029 Part 2 with The Radonic Family – Moving from Trailer Sailing to Offshore Cruising

blk-dmn-lightwind-1024x683In this episode, we feature part two of our interview with the Radonic Family and discuss their move from trailer sailing to offshore cruising.  We have some more unusual sailing news and our products of the week will provide comfortable seating on and off the boat.

Intro Chat

  • We experienced some engine trouble on our Labor Day weekend trip to the Hammock Beach Resort and Marina in Palm Coast, Florida.  Our throttle cable broke, but we were able to remove the outboard cover and manually work the throttle to get us five miles to our destination and back.
  • We are attending the Annapolis Sailboat Show October 6-9.  Let us know if you are attending and we will find a time to meet everyone.
  • Thank you to all the listeners who have given the podcast great reviews on iTunes and for everyone that has sent us an email.  It is great to hear that people are enjoying the show. Check out one of our listener blogs, Rik from Aruba built a beautiful trailer sailer with his daughter and sailing in Aruba looks amazing.
  • Enter the ASA / Hands Across the Sea Sweepstakes for a chance to win a great sailing or land based vacation in the islands.  The proceeds help deliver thousands of books to schools throughout the islands.  TSR donated again this year, join us in supporting the islands and families that provide great cruising grounds for our sailing.

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The Sailing Rode Leukemia Fundraising

Brandy was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009.  She is one of the lucky survivors as her cancer has been treated so far by a great drug therapy.  That drug did not exist a few years before she was diagnosed and her prognosis would not have been as good before research created the drug therapy.

In 2010, we created a crazy boating event called Lake Conway Wipeout that we eventually turned into a charity event. We ran the event for 5 years and raised over $30,000 for leukemia research. The event grew too large to manage safely so we ended it in 2014. Here are a couple videos on the event.

Lake Conway Wipeout 2014 from ASofCFL on Vimeo.

We are asking for your help to support the annual fundraising for Leukemia and Lymphoma research.  It only takes a couple minutes and a few dollars make a big difference.

Click Here to Donate to The Sailing Rode Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team

You can also join our team and do your own local fundraising and participate in the LLS Light the Night Walk in October.  All the details are on the site.

Also please consider registering to be a potential bone marrow donor at BeTheMatch.org   The second most common Leukemia is called AML and those diagnosed are not as lucky as Brandy.  AML patients currently has only a 25% chance of living five years from diagnosis.  Many die before they find a bone marrow donor.   You could easily save a life, please register to be a donor today.

Interview

In part two of our interview with the Radonics, they talk about their move from a trailer sailer to an offshore cruiser.

  • The Radonics are based on Lake Ontario near Toronto Canada.
  • After trailer sailing for several years, Ed decided he liked racing and also wanted to have a boat he could sail down to the Bahamas so they bought a Jeanneau 39i.  The 39i is a comfortable cruiser but also a performance race boat.

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  • The have done multiple trips between the Toronto and the Bahamas and now leave the boat in the Bahamas year round.

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The boys have grown a bit since their trailer sailing days…

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Check out the Radonic Family sailing blog here

They also offer Charters on their boat in the Bahamas, for more information click here

Sailing / Cruising News

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Product of the Week

West Marine Go Anywhere Chairs

We have used the basic flat folding seats for years in our cockpit and on shore.  They are easy to store and comfortable for lounging in the cockpit or on deck.  We also use it on our helm seat.  *** Please consider purchasing through these links as we have an affiliate program with West Marine which provides us a small commission if you buy through our links.  You still pay the same pricing from West Marine ***  Click on the pictures to access the products at West Marine.

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Other folding seat options on Amazon, they have good ratings, but may not hold up as well in marine environments…

Seat with Arms

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We love our Thermacell, it creates a 15ft barrier that has been tested to eliminate over 90% of mosquito, no-see-um, sand fleas, and black flies. 

Here is our amazon affiliate link to the product

We also heard from Richard, a listener in the UK, about a bluetooth receiver, called Doosl that he really likes to use on the boat. It enables any stereo with a 3.5mm plug to be a bluetooth receiver.

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Please use our Amazon Affiliate links below for anything you buy on Amazon or look at over 90 items we have in our TSR Amazon store.  We use all the items on our boat and include notes of why we like them.  We also added over 40 sailing and cruising books we recommend.  You pay the same low Amazon price and we get a small commission.

