The Four-Week Plan

Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
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Eel Pond

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

I'm currently reading a book called An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude by Ann Vanderhoof.  It's about Ann and her husband Steve, who decide to buy a sailboat, put their stuff in storage, rent out their house, and leave their careers to sail south for a year, maybe two.  I'm only a few chapters in, but one of the first chapters was entitled The Five-Year Plan, to describe all the measures taken to get prepared, which was then modified to the seven-year plan.

I chuckled. 

About two months ago, Peter started pipe-dreaming the possibility of sailing his and Connor's 30-foot sailboat, Hejira, to Hawaii, starting this fall.  About six weeks ago, the pipe dream became slightly more realistic by instead aiming for the Caribbean for Hejira's first big voyage.  And about a month ago, the dream got out of the pipes when Connor, Peter, and I agreed that we should just make this thing happen.

Now, four weeks later, we sit in Eel Pond in Woods Hole, all ready to depart tomorrow morning.  The general plan is to head for Fort Lauderdale, taking our time and not straying too far from the coast, before heading toward the Bahamas.  Then, who knows?  Despite the scare of an engine exhaust leak earlier this week (good thing Peter is a very capable mechanic), we have evaded any major setbacks for our departure date (knock wood, obviously).  We have plenty of spare parts, tools, safety equipment, and a first-aid kit that is borderline remarkable.  No seriously - we have a skin stapler.

With more than 20 pounds of rice, 15 pounds of rice pasta, 10 pounds of rolled oats, 30 cans of tuna, 30 cans of beans (including a can of Aduki beans? Whatever those area...), plenty of snacks to keep us from grumbling and enough peanut butter to feed a small army, plus so much more, we all feel fairly confident that we won't be needing a major re-stock of our dry storage until Florida - but again, we knock wood.

We'll try to be regular with the updates.  Stay in touch and wish us luck!

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KG on

Make it happen your sister ship "EL VAGABUNDO" is in South Carolina.

Let the S 2 set sail and we will see you soon.

Anna, aka remote ship's mom on

Have a blast guys! I'll be waiting for you in Mexico when you go through the canal!!!

Matt on

SNACKS! Don't forget the snacks, you two definitely wouldn't survive.

beverly flanigan on

good luck matey's!!!

Melissa on

So excited for you guys! Hope you have fair winds and calm seas all the way to San Sal where we can teach you how to run the house and you guys can love on it like we do!!! Can't wait to ring in 20ELEVEN with you fine folks!


Tim And Andi on

Good Luck And Enjoy

Hejira on

Hot on your heels bro!

xoxo gossip girl on

I miss you all. Woods Hole sings to you from Nobska on a small night. Saving my pennies to visit!

grady and jake on


Sally Adamson Taylor on

I know that draw bridge! Barely got through it one day on my boat when it jammed in the middle of the lifting and I was told to squeak through the available gap!
So wonderful you are heading down to the Bahamas. Ill be in Turks & Caicos Dec 21, coming from the Cayman's on my cousin Lee's boat, a Catana 470

Larry Du Bois on

Hi gang thanks for allwoing us to follow your experience on the sea! You wanted to know who are the people who were following your adventure. My name is Larry good friends with Peter and Lauren and live across the street for Tim and Andi, Tim is over most every night and we are excited to know about your travels and adventures and am so pleased you are sharing them with us, Keep them comming Larry

Yan on

I like the definition of "hejira" : a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment :)

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