Broken Halo Projects

On any boat there is never ending boat projects! This weekend we removed an outdated VHF component and to cover the hole we added an outdoor step-light in the cockpit. The step-light should give off the perfect amount of light. We also installed a new manual bilge pump, and installed a dual (his & hers) USB charging plug in the cockpit. Now we have to go and provision for our weeklong trip that we have planned for later this week.

Renaming our Pearson 33-2

Introducing our new name…. SV Broken Halo 😇

I will admit, “Broken Halo” fits us in that we often fit the “sailor profile”; some people might say since we “swear like a sailor, drink like a fish and have morals of a pirate” we might have broken halos. However, for us, the unlaying meaning behind our new boat name, Broken Halo, is about our road towards “healing”…… Our “road” happens to be the sea. Sailing is relaxing and healing for us. Sailing nourishes our body and soul. There is nothing better than gliding through water, with no distractions, with only the wind powering our sails and feeling the salty sea breeze against our skin. Sailing allows us to escape the “rat-race” of life, thus allowing us to adjust our compass to what is truly important and our purpose rather than racing through it – without a compass.

The song “Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton is a song we can relate to… According the the Los Angles Times, Stapleton “meditates on the wounds people suffer and the road toward healing that they travel”. His song “offers a tender, lump-in-your-throat reminder to keep the faith, even in the midst of tragedy. Angels appear to help us on our way…..”

Portland Pudgy – Our New Dinghy

We’ve added a Portland Pudgy to our Sailboat!

Our new sailboat didn’t come with a dinghy so we did some research and decided we wanted a Portland Pudgy. The Portland Pudgy is built in Maine and the company does not advertise or have dealers like most companies; they sell their product by word of mouth. Owners are normally very proud of their little Pudgy’s and used ones are very hard to come by. The only problem for us was complete sticker shock for a brand new little Pudgy with all the additional features.

I like deals. I hate paying full price for anything and I LOVE second hand deals. After setting up computer searches and sleepless nights surfing the internet I found a fabulous deal on a super tricked out Portland Pudgy that had never really been used. SCORE!! The only catch was that it was 1,500 miles away in a BARN being sold in the middle of winter in the frozen North! As I was heading North a Winter storm started brewing but I wasn’t about to let snow, sleet or ice stop me!! This was a BARN find deal of a lifetime! (Side note: when the owner said it was in his barn I cringed and all I could think of was mice making home in this Pudgy; however come to find out this was a temperature controlled man cave “barn”.)

So you may be wondering what the hell is a Portland Pudgy. Pudgy’s are so many different things all wrapped up in a little solid unsinkable ridged dinghy. The size, 7.8 ft., is the perfect fit for our new little sailboat. As I said, our new Pudgy is tricked out and has every option available. Some of the features include an electrical system powered by solar panels, integrated running lights and charging station for things like our phones, a 3 HP electric engine or small life saving water maker. It also has a full sailing kit, custom made rowing oars, and the full life raft kit. We no longer have to worry about problems that come with an inflatable dinghy or worry whether our life raft will deploy. Our Pudgy may not have a lot of speed or carry many people but it is still super strong, has lots of dry storage, is lightweight, is incredibly stable and can transform as needed. Power Boat, Row Boat, Sailing Dinghy, Life Raft.

All packed up ready for transport from New Hampshire to Florida

Henry trying out our new Pudgy

Our new Pudgy in our davits

Someone Sailing their Pudgy (Photo off Portland Pudgy Website)

A Pudgy used as a life-raft (Photo off Portland Pudgy Website)



Our Sails Have Been Adjusted


Our “sails” have been adjusted!!

A lot has transpired since this time last year.  In March 2017 we decided to move SV Sweet Escape to Burnt Store Marina in Charlotte Harbor for a new sailing ground.  At the same time, we decided to put SV Sweet Escape up for sale; we wanted a larger sailboat with a center-cockpit.  BUT As the old saying goes, “Sailors make plans written in sand at low tide” because plans must be adjusted accordingly.  Right after moving to Burnt Store Marina Henry’s step-father passed away.  Henry’s mom needs assistance and after lots of sleepless nights we knew we needed to make an adjustment our cruising plans.

