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Happy New Year

Like so many, as the new year approaches, I find myself reflecting upon time. 2018 marks 15 years of freedom for me, and 28 years of sailing. I left the United States on a little 28′ sailboat (Namaste) in 2003 to sail around the world. And 15 years later, not having sailed around the world, I […]

The 600

I have finally carved out a bit of time for myself to sit and write. Ahh. It’s been entirely too long, so I apologize to the hopeful reader out there (if there’s still anyone reading my stuff).   I have been absurdly busy with work these last few months, doing a ton of sailing, and […]

Whitey in Paradise

The plane lifted off at 5:08AM that Sunday morning.  With a foggy Houston thousands of feet below, and yearning for some breakfast and hot coffee, I knew it was to be an exciting day.  I was en route to Antigua for two full weeks, leaving the exceedingly humdrum hamster wheel in the rearview mirror for awhile. […]

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Happy New Year to the PBS clan!  It’s going to be an exciting year! First off, I’d like to share something I’ve been planning for a few months now.  On February 12th, I’ll be flying down to Antigua to participate in the RORC Caribbean 600 yacht race!   When I sailed with Paul Exner back […]

Fiberglass. EVERYWHERE…

After Lorilee’s relocation and my badass trip to the Caribbean, I knew it was time to get down to business.  The project list on Lorilee is still quite long, but the two items at the very top of that list were to replace the boomkin and glass the hull-to-deck joint.  This post is a bit on the technical […]

Bloggers Block

It’s been so long since I’ve been blogging regularly I don’t really know where, or more importantly, how to begin. Every time I sit down to write a blog, the first thing I do is come up with a blog title. The title of my blog shapes my words, gives me inspiration, and helps me […]

The Summer Solstice – Part 3

In past writings, I have mentioned several times that I often look around and think to myself, “how did I get here?”  Sailing downwind from Jost van Dyke, with St. Thomas to port, Great Tobago to starboard, and Puerto Rico somewhere over the western horizon, this was one of those times.  It’s rather hard to […]

The Summer Solstice – Part 2

The morning sun tiptoes into the partitioned-off corner of my room; the smells of strong spices and baking pastries fill my nose; the sounds of crowing roosters  echo in the surrounding hills; and my 0700 alarm goes off, shattering all of it. This was the typical morning during my stay in Road Town.  No air […]

The Move (a bit of a long read)

I feel like I have crossed a major milestone in my journey.  After nearly eighteen months in Rockport, I have finally moved Lorilee closer to home.   Though nearly 200 nautical miles, this trip pales in comparison to Alex’s move of Eleanor from New York down to Panama.  However, it was my longest journey to date on my […]

It’s Time

Tomorrow morning Lorilee will begin her 200 nautical mile move up to Kemah.  I have some mixed feelings about leaving Rockport.  I’ve made a lot of great friends, and I love the area.  There’s great wildlife, abundant boating culture, and the town itself is pretty cool too.  However, I’ve been making the six hour round trip down […]

Welcome to Jamaica mon !

It’s been so long since I’ve posted a blog, I figure it’s high-time! I’m sitting in the international airport in Kingston Jamaica waiting for Carla to arrive in a few hours. The past months have been a blur of boat projects and sailing. All I can say about Eleanor (Westsail 42) is WOW, what an […]

A Reach Down the Beach

I have never been much of a competitive person.  I don’t care much for sports or fast cars, and usually when I’m competing for something, it’s against myself to self-improve.   When I was in high school, I was a competitive weight lifter.  I didn’t care what the other guys were doing in my weight […]

Eleanor is on her way to Panama!

Hi there everyone! A quick one to share the latest news. First and foremost, Eleanor is finally underway!! Alex and Pete left Palm Beach this morning. If you want to know where they are you can check their Spot page here: Nacho and I spent the last month up there with them and it […]

Time to Buckle Down

After my last outing with my brother and dad, I decided it was time to get to some serious work on Lorilee.   The three hour drive to and from the boat has to end, so I’m going to move her closer.  A few things need to happen first though – Remount the Plath windlass and […]

On the move

Once again I have to leave Carla and Nacho behind. Delivering Eleanor home has been quite an adventure and has taken around 18 months, how time flies? The addition of my father put a wrench in the delivery but has brought so much to Carla and I. How does the saying go? “When you make […]

