DECEMBER 2019 KIDS4SAIL.COM
Meet the Colemans on
Years of Christmases Aboard
No Plans Just Optons
A Kids4sail publication
Get Your Christmas Crafts in Gear!
by Mina Coleman
Family of five,
Land lIfe on Pause
The Colemans on SV Graceful have moved aboard, sold their house and now cruise the East Coast, USA.
Apple pie roses
Since 2016 the Eilbeck crew have been spending Christmas abroad. Read all about it!
No Plans Just options
Brooke Spilchen Foster has that special touch when it comes to crafting. Check out her ornaments and her how-to that many of us will depend on!
You've got to try making these. It's hard to believe, but it's easy and fun to do with the kids!
Last year we adopted a new family name – the Graceful people. And our three children, are now known as the Graceful kids. It is the name of our home – a 1985 Grand Soleil 39.
Our life as we had managed it for years, took a bit of a turn, in November, 2018, following our decision to move aboard, full time. We had purchased our boat a year and a half prior to that, and kept it at a tiny marina, on the Chesapeake Bay. Our home was in the DC metro area, which allowed us plenty of weekends to go and learn how to better sail, not hit the docks, do repairs, etc.
The captain – Joe – had sailed before aboard his grandparents' boat, but the fun police – Mina – grew up in a small village, high in the mountains of Bulgaria, and did not have the slightest clue what to do with a boat. Yep, it was my husband's dream to start cruising. The year-long resistance was overturned by lots of research, and the pieces eventually fell into place for me, as well. The kids took longer to convince, being 8, 10 and 12 years old respectively, at the time we moved aboard.
Our suburban land life was the land of plenty: good schools, nice jobs, a spacious home, loving church community, sports to keep the kids out of breath, pets and even honey bees. We were checking quite a few boxes, but our plans to travel, explore and do charity work were postponed for the “some day”.
In order for our liveaboard plans to work, we needed Joe's income, and his job allowed him great flexibility, as long as we were close to an airport. That meant continental sailing for us, which worked well as there is lots to see nationally. I left my job as a registered nurse and became a full-time mama. A year after we moved aboard, we decided to abandon the mortgage world and sold our house.
On the boat, we had to mold each piece of our new life,to fit and not fall out of place (quite literally). The transition to homeschooling tested everyone's patience. The kids gave up their digital world in exchange for occasional gaming and old classics assigned by the new evil teacher. But, guess what? Few of their narrations now include “like” and “stuff” and they have discovered the wonderful world of boat-kids! As we progress slowly through Robinson Crusoe and start to understand English, I cannot help but thank God for guiding us through it. Any suburbia mom knows that she alone cannot pull the WiFi plug and live to tell the tale.
Attending church has been important for us and we sailed to new parishes (Catholic and Eastern Orthodox), but that was another comfort zone scratch – we were always the new family. It was humbling to learn to accept different customs and not complain too much.
The funny thing is many aspects of this previously feared sea life have brought me back to my Bulgarian mountain roots.
When I was a child many houses in our village only had toilets so we would fill our bath-bags and go to the hot springs public bath to bathe and spend time with friends and relatives (men were separated from women). Marina showers cannot compare to the large Roman pools, but the feeling is similar.
I was used to sharing a bedroom as a child and we have grown closer together on the boat, frequently bumping into each other. How do you isolate yourself (physically and mentally) and slam the door of your room if you barely have one? In a way we are relearning to be a community, starting with our own family.
There is much about cruising that we are still getting used to – heeling, taking night shift and not having an autopilot. On the flip side, we stay quite connected with our boat while sailing. Seasickness is awful but passages are short (the fun police allows one “over-nighter” at a time).
In the not-so-distant future we hope to be able to change the formula and fulfill our dreams of cruising further, God willing. We would like to think that we are a boat closer to that.
The latest plan for the Graceful family is to finish rebuilding the boat's engine and hopefully head south before the next hurrican season. However, as many boat people may know, plans tend to fall apart once you push off the docks!
