Getting Banjo We have uploaded our second story-line episode named Getting Banjo to YouTube and Patreon. In this episode, with a LOT of help from some dear friends, we get all of our stuff moved out of the house at Lake Norman. We whittle down more of our junk. Also, we find out that we closed on Banjo. After a seven hour drive back to Brunswick, we spend our first night aboard. Then spend a couple days loading all of our stuff, and have a few boat drinks. Shawn is…Read More
Our adventures aboard Sailing Vessel Banjo
Whether it be inshore fresh-water, coastal cruising or deep ocean blue water cruising, we travel them all. We post the articles from each of our sailing adventures here on SailingBanjo.com. Some of them will be funny, some will be scary, but all will be real.
As an ocean-going sailing vessel, SV Banjo is designed, built and equipped to carry its crew on practically any ocean adventure. She has seen her share of heavy seas, and calm anchorages during her 40+ year life. We plan to add many more experiences aboard and increase her sailing life. Banjo was not built to sit in a marina. She was built to find her way among the waves and salt, traveling the oceans of the world.
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We will chronicle each of our experiences and update this page with fresh stories, and lessons learned. Please check our site often for new content, pictures and video.
Season 1- Episode 1: Finding Banjo
Finding Banjo Thanks to the recent holiday downtime, Shannon and I were able to finally complete our first “real” video. We have lovingly named it Finding Banjo, and got it uploaded to YouTube and Patreon. In this episode, we meet Banjo for the very first time, and have our offer accepted. There is some sailing as we perform a sailboat survey and sea trial. There are some shots of a really cool looking historic courthouse, located in Brunswick, GA, that we stopped and visited while our shock wore off. We…Read More
Creative Floating and Sailing Aboard SV Hooligan
Creative Floating and Sailing On The Neuse River We took a day sail with our friends from SV Hooligan to do some “Creative Floating.” It has been a rough month at work, and both Shannon and I were ready for a little downtime. So, our friends Cole and Tracy, along with their two pups, Nellie and Max, invited us out for a day on the river. We gratefully accepted and shared a full day Creative Floating and sailing with them. “Creative Floating” is a phrase coined by Cole to describe…Read More
If You Can’t Tie A Knot…
If You Can’t Tie a Knot There’s a saying that goes a little something like this…“If you can’t tie a knot, tie a lot.” Well that’s great and groovy until you have to untie all of those “a lots” especially when you’re in a hurry. Taking fifteen minutes to untie a dozen granny knots just to move a fender two feet over when you are coming into a dock is a little less than ideal. Practice, Practice, Practice I have no idea why, but knots befuzzle me sometimes. I have…Read More
A Lazy Sunday, Some Rust, A Birthday and a couple Full Bellies
Boat Life Update for SV Banjo Thank you for reading this boat life update for Oct 22, 2017. Birthday Thanks Thanks to everyone who called, texted or messaged birthday wishes today. Each one of you got a big smile! First Time Out with No Crew Shannon fed me a couple boat drinks last night and we both laughed till it was late and we were exhausted. Our original plan was to anchor out of the marina last night but we ended up changing those plans late yesterday afternoon. We did,…Read More
The Microburst, and the Dock
Preparing to go sailing During the summer months, we didn’t get many opportunities to take Banjo out on the water. This was partly due to work & maintenance schedules, and partly because of bit of caution. This is the tale of what happened to warrant our caution. It is a tale of the Microburst, and the Dock experienced by the crew and guests aboard SV Banjo in June 2017. We arrived in the New Bern, NC area in June 2017 and had originally spent a month at the New Bern…Read More