Back In Our Element – But Without ELEMENTS!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 176

As you know, we’ve been waiting quite some time for the new catamaran to arrive. So why not spend that time sailing?

When our friend Jeff asked if we’d like to spend a little time in sunny Florida, (and why not?, the snow had just arrived to Annapolis) we jumped at the chance to help him get his Catalina 36 further down the coast and into warm weather.

Since the Gulf Stream was pushing very close to the coast of Florida, and to a potential inlet point of Cape Canaveral, we planned to enter in St. Augustine. That would mean approximately 115 miles and 24 hours out in the open ocean. To make things even more fun, we had a buddy boat for the trip! Taylor and her mom, of @Taylor’s Travels​ .

Join us for Part 1 of this journey, where we get back into our element – even if it is on someone else’s boat. Sigh – I do miss that sound of wind and water surrounding us.

We hope you enjoy!!

Much love from the Atlantic!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

We Bought Diesel Engines for the Catamaran – But Will We Use Them? (MJ Sailing Ep 175)

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When we first bought the components for our build, we were sure we’d be using dual outboards for propulsion. But, now we’ve found ourselves with a set of diesel engines. The more we started researching, the less outboard engines sounded appealing to us … and when a set came up for sale after being removed from a new catamaran, we jumped on the chance to buy them. They may not be what we end up with, but at least we have them now, and at a reasonable price (compared to buying new diesel engines).

Before heading out to Maine to pick them up though, we really get to work on the Viking, and Matt cuts out the core up in the v-berth. The rotting up there is incredibly bad, and it will need to sit with a dehumidifier for quite some time before we can go to work again patching it up.

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

Our $1/Year Build Site Lease – We’re All Paid Up for 2021!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 174)

You may have heard before that we worked out a deal with the marina for our build site – but did you know we’re only paying ONE DOLLAR A YEAR to be there?

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Originally we had NEVER though of the Annapolis area as a possible build site because being such a sailors haven, we didn’t think we could remotely afford anything in the area. But – one of our Patrons had a connection at Kentmorr Marina on Kent Island and wrangled us the deal of a lifetime. $1/Year for the use of this 28’x50′ paint tent. There is still some work involved on our part, patching numerous holes and getting new gravel installed…but we still call this a win!!

Before we head to the marina to officially sign the lease though, we close out our Annapolis group as half of our party is starting their trip south. Jeff & Cam of s/v Westwind, Bill & Grace of s/v Calico Skies, and Taylor and Bobby of s/v Lady M; are starting their voyage south to warmer weathers. So along with the crew of s/v Delos and the couple hosting them, we head out in a little center console on a beautiful Saturday morning to see everyone off.

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

ANOTHER DELAY With Our Container – So We Took On A Boat Delivery

There’s been YET ANOTHER DELAY with our container, so we’ve decided to do some sailing in Florida instead.

Due to bad weather, our container did not leave Vietnam on January 3rd, as we had originally anticipated. Instead there were a number of delays, ships stuck in harbour due to bad weather, and we did not get confirmation of her departure until January 21st. This gives it an approximate arrival date in New York on February 21st.

So what are we doing with this extra time? Delivering a boat from Savannah Georgia to Boca Raton Florida. This is better than a regular delivery though, because the boat belongs to our good friend Jeff, and he was by our side for the entire ride. Plus, now we know exactly what the fuss over Catalinas is. This 36 Mk II is a wonderful cruiser for 2 people, and has been so easy to handle.

We’re going to enjoy this warm weather while we have it, but soon enough we’ll be back in Annapolis, making all the final arrangements for our catamaran to arrive!

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We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Boca Raton!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

What Do We Have To Do to Turn This Boat Into a Home? (MJ Sailing – Ep 173)

We’re out at the Viking to take a close look at all of the things we’ll need to complete before we can move aboard her as our temporary home.

In this week’s episode, we’re just about a week away from leaving Annapolis for the holidays, and are making one more trip out to ‘Couch Dream’ to asses a few of the things that will need to be finished before we can move aboard upon our return. We also start tearing apart the v-berth to get a better idea of the rot on the deck there, and take stock of everything that will need to be replaced.

Matt also takes a moment to talk about how we’re doing on the hunt for boat builders insurance, and spoiler alert – it’s still not looking good.

We hope you enjoy this episode, and just like you, we’re eagerly awaiting the point where we can turn our attention to the catamaran as soon as the first container arrives!

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

NOTHING BUT ROT – This Deck Core Needs to Come Out! (MJ Sailing – Ep 172)

We get to work on the Viking, replacing the forward hatch – only to find it is full of rot and the deck will need to be removed to properly fix it.

In between working on the tent at Kentmorr, we also need to pay a little attention to the Viking 35, to start cleaning up some of the areas and get it ready for us to live in. Project #1 is to fix the leaking forward hatch so we don’t have more water coming through it.

Once we get it up though, we realize it needs more than just a re-bed – the balsa core surrounding the hatch is completely rotten and will need to come up and be replaced. But, that will probably be a project for spring.

When weather turns extremely windy over the weekend, Matt wants to find out how our friend Andy’s 55 ft catamaran handles the situation. A couple of the boys step on Avalon for a day on the Chesapeake with winds in the upper 30’s, just to see how it compares to rides on our monohulls.

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

The DRY FITTING of Container #1 …. But, Where Is It? (MJ Sailing)

It’s time to catch you up to why we haven’t started the build yet – but, in good news, we get to show you everything that comes in container #1!

It’s time to catch you up to why we haven’t started the build yet – but, in good news, we get to show you everything that comes in container #1! The last we commented on it, the first container was going to arrive in late December, and we’d be starting the build as soon as we got our hands on it.

But as we learned during the refit of Elements, you always have to expect the unexpected. There have been delays which is going to stall us getting the first container until February. Make sure to stay tuned for this weeks’ video for all the details on why! But the good news is, Max Cruise sent over a string of photos showing the dry fit of our boat, so you can see exactly what she’ll look like once we put those first pieces together!

Enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

PATCHING A TENT – Wait!! … What Did YOU Think I Said?! (MJ Sailing – Ep 171)

Get your minds out of the gutter! It’s time for us to get to work on this build site and begin patching all the holes in our tent!

Now that the other fishing boat is out of the tent at Kentmorr Marina, we now have the open space to get to work on patching all the holes which have formed in it over the past 15 years. Matt gives a little rundown of the process, and we tackle some of the smaller holes as we put our newbie knowledge into action.

And, while the sun is still shining and there’s good light outside, we take another thorough look at the Viking sport fisher which will be our home in the marina for the duration of the build. While she has good bones, there’s still a number of things we need to tackle to eventually make her sale ready. Including a patch of delamination Matt found on the foredeck.

Tell us what you think of our projects so far! There’s still a little bit of time before our first container comes over from Vietnam, so the tent and the Viking are going to be our focus until then.

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

Stalking DELOS as they Enter the Chesapeake (MJ Sailing – Ep 170)

It’s time for more friends to arrive in Annapolis, and when sv Delos enters these waters, we hop in a 17ft Boston Whaler to hunt them down.

After we make another quick run out to Kentmorr marina to inspect the tent and the Viking a little closer, it’s time to celebrate the weekend in style.

We get word that our good friends Will and Grace of s/v Calico Skies are making their way into Annapolis, ready to take some time off from their boat and join our little household on shore. But along with them on the ride in, is the well known Brian and Kazza of s/v Delos.

We take on the overcast skies and choppy seas to give them a nice welcome into town, and even have to lend a hand as Delos’ deep draft does not want to let them in the channel, and they keep running around as they try to work they’re way in.

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

That Time Bobby Gave Me A Bikini… (MJ Sailing – Ep 169)

Thanks for the bikini Bobby! I know it’s YOUR birthday, but funnily enough, I end up with the gift.

During our time in Annapolis, in mid- October, we decide to get on a few more boats. Being invited out by a few of our Patrons, we go inspect one of the Seawind 1160 Lites, in a mini show being held by Sail Away Catamarans. We have the chance to inspect the layout of one of these boats, and see what it’s like to have dual outboard engines instead of an inboard diesel. Plus, we have the opportunity to take it out for a test sail on the Chesapeake to see how she handles.

Then, it’s time to go for a pleasure cruise with a few of our friends. The couple that is hosting us in town, Jeff and Cam, have a Catalina 36, which they’re preparing to take cruising soon. Using a beautiful weekend – as well as a friend’s birthday- we take these excuses as a reason to make the 25 mile sail down to the town of St. Michael’s.

Once we get there we reunite with our friend Bobby of s/v Sailing Doodles.
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Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie