About Kirk

Co-Captain. IT Guy. Mr. try-and-fix-it.

What’s the deal with Centerboards?

Most of you who have followed our journey for some time are familiar with our somewhat infamous centerboard issue, where we ran aground in the Illinois river in 8' of water when our boat should only draw 4'. We'd like to take this opportunity to talk a little bit about the pros and cons of the centerboard system and shed some light on how we've been using it with real life examples.

Cruising a Freshwater Fjord in The North Channel – Ep. 55

With Soulianis on the hard in Florida, we take our van up to The North Channel of Lake Huron and hop back on a sailboat! We meet up with two couples who are seasoned sailors (our “boat parents” from Episode 13) who take us on a tour of their favorite spots over five days.

Saying Goodbye to Our Boat – Ep. 53

It’s goodbye, but only for a while. We’re leaving Soulianis on the hard in Florida during hurricane season to return to the Midwest to visit our families.

Savor the Last Sail – Ep. 52

With just a few days left before we haul the boat out for hurricane season, we sail as much as we can — even when the wind is so light we’re hardly moving at all — to savor our last moments on the water.

Sailing Backwards – Ep. 51

Buy a sailboat, then sail over the horizon, right? Oh if it was that simple! Often you zigzag, and sometimes you backtrack.

Fast Sailing Overnight to Key West – Ep. 50

The seemingly smallest thing can drastically change the experience of a journey on the sea. Like forgetting to take seasickness meds. Then what a difference a few hours makes...

“Kinda My Worst Nightmare” – Ep. 49

What makes your palms go clammy? Gives you a cold sweat? For both of us, swimming in murky water under a boat is one of our worst nightmares. Time to face our fears! We dive in to clean the hull, in preparation for our sail to Key West.

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