For now, our happiest achievement is that those Coleman children are proudly calling themselves the Graceful boat-kids.
Land lIfe on Pause
Tamara Martin explains her family's path so they're able to stay cruising indefinitely.
coleman family details
Boat Name: sv Graceful
Boat Details: 1995 Grand Soleil 39
Home Port: Hampton, VA, USA
Current Location: Hampton, VA, USA
# of Kids: 3
In a way we are relearning to be a community, starting with our own family.
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In 2010 the Lelievre family threw off the dock lines and headed down the east coast of the US. With their 18 month old daughter, Lucie, in tow, they were on the hunt for other kid boats in their area. Kids4Sail was born. It has since grown into a world-wide community of cruising families. Kids4Sail provides support, connections, and inspiration for families that experience the world on our oceans.
If you find yourself in that category and are looking for a supportive group of like-minded families, come join us!
Erika, Charles, and Lucie (G10) live on their Lagoon 420 in Stamford, CT. This is their 10th year living aboard, with a pause for a bit to care for family. Kids4Sail is their way of giving back to a community who has helped them in so many ways!
I'm having a Bad Day. This Boat Isn't Big Enough...
Christmas Destintion this Year??
Advice for Getting Started in the Lifestyle?
We've all been there. Boat life can be harder than you realize and soon enough it builds. A bad day can turn into a REALLY bad day and you just want to throw the towel in. You're not alone. Not at all. Here's some advice other parents have those times you just need a break:
-Movies - even if you're against it. Sanity wins.
-Cookies and biscuits
Just give yourself a break and reset tomorrow. It all evens out in the end!
Link to FB post here
Baby Nappy/Diaper Solution?
Using reusable diapers/nappies come with extra work. The consensus of most of the experienced cloth diaper cruisers are to try to avoid saltwater when washing. The salt , even when just washing with saltwater and after a fresh water rinse, can cause havoc to a baby's sensitive skin.
Another point is that you'll use just as much freshwater trying to rinse out all of that salt properly, so washing in salt is a bit counter-acting.
Read the comments for more information and good ideas on how to make homemade inserts and other ideas.
Link to FB post here
How Dare You Impose Your Dreams on Your Kids
What Type of Security Measures are Aboard?
Yeah, we've all heard this before. It's SO HARD not to do eye rolling exercises. But the reality is, what they say can get you down. Don't let it. Stay strong and give your kids the gift of a lifetime of memories, skills, and an education that is insurpassable.
There will always be naysayers - whether from insecurities, fear of the unknown, misunderstandings, jealousy - the reasons are endless!
Keep in mind that staying in suburbia, living a farm life, public education, etc. is a choice people are imposing on their kids as well.
Chin up. It's worth it. Follow the thread below to see all the miserable kids out there...
Link to FB post here
The OVERWHELMING consensus among current active cruisers is that they feel safe just about everywhere they go.
-Research the places you plan to visit for current crime rates using the sources below.
-Use your gut instinct about anchorages and don't hesitate to move further out or to another bay if it's questionable.
-Lock doors and hatches, chain dinghies and outboards, store valuables inside or in safes.
-Pepperspray, dogs, alarms, hatch bars are options.
-Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN)
Link to FB post here
Information, knowledge and skills are your best bets on getting started to learn more about living aboard and/or traveling by boat.
+See lots of boats - both monohulls and catamarans.
+Kids4Sail is the hot place to support, information, and finding buddies in your area.
+Instagram #kids4sail, #kidboat, #kidsonboats, #kids4sailteen
+The book Voyaging with Kids is a great tangible resource.
+Take classes on weather, engine mechanics, electrical, etc.
+Get in touch with those doing it. Ask questions. Get support. Feel comfortable.
Link to FB post here
Top Posts of the Month
I'm reading the comments on the locaton roll for December and it looks like these are the winners:
ANTIGUA & MARTINIQUE
LA CRUZ, MX
Homeschooling is daunting, but I think the most daunting aspect of homeschooling is trying to find a curriculum. There are SO many out there! How do you know if it will work for your child? Too easy? Too hard? And Suzy across the street said her son loved/hated it? What to do!?
