a holiday message from the wynns

A Merry Message To You

We couldn’t let the Holidays slip by without sending out warm wishes to all of you.  Without further ado, if you have the bandwidth, hit that play button.

For those of you who are bandwidth poor right now (we know what that’s like!), I’ll give you the cliff’s notes version.

We’ve checked into a marina for the first time since we left Ft. Lauderdale on November 4th.  We were feeling reluctant as we’ve been deliriously happy out on the hook, living foot loose and fancy free.

However, we knew we were in for a little luxury when we floated up to the colorful buildings and friendly smiles here at Old Bahama Bay in the West End of Grand Bahama.  They are slowly recovering from hurricane Matthew but even still, it’s a lovely resort.  Because of the hurricane damage and the fact that its off season, we practically have the whole place to ourselves!

our first bahamas marinaIt’s going to be a family fest this holiday and we’ve got a full boat and then some!  Here’s the roll call:

  • Forward cabin –  Jacob (brother) and Girlfriend Alexis
  • Aft Cabin – Lauren (Sister) and Boyfriend Gabe
  • Staying ashore nearby – Mom (Mary), Dad (Paul), Aunt Cindy, uncle Dennis and cousin Laurel.

Jacob flew in ahead of time to hang out and help us harvest plenty of lobster and coconuts to share (that’s our Christmas present to the family) and we’ve picked up lots of the good rum we’ve found here in the islands too.

jason and his brother harvesting coconuts

It only took a few hours, a pick-axe, a machete and a power drill to prevail over the coconuts.

the coconut squad

The coconut squad.

coconut carnage

Oh, the coconut carnage.

catching lobster in bahamas

The Bug Brothers.

That’s us and our holiday crew (we’ll make sure to post photos of everyone on Facebook, twitter and Instagram)!   As full time travelers its a really, really big deal for us to have a big part of our family come visit for the holidays. So, we are feeling extraordinarily fortunate and thankful this year…which brings us back to you.

From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank you for being a part of our adventures and our lives. You are our virtual family and friends.  It’s you that looks out for us, warns us, scolds us, laughs with us, cries with us and most importantly rallies us forward.   You being a part of our world, makes our world even more adventurous…and we love you for that!

We send our heartfelt wishes for everyone out there celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Decemberween, Festivus, Saturnalia, Yalda, Kwanzaa, or any other special end-of-the-year celebration.  We hope you’re spending it with family, friends and loved ones.  Happy Holidays everyone, we’ll see you soon.

– Jason, Nikki, Cleo and Singa

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 (86)

  • Floyd & Michelle Meyer

    Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you guys to! My husband and I enjoy you all so much and your fun adventures! Keep up the good work! Lots of love from the Meyer Family ?

  • Deborah Kerr

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to a really nice, down-to-earth, smart, adventurous, & curious couple and their cats!!

  • Sandra & the 2 Spaniels

    Alright, I am just gonna say it, straight out: Looking at you guys in the warm winds, and blue water-I AM JEALOUS! It has been f-r-ee-z-ing in the Sierra’s: usually, I love winter. This year? Even the dogs are asking to move to San Diego, and they only go out if I walk them!!
    Your blog and videos are just too fun. Merry Christmas!!

  • Doreen & Jack Colnaghi

    Happy Holidays, safe and healthy New Year. Look forward to hearing about your new adventures!

  • Anita

    Merry Christmas to two modern day adventurers that inspire us all. My husband and I decided to downsize and sell our house in June where we have lived for 20 years and move 2 hours away to an apartment in a more affordable town. Our next move for 2017 is still unknown but there are adventures ahead. Many blessings and safe travels to you in the New Year! And Nikki, please do a video on how to still look so gorgeous while travelling. That is one thing I have not yet mastered. 🙂

  • edward werthner

    Merry Christmas!!
    It’s good to see you are not giving up. Coming from a motor home to the water is a big move with so much to learn, especially about the weather etc. You picked a good boat for your living needs.
    I have a 39ft monohull in St Lucia and will start my story in January when all is paid for , as you well know. Maybe we will meet and swap some sea stories in near
    Be safe and may the wind and seas treat you to many happy days.

