How to start? This web page is set up to allow our family and friends
to track our progress, or lack of progress, South. Our goals at the
present time for this voyage are:
Our approximate itinerary is to travel Lake Ontario in July (sort of a
shakedown cruise and to recover from the long hours getting everything
ready to go - there is nothing like a deadline to motivate you), to
start heading for the Chesapeake in August, to cruise the Chesapeake
in September ending up at the boat show in Annapolis in October, and
then to head South to Florida and the Bahamas. Stay tuned as these
goals are not cast in stone and are bound to change.
The working title for our voyage is 24x7x36 - this relates to the
reality that we (Karen and Jim) are together 24hours a day, 7 days a
week on a 36 foot sailboat. Boating friends aptly describe the
experience as living in a 36 foot hallway - they are correct. This
change from a comfortable, 1200sq, ft. condo with hot showers and no
holding tank, takes some adjustment. Why are we doing this you might
We are travelling in a CS 36 Traditional which has been extensively
modified and upgraded over the last 6 years. The boat is a comfortable
size for us, allowing sufficient stowage space while still being
manageable by two people. The CS 36T is also very sea kindly and makes
passages a pleasure. Somewhere on the web page there is a picture.
This is probably all the background that you wish to read. If you have
any questions drop us an e-mail at kjlait at zincland dot com. We are
interested in hearing from you and how things are going (like the
temperature) back home. Please send text only e-mails as we have to
rely on Internet cafes/libraries to pick up and reply. Also responses
will depend on when we can get to a place with e-mail access. Our
journal entries will give you a sense of where we are and where we are
going - so enjoy.
- to move South as slowly as we can, which on a sailboat that moves at
the pace of a brisk walk, is not too difficult;
- to keep south of the frost line(and hopefully warm); and
- to spend next winter in a place with palm trees and steel drums.