Close-hauled with Good Company

This past Saturday, I decided that Lorilee needed to stretch her legs one last time before I dig into some big projects.  So my dad and youngest brother joined me for one of the best days of sailing I’ve had to date.    Because of the wind direction and the orientation of Aransas Bay, Lorilee was either close-hauled […]

The move

I haven’t been blogging much because 100% of my creative energy has been diverted to writing, and making The Minimalist Sailor (The movie). I have a solid first draft of the script (120 pages), and we are planning to go into production in July of this year. As some of you know I’ve been a […]

Das Boot

I’m beginning to think I’m cursed. I have yet to go on an extended sailing trip when the weather actually cooperates. And this trip was no different. From the outset, the planning and execution of this trip has been bound by the icy chains of wintry weather. When I first jumped on board, I was […]

Leavin’ on a jet plane

I’m not quite sure what is about sitting in an airport that make me want to write.  Maybe it’s boredom? Maybe it’s the people watching?  Or maybe the impending prospect of travel?  Right now I’m sitting in Indianapolis airport waiting for my connecting flight to Chicago en route back to Houston.  I had to fly up […]

A new dinghy!

For months now, I’ve been on the fence about what to do for a tender.  My original intent was to find a dinghy that would fit between the mast and the attachment rail for my dodger, which is about seventy-six inches.   This narrowed down my choices considerably.   So naturally I shifted my focus to building a nesting […]

A Gift

It has been a very difficult few weeks since my last writing.   I have had absolutely no motivation to write and have seen my boat very little.   But I think it’s time I shared what’s been going on. On Monday, November 16th at about 9:00 a.m., my mother lost her eight-year battle with follicular […]

Splendid V2.0

Big haul-out Splendid is at the beauty parlor and getting pampered. Our haul-out is going well. As you know we will be selling Splendid soon and I want her right when we do sell her. I’ve pulled the engine and transmission. The engine runs perfect (compression) but had a few little leeks. She is getting an […]

Sailing on a Harvest Moon

  This time of year, the weather can be hit or miss.  October is my favorite month in Texas, typically found with clear air, light wind, and cool temps.  This year wasn’t so typical.  For months, I prepared for the 2015 Harvest Moon Regatta, an offshore sailing race of over 150 nautical miles from Galveston […]

I’m a slacker!

Since the beginning of Project Bluesphere I’ve never gone this long without writing a blog, arrrgggg!. The reason I’ve turned into such a slacker is that I’m waste-deep in writing “The Minimalist Sailor” script. The main character is a blogger who lives in New York City. After loosing his day-job, he travels to Florida to […]

Work continues

  The weather here in the coastal plains of Texas is growing exceedingly better. The long sultry days of summer, with their close intense heat, are waning. The wind blows gently from the North, bringing with it the smell of autumn.  And thus, my work on Lorilee continues. I still suffer the three hour drive […]

No more fucks to give

When life is lived to the fullest, it should be a constant lesson. Every day should be an adventure and an opportunity to become better and more whole, so that we can also improve life on this planet for all beings who live on it. The journey is hopefully about becoming more balanced and less […]

lapsus calami

I’ve always felt, and have always been told that I have an old soul.  I’m not an altogether spiritual person by any stretch, but I do feel there is some truth to this.  For my entire life, I have always been intrigued by history, learning, and the wonders of the natural world.  When I look […]

Earthbag house?

Building? The last thing I would have thought when I turned 50 was to build a house. I’m not a big fan of the land, taxes, neighbors, and not being able to move when I want, it’s not really my style. Yet here I am in Bocas Del Toro Panama contemplating how to build a […]

Strange dayzzzz!

This is the longest I’ve ever gone in BlueSphere history without writing a blog, sorry :( I founnd a little time to write this morning as I’m on a ferry crossing from Almirante to Bocas Del Torro Panama (two hours). As most of you know I promised to replant my father on a beach as […]

What a ride!

Six months to the day since I bought her, Lorilee is finally back in the water. Because of paint cure and launch timing, I had the weekend all planned out down to the hour.  And of course, the best laid plans almost ALWAYS change.  I won’t bore you with the details, but the bottom paint was […]

Almost there…

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  Things have been insane lately. Aside from the relentless onslaught of work obligations, I’ve been rushing to get Lorilee in the water again.  It’s been over six months since I bought her, and over six months since she’s been in the water.  My original plan was less than three. There […]

Times are a chang’n

Man, I just don’t know where to begin. I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a moment to relax or write. As you guys know dad is moving to Panama with Carla, Nacho and I. I found a nice beach rental for him in Panama. In a few weeks he will be sitting on a beach smelling […]

