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The Sailing Rode is about sailboat cruising and travel. We share our lessons learned as we grow our sailing experience from local trailer sailors to global offshore sailors. We discuss our sailing travel adventures and feature marine and general products we use on our boat.

The Sailing Rode Steve & Brandy - S/V Wiki Honu

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The Sailing Rode is about sailboat cruising and travel. We share our lessons learned as we grow our sailing experience from local trailer sailors to global offshore sailors. We discuss our sailing travel adventures and feature marine and general products we use on our boat.

    TSR036 Hands Across the Sea

    TSR036 Hands Across the Sea

    In this episode, we interview Harriett and TL Linskey who run a non-profit that brings books to schools and students in the Caribbean.  They cruise through the islands yearly on their 46 ft. catamaran and during the interview Harriett shares stories from their cruising history that goes back to the 1980's when they cruised their self-built Bristol Channel Cutter from Mexico to Japan.  We also have a great discussion about their move from monohulls to a catamaran.
    Intro Chat
    We have had a busy summer with sailing cruising trips to Dunnedin and Tarpon Springs, the Adult Summer Games event on Lake Toho, Cocoa Beach and Labor Day weekend at Ponce inlet / Disappearing Island, met some young sailor buying boats for very low cost and living on the water. And couple with 38ft meadowlark w/ lee boards, 8 1/2ft beam and draft 1 ½ ft. designed by Herreshoff.  It is that time of year when the northerners have to pull and winterize the boats. Bummer. We are finally getting some boat projects done – waxed our blue hull, using a new ceramic coating – Hydro Silex

    It was really easy to apply and we will see how it performs to keep the oxidation from coming back.  We also replaced our fuel filter that was leaking.  Replacing the fuel lines and tank pickups is next. My canoe build is almost done, but the final steps seem hardest to keep moving. Just need to install the seats, paint and varnish.  It is a Michael Storer Quick Canoe.   We have a trip planned to visit Salt Lake City, Utah in Mid-October and drive up to Jackson Hole Wyoming, maybe Yellowstone national park in Montana, then back down to Park City, Utah.  Let us know if any listeners live in that area and want to meet. Interview
    Please join us in supporting a great cause to help the students get great books in the beautiful Caribbean Islands. 
    http://www.handsacrossthesea.net/
    The ASA / Hands Across the Sea Sweepstakes - win a one-week, four-person bareboat charter in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Tobago Cays courtesy of ASA Affiliate Horizon Yacht Charters. Or you could win a luxurious seven-night stay for four (two rooms) at The Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua or at the St. James’s Club, Morgan Bay, St. Lucia, courtesy of Elite Island Resorts.
    Here are the bios for Harriett and TL Linskey:
    Harriet Linskey
    Executive Director • Hands Co-Founder
    Harriet's responsibilities include developing relationships in the Eastern Caribbean, fundraising, overseeing the CLASS program, setting up the logistics infrastructure, managing finances and working with donors, recipients, volunteers and board members. She is a trained secondary education teacher with five years of experience teaching English, Journalism, and Art History in New Zealand and Japan. At a rural secondary school in New Zealand, Harriet led the refurbishment of a dismal library and saw firsthand how the addition of new and relevant books can inspire all levels of readers. Before co-founding Hands Across the Sea, Harriet was for 18 years a marketing and sales executive. Harriet has a B. A. from Yale and a Diploma of Teaching from the Auckland College of Education, New Zealand.

    Tom "T.L." Linskey
    Marketing Director • Hands Co-Founder
    Tom Linskey uses his 30 years of writing, editing, and photography experience to design and update the Hands website and create print and video materials for Hands. Back in 1986 T.L. built his own sailboat and sailed it, with Harriet, from California to Mexico, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan. T.L. also raced sailboats; he was a three-time world champion crewman in the Olympic 470 class and a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Yachting team.