I wish I could tell you that I have a secret solution to all your fears about choosing the right curriculum. What I will tell you is that it will be OK. In the 8+ years I've been homeschooling our kids, I've trialed several elementary curriculums. Some have been great, some not so great. You just have to go with your gut and sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose, but the best part is that if it doesn’t work out, you get to choose something else! Being in control of something so big is intimidating, but it can also be rewarding, especially if your child has a history of struggling.
There are so many styles of homeschooling and once you decide what your homeschool looks like, it will make choosing your curriculums easier. First of all, is your family religious based? Strictly secular? Indifferent? Those three choices will really affect your curriculum choices. What about unschooling? Eclectic? Classical? Montessori? Waldorf? I won’t get into all the different styles, but I suggest you do some research and decide which style suits your family best. This will help narrow down your choices.
Once you have chosen your homeschool style, you should decide what type of curriculum would work well for your family, for example: all-in-one curriculum (which gives you every subject), online vs. not, teacher based or not, etc, etc.. and of course, there’s usually the dreaded budget!
Our family is pretty relaxed/eclectic and fairly secular (though the mention of God doesn’t scare us ;) - but we do not utilize any religious studies into our day).
Two curriculums we’ve used and continue to use with success for elementary Language Arts are:
1. Explode the Code: A workbook based Language Arts curriculum that spans from preschool to early-mid elementary aged. We’ve used this with huge success for our 3 youngest kids. Our 2nd daughter was a reluctant reader and needed something repetitive and structured without a lot of fluff and this fit the bill perfectly. These workbooks are very plain, there are no colors or needless fluff, which is our preference. We love how it integrates handwriting, reading comprehension, spelling and phonetics all in one. Each book has a level, and for first few beginning levels, some have a 1/2 level if your child is not quite ready to progress to the next one and needs extra practice. Our kids have never complained about these books. We love the methodical approach to learning to read and write. I really wish we started using these right from the start. We purchase these books right off of Amazon and they are very reasonably priced.
2. Critical Thinking Company: Another great company without a lot of fluff with workbook based curriculums. Currently and in the past, we’ve utilized "Language Smarts" (a full Language Arts based curriculum that our 8 year old is currently using), "Editor in Chief" (this is an excellent grammar curriculum that teaches kids to proof read and find errors within the passages with each lesson), "Reading Detective" (a reading comprehension based workbook), "Word Roots" and "Sentence Diagramming". We have trialed out some of the app based curriculums for the kids iPads, and honestly, we did not like that AT ALL. This company has full curriculum options in every subject. We’ve never trialed out anything other than their Language Arts based books. Critical Thinking Company also goes right from preschool through high school.
3. Handwriting Without Tears: this is an excellent handwriting program that starts in preschool and goes through elementary grades. It starts with basic skills through cursive learning. I also love their lined paper!
These two curriculums are super travel friendly. I love workbook options because it keeps the kids schoolwork well organized without papers everywhere. They are not intimidating and have no fluff attached with busy work. I love straightforward options for the kids because it keeps things simple. Don’t mistake straightforward without fluff for simple or easy. We also supplement often with journal writing, creative writing and other fun ideas for language arts. We also chose curriculums that did not require any internet connection. Before we left the United States, we were unsure of what wifi and connectivity would be like.
Another option for early-mid elementary schoolers is the use of unit studies. Unit studies are when you take a subject, for example: Winter Olympics, and you learn all about it, from the geography and history of the location, history of the olympics, learning about new sports, athletes, weather at the location, etc etc. - you could virtually take ANY subject that interests your child and secretly add in all the subjects your kids “hate” without calling it math, writing or history. :) And of course, outdoor time and creative play is super important, it's just not always about the writing and reading. Follow the lead of your kids!
Phew! That’s a lot of information!Questions? Comments? What do you use that works well for your family?.
Link to post and comments HERE.
