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4 Months as Live Aboard Sailors – Q&A

Green is a word used to represent many things.  A color, being eco-friendly, a political group, Kermit the frog and in our case being incredibly new at something.  We are green sailors. Newbies, novices, and beginners at best.

For the past four months we’ve been full-time liveaboard sailors on our catamaran Curiosity.

Despite being so very new, we get asked a lot of in depth questions about the sailing lifestyle that we don’t feel comfortable answering.  Sometimes because we don’t know the answer, other times because we simply don’t feel qualified to give the answer.

It’s a real struggle between wanting to help and not wanting to lead someone down the wrong path or encourage or discourage in a not-so-helpful way.

However, experience counts for something.  We all learn from our experiences and sharing what we learn helps the next person along.  That is why we share our lives and our experiences.

We’ve been tossing around the idea of filming a regular Q&A for the past few years…somehow we never got around to it. We always talk ourselves out of it thinking “we’re not experts, nobody wants to watch that, it will be boring, we should work on other videos instead”.

Yet, as we sit here docked at the marina in Ft. Lauderdale, waiting on a weather window to sail south, we decided to go for it.  As sailing newbies, we have a I’m totally new at this stuff perspective that could be useful to others in the same boat.

So, we reached out on Facebook and Twitter and within an hour we had over 100 questions! We picked a few of the most common ones and decided to run with it.

I hope that was somewhat insightful?!? I know we mentioned a lot of different things, apps and gadgets.  Here’s a quick recap of the questions with additional links and resources.

How is cooking on the boat different than before? Are there any appliances that you can’t use or one’s that you want to get (like an ice cream machine) ?

You can always find all of my favorite kitchen gadgets in our gear store.  Just click on the tab “kitchen faves”: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/store

How are the kitties mastering their sea legs? 

The cats are doing great!

It would be great if you can cover power logistics, e.g. what you generate (solar & engines) vs. what you need or wish you had – follow up to the pre-installation video. Also, there’s a freezer beneath the table, refrigeration somewhere, sometimes A/C is on for comfort or when leaving cats locked in… thank you!

Whew, that is a lot of stuff.  Too much.  There is no quick answer.  We do plan on covering all of this soon.  For now:

Where do you store dried goods and how much do you carry? Saw the additional freezer for Nikki’s ice cream #obsession

We seem to have plenty of storage space.  Right now we don’t carry more than one months’ worth of food.  That will change once we start sailing too far off places. The freezer beneath the table is super awesome and has been a huge help: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/product/dometic-portable-electric-fridgefreezer 

How is sleeping on the boat? Do you get dizzy, seasick, etc?

We sleep like babies!  We use the app DragQueen (if you know of a better one, let us know).  It’s an anchor alarm and having it gives us that little extra piece of mind.  Other than that, we back down on our anchor really hard (both engines at 2200rpm).  As for the movement…we wanted a catamaran because of it’s stability.  When we are at anchor, we often forget we are on a boat because it is so calm inside.

Where and how often do you take on fresh water? What is your water capacity compared to the RV? Do you get your holding tanks pumped out and what if at sea? What are the rules on that? Do you worry about leaving your boat at anchor when leaving in the dinghy? How do you protect it to make sure it’s still there when you get back?

Sort answers…we fill up our tanks at a marina or make water using our water maker (more on that later).  We carry 200 gallons of water, which is 100 more than the RV.  We have lots of water!  Holding tanks get pumped out if we are inland, and go out into the sea when we are over 3 miles out to sea.  We try very hard to make sure everything we use is biodegradable and ocean friendly.  What is really scary is thinking about commercial boats, big cruise ships and so on.  Who knows what all the people aboard those ships are pumping out into the water.

We don’t worry about leaving the boat.  We will talk about security another time.

Has it turned out being harder work than you expected? Are you enjoying it more than RV’ing?

