SAIL FAIL, SWIM FAIL

We’re off and running on our little shakedown cruise, but as we should have known, things don’t always go according to plan.

After running around Stuart to make sure we have all the necessary oil and discharge stickers, we begin to make our way south on the St. Lucie River with visions of sailing and swimming in our heads. Based on a complete lack of wind, a faulty (by us) depth sounder that had us staying directly in the channel, finally coming to a beach only to run into water nearing 90 degrees, we failed at all our attempts for fun that day.

We always take the good with the bad though, so instead of focusing on what didn’t work out for us, we enjoyed a secluded night at anchor in Peck Lake, gazed at all the multi million dollar homes along the ICW, and moved ourselves down to Lake Worth in Palm Beach where we knew we could get out the inlet and raise our sails for the first time.

Make sure to join us in our next episode where we *DO* make it out the Palm Beach Inlet and raise our sails on Elements of Life for the first time.

Cheers from our shakedown!

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Music:
00:22 – Changes – FAUL & Wad Ad vs Pnau
00:55 – I’m So – Andrew Applepie
04:23 – Rock Angel – Joakim Karud
06:28 – Sunshine – Lupe Fiasco
09:31 – Kick Push II – Lupe Fiasco

 

Camera equipment used:
– Panasonic Lumix G85 – http://amzn.to/2iv2g4G
– 6Mega Action/Underwater – https://6mega.com/ (use code MJSAILING for 10% off your order storewide)

Editing software:
Windows Movie Maker & Adobe Premier

 

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Casting Off Our Dock Lines After A 2 Year Refit

After two long years in the work yard and additional two months in the water, and we’re ready to toss off our dock lines!

We aren’t headed out for good, but we are more than ready for a shakedown cruise to see how systems are working, what still needs to be addressed before we can shove off for good, and most importantly, just give ourselves a nice vacation away from work and from the marina.

Getting ready to go came with a few of its own problems, and even for a shakedown we left about two weeks later than anticipated. Once we shoved off though, it was a nice 28 mile ride down the St. Lucie River into Stuart, which is our first stop on our trip. We got the anchor down just before thunderstorms came in over us and even used them for a fresh water rinse on deck.

Stay tuned for the next episode where we hopefully move ourselves further down the coast on our shakedown and take Elements of Life for her first sail.

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.

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Thank you!, Matt & Jessica

 

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Music: 0:00 – Changing – Sigma feat Paloma Faith, Instrumental Cover

07:04 – Warm Nights – Lakey Inspired

09:23 – Finding Happiness – DJ Quads

 

Camera equipment used:

– Panasonic HDC – http://amzn.to/2lPlf9O

– DJI Mavic Pro – http://amzn.to/2f2IFHP

– 6Mega Action/Underwater – https://6mega.com/ (use code MJSAILING for 10% off your order storewide)

 

Editing software: Windows Movie Maker & Adobe Premier

 

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Our New (Almost) Pocket Size Drone!

We have now joined the ranks of sailors with the ability to shoot beautiful aerial views!

Deviating from the usual course once again, the drone we chose to purchase is the DJI Mavic Pro instead of the very popular Phantom 4. The Mavic Pro, when it is folded down it can just about fit in the size of your palm, meaning we’ll never have to second guess if we want to bring it out with us as we explore each location we sail to.

So far we’ve been having fun playing with it at the marina, steering through the maze of the channel and floating over all the boats in storage. We have a long way to go before finessing a fluid movement with the camera, but so far it has been a great addition to our camera gear.

In this episode I go over the new awning I just made for our cockpit, a simple design with no framing to adhere to. Also, while putting our headsails in place, we realize our staysail doesn’t have a good fit and we take measurements for hunting down a good used one to replace it.

Cheers from the WATER!!

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.

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Thank you!,
Matt & Jessica


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Music:
0:00 – Changing – Sigma feat Paloma Faith, Instrumental Cover
08:06 – Yes You Can – HookSounds
16:49 – The View From Here – Anders Schill Paulsen

 

Camera equipment used:
– Panasonic HDC – http://amzn.to/2lPlf9O
– DJI Mavic Pro – http://amzn.to/2f2IFHP

Editing software:
Windows Movie Maker & Adobe Premier

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Building Our Own Custom Stack Pack

There’s nothing for me to sand or paint right now, so it must be time to sew!

Two big items we need done before leaving the marina are making a new mainsail cover and an awning for the cockpit. Tackling the hardest one first, I went with the sail cover. Since we were starting from scratch and yours truly was doing the work, we decided to go with a stack pack, where the cover never fully comes off, but instead is unzipped to allow the sail in and out. I’ve never attempted anything like this before, but luckily Sailrite makes a very helpful step by step video on building one. We’re making a few tweaks, so ours won’t be exactly the same, but it has helped me with the most important parts.

Also in this episode, we spend a little quality time with our friends Jeremy and Courtney of s/v Teho. We’d gotten to know them at the marina just after the new year, and were now able to reconnect after they’ve arrived back from the Bahamas. Their stay in Indiantown is a short one though, so we made the most of it with a night out to Waterway Cafe and Rocco’s Tacos in Palm Beach.

