Miss Lone Star is a 37’ twin-engine boat with a crew of five. Parents, two kids and one large German Sheppard service dog. We live aboard her full-time and use her 128 sf. of interior room to it’s full potential. We once lived in Austin, TX but we sold everything we owned to pursue our dream of living on the sea. This is our Caribbean Travel Blog. One day we may venture across the Pacific and Atlantic but we will need a bigger vessel!

We wanted to explore and disconnect from most parts of society. Our friends and family told us we were crazy. We knew living in suburbia wasn’t for us. We owned a boat class A rated ocean rated vessel on a lake and we felt could take us on our journey and the rest is history. We had zero sea experience.

It was a big adjustment and we’ve had some scary experiences. We love our liveaboard lifestyle. We homeschool our kids and we live like locals everywhere we go. We live modestly and don’t worry less. We traded possessions for experiences. Thank you for reading our blog and please take a moment to look at our Meet The Crew and Support Us sections for more about our journey!

One Year Aboard A Cruising Boat

Life Aboard a Boat

I am listening to the pitter pat of the rain on the top of our boat as it ricks gently in Gloucester Harbor. We sailed in last night and found a nice mooring ball. It is hard to contemplate the way we felt a year ago, aboard the powerboat. We were two weeks into our journey on the ICW and we were in New Orleans. We knew nothing and we were scared. The sights were not as amazing as they are now. We had so much hope and more than anything we hoped for the best.

It has been a long, unlikely path forward. Aubrey and I were discussing the same as we sailed along at 4-5 knots yesterday. The sun was glistening and it was so quiet. She said, “I can’t believe that we own a sailboat!” I had to agree. It seemed surreal. In one year’s time, we had travelled 1500 miles with a powerboat and 500 with a sailboat. We learned to sail, on our own and learned to repair and maintain our boats. We learned to navigate, read maps and plan for weather. We still have a long way to go but we are on our way.

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Loosing Our Parrot Captain Karl And Rescuing Another

Sailing and parrots

It was Aubrey’s greatest dram to adopt a parrot and she found the perfect bird in Captain Karl. She found him in a run down little shop outside of Miami and she fell in love. I met him and tried to get him to bite me or be aggressive, as to convince Aubrey that a Parrot was a bad idea. I poked at him and tried to not like him but that only lasted a couple minutes. This was in March. I put a deposit down on the bird. We wouldn’t be able to pick him up until June. We had plans at the time to sail our new boat down that way and we made arrangements to have the bird shop keep him for us.

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Sailing From Niantic to Boston

Sailing from Niantic To boston

Unfortunately, my beloved Aubrey had to travel back to California on personal business with the children. It was sad and it was also a really bad time because I was working non-stop to get the boat ready to sail north. I dropped her off in Boston and drove back to Niantic. I worked hard and got everything done just in the nick of time. It was time to go.

Sailing is better when it is done with the woman you love and it is better to have a girl aboard. I needed some help and friend Chet came out to sail with me all the way to Boston. He is a nice guest and I welcomed the help We took a mooring ball outside the two bridges for the first night. We took a speedy dinghy ride into a fine shrimp joint. Chet was amazed at the speed of my rather large RIB with 9.9 Honda outboard. We went to bed, ready to start our journey the next day.

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Sailing Our First 250 Miles- What We Learned

Learning to sail- the basics

By now, everyone knows that we are novice sailors.  The learning curve is steep in sailing and it has been putting us to the the test.  I have learned that some lessons can be learned by reading stories, books, etc. but most of the lessons of sailing have to be learned by experience, most notably my mistakes.

I will never forget setting off from Royal River Boatyard in Yarmouth Maine.  We were in the river channel and I pushed in the clutch button to the motor as I shifted it to forward.  I only heard the engine rev up and we didn’t go forward, needless to say.  That was a quick and painless fix.  We motored for a few miles and I kicked up the RPM’s to about 1500.  The boat seemed to be going alone nicely.  I was looking around a little too much at all of the wonder that was motor sailing and I got out of the tight channel.  I felt the keel bog down and the wheel shot over to the starboard side through my light grip.  Instinctively, I turned to port and increased the PRM’s.  Obviously, we were in too shallow water and Miss Lone Star was dragging on some soft mud.  The boat was right in just a few seconds.  Aubrey asked, “what happened?”  I replied, “nothing” but we both knew what had just happened.  I may try to lie to my wife but she always knows.  I remember one of her narrations from our films,

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Why Support Miss Lone Star On Patreon?

