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Boat Life Lately. According to my iPhone.

I haven’t busted out one of these posts in awhile. And now that we are back in the land of regular cell service, I’ve been instagramming like it’s going out of style. All photos courtesy of my iPhone. :)))


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Tuesday Tell-Tales.

Welcome to Puerto Rico…home of the guava donut!

Okay, that’s probably not the puerto rican tourism association’s slogan or anything, but they might want to seriously consider it. Because I cannot stop thinking about the insanely delicious guava donuts here in Puerto Real. I am starting to get a little concerned about having to leave this little fishing village because Jereme and I will no longer be able to walk to the bakery up the road and grab ourselves one, or a dozen, of these killer donuts.


^^third row, far right — the guava-filled powdered donuts that are rocking my world.^^

The guava ones have sorta become somewhat of a problem for me. You know, the I-don’t-want-to-eat-a-dozen-donuts-every-day-and-gain-100-pounds kind. It’s a really good thing that the bakery isn’t located closer to our marina, or I’d be in major major trouble.

And I usually hate jelly or anything-filled donuts. But these have broken the mold. And after three months sans donuts (while we were sailing through the Bahamas — where there are apparently no donuts allowed), I am making up for lost time.

These donuts are freaking amazing. I’m talking melt-in-your-mouth perfect pillowy powdery guava-y goodness. Probably the best donuts I’ve ever had. No, definitely the best.


So, if you ever find yourself in Puerto Real, Cabo Rojo, make darn sure to visit Mercado’s Bakery and try a guava powdered donut. You won’t be disappointed.

And, I just wrote 197 words on donuts. Crap, that’s scary.

Happy Tuesday.

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Keri o'connorJuly 29, 2014 - 2:17 am

You need a donut intervention girlfriend!!

Jennifer - s/v Luna SeaJuly 30, 2014 - 1:06 am

Dang. Now I want a donut. But I’ll hold out for the really good ones down there – could be AGES. :)

Boat Dog Basics: DIY Dog Grooming

Before anyone scrolls down and sees Oliver’s “after” photo, let’s make one thing clear…this post is 100% dedicated to the tools needed for simple DIY dog grooming, and NOT the technique. Lol. Because, let’s face it, our grooming skills could use a little refinement.

How we keep Oliver so handsome and his ‘poodly’ fur groomed on the regular is a question we get all the time now that we’re sailing around full-time in the Caribbean. Before departing on this little sailing journey, we were scheduling regular spa days for Oliver at K-9 Q-T’s (seriously how great is that name) back in Naples. It took us over a year to find a groomer we loved (i.e. one that did not leave hot spots or nicks all over the dog), so it was a sad sad day when we realized we would need to take on this maintenance task ourselves.

Regular grooming is an evil necessity for most dogs. But for BOAT dogs, finding a reliable groomer on some small remote island is pretty much out of the question. Most cruising pet owners take on this tedious task themselves. I say tedious, because sitting in the boiling tropical sun while dog fur flies around and sticks to your sweaty skin, is not exactly my idea of fun. But the good news is…we save a little moola each month by not paying a groomer to do what we can do ourselves.


Luckily, we have a poodle pants that doesn’t mind grooming at all. Thank god. He doesn’t mind the clippers or the nail trimmers…not even the teeth brushing. Okay, he doesn’t love any of it, but he certainly tolerates everything and sits still for the various grooming procedures. And for that, I am grateful.


In preparation for cruising, we were so lucky to get the lowdown on grooming and a quick lesson from Jereme’s mom before leaving town. She certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to pet grooming and not only showed us step-by-step how to groom Oliver, but also hooked us up with all the necessary grooming tools. How amazing is that? We also kept her on speed dial the one time we had a minor skin-clipping incident, but let’s not talk about that. :(((


Once again, I’m going to steer clear of the “how to” part and stick to the “tools needed” to get the job done. I’d say most folks can figure out the first part with a little trial and error. It might not be pretty, but it’s doable.

Anyhoo, here’s what we keep stashed in Oliver’s grooming kit:

1. Nail Clippers – A must-have for any dog really. I was so nervous about using these for the first time, but after watching a quick YouTube video and knowing we have item #2 in our kit, I quickly overcame my fear. We try and clip Oliver’s nails every week or week and a half.

