Simple Moments of Love – Daily Life on a Boat

It’s the simple moments that are remembered most.

Every day we all experience a few little moments that stick with us.  It could be something someone said that keeps tumbling around in our mind, or spotting something that stopped us in our tracks, even if only for a second glance.

But in this chaotic day-to-day world of uncertainty, noise, and unease, these are the moments we need to sink into the most.  These small, seemingly insignificant moments are what make up the story of our lives.

It’s finding the exotic in every day.  Some days it takes more effort than others but is a mission worth taking on.

And for me, life on the ocean, slowly sailing about from one rock to another seems to be uniquely filled with these simple moments of love, joy, and curiosity.

Sitting on the bow with the wind whipping my hair and the gentle spray of water kissing my feet as the boat presses into a wave.  The dinghy splashing behind the boat like a dog scratching at the door begging to go out and explore.  The gritty sound of sand squeaking beneath my feet and the taste of salt in the air.

I could go on and on but it’s these little details that keep me grounded to this untethered lifestyle.

Because there are many parallels to surviving and thriving in paradise, but it’s the simple moments that are remembered most.  And that’s the sentiment I hope you get from this week’s story.



Just like our big anchor for Curiosity, we use the Mantus dinghy anchor and we love it.  Digs in, sets and doesn’t budge.  Plus, it easily packs down if you don’t have a dinghy locker.





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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 (29)

  • Jeffrey Stenberg

    Cool eel, and just sitting on the beach playing with your nuts. Great view, never get tired of that. Stay cool!

  • Rabbi Cohen

    Good morning beautiful ones
    Awe what a beautiful day
    the sun is out with nearly no wind. I can hear the sound of dancing water from the acequia as it travels past to flood a field to grow grass to feed the cattle I can hear mooing once in a while. All in all, it’s a moooie good day for me, the babies and the cows 😀😃 it’s so warm I had to take my shirt off to get my vitamin d.

    Whilst I sit here sipping my coffee the elixir of the gods I’m listening to a service from B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan for the first day of Pesach.. YouTube !!!

    Being Jewish means enjoying a life cycle existence and during this cycle of life, I’m celebrating that the covid angel of death has passed over my house😍 Baruch HaShem.

    During my 1 year covid lockdown I discovered and became an avid viewer of a YouTube series called “Gone with the Wynns” the ongoing adventures of Jason and Nikki as they sail the world in their 43’ leopard catamaran. They made me laugh, sometimes cry but always gave me an escape from my self-imposed covid prison, allowing me to simultaneously sail the open seas. Thank you Nikki n Jason rabbis of the order of the sea.
    I also find them to be very brave and eagerly embracing life through all calm seas and squalls.

    While I never got the sense they were religious but they present a great faith. Fear and faith cannot occupy the same place at the same time. So I, like Nikki and Jason daily choose faith over fear n, not foolishness. If you see the storm on the horizon you Don’t set sail today.

    While I had faith I would make it through the covid plague I also self-isolated took my vitamins and wore a mask everywhere. I also gave away masks sowing into the field of health and safety.

    I encourage you to find Jason n Nikki (a Texas girl) on YouTube and join the adventure. You won’t regret it.

    Since Pesach is Shabbat found in Leviticus 23 I can wish you a Shabbat Shalom and Pesach tov.

    Shalom shalom

  • mary

    Loved the deep dive and the reflections! Beautiful.

    I hope you have found some good coconuts by now. Funny to watch the way you both handle a coconut and the machete. Nikki keeps her hands off and Jason holds. Even dull it would create problems!

  • mary

    I’m not sure what they use on their body but I do know Nikki uses Mineralogie loose mineral powder which has zinc and titanium.

    When they were in Dallas visiting, she created a zinc stick which I think Jason still wears on his face.

  • Judy Goodson

    It’s so nice to see you two basically enjoying a beautiful day and having a good time, rather than working hard to fix something that isn’t working right with the boat. Beautiful days do make wonderful memories!