Patreon

In the beginning, we started this blog and our YouTube channel so that our family and friends could follow us on our journey.  We knew that we were embarking on a once in a lifetime journey and we also wanted to document it for ourselves.  I value research and I was surprised that there weren’t that many comprehensive blogs that explained how people had actually sold it all and sailed away.  Most of what I discovered was a happy version of people who always looked competent and never made a mistake.  Our YouTube videos looked more like home videos.

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Aubrey Has Completed Her First 1 Hour Documentary!

Sailing Niantic to Boston

I am so proud of my wife for putting together our best video yet, in the form of a 1 hour documentary about our experience on Jewel Island, Maine.  We loved the island, despite it being rumored to be haunted and a pirate haven for hundreds of years.  We explored all it had to offer before returning to our boat to sleep at anchor for the first night.  We awoke to find the boat closer to shore and running aground!  The tide went out and it beached itself over a couple hours.  It got much worse before it ever got better and we almost lost the boat.  Enjoy the film and please leave a comment below.

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Our Logistics of Sailing

sailing is complicated

For us, boating has never been uncomplicated.  Most people think that you just untie the lines and sail away to an exotic beach.  It doesn’t always happen that way.  Recently, we had to work out a lot of logistics that would allow to continue living the life we want to live.  We get a lot of questions from readers/viewers asking how we work out all of the small details and this post will serve to address some of those comments. Some of the logistics are small but nonetheless they need to be worked out.

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What Is It Like To Sink Your Boat?

what is it like to sink your boat

We had been at the boatyard in Yarmouth for about three weeks and things were all too comfortable.  We met a large number of friends in the area and we were all warm and comfy on our sailboat that was tied securely to the dock.  If something went wrong, I had plenty of time to fix it and I had a truck that I could borrow to go get the appropriate part if it wasn’t to be had in Royal River.  It snowed over six inches as we were preparing to leave so we delayed it another day.  I could feel the moss growing on my feet and I feared that we might never leave unless I untied the lines and set all fear aside.

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All Weathermen Are Liars

sailing miss lone starWe made it into Newport, RI on a cold, cloudy day after 200 miles of sailing and motor sailing.  We had already come through some rough and very cold weather since we departed Yarmouth, ME.  We arrived and tied up temporarily on a dock because we couldn’t find fuel.  It was Sunday and nothing was open.  We were greeted by our friends Chet and Michelle who drove down from Massachusetts to visit.  Our friend Phil had continued with us from Portland to Newport to raise our spirits after our first sailing mishap.

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The Cold Kicked Our Ass!

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We knew we would be in for it when we left our warm Florida Keys location and traded it in for Maine in April, but we had no way to know how chilled we would get.  We got off the plane in Boston and we already needed a jacket.  A short drive to Maine made us wish we had ski gear and a huge umbrella.  We had neither.  We lived in the sky boat for a week and we thought that was cold until it snowed 6 inches the day before we were to depart.

We set off on the open water and there was still a build up of snow on the side of our rails.  The temperature outside was said to be fifty before we got into the open water and the windchill till it down to the high 30’s.  People thought we were crazy to be on the ocean in April and we didn’t see many boats as we made it south from Jewel Island to Portland.  We made it about forty five miles south to the Isla of the Shoals and it was still brisk and or freezing, depending on how you categorize cold.  The next day we made it one hundred miles and I am pretty sure that I lost feeling in my toes for several hours as we ventured south to Cuttyhunk, MA.  The next morning was, you guessed it, frozen and we sailed on to Newport, RI.  It stopped raining long enough for us to get into the dinghy and head for town.  Once we got into the dinghy it started raining again.

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Miss Lone Star is a 37’ twin-engine boat with a crew of five. Parents, two kids and one large German Sheppard service dog. We live aboard her full-time and use her 128 sf. of interior room to it’s full potential. We once lived in Austin, TX but we sold everything we owned to pursue our dream of living on the sea. This is our Caribbean Travel Blog. One day we may venture across the Pacific and Atlantic but we will need a bigger vessel!

We wanted to explore and disconnect from most parts of society. Our friends and family told us we were crazy. We knew living in suburbia wasn’t for us. We owned a boat class A rated ocean rated vessel on a lake and we felt could take us on our journey and the rest is history. We had zero sea experience.

It was a big adjustment and we’ve had some scary experiences. We love our liveaboard lifestyle. We homeschool our kids and we live like locals everywhere we go. We live modestly and don’t worry less. We traded possessions for experiences. Thank you for reading our blog and please take a moment to look at our Meet The Crew and Support Us sections for more about our journey!