Festina lente

    Well hurricane season is definitely here.  It feels too early to be worried about a named storm, but as I write this, “Tropical Storm Bill” is bearing down on us, and many of it’s projected paths have it heading straight for Rockport – where Lorilee is on the hard.    In any case, I prepared […]

A corporate decision

I wont be sailing to Panama this season. A number of factors have helped me make my decision, most importantly, my father wants to move to Panama. When I told him we could do it in 6 months or so, and he replied “6 months is a long time when your 83”, I made my decision. […]

Charleston SC

For those of you that have been watching our position on the SPOT page you’ll see that we have been hitting the miles hard! Our biggest day on the ICW to date was 92 miles, and every mile was made in daylight. We had some severe weather in Palmico sound. I was just about to pull […]

Monsoons and Mosquitoes

So it’s been raining in Texas… like a lot.  This is the wettest spring/early summer that I can recall in my lifetime.  Rivers have spilled their banks, bridges have washed out, and major thoroughfares have been underwater.  And the mosquitoes are swarming in droves.  Some areas have received feet of rain in a single day.   […]

Meanwhile on Splendid…

Hi there everyone! As you know, Alex is back on Eleanor in the States, and Nacho and I are in Panama. I thought you might be interested in looking at the changes Splendid has been going through. Last year, during those crazy four days since the time we found Eleanor on Ebay until the end […]

What a ride!

I’ve just dropped the hook up at the top of the Delaware bay, just south of the C&D canal which connects the Delaware and Chesapeake bays. I’ve slept less than an hour in the past 36, but I must share my thoughts tonight. I met up with a sailing friend on Monday who pulled into […]

The wind.

I find it hard to believe that many people don’t hear, see, or feel their own calling. If I had a super-power it would be my ability to feel the little magnet in my heart repelling or attracting me, towards or away from, the opportunities in my life. Actually, scratch that. I believe most people […]

Marine Weather

I’m a little low this morning. I’ve carved out a tight schedule for me to get to get home (Panama) before the onset of hurricane season. I feel like a racing dog raring to get out of the gate, and it just wont open, ARRRGGGG! Cruising does have a way of putting you on nature’s […]

The River

The Hudson River is behind us :) Todd and I left Stoney Point Bay Marina with the hi-tide yesterday morning and sailed under the Tappan Zee, George Washington, and Verrazano bridges. We also sailed by New York City, and the Statue Of Liberty. New York City is my birth place and where I grew up. […]

I’ve been assimilated!

If your reading my blog on Facebook, I’m a ghost! I’ve decided that it consumes too much of my time and doesn’t provide me with anything tangible. There are so many things in our lives that rob us of our time. Work, social obligations, boat and house projects, television, where is our time to dream, […]

Time to sail home!

Sorry for not blogging more but I’ve been working on Eleanor from the time my eyes open in the morning, till the time they close at night. In just the past three weeks Todd and I have been able to install a cubic-mini wood burning stove, a Harkin roller furling, a Simrad below deck autopilot, […]

How did I get here?

How did I get here?    Those were the words going through my head Saturday afternoon as I was piloting my friend’s yacht Providence at ten knots through the narrow turbulent locks in Freeport. At this time a year ago, I had just started a new job and was still licking the wounds from a really bad breakup.  I […]

The Cubic mini wood burning stove

Sorry I haven’t been blogging more but my nose has been on the proverbial grindstone. I’ve been battling with a below decks autopilot instillation (Thanks Neil), attending to rigging issues, plumbing, electrical issues, and working, working, working on Eleanor to get her ready for our voyage to Panama. My crew member Todd is a super-great guy […]

Moving Right Along

  I’m starting to feel that I’m in the downhill stretch of this phase in the Lorilee Project. Spring is definitely the rainy season here in Texas, as it has rained just about every weekend whilst I’m down in the yard trying to get things done.  Progress has been slow as a result.  Two weekends ago, it rained […]

To furl or not to furl?

