Stocking the boat – what to bring versus what to leave behind? When embarking on a new lifestyle adventure like the sailing cruising life it’s vital to ensure that your expectations are set accurately. If they’re set too high disappointment becomes a concern and set too low, opportunities can be missed. Most aspiring cruisers read
Some people spend their lives dreaming of doing a long sailing passage like crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Others can’t imagine why any sane person would put themselves on a tiny floaty thing and travel in a massive open scary sea. Neither the dreamer nor the dread-er fully appreciates the varied benefits of long passage sailing.
It’s important to understand sailing basics – avoiding collisions with anything that might damage your boat. What do you look at before you leave an anchorage or port? Once you’re underway and sailing, how soon do you start to pay attention to known obstacles, like reefs and channel markers? What about unknowns like anchored or
Did you know that one of the biggest hurdles new sailors have is to easily grasp the concept of tacking and jibing (US) / gybing (UK)? It might sound crazy because to tack or to jibe simply means to turn the boat left or right. How can that be so complicated? Well, tacking and jibing is
One afternoon while sitting in my cockpit, rocking back and forth (at anchor) I decided to write 40 reasons why living on a sailboat full-time rocks. If you need to convince yourself, or perhaps your partner, of the benefits of sailing off into sunset, give these a read. In all honesty, I’m not sure why
Mistakes new boaters make – are there many? How can you ensure you don’t make them too? Read this article to avoid some of the common pitfalls so to flatten your learning curve quickly. 1. Saying “over and out” on the VHF radio. When speaking over the VHF radio only one person can speak at
We often get asked by aspiring sailing cruisers, ‘What tools to have on my boat?’ One of our guests wanted to bring his land-based man cave with him. He spent his life building up his tool collection and felt very attached to it – especially his lathe. This is totally understandable but ultimately not practical.
Discover why we decided to sail away. Find out if you have the same reasons! Here are some tips for sailing families that want to transition into the sailboat cruising lifestyle. Discover: Why we sold everything we had and went sailing? What was the hardest part in the beginning? What have been the best parts?
The Best Life Jacket for Sailing Cruisers? Let me tell you a story first. Never did I expect to be standing under the boom in a Force 10 storm trying to tie down our mainsail. The seas were an ominous muddy gray with enormous white angry cresting waves. The waves were crashing on top of
You only have to submerge yourself into a bunch of YouTube sailing videos, read the book, Dove, or experience a week-long sailing charter to gain a glimpse into the benefits of becoming a liveaboard sailing cruiser. Most people would agree that sun-filled days, tropical white sandy beaches, daily adventures, new friends and an amazing variety of free anchorages are truly a dream come true.
But are those the only benefits to becoming a liveaboard sailing cruiser?
If you’re on the path to break ties with ‘normal’ land-based life and sail off into the sunset what should you expect? Is it just sand, sea and adventure or is it more?