Author: Steve

033 Hurricane Irma

 

In this episode we talk about our experience during hurricane Irma.  The remnants of the eye went right over our house around 2:30am on 9/11/17.

The British Virgin Islands were hit hard by the hurricane and they need your help.  We donated to a fund started by Scott and Brittney Meyers from the Windtraveler blog.  Every dollar raised goes to help the local community.   Please give something, even small amounts help.  https://www.youcaring.com/bviimmediaterelief-943806

Scott and Brittney along with their friends and co-business partners Peter and Jody from the Where the Coconuts Grow blog, lost their boat homes and the catamarans the owned for their day charter business in the BVI.   Please take a moment to send them a message of support on their blogs or Facebook.  They are providing great support to the BVI community in the midst of them losing everything they own.

We were lucky not to have any damage to our home or the boat.  Here are some pictures of the aftermath.

Featured Producs

We used a lot of products from the boat to help us during the hurricane.  Being a cruising sailor really helps prepare you for living off the grid!  Here are the products that helped us.

Headlamp (Batttery-Cheap)

Headlamp (Rechargable)

Breathable Rain Jacket

Honda EU2000i Generator

LED Worklights

Stanley Spotlight

Coleman Solar Shower

Coleman Camp Stove

5000BTU Air Conditioner










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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

032 Cruising the Middle Florida Keys

In this episode, we cover our week long trip sailing the middle Florida Keys from Marathon to the Content Keys.  We have some more sailing / cruising news and our featured product will help you deal with smells from the head.

Intro Chat

  • We had such great plans to get some more shows out this summer, but work and other responsibilities continue to eat up our time.  Steve has been dealing with 

We are Back!! After our extended Honeymoon

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Listen to the podcast episode here or the smartphone app links below:

In this episode, we get back on the air and talk about our extended honeymoon over the last five months.  We have some more adventure sailing news and our featured product is a new marine sealant that will save you money.

Intro Chat

  • We are back after getting married and buying a new house.  Life is starting to settle back down so we will be more consistent with the podcast and videos.
  • Many people would think that buying a house is the antithesis of the cruiser lifestyle, but it is good to have a home base.
  • Love our new home, great to have the boat on the property to work on upgrades and other maintenance.  One exception is the Squirrels, they discovered that the plastic pieces of the boat are tasty.  Had to cover cleats and winches with wire cages to stop the damage.
  • Squirrel also built nest in our tow vehicle and Steve had to rescue and relocate the baby squirrel.
  • Steve installed our new Standard Horizon VHF GX2200 and Garmin 547xs Chartplotter and integrated them for AIS, it was fairly simple after routing the wires and worked first try! We will talk more about the installation and features in a show soon.
  • We served as ground crew as Steve’s brother Shawn participated in the 2017 Everglades Challenge adventure race 300 miles from Tampa to Key Largo in small wind and oar powered boats.  Shawn was trying to be the first person to finish the race in a West Write Potter 15.  Unfortunately, high winds pushed him onto the shoals near Cape Haze, FL.   Shawn trailered the boat down to Key Largo and spent a few days sailing Florida Bay.  He made it to the Flamingo check point and back to Key Largo.   Florida Bay has some really shallow water and he sailed through some areas that had less than one foot of depth.  Great use of the shallow draft West Write Potter 15.  Check out the video Shawn produced on his adventure.Our 2017 Sailing & Cruising so far:
  • We have cruised on our sailboat eight nights so far in 2017, well below our average.
  • We took the boat to the Mount Dora Art Festival – Friday and Saturday, we anchored on Lake Eustis on Friday night, cruised the Dora Canal over to Mount Dora on Saturday, and spent the day buying art for our new home.   We may have had too many drinks and bought some strange art, but we love our fish and sheep.

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  • We also talk about sailing the Cortez bridge, Anna Maria Island, Long boat key area were we  hosted all our boating friends.  We anchored out Thursday-Sun. Thursday/Friday Anchored at Jewfish Key and it was very protected from the strong West winds.  We put out back anchors and had the beautiful Sandbar as our back yard. Saturday we anchored at Cortez bridge. We were harassed by one of the local derelict boaters and had to relocated away from them in the anchorage.  We had a great dinner and drinks at Bridge Tender Inn and the other live music spots.  The anchorage became rolly at 2am as the West wind picked up and we made the call to move back to Jew Fish.   We were rafted up with three other boats, so we woke everyone up (I doubt anyone was able to sleep) and moved back to Jew Fish Key for a quiet night.
  • Our most recent trip was to the Ft. Pierce / Stuart area, this was a new cruising ground for us and  we will cover it on another show.

Sailing & Cruising News

  • Sailaway is a great new online sailing game that simulates sailing and cruising around the world.  The boat behaves just like a real sailboat and the wind and waves are simulated from the current NOAA weather reports.  Trips in the game take the same amount of time as in real life, so you can set the boat to keep cruising even when you are not on the game.  You can also race against other players as you cruise around the world.
  • Two Canadian sailors have been sentenced  for setting their 38 foot sailboat on fire to avoid being caught making Meth Amphetamine 200 miles offshore from the Washington coast.  It is Breaking Bad on water, Breaking Waves!!
  • Two pirates sailing a boat made from a kitchen table, four inner tubes and a nylon hammock for a sail, were rescued after falling in the cold waters of Utah Lake.   Watch the video of them hitting the water here.

Featured Product

We found a great new marine sealant called Rescue Bond XL1 that is less prone to drying out in the tube when compared to 5200.  It works the same for all your marine mounting and sealing purposes.  It stays flexible after drying.  The tube re-caps well to save money on sealant drying up and constantly buying new tubes.

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

The US Sailboat Show at Annapolis

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Listen to the podcast episode here or the smartphone app links below:

In this episode, we feature our trip to the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD.  We have some more adventure sailing news and our products of the week will help you keep your boat fresh and mold free.

Intro Chat

  • We are back after an extended break from doing the podcast.  We have been very busy with work, travel and a couple big life events.
  • After we got back from the Annapolis show, we decided to fit in a week long sailing trip in the Florida Keys before year end.  We had a blast and we will feature that trip on a future show.
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Part 2 with The Radonic Family – Moving from Trailer Sailing to Offshore Cruising

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In 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.

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.

USA Amazon Store
Canada Amazon Store
UK Amazon Store
France Amazon Store
Germany Amazon Store
Spain Amazon Store
Italy Amazon Store

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

Trailer Sailer Cruising with The Radonic Family – Part 1

 

Ed Radonic and their Macgregor 26M

Ed Radonic and their Macgregor 26M

Listen to this podcast episode here or on the smartphone apps below:

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.

USA Amazon Store
Canada Amazon Store
UK Amazon Store
France Amazon Store
Germany Amazon Store
Spain Amazon Store
Italy Amazon Store

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