That is the question! Eleanor’s frozen/faulty roller-furling has been the last big piece of the puzzle, I need something safe, cheap, and dependable. If you have ever been stuck in a blow with a sail you cant roll in or out you’ll know what I’m talking about. Eleanor came with a vintage Dynafurl. I called […]

A Quick Update

This past weekend was supposed to be rainy so I was limited on Lorilee boat work.  I did manage to accomplish a few things. Friday, I wet-sanded (in the rain) the mast to smooth out the lent left behind by the crappy roller I used. I used automotive 400-grit wet/dry paper from my buddy that runs an […]

The Big Stick

One of the three major projects I wanted to accomplish while Lorilee was on the hard was to repaint and refit her mast.  In my initial research, I was shocked by some of the estimates I was seeing for yards just to repaint the mast.  Some figures were as high as $10k.   Now that I’m over […]

Planning a voyage

For me, planning a voyage is no simple matter, nor one to be taken lightly. Before I crossed the Pacific I studied for years. Charts, weather patterns, cruising guides, satellite photos, and every scrap of information I could get was scrutinized so I could maximize my safety, and the safety of my boat. I use Open […]

Why Sailing?

Just some introspective thoughts this afternoon… For pretty much my whole life, I have grown up in and around the water.  Ever since childhood, I have been drawn to the sea.  With frequent fishing trips on my dad’s bay skiff, or summers spent at our family house in Galveston, or solo camping trips on the beach, the sea […]

Good times!

Woot, back online :) I’m glad Ryan is blogging about boat projects as they are so unimportant to me at the moment. I’ll get back to that in a few weeks when I get back to New York. Having my father (Joe) visit for the last two weeks has been a wonderful experience. For the […]


  Lorilee arrived in Rockport, Texas on January 30th, safe and sound. But before I get into the boat restoration stuff, I’d like to talk about my experience about buying a boat in another state and the transport.   As mentioned in a previous post (Craigslist, California, and a Fat-bottomed Boat), I found Lorilee on a Craigslist […]

A dog’s life

I can’t speak for other Latin people but where I come from, “vida de perros” (a dog’s life) is generally used to describe hardship. I wonder whether this is so or whether I have always used the expression wrongly, but there are so many street dogs in Latin America, many of them skinny and sick, that it […]

my First blog

Hello everyone! Alex has kindly invited me to join Project Bluesphere to share my story and the adventure that lies ahead.  I couldn’t be more excited.  He has asked to me to start with a bit of an introduction.  I enjoy writing, and this is my first time writing for an audience, so forgive my […]

Sea dogs

 The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, has posted a wonderful collection of historical photographs showing the range of animals sailors and travelers used to bring to sea. Today we have Nacho aboard Splendid. He really is a great little mutt. He provides entertainment, companionship, security, and will keep any unwanted critters off the boat and […]

Home sweet home!

All is right as rain! I’m sitting on Splendid, swimming in the sea, and listening to the monkeys in the trees from my hammock on the foredeck. Carla did really beautiful fiberglass, painting, fairing, and varnishing work in the aft cabin. If we can make the whole interior look like that Splendid will be one pretty penny! […]

I found my father!

Last September 14th Carla said something strange to me. “I don’t know what it is baby, but something big is going to happen in the states, something related to your family, someone is calling”. Carla and I live in total peace away from the hustle and bustle of western culture and we are very sensitive […]

Off-Shore to Panama?

I have my wife back and we have discovered the CORONARITA!!!!!! Who would have known one wouldn’t need to make a choice between a beer and a margarita with your fajitas? I’ve been having a blast with my family since I’ve left New York. I had a great time with my cousin Steve and family […]

Spiritual navagation

Two of my favorite quotes are: “The best navigators have no idea where they are going until they arrive” And: “All who wander are not lost” As soon as we unshackle our spirit from the idea that we must get up every day, work for the collective, and build wealth, our path unfolds. Like a […]

light on the horizon

November 6th Well Eleanor has an engine once again. Still a bunch of work to do with the installation, but I’m hoping to be under way in about a week. I can’t wait to hear her roar to life for the first time! My friend Darryl (manning the engine) is building a new centek exhaust […]


Tao means way, or path. There is no right or wrong path, there is just the path! And every man has a very unique path to walk. I suppose if I were to choose a religion Taoism would be where my spirituality would connect with philosophy and community. Life is a river and we must […]

The wind is unhappy.

The wind is unhappy here. My spirituality it is my connection to nature, and I believe I have an ability my to see, listen, and understand it. I also believe the wind is unhappy here on the Hudson River. It’s not unhappy because it blows strong in October, it’s unhappy because nobody listens to it. […]

walking our path

Wow, the last 36 hours have been rough. A violent Nor’easter really just ripped through my world. Three boats went adrift here at the club during this Storm. I experienced 60 knot winds for much of one night, and a hard gale for the rest of the time. I also had some damage to the […]

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