Stephanie Colottie Ferrie addresses her boatschool routine and thoughts on her FB page, Live The Voyage. Go have a look and follow along!
Language Arts Aboard sv Serendipity
being in control of something so big is intimidating, but it can also be rewarding...
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Handwriting Without Tears
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Boat Name: sv Serendipity
Boat Details: 2011 Jeanneau 44i
Home Port: Scarborough, Maine, USA
Current Location: Antigua
# of Kids: 4
We were 1,645 miles from the African coast when I placed the turkey on the table last year and we broke our ‘don’t leave the helm’ rule to have Christmas lunch. There were five on our liveaboard Lagoon400 catamaran, “SV No Plans Just Options”. Actually, there were six if you count our sausage dog, Pipsqueak, who was now looking hopefully at the turkey too. We are an Antipodean crew; Guy & Zoe, Cam (aged 12) and Max (aged 8) make up our Australian family plus our Kiwi friend Annah who had joined us for this passage. Sailing mid-Atlantic, our destination was Barbados.
So, the table is set, the sea is calm and we’re having a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings right there, in the middle of the ocean; and it’s pretty awesome. We tuck in, with a token glass of champers (another rule broken) and…. yuk! It’s absolutely revolting! My Canary Islands supermarket guess in the meat department when I provisioned for this crossing has not paid off; I think it might be a tough salted pork with some weird cheese in the middle. But luckily no one seems to care, it’s too sunny with little swell and definitely our most unique Christmas Day to date as we open presents and skim across the sea. The dinner winner that evening though is Pipsqueak, who eats horrible pork and cheese until she’s in a food coma.
The list of things to do prior to this crossing felt daunting as it was our first ocean passage. We chose to loosely cross with some other liveaboard families rather than do an organised rally so we figured it out as we went along, helping each other to set up our satellite phones, scurrying around shops, buying, packing, repacking and storing. Serious and silly conversations between parents started with “How’s the weather forecast looking?” (answer: Ok), “How many eggs do you think we need for 3 weeks at sea?” (answer: 120!), “Should we get more solar now given we are sailing West?” (answer: probably) and “How will Santa find you?” (answer: with difficulty, but he did).
Our boats are well lived on so they’re heavily laden with household items, toys, safety and sailing equipment, water, food and everything else required to be self-sufficient for a few weeks or more. Boat weight is a big issue, and everyone has run out of space! Added to this was an (unfounded) fear that day to day staples like milk would be hard to find in the Caribbean after the luxury of access to big, cheap supermarkets in the Mediterranean where we’d sailed for the last 3 years. We crossed the Atlantic with 100 litres of UHT milk, such was my pre-crossing anxiety about this. The milk was finished quite quickly, but the mountain of canned goods took longer to get through - and we still have Italian pesto on board a year later. The learning from this over provisioning panic is that while you may not find what you are used to in every country, people all over the world do eat (who knew!) and loading your boat up with a year rather than a month’s worth of food serves only to slow you down once you get out there. It’s easy pre crossing to lose sight too of the fact that you’re travelling to experience other cultures which includes eating local food and supporting the communities you visit by buying from local vendors.
“Won’t the kids be bored on the boat for so many days?” was a question we were asked by many people prior to leaving. We weren’t sure, but they were used to doing passages and had responsibilities while we were offshore that they had to fulfil which kept them busy. Cam was on the helm daily as part of our watch roster and Max was responsible for washing up after every meal for the duration of the passage. They also had to turn the fruit, vegetables and eggs each day to prolong their shelf lives which seemed to take forever. From experience I knew that doing school each day and keeping our routine limits boredom, so they continued with school up until Christmas though they were not thrilled as their buddies in Australia were on Summer holidays. We created a unique Advent Calendar too; twenty-four numbered boxes had a few chocolates, a dog treat and mystery message inside each one. Every morning at our daily briefing we looked at the weather, addressed boat issues, talked about what we were going to cook that day and then opened an advent box. The secret messages were a highlight of the trip for the kids as each day they had a new instruction; to make cupcakes or Christmas decorations, a complicated puzzle to complete, a small toy or pack of cards or just a silly idea such as ‘speak like a pirate day’. These were eagerly anticipated each morning and by the time they’d finished school, played with the advent idea/toy, listened to an audio book, done a watch or the washing up, tormented Pipsqueak the dog by dressing her up and then watched a movie it was always dinner time and they were then back in bed for another good night’s sleep.
