Did you know a major mistake that new boat owners make is made before they even own the boat? Choosing the right surveyor is mission-critical to achieving a fulfilling cruising life. If you think that finding the right boat surveyor is as easy and looking one up on the Internet or asking friends, think again.
Four main components of becoming an ocean sailing cruiser include: getting experience sailing in the ocean, thoroughly understanding the boat you’re going to cruise on, developing a robust toolbox of resources, and finding a way to ensure your wife/husband/partner/family (whoever is joining you) want to be a part of your dream. One of the biggest
Anyone can go out and buy any ole sailboat but buying a sailboat that ticks all the boxes for you might not be so straightforward. This video covers three top tips about how to buy the right sailboat for you. But before you watch it, let me share with you a quick story. One of
Are you toying with the idea of living the sailing life but not sure if it’s worth the effort? Do you worry that it might not be all it’s cracked up to be? Are you afraid that once you get the boat and start sailing there will be an initial high but like everything else
Within this article, you’ll learn how to create checklists to avoid failure. What kind of failure?! Engine failure, passage planning mistakes, safety screw-ups, cleanliness disasters, just to name a few. Checklists will help you to become more organized, motivated to get things done, get things done quicker and more efficiently, have more clarity, delegate, save
It might surprise you to learn that how to prevent boat fails comes down to several critical pieces of paper. The secret weapon boaters use to combat engine issues, leaks, rigging failures, and everyday boat problems is the mighty checklist. If you’ve used checklists in your previous professional or home life, using them on your
Do you want peace of mind, fewer distractions, higher levels of energy, a repeated feeling of bliss and freedom like you’ve never felt before? Read on about how to become a sailing cruiser. Back on land, I felt as if there were a million things competing for my attention. Brands were constantly trying to manipulate
What factors contribute to the success or failure of becoming a bluewater cruiser? Over this past year, we’ve seen an increase in couples and families that make the leap into bluewater cruising only to quickly determine it was the wrong choice. Read these 15 points to avoid failure when becoming a blue water cruiser. Some have risked
Are there sailing terms you need to know? And if yes, what are they? Allow me first to step sideways for a moment before I answer that question…In London, over the course of eight years, I built up a successful company. To quietly grab market share from the top three competitors in my marketplace I simply did one major thing that my competitors did not. My competitors all used industry lingo while trying to sell to ‘normal’ people. While researching my rivals marketing materials and sales pitch I realized that the everyday person would struggle to understand what the company was truly offering.
I changed the industry lingo to everyday plain language and watched my market share increase exponentially. Normal people, like you and I, like to understand the environment we’re in. We like to feel at home with the language being used.
Similarly, in the sailing world, there is a massive amount of industry lingo.
Are you totally 100% up for living the sailing dream or do you have some niggles or fears that are causing you concern? Do you lay awake worried wondering how you’re going to make your plans a reality? Are you more specifically worried about health matters or what will happen if you get sick/injured – perhaps speculating worst case scenarios? Maybe you are thinking, ‘it’s a great idea to set sail but it won’t work for me because of ________’. It’s amazing how fears can cause us to put our life on hold or make it very uncomfortable.
Recently I had what seemed to be a serious medical scare. I appeared to be having a heart attack while anchored off a deserted island in the middle of nowhere. After a series of events (dinghy ride, ambulance, hospital stay, private plane ride, another ambulance, another hospital, another plane ride, another hospital), I discovered that my issue was minor and there were easy solutions to ensure good health. I’m now back on the boat and feel great.
But the question I want to explore is whether or not the experience has caused me to become more or less fearful about sailing around the world. And what lesson might you learn based on my experience? Read on…