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We are finally underway and southbound on our sailboat! Two days later than we planned, but damn, it sure feels good.
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Always listen to your captain.

(Tom Nugent Photography, ready for a cold one.)

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Sometime between our last post way back in September and now, Katy went out and bought a new boat.

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We're back in Mexico and it was straight to the boardroom for meetings yesterday.

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When aboard a boat you should always carry a knife on you. For safety, but also to help with general tasks around the boat.

It's hard to think of a day where you don't put it to use on several occasions, and nights along the coast when you wish you didn't have to use it, freeing a lobster trap line that has fouled your prop, ground your engine to a halt and holding the boat still as the following seas kick it around, leaning off the back of the boat to cut yourself free.

Ove...r the last two months I worked with knifesmith Densmore Knives on all of the details of a custom made knife. Everything from steel type, blade shape, handle style and wood selection. Sam did an incredible job working my ideas with his, as well as his skill set.

Take a look at the final product. An 8 3/4" sheep's foot rigging knife with marlin spike with laser etched Love & Rum anchor.

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SKINNY DIPPING ENCOURAGED — A Hawaiian shirt, rum infused and Jimmy Buffett inspired version of, "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" is happening in Long Island and our good friend Eric Greene was there to drink it... cover it.

"They drive RVs and big trucks, towing in homemade tiki bars, swimming pools, and lots and lots of BBQ equipment to the venue. They then set up stages and sound equipment for the live music that goes on all day. They bring drinking games and costumes and enough alcohol to kill a herd of elephants. And they bring bright-colored flags and palm trees and hundreds of signs that read, 'It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere.' And us? We didn’t bring anything."

On Tuesday morning, we took our bicycles on the train to Long Island and rode them out to Jones Beach, where we encountered the craziest party I’ve ever witnessed.
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Sunrise on the Rio.

Katy has a habit of sometimes waking up in the middle of the night and working on her business for hours on end. I have a habit of not doing that at all.

This is a sunrise shot she took from our cockpit near the end of one of those shifts.

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I've been working on a custom rigging knife with Sam from Densmore Knives in Massachusetts.

When it's complete, I'll put together a whole post of the process and all the details end effort that go into Sam making a knife like this from scratch.

For now, here are some photos of the progress Sam has been making.

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If you missed my post a little while back about the beginning of this project, you should visit his site and see the work Sam does. If both the form and function of a utility like this is something you look for, click here to see his other boating knives: http://densmoreknives.com/kennys-boating-knife/

He also makes fillet knives, kitchen, oyster shucking, wilderness, utility, you name it.

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Booked for Boston, Rhode Island and Cape Cod in two weeks for a vacation to see some family and several words that begin with the letter B: Baseball, beer, barbecues and boats.

Some photos from last year's trip are on the blog...

Katy's sister, brother-in law and their seven year old son live in Rhode Island. I had never been and Katy hadn't seen their new place out in Tiverton yet. We hopped on a plane from Mexico City after a week of drinking beer and eating Consuelos at our friend's churrería was all wrapped up. The first…
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Happy birthday, dad.

We have a boat named after you now, so you can come along with us wherever we go.

Hope you're resting easy, ol' fella.

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Introducing your Mexico to Belize crew aboard Edward Blair.

Take a read to vastly improve your knowledge of who the hell is even running this thing...

Just yesterday we wrote the first account of our trip from Mexico to Guatemala. What we didn't do is introduce you to the team. Katy and I are the mainstays on the boat and for the Mexico-Belize leg we were lucky to have two of our closest friends join us for two weeks. Meet the Crew Mikee El Capitá…
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As if the day would ever come. Our first post about sailing from Mexico to Guatemala is up on the blog.

For the first instalment, including a copy of waypoints for anyone doing the trip themselves... start reading.

The first leg of our trip from Mexico, through Belize and into Guatemala.
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This is the view from our slip here at the marina in Guatemala. A lancha boat like you see in the photo just sidled up to our cockpit filled with produce, cheese, meats and more, and sold us fish filets, vegetables and fruit for about $4.

Why even leave your cockpit on a sunny afternoon when the Jays game is on, the beer is cold and the market comes to you?

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Sunsets in the backyard, Rio Dulce.

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It seems as though we have a lot of sailing left to do around the Caribbean.

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Guatemalan sports bar. The Sky Dome is probably the only better place to watch the game.

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Robinson Caye, Belize in June. We anchored all alone for the night and had a bonfire BBQ on the uninhabited island, minus one local we saw in the distance chopping fronds for his own fire.

I woke up on the beach at 4am, a machete in one hand, a bottle in the other and bug bites everywhere.

Photo by the Mrs.

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Sailing, drinking and sunshine... Because you can't send a message in a bottle 'til it's empty!
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