Yes and no.  We knew it was going to be a lot of work but that doesn’t make the transition or learning curve any easier.  It is work, it is maintenance but it all comes with a great reward.  It’s not all sunsets and snorkeling but the sunsets and snorkeling are superb!

How far are you willing to sail Curiosity?… ie would you sail up the East Coast as far as Maine? or even west to Mexico?

We want to go as far as we can.  Around the world, remote islands…we want to do it all!  We’re nervous and a little afraid but we will do it!

Overall, at this point in time – Great decision, or kinda sorta maybe miss the RV a little bit more than you thought?

Great decision.  We miss being on the road and how easy things had become with our years of experience.  However, we love the challenges that face us every day on the boat and the sense of accomplishment that comes with crushing tasks.  We feel like we’ve opened a huge can of opportunity.  Living on a sailboat gives us a feeling that our exploration options are endless.  Looking at a chart and setting sail somehow makes the world feel a whole lot bigger.

We hope you enjoyed our first Q&A and if we didn’t make it to your question please accept our apologies, we thought a 20-minute video was already too much of Wynn’s rambling on sorta feature.

If you enjoyed this informal Q&A, please tell us and we’ll do more!  We could try to focus in on an individual subject for some.  For example, a Q&A on Solar, Sailing, Lithium, catamarans, kitty cats, the list is endless.

Thanks for joining us!!!

Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (105)

  • Go guys are awesome! Love it all. I did what you are doing( live aboard sailing) for five years at the turn of the millinium. Been landlocked on Catalina for the past 15 years and hubby wants to do the RV experience and I want to return to sailing. Would love to hear your thoughts… I’m afraid the RV land adventure will not live up to what I experienced at sea. So enjoy your experiences and all that you do. We have two cats that will be be joining us. Say hi if you can. Much love and all the best!!!!!

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  • Jeffrey W Auch

    Glad to see your all doing so well. So enjoy your videos.

    Jeff

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  • Donna

    I thought I remembered you had a good cookie recipe? Can’t find it

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  • Julie

    Question: how do you handle the cat litter problem? We have two cats too….they refuse to go in the toilet ( I tried to train them as kittens!!! ) the litter boxes are so heavy, and keeping a catamaran as light as possible is a good idea. Also not every place visited carries cat litter. Jules

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  • Nicole

    ~~~~~~Hi Nikki and Jason!!!! Loving your posts and watching your new adventures on the high seas!~~~~~~
    I tried sending you a question on your IG but haven’t heard back (which is totally ok! :D) but I figured I’d try here…..I just love the white stackable pantry bins you have in the kitchen storage areas. Where did you get them?? My fiance and I are moving into our “new to us” fifth wheel and need some storage solutions. These would be great!
    Thanks in advance and Happy Sailing!
    – Nicole and Justin
    @sewnomadic

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  • Hi Wynns!
    We LOVE your posts! We’re about to close on our own 44 foot Oriana! We do have a cat, so your videos of the cats are very encouraging. I had a questions about litter boxes! Those fun boxes cats need to relieve themselves! How or what are you using for the cats as a litter box?
    Thank you so much for all of your incredible videos!

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    • We do plan to show this in the future. We have a normal cat litter box and we cut a hole in one of the cabinets so it could be hidden away.

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  • Ray and Cathy Dove

    Hi Nickki and Jason, we love and appreciate your posts! You were very much a part of our decision to go FT Rving starting 1/1/16…still lovin’ it!
    We have a question, where/how do you do laundry? We haven’t heard you mention it.
    We will continue to follow, in amazement, your new adventure and wish you nothing but good sailing!
    Regards,
    Cathy and Ray Dove

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  • Anna

    Sorry for the tmi question. For those of us who have had babies and experience a little bit of urine leakage when going number 2 is a composting toilet a viable option?