  • Merry Christmas to you and the kitties! Thanks again for sharing your adventures… how exciting that you get to have family and friends visit you on your boat!

  • Karen

    Merry Christmas from snowy Montana. I feel warmer just looking at your post?

  • Scott Elliott

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you! Thank you for letting us tag along on you adventures. Scott & Tina

  • John Schretlen

    Merry Christmas and hope you have a Healthy & Happy New Year

  • Ken

    Merry Christmas…. its a beautiful day

  • Bob

    Enjoy your Christmas at West End with the family. We cruised the Abaco’s the past 5 winters just sold our boat. Think about joining the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht club. You would get a discount at West End if you were a member, plus discounts at other marinas, liquor stores etc. Well worth the cost.
    Stop at No Name Cay to feed the pigs.
    We are enjoying all your videos keep them coming !

  • Tammy Sajak

    Happy Holidays! Love hearing and seeing what you are up to on your journey!

  • Ken

    Thanks guys! Here in the desert it is raining like crazy! We took our new c class to southern AZ to explore kartchner caves. It was great fun for Jane and I , but unfortunately jane caught a cold and we headed backward early to lake Havasu. We are finding all the little bugs to work out on the c class , like when it rains if it is not tilted a bit to the side a bit all the water pours in the coach when you bring in the slide. Why did you not tell me that. Ha ha. Our coach has a full slide so a 25 ft rig seems just fine. Almost 14 mpg. Not exactly 20 like the dealer said. But I never believe them anyway! MERRY CHRISTMAS from Ken and Jane

  • Ian cleary

    Hi how about some Christmas decorations on the boat and some Merry Christmas,should are not moslems yet are you come on now all together MERRY CHRISTMAS again. MERRY CHRISTMAS. That’s better ab some Christmas beatle soup for the cats Ian clearly australia

  • Will Gree

    Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

    Thanks for sharing your incredible adventure with grace and a smile.

  • Rick T

    Merry Christmas!
    Glad you are celebrating the holidays with your friends & family!

  • R Davis

    Looks dreamy!

  • Michael

    Happy Holidays to you as well! Hope you have a wonderful time.

  • Aubrey

    Merry Christmas!

  • Kathy

    Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing!

  • Kelley

    Merry Christmas to my all time favorite bloggers!

  • Michael Beal

    Merry Christmas to both of you!!
    Thank you so much for sharing. While not a sailor, I’m still learning from your RV videos and your experiences on your floating RV. We are considering a road trip to Alaska following your route.
    Thanks again, Mike

  • Laurie

    Merry Christmas folks, thanks for your much needed advice. We will be going to the RV show in Tampa in Jan Still researching what RV is best for us. Hope to purchase soon. Thanks for your help.

  • Joanie

    Merry Christmas and bless you. Thank you for sharing your lives with us.

  • Roger and Pam and Charlie, our cat.

    Thank you for taking us along on your wonderful trips, photos and drone videos. We look forward to the next year and your travels. Merry Christmas to you and the best New Year yet.

  • Lucille Hjort

    Wishing all of you A Very Merry Christmas And A Very Happy And Very Blessed New Year. It looks as if the
    holidays will be fun filled with you with so many extra special guests near at hand. This is awesome for you and I am so happy for you. Love, Lucille

  • Chuck and Lucie

    Merry Christmas and best for the New Year. Enjoy your family how great that they are coming out to you all.

  • Frans Vanleeuwen

    Wow you covered all the holiday wishes! Yes, family is the most important of everything we experience in life to me as well. Glad you are all together for the season. We wish you guys a Merry Christmas and continued love of life adventures Nikki and Jason!
    All the best,

  • Jan

    Thanks for sharing your adventures – I love them! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!!!

  • Jeff

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • Daniel Moss

    Enjoy your holiday with your family. I have been following you guys since the RV days
    love your videos and adventure. you have been staying close to shore. when do you plan on crossing the ocean.. sounds scary but I do follow two other sailing t logs and they are all over the world..

    The SV Delos and the catamaran IMPI..