2. Kwik Stop Styptic Powder  - Another must-have if you are clipping nails. Keep this handy when trimming in case you accidentally cut into the quick (the stuff that runs through the center of the nail – it’s sometimes pink, sometimes black. Oliver’s quick is black {on black nails} making them a little harder to trim.). You simply apply a little bit of the kwik stop with a wet q-tip and it somehow stops the crazy bleeding. Luckily, we have not had to use this. Yet.

3. Dog Clippers – A total no-brainer if you have a dog that requires trimming. These are the clippers we have (thanks SuzziQ) and they come with a #10 blade (that’s the one we use for specialty areas — paws, face, etc.). We have a #5 blade also that we use for Oliver’s entire body.

4. Andis Cool Care Plus – a disinfectant/coolant/lubricant for the trimmer blades. This is definitely not something I would’ve bought myself, but luckily Jereme’s mom gave us a bottle along with the trimmers and we are so glad to have it! It actually really does keep the blade cool with just a quick spray every minute or two. And thus, keeps Oliver from getting uncomfortable or, worse, burned.

5. Steel Grooming Comb – We don’t use this one everyday, but we do use it big time when ‘shaping’ Oliver’s crazy poodle hair during his grooming sessions. Grooming for us is a two-man job. Jereme’s way better at manning the clippers while I help by maneuvering Oliver as needed and I use this comb to comb out hair for Jereme to quickly run the trimmers over. Think face shaping, ear shaping, etc.

6. Steel Grooming Brush – Okay, this one we actually use all the time (not just when we’re trimming Oliver). With that poodle fur of his, Oliver manages to get mats caked up in his fur all the time. Brushing him definitely helps combat the mat issue (as does keeping his coat short) and I especially love these steel brushes to get the job done.

7. Ear Cleaner – The first year after we adopted Oliver, I’m pretty sure he won the award for most ear infections. We’re not sure what the deal was, but he kept getting them. We’ve gotten pretty good about regular ear cleanings, especially now that he is swimming way more frequently than he did back home. We have two specialty ear cleaners (one’s a Rx from our vet and this over-the-counter one) that we keep handy for use with cotton balls.

8. Dog Shampoo – We bathe Oliver, on average, about once a week. Sometimes more, sometimes less depending on how dirty or sandy he gets. Although we have a decent stash of doggie shampoos we use on the regular, this Burt’s Bees one is my fav.

Not pictured – doggie toothpaste + tooth brush. I can’t believe I forgot these in the photo above. We brush Oliver’s teeth as often as we think about doing so (but probably not often enough because he has really nice teeth and we just forget about it). We use a regular old toothbrush and some vanilla flavored toothpaste I picked up from our vet, but it’s available everywhere. Oliver doesn’t especially love me jabbing a toothbrush in his mouth and scrubbing his teeth, but I think he kinda digs the taste of the paste and therefore tolerates the whole procedure. ;))

So, are you ready to see what we can accomplish with all of ^^these^^ tools???


Ta-da!!!!!!!!!! Still cute, right? It’s not exactly the shaggy long-haired teddy bear cut I’m used to (he looks a little more bobble-head esc), but we love him nonetheless.

This is only our third DIY grooming since leaving town on the sailboat. I sure hope we continue to improve our skills.

Side note, Oliver’s stash of grooming tools, along with his massive medicine cabinet, take up a pretty hefty chunk of our head (bathroom) storage space. Who knew a 20lb. poodle could require so many supplies?

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Carolyn - The Boat GalleyJuly 28, 2014 - 11:32 am

Great info — and Oliver looks great.

I added this to the list of cruising dog info on The Boat Galley. Finding good clippers is key — I’m too cheap to pay for a pair that will go through Paz’s hair, and so use scissors instead. She’s tiny, so it’s not a bad job, but if she were much bigger, I’d have to break down and buy the good ones (she’s got a lot of Bichon in her and really really thick hair).

Mark and Cindy - s/v Cream PuffJuly 28, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Love the after pic.

We once had a dog that needed grooming. We groomed him ourselves because it cost more to have his hair cut than mine. But, he wouldn’t let us touch his paws. As long as we stayed away from the paws he would stay – somewhat – still. When we were done, he always looked like a Clydesdale.

Mark and Cindy
s/v Cream Puff

Jennifer - s/v Luna SeaJuly 29, 2014 - 1:14 am

Kudos to you for brushing his teeth. Ours won’t tolerate it, but I’m thinking about giving it another go. You’ve motivated me (and I’m not sure I can handle their breath on the boat..) ;)

Keep up the great work – both on Oliver and the blog!


