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hanks for checking out Adventures of OLOH.  Separate from mycareer in broadcastingIve been an avid boater most of my life and very lucky to call the water my other home.  As a kid I spent lots of time on vacations puttering around with my family in rental boats of all kinds.  We eventually bought a 1992 Formula runabout that we still have and enjoy to this day on the waters off the south shore of Long Island.  Years later, after buying a home in New Yorks Hudson Valley,  Tim, our rescue dog Seven and I would discover the beauty of the Hudson River.  It was a journey that we began on the, a 21 Sea Ray Sundeck.  Four Soggy Dogs later over many years of adventures and education our journey has culminated in the recent purchase of our 60 Motor Yacht which weve named .  While shes been well cared for by her previous owner and is in remarkably great shape, a refit has begun to bring her up to modern standards and our aesthetic as we travel from New York to Florida and beyond.

Whether youre a boater or not we hope theres something youll enjoy on our site (everybody loves food and pictures of a cute dog!).  Please shoot us a note to say youve dropped by and if you see us on the water, stop over for a hello and cold beverage.  As we love to say on OLOH  Boat. Plans. Life.  Lets get together and feel alright!

Well showcase product installations and interview the people we work with as we refit OLOH our surveyors, electronics installers, our diesel mechanic and all the others well connect with as we refit her.  We call them our dream team.

We will chronicle our journey on the BLOG with stories of our past experiences as well as our day to day adventures as we head south.  Well talk about accommodations, personalities, weather conditions and of course, food and the good people who serve it.

A place for people who have the spirit of adventure boaters and non-boaters alike.   Well also interview the fine folks we meet along the way that are part of the colorful fabric that makes up life on the water.  Well highlight great musicians we meet in our travels who sing for their supper as boaters raise a glass to the days good journey.

Jasper, our rescue pup, and very project oriented fella will learn the ropes as a boating dog and mind the ship. Hes always happy to greet new people.

Well give honest advice and opinions about our process and share our destinations, chart paths and fuel burns.  As boaters, we are interested in all things boating!  If you have questions, well do our best to find answers.  If you have suggestions we are always open to them.  Were always standing by on 16.

From there to here all the swells, the rough seas, the flotsam and jetsam and the good stuff that makes the call of the water so powerful.

It is from here that our journey begins.

For years we had been surrounded by towering buildings, traffic jams and oblivious lubbers in the city that never sleeps.  It was a vibrant yet frenetic existence.  It was the storied love/hate relationship.  We werent ready to leave but we were ready to move on.  We spent summers fleeing to our family retreat on Long Island and to the country town in Ohio that I had sprouted from.  We worked hard, but we were also so very fortunate to have what we had families who surrounded us with love and compassion, friends who shared and shaped our in-betweens.  And, lots of laughter.  There was never a point when we didnt acknowledge our gratitude.  There was never a point we werent reminded by our beloved Pit-Lab rescue, Seven, with his pure joy of living, that life was a gift.  But we were still searching for something.  Seeking our truth.

It was the tragedy of September 11th, 2001 that created a shift in our energy as it did for so many.  We were together but living separately in New York City then.  It is impossible to describe the rage, the sorrow and the horror packed between the overwhelming sense of pride, fortitude and fierce loyalty to our city and country.  Day after day people stood along the Westside Highway, as we did, to give thanks and support to the women and men who traveled to the fallen to dig, to rescue and to weep.  The words that would echo constantly through my brain were the land of free and the home of the brave and stand beside her and guide her through the night with a light  It may sound trite but it was a mantra so familiar and comforting that it stayed with me each day.  We found our humanity in each other as a people and as a country and it made us stronger.   It affected us profoundly, in ways that we wouldnt understand until years later.  But, it also affected us in that moment.  We knew we needed to find a place where we could discover ourselves beyond the city dwellers we had so confidently embodied for so many years.

And so we three sojourned north to the mountains for fresh air, for solace, for the long and glorious exhale beneath the clans of oak and pine and shaggy bark hickory that have always out-limbed usMORE

Our BLOG has several categories includingTravel Log,SeefareandEbb & Flow.Travel Logwill give you the specifics of our travels, like fuel burn, winds, travel distances etc. and a great overview of our experience on those days that we travel.  It will give you a real taste of what our days are like.Seefareis about the places weve been and a bit of history about them and the good food that weve enjoyed.Ebb & Flowis about our journey as a life-experience, from the time we got our first boat and why it was named what it was named, to trips weve taken and places weve been that we fell in love with.  A little more prose and a little more to chew on

Dont forget that the newest entry will always be listed first in the BLOG section, so if you want to start at the beginning make sure you start withDeparture is Imminent.  Also, please subscribe on theBLOG pageso you can get updates when we post a new entry.

