We Almost Crashed Into An Offshore Buoy!

After several months, we finally get the sails installed and head back out on the water! Apple is getting behind the wheel more and trying to sharpen her sailing skills but she almost crashed into an offshore buoy!

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A Day on the Water

We head out for a day on the water sailing off Fort Lauderdale with our friend Peter. It was his first time sailing and our Catalina 34 was a great way to experience the fantastic sailing weather and see the sights off South Florida.

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Florida Fall!

We’re very excited to announce that the summer is just about done and we’re taking a  little break from all the Disney shenanigans for a little while. If you are not aware, we are Annual Passholders, and run some of the largest Disney Annual Passholder Facebook groups as well as a Disney YouTube Channel. So if your into that then click here www.cruisingtheparks.com 

A couple weekends ago we went down to The Keys for a weekend adventure at Florida Bay Outfitters where they were kind enough to let us take out one of their Hobie’s. Look out for that post, it’s coming soon. The video is already up on YouTube.

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We finally put Luna in and went sailing after about 7 whole months of her just sitting in our yard! Rob’s mother joined us for what turned out to be a perfect Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned for that post.

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Also, we toured a couple of the Sea Shepherds ships. Those videos will be published over the next few days. We love what they do for our oceans and were very excited to see the ships and hear all about it.

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We will also be putting out a video and post about what to do with your old sails. I’m excited for that one!

We are extremely excited for the upcoming months and are even more excited you all are here to join us.

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Luna Goes to Hollywood

 

 

We finally go sailing again! After about a month hiatus, we take our Catalina 22 sailboat, affectionately named Luna over to South Lake in Hollywood, FL and hoist the main sail in light winds, shut the motor off and just sail!

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The Sailboat Prep Continues

Its been raining like crazy down here. I don’t think it has stopped for weeks so we made the best of our Sunday. While we were at Ross and Marshall’s shopping for our cruise next week we happened to stroll by a huge bin of outdoor pillows. They were really cheap too! So naturally we bought every single one with the pattern we liked.

We came home and saw it was hardly drizzling so we suddenly got motivated to clean Luna (we are calling her by her current name because we still haven’t come up with a good one yet). She was really dirty! You can tell she was sitting for years. Nothing a little dish soap and elbow grease couldn’t fix!

We are going on out honeymoon this coming Sunday so lookout for some fun cruise videos when we get back. Then back to the sailboat!

She’s almost ready and we are super excited!

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We Got Married!

Now can we please go back to our normal life?

The wedding planning was crazy and really kept us away from gallivanting about. But, even though the wedding itself went by in a flash, it was all worth it. Take a look at some of these pictures. We had a lovely barefoot beach wedding at John U Lloyd State Park.

The ceremony started around 5:30pm on April 20th, 2018. The sun was on its way down and the humidity wasn’t due to hit us for at least another few weeks. We were very lucky. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect.

Before our first dance, we had a first drink. We entered the hall with Hollywood Brewing Co. Mango IPA in hand. The food was amazing (thank God!) from Rojo Kitchen. And that cake topper! The cake was amazing but that cake topper was Apple’s mothers idea. Good job mom!

So now that all the planning is over, what’s next? Well… let’s start on the honeymoon cruise! Last night we found (and booked right away) a great last minute deal on a balcony on the Oasis of the Seas for a May 27th sailing. The Oasis is now located at Port Canaveral which is just a 2 hour drive from here.

If you’re interested in the details of the wedding planning go to Apple’s blog: AfternoonsWithApple.com She will be posting everything her creative mind came up with in our sorta traditional and hints of not so traditional wedding.

Update on the sailboat

We still need a new sail and our buddy Matt is just about finished fixing her up. However we do want a paint job so that will be a little longer before we get her out on the water.

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We Bought A Sailboat

After a lot of weighing options we have made our decision on which sailboat to buy. We are very excited (and nervous) about our new adventure. Our wedding is is in 32 days and are really hoping we can get it put together in time for a honeymoon sailing trip! Wait… we need to learn how to properly sail first. Ah this is going to be fun.

Now what do we name her?