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  • Love what you guys are doing and appreciate the sharing. Jason, I’m also a commercial photographer. My wife and I had a 44′ power cat and spent 15 months going all over the Bahamas, up the ICW to Maine and back several years ago. It was very cool, and we hope to do it again. Get the Explorer chartbooks for the Bahamas, if you haven’t already. Like everyone will tell you, wait for calm conditions to cross (no winds from the North at all). Don’t worry about trying to sail if you can’t–just get there. You’ll love it there. Let me know if want specific suggestions. In a previous life (and wife!) I spent 3 years on a 37′ steel sailboat going from L.A. to Mexico, Marquesas, French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, and back to Hawaii. Never saw any really bad weather or pirates or any of the other things people try to scare you with. Lots of catamarans do it. If you want to do something like that, let me know. We are right here in Central Florida and would love to come visit and chat some day before you cross.
    Regards,
    Steve
    p.s. We are buying an Airstream and taking off next summer—your blogs have been a great help!

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  • donna

    Thank u, i am enjoying keeping up with your adventures, and look forward to each new episode!

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  • donna

    Thank u ~ Enjoying the sharing of your experience ~ I look so much, forward to each new episode!

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  • Philip

    This is a personal question,mother subject of which occurred to me the first video I saw of your on small motorhomes. Please do not take this as a slight. It is not. I am totally envious of your life style and your positive, well adjusted and happy countenance. Really!
    So – if you do not wish to respond, cool. If you do not wish to post this comment… Hmmm, it just occurred to me that you might not moderate comments.
    Nevermind. Y’all be safe.
    P.S. If you wish to e-mail me with a way I may ask you this, then please do so. I am 61, wife dead, stuck caring for my 90 year old Mom, divvying out dilaudid every 4 hours. I long for the future where I buy a Motorhome, and live in it “down by the river”.
    — Inquiring Minds

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  • Bill Allison

    For what it’s worth …. 1) Since you can carry and make a lot of water you might want to consider re-plumbing your wet head from sea water to fresh water. I did this once and it significantly reduced the head odor. A back flow preventer and pressure reducing valve was also installed (very low cost). 2) Recommend viewing SV Delos’s YouTube channel, episode 58, which talks about measures to avoid cockroaches and bugs from infiltrating your boat when provisioning especially in the tropics (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YghgisQFP2k&list=PL3ABF62604C42649F&index=60). 3) You can use a DMK device (there are other brands) that takes input from your marine instruments and AIS and over lays the data on your IPad, IPhone, or IPod via Wi-Fi and if you have the iNavx App you essentially have a portable chart plotter without having to purchase an additional Raymarine chart plotter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-vBVuCg-rk). It can also link to the auto helm and maneuver the boat via stored routes.

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  • Loved the Q&A vid. What fun you are having! Fascinating. Keep them comong!

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  • Linda Cooper

    Hey Jason and Nikki. It seems like years ago in Princ Edward County, that you said one day you would be sailing and now here it is. Congratulations from Michael and I. We have lots of long time sailing friends in Florida and a few taught us to sail. They have done the Bahama cruise and beyond. Keep,us posted. We have moved back from BC to Kingston Ontario and are living the traditional life. We lost Lilly, one of our Labs a few weeks ago but everyone else is doing great!

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  • Deborah Kerr

    Hello from Ohio!! Thanks for the visit and a lot of questions I would ask if there in person!! Along with: 1. How do you do your laundry? 2. Do you have much closet and drawer space for clothes? 3. Did you keep your SUP’s and, if so, can you use them in the ocean? 4. What is that white trampoline thing in the rear of the boat – does it serve a purpose besides lounging? 5. What is the boat floor plan? I just can’t get a feel for how the rooms are situated “downstairs”. lol Thanks for sharing your world!! Safe travels 🙂

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  • Brad and Eva Richell

    We loved you question and answer video. We are hoping you will be around for the Ft Lauderdale Boat show. I know the move the boats out of the marine but we hope you will still be around. We have had a boat for 15 years and now purchased the motor home. Kinda opposite your life. You will love and learn so much once you venture outside to other areas and islands. Ps. Make sure your insurance covers you outside the U.S.