     
    Sailing & Cruising News
    to be updated Product of the Week
    We use this gel pad at the helm as a comfortable seat when we are cruising for hours at a time.  It helps improve the comfort o

    • 1 hr 26 min
    TSR035 Salt & Tar

    TSR035 Salt & Tar

    In this episode, we interview Ruth and Garrett from the Salt and Tar YouTube channel where they have spent the last three years building a traditional 35 foot gaff rigged ketch.
     
    Brandy is growing her fitness and nutrition business. We are working on a new website but if you are interested in a great program for eating better and staying in shape contact her at BrandyPayment@gmail.com or crew@thesailingrode.com Just saw an article that says only 23% of the people in the United States get the recommended amount of exercise to stay healthy. It's the end of June and if you said this was the year you were going to get in shape and you have not got that habit started yet , then get started this week.
    Interview
    I have been watching Ruth and Garrett from the Salt & Tar YouTube channel for about the last six months.  They are on the third year of building their own 35' traditional wood gaff rigged ketch.  This will be their sixth boat and the are still in their 20's.  We talk about how they have been able to buy fixer upper boats, do the work, and sell them for a profit to build up to their current boat.
    You can see the design a Button #2 by George Buehler here.
     
    Here are the links to:
    The Salt and Tar YouTube channel
    Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding for the 21st Century  
    Sailing & Cruising News
    to be updated Product of the Week
    We recently upgraded the queen size foam mattress on our boat and it is awesome.  The mattress was recommended by some friends who bought it on Amazon for the boat and it is super comfy.  We have had several trips with the new mattress and we get a great nights sleep.
    Best Mattress 6" Memory Foam Mattress
    Amazon Prime Video of the Week
    Great free sailing movies if you are an Amazon Prime Member
    We talked about the 1968 Golden Globe Race,  the first solo non-stop around the world sailing race, in the sailing news.  Deep Water is a documentary of that race and it is a great story.
    Link to Deep Water on Amazon Video
    Amazon Store
    Please use our Amazon Affiliate links below for anything you buy on Amazon or look at over 90 items we have in our TSR Recommended Gear section on the website.  We use all the items on our boat and include notes of why we like them.  We also added over 40 sailing and cruising books we recommend.  You pay the same low Amazon price and we get a small commission.
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    How it works:  Patreon is designed for you to support your favorite content creators.  You can support our podcast creations by signing up for various levels of support.  You can set a maximum monthly amount so if we release a lot of podcasts in one month, you still only pay your maximum amount.  In return, you get some rewards for your support.  It is kind of like giving us a tip or buying us a drink after a good show.
    Thanks for listening and all your support!  We wish you fair winds and hope to see you on the water soon

    • 1 hr 56 min
    TSR034 The Cruising Cartoonist - Sarah Steenland

    TSR034 The Cruising Cartoonist - Sarah Steenland

    In this episode, we interview Sarah Steenland, The Cruising Cartoonist and her kids as they cruise Southeast Asia.   We have some more sailing / cruising news and our featured product will help make sure you never have to worry about expired signal flares.
    Intro Chat
    We have we been? Last show was after hurricane Irma last September.   As much as we wanted to get some shows out, we have been too busy with other activities.  We have done a couple boat trips, Cocoa beach area, St. Johns river trip over new years weekend. Gasparilla pirate weekend in Indian Rocks Beach.  Steve even built a cannon for the boat! No wonder we don't put out podcasts!
    Steve took over two additional areas at work so he is spending a lot of time in Atlanta and Nashville.
    And we have been busy with non-boat travel with trips to the Smoky Mountains, Nashville and Las Vegas
    We have an upcoming trip to the Abacos in the Bahamas, Marsh Harbour and Hope Town / Elbow Cay
    Steve re-started work on his sailing canoe and we hope to be sailing it before year end.
    Brandy receive great news on her leukemia and we are praying that she will be off her medication by the end of the year and truly cancer free!
    Brandy started a new health and fitness business.  If you are interested in a great workout and nutrition program then send her a note at crew@thesailingrode.com
    Our Amazon store is being rebuilt. Check it out at the link in the menu at the top of our site.  Let us know if it works better for you and if you have any products your recommend for us to include.
    Sarah Steenland - The Cruising Cartoonist
    Sarah and her family are cruising Southeast Asia in their boat Sea Monkey
    Check out all her  Coconut Telegraph cruising cartoons and really cool website here.
    Get all the latest updates on the family's cruising adventures and their environmental projects on Sydney and Indy's Sea Monkey Broadcasting News!
    Sailing & Cruising News
    to be updated soon  
    Product of the Week
    Never worry about expired flares again with the Weems and Plath LED Flare.
     