  • Colin smith

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Nikki and Jason.
    My first post to you both? I can’t not verbally let you know, what a pleasure it has been to have been taken along with you on your adventures AMAZING.So look forward to each new post.
    You are both very professional & natual in your filming & dialogue.
    Looking forward to more of the same in 2017?
    Stay safe
    Colin smith

  • Hugh & Lynn, Josh & Mitch

    …..and the same back to you both from the 4 of us up here in the Appalachians…..nicely done on everything this year you two….and we send best wishes and fair winds, smooth sailing for 2017 and beyond… now, here’s a thought, practice for the southern hemisphere and have a barbie on the beach on christmas day 😉

  • Lau and Leo

    Merry Christmas.Have the best wishes for next year from us to you too.

  • Dennis

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you BOTH and the CATS !!! Enjoy the sun and sand with your family and let us knw when you start doing weekend charters!!!!

  • Patrice

    Merry Christmas And Happy New Year to you Both and your families! Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with us all. I wish you well on your travels In 2017. Can’t wait to see where we all go this year!!!!!

  • Isa

    THANK YOU from France! Yeah, people all over the world are following your crazy adventures.
    Merry holidays guys!

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  • Pamela Mederos-Streetz

    I have been sick in bed with a rotten case of the flu so I began watching ALL your new stuff on the BIG screen. Because my wife Victoria started watching with me I then began playing the YouTube videos from waaaaay back when you were tooling around in Windy. I have now hooked my wife Victoria on following you as well! YAY! She wanted me to make sure to share our comments even if they were instigated by older videos because the comments still apply.
    1: When doing YUCKY chores like changing the oil I learned a little trick from a small engine mechanic to use a doggy wee wee pad under your work area. The super absorbent polymers will contain the mess in addition if you drop small screws etc the cushioning helps prevent things from rolling away too far. Then when you’re all done clean up is a snap! Just dispose of properly. (I looked for biodegradable pads but it looks like the ones made by Simple Solution have been discontinued; BUMMER!)
    2: These KEWL multi use, sustainable sponges we discovered while visiting friends a few weeks ago in Silver Spring, MD. Aside from the obvious use in the kitchen, our friend Rodney discovered that his cat Cookie loves being “groomed” with one. He says he thinks it must remind the cat of being groomed by its mother and that’s why he gets totally blissed out when you gently stroke him with one. obviously equivalent products can be gotten cheaper but the Kuhn Rikon brand is excellent. These LUNATEC dish cloths are also sustainable,
    3: I think I may have already mentioned this one but I really think you may like something like this when you explore and run errands. The Eon scooter looks very promising!
    4: We’d both love to see you using more sun protection. I know, I know; nag, nag, nag LOL. Despite being African American and the one with more pigmentary protection even I have over indulged in the sun and had a few weird things zapped off my skin. Unfortunately Victoria who is not African American and has NO pigmentary protection has already had a Mohs procedure and luckily she has a fabulous plastic surgeon so unless you look really closely you can’t see the scar on the bridge of her nose. Along with using waterproof Sunblock with ridiculously high SPF; I just buy inexpensive High UPF rash guards and other sun block clothing usually from Walmart/Sam’s Club because I don’t care whether you get stuff from the most expensive company like Columbia, REI, Eddie Bauer, etc or Walmart/Sam’s Club it’s all the same stuff and anyway the sunblock wears off after probably 50 washes. Take heart, you can use a KEWL laundry additive to give ANY garment 30 UPF called Rit Dye SunGuard; , and save yourself a BUNCH of aggravation.
    OK, I’m done now LOL. I’m sure we all drive you right round the bend with our comments/opinions.
    What’s most important is the WOW, you’re livin’ the dream!!!!!!!

  • Gordon

    Thanks for Christmas greetings, from White Rock, British Columbia. Snow, gone, rain now.

  • Denise

    Merry Christmas from Washington state!! I’d send down some snow, but it would all be water by the time you got it…and I know you have enough water! Have a beautiful fun time with the family!

  • Jone Salmons

    Merry Christmas and a very very Happy New Year to you ! Love the videos , keep them coming .