OLOH Essentials highlights a variety of things that help to make our cruising more enjoyable

The importance of a boats anchor cannot be overstated.  There are many boaters who do

Freedom is a fascinating and powerful construct.  As people living in the United States, its

Ahoy!  Thanks so much for checking in with Adventures Of OLOH.  After an incredible eight

Reminder seefare articles dont always coincide with our current travels but are places weve enjoyed

FROM: The Captain – After weeks of wind in the Exumas the forecast finally shifted

FROM: The Captain – Conditions: Cloudy with some showers, some lightning.  Winds from the south/southeast

Somewhere in the Exumas lives the Wild Sand Dog. We were lucky enough to capture

Our Five Anchor Server section honors the excellent servers we have met at different ports.  If you are a boater you are familiar with the term, drop the anchor.  It means youve found the perfect spot to spend some time and so you drop the anchor.  The servers recognized here are people who have made our dining experiences special.  •Personality  •Pride  •Attention to detail  •Attitude  •Food/drink knowledge = Five Anchors.Weve been lucky to meet quite a few.  If you happen to be one of them and would like to tell us more about yourself, pleaseshoot us a noteso we can tell more of your story.

Harbourside Bar and Grill South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island FL Garnet became one of our favorites because he was easy going, detail oriented and very polite. We requested him every time we dined there. When Momma Judy was visiting for her birthday, he surprised us with a birthday dessert and candle. Thanks, Garnet for your thoughtfulness and excellent service.

Salty Oyster Bar and Grill, Perry Hotel, Stock Island Marina Village – Theres not enough space to say how much we (particularly Jasper) loved Heidi! Always a welcoming smile, a dog treat and water bowl, and excellent everything! Truly one of the best, she made it hard to stay away. We miss you Heidi!

Antonias, Key West – (pictured here at one of his infamous dinner parties he threw for us) If youve been to Key West and havent met T.K. then turn around and go back. Not only is he a dear friend of many years, we had the pleasure of sitting at his coveted bar at Antonias. Hes one of the greatest, most entertaining and talented people youll meet! We miss you T.K.

Salty Oyster Bar and Grill, Perry Hotel, Stock Island Marina Village – Angie! We need your picture. Again not enough room to say all the good things! Angies smile and warm welcome and witty banter kept bringing us back. Her excellent service kept us longer than we needed. She always took special care of Jasper. We miss you!

Old Bull Tavern, Beaufort, SC From the minute we sat down, Ashley was immediately on top of things. She was extremely detail oriented and noticed the moment we needed something – often even before we needed it! Shes very polite, engaging, had a great sense of humor and was super easy-going. She made our special occasion with friends even more special! Thanks, Ashley and good luck in your pursuits!

Lowcountry Produce Market and Cafe, Beaufort, SC Angela wasnt actually our server, she was the manager who came to our table to say hello. Were giving her an honorable mention here because she was such a pleasure to talk to. Our server, Mary Alexis, was wonderful and attentive but wasnt up for a photo! Thank you both for a great experience.

Agave, Beaufort, SC Christina is a hardworking mom with three kids who should be exhausted from working several jobs but you wouldnt know it. She had such a warm energy and an easy smile. She quickly helped us figure out what we wanted and her advice was perfect and we loved our choices. She was super attentive but not intrusive and a great server. Thanks, Christina, you were excellent.

Foolish Frog, Beaufort, SC Ashely was a blast and it felt like weve known her a long time. She was lovely and spunky and even brought us a taste of the alligator stew. She knew the menu well and insisted we try the fried okra…a good call! She also told us her daughter makes fun of the way she smiles but we happen to love it! Keep smiling Ashley and thanks for the fun afternoon!

Saltus, Beaufort, SC We were greeted warmly by Devon and it was immediately clear that she was excellent at her job. She was never rushed and spent time explaining menu items and giving us her favorites. Her service was truly five anchor and her wonderful personality made it even better. She is a visual artist by day and usually works one night a week there, so we got lucky! Thanks Devon, and all the best to you.

Coinjock Marina Restaurant, Coinjock, NC Diane was just terrific and the kind of person who you feel like youve known for a long time. She had a great sense of humor & was patient as we tried to figure out what not-fried to get and once we ordered she was very attentive. You were awesome Diane, see you next year!

