In 2013, while roaming around a boatyard in Reedville, Virginia, I came across a proud but slightly-tired boat called Ave del Mar (Spanish for “Sea Bird”). After months of negotiating and then even more months (upon months, upon months) of selling most of my belongings and scraping together all the money I could, she became mine on August 5th of 2013.

After buying her I lived aboard in Annapolis, Maryland, commuting to my job in DC and spending more time working on the boat than sailing her. That changed in late 2015, as Ave del Mar and I cast off for adventures away from home.

Although updates on our progress may at times be slow, they appear here on, as well as on her Facebook page at and on Instagram as sailing.ave (

Thanks for coming along. It’s one hell of a ride.

John & Ave


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