Alexi and Bob Sail Away

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20 June 2020 | Portsmouth, VA

We made it to nothing!

20 June 2020 | Portsmouth, VA
Robert Malkin
We made it!

Our sailing catamaran PRELUDE, entered the US most recently at mile marker 1019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Now about eight weeks later, we are at mile marker 0 in Portsmouth, Virginia. We made it to nothing!

The mile markers refer to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW). This canal system was first proposed in 1802. The project ran a bit behind schedule and was still underway over 100 years later when the German U-boats of World War II caused renewed interest in completing an inland waterway to ship goods around the US. In a sense the project is still being completed as a modern fuel tax funds the Inland Waterway Trust to do things like replace bridges and dredge trouble spots (there are plenty, we went aground at least twice!)

It is probably best to understand a trip up the AIWW in videos.

First, every day is a potential travel day and that means planning. Planning a trip in a boat is more complicated than scheduling a car trip. Some bridges only open a few times a day and some don't open for half of the daylight hours. Sometimes the weather is only good in the evening and sometimes, like this day, only in the morning. (

Once you are underway, you can experience “The Ditch.” The AIWW has lots of great small towns and interesting locks and bridges. But, mostly, it has long stretches of nothing. Mile after mile of the ICW looks like a thin river lined with trees or sand. (

Even though the AIWW can be “A Ditch” sometimes, there are big advantages to that. You are very well sheltered from the wind and the waves. But, in parts of North Carolina, this is not the case. Here the AIWW passes through huge bodies of open water, the NC Sounds. (
Even after making many ocean passages, the weather was too rough for us one day on the NC Sounds and we had to abort a passage and pull into a marina.

There is a lot of traffic on the AIWW. Most of the ICW traffic is pleasure boaters in sailboat, motorboats, kayaks and canoes. But, you also get to see some of the world’s largest boats. Actually, that can be a bit scary. (

At the end of most days on the AIWW we are in a marina. We can also anchor out but with a dog and hot weather, this is more challenging. You might think that this means we are stable and flat, and many times we are. However, most docks are not an extension of the land. They are not stationary. In reality, most of the docks we stayed at are floating. They move quite a bit and all the time ( You get used to it.

You can see lots more videos at our YouTube channel (

And, you can follow us moment-to-moment using our satellite tracker or see more photos by clicking on “View Tracker” or “Gallery” at our blog site

Now that we are here, we plan on spending the next three months cruising around the lower Chesapeake. There are tons of beautiful anchorages for gunkholing and towns for restaurant sampling. After a few months in the Chesapeake, we’ll turn around and head south for nothing again. This time, mile marker zero on US1 in Key West, Florida.

Vessel Name: Lamantin
Vessel Make/Model: Silverton 372
Hailing Port: Wilmington, NC
Crew: Alexi and Bob
About: We are taking a few years to live aboard our boat and visit some amazing places.
Extra: Let us know if you want to come visit!
Lamantin's Photos - Main
Our time in Florida in the winter of 2021-22
13 Photos
Created 12 January 2022
Sights of us moving from the upper Chesapeake to FL in the fall of 2021
4 Photos
Created 20 October 2021
Summer 2021 spent in the Chesapeake
8 Photos
Created 23 September 2021
It is a huge job to replace the fuel tanks on a boat. Fortunately, they last about 20-25 years. So, we are not likely to ever do this again.
6 Photos
Created 2 August 2021
Photos from our trip from Florida to Rhode Island in the spring of 2021
2 Photos
Created 19 May 2021
We spent Dec/Jan 20/21 in the Florida Keys
23 Photos
Created 21 December 2020
Sights of the east coast of the US in the fall of 2020
4 Photos
Created 19 November 2020
Photos from our week in Utah
5 Photos
Created 16 October 2020
We spent a few summer months sailing around the southern Chesapeake
12 Photos
Created 20 June 2020
We sailed from West Palm Beach to Portsmouth VA in early 2020
20 Photos
Created 6 June 2020
We had two great weeks of friends and family visiting us on the boat on Great Exuma Island
18 Photos
Created 8 March 2020
The Exumas is a long chain of islands with many remote and beautiful spots to drop an anchor
39 Photos
Created 19 January 2020
We had a great New Year's vacation with our children and friends in the Bahamas
27 Photos
Created 10 January 2020
Photos of the trip from Georgia to The Bahamas
13 Photos
Created 15 December 2019
It was a lot of work and a lot of good byes ...
6 Photos
Created 6 December 2019
Trip down the ICW from Georgetown, SC to Brunswick, GA
10 Photos
Created 19 June 2019
Photos to get you oriented to the boat
11 Photos
Created 10 June 2019