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Thanks for checking out Adventures of OLOH.  Separate from my career in broadcasting I’ve been an avid boater most of my life and very lucky to call the water my other home.  As a kid I spent lots of time on vacations puttering around with my family in rental boats of all kinds.  We eventually bought a 24′ runabout that we still have and enjoy to this day on the waters off the south shore of Long Island.  Years later, after buying a home in New York’s Hudson Valley,  Tim, our rescue dog Seven and I would discover the beauty of the Hudson River.  It introduced us to a new journey that we began on the Soggy Dog, a 21’ Sea Ray Sundeck.  Four Soggy Dogs later over many years of adventures our journey has led us to life aboard our 60 foot Motor Yacht which we’ve named “OLOH.”  Part of our ownership experience is an ongoing refit, bringing her up to modern standards and our aesthetic as we travel between New York and Florida and beyond.  Adventures Of OLOH is all about our journey on board, from the places we’ve been to the people we meet to the food that we eat and the work that we’re doing.

Whether you’re a boater or not we hope there’s something you’ll enjoy on our site (everybody loves food and pictures of a cute dog!).  Please shoot us a note to say you’ve dropped by and if you see us on the water, stop over for a hello and cold beverage.  As we love to say on OLOH — Boat. Plans. Life.  Let’s get together and feel alright!

A.J. Hammer

Captain, M/Y OLOH

WHAT WE'RE ABOUT

It’s about our refit.

We showcase product installations and interview the people we work with as  we work on OLOH — our surveyors, electronics installers, our diesel mechanic and all the others we’ll connect with as we refit her.  We call them our dream team.

It’s about places, food & drink!

We chronicle our journey on the blog with stories of our past experiences as well as our day to day adventures.  We write about accommodations, personalities, weather conditions and of course, food and the good people who serve it.

It’s about people.

A place for people who have the spirit of adventure – boaters and non-boaters alike.   We’ll also interview the fine folks we meet along the way that are part of the colorful fabric that makes up life on the water.  We’ll highlight great musicians we meet in our travels who sing for their supper as boaters raise a glass to the day’s good journey.

It’s about our dog.

Jasper, our rescue pup, and very project oriented fella will learn the ropes as a boating dog and mind the ship. He’s always happy to greet new people.

It’s about learning.

We’ll give honest advice and opinions about our process and share our destinations, courses and fuel burns.  As boaters, we are interested in all things boating!  If you have questions, we’ll do our best to find answers.  If you have suggestions we are always open to them.  We’re always standing by on 16.

It's about our journey.

From there to here — all the swells, the rough seas, the flotsam and jetsam and the good stuff that makes the call of the water so powerful.

LANDLOCKED

It is from here that our journey begins.

For years we had been surrounded by towering buildings, traffic jams and oblivious lubbers in the city that never sleeps.  It was a vibrant yet frenetic existence.  It was the storied love/hate relationship.  We weren’t ready to leave but we were ready to move on.  We spent summers fleeing to our family retreat on Long Island and to the country town in Ohio that I had sprouted from.  We worked hard, but we were also so very fortunate to have what we had — families who surrounded us with love and compassion, friends who shared and shaped our in-betweens.  And, lots of laughter.  There was never a point when we didn’t acknowledge our gratitude.  There was never a point we weren’t reminded by our beloved Pit-Lab rescue, Seven, with his pure joy of living, that life was a gift.  But we were still searching for something.  Seeking our truth.  READ MORE…

 

BLOG

Our BLOG has several categories including Travel LogSeeFare and OLOH Gear.  Travel Log will give you the specifics of our travels from the distances we cover to the marinas we stop at, fuel burn numbers and a great overview of our experience from those days that we’re underway.  It will give you a real taste of what our time on the water is like.   SeeFare is a bit about the places we’ve been and their history but mostly about the good food that we enjoyed when we were there.  OLOH Gear focuses on our cruising essentials and the equipment that makes our time on board safer and more enjoyable.

