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2 years of sailing – 5,000 miles covered – 43 degrees of latitude lost


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48North Latitude Reduction Lifestyle

Honey and Heart

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June 30, 2018

Have you ever heard of Heart Interface? They were the first ones to build a reliable inverter for off-grid and marine applications back in the 70’s. Did you know that that alternative energy brand was built by a long-haired barefoot man on a secluded beach in Costa Rica? I…


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On Being a Cruising Boat Guest

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April 12, 2018

Last February, our good friend, Cat, from Seattle came to visit us in Mexico. Within hours of her joining us on Halcyon, she had served me a beer out of the fridge and was busy scrubbing the bottom of our upturned dinghy on the deck, bouncing along to music…

six foot iguana at waterfall costa rica


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A day in the life Latitude Reduction Lifestyle

A day in the life (chapter 3): Following Spontaneity

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March 19, 2018

I woke up naturally around 7 but laid in bed for a while listening to the birds chirping and the howler monkeys howling before I climbed over a semi-conscious John and out of bed. I seem to fall into a morning ritual when we are at anchor of climbing…


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48North Latitude Reduction Travel

Do Rats Fart?

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February 27, 2018

Some of you were following along on social media as we duked it out with our recent boat guest. Here is the whole story, as printed in 48 North last month.

Chepe recently moved in with us. We did not invite Chepe to move in; we were not looking for…


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Latitude Reduction Lifestyle Underway

It sure is windy

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February 20, 2018

When we were in Southern Mexico, we had to contend with the Tehuantepecs, forceful winds that tear across the skinny bit of Mexico from the Caribbean and pummel any boats blithe enough to try to cross their path. Halcyon did not enjoy her time in the Tehuantepecs (you can…


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Dreams really do come true

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February 14, 2018

About three years ago, John and I decided it was time for a vacation. Not a vacation in that “take time off work to visit family” kind of way, but a real actual “go somewhere sunny” vacation. Our parameters were: reasonably priced plane ticket, warm and sunny, no major…


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Boat work Latitude Reduction

Boat work! We do a lot of it!

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January 27, 2018

I’ve updated our THE PROJECT page with what we did for Halcyon in 2017. But so you don’t have to hurt your thumbs by clicking more than necessary — here’s what I added.
2017
This was our first full year out cruising, and apparently Halcyon took a bit of a beating!…


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Latitude Reduction Lifestyle Underway

Drama Sells

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January 10, 2018

Drama sells.

My most popular blog posts are the ones about the big winds and temperamental engines, tense moments and broken spirits. (Like this one from our season-ending southern Mexico passage, or this one about a long ago but very memorable Christmas incident).

And so, by contrast, perhaps people don’t want…


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Boat work Latitude Reduction Lifestyle

I going to misses you

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December 26, 2017

I am perched cautiously in a dusty plastic chair, with two of its legs sunk into the rutted dirt road and one suspended on the concrete stoop in front of Hotel Sport. It is a mismatched crew that sits and leans haphazardly – Gerhardt, an 82-year old German/Canadian sipping…


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48North A day in the life Latitude Reduction

The art of the cruiser’s shower

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November 21, 2017

I live on a sailboat. It has many of the amenities that a home on land has – like a kitchen with a stove and oven, two beds, a bathroom with a toilet and running water, and plenty of storage, at least for my small number of belongings. It…

John and Becca Guillote

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