Did We Just Take On Another PROJECT BOAT??!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 168)

We came to Annapolis to visit friends….but we may have just gotten roped in to something much bigger.

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Not only did our friend/host give us a WONDERFUL place to stay while we’re in town here, but after meeting up with us for drinks our first afternoon in, where we told him what we were looking for in a build site – he found us the perfect location THE NEXT DAY!!

(Thanks again Jeff, we’ll have to toast you again for this when we come over tonight, lol.)

But, that’s not all. While we were at Kentmorr Marina talking to the owner about the use of their paint tent for the build, he had another opportunity in store for us. Which came in the form of a place to live during the build.

If you’re curious to learn more – and want to see our shocked and dumbfounded faces for our entire visit there – make sure to tune in for this week’s episode.

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

Moving Back With Mom & Dad – Flying Home to the U.S. – WITH A CAT!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 167)

It’s time to step foot in the U.S. for the first time in 2.5 years. And that also means moving in with my parents.
After having sailed Elements from Florida, through the Caribbean, up to the Azores, and then the Arctic Circle of Norway down to the UK…we left her behind in England, and now needed to take the next steps in our lives.
Flying out from our friend’s home in Twickenham, we head to London Heathrow to begin the long journey home…with our cat! She’ll be flying in cabin with us for this 24 hours of travel, so we’re very nervous on how it all could turn out.

Much love from Phoenix!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

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NEW Boat & NEW Partner – First Days After Our Sale! (MJ Sailing – Ep 166)

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We’ve just sold our aluminum cruiser, and now it’s time to change things up by getting on a new boat with a new sailing partner.

After we become essentially homeless after selling our boat, we still have one week left in England before our flights back to the US. We use that time to visit a few friends along the way, and take in all the British charm we can.

In the town of Calstock, we walk the Cotehele Estate, which has been around since the mid 15th Century, and has one of the most untouched Tudor homes in all of England.

Soon though, it was time to head to London, where we’d be staying with our friends on SV Polaris, whom we’d meet while sailing the Isles of Scilly. They welcomed us into their home for the next few days, showing us the local sights, and even getting me on the water one more time.

Their son, Constantin, does weekly races on the River Thames, and it was decided that this week, I would join him. Having never sailed such a small boat before, I was terrified I would capsize us at some point in the race. But it turns out Constantin is a great teacher, and we even took fifth place! Not bad for a total newbie.

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Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

WE FOUND A BUILD SITE!! – A Quickie Real Time Update – MJ Sailing

Somehow it happened without us even trying or searching – but we’ve stumbled upon a build site for the new catamaran! Support the build, and get bonus material and access to private content by becoming a Patron today. https://www.patreon.com/mjsailing We want to quickly bring you up to speed, so before we can catch our episodes up, here’s a real time update with what’s going on with us RIGHT NOW! After selling Elements and leaving England, we flew back to the US to spend a little time with family before we began the search for what will be our catamaran build site for the next two years. We hadn’t even begun the search yet, we were just in Annapolis visiting friends – but that friend found the perfect spot for us! Fast forward a few days, and we’re getting ourselves set up to build inside a paint tent in Kentmoor Marina on Kent Island. http://kentmorrmarina.net/ Funny how it all fell into place so quickly, but we could not be more happy about it! Make sure to stay tuned next week when we revert back in time to our weekly episodes, where we just sold Elements and have a little time to spend in England before flying home to the US. Much love from Maryland! Jessica, Matt & Georgie

OUR DESIGN CHOICE REVEALED For Our Catamaran Build!! – MJ Sailing

Which did we choose, the Schionning Arrow 1360? Or the Max Cruise 42 SC?
After much debate, we finally make the decision of which catamaran we’re going to build, beginning this December.
For more information, take a look at both of our choices!
Schionning Arrow 1360 –
http://www.schionningdesigns.com.au/a…

Max Cruise 42 SC –
https://maxcruisemarine.com/max42sc-s…

Much love!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

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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The Swells Are TOO BIG – Get Me OFF This BOAT!! (MJ Sailing – Ep. 162)

While in the Helford River, we knew that we were getting Elements scheduled for a survey in Falmouth, and if she sold, this would be our last time out fully enjoying the cruising life. No schedules, just bumming around with friends, and sitting around enjoying sunsets.

We take a stunning hike ashore in the afternoon where everything is SO GREEN that it almost feels unreal. When we get back to Elements, there are some bad swells rolling in due to the exposed nature of the anchorage, and so we happily take a few hours to get off the boat by having a bonfire ashore with our new friends on Polaris.

Going from glass calm our first night to rocking and rolling all over 48 hours later, I don’t think it’s the kind of tranquility either of us were expecting when we first arrived!

Much love from Cornwall!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie