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Looking forward to having you on board for the adventures, we’ll see you on the water!
– Nikki, Jason, 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 (69)

  • Lynn Van Houten

    Hi, Nikki: I have been following you and Jason on YouTube for sometime. Love your adventures! I really like the striped sunglasses you wear. Would you please tell me the brand name? I have spent several hours on the Internet trying to find them with no success. Also, I see that several other followers have also posted asking about the same pair of sunglasses. Thank you sharing your travels with us!

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    • Curious Minion

      A quick screen cap and a zoom reveals the brand as Prive Revaux.
      Curious Minion

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  • Paul chilson

    Here’s the saying that you might want to use sometime when you’re signing off you can say toodeloo buckaroo and I also have a joke for you that you might want to I know your might not be into jokes but I thought I would send this one because it’s pretty cute what did the potato chip say to the corn chip are you free to lay

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  • Murray Sargant

    Love your videos. Can you explain how easy is it travelling with your cat and going to all the different countries you visit. Any issues taking the cat to different countries or ports. We live in Hong Kong and have Lagoon 52 we plan to set sail next year.

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    • Curious Minion

      Hey Murray. They’re in the process of working on the paperwork to take the cats to NZ and Australia and Nikki said there would be a “cat paperwork” video after that’s all finished. The short answer is, it’s different in different places. Most places they have visited so far require pretty basic paperwork on vaccines and such, and then they just require you to keep the cats on the boat. Your boat is essentially a quarantine facility. But NZ & Australia have *really* strict import requirements that they’ve been working on for a couple of months now. So stay tuned for more info.

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  • Anthony Hudson

    In your latest video, 12/1/18, at 13:45 mark it looks like your second mainsail batten is broken 2 feet back from the mast.

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  • Mike Moran

    Hi:

    I have a question. In one of your sailing video’s you were making a cake. Your put the mixed ingredients into a a small contianer approximately 10 inches square and about 2-3 inches deep. My question, I thought you put it on the Cuisinart grill but I am not sure. If you remember this will you please let me know how you cooked the cake. It looked really simple.

    I attempted to go through your videos but I could not find the one I needed.

    Thanks

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    • Curious Minion

      Hey Mike. That’s a Cuisinart Countertop oven, which looks very similar to the grill. They’re both in the Kitchen section of the Gear Store https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/product/cuisinart-countertop-oven It has sadly been discontinued, but sometimes you can find refurbished ones. Another commented reported finding them at Home Depot just a few weeks ago, so maybe Cuisinart is making them again?
      Curious Minion

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  • Bill Timothy

    Been watching since your RV days and apsolutle amazed at your youthful energy, incredible optimism, uplifting attitude and your desire for learning and the fortitude to climb every mountain.
    OH!, to be young again!
    Niki, love your late night red light philisophical dialogues. While under precarious conditions you take the time to reflect and smell the roses!
    Jason, with your honest, fortright adventurist spirit, no challenge takes you down a notch.
    I am hitched onto your winds and my landlocked Spinnaker is flying, filled with your love of life.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Willie T

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  • Andy Stephenson

    Hi Jason and Nikki
    My name is Andy Stephenson I live In a place called Strood Kent in England. I would just like to say I have watched you since you started you are brilliant cats and all. As soon as I finish work each week the first thing I do is switch on U TUBE to see if you have posted any videos on youtube I love watching what you do, So please keep it up and stay safe. It would be fantastic if you could just mention me on u tube and then I will know you have read my the email to you. My warmest regards to the 4 of you. Andy.

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  • Ginger Hicks

    New to your blog and love watching your journey. Not only are you two super inspiring, but also incredibly helpful with sharing all of your lessons learned. The raw emotion and honesty on the confessions at sea really captured the depth of the work involveda, the reward of the sacrifice, and the toll it can take on a marriage. I’m looking forward to the next update!

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  • Michael

    Nikki, to smooth out the black caulk, use a wet ice cube that is wrapped in a paper towel. The paper towel to hold the cube only. The wet ice glides and smooths with no issues at all. Used this method alot with RTV and other calls.
    Good luck love all the videos and would love to love the life you lead.

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  • Emris Graham

    Good luck. Nikki, just saw an Audry Hepburn movie and you are a dead rigger for her!
    Safe travels

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  • Dave and Sherry Prudhomme

    Hey there
    Dave and Sherry here
    We also are starting and adventure as well. Starting with 30 footer and will run up and down the coast for a year then move up to a 40. We own a dockominium in Clear lake shores , Tx.
    We are a bit older then you but very young at heart. Born and raised Dallas North area. Richardson Berkner grad and living in Garland.
    Much fun to follow you.

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  • Ron Birlew

    As a 67 y/o retiree, I am a faithful viewer of your videos. Having been married 47 years to my best friend and a wonderful woman, I must admit that I have a crush on Nikki. Don’t worry, my wife knows it and approves. You and Jason are wonderful examples of what is good about humanity. Your pure joy is evident in every video even when things are not going right. May God bless you both and keep you safe. Thank you for giving this old ugly man such pleasure as I follow your adventures. You are making a difference. I hope you know that.

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  • Keith Bowra

    Just seen your video about the paperwork needed for your visa for French Polynesia which means you are heading (have headed) out into the Pacific. I see from the video that you plan to stay there for a while before presumably heading further west. I just thought you might be interested that there is a great place called Norfolk Island – located at (-29.0324368,167.9481650) – central town called Burnt Pine” – to the west. I know it having visited it a couple of times from the UK. It’s under Australian control and is a beautiful place to visit with amazing scenery and a long history as a penal colony and with connections to HMS Bounty. There are a number of youtube videos that might whet your appetite – I have no pecuniary interest just good memories of great holidays there! Safe travels around the world and keep posting your videos. Many thanks, Keith (from the sunny UK).

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  • Chris

    This is going to sound weird… But you guys should keep moving! It seems like you’ve been in the same place in the last several videos. I was a little disappointed to see that this week’s video was just about batteries. I think if you start working your way across the Pacific and towards the Med you’ll find a lot more love from patrons and viewers. Thanks for the video!

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  • AdamH

    Love your vids. Been watching since your RV days.
    Question for you… Which do you prefer more, RV’ing or Cruising? And Why?
    Thanks and Safe Travels!

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  • Jose G

    Hello guys from bristol virginia
    My question is what edditing software and computer you guys use.

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  • Paula Jacobs

    Love your adventures. I am looking to find what is your camera and how you hold it? Is it on a stick that balances the screen? A floating one?
    Thanks for your inspirations
    Best regards,
    Paula

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  • Snakes

    Hope you guys are safe out there.

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    • Curious Minion

      Panama is well south of Irma (and the rest of the hurricanes) and the tsunami warnings were for the Pacific coast of Panama (and Curiosity and crew are still on the Atlantic side, safe and sound.

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  • Scott Brantley

    Are you guys in a safe place to ride out Hurrican Irma?

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    • Curious Minion

      You can always check Curiosity’s location on the blog. At the bottom of every page there’s a map showing her location and right now that’s Panama. So yes, they’re south of Irma, outside the “hurricane box” and safe.

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  • Tom klein

    Back to your rv days
    In most of your videos you had a bounder. Just curious to know if it worked out for you
    As to the purchase price. We’re you able to negotiate a resonable deal?

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  • Corby

    Hi guys I just wanted to say what an inspiration the two of you are.
    My wife and I are in the midst of trying to find a good catamaran for our new adventure. We regularly watch your videos for tips and how to’s. We just recently came back from Panama Bocas del Toro to be exact. And we have finally decided to take the plunge and find the catamaran that suits Us best. Again thank you for your videos your insights and what seems to be a great love of life. We hope to see you on the Seas.
    Corby.

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    • Curious Minion

      Good for you! Best of luck with the catamaran shopping.

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  • Mike Pitts

    I am living my sailing life through you 2, so have lots of fun, so I will have lots of fun also…..

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  • Saylor

    Hi guys, have you picked someone to come aboard your boad yet? I would love to Simon, from Finding Simon. He seems like a sweet guy and in your age group. He is looking into boat life. And don’t take this the wrong way because I am short, will a tall pearson fit in that boat? My beau wants us to live on a boat which he has before, but I hate storms and living in Florida for over 50 years now I see what they can do.
    Really enjoy your videos stay safe.
    Love Saylor, (I know I see the irony in my name, but both parents were in the Navy)

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  • Rodrigo Correia Lopes

    Saw my comment yesterdfay, didn’t see today… Sorry if I said something wrong…
    🙁

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  • Chrs

    You talk all about the nice things how about the bad like rough seas and storms and high wind?