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We need your help to spread the word about the Podcast.  Please share the podcast with your sailing & cruising friends and ask them to subscribe on iTunes, stitcher, or Google Play Music.  You can send them these links:

It also helps when you share the podcast links on social media and sailing forums.

Patreon

If you enjoy the podcast, you can support us on our Patreon site and get some special rewards. Check it out at this link:

https://www.patreon.com/TheSailingRode

How it works:  Patreon is designed for you to support your favorite content creators.  You can support our podcast creations by signing up for various levels of support.  You can set a maximum monthly amount so if we release a lot of podcasts in one month, you still only pay your maximum amount.  In return, you get some rewards for your support.  It is kind of like giving us a tip or buying us a drink after a good show.

Thanks for listening and all your support!  We wish you fair winds and hope to see you on the water soon.

–  Steve & Brandy

The Sailing Rode / The Sailing Road

028 Trailer Sailer Cruising with The Radonic Family – Part 1

 

Ed Radonic and their Macgregor 26M

Ed Radonic and their Macgregor 26M

In this episode, we feature part one of our interview with the Radonic Family about their extensive trailer sailer cruising.  We have some more unusual sailing news and our product of the week will help you battle bugs.

Intro Chat

  • We have been on shore the last few weekends, but had some fun meeting up with our local listeners and newly ASA101 certified sailors Colby and Stacey for Colbys birthday.  We also celebrated Brandy’s 20th High School Reunion.
  • Our next trip is over the Labor Day weekend to the Hammock Beach Resort and Marina in Palm Coast, Florida.
  • We are attending the Annapolis Sailboat Show October 6-9.  Let us know if you are attending and we will find a time to meet everyone.
  • We watched the Olympic Sailing races , congratulations to US Sailor, Caleb Paine, on winning a bronze medal in the Finn class.  Steve exchanged emails with Olympic commentator, Gary Jobson about the RSX sailboard races.  Gary even covered the question Steve asked in the live Olympic coverage!
  • Steve heard from his high school friend, Rocque, in Chicago who just completed his second Chicago to Mackinac race.  This year they had some rough weather.  Twenty boats left the race with damage and one boat sank after losing its rudder post.   See the picture below from Rocque’s satellite weather, the yellow area on the right is Lake Michigan.  You can see the storms coming from Wisconsin.  Rocque said they got knocked down in 40 knots of wind, but they only sustained “cruiser damage” which happened when the microwave came lose and flew across the boat.   They finished the race in fifth place in the cruising class.  Rocque sails a 36ft. Island Packet Estero

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  • We released our video on our $200 boat air conditioning system.  We got some great comments that highlighted some security issues we did not consider.  Give it a watch and comment with any recommendations.
  • Steve read this article on the UK program that started charging consumers seven cents for each plastic grocery bag which resulted in a 90% reduction in plastic bag consumption in one year!   Steve decided to implement our own program at home to motivate us to stop using plastic bags so we started the “Bags to Boat Fund.”   We owe $1 for every plastic bag we use.  The program has been a success and we have only used seven bags in the first month.  The downside is that we only put $7 in the boat fund.  We may change the program to add to the boat fund for each bag we avoid.   Send us your ideas!

The Sailing Rode Leukemia Fundraising

Brandy was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009.  She is one of the lucky survivors as her cancer has been treated so far by a great drug therapy.  That drug did not exist a few years before she was diagnosed and her prognosis would not have been as good before research created the drug therapy.

In 2010, we created a crazy boating event called Lake Conway Wipeout that we eventually turned into a charity event. We ran the event for 5 years and raised over $30,000 for leukemia research. The event grew too large to manage safely so we ended it in 2014. Here are a couple videos on the event.

Lake Conway Wipeout 2014 from ASofCFL on Vimeo.

We are asking for your help to support the annual fundraising for Leukemia and Lymphoma research.  It only takes a couple minutes and a few dollars make a big difference.

Click Here to Donate to The Sailing Rode Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team

You can also join our team and do your own local fundraising and participate in the LLS Light the Night Walk in October.  All the details are on the site.

