Our Great Escape From the Work Yard to the Water

The day has finally arrived. After taking a junk boat sitting in the graveyard to do a complete overhaul on it, we’re now ready to move it to the water!

With rain like we’ve never seen before in south Florida, our launch was pushed back an extra few days as we scrambled to finish last minute projects in the work yard. With the exception of a little paint peeling off the bottom as it stuck to the jackstands, our launching went as smoothly as we could hope for and we are now peacefully floating in the water after gazing at it for two years.

A few more weeks of projects at the docks and we can finally get ourselves on the move!

Cheers from the WATER!!

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0:00 – Changes – Faul & Wad Ad vs Pnau
05:12 – Fast Forward – Ukiyo
08:36 – Let’s Go – Sebastian Florian feat Elizabeth
10:56 – Won’t Let Me Down – Andrew Applepie
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A New Life, A New Name

Daze Off is no longer. From here out our boat shall be named……

After holding on to this specific boat name for 9 years now, we are finally able to use it as we rename our boat. Going through a complete refit, it seems only fitting she comes out of it with a new name as well.

We prep the boat for her new name and decals, do a big reveal, and explain how we came up with it and what it means to us. Even though we’re not yet on the water we still had a renaming ceremony and I found a way to appease the gods of the wind and the sea.

Stay tuned for the next episode where we make our big splash!

Cheers from the work yard!

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02:41 - Summer Sensation – Wonki

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Nearing the End of Our 812 Days In the Work Yard

We’re so close to getting in the water, and yet still so far. It’s been a hectic time for us as we try to finish all the last projects before splashing.

With our centerboard dropped we had the well soda blasted (even though I accidentally say sandblasted about 5 times), which gives Matt and I the opportunity to get fresh coats of aluminum primer and barrier paint into the centerboard well. A much harder job for Matt than for me.

With the Awl Grip applied it was time to go back and reapply our Kiwi Grip non skid that had initially been applied in October, but sanded down for reapplication. I taped off the cabin top and combing, and we spent one morning getting a nice new coat on half the boat.

Matt gets working in the anchor locker to have a nice clean area for our chain to drop in so we don’t have metal sitting on metal, and I have a little whine session about how our decals came back wrong. All in all though, things are getting done and we’re moving closer to the water every day!

Cheers from the work yard!

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Thank you!,
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Music:
0:00 - Changes – Faul & Wad Ad vs Pnau
01:34 - Ventrillo Sunset – Klubz Production
05:02 - Keep on Trying – Andrew Applepie
12:24 - Signal – Lakey Inspired

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A Stylish Cruising Wardrobe FROM a Cruiser

If there is something I’ve learned from my time cruising (and now my two years in a work yard), it is that I am not meant for athletic wear.  Not all the time anyway.  I know the outfit d’jour of many ladies out on the water is some breathable blend of wicking and quick drying tops and bottoms, but honestly, I became tired of that quite quickly.  There were days I actually missed going to the office if for no other reason than to wear something nice.  Something that accentuated my body and made me feel stylish and womanly.  Since we’ve been preparing to depart once more, I have made it my mission to add more dressy and feminine pieces to my wardrobe, also trying to make them functional for the cruising lifestyle.  Luckily, I have had some really good help in this department.

A former cruiser herself and no stranger to the desparities of trying to dress yourself while living on a sailboat, Elizabeth Hynes has come up with a line of clothing that perfectly suits the traveling woman.  Clothes that are breathable, wrinkle free, compact, and most importantly, interchangeable. There was born one of my new favorite design lines.  Vacay Style.  Multiple collections named after far away destinations that lets you have a wardrobe full of endless looks all from just a few pieces.  The concept is you start with one collection, usually made of five outfits, pair it with two of your own essentials, such as a plain white top and a universal pair of paints, and voila!, you can now mix and match to your heart’s desire.  With many of the outfits being made of two pieces, you can match the top or bottom from that outfit with one of your essentials, or even between outfits in the collection.

Take the new St. Martin line for example, the most recent one I have been trying out.  From this five piece collection, along with two of your essentials, you can create 18 looks!

St Martin Collection - Vacay

Although the theme of picking two essentials as your mix and match additions is geared toward the suitcase traveler (saving you incredible amounts of space in your bag), I have found I have a large array of what could be my two essential items to mix and match, giving me endless possibilities for new outfits.  For this post’s sake though (and to show how you can make 18 outfits from only 7 pieces) I chose I white crew neck top, and a pair of light gray skinny jeans.  Below you’ll see how I’ve paired them with the five outfits in the collection.

Starting out we have the Ikat Dress.  At first glances it would look like a normal, albeit gorgeous, one piece dress.  And when worn together it does make for one stunning piece of artwork on your body, perfect for a dinner out or wandering the streets of Palm Beach (we all make it there at some point, right?), but it can also separate into two pieces, pairing with your essentials for a very different, casual chic look.  Before receiving the pieces I was worried that I would rarely get use from the skirt portion because I tend to live and travel in such warm climates. I thought I might be too hot and uncomfortable, but it turned out to be the exact opposite.  With slits on each side of the leg, the skirt is very ventilated while also keeping my legs covered from the sun.  I’ve found out that I’m actually cooler with it on than a pair of shorts!

Vacay Style Ikat dress

Vacay Style Ikat skirt white top

Vacay Style Ikat top and pants

Next is the convertible maxi dress.  A flash of bold in this outfit which starts out as a long and flowing strapless dress, but folded down and paired with a top, becomes an adorable maxi skirt.  I’ll admit, I was a little frightened by this pattern at first because I didn’t know if I could pull it off.  But as soon as I slipped it on and wore it down to our patio for dinner with friends, I received nothing but compliments.  It fits the body in all the right places without being too tight, and is extremely comfortable to wear.

Vacay Style St. Martin convertible dress 1

St. Martin convertible dress and white top

St. Martin convertible dress 2

One of the pieces that drew me to this collection the most is the wrap dress.  Very trendy, great for dressing up or dressing down, and of course perfect for pairing with multiple other pieces.  The real kicker on this outfit is the skirt can be hitched up and worn as a top!  An actual three-fer from this dress that looks just as beautiful separated as it does together.

St. Martin wrap dress

white top and St. Martin wrap skirt

St. Martin wrap skirt as top

St. Martin wrap dress top & pants

One of my favorite pieces of the collection, even if it is a little unconventional for boat life (at least, our ‘ always anchored out, take the dinghy in’ king of boat life), is the white lace dress.  It comes with a spaghetti strap slip to wear underneath, making  it the perfect roaming around outfit for when we do hit St. Barths, but if I just want to wear it to the beach, the slip comes off and it turns into an eyelet coverup.

Just as cute and ready to wear anywhere, beach or wandering the islands, is the Racer Back Dress.  Made of super comfy  and lightweight rayon jersey, this little piece will make you feel like you’re wearing nothing at all.  It makes a great coverup for throwing on over your swimsuit, or if you want to take it to another level you can knot the end by your waist and throw on a pair of shorts or pants underneath.

Vacay Style white lace dress

Vacay racerback

Here’s where it gets really interesting though!  In the St. Martin collection, you can even mix and match the pieces between themselves!

Vaycay Style Ikat top and blue skirt

St Martin convertible dress

wrap dress top & Ikat skirt

Suffice to say, I feel like I hit the jackpot when I got this capsule wardrobe.  The items are very stylish, just as I had wanted; versatile, which is incredibly important when I can only live on enough clothes to fit in a suitcase; wrinkle free, which means I don’t have to worry that I have no hanging locker for them in the boat; and so light, soft and breathable.  I love the fact they are so comfortable to wear.  I’m now able to actually dress myself up while still feeling like I’ve just pulled on my comfiest pair of lounge clothes. Vacay Style has been a total winner for me and should be at the top of the list for any cruising female that would like to get out of her spandex and feel a little sexy again.

Make sure to check out all the beautiful collections Vacay has to offer, such as the Tahiti Collection and St. Barts Collection.  Add code MJSail to your order and receive a 15% discount!

(Buy any five pieces from any collection, and a 20% discount will automatically be applied to your shopping cart!)

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Applying Awl Grip to Our Cabin Top

It is finally done! Muahahahaha (evil laugh)… The painting is finally done!

After 9 weeks of work, removing all our old Petit (2 part EZ Poxy) paint, building up layer after layer of primer, and trying my hand at Awl Grip for the first time, our paint on the cabin top and cockpit is now complete. 3 coats overall, and she’s looking good!

We also had the travel lift come to hoist us up a few feet so we could reblock to be able to remove the old paint and put new paint where the blocks had been sitting. The centerboard also gets removed for our painting…and it’s our first chance ever to see it!

Cheers from the work yard!

Thank you SO MUCH to our Patrons. These charitable souls help keep us in the work yard, our camera equipment up to date, and the videos coming. To join the Patreon ranks, please visit http://www.patreon.com/mjsailing

Thank you!,
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Music:
0:00 - Changes – Faul & Wad Ad vs Pnau
03:40 - Toy Houses – Joey Pecoraro
06:00 - 90′s Kid – Blue Wednesday

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A Bit of This and That … aka … Are We Almost Done?