Don’t forget that the newest entry will always be listed first in the BLOG section, so if you want to start at the beginning of our journey, head to the entry Departure is Imminent.  Also, be sure to subscribe on the BLOG page so you can get updates when we post a new entry.

Thanks, and enjoy!

PROJECTS

We are steadily working on our refit, checking projects off our list while at the same time “enjoying the ride”.  There are always more pics and videos on the way as we continue to customize and upgrade OLOH so be sure to check back often.  In all aspects, we’ve been very pleased with the results.  Our goal is to detail our process and our choices so they became an informational jumping-off point.  Mouse over (or touch) the images below to see what we’re up to.

HEADS

Proof that toilets CAN be exciting! We replaced our three "foot-pedal" Vacuflush heads with state-of-the-art Raritan Marine Elegance heads with electronic controls. Details coming.

STATEROOMS

The boat's original 2004 bedding is gone with plans for more new materials in the three sleeping quarters.

SALON

A refresh of OLOH's main living space is underway.

GALLEY

So far we've installed a new granite galley sink and fixture along with a full-size fridge with more to come.

THE TEAM

Our Team is the group of boating professionals who were and are an important part of making OLOH happen.  We happily recommend any of the people we’ve placed on “our team.”  We are currently working on individual links for all of these fine folks that will include details of what they did, pictures and even some video.  Please stand-by on 16 and check back often as we continue to populate this section.

Michele Clark Yacht Broker
Michele is the kind of person who doesn't stop until she gets what her client needs and she does it all with southern charm. She has terrific energy, knows everything there is to know about boats and was ready, willing and able at every turn.
Chris Nebel Marine Surveyor / Captain
Chris was the find of a lifetime. His work ethic, professionalism, keen eye for detail and a good sense of humor kept us sane through a very long purchase process.
John Dudek Marine Diesel Engine Service and Repair
John is one of the nicest, most accessible engine surveyors we've met. He's one of the best at what he does and is happy to teach what he knows. He's professional, patient and responsive.
Tucker Lighthouse Signs
Tucker is the person to call for incredible lettering. He walked us through different options. We wanted stainless steel raised letters and he made it happen. His work is flawless and his work ethic is as well.
Vianca Yacht Controller Installer
We were excited to work with Vianca. There aren't a lot of women in this end of the industry and she's one of the most talented. Her knowledge of electronics and ability to trace down issues make the job painless. She is a terrific representative for her company and its product.
Captain Keith Captain
Keith was our sea trial captain. He's a good natured guy who has years of experience and made himself available for us for any reason. He's a great guy and a great resource.
Mike Custom Navigation Systems
Mike works for Steve Gill, owner of CNS. It was a pleasure having Mike and his partner in wires, Ed working on the boat. They were happy to answer any questions we had. Mike did try to take Jasper's toy and that didn't go well but other than that he was terrific!
Ed Custom Navigation Systems
Ed was part of the dynamic duo (Mike) that installed our Garmin screens and radar. He's professional and easy going and Jasper really liked him so that was really all that mattered.
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Our Five Anchor Server section honors the excellent servers we have met at different ports.  If you are a boater you are familiar with the term, “drop the anchor.”  It means you’ve found the perfect spot to spend some time and so you drop the anchor.  The servers recognized here are people who have made our dining experiences special.  •Personality  •Pride  •Attention to detail  •Attitude  •Food/drink knowledge = Five Anchors.  We’ve been lucky to meet quite a few.  If you happen to be one of them and would like to tell us more about yourself, please shoot us a note so we can tell more of your story.

GARNET

Harbourside Bar and Grill South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island FL — Garnet became one of our favorites because he was easy going, detail oriented and very polite. We requested him every time we dined there. When Momma Judy was visiting for her birthday, he surprised us with a birthday dessert and candle. Thanks, Garnet for your thoughtfulness and excellent service.

