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Brian & Judy Wagner

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Brian & Judy Wagner former;y of Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin.

In the summer of 2012 we both retired from our jobs. Brian ended a 33 year career in law enforcement, the last 10 serving as the Chief of Police in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

Judy was a registered nurse at a local hospital. She ended a 31 year career in healthcare.

We have been working on making this dream a reality for the past five years and now we are actually there - full time liveaboard cruisers headed south!
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In July we retired from our jobs, moved aboard Sweet Escape and set off on an adventure that will take us through the Great Lakes, the New York State Canal System, down the east coast of the United States to Florida, the...

Tags: cruising, sailing, live aboard, Hunter, Sailboat

Latest Blog Posts

  • Fort Myers, Florida
    on Jun 14, 2014
    To those of you who have been wondering where we have gone I can tell you that we’re still here however the “here” has changed. More about that later.On Tuesday May 27th we rented a car and drove from Marathon to the airport in Fort Lauderdale...
  • Boatyard Blues and Old Friends
    on May 22, 2014
    On Tuesday we dropped our mooring and motored over to Marathon Boatyard. The purpose was to have Sweet Escape hauled out in order to have a couple thru-hulls replaced. We had also hoped to have the radar remounted and rewired along with some other...
  • The Perfect Couple
    on May 13, 2014
    We went to Cuba… just kidding, it sure felt like we went to Cuba though. We were looking to try something new for lunch so we dialed in Yelp and found a five star reviewed restaurant that we could bike to so off we went.The minute we stepped insid...
  • Marathon Again
    on May 3, 2014
    Nothing can beat the weather in Florida in the spring. Day after day of sunshine and temperatures in the 80’s . A little early to be concerned about hurricanes, no worries about west winds rocketing across one hundred miles of fetch at you and ro...
  • Escape from Miami
    on Apr 23, 2014
    Our month at the Dinner Key Mooring Field was up on April 18th but the weather pinned us down there an extra night. We were looking forward to heading south for a number of reasons.Loyal readers will recall that earlier in our stay at Dinner Key we...
  • Random Stuff
    on Apr 11, 2014
    The cruising life. Freedom to come and go and pretty much do whatever one pleases - no longer bound by schedules, rules, deadlines or norms of “dirt dweller” society. This is the underlying theme of the cruising life and it is appealing. But a...
  • Dinner Key
    on Apr 1, 2014
    We have been on a mooring ball at Dinner Key Marina for the past couple weeks. Dinner Key Marina is owned and operated by the City of Miami and consists of a protected marina complex and a not so protected mooring field located outside the breakwate...
  • Spanish Wells to Miami
    on Mar 25, 2014
    We said goodbye to the Bahamas a week ago this past Saturday in what was sort of a last minute, now or never decision and as it turned out it’s a good thing we did or we would probably still be there. We had been looking for a weather window to re...
  • Spanish Wells and Eleuthera
    on Mar 23, 2014
    Spanish Wells is a totally different kind of Bahamian settlement. Think quaint New England fishing village. It’s residents are mostly white descendants of English Puritans who voyaged west seeking religious freedom. The first stop in their quest...
  • Nassau to Spanish Wells, Eleuthera
    on Mar 10, 2014
    We left Nassau as planned on Saturday morning but from the start it just seemed like it was going to be one of “those days”.The winds were cranking from the northwest in the 15 to 20 knot range with some higher gusts. This put us at a disadvanta...
  • Black Point to Nassau
    on Mar 6, 2014
    Last week and through the weekend mother nature fooled just about everyone including the weatherman. What had initially been predicted to be north-northeast winds at 15 knots following a frontal passage blew south-southwest at 25 to 30 for three day...
  • Back to the Point
    on Feb 27, 2014
    We’re anchored at Black Point next to Chantebrise. We arrived on Tuesday afternoon following a flat calm passage on the ocean from Georgetown to Dotham Cut where we came back inside onto the Banks. Black Point is located just south of the cut. O...
  • So Now What?
    on Feb 24, 2014
    We have been here at beautiful Georgetown for about six weeks and the time has come for us to leave and head back north through the Exumas. Readers will recall that at the outset of this cruise we had planned and prepared to continue south into the...
  • Valentine’s Day and The Kids Regatta
    on Feb 17, 2014
    When last we left you we mentioned that cruising friends Ron and Dee aboard Ursa Minor had made it to Georgetown. The day after their arrival at about 9:30 AM we heard a knock on our hull, (which woke us up I am ashamed to say - we had stayed up lat...
  • Camp Georgetown
    on Feb 10, 2014
    We are on week three of our time here at Georgetown and have settled into something of a routine. Every other day or so, weather permitting we dinghy across the harbor to town, mainly for water. There is free RO water available at the Exuma Market...
  • Dragon Boat
    on Feb 1, 2014
    The past couple days the winds have been up here and when that happens we tend to spend more time aboard Sweet Escape than normal. We do this for a couple reasons. First is safety and the well being of the boat. Even well set anchors can drag in h...
  • Exploring and Drinking
    on Jan 29, 2014
    If you have ever been on a cruise ship that has stopped at the cruise line’s private island then you will have a sense of what it is like here anchored off Stocking Island in Elizabeth Harbor. There is always a line of dinghies that have been beac...
  • Georgetown, Exuma
    on Jan 25, 2014
    We have just finished pumping twenty gallons of diesel from the jerry cans we carry on deck into our main tank so if this post seems diesel soaked, please forgive us. You gotta love the smell of diesel fuel.We arrived here in Georgetown last Friday...
  • Black Point to Georgetown
    on Jan 18, 2014
    Greetings from Georgetown where we intend to spend most of the rest of the winter. Speaking of winter, it has to some extent shown it’s nasty self down here with cloudy gray skies, rain, wind and cool temperatures. Not in the same league with wha...
  • Black Point
    on Jan 11, 2014
    We have been happily ensconced at the community of Black Point on Great Guana Cay for the past ten or so days. The bay here provides good protection from all directions except west and our anchor is well set in sand keeping us secure through two col...
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