    Have fun and be safe.
    Brad and Eva
    Daytona Beach, Fl

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  • Gerald

    I’m going to change my handle to “Jealous”. I’ve followed your blog for several years & always enjoyed it but this a big step above. All videos have been excellent & I really look forward to the mornings there is a new video in my inbox!

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  • Ruth Bybee

    I liked this…I’m glad you’ve invited us on this journey also. One thing I really like is your honesty.

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  • Jennifer M

    I enjoyed this video so much!! Love seeing how you guys are learning and growing. It’s so cool!

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  • Marie Wynia

    Nikki and Jason, another perfectly wonderful video ( I tired not to use too many adjectives). Its so fun to see what you will show us all with every vid you do! Keep them coming kids, we old folks love living vicariously through you.

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  • Guy Owen

    Good job on the Q&A! I followed your RV Blog, too — and I’m not into boating. But you do such a nice job, I guess I got hooked on just watching and listening to you. So I’m still here. I always learn something. I’ll be getting my first RV in early December — the Leisure Travel Vans “Unity” Murphy Bed model — partly because of your enthusiasm. So I’ve got to revisit your earlier blogs about RVs. Keep doing what you love! I’ll keep checking in.

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  • Donald

    Have enjoyed your video’s and Q & A. Have fun.

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  • T.K.

    Kent seems like such a good person and a valuable asset to anyone wanting to buy a catamaran. Y’all have been good for each other it seems.

    Y’all should do a 5-10 minute promo for his business while you are in the area on the barter system, perhaps? Y’all have the camera thingy down to an art form. It is amazing how your tag-team goodness comes across on video.

    Keep it coming, please!

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  • Linda Cicenas

    We enjoyed reading the Q&A blog and in general enjoy reading each new post. We read a few RV blogs – started out with RV Sue, added the Bayfield Bunch and Wheeling It – those are our regulars. Based on a comment in Wheeling It last year, we started following you on your trip to Canada and Alaska. The blogs and pictures were fabulous. Because we enjoyed your writing style so much, we’re sticking with you as you embark on this new sea adventure. We are not sailors nor are we RVers; we live in a sticks/bricks in Buckeye, AZ but appreciate your writing about all of your adventures, even if it’s not something we will ever experience. We have 5 cats, so we always enjoy when you share pictures and stories of yours. Do you allow them to roam on deck as they please? Good luck to you on this new phase in your lives. Linda & Gerry Cicenas

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  • Cheryl Robertson

    I’m enjoying your videos very much. Thanks for sharing! I’m sharing this back to you as a ‘thank you.’ I hope you like it. My Mom and Dad have done cruising on small cruise ships and hit very rough weather. When that happens, the cruise ship serves split pea soup because, apparently, it has natural stomach-soothing qualities. I’m going to share my mom’s recipe with you, because it’s easy to keep the ingredients on hand, and if you see rough weather coming, you can make it the day before and have it available to grab out of the ‘frige. It’s always better the second day! And it keeps for about a week. My family loves it with fresh made whole wheat bread–and you shared you have a bread maker! The original recipe calls for a ham bone, but Nikki would probably want to omit that. I’ve made it both ways, and it’s great with or without. Enjoy!
    Curried Split Pea Soup, serves 10
    16 oz dried green split peas
    10 cups water
    1 large onion, chopped (could use dehydrated, adjust amount)
    1 t garlic powder
    1 t dried oregano
    1 t curry powder
    1/2 t pepper
    1/2 t salt
    1 bay leaf
    2 large carrots, peeled and chopped (could use dehydrated here, too)
    3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped (any kind–and I’ve used some very old spuds and it works fine, just cut out any bad spots. Same with the carrots and celery…good way to use produce you’re about to lose.)
    2 stalks celery, chopped (not sure what you’d substitute here if you’re out of celery…maybe play around with celery salt and decrease the salt?)
    Directions: In a large pot, combine the split peas (rinsed and checked for rocks), water, onion and spices. (If you are using dehydrated veggies, add them now, and you may need a smidge more water.) Simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour. Stir in the carrots, potatoes and celery. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally for an additional 45 minutes or until the soup reaches desired thickness. Remove bay leaf. I never puree this soup–I just dice the veggies before they go in, and I like the little bits when it’s done. Puree if you desire. Reheat before serving.