Sailing conditions were generally good and crossing in December ensured we had the trade winds behind us however we were still the last boat of our pack to reach the Caribbean, arriving just before New Year’s Eve in Barbados after 24 days at sea. Challenges we experienced included ripping our spinnaker just three days into passage which took a week to sew up and slowed us down as we couldn’t go dead down wind. Responding to a Mayday called by a rowboat attempting to cross the Atlantic (!) had the same effect as our assistance was not required in the end however we were able to watch the rescue effort as we approached him and felt we’d accrued some ‘karma points’ should we ever find ourselves in a similar predicament in future!
The last few days into Barbados were bumpy with 30+ knots and confused seas of four metres resulting in waves from different angles. Unfortunately, our autopilot was not up to the task and we lost it three days from land. Guy and Annah took the heavy lifting of hand steering in the dark with no moon or stars to guide them. Our delight in seeing the island of Barbados appear before us late in the afternoon of our 24th day at sea turned to giggling, followed by nose snorting laughter as a squall raced in and obliterated the view of the island with grey swirling clouds and rain; so close, and yet so far! Undeterred, a few hours later in tropical heat we dropped anchor and dinghied over to meet our salty friends from the nine other boats who’d been patiently waiting for us to finish our crossing so we could party together. Catching up with great friends on New Year’s Eve with ‘Kokomo’ tunes, swapping tales and partying on the beach in Barbados having conquered the Atlantic Ocean was a fantastic end to 2018.
For the previous couple of years our little family had been living aboard in the Mediterranean after we purchased our boat in Croatia. Initially our first Summer season in the Med found us in in Greece, Albania, Montenegro and Croatia however Winter came fast and it began to get cold in October.
In the Med most liveaboards ‘Winter’ their boats by heading into a marina for the colder months. The storms between November and March make it difficult to live on anchor and sailing is challenging. During this time towns that have a mild climate such as those in the south of Sicily and Greece, can offer competitive slip rates and have ready access to airports and car rental become home for many liveaboards to rest and repair their boats while friendships blossom for those who remain aboard. Our marina of choice in 2016 for our first Christmas owning No Plans Just Options was Marina de Cala del Sole in Licata, Sicily and we snuggled up in the warm embrace of the large liveaboard community, lovely marina staff and welcoming Sicilian locals. It was a brilliant and lively town to spend time in, and we had a wonderful couple of months there in November and December with new and old friends however the lure of cheap flights across Europe at Christmas was strong…. Rome! Munich! Paris? London? These options coupled with finding a great deal on Airbnb meant we could literally go anywhere. And our kids had never seen snow… so before we knew it, we were in Prague for Christmas. While we missed our extended families, it was a pretty amazing trip and we were able to sample the delights of Czech Christmas food including smoked fish soup (not our favourite), sausage and biscuits that we’d now do anything to find and eat again, they were so good. Of course, it did not snow but the Christmas markets and beautiful buildings were mesmerising.
The 2017 European sailing season soon began, and it was easy to hop between Malta, Italy, Sardinia, and Croatia before heading back to Marina de Cala del Sole again for Winter. We were welcomed like old friends and settled the boat into her berth for a well-earned rest. This time it was a cheap car hire offer that drew us out of the marina for Christmas and onto the road. A three-month car rental was about the same as it would cost for a fortnight in Australia so it was too tempting to resist! So, we packed up our belongings, gave No Plans a good clean and headed across Sicily, Italy, France and into Spain to visit friends and relatives. Our budget of 40 euros a night was easily achievable in most Airbnbs and we tried to find houses that were privately owned rather than staying at hotels or managed properties. Meeting locals, chatting to them and often being fed by them in Winter was easy and interesting because it was not the main tourist season and they were as curious about us as we were about them!