Cheers from the WATER!!

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.

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Music:

0:00 – Changing – Sigma feat Paloma Faith, Instrumental Cover

02:08 – Flix & Chill – Joakim Karud

08:44 – Ikson – Look Up

09:15 – Paradise – Ace

 

Camera equipment used:

– Panasonic Lumix G7 – http://amzn.to/2uebEhu

– Panasonic HDC – http://amzn.to/2lPlf9O

– Apple iPhone 5 – http://amzn.to/2tsmRLp

Editing software: Windows Movie Maker & Adobe Premier

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Our Composting Head & Swag Giveaway

Just to be a little bit different *again* we’ve set up our new boat so the head has a composting toilet. There are a few reasons for this decision that you’ll hear Matt discuss in the video.

I take on a job of adding scuff resistant tape to the slider of our companionway, since our brand new paint has been taking a bit of a beating. Even with my tiny hands, some of the spaces were almost impossible to reach.

Matt shows off all the hard work he’s been putting into our electrical panel and we show off our new WeBoost system that will help us get better internet as we’re traveling. To end the episode I go over some swag we’ve received that is up for grabs in a giveaway.

Cheers from the WATER!!

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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In episode, Matt was wearing the Unisex Jersey T-Shirt in Deep Heather Teal in size Large, Jessica was wearing the Women’s Racerback Tank in Macchiato, in size XS.

Swag Giveaway: To be eligible for our swag giveaway, you must be a patron. The drawing will take place on Friday June 21st at 6pm EST. Winner will be notified through personal message via Patreon.

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Gear we used:
Cellular- Weboost Drive 4Gx – http://amzn.to/2txmgnz
Wifi- Ubiquiti Bullet 2HP – http://amzn.to/2u1wpfV
AIS- Vesper xb-8000
Antenna Splitter- Amec Cubo-160
Radar- Simrad 4kw DX64s
VHF- B&G V50
Depth,Speed, Temp- Simrad DST800
Wind- B&G 508 Wind Sensor
Autopilot- B&G AC42
Heading Sensor- Seapilot Vector Satellite Compass
Chartplotter- B&G Zeus Touch 7
Stereo- Fusion RA205

Shower sprayer- http://amzn.to/2t7YBe1
Sink Faucet- http://amzn.to/2v9S2Jv
Sink- Ikea (no longer sold)
Stainless towel rack- http://amzn.to/2t7ZEe7
Toilet paper holder- http://amzn.to/2v9pa3T

Music:
0:00 – Changing – Sigma feat Paloma Faith, Instrumental Cover
01:11 – Let’s Go Skiing – Jorm
10:15 – Water Lily – Pop Happy
12:19 – A New Sun – Kalle (Rewind Remix)

Camera equipment used:
– Panasonic Lumix G7 – http://amzn.to/2uebEhu
– Panasonic HDC – http://amzn.to/2lPlf9O
– Apple iPhone 5 – http://amzn.to/2tsmRLp

Editing software:
Windows Movie Maker & Adobe Premier

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Our Thoughts on Going Bare

‘Why aren’t you going to paint your hull?’ ‘If you’re going to leave it bare, you should at least shine it up’. ‘You’re in for a ton of corrosion if you leave your hull bare’.

These are just a sample of the questions and comments we’ve been getting through our last few videos, so we thought it was time to publicly address the issue. Our hull is staying bare aluminum, and we *want* it that way. Keep reading as to our reasons why, and to answer all the questions you may have about why there is no longer paint on the side of our boat.

In this episode we also dig our mainsail out of storage to see how it fits on the boat, and Matt goes over our plans for how we’re going to lay out our deck hardware. With all the changes we’ve made to Elements, the previous set-up is no longer going to work for us.

Cheers from the WATER!!

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


Music:
0:00 – Gitty Cat – Andrew Applepie
00:59 – Welcome – CyberSDF
09:34 – Gold – Artificial Music

Camera equipment used:
– Sony NEX 5T – http://amzn.to/2glc9zG
– Panasonic HDC – http://amzn.to/2lPlf9O
– Apple iPhone 5 – http://amzn.to/2tsmRLp

Editing software:
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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!!

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


Music:
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
Camera equipment used:
– Sony NEX 5T – http://amzn.to/2glc9zG
– Panasonic HDC – http://amzn.to/2lPlf9O

Editing software: Windows Movie Maker & Adobe Premier

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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!

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


Music:
0:00 – Changes – Faul & Wad Ad vs Pnau
02:41 – Summer Sensation – Wonki

Camera equipment used:
– Sony NEX 5T – http://amzn.to/2glc9zG
– Panasonic HDC – http://amzn.to/2lPlf9O

Editing software: Windows Movie Maker & Adobe Premier

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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!

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


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

Camera equipment used:
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– Panasonic HDC – http://amzn.to/2lPlf9O

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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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