August 6, 2023 | 3 minutes

My dad was still in town, so he joined my wife and kid for a day out on the boat. As has become a theme, there was no wind. We motored out to the Sound. The boat seemed quicker, thanks to my barnacle scraping. On talking with my dad, I realized I’d probably been running the engine too slow, too. The max torque for my Beta 16 HP is at 2600 RPM, and I’d been running at 2200 RPM.

Captain's Captain

August 4, 2023 | 3 minutes

My dad was in town, so we went down to the boat. He recently got back from sailing from Baltimore to Charleston to Bermuda and back to Baltimore on his 40 foot yawl. Needless to say, he knows a thing or two about sailboats. We didn’t take the boat out; instead, I had a list of things that I wanted my dad’s help with on the boat. We crossed some items off and uncovered other items:

Kid Turning Point

July 30, 2023 | 2 minutes

The other times that my wife and I have brought our kid to the boat, it’s been… difficult. The kid gets bored on the train, doesn’t like wearing his life jacket, wants to get off the boat the moment he gets on, and so on. Today was… different! We had a great train ride, there were no life jacket complaints, the kid was fairly occupied while sailing, and he even fell asleep on my wife for almost an hour.

First Friends

July 28, 2023 |

Today was the first time bringing non-family on the boat. Two of my Data friends who had never met each other joined me on Peregrine. One met me at Penn Station. The other met us on the train in Queens. The conditions were objectively terrible. It was over 90 degrees out, and zero wind. The conditions were so calm that we spotted a sailboat that didn’t even bother to anchor while a bunch of kids swam off the boat.


June 12, 2023 | 4 minutes

Today was a day of firsts, and they were all good firsts! I left with my wife and kid to catch the 9:17 AM train from Penn Station. There were no trains stopping at our 23rd and 8th stop, so we took the 1 from 23rd and 7th. We made sure to arrive later this time. At only 20 minutes early, we didn’t have to entertain the kid too much in the train station.


June 3, 2023 | 3 minutes

First time bringing the kid to the boat. Traveling Traveling to the boat is complicated since we don’t have a car. I also don’t want to bring a stroller. There’s nowhere to leave it on land, and it’s too big for the boat. So, traveling looks like: Walk 2 blocks from the apartment to the subway station. Ride the subway one stop to Penn Station. Catch the LIRR from Penn Station to Port Washington (~45 minutes).


May 15, 2023 | 2 minutes

We took the LIRR from Penn Station to Port Washington and then walked down to the Town Dock. Town Dock We had limited time, so we spent the first half of the day fixing things up and answering a number of open questions: I added clorox to the water tank. I set the MMSI number in the VHF. I looked at connecting the Garmin GPS to the VHF and decided this will be a winter project.