage– below is the article giving more insight.

Click here to read the entire April 2013 issue of SpinSheet magazine!

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Grant’s Sail Care Advice in SpinSheet Magazine!

We are excited to share that Grant has been featured in SpinSheet’s March 2013 issue, sharing his knowledge of sails and how to care for them. Having inspected thousands of sails as an inspector for Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies in Annapolis, MD, he has always wanted to give a few pointers, hoping it would help others to extend the life of their sails.

Check out our past blog post where Grant talks about the sails he designed for Velocir.

Click here to read the entire March 2013 issue of SpinSheet!

For a clearer view, please click on the article below, thanks!

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Thank You HMS Bounty

Thank You HMS Bounty

Please click here or the above photo to read an important essay about the HMS Bounty that we would like to share with everyone.  Please help spread our message by sharing with others, thank you!

I’m On A Boat–Downsizing Your Sailboat

Before Motu Iti, Amelia’s parents had cruised and sailed two other bigger 40 foot sailboats.  One cruise was to the Bahamas for a year with a young family, the others summer cruises as a couple and with a young family.

Tiny Motu Iti

They chose Motu Iti because her smaller size makes her easier to handle and take care of.  Here is a video discussing the best aspects of downsizing to a smaller sailboat!!  And, see Motu Iti’s blog on the topic here.

Happy Birthday to Grant!!–and other adventures

Sometimes we wonder why so many people, us included, live in places that are so dreary and cold a good chunk of the year. We are reminded of this every time we use Grant’s birthday as an excuse to visit a tropical locale. Three years running. Last year was on Velocir in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera.

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We made a delicious turtle cake, making do with whatever baking pans were available.

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For dinner, we skipped the sunset cruiser’s raft-up to enjoy some fine dining. We watched the sunset and the moonrise about 30 minutes apart.

Besides birthday celebrations, we’ve been reading, knitting, snorkeling and walking the beach.  Relaxing in the Caribbean!

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We stopped our lazy ways and got to work, taking Motu Iti out for a sail!  The forecast was 10-15 kts with light chop.  Sailing the Sea of Abaco, Motu Iti did a fine job gliding through the water, not wanting to heel too much even with some puffs.

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At the end of our sail, Amelia got in the dinghy and anchored it, while Motu Iti sailed back and forth to get some great photos.

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It’s hard to have good sailing pictures of your boat when you’re always on it!

Here’s some fun video of the sail:

Happy Thanksgiving 2012!

 

It is hard to imagine that it was an entire year ago that we spent Thanksgiving aboard Velocir in St. Mary’s, GA:  https://velocir.com/2011/11/24/happy-thanksgiving/

How time flies!  We are thankful for family and friends this holiday season.  Grant is thankful for our good health, Amelia is thankful for a life full of joy and Crew is thankful for treats……anything for treats.

Happy Thanksgiving from Velocir

Last month Velocir made it through hurricane Sandy’s strong winds unscathed. To prepare, we secured many lines to different connection points on Velocir and the dock. She was protected in her cove from the wind, so we just kept ready in case something happened but it was very mild. Our biggest fear was a tree falling, but luckily they held tight!

Winterizing Velocir

This week we winterized Velocir in anticipation of the long cold winter months ahead.  We used environmentally safe anti-freeze and emptied the water tanks.  There was a little fish in our water filter, so we set him free.

Sailing Velocir

We even got out for a weekend sail with friends in mid-November, yay warm weather!  The fall colors are a beautiful time to explore the tree-lined creeks of the Chesapeake Bay.

Happy Thanksgiving from Velocir

So much to be thankful for.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Bon Voyage to MOTU ITI!

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We are excited to share with everyone that MOTU ITI has officially left on their cruise this winter.  After a lot of work and planning, their cruising dreams have become a reality.  They were the boat we featured in our “I’m On A Boat” Youtube series.

Their small sailboat is a Camper Nicholson 31.  Check out their blog at www.sailmotuiti.com!

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Welcoming Our New “Crew”

Our trip last year to the Bahamas was a little underwhelming to our social life.  We met some really terrific people, but learned that when surrounded by an older crowd the key is to have a baby around.  Otherwise, as a young couple on a small boat you may as well be invisible.

Well, we’re not ready for a baby so hopefully the cutest puppy imaginable is the next best thing!?!?!  Everyone is planning to invite us over to see their boat, go on a fishing adventure and explore a new beach now, right??!?  Let’s have a long and fascinating conversation about our sailing adventures and the cruising lifestyle that doesn’t end with condescending comments like:  “Do you know what radar is?” or “Do you have charts?”

So, we’ve had our hands full the last couple of weeks with our newest addition!  This has been in the works for many months now, and it was finally decided that the Captains needed their “Crew.”

Crew is a Miniature Australian Shepherd.  Today was his first puppy training day and he is at the top of his class with “sit” and “down.”  He’s gone for his first swim, sailed in the new dinghy and likes to hang out on Velocir!

(All joking aside about babies and puppies, Crew brings joy to our lives that far exceeds any wistful social life….the part about being an invisible young couple on a small boat is not far from the truth.)

VELOCIR- An Albin Vega’s Journey from Graveyard to Blue Water Cruising Sailboat

Photos, photos, photos and the whole story!!! A narrated photo slideshow detailing the four year rebuild of the Albin Vega 27 sailboat Velocir. From bare hull to blue water cruiser.

I’m On A Boat- New Video Series

Just this last month we’ve started a new video series called “I’m On A Boat.”

It will cover all sailing projects and endeavors apart from our cruising on Velocir.  Here are the first three installments about a Camper Nicholson 31 owner fixing fiberglass, gelcoat blisters and running rigging.

Hope you enjoy!  And if you haven’t watched our other series “A Day in the Life: Cruising Albin Vega Velocir” you can watch at www.youtube.com/svvelocir

A guide to repair and fixing fiberglass blisters on boats. This is a common problem among sailboat hulls produced in the mid-seventies. Narrated by a Camper Nicholson 31 owner completing this project himself by prepping and filling his blisters with epoxy resin. An informative how-to on this topic with demonstration and step-by-step instruction.
Redoing the running rigging on a cruising sailboat involves measuring, measuring and measuring. Then we head over to Bacon Sails and Marine Supplies for a tutorial of the different standard line selections, discussing their uses, breaking strengths and design qualities. After we’ve made our selection, the handy line counter does its job and we have our new running rigging. http://www.velocir.com http://www.baconsails.com
Camper Nicholson 31 owner repairs cracks and crazing in the gelcoat on the hull. This is caused by impact to the hull, manufacturer error in too thick gelcoat and bending around forward bulkheads. He uses a rotary tool to grind the crack down to the fiberglass, then he fills it with and Interlux epoxy filler called InterProtect Watertite, uses a longboard sander to sand and then it is ready for painting. http://www.velocir.com
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