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Sailboat Shopping

UntitledSince we went to Key Largo for the introductory sailing course we both have been pretty obsessed with the idea of getting a sail boat. The instructor Jorge said that the Catalina 22 that we took the lesson on was the perfect 1st sail boat because it is easy to learn on, very trailer-able and cheap. So, we started looking and looking until we narrowed it down to a couple. One in Sanford FL and the other in Jupiter. It was difficult to make appointments with either of the sellers to see the boats. The one in Sanford was a marina and the boat was on consignment and the boat in Jupiter was hard to see because the owner was always traveling for work. It worked out perfectly because it gave us enough time to list and sell one of our bikes.

I told Rob “No new toys unless we get rid of one so without hesitating he said “well, lets sell the WR250r”

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I’m gonna miss her, she was fun to ride but we can always buy another one later. At least with the sail boat we can do more and have other people on there with us.

It is going to be a tough decision between the 2 boats here’s a brief list why:

The boat in Sanford

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Pros

  • Everything is put together
  • its already in the water
  • new everything
  • It has everything including cushions and the dinette table

Cons

  • WAY more expensive
  • hull wasn’t in the best shape
  • jell coat was cracking

The boat in Jupiter

1983

Pros

  • hull in better shape
  • wood in the interior in A LOT better condition
  • the boat is in better condition over all
  • half the price
  • we can learn a lot by having to put it all together

Cons

  • we have to put it all together before we can use it
  • no cushions or dinette table
  • needs a paint job

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The Most Romantic Thing To Do In Key West

Robert and I both [obviously] have full time jobs and we generally only get Sundays off together. So, when the stars align and somehow we get a Saturday or a Monday  we plan a quick weekend20150906_101717.jpg getaway.

With my student loans, all of our toys (motorcycles, Waverunner ect.) and our attempt to save for a house, we don’t always have a whole lot to work with for these getaways but we still want to enjoy life nonetheless. So, when Robert got off work on Saturday, we packed up the Tahoe with our tent and camping gear, hooked up the Waverunner and made our way to Key West!

We stayed at Boyd’s Campground  which is on Stock Island. That’s the island right before Key West. When traveling on a budget, camping is the most cost effective in the keys.map

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It was April so the weather was perfect for it. They charge when you bring a watercraft along but they will put your ski in the water and take it out for you. The campsites are small but come with a grill and a picnic table. You have to pay extra for a site with an electrical outlet. We just brought our silent generator or charged our phones in the car.

The facilities were pretty clean. We didn’t spend much time at the campsite other than to shower and sleep so I cant say much about the amenities but I think there was a pool. Most of the afternoon was spent on the Waverunner exploring the islands.

Keep in mind that that the Keys are prime real estate, especially the further south you go. So doing anything down there isn’t cheap…even camping. Your campsite at Boyd’s is pretty small. But you get a grill and a picnic table and the view definitely makes up for it.

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Untitled.pngThe moment I was waiting for.
The main reason we decided Key West for this weekend.

We came down for New Years day earlier that year and were killing time before it was acceptable to go to Irish Kevin’s and begin drinking. We came across this beautiful replica sail boat. Some guy named Dex gave us a tour of this beauty and was trying to sell us spots on the sunset sailing. It was kind of expensive but they did offer unlimited beer, wine and champagne. We politely declined and walked around some more. We contemplated going back and just doing it but by the time we said “OK lets go” it was sold out.  So here we are 3 months later. I was so excited!

The two-hour sail included passed shrimp cocktail, a cheese plate, and veggies. Yes it was $85 a person but it was so worth it. It was also kind of why we camped instead of staying at a hotel. When you are out there you hear nothing but the wind blowing through the sails and the waves crashing up on the ship. I don’t think there are words to explain the feeling. I had never been on a sail boat before this so it was an experience. And there was unlimited craft beer, wine and champagne!

The Keys brag about their sunset. Well they have the right to! Take a look at these photos. There would have been more but we were to busy hugging, kissing, watching the sun set, looking into each others eyes and whispering sweet nothings into each others ears. Oh it was our 1st anniversary by the way. 🙂

I can’t wait until we go back!

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