Also please consider registering to be a potential bone marrow donor at BeTheMatch.org   The second most common Leukemia is called AML and those diagnosed are not as lucky as Brandy.  AML patients currently has only a 25% chance of living five years from diagnosis.  Many die before they find a bone marrow donor.   You could easily save a life, please register to be a donor today.

Interview

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Ed and his crew, Thomas and Alexander (Alexander is off watch)

In part one of our interview with the Radonics, they talk about their start in sailing and cruising on their Macgregor 26M trailer sailer.

  • The Radonics are based on Lake Ontario near Toronto Canada and they cruised extensively around Canada, New York, and Nova Scotia.

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Check out the Radonic Family sailing blog here.

Sailing News

Product of the Week

Thermacell Insect Repeller

We love our Thermacell, it creates a 15ft barrier that has been tested to eliminate over 90% of mosquito, no-see-um, sand fleas, and black flies. 

Here is our amazon affiliate link to the product

We also heard from Richard, a listener in the UK, about a bluetooth receiver, called Doosl that he really likes to use on the boat. It enables any stereo with a 3.5mm plug to be a bluetooth receiver.

Amazon Store
Please use our Amazon Affiliate links below for anything you buy on Amazon or look at over 90 items we have in our TSR Amazon store.  We use all the items on our boat and include notes of why we like them.  We also added over 40 sailing and cruising books we recommend.  You pay the same low Amazon price and we get a small commission.

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Please help us Support Podcast

We need your help to spread the word about the Podcast.  Please share the podcast with your sailing & cruising friends and ask them to subscribe on iTunes, stitcher, or Google Play Music.  You can send them these links:

It also helps when you share the podcast links on social media and sailing forums.

Patreon

If you enjoy the podcast, you can support us on our Patreon site and get some special rewards. Check it out at this link:

https://www.patreon.com/TheSailingRode

How it works:  Patreon is designed for you to support your favorite content creators.  You can support our podcast creations by signing up for various levels of support.  You can set a maximum monthly amount so if we release a lot of podcasts in one month, you still only pay your maximum amount.  In return, you get some rewards for your support.  It is kind of like giving us a tip or buying us a drink after a good show.

Thanks for listening and all your support!  We wish you fair winds and hope to see you on the water soon.

–  Steve & Brandy

The Sailing Rode / The Sailing Road

027 Part 2 – followtheboat – Oyster 435 Refit in Thailand

s/v Esper during refit in Thailand

In this episode, we feature part two of our interview with Jamie Furlong and Liz Cleere from the followtheboat YouTube sailing channel about the extensive refit of their Oyster 435 sailboat in Thailand.

Intro Chat

  • We had a great time hanging out in Nashville and listening to great music on broadway every night.  We even had time to check out Percy Priest Lake  and some of the local sailboats at the Nashville Shores Marina.   We also enjoyed a great lunch at Papa Turney’s BBQ right above the marina offices, that is some tasty BBQ.
  • We have been watching the Olympic Sailing races, but it is disappointing that NBC did not have broadcasting on many of the early races.  It is much more interesting with Gary Jobson and two time medalist, Randy Smyth providing commentary.
  • New resources page on TheSailingRode.com   It includes all the other sailing podcasts and websites we follow along with other resources we have found helpful.

Interview

In part 2 of our interview with Liz and Jamie talk about the refit of s/v Esper, a 1989 Oyster 435.   They are currently cruising in Phuket, Thailand.   They also talk about a rough passage in the Indian Ocean.

Liz and Jamie refinished essentially every surface of the boat and spars.  The refit took just over a year to complete.

s/v Esper in the boat yard

s/v Esper in the boat yard

The teak decks were removed and replaced with Awlgrip decks.

Removing the teak decks

Removing the teak decks

Interior demolition

Interior veneer replaced

Updated interior

Launching Esper after the refit

Launching Esper after the refit

Liz and Jamie celebrating the completed refit

Liz and Jamie celebrating the completed refit

Check out some great videos of Millie and Liz fishing:

Millie & Liz fishing video

Millie catching her own fish


Get access to additional details on their refit and costs by becoming a patron of followtheboat here.

Check out there great videos on their YouTube channel here.

Also go to their website followtheboat.com  to see their blog and lots of amazing pictures by Jamie…

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Great photos by Jamie

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Sailing News

Product of the Week

Leatherman – Wingman Multi-Tool, Stainless Steel

This multi-tool is used frequently during boat projects.

