Thursday, September 4, 2014


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I've recently been seeing this award being passed from blog to blog in an effort to give bloggers a chance to show appreciation for and share blogs that we ourselves enjoy reading. If you have a blog you've likely seen this at some point, but if you don't here's how it works when a blog is nominated and the award is accepted:
  • Identify the nominating blog
  • Answer the questions posted for you
  • Nominate up to 10 other blogs you enjoy
  • Choose up to 10 questions you'd like them to answer
So, Skelton Crew hereby accepts the nomination from Jessica at MJ Sailing. Thanks so much for thinking of us! In answe to your questions...

Explain yourselves. Take that to mean however you wish.
Simply put, we like to distinguish ourselves from 'the norm'. Having a big house, fancy cars or lots of 'stuff' doesn't do much for us. At all. We like to live simply and use our time and resources to experience people, places and things, all of which can be grand adventures in themselves. And what is life if not a big adventure?!?

When was the first time you ever set foot on a sailboat?
2011, when buying our first boat. Before that we'd been on little 14ft hobies.

Where is the worst place, traveling or stationary, you've been with your boat?
On the ground. A grounding is bad enough, but when you have a ferry full of gawkers it's even worse.

If a genie granted you a lifetime supply of one kind of alcohol, what would you choose?
If I even hesitate before saying RUM, there could be a mutiny afoot on Hullabaloo. If we get to be picky, we like dark spiced rum with an occasional fruity Cruzan thrown in the mix.
Sailing on sv Rum Punch in Belize
What's the nicest thing the other person has done for you while traveling?
Jackie - Ron has this can-do, get-it-done attitude that helps keep me from my usual analysis paralysis. As in I don't have time to think and plan, it's happening now and I better be ready!. If it weren't for his get-up-and-go personality I might still be sitting at the dock, still immersed in every manual available. He probably didn't know that, guess now he does.

When asked the question Ron replied, "you make me drinks". That's pretty sad, I better step up my game!

If you had the option to transport yourself anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
The North Channel, Lake Huron. Of course the boat would have to come to. We're quickly approaching my favorite time of year and enjoying it in the clean, quiet, clear blue north sounds about perfect. Plus, this is at THE top of Ron's list for cruising grounds, I don't think he'd mind going now.

What did your family say when you told them you were going to up and leave everything in order to travel?
For the most part they've been very encouraging, although some have concerns about our choice and my mom might have a nervous breakdown over her worries of pirates and storms. I think most of the concern comes from our plans to live on a sailboat, people have a hard time grasping that for some reason.

Do you think you've found the place you'd like to retire?
Ha, we haven't left yet! Besides, given the pace that things change places we love now may not be places we love then. At the same time I can't wait to see how our travels change our attitudes about what characteristics we want in our next place of residence (whether it's on land or boat).

What language do you think would be the most fun to speak, even if you have no plans to learn it?
Sign language. It fascinates me.

Outside of the US, where has your most expensive meal been?
That would be a steak dinner on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls overlooking the falls. Major tourist trap, but it was fun. Other places we've been have had fairly cheap food or been included as part of an all-inclusive package.

My nomination list is short and sweet, I think most of the blogs I follow have been previously nominated.
My questions for you
  1. What do your future sailing/cruising plans look like?
  2. How did you find out about the cruising community?
  3. Who's idea was it to get into sailing and what convinced the other half to go along with it?
  4. What do you think is most overrated about sailing/cruising?
  5. What ONE word describes why you sail/cruise?
  6. What was/is your biggest fear about cruising/living on a sailboat?
  7. What was your scariest moment on the boat?
  8. What is the hardest part about blogging?
  9. What's the story behind your boat name?
  10. Tell us something we don't know about you
Happy blogging!


  1. Thank you so much for accepting my Liebster nomination, I love your answers. Of course I knew that a genie would be granting you two rum, but I do have to crack up that the nicest thing Ron says you do for him is make you drinks. In his mind though, that's probably a very high honor. :)

  2. Hey Guys! Thanks for the nomination for the Liebster, we are honored! I would have answered sooner, but just found it today now that I've had some time to go through blog posts back on land. Answers coming soon :)

    1. Ha, no problem!! I really didn't expect people to do it, I almost didn't do it myself :) But now that you are doing it, I look forward to your answers!