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  • Kelly E.

    Lovin’ your videos so much it’s time to give you “thanks”. On a more superficial level; Nikki you are totally rockin’ those well-defined muscled arms you have acquired since working on your craft. Love your fashion sense and all your cute outfits. Jason your smile could light up a bleak night. Your humble manner is absolutely endearing. Thank you for caring for our earth, for your generous spirits, sharing your adventures and most of all for sharing what amazing humans you both are.

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  • Tricia

    Enjoyed the Q & A very much. If you do another one, I would like to ask if you are contimplating weekend paying guests. Kind of a B & B thing?

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  • Jim Short

    While I’ll miss your land RV travel logs, as I have an RV (repair vigorously) and I’m always wanting some ideas on where, when and what to see and do, I do enjoy your new adventures in the sea RV travel logs.
    I really like the idea of a sailing school, I’d almost forgotten that I had to go to school to get my Red Cross sailing certificate as a teen. I belonged to a sailing club owned an 8 foot dingy and had great fun on the water all before I had a driver’s license. I think there could and perhaps should be a school for Motorhome ownership. All the little things you need to know and the how to navigate (avoid low overheads, avoid overweight crossing of bridges and areas with propane restrictions; oh and be comfortable as you drive a 8.5 foot wide, 12 foot tall and 37 foot long coach.
    Keep up the great videos, I love them all.

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  • Stuart

    Really enjoyed the Q and A. Very educational as many have no idea of what living on a boat is like. As a 10 year old many years ago, I and my brother lived with my parents on a motor yacht for about one year and it was by far the best year of my childhood. Keep the great videos coming.

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  • Suzy

    Hello!! I love all the info. I have no intention of living on a boat but your journey has opened the possibility. I love seeing how people make things happen. Been following you since the HGTV airing. We look forward to watching every week. Keep up the good work. I can’t wait to see all your trips.

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  • Chad blake

    Nikki. There is no need to apologize for your writing skills! You do just fine. As rv owners we enjoy your comparisons between the two lifestyles. Follow your dreams!

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  • Denise F.

    Thanks for knocking out some of my curiosity about Curiosity. Thank you for taking the time…keep ’em coming!

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  • Dee

    Loved the video! Not in a place in life to be able to full-time RV and too afraid of water to even think about a boat 8-). But love keeping up with what y’all are doing and where you are. Wish you safe travels and hope to see more videos!

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  • Cokie

    Loved the Q&A! I always learn something from your videos. THANKS.

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  • Met you briefly when you were doing some shoots of an Oregon State Park. Was impressed by your professionalism in your videos and your courage. I have been a “travelling hobo” all my life and have a boat but am too interested in seeing the US now to be wanting to sail to the Carribean and live there. You inspire me. Thank you. Younger people need to see it can be done.

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  • Brian

    Really enjoy your videos. Loved the Q & A session. Happy Sailing.

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  • Kimberly Watwood

    I enjoyed it. I will be sailing the Med next spring and the Q & A answered lots of questions I had.
    Niki, you always look so cute. Love your fashion choices.

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  • Michael

    Very awesome. Thank you very much.

    Now, get out there!

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  • Michael Beal

    Loved it. Thank you.

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  • Will & Denise

    We enjoyed your Q&A. Please do more. Thanks.

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  • Martin

    Very informative Q & A. I do have a couple of questions. First, do you have any concerns running your water maker in the marina? Second, how do you deal with the waste from your compost toilet? I am really looking forward to your future discussion regarding power usage, as I am exploring the possibility of an “all electric” catamaran, including electric motors (but with a diesel gen set).