Our Christmas that year was super European and traditional as we found an enormous 500-year-old rectory with 6 bedrooms in Monte Cerignone, near San Marino in Northern Italy with lovely friends, another liveaboard sailing family. On Airbnb, this house was just 50 Euros a night and both families split the cost, so this was cheap even by our standards! The house was high on a hill overlooking a picturesque town and even had a church attached plus ornate statues and original features throughout. Why so cheap? It had no heating, and it was snowing outside! The huge fireplaces in the kitchen and lounge provided our only warmth and when we left a week later, we smelled like we’d lived in a cave. But it was wonderful – we cooked Porchetta (roast pork) from the local butcher on Christmas Day and made traditional Italian Christmas cakes and tree decorations. The kids played in the snow and we walked for miles across the countryside every day, dodging locals who were attempting to shoot the harassed local deer. Not a boat-based Christmas, but a beautiful memory made with sailing liveaboard friends that we’ll cherish for many years to come.
Last year we clocked up a big number of miles, racing from Sicily to Turkey and back to Gibraltar via Greece before the Atlantic crossing. We then raced through the Caribbean and we’re now in the USA for hurricane season. As we approach Christmas 2019 we have decided to fly home to Sydney for a few weeks because we’ve been away from our families for some years. We’re keen to sleep in land beds for a few weeks too before we tackle the Pacific and sail home to Australia on No Plans in 2020.
Our story is similar to many other sailing families – we purchased No Plans to go sailing for just 12 months as a gap year, and yet we find ourselves still sailing almost 4 years later. It’s because this lifestyle and the families we meet (many of whom we met via Kids4Sail) are now a huge part of our lives and the freedom we experience daily is addictive. So, thank you sailing families for your friendship, and Merry Christmas. Here’s to another year of fair winds, following seas and beautiful family friendships for us all.
Zoe, Guy, Cam, Max & Pipsqueak
by Zoe Catchlove
Leaving from Sydney in 2016
No Plans Just Option's Eilbecks' Celebrations
Christmas Day 2018
I feel that Kids4Sail's transparency is really important. Traveling and raising a family on board a boat is not "normal" within our societies. And although deviating from the norm is AOK - and even encouraged here - it can still feel daunting and lonely at times. Do not fear! You are not the only ones out there. Take a look at the numbers and breathe a sigh of relief. There are SO MANY of us out there!
Behind the Scenes
Boat Name: sv No Plans Just Options
Boat Details: 2010 Lagoon 400
Home Port: Sydney, Australia
Current Location: St. Augustine, FL
# of Kids: 2 + 1 dog
Christmas Day 2017
Eilbeck Family Details
2019 Kids4Sail Annapolis Meetup at the Annapolis Boat Show! This was taken in the middle of the gathering - some families had to leave and others came after. This is a yearly event, so if you couldn't make it this year, we'll see you next year!
Add yourself by clicking on the map to take you to Noforeignland.com!
Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Makes: 2-3 roses
1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
2. Butter ramekins or pie pan.
3. Mix the cinnamon and sugar in small bowl and melt butter in a small saucepan.
4. Slice apples very thin and cook them in pan or place in microwave for 90 seconds until they are soft and tender (able to bend).
5. Roll puff pastry into 3"x12" sheets.
6. Brush butter on each sheet, lay apple slices, red skin pointed outward, overlapping the edge of the sheets (see below).
7. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
8. Fold sheet in half, covering bottom of apples.
9. Brush apricot jam onto top layer of pastry.
10. Roll pastry and apples to create a rose.
11. Place in ramekin or pie pan.
12. Repeat with as many as you want.
13. Bake for 45 minutes.
14. Sprinkle confectioners' sugar on top.
15. Enjoy with ice cream or whipped cream!
apple with red skin, cored, thinly sliced
cup white sugar
sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
tablespoons apricot jam
confectioners' sugar (for decoration)
Note: To make a whole pan you will need:
sheets of frozen puff pastry, thawed
cup of butter
cup of apricot jam
Apple Pie Roses
This recipe, although looks complicated, is truly easy! You can make these as singles or fill a pan with bunches to create a "bouquet". The hardest part might be to locate puff pastry locally depending on your location.