  • Alan Solomon

    Another terrific video! I was looking forward to Swallows Cave. Next week?
    Mariners Cave sounds cool too.
    If I am not mistaken I heard a couple months ago that the Great Barrier Reef has lost many corals to ocean acidity. It is great to see so many colorful fish, eels and rays out and about. as well as the turquois, calm and glassy conditions you included. Great footage.
    In closing, I hope to see you go to town again too. I enjoy learning about island life also.
    Safe passage,

  • Jeff C

    Nikki , do you guys still have to pay income tax while cruising ?

    • Curious Minion

      Yep, nobody escapes the tax man! Their main income source is from U.S. based companies, and GWTW is a U.S. based business so….
      Curious Minion

  • Debbie L

    Another good one! So much beauty.
    I just discovered a free wind app for us with my iPhone. It works great but it takes a few seconds to load up. Maybe it could help until your wind device is replaced!

  • Diane Sanderbeck

    Hi y’all! It’s been such a long time since I commented, but I just want to say your vids really make my Sunday. And you are gonna love New Zealand. It’s my favorite place on Earth! Feel free to reach out if you need any tips. It is so fabulous! Cheers!

  • Steve Gibbons

    Nicely done guys, Even the simplest things in life can bring great pleasure

  • Diane M Silverstein

    Hi! Wonderful video and beautiful scuba sequence…so serene! The scenery is gorgeous… video some birdlife for us!! Stay safe and happy!

  • Steve

    What a goddess! I am so in love with the both of you. I can’t express what you do for my day. I do believe, after Jason pretended to push you in the water, you should have sent him into the jungle to make sure it wasn’t a monster.

  • Rick Hazard

    I heard you mention going to see Swallow’s Cave, another really good one is Mariner’s Cave., (Location 18-41.451 S / 174-04.492 W). You dive down through a large underwater opening and come up into an air filled cavern, which fogs up with the rising swell. Well worth the effort. I was there in 1978 while crewing on a sailing yacht. The town has completely changed since then, not recognizable now. Love these videos.

    • Jon Dudeck

      I would love to hear what the South Pacific was like in 1978.

  • Michael

    Another great one. Sure liked the super calm water scenes.

    I hope we get to see you two go to town. Learning about island life is very interesting.

    Here’s another good question. Of all the islands groups you’ve visited, which is your favorite for long-term visitation?


    Like the fins & bubbles shot at 10:33. Plus the ‘parallel universe’ shots. Those are cool.

  • Jeanette Brennan

    Great and relaxing video. Stay safe and happy! Always look forward to your Sunday videos, it lightens and brightens my day. 💖🌊🥥⛵️🏝

  • Deborah Kerr

    Very relaxing – thanks for sharing! Still love that turquoise water color and the sound of the water on the cat – I would never get tired of that!! 😎🐠🏝⛵️

  • Bill

    Yes, you two both look great! Each week you single handedly brighten my day and I appreciate everything you do to that end!
    This week I especially enjoyed the notes that came in the email.
    By now you probably realize that you all will never be able to go back to being a ‘normal’ land lover, right? Ha ha!

  • Jim

    Great video…got a sweat shirt from you guys the other day. ” great quality “

  • Lora Castronova

    This may be a out of the blue question, but how do you two stay so light? I imagine you “sunscreen -up” everyday- but even so- just the amount of time in the sun on the boat and swimming I’d expect you’d get burned anyway- but your skin stays beautiful- what is your secret?

    • Michael

      Yeah, I’ve always wondered that too.

    • mary

      I’m not sure what they use on their body but I do know Nikki uses Mineralogie loose mineral powder which has zinc and titanium.

      When they were in Dallas visiting, she created a zinc stick which I think Jason still wears on his face.

  • Kenneth Stealey

    How far out from the shore do you have to go to loose the mossies?

    • Michael

      Good question. And how bad do they get?


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