Ep. 27 - Sailing French Guiana and DEVIL'S ISLAND - Our Favorite Place, so Far!

July 29, 2019

While in French Guiana, we spent time in Cayenne, Kourou, and the incredible Iles du Salut, the Triangle Islands which includes the infamous Devil’s Island. Find out exactly why this was our favorite stop of our entire voyage so far!



Ep. 26 - Just When We Thought It Was Boring . . .

July 1, 2019

Sailing from Cabedelo, Brazil to Kourou, French Guiana. We didn’t originally expect to have a 12-day Sea Trial after three months in port, but nevertheless, we set sail for French Guiana, a 1,400 nautical mile passage from about 200 miles off the coast of Brazil. All the hard work and three months of repairs and upgrades paid off. It was a smooth sail for most of the 12 days at sea. It was even boring at times. But we learned the hard way to never say out loud that you are bored at sea. Neptune will surely give you something to do!

Ep. 25 A Sailor's Work is Never Done!

June 2, 2019

When you sit in port for three months with massive boat projects, you know the meaning of the phrase, “A sailor’s work is never done.” We had three critical areas of projects – power, paint, and anchor. We got these major projects and dozens of smaller projects completed while in Cabedelo, Brazil for three months. We have enjoyed this part of Brazil, and we’ve gotten a lot of work accomplished—both for our clients, and for our ship, Seefalke. At times, life was really difficult here—especially while sitting on the hard for six weeks and going up and down the ladders every day, hoisting the seadogs every day in the puppy crane, and enduring all the work that was needed on the boat. We were wondering if this would ever end! But now the boat is in ship shape! So…No offense to the lovely people of Cabedelo, Brazil who have now adopted us as their own. No offense to the gorgeous landscape and friendly culture. But our ship needs to be at sea. And so do we.  It’s time to GO! But first, we want to give you a quick rundown about the completion of our many boat projects!

Ep. 24 Stuck on Dry Dock is Like Living in a Tree House

April 13, 2019

Sitting on dry dock for more than six weeks is like living in a sailboat tree house. After our Atlantic Crossing, we needed to give attention to our battle-worn ship. While here in Cabedelo, Brazil, we took Seefalke out of the water and are currently working on eight major projects, which we describe in this video. Stay tuned for the completion updates and a briefing on our next adventure, which will be a sail along the Amazon Delta.

Ep. 17 - Sailing Spain to Portugal

November 15, 2018

In this episode, we survive a scare from Hurricane Leslie, and then sail our way to Lisbon, Portugal. After arriving in Vigo, the very next day Maik took off for a week of work in Germany, while Cap’n Jack and Scout and Michelle stayed in Vigo. We explored the city a little, did some boat chores, and we both tackled a lot of work for our clients. Toward the end of the week, the sunny skies turned black, the wind picked up, and Maik raced back a few days early to prepare Seefalke for a visit from Hurricane Leslie. Thankfully, Leslie missed us and a couple days later we headed toward Porto. This was calculated to be about a 20-hour voyage. We wanted to arrive during high water the next morning. It was a beautiful, sunny, warm afternoon, so on our way, we decided to take a little detour and check out Playa de Rodas, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. After our short detour, a school of common dolphins greeted us as we headed toward Porto. They stayed with us through the night and we were treated to the amazing bioluminescence created by the algae and plankton in the Atlantic. After sailing to Lisbon, we took two weeks to catch up on our real jobs with work in the US and Germany.

Ep. 16 - The Reality of Working While Sailing - Sailing the Spanish Atlantic Coast

October 21, 2018

Working while sailing is not easy at times, but it gives us the opportunity to live our dream of sailing around the world while also continuing with the reality of the necessity of work. Fortunately, we both have jobs that allow us to work remotely. Come along with us as we take a break from our high-adventure, blue-water voyages to simply sail along the gorgeous Spanish Atlantic Coastline. We do some anchor hopping and let Cap’n Jack and Scout play on the beaches while we catch up on a little work. Check out our cool DRONE footage!

Ep. 14 - Sailing The English Channel - A Strategic Chess Match

September 28, 2018

Sometimes sailing is like chess. You must know your opponent, predict his moves, and develop a strategy. In the opening we put our Queen, Seefalke, on the board during high water to create an advantageous position for the mid game. Despite some unpredicted moves from our opponents, we were able to materialize our advantage and make it to the end on a four-day nonstop passage through The English Channel.But we did take a short break from the strategy game to play with the DOLPHINS... Read Michelle’s logbook entries - Part One and Part Two - for more details and insights about this adventure! Follow this link for Maik’s actual captain’s logbook entries.

Ep. 12 - Sailing Kiel Canal to the Island of Helgoland

September 11, 2018

In this episode, we pass through the Kiel Canal and into the mighty Elbe River. And then we face The North Sea for the first time on our way to the remote and beautiful island of Helgoland. We also spend some time with a few salty sailors who know a lot about Sailing Seefalke! Read Michelle’s logbook - Part One and Part Two - for more details about this adventure!

For actual Maik’s actual captain’s logbook entries, please follow this link.

Ep. 10 - Wind Power, Provisioning & The Potty Experiment

August 23, 2018

More than two weeks behind schedule, we work hard to finally set sail on our cross-Atlantic journey. This video is all about the final week, the final details, and the final countdown. We cover wind power, provisioning, and the potty experiment. You'll also find a sneak peak at some footage of our first couple days at sea!

Ep. 09 - Sailing with Dogs - First Aid at Sea

August 13, 2018

Since we have decided to take the four-legged members of our family with us on our cross–Atlantic sailing journey from Stralsund, Germany to Gulf Shores, AL, we have taken every precaution to keep them safe and happy. We have an amazing veterinarian back in Gulf Shores, Dr. Nietjse Langston of Magnolia By the Gulf Animal Clinic. Not only is she an excellent doctor of veterinarian medicine, but she’s also a SAILOR! This means she knows exactly what being on the open water in a sailboat is like for people and for pups. She put together a thorough first aid kit for Cap’n Jack and Scout and was gracious enough to let us film this video of her explaining every detail for keeping our canine crew safe at sea! In this video, Dr. Langston discusses the different medications that would be great to have for pets on a boat. She also gives specific examples of when to use each one. We truly believe this video would be helpful for all dog owners -- even if you are not traveling on a sailboat.

Ep. 06 - Sage Advice from a Salty Sailor

August 3, 2018

Bob McDonald is an expert sailor with deep experience. He is our neighbor on Plash Island and a legend on the waters of the Gulf Coast. We call him Sailboat Bob. He was a wastewater system pipe operator in Chicago before he retired to Gulf Shores 15 years ago. We invited him to join us on our cross-Atlantic journey, but he has a different destiny in mind. This year, at the young age of just 79, he will embark on his lifelong dream of setting sail for good. Take an afternoon sail with us down the Intracoastal Waterway to learn some sound advice from a salty sailing legend.

Ep. 05 - Cross-Atlantic Sailing Route

July 28, 2018

This video shows our route and some principle thoughts to it. Of course it is subject to change, especially since it seems we are running late getting the boat ready. Even though it has been one of the hottest summers we have ever had here in Germany, the days are getting shorter and if we are not out of here by mid-August, we may not be able to make it past the winter in this season - with the Bay of Biscay being the bottleneck. Our British friends take the dog stuff bloodily seriously so we may need to skip the UK in favor of France.