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For years we’ve had readers and viewers ask if we had any ‘Technomadia swag’ they could purchase. We’re just not ‘swag’ sort of bloggers – we do this for FUN. But with a boat, it’s pretty common to have a boat shirt – and we’ve been considering what we wanted for ours. Last year while roaming around a town we were anchored in, we saw a sign that said: Why Not is More Fun Than Why   And that planted a seed… That seed got tucked away until a few weeks ago when T-Shirt company Bonfire contacted us asking if we’d like to offer a shirt, they’d even do the design work? We said…  well.. ya know… Y-Not? When we purchased Y-Not (who’s first owner’s name was Tony.. get it?), we loved the name – it embraces our approach to life. Setting intentions and then letting serendipity steer the way.
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We ended up staying in Ft. Pierce just shy of 2 months to complete our projects. While we loved the city, we were itching to move on the moment the carpenter turned his last screw. Continuing to wait for that moment however was becoming a bit of a struggle, as we had other logistics to juggle – such as getting our vehicle up into storage in Melbourne and bringing my mom back aboard for a cruise. It all worked out, and on the morning of June 5 – with our crew aboard – we were ready to leave Causeway Cove Marina and continue our journey north. First, our video recap of our cruise:   First Stop: Vero Beach, FL My mom has joined us aboard Y-Not several times before, usually while at dock or for some short excursions. This would be her first joining us for a few days of
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The Election Supervisor of Clay County Florida has sought an opinion of the Florida Department of State on qualifications to be registered to vote. The summary of that interpretation is that you must have a residential address to vote in the state of Florida. Clay County is no longer registering new voters using popular RVers & Cruiser mail forwarding service addresses from St. Brendan’s Isle – and will be going through an estimated 3000 voting roles to remove existing non-qualified voters. But this impacts all full time nomads using domicile and mail forwarding services. Particularly in Florida – as this was a state issued advisory opinion and it could set precedent. And this impacts voting at a federal, state and county level.   Our quick video summary of this advisory:   For more information: PassageMaker Article: https://www.passagemaker.com/trawler-news/liveaboard-voting-rights-threatened-florida Clay Today Article: http://www.claytodayonline.com/stories/3000-voters-under-scrutiny-in-clay,12234? We ourselves are long time customers of St. Brendan’s
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When we pulled into Ft. Pierce in early April for the MTOA Rendezvous, we were only thinking we might stick around a few weeks. But then boat projects were taken on, and at that point you might as well let go of a concept of schedule. Despite a lot of project chaos during our stay, we made a point to get out and enjoy the amazing little town of Ft. Pierce – there’s a lot to discover! First, our video recap of our time: Where We Stayed: Causeway Cove Marina Our time in Ft. Pierce was at Causeway Cove Marina – the site of the MTOA Rendezvous. The club had negotiated a great price for monthly stays of just $10/ft plus electric – which made it a super affordable option. And bonus that the marina was brand new and mostly empty our entire stay. Situated on northern end of South
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Ok.. well, not technically. First, we didn’t buy property. We purchased a lifetime lease. Next, it’s not really a ‘house’ but an RV lot with a casita. But still, we’re super excited to have finally reached this milestone that has been in the works for over two years and all part of our long term plans for splitting our time between RVing and boating. We’re the Newest SKP Saguaro Park Leaseholders So first, the big reveal – last weekend we purchase a lifetime lease to Lot #172 at the SKP Saguaro Co-Op in Benson, AZ. And we’re a wee bit excited about it! What is SKP Saguaro? What is a Co-Op? Located in Benson, AZ just south of Tucson the SKP Suaguaro Co-Op RV Park is a vibrant community of fellow Escapee RV Club Members. The Co-Op isn’t owned or operated by the Escapees RV Club, but by members of the
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I had intended to cover our entire repositioning up from Miami To Ft. Pierce in one post – after all, 125 nautical miles shouldn’t require that much content! Maybe its because we’re smitten with returning to cruising, or it’s all still so new to us – or maybe it really is just a slower pace means more experiences to the mile. So, here’s the continuation of our cruise leaving Miami to our next destination – West Palm Beach, Hobe Sound and our arrival for the MTOA Rendezvous in Ft. Pierce. Continuing The Cruise Up the ICW First, the video version of this chapter (at about 14m long) with some spiffy drone footage too: First Stop: West Palm Beach, FL We left our anchorage at Lake Boca Raton in the morning to head to our next. With about 75 nm remaining on our repositioning to Ft. Pierce we were trying to
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It feels so fricken good to be back to our cruising lifestyle! Leaving Miami was a huge milestone for us after 5 weeks ‘living on the hard’ then juggling storing the boat while we pursued our RV trip to Texas. We passed our sea trial with flying colors, and then just like that – we were free! Starting The Cruise Up the ICW First, the video version of this chapter (at about 14m long) with some cool time lapse videos taken with our new Garmin VIRB camera: First Stop: Halouver Anchorage Our first night resuming cruising nicely coincided with recognizing our 1-year wedding anniversary (we’ve been life committed for most of our 12 years on the road together, but we decided last year to ‘make it legal’ now that marriage equality is a reality). Two milestones worth commemorating with a special first stop. We decided we were definitely getting out
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It’s been a few years since we updated our list of favorite mobile apps for RVers. We just came off an extended RV trip for the winter season, and it was fun to see which apps we still love and new apps that have hit the market. So here it is, our updated list of mobile apps we consider our essentials to complement our road tripping lifestyle (note, we are an all Apple household, but if there’s an Android version we’ve listed it too.). Please note that we are also app developers and some of these apps we wrote to solve problems we encountered in our own travels. We have clearly disclosed which they are – and aside from those, we paid for all of the apps listed and these are unsolicited reviews. Just our honest opinions. But, if you do opt to buy any of these apps off our
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Last month we toasted a year of owning our motor yacht Y-Not (a Bayliner 4788). And this week, we nod our heads to remember shoving off from Punta Gorda, FL to start our American Great Loop Adventure after spending several weeks learning our boat systems, getting training and deciding we were ready for our first short transit. How far have we come? To date, we have cruised 477 nm (nautical mile = 1.15 statute/land miles). If we consider the Great Loop to be a 6,000 mile adventure – we’ve completed roughly 8% of it. At this pace, we should be done in what, 10-12 years? In a quick video, we re-capped our first year – explaining why we’re going so slow and some of our first year expenses in fuel & marinas: So, why are we going so slow? Well, mainly because we want to. The Loop can be done
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Now that our winter RVing season has come to a close and our bus is safely in storage in Texas – it’s time to get back to cruising! Our MINI Roadtrip took us back to Miami where we had left Y-Not after 5 weeks living on the hard to attend to damages from the submerged channel marker and some boat projects & upgrades. Leaving Miami First, the video version of this chapter (at about 15m long) with some cool time lapse video going down the Miami River taken with our new Garmin VIRB camera: Delayed in Miami We had been trying to coordinate with SeaLab Marina on our way back to Florida to arrange quickly wrapping up the last of the piddly little items on our project list that couldn’t be completed before the holidays. This included checking out our generator, some general engine room maintenance and a quick haul
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