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    • We share in order, when the seas get bad it’ll be in the video.

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  • Dave

    I have something I want to see if you all could use. It is a adventure marine medical kit 3000. I got it from work for free as a prize thing but I will probably never use it. It appears to be meant for a boat and the guys at work said it is. Just e-mail me if you would like it sent out and of course where to send it.

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    • That would be awesome! We have a small kit now but it’s pretty old. We’ll be back in FLL sometime soon, sending it to the Bahamas there is a 40% tax on EVERYTHING that comes in.

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  • Rhoda

    This is the first time I’ve written. I LOVE watching your adventures. The reason I decided to write other than to say Thank You is to offer a solution to the wifi entaglement. Your not the only ones with issues a few months back another crew we ( my husband and I) follow came up with a realistic solution they downloaded their finished video onto a thumbdrive and mailed it to a friend here in the states…it took longer to download it where they were( 4 days) than it did to mail it and have the friend do it. It’s an option but one that may be a plan B. I know that contact is important to you and the folks following, hope this helps. Stay safe and upright.
    Rhoda & Randall B.

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    • Thanks Rhoda, we have considered mailing a thumb drive but that will not be an option until we have a large backstock of videos that are complete…which may never happen as we can barely keep up with or normal stuff.

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  • Ref wifi in Bahamas. Google has come out with a cell phone plan that is pretty cheap in Bahamas I think. You could get a new google phone, get on their cell phone plan, use the hot spot features almost anywhere in the world?

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  • Lisa Fultz

    Hi, I am a recent subscriber. I love your videos and your new lifestyle. My partner of 23 years was born and raised in Pompano Beach. I on the other hand was born and raised up north. Eventually, I moved to Ft. Lauderdale in the Victoria Park and Las Olas area. That was approx. 15 years ago when we left Ft. Lauderdale area. We now live on the west coast of Florida, the cost of living is much cheaper and atmosphere a lot more laid back. As you probably know, Ft. Lauderdale is crazy busy and expensive. The reason that I am telling you all of this? Is number 1, to give you a little of our background, 2 is to let you know that I have experience with your home port and the expense that you are most likely paying to place your boat in a slip in one of Ft. Lauderdale’s Marinas, Pier #66, New River at Shirt Tail Charlies, etc;. This was 15 years ago and I know the expense having worked part time refinishing boats for the Ft. LAUDERDALE BOAT SHOW. The last boat that I worked on was the “Lady Pita”. She is still alive and well. I think that her name has changed but feel free to Google her. Beautiful boat she was and is to this day.
    I work on Gasparilla Island right now. I am sure that you heard of the Gasparilla Inn and Club in Boca Grande? I work at the sister hotel which is the Innlet on the Waterfront. I am the night time Front Desk person. This place is unique because you can slip your boat outside your hotel room door but very small hotel. The Inn itself is a hideaway for people the Bush family. The Inn is very expensive but, the Innlet is more reasonable as far as price goes. We house boat captains, pilots, Secret Service and the relatives of the rich and famous. My question to you is, did you or are you thinking of doing any chartering? This is a big area, but the area caters to the pro fishing. “The Largest Tarpon Fishing Purse” is held here every year, but no charting to people who may want to go out snorkling or take a few days to go to the keys. It is all fishing and golf. You may be able to start a good business here or some extra money to help set off your cost of boating. This area has practically zero crime rate. It is a very safe area and beautiful. The wildlife is exceptional. I myself volunteer with the sea turtle population every year on Gasparilla Island. Please let me know your thoughts. Happy Safe Sailing to you. Oh a give your two fur babies a hug from us. They are adorable.

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  • Nancy

    I have always loved the water and dreamed of Sailing. At my age, unfortunately it is only a dream.
    I love your posts and feel I am almost with you. Thank you for Sharing and please ignore the haters.

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  • Scott Lockwood

    Hey you guys, I really enjoy your posts. Started watching because I am an RV’er but am enthralled with your sailing adventures. I love your cats, your great photography and the way you make it seem like we are buddies. Keep up the good work.

