The Trip – Part 2 of 2: Red Sky

“Call for the Captain ashore. Let me go home. I want to go home.” – Sloop John B, adapted by The Beach Boys from The John B. Sails, Bahamian folk song From my ship’s part-log, part-journal, day one: “Departed the marina ~9:30am. Failed to account for the incoming tide of Tampa Bay. Also failed toContinue reading “The Trip – Part 2 of 2: Red Sky”

The Trip – Part 1 of 2: Floridays

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor.” – Mark Twain One beautiful Miami morning in the summer of 2003, I awoke in the forward berth of ourContinue reading “The Trip – Part 1 of 2: Floridays”

The Importance of Being Ballast

“I get knocked down, but I get up again.” – Chumbawamba (Tubthumping) We awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of a crash. Actually, it was more like several small crashes – bang, bang, bang, bang! I rolled out of my berth and walked downhill to the head. The noise that hadContinue reading “The Importance of Being Ballast”


“Oh, you’re young.” – Darrell Allen, Owner/President, Island Packet Yachts Most prospective buyers of something like a brand new 38 foot sailboat begin with a factory tour, but as it was the summer of 2020, our first introduction to the team at Island Packet Yachts was on Zoom. Darrell seemed pleasantly surprised at how “young”Continue reading “Construction”