We may not always get to work on what projects we want *when* we want, but there is always something to be done on this boat

My Awl Grip top coats have been halted due to extreme heat, but we still have plenty to keep ourselves busy! After receiving our rudder back with a new welded posts and some added bushings, Matt’s work on the linear drive is finished and he gets a chance to show you how the entire set-up works.

In a few other small projects, we try to readjust the hard dodger and how it fits onto our posts after we’ve chopped 5″ off them to make room for a flexible solar panel. We’re left with sharper angles for the pads and a lot of scratching our heads, but luckily the good men at Grand Slam Aluminum know how to take good care of us.

Last but not least, we get to properly install our captain’s chair at the nav station once our 2.5″ post has had brackets welded in to secure it to the floor and a bulkhead. Our first real area to sit in the pilot house. :)

Cheers from the work yard!

Thank you SO MUCH to our Patrons. These charitable souls help keep us in the work yard, our camera equipment up to date, and the videos coming. To join the Patreon ranks, please visit http://www.patreon.com/mjsailing

Thank you!,
Matt & Jessica


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02:09 - They Say – WowaMusik

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Matt’s Odd Jobs & A Tour of the Interior

There’s no new paint to show off this week as the sanding is taking me *forever*, so instead I decided to follow Matt around to see what keeps him busy everyday while I work on the cabin top.

Also, there’s a long awaited tour of our interior for you to see. As we clean up the boat to show it off to my parents coming in to visit, we thought it would be a great chance to show it off to you too. It’s a long way from being finished, but at least it should give you a good idea of what it might become.

Cheers from the work yard!

Thank you SO MUCH to our Patrons. These charitable souls help keep us in the work yard, our camera equipment up to date, and the videos coming. To join the Patreon ranks, please visit http://www.patreon.com/mjsailing

Thank you!,
Matt & Jessica


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01:20 - Broken – Jorm

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Getting the Mast Up – We’re a Sailboat Again!

After 10 months of waiting and one failed attempt, our mast is finally back up again!

Back in Episode 9 you’ll see that we tried to raise our mast, but the new rigging we ordered was not the right size, and we had to bring it back to have it redone. A few month and one weird encounter later, we have it in our hands again and can turn ourselves into a sailboat.

Jessica continues her work on getting the cabin top ready for new Awl Grip paint, after removing the Petit EZ Poxy that had been applied only a year ago.

Matt works on other projects that are best finished while still in the yard, like varnishing all our trim for the interior. Although everyone is working hard, it’s Jessica that makes a break for it with a day at the beach with a few girlfriends.

Cheers from the work yard!
Thank you SO MUCH to our Patrons. These charitable souls help keep us in the work yard, our camera equipment up to date, and the videos coming. To join the Patreon ranks, please visit http://www.patreon.com/mjsailing

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02:59 – Get That Funk Goin – King McFunky
14:45 – Life is Good – Markvard

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Behind the Scenes: Our Life on the Hard

Ever wonder what we do with our lives while we’re not busy with boat projects?

In this video we give you a look at a few of the things we do when the cameras are normally off, like trying to find the best shower stall at the end of a workday, cooking dinner in our galley, and enjoying a beautiful sunset from our cockpit.

It may be a far cry from the normal cruising life we hope to resume shortly, but we make the best of what we have while we have it.

Thank you *so* much to everyone who left comments or question about what they would like to know about our life on the hard. Since there were a lot of items we were not able to get to, we’ve put together a separate Q&A video, which you can find the link to here.

Life on the hard, Q&A video: https://www.patreon.com/posts/8690913

 

Cheers from the work yard!

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Thank you!,
Matt & Jessica


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05:23 - You My Love – DJ Quads
12:28 - Blue – Andrew Applepie

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Out With Our 1 Year Old Topcoat Paint, In With the Awl Grip

Just as we were getting so close to the water, we’ve added an extra month to our work yard sentence.

After having used Petit 2 part epoxy top coat paint last year and realizing we were having a terrible problem of it chipping and peeling off on us, we knew we needed to make the switch to something better. After viewing a few jobs in our work yard, we decided that AWL GRIP would be the best choice for us.

Join us as I spend a little over two weeks stripping off our old paint down to the primer, and Matt begins work on our cockpit seats using a Brazilian teak called Cumaru.

Cheers from the work yard!

Thank you SO MUCH to our Patrons. These charitable souls help keep us in the work yard, our camera equipment up to date, and the videos coming. To join the Patreon ranks, please visit http://www.patreon.com/mjsailing

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08:53 - Down In The Dirt – Niklas Ahlström
15:50 - Dark Green Lines – Sebastian Forslund

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