    G Scott

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  • Travis Prince-Olsen

    We just moved onto a 2007 Beneteau and I have been following you since our purchase in September. We are in the middle of learning from ground zero like you- but in the dark and the rain. Your last episode was the most helpful for those of us who have taken the plunge but don’t have anyone around to show us the ropes. Please keep the work vids and boat replacement / repair products coming! Our first sailing lesson starts next week. Thanks again!

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  • Lori

    Hope your safe and out of harms way of Hurricane Mathew!

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  • Ron & Pat

    We’re brand new to the idea RVING and just found you. You are a blessing indeed as your info is just the sort of input we need to begin our new life on the road. Thank you so much. We will be following you. P.S. as you enjoy high tea. Several times a year at the Molly Brown house ( yes as in unsinkable Molly Brown ) they hold high teas. We hope to see you there someday.

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  • L.A.Boltryk

    Hi Nikki. Just found you guys and I’m enjoying both of your positive attitude.
    I don’t think you can climb that mast 😉

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    • I see what you’re doing…but you know Nikki, she’s already been up there half a dozen times 🙂

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  • Tom & Linda

    Started watching your RV series, which we enjoyed, now hooked on your boating adventures. We would feel better if you were wearing PFD’s while out at sea. 🙂

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  • susan russell

    I absolutely love watching your catermaran journey. This is something i would love to be doing. Anyway safe sailing to you both. And I’ll keep watching with envy……

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  • Christopher Ross

    You guys looked great on episode three, especially you Nikki! ,I really like your format, recently did my first cat sail down to grenada from St martin, I am excited for you guys and your adventure ahead,look forward to the lessons I am going to learn from your adventures. Hope you don’t get mal de mar when you graduate to the big water. Ginger is the non drug way of avoiding illness, enjoy and get some Vaseline or silicone grease those hatches will seal right up! my fingers were a mess after my first passage, you just need to move slower! Can’t wait for next episode!

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  • Trident, mike and janice

    Hi guys. Like your videos. My wife and I are one year ahead of you. Left just catamarans a year ago after air conditioning install. We sailed around the tip of Florida through the Keyes to Venice where we are docked. We spent 100+ days last winter cruising up and down the gulf coast from key west to Sarasota. Great spots and always just an hour or so to a spot to duck in to the intracoastal if the gulf gets wild. Watch out for submerged rocks not marked or on the GPS about 1/2 mile from the exit out of that harbor i(just catamarans) in the canal towards the intracoastal. They are 25′ off the right side. Stay in the middle. We had one of those monster yachts coming at us and I moved over and ran aground in my first mile at the helm! We are on Trident, a 38’Admiral cat. This winter we are coming back to the Atlantic and crossing to the Bahamas, hopefully following someone who’s done it before. Happy sailing!

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  • Sig

    Check out Drake Paragon on Youtube. His solar panels are mounted on the railing, can tilt and are less exposed to some extent to shades from boom and rigging

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  • Felecia

    I’m just enjoying you enjoying the life style. Hope to meet up one day. Glad you guys look so happy at such a young time in your life’s. Keep on keeping on. Your videos are inspiring.

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  • Mark

    You did a great job of moving the rv and finding a new spot.
    My wife can manage to set up and take down, not her favorite thing but she can do it.
    Love your site! ?

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  • Bruce garrison

    Glad to hear you are thinking about a boat. My wife and I are sailors planning on getting a motor home. I would suggest that you sail on as many different types of boats as you can before you buy one.

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  • mike heary

    northern lights where great, but my big question is what is a bourbon margherita? Tks

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  • Bob & Danny

    hope to see you on the road

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  • Bill OBrien

    I have followed a few RV channels and yours is so much more professional, informative and with great variety.
    Keep up the good entertainment.

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  • Carmen

    I am enjoying your adventures seems that you have a great time please keep the video coming

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  • Bill Cassady

    Always enjoy your videos!

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  • Otto

    A lot of your viewers I’m sure would love to be able to do what you are doing. Your info is always right on. Not to technical. The videos are very good in quality. We wish you well on your future trips. Take good care of each other.
    And the cats!

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  • Tom

    I remember watching one of y’alls videos( yes I am from the south ) talking about the wifi booster you installed in your RV. What brand was it?

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