HEIDI

Salty Oyster Bar and Grill, Perry Hotel, Stock Island Marina Village - There's not enough space to say how much we (particularly Jasper) loved Heidi! Always a welcoming smile, a dog treat and water bowl, and excellent everything! Truly one of the best, she made it hard to stay away. We miss you Heidi!

T.K.

Antonia's, Key West - (pictured here at one of his infamous dinner parties he threw for us) If you've been to Key West and haven't met T.K. then turn around and go back. Not only is he a dear friend of many years, we had the pleasure of sitting at his coveted bar at Antonia's. He's one of the greatest, most entertaining and talented people you'll meet! We miss you T.K.

ANGIE

Salty Oyster Bar and Grill, Perry Hotel, Stock Island Marina Village - Angie! Again not enough room to say all the good things! Angie's smile and warm welcome and witty banter kept bringing us back. Her excellent service kept us longer than we needed. She always took special care of Jasper. We miss you!

ZAK

Salty Oyster Bar and Grill, Perry Hotel, Stock Island Marina Village - it's Zak! As you can clearly see from this photo, Zak is a cool dude in a loose mood. He's always ready to brighten your day by bringing the fun and concocting a perfectly crafted cocktail (he makes a mean Manhattan). And yes, he's ALSO Jasper's best friend. Peace out Zak!

ASHLEY

Old Bull Tavern, Beaufort, SC — From the minute we sat down, Ashley was immediately on top of things. She was extremely detail oriented and noticed the moment we needed something - often even before we needed it! She's very polite, engaging, had a great sense of humor and was super easy-going. She made our special occasion with friends even more special! Thanks, Ashley and good luck in your pursuits!

ANGELA

Lowcountry Produce Market and Cafe, Beaufort, SC — Angela wasn't actually our server, she was the manager who came to our table to say hello. We're giving her an honorable mention here because she was such a pleasure to talk to. Our server, Mary Alexis, was wonderful and attentive but wasn't up for a photo! Thank you both for a great experience.

CHRISTINA

Agave, Beaufort, SC — Christina is a hardworking mom with three kids who should be exhausted from working several jobs but you wouldn't know it. She had such a warm energy and an easy smile. She quickly helped us figure out what we wanted and her advice was perfect and we loved our choices. She was super attentive but not intrusive and a great server. Thanks, Christina, you were excellent.

ASHLEY

Foolish Frog, Beaufort, SC — Ashely was a blast and it felt like we've known her a long time. She was lovely and spunky and even brought us a taste of the alligator stew. She knew the menu well and insisted we try the fried okra...a good call! She also told us her daughter makes fun of the way she smiles but we happen to love it! Keep smiling Ashley and thanks for the fun afternoon!

DEVON

Saltus, Beaufort, SC — We were greeted warmly by Devon and it was immediately clear that she was excellent at her job. She was never rushed and spent time explaining menu items and giving us her favorites. Her service was truly five anchor and her wonderful personality made it even better. She is a visual artist by day and usually works one night a week there, so we got lucky! Thanks Devon, and all the best to you.

DIANE

Coinjock Marina Restaurant, Coinjock, NC — Diane was just terrific and the kind of person who you feel like you've known for a long time. She had a great sense of humor & was patient as we tried to figure out what not-fried to get and once we ordered she was very attentive. You were awesome Diane, see you next year!

NOAH

Water Street Cafe, Stonington, CT — Our experience at Water Street Cafe was so excellent we went back. They nailed it again with the food and service. Noah was engaging, witty and on top of every detail. Thanks for the excellent experience Noah. (Pictured next to him is Jake another terrific employee there.)

LORI

Spoon River, Belhaven, NC — Lori was attentive and really just a lovely person with a soft demeanor and good sense of humor. She made perfect drink suggestions and was knowledgeable about the menu, giving a little backstory on some of the offerings. We really enjoyed our time with you Lori! Thank you for the excellent service.

DARCY

Fish & Slips, Tidewater, VA — Darcy was very proper, extremely polite, very sweet. and a great server. We also learned she was a lawyer!...and became a personal trainer after her struggle and success with weight loss. Three jobs and working toward paying off her college tuition — so admirable! Good luck Darcy and rock on!

