Vacation has begun…

Last Friday, Jon and I hauled out Split Second at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine.  Once the boat is on the hard, it marks the start of our real vacation!  I must admit, after living on the water for an extended period of time, it is strange to be on land again. I do…

Oh New England…

As most of you know, we have been back in New England since July 3rd!  And let me tell you, it has been quite refreshing! Don’t get me wrong, we love the tropical climates as well, but there is something about the New England coast that just makes us feel at ease. This is where…

We made it!

Before we started this charter season on Split Second, there was a small part of me (and maybe Jon too) that was wondering if we were in fact cut out for this industry.  After being told off  by the owners of the boat that we previously worked on, I was not 100% sure we were…

Home sweet home…

It has been quite a while since my last post. However, that does not mean that we have not been busy! We departed from the Bahamas the day after we dropped off our last charter which was May 19th. We made great time and made it to Fort Lauderdale the morning of the 20th. We…

This is us.

AT THE BEGINNNING OF ALMOST EVERY CHARTER I GET ASKED THIS VERY SAME QUESTION…“IS IT REALLY HARD WORKING IN THIS INDUSTRY WITH YOUR HUSBAND?  I COULDN’T IMAGINE LIVING AND WORKING TOGETHER 24/7…” OF COURSE, THIS PROMPTS ME TO THINK TO MYSELF, “WELL I DIDN’T MARRY JON TO BE WITHOUT HIM. I MARRIED THIS MAN SO…

Bahamas!

We are now in the Bahamas!  We left St. Thomas last week on April 14th around 2:00pm.  We finished three charters back to back aboard Split Second on April 13th, and immediately picked up two of our best friends Brynne and Cooper and readied ourselves for the long delivery ahead.  We went out to dinner…

St. Barths Bucket Race

Last week, Jon, Isaac and I were located in St. Barths.  We were on an owners trip, and lucky for us, he wanted to view the Bucket Race! It’s amazing how many gorgeous monohulls we got to see race.  Here are a few just to give you an idea… On the third day of the…

Oh, the places we’ll go!

Yesterday morning around 5am, we were underway to St. Maarten!  Let me tell you, Jon, Isaac and I have never been happier to sail into rough seas. We had been on the dock in Nanny Cay for about 2 weeks! Maintenance, maintenance and more maintenance needed to be done…and thankfully, Split Second has never been…

Our past month in review…

It’s been about a month since my last post and there sure have been a lot of great happenings on Split Second. Our family got to pay us a visit at the end of January! Jon and I loved showing them our new float house and of course all of the beautiful islands we get…

Still going strong.

Last week we completed our 3rd charter on Split Second!  This last charter was a flotilla consisting of 9 Lagoon 620’s and 2 Lagoon 560’s.  It was quite fun to be around so many other crews that have the same career as us.  Of course, we had plenty of time to share stories, the good…

Happy New Year!!!

Since our last post, we have had a successful Boss trip, had about a week and half of down time, and now we are nearing the end of our 10 day Christmas/New Year’s charter! It was great to have some down time considering Jon and I basically chartered for 3 weeks straight (we had a…

Grunka. A True Mariner.

Today my grandfather, David Bent Barker, passed away.  He is what I would consider a true Mariner. Throughout his life time, he owned several boats…here is a small list.  His first boat was a Beetle Cat.  Next was a Herreshoff 12 1/2, W.L. Warner 20″, Shaw 24 Yawl, C&C 27, C&C  35, Pearson 365 ketch,…