  • DaeBakMonkey

    Jason – Remember, there’s always snow machines. Merry Christmas from the snowy mountains of Oregon and fair winds!

  • Edith

    NIkki and Jason,
    Thank you for this lovely video. I hope you realize just how wonderful it is for us “9:00 – 5:00 fuddy duddies” to live through you vicariously.

    Wishing you a wonderful time with your family and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Nancy Fernandez

    That was such a sweet video it brought me tears of joy. You’re so welcome and thank you for sharing with all of us. I Love every picture, video and post as you bring sunshine with each one. Sorry I can’t be there for Christmas but enjoy every minute with your Family and Loved Ones. I can’t wait to see your adventures in the coming New Year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Jason, Nikki, Cleo and Singa.

  • sian

    Merry Christmas from Massachusetts

  • Sandra

    I have been following you since you were at the RV Show in Abbotsford BC. Love your new adventures. Wishing you both peace, joy and happiness in 2017.
    Also from the Wet, British Columbia

  • Thanks for the well wishes and best of luck continuing your brave adventure!

  • Hopefully you are able to relax for a few days

  • Bruce

    Merry Christmas Jason and Nikki from your friend, Bruce, in SW Florida !! Gee I was positive from the first pic walking the beach that Jacob was Nikki’s brother. But who knew!! There are actually “muscle genes” in the Wynn family tree… and I guess Jacob inherited all of them ???? Just kidding Jason… You know we love you just the same ??????????? Sad to see the Matthew cleanup continues, but I understand they got hit really bad there at HHM. ENJOY your Christmas and all the best for 2017. /b/ ps- all your links failed except to connect me to your website. All showing DNS FAILURE at 2034 hrs est 122216

  • Brenda

    Sending many blessings to you both, and kitties too! Thanks for sharing your life with us! … From wet Washington State.

  • Anthony Giangreco

    Nikki, Have you ever tried the High Tea at The Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC Canada or Vancouver Island? A wonderfur experience.

  • Yvonne and Bruce Heaney

    Merry Christmas you two! Sounds like heaven to me. So happy yall are well having fun. Love you!

  • John Schretlen

    About that first minute of video, two words: You’re welcome.

    Oh, & Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • Heather Scott

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas together and a Happy New Year!

  • A very merry Christmas from Canada! Love your “sailing learning” and the wonderful photography. Always happy to see your posts 🙂

    As we do the count down to the big day, after the big 6 hour drive and the multiple family meals, is it ok to say I wish I was sailing too?

  • Peg C

    Merry Christmas to both of you and felines too! You look happy and relaxed and enjoying your new life style. KUDOS to you for ‘going for it’! May you have many more excellent adventures in the new year.

  • Wanda

    So glad you get to spend some quality time with family during the holidays! Loving your videos…they inspire and awe every time! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  • Rosalind Biggs

    Have so enjoyed watching you live the wonderful life sailing, something I could never do, but I did learn a lesson from you! It is never to late to enjoy life so for my 78th birthday I gave myself a hot red Chevy Cruze! As my daughters say, there is a lesson there! Go for it, now, and later. Have a wonderful 2017!

  • Bri

    Happy Holidays Wynns! Love to you and the kitties. I hope you have a great holiday with your family.

  • Ed Pfeiffelman

    Oh what a wonderful time you must be having with family. Guess if any of them “Rock the Boat” you can leave them off at a remote deserted island.. lol

    I found your YouTube video series about a week ago and did a couch marathon for three nights in a row after work watching all your Sailing videos. Wow! So inspiring. I grew-up on the Great Lakes on a small Island called Mackinac Island surrounded by horses and boating. For the last 16 years I have lived in Colorado with the yearning to return to the water but somewhere warm and follow your lead on sailing the ocean blue.

    Keep up the wonderful series and I would love to continue to read your honest opinions on places your travel too. Are you going to go swim with the pigs in the Bahamas?

    Merry Christmas and have a safe and enjoyable New Year. Fair winds and following seas.

    And remember, red sky at night, sailors delight, red sky in morning, sailors take warning.