It's an easy recipe for the kids to get involved, tooc and there's not much of a mess in the end!! Dreamy. Give it a shot!
Above: Assembly in 3 separate steps.
Left: Butter, cinnamon & sugar, apples
Center: Fold pastry, brush on jam
Right: Roll up and place in bakeware
Adapted from Allreipes.com
by Erika Lelievre
Martin Family Details
MAKES IT HAPPEN
by Tamara Martin
Boat Name: sv Schole
Boat Details: 1980 Cheoy Lee Offshore 38'
Home Port: Lyndonville, VT, USA
Current Location: Rio Dulce, Guatemala
# of Kids: 3
“How do you do it financially?” Our family gets asked this question so often, particularly from folks on land. It is a funny question in many ways as we find people are often uncomfortable talking about money. It’s one of the biggest questions because, obviously, how else does a family take off to cruise into the sunset indefinitely? We have grown used to being asked at this point, and honestly, don’t mind talking about it. This quote from Marianne Williamson rings true:
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
As it relates to cruising, I’m happy to say that if our family can make this work, anyone with enough persistence can make it work!
First, we want to introduce ourselves. Our family has been cruising now for over 3 years. We are the Martin family of 5; husband Rob, myself (Tamara), and our three kids, Grace (14), Rita (12), and Sam (11). We live on a 38-foot monohull, a 1980 Cheoy Lee Offshore named SV Schole. Our boat has sailed us through several seasons in The Bahamas, up to the Chesapeake and back down, then through the windward passage to Guatemala, where we are now. Our future plans are to explore the Western Caribbean.
Before sailing we were farmers. We owned a midsized diversified organic farm in Northern Vermont with a focus on direct marketing. My husband was also an adjunct biology Professor at our local state college. Besides managing the farm, I also homeschooled our three children. After three years of cruising we are now age 38 and 40, and by no means able to retire yet!
When we decided to cruise, we started saving. By the time we had unraveled our business and liquidated our equipment and livestock, we had enough savings for one year of cruising. We figured we’d get started and the rest would fall into place. During our first season, as we were in the yard, an opportunity in Florida popped up for me to do some retail management. Being flexible is key for our family, so I took the job and lingered a little longer to top off our cruising kitty after boatyard expenses. It was never in the plan, but this job opportunity paid well, allowing us to continue living aboard while working on our older “bargain” boat, so we took it. We also spent an extra month one fall working the Annapolis Sailboat Show for extra money. It was great fun, with great people, and the right timing so we couldn’t turn down a little more money for the kitty. But those things aren’t our bread and butter - it is my husband, Rob, working the summer in Alaska in the fishing industry that pays most of the bills.
The timing was perfect as it coincided with hurricane season in the Atlantic, our cruising grounds. Rob, having grown up in a fishing town in Alaska and having served in the Coast Guard there, decided that the fishing industry job would suit our financial needs. We headed to Alaska to stay with my family while Rob started hunting down leads. Within a week a connection through a family friend - along with Rob’s Coast Guard, sailing, and previous work experience - ended in a job offer as a skipper of a tender. A tender is essentially a boat delivering fish to the canneries from the fishing grounds.
This job has worked beautifully for several seasons now at meeting our financial cruising needs. Rob’s season has been June through August. He works while the kids and I visit family and friends. We could stay on the boat and save even more money but we enjoy the time stateside catching up. It can be hard to have him away so long, especially the last few weeks, but when we consider the fact that it blesses us to be together full time nine months of the year, traveling on our boat and having freedom, it is well worth it.
