In this video, Simon demonstrates how we use the Safe Anchor app on our Ipad. Using an anchor alarm app alone or conjunction with the boat’s system is advisable. There are a variety of apps on the market for Iphone’s and Androids. They all work similarly. The key is to try them out and see what one works best for you.
From time to time you’ll come upon an anchorage where it seems impossible to get your anchor to dig in. Anchoring in poor holding anchorages is not fun. But let’s step back and start at the beginning. Here are the key steps to anchoring: Drop anchor Go in reverse to let chain out While the chain
Boats have to go on the hard for a variety of reasons – for a refit, repairs or routine work. But what do liveaboard’s do when the boat is hauled out? What’s living in a boatyard like? Here’s a run down on what to expect so your life on the hard doesn’t turn into a
As Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast of America, my husband, Simon, and I have been reflecting back to last year when Hurricane Irma hit. At this very same time last year we took our boat out of our marina, moved her up a river, anchored her in the safest place we could find and
Couples and families that set off with high expectations regarding the cruising lifestyle can be met with disappointment. What’s necessary for a successful sailing lifestyle is realistic expectations and these 11 secrets to long term cruising. Keep reading… 1. Being flexible If you’ve been reading my articles, books or guides for a while you’ll know
One of the most common complaints I hear from a newbie sailors is, ‘I can’t adjust to the heat!’ Whether you plan on sailing in the Med during the summer, the Caribbean throughout the year or anywhere near the equator it’s going to get hot. Here are 22 ways to stay cool on a sailboat.
When asked what are the Steps To Creating a Sailing Blog, you’d think there’d be a quick and straightforward answer but as with many things, the answer is ‘it depends on why you want a sailing blog and what you want to achieve by having one.’ In my five years of blogging about sailing the
Whether you’re just starting out as a full time cruiser or are in your fifth season, finding a boat buddy (or buddies) to sail with provide numerous benefits. Some boats buddy-up with one other boat and others can be found sailing amongst five to ten other boats. Some boat buddies stay with each other for
A huge amount of time and effort has to go into getting a boat, planning the finances and preparing to set to set sail. But there’s also the issue of fitting in as a new cruiser within the cruiser community. Are there rules? How about things that happen that are different from land life? Are
When is the Caribbean hurricane season? What’s the second most important reason for getting out of the Caribbean for hurricane season? What’s the scoop with hurricane boat insurance? How should you plan your passage through the Caribbean to ensure you’re in a hurricane safe zone prior to the season starting? What can you do to