Author: johnherlig

  • XVI: The Very Bad Day Coby and Ave and I plunge further south in the Intracoastal Waterway in the dead of winter. Some things go right, and some go not-so-right. But there are always happy endings and homemade cookies and plentiful beer. Life could be worse.


  • SpinSheet Magazine

    In case you missed it, I am happy to announce that I have been published in SpinSheet magazine. You can find my article, “The ‘First’ Sail of Ave del Mar” on pages 48-49 online by clicking on the article name above, or better yet run out and grab a copy at a store. They’re free! […]

  • Postcards From Sea, Episode XII, Albi

    Epic jam sessions, seasickness and how best to resolve conflicts with your shipmates. In this latest edition of Postcards From Sea, John Herlig discusses these and other pressing issues with his good friend and fellow traveller Albi the German Lad. The pair also try to figure out at what stage it’s reasonable to start calling […]

  • Postcards From Sea: Annapolis Sailboat Show

    I fall in love with the Halberg-Rassy 372 and Henry the German glue guy, plus I get fish and chips at Pusser’s along with a round of #3 painkillers. Hear also about how a Mantus anchor helped to save Ave del Mar from Hurricane Matthew and about the chalky paint I applied to the Edson […]

  • Postcards From Sea: The Ditch

    In this new episode of PFS I am recording on the move as I motorsail north on the Intra Coastal Waterway in North Carolina.

  • Postcards From Sea: Dad and Boats.

    In this episode of Postcards From Sea I interview my father, Richard, and talk to him about his lifelong love of boats and the day we found Ave Del Mar.

  • Postcards From Sea, Homeward Bound

    Time to point the bow north–or maybe northeast and then west and then northwest and then drift a little… The story of sailing 725 nm from Jamaica to the Florida Keys.

  • Postcards from Sea, George Town, Bahamas

    Seems that sometime when I was off-grid I aired a podcast episode without even knowing it. So here you go!  

  • Postcards From Sea, Port Antonio, Jamaica

    Happy to have the podcast up and running again.

  • Pardon Me, But Where Is Forward?

    There are moments when small things go wrong on the boat. There are moments, too, when you look at the weather and the seas and you say, to no one in particular, No, not today, and your boat stays where she is. I have met boats that forge onward through any weather at all, boats […]