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Thursday, February 1, 2018

"I hate boats!" I shouted at no one in particular. But, since Jody was the only other person aboard the Lost Soul when I said it, she responded. "Okay, what happened now?" “That's it. We're selling this piece of junk! After spending close to $200,000 fixing the silly boat, I just found some dry rot in the crew quarters!" And

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Lifestyle, Sailing

Friday, January 5, 2018

On an early summer day, in front of a white gazebo overlooking Lake Independence, spirited women who had taken on the challenge of improving their outdoor skills assembled on the lawn for a group photograph. These pink-shirted ladies, some who were here for the first time, and others who had returned on several occasions, gathered

tags: Lifestyle, Anniversaries, Dept of Natural Resources

Thursday, January 4, 2018

For just $11 (or $6 for motorcycles) a year, Michigan's Recreation Passport enables Michigan-registered vehicles Recreation Passport logoaccess to more than 100 state parks, hundreds of miles of trails, historic sites, boat launches and other state-managed destinations. That’s just 3 cents a day for a year’s worth of

tags: Lifestyle, Coupons & Discounts, Dept of Natural Resources

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

We'd been anchored in the Canary Islands for a couple weeks, waiting for the tradewinds to start up so we could make our Atlantic crossing back to go play in the Caribbean. The harbor was crowded with boats leaving on the annual "ARC" (Atlantic Rally Crossing), so we decided to head out and beat the crowds. After all, the tradewinds

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Lifestyle, Sailing

Thursday, September 14, 2017

What is it that drives normal people to do abnormal things? This question popped into my alleged mind while spending a weekend up in the mountains, actually off the boat. After 30 years of living on a boat, cruising the world, and spending 99.9% of my time with boat people, this was one of the first times I was "stranded" amongst

tags: Lifestyle, Sailing

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Last year we took our 54’ Navigator power boat from Lake Erie to Florida and brought it back without venturing anywhere. Not this year. The Palm Beach Boat Show was the last we would exhibit at for the year. It ended on a Sunday and we were watching the weather to see when we could cross to the Bahamas. But, first we had to get

tags: Lifestyle, Sailing, Caribbean Islands, Destination

Monday, July 24, 2017

Can you imagine if everyone’s life was judged on where or how it ends? You know what I mean. If everything a person has done in his or her lifetime meant nothing more than where it led to when the time has run out; it would all be kinda silly, wouldn’t it? Well, a voyage is pretty much like life itself. It’s not

tags: Lifestyle, Sailing

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pearls before swine. I had heard the phrase for years, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized ‘twas I of which they spoke. It all started about 10 years ago. Jody and I were sailing out of Apia, Western Samoa on our way to Pago Pago in American Samoa to provision for a voyage up to Hawaii. It was the end of the

tags: Lifestyle, Sailing

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The nation’s largest recreational boating advocacy, services and safety group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), issued its 2017 Top Ten Boat Names list today, a tradition dating back a quarter decade. The names come from tallying up requests for boat names to the BoatUS Graphics service, and each reveal

tags: Lifestyle

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Stop!" my wife and I shout in unison. We’ve been on the lookout for a deserted beach on which to romp and there it appears, fronted by turquoise Caribbean waters, topped with glistening white sand. This scene unfolds as we glide into Francis Bay on St. John, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, on a 48-foot-long catamaran called

tags: Lifestyle, Caribbean Islands, Charters