While sailing from South Carolina down to Trinidad we tried to publish a video every week. For the most part, we accomplished our goal however we fell further and further behind. By the time we published our last ‘travel-log’ style video, we were five months behind our real time. To catch up to where we
A feathering propeller needs to be serviced at least once a year. To do a full service the boat needs to be out of the water. Watch the video and then check out the 7 steps to servicing a feathering propeller (checklist) below.
Throughout the year we take volunteer crew members to sail with us on Britican for an extended period – usually six weeks to two months. The crew member pays for his/her flights to and from our location and we cover the cost of food and housing. Chiara is our latest guest – watch her amazing
Here’s the scoop on our solar power installation on a sailboat – Sailboat Britican. We are five years into our liveaboard lifestyle and we still cannot say we are experts about the power systems on our boat. But it has been enough time for us to determine that a solar power installation was in need.
Racing an Oyster Yacht Video! Meet the crew. Check out the race course. Get a glimpse of the parties. Spend six minutes getting an idea as to what it’s like to not only race in a regatta but to race on an Oyster Yacht. Get the behind the scenes scoop by reading the article: Racing
Our Liveaboard Experience charter offering is now fully up and running! Come join us on Britican for a week-long sailing adventure. Not only will you learn about sailing, but you’ll also discover what it’s like to be a full-fledged liveaboard. You’ll see what it’s like to provision in the Tropics, do routine engine checks, troubleshoot the latest breakage, run the watermaker, create passage plans to new islands or countries, reef the sails and much more. The Experiece is customised to what you/your family need to help you hit the waves running. Jumpstart your path to living the dream – get a headstart by joining Simon, Sienna and me this year.
But what’s a Britican Experience like?! To get an idea as to some sights you’ll see and some things you’ll learn, watch the following video about Andy and Ene Stewart’s Britican Experience. This delightful couple have sailed a bit in the past but never in the Caribbean. The enjoy sailing and wanted a closer glimpse into what liveaboard life is truly like. Find out what they discovered…
Sailing to a new country can be daunting for the first few times. It’s best to understand the process and learn tips and tricks before you go. So, what’s the procedure to book in? How about booking out? What information to do you need to supply? Where can things go terribly wrong? Are there any tips to make the process easier, faster and less painful? What about spear guns, real guns, and pets? What about booking into the US of A?! That’s a big topic in its own right. Watch the video and then read below for a checklist on what we bring with us every time we enter and leave a country.
Most boat crashes and hull crunches happen when docking and leaving a dock. Why? There’s a variety of reasons. Some new (and experienced) boat owners misread the elements (wind, tide, current). Other’s misjudge the space available. And it’s very common for inexperienced marina dock hands or crew to mess things up with the lines. Boat handling leaving a dock is a key skill to learn.
Unfortunately, once a new boat owner has a crunch it can be quite a setback.
Sure, there’s a cost associated to a scratch or hole but the real issue is with confidence. We’ve met many new boat owners that have a few small accidents and decide to call it a day. Take a look at all the boats you’ll find in a marina on a perfect sailing day – many people want to live the dream, buy access to the dream and then lose steam when it comes to actually making the dream happen (leaving the dock).
The crazy thing is that there are very safe and easy steps regarding boat handling leaving a dock.
In fact, the steps that we use make docking and leaving a dock look like a breeze – even for newbies. Like so many things with boat ownership, having a blueprint or a checklist can help you make a success out of it more times than not. Below you’ll find a video where Simon explains the procedure, we then demonstrate leaving a dock and we also provide an alternative. Furthermore, you’ll find the steps written below the video.
There are many amazing things that go along with becoming a liveaboard cruiser. One of them is fresh fish for dinner. But how do you catch a fish and once you have it, how do you fillet it? More specifically, the question to ask is how to fillet a Mahi Mahi? Watch this video to
After living aboard our sailboat for over four years now, we know the best boat shoes for sailing. Surprisingly, in the tropics, it’s not deck shoes. Before leaving land we had to choose between what we took on board and what we left behind. While sailing over 30,000 nautical miles we’ve actually gotten rid of