We’re Back

It’s been a stressful time for Dylan and Dee Dee. Their dad had to have some shoulder surgery late last week. That meant they were back to relying on only Mom, who decided taking them to the dog park might be too much. It turned out that the weekend wa…

FPB 70-1: Growing Big and Strong

You are standing on a rigid coaming of the FPB 70-1’s Matrix deck, looking toward the bow. Inside and out, …Read More

Caledonian Canal Day 3: Dochgarroch to Fort Augustus via Loch Ness

Loch Ness is one of the top three tourist destinations in Scotland, along with Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye. Second to Nessie, a major draw of Loch Ness is 13th-century Urquhart Castle. One of the largest castles in Scotland, Urquhart attracted some 400,000 visitors in 2016. On our third day in the Caledonian Canal,…

Photo Speed Test

You are looking at step one of the new and improved SetSail. This upgrade includes a much faster website connection.In …Read More

Caledonian Canal Day 2: Muirtown Basin to Dochgarroch

We passed through the four-lock Muirtown flight at the start of our second day in the Caledonian Canal, then cruised the scenic waterway alongside, but above, the River Ness en route to Dochgarroch. Our total travel distance was five miles in three hours for an average speed of just over 1.5kts. The locks take up…

Caledonian Canal Day 1: Clachnaharry Sea Lock to Muirtown Basin

The Caledonian Canal extends 50 nautical miles southwest from Beauly Firth near Inverness to Loch Linnhe by Fort William. Only 19 miles of the canal are man-made and the rest extends through four natural freshwater lochs, including the famous Loch Ness. Along the way are 10 swing bridges and 29 locks, achieving a maximum elevation…

Explore Toronto Bike Rental + Accommodations

Did you know that the Martin Goodman Trail is a 56-kilometre (35 mile) multi-use path along Toronto’s waterfront and it’s located right outside our door? That’s right. You have lots of options  to discover Toronto’s impressive waterfront and enjoy a … Continue reading

FPB 78-3 Launches

FPB 78-3 launched, and Steve Parsons is well into Builders sea trials…  In other news, SetSail has finished transferring and …Read More


Inverness was a great stop before our trip down the Caledonian Canal. In our last few days there we toured the beautiful Ness Islands and more of the canal by bike, stocked up on provisions, and got some local knowledge on cruising the canal from Paisley residents Pamela and Neil White. Below are trip highlights…

Biltmore Estate

Most of the time when we travel to and from the east coast we have a schedule…the urge to return to The Pearl or the tug to our heart strings to see our family, especially our grand children. This trip on our way home from spending Thanksgiving with our family in Pennsylvania we decided to take a side trip to explore Asheville, North Carolina and the Biltmore Estate…we had a wonderful time.