Water Street Cafe, Stonington, CT Our experience at Water Street Cafe was so excellent we went back. They nailed it again with the food and service. Noah was engaging, witty and on top of every detail. Thanks for the excellent experience Noah. (Pictured next to him is Jake another terrific employee there.)

Spoon River, Belhaven, NC Lori was attentive and really just a lovely person with a soft demeanor and good sense of humor. She made perfect drink suggestions and was knowledgeable about the menu, giving a little backstory on some of the offerings. We really enjoyed our time with you Lori! Thank you for the excellent service.

Fish & Slips, Tidewater, VA Darcy was very proper, extremely polite, very sweet. and a great server. We also learned she was a lawyer!…and became a personal trainer after her struggle and success with weight loss. Three jobs and working toward paying off her college tuition so admirable! Good luck Darcy and rock on!

Lucarita Mexican Restaurant, Greenport, NY Katie was quiet and attentive with an easy smile and a fun personality. She was knowledgeable about the restaurants history and food and steered us toward must-try items that made our experience perfect. Thanks Katie, we appreciate you!

Water Street Cafe, Stonington, CT We met Leo during the first week of our shakedown.  Leo was our very first Five Anchor server.  His personality, knowledge and exceptional attitude really made our experience at Water Street Cafe special. Hes Danny Meyer good! Thanks, Leo you set the standard for the Five Anchors!

Boat Yard Bar and Grill, Annapolis, MD Amanda had a quiet, but lovely personality and really gave us some great food advice and was an excellent server. Shes quite the hard worker. While her degreed profession is as a pastry chef, she works three jobs to pay off her college loans. Thanks, Amanda we know youll go far!

Claudios Greenport, NY Shawn had a smile at the ready immediately after we sat down. Hes energetic and fun and steered us toward the fresh Mahi Reubens for which we will be forever grateful. And, when we had an issue with our drinks he took care of it without question. Thanks, Shawn for treating us so well!

Angry Arthurs Seafood Company, St. Michaels, MD  We connected with Amanda immediately with our rescue dog stories and she led us to some great food and beer choices. She had great energy, was attentive, knowledgeable and a lot of fun. We couldve talked to her all night. Thanks for taking good care of us and give YOUR Jasper a hug!

Island Hideaway, Solomons, MD Brittany welcomed us with a warm smile and positivity. Passionate about the food, her honest answers to what do you think of this? led us to fantastic choices! Shes also passionate about her three dogs and would probably have more if her husband let her! Thanks Brittany and good luck with whats next!

Our libations section lists our favorite drinks and well be adding more as we go along.  If you have a special beverage you like, send us the recipe and well put it up here and of course, attribute it to you!

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Heidi was one of the absolutely fantastic bartenders we met at Stock Island Marina Village. (Jasper misses his Aunt Heidi and Aunt Angie!)  One day we were milling about trying to figure out what to have on a hot afternoon and we asked her to make us something special.  She whipped up a GuavaRita and it was an instant hit!  Its now a staple on OLOH.  Thanks, Heidi!

Shake with ice, pour into a rocks glass, garnish with lime and let the afternoon slip away!

This drink should probably be called Natalia and Barts Tour of the Exumas Smash because after taking us in their Regulator (the tender to their boat Dusty Sea) all over the islands around Compass and Staniel Cay they took us on a snorkeling adventure and brought this wonderful little concoction.  Maybe its because we are new to this whole cocktailing thing (ahem) but wed never heard of a goombay smash until Nat made them for us.  Oh, Nat!  Thanks for the introduction and look out!  One Smash, two Smash, three Smash FLOOR!

Shake well and pour over ice.  Garnish with Pineapple and Orange slices.

We love a great rum drink and when our friends Jeff and Barb Hill gave us a bottle of one of their favorite spiced rums Siesta Key Spiced Rum we created a cocktail in their honor called the Hill Runner! Lots of flavors with a tropical twist and nice spiced edge, careful theyll catch up with you!

Shake well and pour over ice in a rocks glass garnish with blood orange.  Optional Dark Rum floater

We love a fresh margarita particularly one with deep, robust flavor and a fruity twist.  This is top shelf OLOH.  We usually only have oneor two!

Shake with ice, dont drink too many!

Gotta love a mulejust not from Moscowfrom the OLOH.

No need to shake, just pour together, give a good stir and zest a little fresh ginger!

Created at the Dozier Yachting Center for our arrival cocktail.  Its warm, smoky and savory with a little sweet and a little heat.  Its named after their warm, welcoming and most excellent Dockmaster, Jimmy Mackie.  Who took excellent care of us during our stay.  Cheers! Jimmy.

