Final by the Numbers

With Rode Trip out of the water it is time for one last by the numbers post. Here is the rundown for the entire time we were living aboard Rode Trip.

812 days on Rode Trip
267 days underway
33% days travelling
169 single day trips
98 days underway as part of overnight passage
22 overnight passages
4.5 days average length of passage
111 # visiting people aboard
2 # visiting dogs aboard
17 passages over 200 miles
937 engine hours
4498 miles motored
9353 miles under sail
1.2 nm shortest distance sail
1825.1 nm longest distance sail
72.3 nm average sail
26.2 nm median sail
4.3 kts overall average speed
6.66 kts highest average speed for a passage
41 number of days traveled on ICW
226 number of days traveled on ocean
$ 16,739.00 spent on Rode Trip maintenance, marinas, and gear
$ 11,007.00 spent on groceries, paper towels, and cleaning products
$ 1,441.00 on utilities and data plans
$ 6,108.00 on entertainment/eating out
$ 1,120.00 on clothing/toiletries
8 countries visited
5 logbooks filled


The End of an Era

We christened our Westsail 32 ‘Rode Trip’ on 23 June 2012 and among family and friends stepped aboard our new home. Our dream had become a reality. We set sail for anywhere, everywhere, somewhere…we’d figure it out!

It has been 812 days since we shared champagne with Neptune and started our new lifestyle at sea. The day Rode Trip was hauled from the water marked the end of an era for us.


Thanks, a BIG THANKS, to our parents, to Grandma G., and to Aunt Margaret and Uncle Barry for helping us to move off of Rode Trip. Many hands made light work and the use of vehicles was much appreciated to move our personal belongings from Deltaville, VA back to our storage corner of Grandma’s basement in Honesdale, PA. Throughout the transition, our family made sure we had plenty to eat and comfortable places to sleep.

Rode Trip underwent a mini-makeover at the yard. She’s looking so good I might buy her myself (I’m sure Brian and Bruce can handle the new boat). Rode Trip is ready for a new captain and more adventures!


Irish Magic

The sun was smiling down on the Chesapeake, and there was a hint of a breeze at the docks where we met Aunt Margaret and Uncle Barry. The morning had sailing potential! Aunt Margaret had called us while we drinking our morning coffee to invite us to join them aboard Irish Magic, their Catalina 350.  Irish Magic was ship-shape when we arrived and ready to set sail!

Margaret and Barry have a wonderful system at their slip.  Irish Magic has permanent dock lines; when ready to leave they cast off the lines and when they return the lines are ready to pick-up.  We released the dock lines and Barry expertly backed out of the slip and turned into the channel.  We motored out into the Rappahannock River.

IMG_9890There were many boats enjoying the day.  A “fishing fleet” was anchored; all pleasure boats fishing in the day’s most popular spot.  Just outside of the channel, Barry raised the sails.  He demonstrated the simplicity of roller furling by first raising the roller furled main and then raising the roller furled genoa.  He never left the cockpit and the sails were raised with ease.  Wow!  Now that is something we could get used to!

IMG_9894Margaret took the wheel as we sailed smoothly up the Rappahannock River.  With 15 knots of steady wind, we sailed upwind upriver and then downwind down river.  IMG_9893IMG_9896

It was a magical day!