Happy Birthday, You’re Now HOMELESS (MJ Sailing – Ep 165)

This year my birthday was spent enjoying our last full 24 hours on our boat before we handed her over to the new owner and walked away forever.

I could make this post all sad, and talk about how I was kicked out of my home on my birthday….but since I asked for this, I was just as delighted about it as I was sad.

But yes, the moment has finally come where we hand Elements off to her new owner. After getting one last little trip in as we headed down the river and into the town of Falmouth, we had one full day left on her before packing up and walking away. And as many emotions as we had running through us at the time, we tried not to let ourselves think about it too hard. Not while we were still there.

The good news is, passing her over to her new owner Brice, was so incredibly easy, and it was really nice to have a face to go with the long conversations we’d been having over the previous month. We know we’ve left Elements in great hands, and it’s time for both parties involved to begin their new adventure.

Much love from Cornwall!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

50 Knot Winds, 18 Ft Tides & NO ROOM – Let the S#*T SHOW Begin!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 164)

S#*t is about to go down, and we’ve got a front row seat.
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After completing the bill of sale on our boat and spending a few days relaxing (and packing) while up the River Fal, we come back to town to wait out a nasty storm coming our way, only to find out the marinas are packed full. The only safe place we can now be….is the same spot we just came from.

Expecting 50 knot winds, and dealing with 18 ft tides, we let out 175 ft of chain right in the middle of the river (we had the harbour master’s approval for this), since this was the only spot that would offer us enough swing room. But, as boats kept pouring in to find a secure spot, it was obvious that things were going to get tight.

Thankfully we did not encounter any issues through the night, but as we watched the boats around us, we found out they were not as lucky.

Much love from Cornwall!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

They’re Taking Our Boat….. (MJ Sailing – Ep 163)

Get the family off the boat, because Falmouth Boat Company is coming to tow it away!!
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After a month off the grid, we head into the town of Falmouth, not only so we can fill our cupboards with food again, but because we need to get Elements ready for her survey.

It’s the perfect motor in (no wind for sailing though, unfortunately) where we had sun, warmth, and even dolphins to greet us on our way! Once we had a slip secured though, it was time to get to work. Running ALL over town, we hunted through hardware stores, auto part stores, and chandleries to get all the little necessities to make Elements 100% ready for her survey.

When the big day came we weren’t allowed to be there for the tonnage portion (COVID restrictions at the marina), so the three of us hung out at the harbour until it was time for the onboard survey. Which, lol, I did no filming of because I assumed the guy would not want a camera following him around as he worked. Darn it. Hindsight is 20/20, and I should have just asked. 😉

Well….I think you all know the outcome of how things went there!

Much love from Cornwall!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF THIS CATAMARAN – But It’s Our Newest Contender – The Max Cruise 42 -MJ Sailing

There’s a brand new catamaran design being launched, and we’ve just added to our list of contenders. The Max 42 by Max Cruise Marine. http://maxcruisemarine.com/

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Our goal is to spend the next two years building the perfect catamaran for ourselves. Originally we had narrowed it down to the Oram 45R; the Grainger Raku 44; and the Schionning Arrow 1360. But along the way we began talking to another company which is coming out with a brand new catamaran design. Unlike the other choices, which are foam core flat panel kits, the Max 42 is comprised of 3 dimensional modules. The exterior will arrive to us with a gel coat finish, which means we wouldn’t need to spend nearly 10 months of our time sanding and faring ourselves, preparing it for paint.

We think there are a lot of great options with the Max 42, and it easily made its way into our list of contenders of build we be starting this year. Just make sure to stay tuned in the next few weeks when it goes in a head to head battle with the Schionning Arrow 1360, and we pick a winner!

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