Deborah-SV SrightawayJuly 29, 2014 - 2:06 am

Oliver looks so handsome!! And happy!!

Kai loves, loves, loves his grooming time, but he just needs brushing, so it’s pretty easy.


15 Minutes of SAIL Magazine Fame!

Well, well, well…whad’ya you know? Looks like Mr. Oliver poodle pants himself made the August 2014 issue of SAIL Magazine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks SAIL Magazine, we love you too!

Oliver’s cute furry face is featured on page 8 in the ‘Pets On Board’ area. I guess that makes him an “official” boat dog now that he’s ‘magazine legit’…wouldn’t you say? I think Jereme and I can both attest to the fact that Oliver has become quite the salty dog over the past four months of cruising. And he sure LOVES every minute of this boaty lifestyle we’ve got going on!

Here are a few snaps of the August issue…

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Seriously, how cute is one of our little nieces ^^Ellie^^ modeling the magazine for us?! :)))

Special thanks to blog follower Janet for spotting Oliver in this month’s issue and sending my sister a copy of the mag! All photos in this post are courtesy of my über talented sis, Kristi (Kristi Mangan Photography). Thank you both! xoxo.

Carolyn - The Boat GalleyJuly 25, 2014 - 11:33 am

Paz thinks Oliver is really, really cute and she definitely wants to meet him. She says he looks like a real boat dog and not one of those supermodels they use in ads! :)

LAHOWINDJuly 25, 2014 - 7:20 pm

Lol Carolyn! Oliver would love to meet Paz as well. ;) He’s really eating up these 15 minutes of fame. -Kim

Festival del Pescado!

We’re totally feeling like lucky ducks since we randomly decided to detour to Puerto Real, Cabo Rojo (instead of Boqueron) as our first stop here in Puerto Rico…and that decision resulted in us stumbling upon the town’s Annual Fish Festival!

What are the odds?!? It’s like someone decided to roll out the welcome party mat for us! And I love it!

We sailed into Marina Pescaderia last week after a long, but great 3-day sail from the Dominican. We were immediately greeted with friendly faces all around and were super excited to grab a dock slip and settle in. Puerto Real is a small fishing village located on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico. It is part of the Cabo Rojo municipality, and about a 20-minute drive from Mayaguez. Locals love the Cabo Rojo area for its great beaches, fresh seafood daily at family owned affordable restaurants, and offshore islands to explore. And we couldn’t agree more!

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We got a first hand look at the local seafood at the 3-day-long Festival del Pescado, or Fish Festival, here in Puerto Real. Since we are staying at the big marina right in town, we were able to partake in the festivities all three days. I mean, how could we not? As soon as you step foot off the boat, you’re basically right in the action.

The fish fest was three full days of tasty street food vendors, awesome live music, a 5k and bike race (I think), a fishing tourney, and a display of locally caught fish delicacies on the final day.

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We made sure to try just about everything at the fest…from empanadas of every kind, to street meat (very delicious chicken and pork/plantain skewers), mofongo (we grabbed a plate of it with fried pork), diced bbq italian sausage hoagies, arepas, guava cookies, and more!

I can’t believe I (unsuccessfully) searched high and low for a tasty empanada in the DR, only to have them EVERYWHERE here in Puerto Rico. And they are muy delicioso!

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Side note, do they sell Gasolina brand alcohol in the U.S.? ^^These party-in-a-pouch sangria drinks^^ are freaking awesome! You literally rip open the pouch and out comes the most delicious sangria punch with a straw in the pouch! Think Capri Sun packaging, but straw on the inside. So smart!

The last day of the festival is the big “reveal” of all the local (and somewhat bizarre I might add) fish catches of the weekend. They put everything on display here at Marina Pescaderia, including some huge sharks (that I decided not to include in this blog post because it made me kinda sad.)

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Pretty crazy, huh? There was a few roach-looking sea critters and one furry crab that resembled a tarantula that I found especially odd.

Anyhoo, ^^that^^ was the annual fish fest of Puerto Real and I’m so glad we lucked out on our arrival timing! Go us! ;))

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Jesus HellinJuly 24, 2014 - 5:18 am

Beautiful pics guys!! awesome ;-)


Breezy // WAVETOTHEWINDJuly 24, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Few cruising blogs present beautiful photos AND fun storytelling, but you guys are 2 for 2! (I mean, you’re making dead fish look pretty over here.) Also, happy to see that you’ve mastered the single most important knot for the lady cruiser – the top knot!