KATIE

Lucarita Mexican Restaurant, Greenport, NY — Katie was quiet and attentive with an easy smile and a fun personality. She was knowledgeable about the restaurant's history and food and steered us toward must-try items that made our experience perfect. Thanks Katie, we appreciate you!

LEO

Water Street Cafe, Stonington, CT — We met Leo during the first week of our shakedown.  Leo was our very first Five Anchor server.  His personality, knowledge and exceptional attitude really made our experience at Water Street Cafe special. He's "Danny Meyer" good! Thanks, Leo you set the standard for the Five Anchors!

AMANDA

Boat Yard Bar and Grill, Annapolis, MD — Amanda had a quiet, but lovely personality and really gave us some great food advice and was an excellent server. She's quite the hard worker. While her degreed profession is as a pastry chef, she works three jobs to pay off her college loans. Thanks, Amanda we know you'll go far!

SHAWN

Claudio's — Greenport, NY — Shawn had a smile at the ready immediately after we sat down. He's energetic and fun and steered us toward the fresh Mahi Reubens for which we will be forever grateful. And, when we had an issue with our drinks he took care of it without question. Thanks, Shawn for treating us so well!

AMANDA

Angry Arthur's Seafood Company, St. Michaels, MD — We connected with Amanda immediately with our rescue dog stories and she led us to some great food and beer choices. She had great energy, was attentive, knowledgeable and a lot of fun. We could've talked to her all night. Thanks for taking good care of us and give YOUR Jasper a hug!

BRITTANY

Island Hideaway, Solomons, MD — Brittany welcomed us with a warm smile and positivity. Passionate about the food, her honest answers to "what do you think of this?" led us to fantastic choices! She's also passionate about her three dogs and would probably have more if her husband let her! Thanks Brittany and good luck with what's next!

LIBATIONS

Our libations section lists our favorite drinks and we’ll be adding more as we go along.  If you have a special beverage you like, send us the recipe and we’ll put it up here and of course, attribute it to you!

Broker commission is generally ten percent of the sale price and paid by the seller.  If you are a buyer and you use a broker, your broker will split the commission with the seller’s broker.  The buyer does not pay any broker fees/commissions.

Brokers

Before the purchase of any vessel getting proper surveys of the vessel and mechanical systems is money well spent.  That boat might look like a beauty but is her hull sound?  Engines only have 300 hours on a rebuild?  If those engines haven’t been used and maintained, a survey will tell you the good, the bad and ugly.

Survey Says!

Contracts are important.  Once an offer is made by the buyer, the seller has a window of time to accept or reject it.  The seller may make a counter-offer.  Negotiation is a part of the process.  A signed contract by both parties will stipulate a window of time to close the deal.

Contract!

An essential part of the survey process is the sea trial.  This is a critical exercise to make sure the vessel’s performance meets certain standards and to identify areas in need of attention.  And, it gives you an opportunity to see how she performs on the water before ownership.  It could make you fall in love…or fall overboard!

Sea Trial!

Old Salt Says...

Who cares??!!  Little beers!!!

Captain Donovan

I don't care if you are 100 yards from shore, you never go full-bore past a marina!  It's inconsiderate, dangerous AND stupid.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR WAKE!

Dockmaster Dolores

Peace and love.  Peace and love.

Cap Paulie

If you plan on gunkholing in the classic yachtsman fashion remember to bring a wide-brimmed hat, to bring plenty of cold cervezas and to keep the tiller at the ready.

Cap Dandy

A proper vessel has an ensign and a dog, so we named our dog Ensign.

Captain Maurice

Did I tell you to pull that line?  I don't think I heard myself telling you to pull that line.  When this Captain needs an assist to the dock, he'll ask for one!

Captain Finn

Only approach the dock as fast as you are willing to hit the dock.

Captain Steve

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