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We love our boat Y-Not, and we’re very pleased with our lives aboard her for the past two plus years. But every boat (or RV) decision comes with compromises. And we’re often asked what are some of the trade-offs we see with the Bayliner 4788. So, this is that post. These are the things that we’ve had to accept or deal with in selecting this model of boat for our Great Loop (#slooping) adventures. First, here’s the video version of this post if you prefer: Con: The 4788 has a LOT of windows and doors. We have a total of 4 entry points, and windows all over the place. This does make temperature regulation more difficult, as there are lots of opportunity for the sun to beat in on the windows, or cool/warm air to escape. And each door is something we have to double check to make sure are
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Last October we shared with you the exciting news that we signed on to be co-hosts of an upcoming TV show called The RVers, aiming to be broadcast on PBS by the end of 2019. We were over the moon to be asked to contribute by producer Anthony Nalli of FourPoints Television, along with some awesome fellow RVers. We shared the news recently with a quick update on production with our YouTube audience, which you can view here: The enthusiasm for the show has been building and building, and an impressive number of sponsors have come on board to make it happen. It’s far past time for a bit of a blog update – and there’s some fricken exciting stuff up! So first… the big news… Discovery Channel! In addition to being aired on PBS, iTunes, Amazon Prime and others – we learned last week that the DISCOVERY CHANNEL has
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Whew.. lots of recent excitement over adding the Travato to our nomadic fleet this month. But we still have lots of cruising travel stuff to catch you up on to get us to Georgia! So lets do the time warp back to March… Last we left you, we were fighting midges in our beloved Sanford. So after a delightful 4 month stay, it was time to resume cruising and the Great Loop. Here’s a rather lengthy video at 26 minutes that wraps up the 12-day cruise back to Jacksonville with pretty scenery, new anchorages and a report on the performance of temporary pool noodle mounted solar panel installation: In order to get us caught up more efficiently, we’ve opted to compress the entirety of the cruise into one video and post. On our way south, we split the cruise up into 3 detailed segments (North, Middle, South). This post will be
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We’ve been enjoying visiting a local regional park here in Brunswick for some shake-down camping trips in the new Travato. As amazing as our every day life is living on the water or in our RV – it’s still good to break it up. We’ve found getting out in the van feels more like a get-a-way – a little mini break. While it’s not a vacation (we’re still integrating in our work day), it’s been really good for the soul. And, it’s fun to explore our new digs! On our trip this past week, we filmed a more produced tour of the van, and shared some of the first purchases and modifications we’ve made. This is much more polished & thorough than the impromptu live archive version. If you prefer pictures to video, check out our Travato Introduction Post, we included a bunch. Here it is: For more of the
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Last week was an amazing whirlwind of serendipity. And the end result – we are pleased to introduce you to the newest addition to growing fleet of nomadic vessels – a 2016 Winnebago Travato 59G. Why a Van? Earlier this year we shared the start of our search for a Class-B van conversion and the reasons why. As a quick recap in case you’re just joining in: We’re not getting rid of the bus or the boat – the van replaces our MINI Cooper, which has been our toad behind our bus since 2011. It’ll serve as a ‘marina hopper‘ daily driver, and a shuttle craft between our bus and boat. It’ll enable us to do some RV camping and attend RV events while still in our boating seasons, as well as allow filming for our upcoming TV show on PBS – The RVers. We won’t be towing it behind
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Our stay in Sanford was on a whole, amazing. As we shared in our last post, we loved the historic downtown, the marina, the friends we made and the entertainment options. As soon as we extended our stay, we bought tickets to the last showing of The Bridges of Madison County playing at the Theater West End (wonderfully done). We were really getting into our groove and had decided to winter in Sanford instead of returning to our RV – embracing the serendipity of where we found ourselves and tackling some major boat projects. Heck, we could even see ourselves settling down here one day. And then..  midges. Billions and billions of midges. Well, really to get the full effect, you should watch the video – I promise you, no amount of photos or puns I’ve been gathering for months can convey the experience: What is an Aquatic Midge? Midges
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I know however this post comes out, it’ll never be able to fully convey our amazing stay in Sanford. How do you summarize four months into one post? We get asked all the time ‘what’s your favorite place’ or ‘if you decide to settle down, where would it be?’ After 13-years of full time travel and exploring hundreds of amazing places- Sanford, Florida will definitely be on a very short list of answers. First, here’s the video version of this stay: We arrived to Sanford on Halloween Day 2018, after an amazing 2-week cruise down the St. Johns River. We had made a 1-week reservation for a slip at Monroe Harbour Marina. We had no expectations, and really didn’t know much about the marina or the area – except there was a downtown in walking distance. Oh, and some mention of a German restaurant we should check out. We figured
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Long time followers know to brace themselves on April 1st around here – you just simply don’t trust ANYTHING my sweetie posts that day. Hopefully you got a kick out of his dream version of how we move our MINI Cooper between ports. However, many of you are probably left wondering just how actually move our car between marinas – like, for realz. So, here goes – it’s really not as complicated as you might think. First, a quick video documenting our last hopscotch from Sanford to Jacksonville: Why We Move Our Car When we first started cruising, we thought we’d be exploring the Great Loop over 2-3 years. Which would mean a combination of lots of cruising miles and a few longer stays along the way. We didn’t really consider that our MINI Cooper, that we’ve towed behind our bus since 2011, would play a role in our boating
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When we first moved aboard our boat, Y-Not, we were not sure if it would be practical to keep our MINI Cooper that we’ve towed behind our vintage bus conversion Zephyr since 2011. Would it be a hassle to need to constantly move our car between ports as we travel? How would we even do that? And this has actually become one of our most frequently asked questions over the past two years – just how do we move our car (and eventually our van) between marinas? There is the easy way, and there is the awesome way. And today – we’ll explain it all. Dealing With a Dinghy That Doesn’t Float We sometimes jokingly tell people we tow our tiny little Mini behind the boat – but though we actually researched that option, that turns out to be not very practical. Flotation-capable tires for the Mini are too expensive, and we worry that
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It is hard to believe we’ve been (mostly) living on Y-Not for over two years now – wow! In that time, we’ve tackled some pretty big upgrades and maintenance projects. Some long planned, others scheduled by serendipity. And in the course of the past two years, we have managed to transform Y-Not into an incredibly comfortable home we love. In July of 2017 we published a detailed blog post chronicling all the projects we had already tackled in our first four months of ownership, and looking ahead towards all the future projects on our radar (including, ironically, radar). Now that we’ve reached our second year – it is time to revisit that post and project list to see just how things have turned out: Upgrading Y-Not: Boat Project Planning (Lithium, Solar, Marine Electronics, and More!) Looking back – it is eye opening to see the projects that we’ve handled, the
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