'Til the butter melts

Pursuing the cruising dream in 32' of sailing ketch

Lay days and windy mornings


The weather is what it is. 

And that’s as it should be.  Once in a while it’s actually nice to have a day that’s kinda cold, kinda wet, kinda windy… It gives us an excuse to do absolutely nothing.  No boat projects, no laundry, no trip into town for that elusive perfect cup of coffee.​

​And that’s what we have today. A cold front has moved in across the Keys, and instead of 80 degrees and sunny we have 58 degrees, occasional rain, winds north at 15 knots and sometimes more.  

Days like this give us the opportunity to experiment in the galley, too.  I installed a propane stove with oven when we were getting Sionna ready to head south, but it’s a small space, this cabin, and running the oven creates a fair amount of heat.  Try that on an 80 degree day and it become mighty uncomfortable in a hurry!  But on a day in the 60’s, with a. Breeze blowing, the oven becomes a welcome source of warmth, the heart of a happy, comfortable living space.  

And the result? Bread, scones, tomato melts…  all those wonderful foods whose creation would be distinctly unattractive in warmer weather.  And all to the sounds of a boat at anchor: Wind in the rigging, water against the hull, the “Scrooonnnk!” of stretching nylon as the anchors take up the shock of that wind…

You can hear it all on this short video – just turn up the volume to hear our world this morning!

Author: s/v sionna

Living the dream in 32'. We left Maine on August 18th, 2016, and have gradually worked our way south until we felt warm enough. After spending the summer in Maine, working to replenish the cruising kitty, and rehabilitating an old house. we’re headed back on the boat, bringing Sionna back home to northern waters. Follow our blog here!

2 thoughts on “Lay days and windy mornings

  1. All too true, ovens are majic on colder days


  2. Oh no – 58 degrees! You won’t be seeing much sea smoke where you are…

    Ok, to be fair, it *has* been a pretty mild winter here in coastal Maine…

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