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  • Veronique Harris

    I’m with Sandy, not a sailor, but love you both and look forward to all your updates. The Q&A is awesome. You don’t have to be an expert on the subject, just one on your experience and you two do a superb job of fully living and paying attention to every detail. Thank you so much for being so generous and sharing your story. Your humble confidence and honesty are taking you to places most of us may only get to experience through your adventures.

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  • Chuck and Lucie

    Would love to follow you on FB but don’t quite know how please advise.

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  • Chuck and Lucie

    We enjoyed the video, as we always do. You both do a wonderful job at it. In this video you mentioned you make 50 gallons of water in and hour, how much fresh water do you hold. Also, your Internet is it through hot spot or satellite, you may have cover this before. Thank you, looking forward to your next video.

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  • Thanks for the fun entertainment and education – be safe!!

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  • Great Q and A. Though not a sailor, I am a big fan of you two and admire your courage. I look forward to your blog and posts and reading everything you share.

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  • Love it. Love it. More Q&As please! 🙂

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  • Hey y’all! Love the Q&A, more please. Excited to hear y’all are enjoying the lifestyle!

    Also, love that an ice cream machine came up in the questions!!! I’m a food blogger/recipe developer and when I announced that we were moving onto a sailboat a few weeks ago, I literally wrote about how sad I was to say goodbye to my ice cream maker! But I don’t know, y’all seem like you’ve figured out how to make all kinds of awesome stuff + store it so maybe it’s possible 😉

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  • John Puccetti

    Are you going to keep a gun on board when you leave USA waters?

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  • Heather

    Nikki, I love your dress in this video! Love that no matter what you’re always holding it down in the fashion department! Would love to see a video on your clothing situation on the boat.

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  • Great Q&A! Not boring in the least. My husband even likes your videos, and he’s not into sailing at all. 😉
    We got hooked on your vids when you were still landlubbers, and it’s likely a good part of the reason we bought a coach and are heading out FT in a few weeks. So, thanks!!

    We love you guys and think your videos are top notch! Keep ’em comin’! ?

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  • James

    The best part of traveling is the adventure in reaching new destinations. Best part of the adventure, is the fun of it all. Thank you for allowing us to tag along on your adventures!

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  • brian w

    enjoying yur videos

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  • Steve C

    Hi guys, Great Q & A, keep them coming. The big question from me is: How did you weather the latest storm? Five foot storm surges with 70 mph winds could get kinda hairy. Please do a piece on “Bad weather on the sea”.
    Your 4 months in your boat parallels with me in my truck camper. My house just sold last month and I am now on the road, a genuine vagabond. I originally planned to head for Florida from California. However, following the Gulf Coast has me worried. Bad weather. A 70 mph wind world blow me right over! How do you guys plan for and ride out such calamities? Could you handle a 30 foot sea?

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  • Dug it! Thanks.

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  • TOM

    Seems as though you two are having a great time. Keep those videos coming as we “Land Locked Sailors” are really enjoying them as well as your Q&A column. Hope you continue to enjoy exploring the friendly waters!

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  • Scott Hinckley

    One of the tech pieces of gear I really got to love while cruising was the autopilot (most boats I’ve sailed on didn’t have one). With your RV, you always had to be behind the wheel & pay attention to the road. So, how has having an autopilot changed how your life feels while going to your next destination?

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  • Lucille Hjort

    It certainly is different in many ways such as sailing around the world, but it is going to be to a different port as you do it. The high seas is a scary thought for me as seen in movies at sea. It is exciting but more scary for me so I will just enjoy your videos and texts as my part of it all. I am more of a want to be rv person than a sailing around the scary world person. Boating around the U. S. would be a safer and more comfortable way of travelling for me. Enjoy and have fun. I enjoy your videos.

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  • Bill Stitt

    Noticed how you stored things. Are you going to avoid rough water? You might want to relook at you container containment.

