The simple life we lead is not quite so simple.

A camera captures moments of beauty but to be in the moment requires dedication, sweat, and tears. Thousands of miles have passed beneath our hull, no plans nor claims bind us. We are simply “living adrift.”

– Claire Insley Holmes


Repairing the Bow & Painting the Decks

August/September, 2015 Claire and I said farewell to my Father.  A great asset once again to our cruising lifestyle.  He has helped us both out so much.  Now time to clean out the boat, stow our cruising gear, and pull out all our tools. The rest of August and into September was extremely hot.  Beautiful […]

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Crossing Tampa Bay to Cortez, Florida

August 8th, 2015 was a day of foul weather.  Another front came through while my father and I sat at Marker One marina.  Around 7:45 AM on the 9th we were back on the ICW southbound.  The stretch gets narrow and shallow, as we pass Clearwater, Indian Rocks Beach, St. Pete, etc. A lot of […]

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Dog Island, Florida – The Island that Time Forgot

August 4th, 2015 With the heavy weather clearing out, it was time for us to do the same.  Pulling out of C-Quarter marina early that morning, we headed back down the Carrabelle River and out into St. George Sound.  It’s about 5 miles to Dog Island. Not much is let out about this island.  The […]

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Carrabelle – The Forgotten Coast, Florida

August 2nd, 2015 My father and I sailed up the St. George Sound and arrived in Carrabelle around 14:00.  Docking at the legendary C-Quarter Marina.  Upon our arrival we noticed there happened to be a huge King Mackeral fishing tournament going on, with a raffel and luncheon.  Avoiding the initial crowd, we took a stroll […]

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Panama City, White City, & Apalachicola

July 22, 2015 Derek slept aboard last night.  I left the Volvo at his house.  We were up with the sun and out on the Choctahatchee Bay by 7:45.  Crossing the bay into the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, coming out into West Bay, into St. Andrew’s Bay, to Panama City.  A 50 mile day, 10 hours […]

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Hogtown Bayou, FL

Some of us may live on a sailboat in hopes of actually getting stranded somewhere secluded.  I look at Hogtown Bayou as my own “Walden’s Pond”.  This majestic bayou is actually quite a large body of water.  Tucked in the pine trees behind a bustling Hwy 98 and tourist filled 30A.  Hogtown provides a vast […]

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Splendid Isolation: New Crew

The morning of July 6th, La Sancha was packed up and ready for departure.  Saying good-bye to Claire, I took off south with the kitties.  Driving 1,000 miles in 14 hours, we made it back to the boat in Perdido Key, Florida. I woke up delirious, covered in baking soda. (We left the boat with […]

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A trip within a trip. Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

  Last week of June, 2015 Off to Ocracoke Island – the local’s vacation. Claire’s family has a tradition.  When the northern Outer Banks gets so hot and crowded with tourists to the point you want to pop, take a drive down the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and hop the ferry to Ocracoke Island. A […]

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Back to our home-town for a bit. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

The month of June. There is nothing like one’s home-town.  Ours is quite special.  Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, it is way out there.  Through cotton, tobacco, and corn fields we drove.  Across multiple bridges and waterways; out to a thin strip of sand, swamp, and forest that juts into the Atlantic.  Where the Labrador Current and the […]

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