    Amazon Store
    Please use our Amazon Affiliate links below for anything you buy on Amazon or look at over 90 items we have in our TSR Amazon store.  We use all the items on our boat and include notes of why we like them.  We also added over 40 sailing and cruising books we recommend.  You pay the same low Amazon price and we get a small commission.
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    We need your help to spread the word about the Podcast.  Please share the podcast with your sailing & cruising friends and ask them to subscribe on iTunes, stitcher, or Google Play Music.  You can send them these links:
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    It also helps when you share the podcast links on social media and sailing forums.
    Please like or follow us on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram  We will follow you too! Remember to tag your Instagram sailing related pictures with #thesailingrode Send us your feedback on the show and any show topic ideas to Crew@TheSailingRode.com Patreon
    If you enjoy the podcast, you can support us on our Patreon site and get some special rewards. Check it out at this link:
    https://www.patreon.com/TheSailingRode
    How it works:  Patreon is designed for you to support your favorite content creators.  You can support our podcast creations by signing up for various levels of support.  You can set a maximum monthly amount so if we release a lot of podcasts in one month, you still only pay your maximum amount.  In return, you get some rewards for your support.  It is kind of like giving us a tip or buying us a drink after a good show.
    Thanks for listening and all your support!  We wish you fair win

    • 2 hrs 16 min
    TSR033 Hurricane Irma

    TSR033 Hurricane Irma

    In this episode we talk about our experience during hurricane Irma.  The remnants of the eye went right over our house around 2:30am on 9/11/17.
    The British Virgin Islands were hit hard by the hurricane and they need your help.  We donated to a fund started by Scott and Brittney Meyers from the Windtraveler blog.  Every dollar raised goes to help the local community.   Please give something, even small amounts help.  https://www.youcaring.com/bviimmediaterelief-943806 
    Scott and Brittney along with their friends and co-business partners Peter and Jody from the Where the Coconuts Grow blog, lost their boat homes and the catamarans the owned for their day charter business in the BVI.   Please take a moment to send them a message of support on their blogs or Facebook.  They are providing great support to the BVI community in the midst of them losing everything they own.
    We were lucky not to have any damage to our home or the boat. 
    See our blog post here for all the pictures
    Featured Producs
    We used a lot of products from the boat to help us during the hurricane.  Being a cruising sailor really helps prepare you for living off the grid!  Here are the products that helped us.
    Headlamp (Batttery-Cheap)
    Headlamp (Rechargable)
    Breathable Rain Jacket
    Honda EU2000i Generator
    LED Worklights
    Stanley Spotlight
    Coleman Solar Shower
    Coleman Camp Stove
    5000BTU Air Conditioner
    Amazon Store
    Please use our Amazon Affiliate links below for anything you buy on Amazon or look at over 90 items we have in our TSR Amazon store.  We use all the items on our boat and include notes of why we like them.  We also added over 40 sailing and cruising books we recommend.  You pay the same low Amazon price and we get a small commission.
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    We need your help to spread the word about the Podcast.  Please share the podcast with your sailing & cruising friends and ask them to subscribe on iTunes, stitcher, or Google Play Music.  You can send them these links:
    iPhone iTunes link
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    • 41 min
    TSR032 Cruising the Middle Florida Keys