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  • Andrew Hyde

    Love your videos. Have followed S/V Delos for a year now and somehow stumbled over your YouTube channel when you were in the RV. While I grew up sailing inland (Montreal) I switched to golf after moving to Toronto. We considered buying a boat to live on but haven’t got up the nerve yet. You have opened our eyes to catamarans and have started following a number of others. Keep up the great work.

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  • Hal and Lois Lucas

    Wife and I just watched the Q&A video and loved it. You guys do such a good job with your videos. Keep up the good work. We look forward to many more.

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  • We love Q&As! It sounds like you all are finding your sea legs – both on the boat and in the lifestyle. Thanks for being an inspiration!

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  • Lori

    Thanks! that really was great in sight into the ‘starting’ life of being on the water

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  • Kia Gardner

    Hi, check out the World Cruising Club’s ARC Europe and WorldARC rallies for going offshore with a group. I’m working toward the 2020 WorldARC aboard a Lagoon 42 cat. It’s an awesome way to get out there with lots of help along the way. Here’s the link: https://www.worldcruising.com/world_arc/worldarcitinerary.aspx

    Hope this helps you!
    Fair winds,
    Kia

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  • Really enjoyed the Q&A session. Hopefully, another one is in the works. Not being a sailor, I didn’t realize that these boats had no grey tanks. Very interesting. I think the cats are having a great time from the times I’ve seen them in your videos. Keep up the straightforward, informative videos!

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  • Mike

    Loved the Q & A!! I think that when the questions start piling up, then do another video. I think that it takes a lot of work, story line, filming, editing, time and what ever else it takes to produce a video. Hey you need time for yourselves. Also once you start sailing, what I mean is going to another port like say the Bahamas, that is going to be a lot of work especially at first. Then you have to “find” internet. I follow two boats on youtube, Cheeky Monkey and you two. Although I have followed the two of you for a couple of years, the RV years. Cheeky Monkey is sailing the Pacific right now, near Tahiti and they did not post a video for a couple of weeks because of no internet. So be sure to have fun in the mean time. Fair winds and smooth sailing…..Mike

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  • Peggy

    We really enjoyed the Q&A! Sorry my question was too long Jason! 🙂 We liked the tour of the boat too, very informative. Thanks and yes, please do more of these!

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  • Andreas Johns

    Q&A was nice to watch as all your videos. One gains valuable insight into things even the difficult stuff. Thanks for not “sugar coating” the adjustiment to the lifestyle aboard the boat. I’m guessing it takes more time to get used to all the really big changes. I hope you guys post again on the topic of adjusting to things & making comparisons to the RV life.

    Andreas

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  • Jon

    Great Video,
    I think once you are underway you guys will Love it. The Bahamans will be a great start and will keep you busy getting you more familiar with living Aboard. Also you never emailed me back or gave us any feed back or ((I have found)) About our Offer of Free Dockage in Florida Key Specifically Marathon Fl. This is safe Dockage with a Car should you need it with high speed internet and Full Hookup. Just wanted to give you my cell phone as we travel a lot and wanted it for your reference that you are in the Marathon Area.

    Regards

    Jon

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    • Jon

      Also Have a 45 foot Class A pusher that we travel in and Are looking for a Cat Soon.

      Jon

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  • Rick & Brock the dog, WA

    Great Q&A! It’s wonderful to hear about your experiences and see you gain knowledge. So sharing what you have learned is really just an extension of your overall experience. Keep up the good work and I’d love to see more of these!

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  • Steve

    Wow, nice Q & A! Thanks for it and we can’t wait until part 2 of the Q & A. We sailed for years and years, had a family, did the “responsible” office life for way too many years and then started to motor home travel. I think you are doing it right, ie, follow your hearts and dreams.

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  • Nadya

    I thoroughly enjoyed these Q and As! You both have a gift to inspire others. Since I’m not even slightly versed in technology, I need Nikki to start spilling on some of her fashion! How many pieces of clothing can you carry on the boat? Did you have to downsize on shoes, accessories? How do you shop from the boat? Online stores? Local boutiques? I’ve always been very impressed that you bring a glamorous side to RVing and now sailing. I know sweatpants and tshirts are easy, so what keeps you motivated?

