We've only got ONE WEEKEND LEFT to finish the necessary boat projects and be ready to cast the lines and head for Astoria. Ten days from today, we will be leaving our home slip in Portland Oregon, the only home we've known since moving into our 40-foot sailboat over two and a half years ago. … Continue reading 10 Days Until Cast Off
We decided to replace our lifelines from the standard wire or cable lifelines (ours were coated in plastic) to Dyneema synthetic lifelines. I had already done several different projects that helped me learn how to splice Dyneema line, so this seemed like it would be a good option for us and fairly easy to apply. … Continue reading Replacing Standard Cable Lifelines with Dyneema Synthetic Lifelines on a Cruising Sailboat
If you've been following us for any amount of time, you know that we're preparing to launch off from our home base in Portland Oregon come May. We're a family of four: Brenden, Rachel, Evan, and Kali. Almost five years ago, we hatched a dream of changing our lives as we knew them: selling our … Continue reading Looking Ahead to Casting Off
We're a family of four in the Pacific Northwest. We've been living aboard our 1978 Fuji 40 sailboat for over two years as we're prepping the boat and ourselves to get out there for long term cruising and traveling to explore this amazing world. Part of that process includes paying off debts from our past … Continue reading Mosaic Crew Boat Budget: January 2019
We're ringing in the new year aboard our 1978 Fuji sailboat SV Mosaic. Just into the new year and I'm ready to put out our December 2018 budget report. I enjoy posting our monthly expenses for a couple reasons: A) it helps us stay focused each month on where we're spending our money and how … Continue reading Mosaic Crew Boat Budget: December 2018
The tradition for many Americans is to formulate New Year's resolutions but I don't personally like this idea. What is a resolution? Often times, this is defined as a firm decision to do or not to do something. A rigid set of rules that you hold yourself to in such a manner as to allow … Continue reading New Year’s Intentions
Last weekend is one to remember. We had two well-known cruising couples aboard Mosaic: Sailing Totem and Adventure Adrift. Cruising Systems Review with Sailing Totem On Friday, we were lucky enough to nab a 2 1/2 hour time slot with the Sailing Totem crew while they were in town for one last stint to say … Continue reading Catching up on our Star-Studded Weekend
We've finally come to a conclusion on the big decision that's been looming over our heads for the past few weeks: Should we move our boat and our family north to the Puget Sound rather than staying in the Portland area for another winter? We WANT to be in the Puget Sound. We want the … Continue reading Fighting Feelings of Defeat as Our Plans Take a Hit
Hey guys. So, yeah, apparently my vow to write a blog post every week went out the window this month. We’ve just been SO busy lately with boat projects and planning a potential move to the Puget Sound, on top of our normal jobs, that I haven’t taken the time to sit down and update … Continue reading Should We Take the Leap?
So, for those of you that are following along on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, you already know that WE'VE GOT OUR MAST BACK! We're just a little excited about this. Just a little. Ok ... actually a lot. We're so close to being able to go sailing. We haven't sailed this boat since October … Continue reading Our Sailboat is a Sailboat Again!