    TSR032 Cruising the Middle Florida Keys

    In this episode, we cover our week long trip sailing the middle Florida Keys from Marathon to the Content Keys.  We have some more sailing / cruising news and our featured product will help you deal with smells from the head.
    Intro Chat
    We had such great plans to get some more shows out this summer, but work and other responsibilities continue to eat up our time.  Steve has been dealing with lots of rental property challenges, good for future cruising kitty, but these hands on investments take a lot of time. Hopefully, we will be good for a while after September 1st and we can go somewhere on the boat for the labor day holiday weekend. We have been able to get out on two trips since our last podcast.  We spent a weekend in West Palm Beach that we will cover in a future show and we joined all our friends at a local lake event called Adult Summer Games, check out the video here of the 2016 event. Steve has been working on lots of boat projects, we got behind from buying and setting up the house.  Most of the work in standard maintenance like changing the gear and motor oil in our Honda 50 outboard.   We did have a mildew problem on the boat that is likely due to the new location at the house.  It is up against our shed and the circulation is not as good as it was in storage.  We also discovered a leak in the deck fitting for the mast light attachment and replaced the fitting, so hopefully we fixed it.  Since our MacGregor 26M has a deck stepped mast , we plug the mast light into a deck fitting and the old one that came with the boat was missing the cap.  We cleaned the inside of the boat with vinegar and placed a fan that runs continually.
    Cruising the Middle Florida Keys
    We left on Saturday 10/29 and trailered the boat from Orlando down to Homestead, FL.  The drive drown to Marathon is about 350 miles from Orlando, so we decided to stay at a Southern Comfort RV Resort in Homestead to break up the trip.   We had never taken the boat to a campground and it was a fun stop.  They have a Tiki Bar in the campground and we went to their Halloween party that night. On Sunday, stopped at the Lorelei Cabana Bar to meet  up with some listeners, Stefan and Andrea.  That afternoon we launched from a private boat ramp off on Avenue I off Coco Plum in the Key Colony area.    It was storming, so we anchored nearby in Coco Plum bay. Monday the weather cleared up but it was still blowing 15-20kn.  We headed eight miles down to Boot Key Harbor.   We entered through Sisters Creek.   We grabbed a mooring ball from the Marathon City Marina for $22 a night. Tuesday morning we rowed a few boats over and met with with Carolyn Shearlock from the Boat Galley cookbook and website.   Her and her husband Dave live on a Gemini 105 catamaran and it was great to chat with them about the cruising life. Tuesday afternoon we had a great sail 12 miles to Bahia Honda State Park.  We planned to anchor between the bridges just south of the park but it was rolly so we went into their harbor and tied up to the seawall for the night.  $2/ft includes water and electric.   We also used their outdoor showers to rinse off.   The only other boat in the harbor was another trailer sailor, a West Rite Potter 19 owned by Don and Carmen who end up living just twenty minutes from us near Orlando.  We met up for a couple drinks sitting their cockpit that night.  Wednesday morning we dropped the mast to get under the US1 bridge and motored 4 miles to Little Pine key.   We anchored just offshore and had a great day relaxing the sun and snorkeling around the boat.   Thursday we sailed over to the Content Keys,  it is a shallow area everywhere except the channel, but the water is beautiful.   It was too shallow to anchor at the Content Keys so we moved over Crane Key for the night. Friday we started to head back to Marathon.  We sailed