On December 20, 2017 we sold SV Sweet Escape, bought a “Super Sized Dock Box” (a home on the water) with a boat slip all on the same day!!
When we sold SV Sweet Escape we agreed we would wait 6 months to a years before we bought another sailboat. This would give us time to decide what we wanted; however it was sailing season and we wanted to go sailing. In our free time we scoured “boat porn”, climbed on many vessels and low and behold we found our new sailboat right down the canal from our new home in Punta Gorda Isles. We bought SV CSCape exactly one month after selling SV Sweet Escape.
SV CSCape is a beautiful 1986 Pearson 33-2 Centerboard.  She has a shoal draft of 3.6 feet and with her centerboard down she draws 7 feet.  We were so excited to have found a 32 year old boat that had an owner that not only has OCD but one who spared no expense to maintain his other love in like new condition throughout her entire lifetime. Now we can enjoy the 2018 sailing season. CHEERS! Here’s to new and exciting adventures aboard SV CSCape! ⛵️⛵️ Stay tuned for her new name and voodoo renaming ceremony….. 😇

Sewing for S/V Sweet Escape

I don’t buy things unless it’s a deal or something I can’t live without. That being said, for the past year I’ve been shopping for custom yacht bedding and it’s not cheap nor ever on sale. Yacht bedding for our v-berth sales for about $500. Anyway, I finally decided to pull out my sewing machine and make my own custom fitted bedding. I cut up a quilt I had and added navy piping for a more tailored look. The project cost me less than $15. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out and I no longer have to fight to make a regular sized quilt fit our v-berth.





Laundry Aboard

Sailors call this luxury!! After a year and a half living aboard I finally convinced Henry  that the guest shower stall was the perfect place for a washing machine. It may be small but no more hiking to the laundromat.  I actually never knew you could get an automatic washing machine this small (0.9 cubic feet) but it fits perfectly and it works like a charm! It hooks right up to the shower faucet  and drains into the sink.  The washing machine is called: Laundry Alternative SuperCompact Full Automatic Washing Machine and the Dimensions are: L: 16.00″ x W: 17.00″ x H: 25.00″


Guest shower



A Change in Plans

A Slight Change In Plans! The golden rule for sailors: “Plans might as well be written in sand at low tide.” We’re huge planners and while it is important for sailors to make plans, it’s just as important to have the flexibility and imagination to toss those plans out the portal.

A year ago we dramatically downsized from our oversized seaside home and moved onto our sailboat to begin a unique lifestyle. We’ve had an amazing year living on our boat; however, we haven’t been able to permanently cut our dock lines as quickly as we had planned. Sometime between having our boat on the hard (aka in a cradle on land) for close to two months and then breaking my leg we decided to make a slight change in our plans and buy “landlubber” retreat. A place where we can escape from things like the bloody summer heat or the challenges of living with a broken leg on a boat. Or a place where we can just regroup and “put a little wind back in our sails”. Today, exactly one year after moving onto our sailboat, we have become the proud owners of a beautiful Smokey Mountain cabin. Now we have the best of both worlds, S/V Sweet Escape and Sweet Escape Mountain Retreat. Simplicity, Tiny Footprints and Amazing Views!!!



I’ve Got New Hardware On Board


Nope S/V Sweet Escape doesn’t have the hardware one of her crew does. My little slip and fall on our vacation sailing adventure turned out to be a little more serious than the Key West ER Doctor originally thought. I had surgery 2 weeks ago and I am finally up and slowly getting around.

It’s finally the perfect sailing weather but unfortunately my doctor says I won’t be in any shape to help sail our vessel for about 6 months. Needless to say the challenges of living on the boat with an injured limb will continue for just as many months.