M/V NOMADIC SPIRIT

After years sailing the Caribbean we traded our Tayana 37 for an Island Gypsy to explore The Loop

Back on the water again

20 May 2019
Janice Nagle
Once you have been a cruiser and return to land, life is never quite the same. It is a wonderlust that gets into your bones, into your soul. It makes you restless when you are in one place for too long and the urge to set off for a new harbor is too strong to ignore. We've met many people that weren't sure that they would like leaving land behind and live on water for a year, maybe the spouce was reluctand to leave stuff behind, but a year on the Great Loop had them wondering if they really wanted to go back to a house, on dirt, in one place.

And so it is with us. The winter consisted of traveling through 7 states in our motorhome and visiting 8 new National Parks. Visits included friends and family. It was a lovely expedition but we could not wait to get back on the water.

After splashing and preparing the boat we left the darling town of Cape Charles and crossed the Chesapeake Bay in a zig zag pattern that allowed us to visit Deltaville, Tangier Island, St Mary's, Solomans Island, Cambridge and Oxford before dropping us in St Michaels in time for Community day celebrations. St Michaels along with Cape Charles will be added to our list of favorite small towns that include Beaufort SC and New Bern NC.

Dropping an anchor, watching the sun go down after strolling through quiet waterfront neighborhoods, toasting to a full moon... We are truly living a charmed life!

Boat Maintenance In Paradise

01 May 2019
Janice Nagle

Our version of the LOOP has us boating summers and exploring the rest of America as CLODS (cruisers living on dirt) the remaining months. Of course that means hauling our boat out of the water and preparing her to be left for months as well as all the work involved in getting her ready to get us back on the water in the spring. We arrived in Cape Charles the last weekend in May and splashed that Monday. A week at the dock preparing for the season left us exhausted.

I'm thinking there has to be an easier way. People sign up for a variety of options for hands on learning. They take courses to master power boat handling or to learn to sail. But thats the fun stuff. There are diesel courses and safety courses too. Seminars and workshops! But none of these really allow you to get dirty! So, we think next year we will offer a no expense paid training session to folks thinking of trying the Looper lifestyle. They would get hands on experience of what it is like to own a cruising boat. They would literally pay a fee to do all the work required for us to enjoy cruising.

The program would include engine maintenance (changing oil, hoses, clamps etc), and cleaning the bilge. How many get a chance to clear calcification out of the head hoses before they actually own a boat? This is invaluable training. We would mentor them on polishing stainless steel, sanding/recoating teak and washing/ polishing fiberglass. We can certainly be gentle and encouraging supervisors. Of course we would include provisioning and give them the opportunity to prepare all of our meals in the small galley.

Maybe we could also offer a deluxe course where they learn how to mix up a variety of boat drinks and serve them on a rolling deck. Oh my, the possibilities are endless. I think the program would fill up fast so you may want to think about getting on the list early for next spring.
Vessel Name: Nomadic Spirit
Vessel Make/Model: 32' Island Gypsy & 36' Monaco
Crew: Janice & Steve
About:
This adventure began in October of 2007 when Steve came to look at a boat that Janice had for sale on Craig's List. Steve wanted to learn how to sail and Janice needed a new kitchen. [...]
Extra:
FAVORITE QUOTES: 'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do then by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.' Mark Twain 'We went cruising not to [...]
Nomadic Spirit's Photos - Main
Side trips off the beaten path
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AICW: Stewart to Albemarle Sound
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A side trip on the Great Loop
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Mamouth Cave NP,Milwaykee, Indiana and Cuyahoga NP,
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Our 'new to us' Monaco 36 with super slide.
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My grand sons frog spent time with us on the sea
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My grand daughters pet is traveling with us for the summer.
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VIRGIN VIEWS
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Before and after pictures
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Daughter Amie visits Sailacious
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Various shots during our time in the Bahamas
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Our two week Shake Down Cruise
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Sailing with Morgan and Kate on Winergie
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Various pictures of day sails.
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The boat that started it all, the bartered kitchen, and Sailacious
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