    • 1 hr 36 min
    TSR031 We Are Back!! After our extended Honeymoon

    TSR031 We Are Back!! After our extended Honeymoon

    In this episode, we get back on the air and talk about our extended honeymoon over the last five months.  We have some more adventure sailing news and our featured product is a new marine sealant that will save you money.
    Intro Chat
    We are back after getting married and buying a new house.  Life is starting to settle back down so we will be more consistent with the podcast and videos. Many people would think that buying a house is the antithesis of the cruiser lifestyle, but it is good to have a home base. Love our new home, great to have the boat on the property to work on upgrades and other maintenance.  One exception is the Squirrels, they discovered that the plastic pieces of the boat are tasty.  Had to cover cleats and winches with wire cages to stop the damage. Squirrel also built nest in our tow vehicle and Steve had to rescue and relocate the baby squirrel. Steve installed our new Standard Horizon VHF GX2200 and Garmin 547xs Chartplotter and integrated them for AIS, it was fairly simple after routing the wires and worked first try! We will talk more about the installation and features in a show soon. We served as ground crew as Steve's brother Shawn participated in the 2017 Everglades Challenge adventure race 300 miles from Tampa to Key Largo in small wind and oar powered boats.  Shawn was trying to be the first person to finish the race in a West Write Potter 15.  Unfortunately, high winds pushed him onto the shoals near Cape Haze, FL.   Shawn trailered the boat down to Key Largo and spent a few days sailing Florida Bay.  He made it to the Flamingo check point and back to Key Largo.   Florida Bay has some really shallow water and he sailed through some areas that had less than one foot of depth.  Great use of the shallow draft West Write Potter 15.  Check out the video Shawn produced on his adventure.Our 2017 Sailing & Cruising so far: We have cruised on our sailboat eight nights so far in 2017, well below our average. We took the boat to the Mount Dora Art Festival - Friday and Saturday, we anchored on Lake Eustis on Friday night, cruised the Dora Canal over to Mount Dora on Saturday, and spent the day buying art under the influence.  It was an expensive day, low cruising cost as we stayed at the town dock for free, but our art purchases added up.  The fish and sheep were worth it!  
    We also talk about sailing the Cortez bridge, Anna Maria Island, Long boat key area were we  hosted all our boating friends.  We anchored out Thursday-Sun. Thursday/Friday Anchored at Jewfish Key and it was very protected from the strong West winds.  We put out back anchors and had the beautiful Sandbar as our back yard. Saturday we anchored at Cortez bridge. We were harassed by one of the local derelict boaters and had to relocated away from them in the anchorage.  We had a great dinner and drinks at Bridge Tender Inn and the other live music spots.  The anchorage became rolly at 2am as the West wind picked up and we made the call to move back to Jew Fish.   We were rafted up with three other boats, so we woke everyone up (I doubt anyone was able to sleep) and moved back to Jew Fish Key for a quiet night. Our most recent trip was to the Ft. Pierce / Stuart area, this was a new cruising ground for us and  we will cover it on another show. Sailing & Cruising News
    Sailaway is a great new online sailing game that simulates sailing and cruising around the world.  The boat behaves just like a real sailboat and the wind and waves are simulated from the current NOAA weather reports.  Trips in the game take the same amount of time as in real life, so you can set the boat to keep cruising even when you are not on the game.  You can also race against other players as you cruise around the world. Two Canadian sailors have been sentenced  for setting their 38 foot sailboat on fire to avoid being caught maki

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Steve Parkin ,

My go to sailing Podcast

I love how they present each episode with such enthusiasm and energy. The best thing is they don't profess to be experts which immediately makes the podcast accessible to mere landlubbers like me. I'm currently in the transition period between armchair and yachting lessons so listening to these podcasts is really motivational. Would love to be on anchor nearby to enjoy a sundowner or two with them in the future. Recommended.

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Entertaining and informative!

I've listened to every episode so far and hope to enjoy many more. This is one of my favourite podcasts. Steve and Brandy have a great rapore and the podcast is informative, educational and entertaining. They both obviously put a lot of time into preparing and presenting a high quality, well edited podcast. Even though I'm in the UK and a lot of the content is US focused I still enjoy every episode. Thanks guy, keep it going!

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