It also doesn’t hurt that Rob loves boats and the ocean, so in many ways he hardly considers it work! Last season he even hired a young cruising couple as his crew, which worked out to be his best season yet fishing in Alaska. After several seasons and more connections, he has been offered better jobs on bigger boats with even better pay. For the foreseeable future this career is working very well to financially allow us to continue to cruise and travel with our kids.
1. Paint a shell red with cheap acrylic paint. This may require two coats. Allow to dry between coats and after 2nd coat.
2. Dab on two eyes with the end of a paint brush. Allow to dry.
3. Start with two red pipe cleaners and you'll use about 1-3/4's. On the first pipe cleaner cut it into 4 equal parts. Bend each of those parts into 4 "V"'s. Take the 2nd pipe cleaner and cut it in half, then cut one half in half again. With the remaining 1/2 piece cut off 2x1" pieces and discard the remainder. Take the 1" piece and bern it around your 1/4 piece to make the claw. Shape as desired.
4. Turn the shell over and lay out the pipe cleaner pieces in place around it. Be sure to have your eyes near the claws.
5. Hot glue on the 2 "V"s to each side of the back of the shell to be the back legs.
6. Hot glue the longer claw legs on each side of the shell's middle line (to the back side of shell) so the claws stick out near eyes.
7. Bend the tips of each "V" leg so it has a small curve in it.
8. Hot glue on a ribbon or a rope to hang.
SHELL SANTA ORNAMENT
1. Find an all white scallop shell or paint one white. with cheap acrylic paint.
2. Paint on a red Santa hat as shown. Allow to dry.
3. Paint on a skin-tone face of your colour choice. Allow to dry.
4. Paint on a red mouth with a thin brush. Dab on eyes using the end of a paint brush. Allow to dry.
5. Hot glue on a ribbon/rope to hang.
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Boat Name: sv Auwe
# of Kids: 2
by Brooke Spilchen Foster
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Depending on which ornaments you want to make you will need the following: Felt, sharp scissors, embroidery floss and embroidery needle, 2 patterns and paper cutting scissors, pins if desired, ribbon or rope to hang.
From the patterns provided you can choose the colours of felt you’d like based on my photos or your own preferences. If you want to start with an easier piece I would recommend the whale or the jellyfish. They are the two easiest ones to complete. The hardest is the flamingo.
You will need at least two copies of the patterns. One you will cut out in full and the second you will cut up into smaller pieces. For example on the shark, you will have a full grey piece, a second grey piece with the white area cut out and a white area piece (plus the eye). A note to consider, you must have sharp scissors to cut your felt. I have scissors I use that have never touched paper and never will. This is to keep them sharp so cutting the felt is easier and it will keep its shape better while cutting. You’ll use paper scissors to cut out the pattern. You can pin the pattern to the felt to stop it from shifting while cutting if you want.
Most pieces have a full back cut out and then second pieces sewn on top, and sometimes, like on the flamingo wing, there is a third piece layered on. I found one piece as a base to be too flimsy. That being said there are pieces like the flamingo legs and the manatee flippers that are one piece. If you choose to do two pieces anywhere that I did one, that will work out just fine.
All my pieces are stitched together using a blanket stitch (google it if you don’t know). It’s a fairly simple stitch once you master it. It is also optional. You can easily just due a normal stitch around everything. Just becareful not to pull the stitches too tight or your felt will crinkle with a normal stitch.
Make sure to divide your embroidery floss. When you unravel it, it is composed of 6 strands. All stitching will be done with 2 strands only. The exception are the French knots. They use the whole 6 strands together. Certain pieces like the sea star have French knots (google a how to), to give it texture. These knots can also be used as eyes.
Some I added Santa hats, too, but that is optional. The Santa hat size may need to be adjusted according to the piece you are making.
Last but not least... if sewing really isn’t your idea of fun then you can always glue the pieces together instead. This is also an option for younger children. Either way they are a lot of fun and are sure to provide holiday cheer. Bonus, if you remove the hats they can stay up all year.
Enjoy! And feel free to message me on Facebook if you have any questions. I’m under Brooke Spilchen Foster.
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