Alexi and Bob Sail Away

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The opposite of living on the water

16 October 2020
Robert Malkin
We’re still in Virginia, waiting for a boat part and enjoying the lower Chesapeake. But, we took a week out to travel to Utah, do some hiking and see our son. We rented an RV and visited some of the national parks. There is so much to see and do in Utah. One thing that I am sure of is that visiting Utah this way is definitely the opposite of living on a boat.

Of course, the most obvious difference is that the southern part of Utah is a high dessert. For example, Cannyonlands national park receives 9.2 inches of precipitation each year, almost all of that being in the form of snow melt. Just like any dessert, the temperature varies widely. One day during our visit, the temperature varied from nearly 90 degrees at 2 PM down to nearly 50 degrees at 2 AM! If you travel from the canyon floor to the surrounding peaks, you can experience even larger variations. For example, Salt Lake City is at about 4,000 feet above sea level but Kings Peak, just a bit to the east, is over 13,000 feet high.

In fact, these huge mountains are quite a change for a boater. Nearly everything is flat in our world. When you are standing on our deck, you can see to the horizon in every direction, seven nautical miles away. When we arrived in Salt Lake City, we could see 100 miles away down the valley towards the Great Salt Lake! When we took a hike down into Bryce Canyon National Park one day, we started at the rim (8000 feet above sea level), where we could see mountain ranges far into the distance. Then we descended over 200 feet down a switchback trail to the floor of the sand-colored hoodoos where the trail can be just a few feet wide! (Hoodoos are made of soft rock, laid down over 50 million years ago, topped with a more recent piece of harder rock that protects the material below. Bryce Canyon has one of the highest concentrations of hoodoos on Earth.)

Perhaps the biggest difference, though, is that it is incredibly dry (duh! It is a dessert). We are used to living on a boat with 80-90% humidity every day. Our clothes dry very slowly if there is no sun. But, in Utah, everything dries nearly immediately. What a strange feeling it was to reach for a towel and find it dry! Even paper napkins feel different when they are not saturated with humidity. On the other hand, our bodies were not used to such dry air. Both Alexi and I suffered nose bleeds.

One thing that was not particularly different from living on a boat was living on an RV. We had a small fridge and kitchen and a small “head” just like on PRELUDE. Showers were quick -- just like the boat -- because we stayed at some spots that didn’t have fresh water (again- it is a dessert). We boondocked a couple of nights to experience the quiet and beauty of a remote mesa in Capital Reef. That reminded me of anchoring out in a remote cove. And, most importantly, we laughed, played games, and talked. Just like I fondly remember many nights at anchor with our kids.
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
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Created 12 January 2022
Sights of us moving from the upper Chesapeake to FL in the fall of 2021
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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
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Created 19 May 2021
We spent Dec/Jan 20/21 in the Florida Keys
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Created 21 December 2020
Sights of the east coast of the US in the fall of 2020
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Created 19 November 2020
Photos from our week in Utah
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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
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Created 19 June 2019
Photos to get you oriented to the boat
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Created 10 June 2019