Frequently Asked Questions

A few of the questions we keep receiving are answered below. Some of the answers may change without much notice.Why are you doing this?There is no short answer to this question. We love our VA neighborhood, our family and friends. This journey is not a way for us to run away from anything. It was an idea, which eventually grew, and we decided to go. God willing, we will keep on going! When are you coming back?We started this as a one-year adventure. We can continue beyond, or end it sooner. Once you step on a boat, you quickly understand that the calendar does not work well.
Did you win the lottery? We did not, and probably never will, because we do not play. Joe continues to work, while I did have to leave my job. We also carry our mortgage, for now, which puts us on a tight budget. On the other hand, our needs/wants have shrank significantly due to the lack of space, busy activities and schedules.What about school?We homeschool, and we observe everything around us, as we travel. 
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Our first offshore, overnight passage!

Our land stop, after a few days of anchoring and motoring south on the ICW, was a small charming town in North Carolina - Beaufort. It seems to be the preferred rest-and-recuperate place for most boaters headed our way (and few head the opposite direction during this time of the year). 
We had reserved a marina, and once we plugged our boat into the electricity, the huge tent became a tiny apartment. It is amazing what a few light bulbs and a shower can do to someone’s mood. It is a bit sad, actually.
For the following three days, Joe traveled for work and we met up with three kids from another kid-boat, whom we had met in Annapolis earlier, while still on land. The kids got along well, but there is an unspoken understanding that living on a boat is sufficient interest in common. There is too little time for petty arguments, gossiping, or drama. Most families only stay at a place for a short amount of time, and even though we are all headed in the same direction, the pace is differen…

Cruising the ICW - Virginia and North Carolina

After our first ICW anchorage at Hospital Point, in Norfolk, VA, we continued our journey towards North Carolina, via the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway, connecting rivers and bays along the US East Coast, creating a water "highway" for boats to follow, without going out into the open ocean).
Cruising down the ICW means mostly motoring, with very few opportunities to sail, due to the narrow margins of the channel. One small jerk of the boat and we could be stuck in the mud. One person must be steering at all times (since we do not have an autopilot, one person is always at the helm, anyway). However, both Joey and Sophie are perfectly capable of following the GPS and the channel markers. Imagine allowing the kids to drive, so you can grab a snack, or use the bathroom - pretty cool!

Our fastest motoring speed is around 5.5NM per hour, which is fairly close to miles/hour. At around 5-6 mph (8-10km/h), approximately, there is plenty of time to take in the scenery around us, move a bi…

Cruising the ICW November 8-10th

Our sailing trip started from Deltaville, VA. The first couple of days were a bit rough, as we were sailing through the Chesapeake Bay towards Norfolk, VA. Everyone except Joe became sea-sick as soon as we started. The winds were gusty and we surfed wave after wave, after wave... for around 8 hours.

Our anchorage was a welcome break, but we did not choose it carefully, and the boat kept rocking during the night, and Joe and I kept waking up to check if we had drifted away off of our anchor.
Thanks to Lidl, we had a super delicious canned vegetable stew with some sausage. A hot meal after a cold November sailing!

The second day of our trip was cold and everyone was sea-sick...sound familiar? 
We were so happy to enter Norfolk's channel and the much calmer waters there. Sea-sicknesses were immediately gone and we marveled the large military ships around us.

Our anchorage for the night was in the good company of other "winter birds" headed South, a bit off of the ICW, at a…

November 3 - Still on Land...

We are still on land, in VA! There was another delay with our boat repairs and we have been patiently waiting. Our journey should start on Thursday (Nov. 8), if everything goes well. And since we have been sung “Many Years!”, have been gifted the Theotokos icon, and wished “Bon Voyage!” by family and friends, we thought we owed everyone an explanation as to why we are still here!

In the meantime, we love Fall in VA! Raking the leaves, after driving off of the postcard, is another matter.

Everyone is still adjusting to not getting on the bus in the morning, and it has been a bit difficult. However, we were free to wake up late, play with our friends in the middle of the day, and enjoy long (sometimes too long) recess! Sophie and I finally completed our volunteer training with the local animal shelter and took a couple of trips to walk puppies and hug kittens. We were grateful to have Graceful blessed in October! Thank you, Father and Deacon, for making the long trip to Coan River Marina…