If You Can’t Tie A Knot…

If You Can’t Tie a Knot There’s a saying that goes a little something like this…“If you can’t tie a knot, tie a lot.”  Well that’s great and groovy until you have to untie all of those “a lots” especially when you’re in a hurry.  Taking fifteen minutes to untie a dozen granny knots just to move a fender two feet over when you are coming into a dock is a little less than ideal. Practice, Practice, Practice I have no idea why, but knots befuzzle me sometimes.  I have…

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Boat Pet Safety – Muster Your Pets!

Boat Pet Safety: Location, Location, Location When it comes to pet safety on boats, there are a myriad of topics to be considered, and, usually, we do pretty well.  One of the foremost lessons about people or pets aboard is that it is critical to know that everyone is safely aboard.  We learned an important lesson this morning to this regard. The Unexpected Phone Call Around 11:00 hours, we went down below into our stateroom to have some cuddle time.  We had been below for about 30 minutes when Shannon’s…

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The Microburst, and the Dock

Preparing to go sailing During the summer months, we didn’t get many opportunities to take Banjo out on the water. This was partly due to work & maintenance schedules, and partly because of bit of caution. This is the tale of what happened to warrant our caution.  It is a tale of the Microburst, and the Dock experienced by the crew and guests aboard SV Banjo in June 2017. We arrived in the New Bern, NC area in June 2017 and had originally spent a month at the New Bern…

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Offshore Charleston, SC to New Bern, NC part 1

Leaving Charleston SC

After docking in Charleston, SC for about a week at the Cooper River Marina, and eager to start our second offshore sailing adventure.  We hired a delivery captain that would help us get to New Bern, NC safely.  Although I had a lot of offshore sea time in the Navy, I was never the one driving the boat.  And there are a lot of things that can go wrong.  Needless to say, neither Shannon nor I had the experience to take Banjo outside into the great big ocean by ourselves…

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