Homes of the Decade Past

Baltimore, Maryland Essex, Maryland (Baltimore, Maryland) Edgewater, Maryland (Baltimore, Maryland) Underway Yarmouth, Maine Portland, Maine South Portland, Maine Underway Groton, Connecticut Noank, Connecticut New London, Connecticut Underway Jersey City, New Jersey New York City, New York Underway Wessagusset, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts Hingham, Massachusetts (Wessagusset,Massachusetts) Underway Somes Harbor, Maine Underway Southport, North Carolina Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Wilmington, North Carolina…too ugly for photos Underway Annapolis, Maryland Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala (India) (Annapolis, Maryland) Underway Manteo, North Carolina Underway (Annapolis, Maryland) Underway Robinhood, Maine Underway (Portland, Maine) Underway Three Mile Harbor, New York Underway (Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala)

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The year, the decade…the fuck?!

I love this retrospective shit, it’s just so… I don’t know, everything! …And indeed the teens were everything! We started the decade off in Baltimore, Maryland, and learned some hard lessons about living aboard in cold climates. We were definitely up for the challenge but a challenge it proved to be. S/V S.N. Nomad was an awesome boat and Baltimore is a pretty cool place but if we were going to be off-the-grid in cold we were going to have to figure out our onboard heating system. Once again, the proof was in the solution. We discovered that living aboard is not about bringing your great big old life down to the water, it’s about the reduction of life’s needs… The smaller your needs, the more manageable the solutions. …So we went sailing! In retrospect, this decade was about the adventure of sailing for us! We logged countless nautical miles underway from the Chesapeake Bay to the wilds of Maine and south (eventually) as far as Hilton Head, and along the way we learned how to reduce our needs to suit our lives. In 2014, we became professional sailors as cruising editors for a publication called the Waterway Guide. The money isn’t enough to actually live on and we’ve had our issues with the publication itself but we love the work and it keeps us underway. We’ve edited the guide from Southport, North Carolina, to Eastport, Maine, and it’s kept us yo-yoing the Eastern Seaboard of the US for five adventurous years now. We went back to India twice in this decade. Once to get me (James) some new teeth back in ’17… …and then again this year to finish a co-written manuscript we started back in ’17. The writing turned out to be an incredible experience for us both.[…]

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