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  • Patty Richardson

    Really enjoyed this and all your videos!! Thanks

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  • Nancy W.

    Thankyou for sharing your world with us!! Informative ~ Practical ~ Exciting ~ Adventurous ~ Happy you are aware of and using products that are biodegradable for the planet! Did not think that showering would be so involved ~ if I was in the water a lot, (snorkeling or swimming) I would just rinse off ~ good questions and answers!!
    Really do enjoy your videos!!

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  • Lori

    Enjoyed watching this Q & A. Recently found your travels. Was sorry to see you leave the RVing ( because I found you right when you transitioned to the boat). Glad to see it’s working out for you guys!

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  • Mary

    Yes. I enjoyed the questions as well as the information!

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  • Frans VanLeeuwen

    Wonderful, informative, frank and helpful.
    Thank you for opening your world and showing us your can of opportunities!

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  • Hal

    Loved it ! Thanks for sharing. Always been my dream, but I will stick to an Airstream Land Yacht for now.

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  • Jaynie

    Liked the Q and A, yes. It’d be great to see more.
    By the way, is that marina always that quiet?

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  • Laura

    Great post! More Q & A’s please.

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  • Caroline

    I loved this video, well I love all your videos, but I really like seeing more of the inside of your Boat.

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  • Doug VanderSys

    Yep, liked the Q & A. I could see it as monthly or even twice monthly event. Once you start traveling all sorts of questions will arise. Good stuff – Be well.

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  • Awesome Q and A. Loved it!

    Nina

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  • Jeff Plamann

    Another great job. I really enjoy all your videos and blog entries. I really need to support you on Patreon!

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  • Anne Mullenax

    Love it!!

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  • Corinne

    More Q&A please! I want to know if the S/V Curiosity name is official yet.

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  • Diana

    Love this idea! Love keeping up with you guys.

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  • Jody Mooney

    Great job on the video. It takes so much time and energy and I appreciate all that do!

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  • Karen

    I absolutely enjoyed the Q & A. I just need to say that I am so impressed by you two. I love your sense of adventure and the courage you two have to follow your dreams despite all the different opinions that I am sure you both receive from strangers and most likely close people in your lives. It take true courage to follow your own paths and enjoy life to the fullest. I look forward to following you as you fulfill your dreams. Thanks for sharing your lives and adventures.

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  • T.K.

    Where can I get a dog like Singa?

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  • Kathi

    Loved the Q&A and hope you do more. All your videos are WONDERFUL!

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  • Sherry johnston

    Loved it & all your videos so far. Y’all are so cute & energetic. Oh to be young again. Just a joy to watch.

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  • Jaynie

    Watching you two optimists is like drinking a tall refreshing glass of psychic fuzzy water!!
    Puts a matching big smile on my face!
    Thanks guys!!
    Only clunker is when Nikki puts down Jason. He rarely does it to her.

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    • Jaynie

      “Fizzy water” not fuzzy water. Duh.

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  • Loved the Q&A. When you get ready for your first long voyage would like to see how you plan it!

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  • Thomas Fuller

    I wish I had known about this in advance! I have a VERY important sailing question for Nikki that I wished had been able to ask:

    “Do you ever wear the same thing twice”?

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  • Valerie

    I am enthralled with your sailing videos. I found you on YT maybe a month or two before you decided to go for the gusto and buy a boat. I have so much respect for your courage to try new things, living your dream and your apparent depth of integrity. I appreciate your bravery in being vulnerable and sharing your journey. I can honestly say, I have enjoyed every single video I have watched! I did think about you with the recent weather and sent lots of positive thoughts your way! Keep doing what you’re doing, because you are rocking it! Keep smiling, Valerie

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  • Pam

    Love pretty much whatever you put out here. So keep them coming. But is it weird to have to cross over onto someone else’s boat to get to the marina?

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