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”

Boat Drinks Part 1 – The Good Ship

“May all your drinks be boat drinks with friends.” – JD Spradlin, Radio Margaritaville DJ Greetings from the bar aboard Siar! We’ve asked the first mate’s brother, Adam, to design a menu of four cocktails for the four holidays in our calendar year. The first is the boat’s “birthday,” October 2nd, the official start ofContinue reading “Boat Drinks Part 1 – The Good Ship”


“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”