Here is our amazon affiliate link to the product

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Please help us Support Podcast

We need your help to spread the word about the Podcast.  Please share the podcast with your sailing & cruising friends and ask them to subscribe on iTunes, stitcher, or Google Play Music.  You can send them these links:

It also helps when you share the podcast links on social media and sailing forums.

Patreon

If you enjoy the podcast, you can support us on our Patreon site and get some special rewards. Check it out at this link:

https://www.patreon.com/TheSailingRode

How it works:  Patreon is designed for you to support your favorite content creators.  You can support our podcast creations by signing up for various levels of support.  You can set a maximum monthly amount so if we release a lot of podcasts in one month, you still only pay your maximum amount.  In return, you get some rewards for your support.  It is kind of like giving us a tip or buying us a drink after a good show.

Thanks for listening and all your support!  We wish you fair winds and hope to see you on the water soon.

–  Steve & Brandy

The Sailing Rode / The Sailing Road

 

026 followtheboat – Sailing Pirate Alley – Part 1

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In this episode, we talk with Jamie Furlong and Liz Cleere from the followtheboat YouTube sailing channel about their global cruising adventures.  We feature some sailing news and our product of the week is a small portable emergency jump battery pack.

Intro Chat

  • We had a great trip to Silver Glen Springs.   We launched in Astor, FL and went down the St. Johns river about 30min to get to the springs off of Lake George.  Our dog Ellie got to go on the trip and she had a blast getting attention from all the boaters.

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  • We are heading to Nashville for a little business and a lot of fun honky tonkn’, August 4-7,  let us know if you are in the area and want to meet up.
  • Brandy produced a great video of our trip cruising Sebastian, FL for her birthday and our engagement!  If you like the videos, please give us a thumbs up and leave us a comment.
  • We missed celebrating making it to episode 25.  We will make sure to make a big deal when we get to number 50.
  • Brandy was packing for us to sail to Cuba after watching this video.  It is definitely in our plans.
  • Steve listens to a lot of podcasts during his extensive travel for work, here is a list of his favorite sailing podcasts on iTunes Podcast Directory.  Check them out and please send them a note if you enjoy their shows.

Interview

Liz and Jamie own SV Esper, a 1989 Oyster 435 they they have completely refit and refinished.   They are currently located in Phuket, Thailand.   They talk about their sailing backgrounds and cruising from Turkey to India through Pirate Alley with a convoy of other sailboats.

s/v Esper after the refit

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They sail with their beautiful cat Millie…

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Check out there great videos on their YouTube channel here.

Here is one of our favorites, beautiful cruising in Thailand

Also go to their website followtheboat.com to see some great photography by Jamie…

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Sailing News

Product of the Week

Nekteck Multifunction Car Jump Starter Portable Power Bank External Battery Charger 600A Peak with 16800mAh – Emergency Auto Jump Starter

This battery pack is great for emergencies and for general charging of mobile devices.  Here is our amazon affiliate link to the product

 

Amazon Store
Please use our Amazon Affiliate link or if you are in Canada, use the Amazon.CA affiliate for anything you buy on Amazon or look at over 90 items we have in our TSR Amazon store.  We use all the items on our boat and include notes of why we like them.  We also added over 40 sailing and cruising books we recommend.  You pay the same low Amazon price and we get a small commission.

Please help us Support Podcast

We need your help to spread the word about the Podcast.  Please share the podcast with your sailing & cruising friends and ask them to subscribe on iTunes, stitcher, or Google Play Music.  You can send them these links:

It also helps when you share the podcast links on social media and sailing forums.

Patreon

If you enjoy the podcast, you can support us on our Patreon site and get some special rewards. Check it out at this link:

https://www.patreon.com/TheSailingRode

How it works:  Patreon is designed for you to support your favorite content creators.  You can support our podcast creations by signing up for various levels of support.  You can set a maximum monthly amount so if we release a lot of podcasts in one month, you still only pay your maximum amount.  In return, you get some rewards for your support.  It is kind of like giving us a tip or buying us a drink after a good show.

Thanks for listening and all your support!  We wish you fair winds and hope to see you on the water soon.

–  Steve & Brandy

The Sailing Rode / The Sailing Road