Dash of Chipotle hot sauce (to taste)

Shake with ice (crushed is best), pour into a rocks glass, enjoy!

We are steadily working on our refit, but have spent some time enjoying the ride as well.  We have pics and videosforseveral other sections where weve completed work and its coming soon.  In all aspects, weve been very pleased with the results.  Our goal is to detail our process and our choices so they became an informational jumping-off point.  Mouse over (or touch) the images below to see what were up to.

Three fantastic and efficient Raritan Marine Elegance electric heads have replaced our Vaccuflush heads. Stay tuned for details.

OLOHs electronics were state-of-the-art. In 2004. Details coming on our refit of the entire suite.

OLOHs main living space is ready for a 2018 refresh which is underway.

The new full-size fridge and granite sink are in and theres more to come.

This was a high priority. We replaced our three Vacuflush heads with state-of-the-art electric Raritan Marine Elegance heads! Stay tuned for the details.

The 2004 bedding is gone with plans for more new materials in the three seeping quarters.

OLOHs bridge deck is one of our favorite spaces and in great shape, but new soft goods are coming.

The new davit is installed! Click here to check out how it all went down…and up!

OLOHs dinghy is a great ride but a bit tired. Weve refreshed her a bit as we consider a replacement.

Our Team is the group of boating professionals who were and are an important part of making OLOH happen.  We happily recommend any of the people weve placed on our team.  We are currently working on individual links for all of these fine folks that will include details of what they did, pictures and even some video.  Please stand-by on 16 and check back often as we continue to populate this section.

Michele is the kind of person who doesnt stop until she gets what her client needs and she does it all with southern charm. She has terrific energy, knows everything there is to know about boats and was ready, willing and able at every turn.

Chris was the find of a lifetime. His work ethic, professionalism, keen eye for detail and a good sense of humor kept us sane through a very long purchase process.

Marine Diesel Engine Service and Repair

John is one of the nicest, most accessible engine surveyors weve met. Hes one of the best at what he does and is happy to teach what he knows. Hes professional, patient and responsive.

Tucker is the person to call for incredible lettering. He walked us through different options. We wanted stainless steel raised letters and he made it happen. His work is flawless and his work ethic is as well.

We were excited to work with Vianca. There arent a lot of women in this end of the industry and shes one of the most talented. Her knowledge of electronics and ability to trace down issues make the job painless. She is a terrific representative for her company and its product.

Keith was our sea trial captain. Hes a good natured guy who has years of experience and made himself available for us for any reason. Hes a great guy and a great resource.

Mike works for Steve Gill, owner of CNS. It was a pleasure having Mike and his partner in wires, Ed working on the boat. They were happy to answer any questions we had. Mike did try to take Jaspers toy and that didnt go well but other than that he was terrific!

Ed was part of the dynamic duo (Mike) that installed our Garmin screens and radar. Hes professional and easy going and Jasper really liked him so that was really all that mattered.

Broker commission is generally ten percent of the sale price and paid by the seller.  If you are a buyer and you use a broker, your broker will split the commission with the sellers broker.  The buyer does not pay any broker fees/commissions.

Before the purchase of any vessel getting proper surveys of the vessel and mechanical systems is money well spent.  That boat might look like a beauty but is her hull sound?  Engines only have 300 hours on a rebuild?  If those engines havent been used and maintained, a survey will tell you the good, the bad and ugly.

Contracts are important.  Once an offer is made by the buyer, the seller has a window of time to accept or reject it.  The seller may make a counter-offer.  Negotiation is a part of the process.  A signed contract by both parties will stipulate a window of time to close the deal.

An essential part of the survey process is the sea trial.  This is a critical exercise to make sure the vessels performance meets certain standards and to identify areas in need of attention.  And, it gives you an opportunity to see how she performs on the water before ownership.  It could make you fall in loveor fall overboard!

I dont care if you are 100 yards from shore, you never go full-bore past a marina!  Its inconsiderate, dangerous AND stupid.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR WAKE!

If you plan on gunkholing in the classic yachtsman fashion remember to bring a wide-brimmed hat, to bring plenty of cold cervezas and to keep the tiller at the ready.

A proper vessel has an ensign and a dog, so we named our dog Ensign.

Did I tell you to pull that line?  I dont think I heard myself telling you to pull that line.  When this Captain needs an assist to the dock, hell ask for one!

Only approach the dock as fast as you are willing to hit the dock.