'Til the butter melts

Pursuing the cruising dream in 32' of sailing ketch

On the Road Again…


We’re traveling!  

We left Bradenton FL about 10am Tuesday, and spent that night in Florence, South Carolina.  It was sunny, it was warm.

Today we got a slightly earlier start and traversed the rest of SC, all of North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland (those two are pretty skinny when you’re on interstate 81!) plus a bit of Pennsylvania, landing just south of Harrisburg PA.  

63 degrees. Partly cloudy. Yuck.  I’m beginning to think leaving Florida wasn’t such a good idea…

But you know, we lucked out!  There’s a diner just across the road from the Budget Inn which – it turns out – is a combined effort between a mom & pop diner and an Indian restaurant. The Tika Masala was awesome!   Gotta love little surprises!

We sure do miss real life, though. You know – Cruising?

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!

10 thoughts on “On the Road Again…

  1. Welcome to the North. Out here on Cape Cod, we are getting the boat ready for some cruising, racing, and general sailing. The dinghy is in the garage getting a new paint job. Anyway, enjoy your posts and welcome back. I don’t think it will snow for a while!


    • It had better not! But we hear it’s forecast to be cold and wet in Maine for the next week or so. That’s going to require some adjustment!


      • You forgot fog.

        We have seen your boat in Maine the triangle is distinctive.

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      • Fog, shmog! We won’t have the other boat (Tanzer 7. Sloop) in the water for a few weeks anyway – we’ll be too busy trying to stay warm.
        And next time you see her, say hello! But she won’t be back to Maine for at least another year – we hope to take her to the Bahamas next winter…


  2. In the “cost of cruising” category, is your sense that cruising was more, less, or about what you expected/planned for? I have an idea, based largely in experience, that the longer the cruise the less expensive or extravagant it becomes. Just curious, a question I ask often.

    We moved from Boston to Cape Cod a few years ago. First couple years were expensive as we settled in to new locale and house. Now, quite reasonable. I found same true in cruising. Do you?


    • I would say generally it’s what we planned, except that it’s easy to get careless. Food is always a big item for us to control. We’re foodies, we enjoy and crave new and interesting culinary experiences, and eating out is the easiest way to feed that habit – and it’s expensive.
      So I’d say it takes constant vigilance to keep to your expected budget, but if you were realistic about your expectations during your planning phase, you can stay within it later. Just don’t get careless.


  3. Many thanks for your comments. When I was a cruising instructor, the issue came up often. You know, “What does it cost and can I afford it?” I looked up numbers and those never seemed satisfying. Finally, I offered an answer as, “You live pretty much the way you do ashore” and we’d discuss that. Some folks couldn’t live without restaurants and marinas, couldn’t live with them.

    We are foodies, too and have some superb meals from our own kitchen or galley. We loved shopping for local ingredients and recipes especially. Look forward to getting back to that.

    Again, thanks for your thoughts. Norm


  4. It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon here in Colorado and so rather than doing something more productive, I launched a search for the boat I grew up on and am guessing that if you bought your boat in Maine, it may be hull #3, which was named Anoatak when my parents and two friends launched it along about 1963. Even if it isn’t, she was a terrific boat – carrying my parents and three sibs happily and comfortably along as we sailed it mostly on Lake Ontario and up and down the St. Lawrence, the Thousand Islands, and the Bay of Quinte (north side of Ontario) for many years. I think my best memory was sailing it down the Seaway to Montreal for Expo ’67. We docked inside the fair and so were able to get into it and to the most popular exhibits before the land bound hoards could. Happy sailing – your blog is terrific reading.

    Best regards,


    • Hi Jim! So glad you checked in! Sionna is hull #11, but there’s a story there (of course!)
      When we pulled into the mooring field off Sarasota, back in April, we were hailed on VHF by the skipper of a local tour boat called “Marina Jack II”.
      He wanted to know if we were a boat he used to deliver each year from Connecticut to Maine and back for the summer season. It wouldn’t have been Sionna, as she was already based in Maine at the time he was delivering, (early 1990’s) but possibly it could have been Anoatak?
      There weren’t many Triangles made – probably less than 15 – but it’s amazing how they got around!


    • I did a bit more research and found this, on the Grampian owners assoc. site:”Triangle hull #3 was at the Rochester Yacht Club for many years and owned by Dave Allen named ” Anoatuk”. He had a cottage near Gananoque, Ontario, Canada on Price Regent Island where be built a small harbor on the north side of the island for his Triangle 32. His boat was sold to an owner in Sodus Bay and resold about 7 years ago. Dick Rowe was last owner I think.

      John Parker 12/22/06 Rochester, NY”


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