welcome to our blog!

This blog tells the story of our 22-month sailing journey from Oakland, California, to Bristol, Rhode Island, aboard our beloved Bristol 32 sailboat, Ute. Please feel free to browse through the archives (partway down the sidebar to your left) to see pics and read stories of our adventures in North America and Central America . (Sorry the first 3 months of the trip are missing - they vanished somewhere in an internet cafe in Mexico - but all you're missing is CA, Baja and Western Mex).

If you're trying to track us down now that we're landlubbers, try us at uteatlarge at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

Friday, October 20, 2006

by a remarkable coincidence, the couple that crews this boat are expert canvasworkers and had done canvas work and sail repair here in Panama for several years when they were cruising! And as if that wasn't glorious enough, get this: when we offered to swap some of our sweatshop labor in exchange for his expertise in re-timing our machine (something we hadn't yet worked up the nerve to take on ourselves), he said, "oh sure, in fact I'm writing a book on how to make money while cruising, and I just finished the chapter on industrial sewing machine maintenance, so you guys can be my guinea pigs!" Could we be any luckier?

Thanks Scott for being our sewing guru! Posted by Picasa

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