  • Robert and Jo Mellis

    Greetings … and may you all experience a peaceful and joyous Christmas. My wife Jo and I sailed for 7 years during first years of our retirement, before coming ashore for the last nine years where we have been rolling along aboard our Alfa See Ya motorhome with our two cats. We had sailed aboard 15 Sailboats in our earlier years so we enjoy armchair sailing with you both. Enjoy the journey.

  • Theresa Kovacs

    Merry Christmas Jason & Nikki! I love reading your posts. We hope to go FT in our MH in a few years. While I love the videos of yours, and never miss a one; I’m afraid of sharks and don’t know that I’d ever go FT to any type of boat! I have six daughters and drive a school bus; so who knows why sharks would scare me! But, I’ll never stop watching your videos! Love your haircut, how do you keep it that length? you posted cutting Jason’s hair, how do you do yours? Happy New Year, may you all continue to enjoy good sailing, good times, and most of all, good health! Theresa & Rick (RickyT’s)

  • Tom

    Have a great time with your family. Merry Christmas and have a great New Year. –

  • Venice Scherer

    Merry Christmas to you ~ what a cute Christmas video!!!!

  • Francis Picray

    Merry Christmas to you all, and a happy hang over, if you can bear the next day. Enjoy your videos and makes me wish I was there. But, we will be enjoying a chilly and maybe snowy Christmas. Happy and clear sailing.

    Francis & lois

  • Pat Parker

    Hi, Happy Holidays! Love all your boating adventures! Thank-you for sharing them. Hugs, Pat and Rita Dec.22,2016 Thursday

  • Frank Sandidge

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Pine Moutain GA, Looking forward to your continue adventures

  • Don

    Merry Christmas from Wet, Cold British Columbia

  • Brian P.Johnson

    Have a great holiday with family and friends and continued success on the seas,for future endeavors with coconuts if you have 2 round shovels put them back to back on top of coconut and use leverage to split the coconut.

  • Brian

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for sharing your adventures, looking forward to seeing them in 2017. enjoy the holidays. 🙂

  • Jim

    Merry Christmas – be safe and enjoy your family!!

  • mary

    It is beautiful there! I can’t wait to see everyone and spend time together. Love to you all. I hope I don’t get bumped like everyone else has. 🙂

  • Jaimie

    Wow! That last shot! Now THAT’S a picture postcard! Thanks for the wishes and back at atcha! XOXO

  • Susan Goetzinger

    Merry Christmas!!

  • Perry

    Hope you have a holiday filled with LOVE, JOY and FUN. Make lots of unforgettable memories. My New Year resolution is to join you next year somewhere on the water.

  • Tom Fitch

    Happy Festivus!

  • Happiest of Holidays to you and your family! I wish you a joyous and prosperous New Year. Thank you for your work and professionalism it is greatly appreciated.

  • Larry Hammel

    Have great holiday. Love you guys, See you in the new year!!

  • Will and Rhonda

    Merry Christmas Jason, Nikki, Singa, And Cleo! Very happy you have family coming to visit for Christmas. O, and you said your missing the mountains and snow….weellll, Rhonda and will trade you. ? Warm wishes to you.

  • Pam McClure

    Merry warm Christmas to you all too. So nice to have your family there. Beautiful port. All the best.


  • Carol McCarty

    Just wanted to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I thought I enjoyed your videos while RV’ing but I have to say you’ve outdone yourselves. If I turned any more green with envy I would have to change my name to Mrs.Grinch. Having spent 5 years in Hawaii and loving boats all my life watching your adventures gives me the perfect tropical fix! Especially living in my husbands crazy cold state of Indiana. Is it too late for a divorce? As they say in HI, Mele Kalikimaka!!

  • Jim and Jon Hamilton

    Right back atcha!!! May 2017 bring you continued luck, fun filled adventures, wonder, and enjoyment in every new discovery you set out to find!!! <3

    Fair winds!!

    Jim and Jon

  • Doug VanderSys

    and Merry Christmas – Happy New year back at you. Hope you have safe and exciting adventures in the upcoming years. Be well and Fa la la la la, la la la la. Doug VanderSys


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