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Sail On – Jamie Brown


On that day, we welcomed Jamie and Char to Pelican Bay. On this day, we wave goodbye to our dear friend Jamie Brown.

There are people in this world that touch your heart. Jamie touched the hearts of so many here in SW Florida. He was our best friend and traveling companion for many years. We made some great memories, sitting on a sandbar drinking beers and telling stories.

We lost count of the multiple surgeries, chemo and radiation treatments he went through, but through it all, he lived life on his own terms. His boat was his freedom. His lifestyle was his escape from all the dramas of modern life.


His best “Grumpy Cat” impersonation. Somehow, Jamie made people happy just by his presence. He was a friendly guy, and he gave his friendship freely to anyone and everyone he encountered.


Our world was certainly a better place with him in it.



Kim and I were able to visit with him this week. I got the chance to tell him that I loved him. He said, “I love you too”. He was not in pain and his passing was peaceful. God bless his gal Char for being there for him. She’s been through a lot over the past few years. I have to give her great credit for being a steadfast caretaker.


We will miss seeing Bay Dreamer anchored nearby. We will miss our friend.

Sail on Jamie. We love you.

Six Years In!



Hard to believe it’s been six years since we purchased our boat. Once we left our first marina, we spent several years living exclusively at anchor or on a mooring ball. After many adventures, we’ve come full circle and are resting in a marina again.

We’ve thoroughly explored Southwest Florida and the Keys. We even made it to the Bahamas this past spring.



Our past two winters have been spent in Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, Florida. We stayed a few months at Laishley Park Marina in Punta Gorda. Now we are at Palm Island Marina, in Cape Haze, Florida. Our Bahamas trip was almost 1200 miles round trip! The old boat has some hours on her now, but she’s been steadfast. We’ve got no regrets.

For those of you contemplating the liveaboard lifestyle, all I can say is go for it. The good days far outnumber the bad.

Cheers, to six years.

Too Many Marina Fires Recently

It seems I read about another marina/boat fire almost weekly. The cause is almost always the shore power cord, mostly at the boat connection, but sometimes on the power pedestal. I know at least a half-dozen friends who have their shore cord melt. In one case, it caught fire but was extinguished quickly.

Check your shore power cord or cords often. 

Feel for heat. Unplug them. Look for burn marks or melting.

Pets dead, boats razed in North Fort Myers marina fire



Cause of marina fire that destroyed 12 to 15 boats unclear



Shelter Bay Marina fire



A quick Google search reveals dozens more incidents.




This happens in the summer when A/C units overload the system. This happens in the winter when electric heaters overload the system. My personal observation is that newer Marinco cords are often the culprit, but so is the boat owners overuse of their product. A 30 amp cord can easily be overloaded by multiple thermostat controlled appliances, such as a water heater and electric heater running at the same time. Sometimes the connections aren’t tight enough or secured properly. Fortunately, most often the cord melts and fails before causing a fire.


It can happen at either end.



I’ve read that using di-electric grease on the connections helps. I know that making sure the connections are tight and secure helps. Do me a favor, check yours when you have the heat on. Check them when the A/C is on. Be aware of the load you are placing on the cord(s).

Ultimately, I think I’ll switch to the Smart Plug System someday.


Have you heard about a boat fire near you? Did you check your cord?

Be safe, and Happy Holidays.


Thanksgiving Thoughts

It was late December, 2010 when Kim and I began this journey. After having sold all of our stuff and quit our jobs, we came to Florida to live on a boat. A LOT has happened since then, and we have no regrets. We’ve been blessed with an incredible life, and for that we are eternally grateful.

I have many reasons to give thanks. In no particular order, here are a few of the reasons I’m a happy man this Thanksgiving:

Our boat


After almost six years, we are still deeply in love with Leap of Faith. She’s been a great vessel, sturdy and reliable. She’s forgiven our mistakes, and carried us through the storms. We couldn’t have asked for a more rock solid platform to fulfill our dreams on.

My Wife


I’ve got to give it to her. Kim has been a fantastic mate. Through it all, good days and bad days, she’s been steadfast. I’ve put her through too many trials to mention here, but she’s stuck with the lifestyle, (and me). Together we’ve explored most of Florida, all of the Keys, and a big chunk of the Bahamas. She’s huddled below as lightning struck all around us. She’s been through waves bigger than we should have ever been in. She’s gone without so many things that other women take for granted, like hot showers and even a working head. She’s supported me and encouraged me in my writing career. God bless her. Love you, Kim.

My Career



When I wrote Leap of Faith, I had no idea what would come of it. To my amazement, people bought it. They continue to buy it today. I was encouraged to continue writing. To date, I’ve published nine books. My readers have been a loyal bunch. Their support drives me. My success as an author still astounds me. It’s our only source of income, and we’re doing just fine, thank you. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to do what I do. I’ve got no timeclock to punch, no boss to answer to, and no particular place to be. I’ll continue to write as long as the readers continue to buy my stuff. I can’t thank those people enough.


Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday. This year we are spending it at Palm Island Marina, in Cape Haze, Florida. It will be filled with gratitude on my part. I couldn’t ask for a better boat, a better wife, or a better career. I’m a lucky man.