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A Year Worth Celebrating

It’s been a huge year for the SisterShip Training team; it’s certainly a year worth celebrating. Some of our Achievements in 2021 Finalist in the …

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Maritime Training: What it means to me

Safety. That is really what it means to me. Getting the message across, helping people to understand that a little bit of investment in time …

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Where Diligence, Preparation, and Training Pays Off!

This is why we’ve written our Emergency Preparedness course, because being diligent, carrying out preparation, and completing training pays off. Where Diligence, Preparation, and Training …

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These Maritime Course Prices are Nuts!

I have a fantastic team around me. Having the right team makes or breaks a business. From day-to-day support to business mentors, my latest advice …

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Passage Planning like a Pro

Our Passage Planning (Float Plan) workshop is extremely popular. Once you’ve worked through the step-by-step workshop you will be able to Passage Plan like a …

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Cold Water Shock – More Dangerous than Hypothermia?

We usually think about lifejackets, EPIRBS, and personal locator beacons with a person overboard. We think that our equipment will save us, and it often …

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Happy Women’s Entrepreneurship Day!

Women’s participation in business is in the spotlight this week with November 19 marking Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. Happy women’s entrepreneurship day. The global day aims …

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Get Your Marine Radio Licence – Summer Special

Limited time offer: Get Your Marine Radio Licence – Summer Special It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…. 1. Study online in the comfort of …

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Australian Navigation Charts

The Australian Hydrographic Office (AHO) is phasing out the paper-planning charts (chart indexes) Aus5000 and AUS5001 in 2022, all Australian navigation charts can be viewed …

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Maritime First Aid Course

Our new Maritime First Aid course is coming soon. Not only do you qualify as a first aider, but we teach you all about handling …

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Emergency Preparedness Maritime Course

We are taking READINESS to a new level  —  Coming soon: Emergency Preparedness Maritime Course and manual. We also fondly refer to this workshop as …

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Storm Tactic Tips

Here are a few storm tactic tips to keep in mind. Remember: your mindset and preparation are your most powerful tools. Coming soon: “Last Chance” …

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Award Winning Skippers and Business!

Did you know that the team at SisterShip Training is an award-winning team? More recently our business has been recognised for its success, growth, and …

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Just do it because the world is changed by doers!

Lisa Blair is an Australian adventurer. She’s an author, keynote speaker, and multi-world recording holding sailor. Her motto is, “just do it because the world …

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A Life Less Ordinary – Take the Plunge!

I hope you are enjoying our new video podcasts Cast Off With Confidence. I have such fun chatting and learning about guests. Our newest guest …

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Cast Off With Confidence with Ivan Signorelli from Ocean Boardroom

In the next audio podcast episode, Cast Off With Confidence, I chat with Ivan Signorelli from Ocean Boardroom. Ivan has vast boating experience which includes …

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Seamanship Courses – as easy as ABC

Taking bookings now: Seamanship Courses – as easy as ABC Boat / PWC Licence: October (1 day theory) – F2F (we hope!) Navigation (Zoom) October …

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Sailing: Isle de Cocos, Costa Rica

Living onboard / Sailing podcasts are a relatively new production for us. We are experimenting with how we showcase them. Here’s our latest: Sailing: Isle …

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Costa Rica’s Little Gem Isle de Cocos

On our second trip across the Pacific, we stopped at different places. Join us on Costa Rica’s Little Gem Isle de Cocos. If you prefer …

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Elements of a Planned Maintenance Program

Last week we looked at: Planned Maintenance, now let’s look at Elements of a Planned Maintenance Program There are simple steps to follow to create …

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Facing Fear Head On

Fear is an emotion experienced by everyone around the world, but how do you face fear head on? Fear arises with the threat of harm; …

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A Ship’s Log Book and Why You Need One

A log book is an important piece of equipment onboard every vessel. Let’s take a loot at a ship’s log book and why you need …

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Visit San Diego: War Ships, War Cries and Wannabes

Come on a trip with us and visit San Diego: War Ships, War Cries and Wannabes If you prefer to listen to this story, click …

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Useful Passage Planning Links

Our manual:  Passage Planning – Including electronic charts Capabilities and Limitations contains Useful Passage Planning Links We’ve included the photos and links here to make …

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Forecasting Marine Weather: Barometers

As mariners, we have to be weather forecasters as well. A recent article on The Very First Weather Forecast inspired me to share a little about …

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Sailing, Horses, and Motorbikes

The thoughts come and go on a motorbike ride, that’s one of the big attractions for me. Yesterday’s ride had me pondering: Sailing, horses, and …

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Boat Maintenance: Preventative and Corrective

A big part of owning a boat is the maintenance. Here we’ll have a quick look at the different types of Boat Maintenance: Preventative and …

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Visit Las Perlas with us onboard our sailboat

For many reasons we had a sad farewell from Ecuador, heading for Las Perlas. On the way we suffered equipment failure and galeforce winds, which …

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Useful Marine Weather Links

Our manual: The Mariner’s Guide: Understanding WEATHER contains many Useful Marine Weather Links We’ve included the photos and links here to make access/viewing easier. Useful …

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Learn Marine Weather Forecasting

As mariners, we all need to learn marine weather forecasting. Workshop & Manual: Learn Marine Weather Forecasting With nearly two decades at sea, we learned …

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SisterShip Training Team visiting Melbourne

The SisterShip Training Team is visiting Melbourne to deliver courses and give a talk on our travels. POSTPONED – NEW DATES COMING SOON – SUBSCRIBE …

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Learnings on our Circumnavigation

The SisterShip team is coming to Melbourne! Planned for 2021 (Covid permitting!) – 2nd full week in August. **POSTPONED – NEW DATES COMING SOON – …

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A good way to Learn Col Regs

Learn the Rules of the Road (on the water!) We learn to manoeuvre a car and the rules of the road on land, it’s the …

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Join us in Diverse San Francisco with (near) Calamities in California

Here’s a fun adventure. Join us in Diverse San Francisco with (near) Calamities in California. We had just purchased our new (to us) boat. If …

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Navigation Course Full Content Details

Here are the Navigation Course Full Content Details. We are pleased to say you can now sample and tackle one section at a time. With …

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Check List for Small Recreational Vessel Owners

When we launch our small motorboat we do everything we remember then cast our eye over our checklist. Check List for Small Recreational Vessel Owners …

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Common Errors when using GPS

Here are a few common errors when using GPS, don’t just turn it on and go – complete some checks first. Common Errors when using …

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Learn Marine Navigation – Why?

Learn Marine Navigation – Why? I asked Noel why he did all his Maritime Courses, his response was…  “I wouldn’t go to sea without knowing …

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First Video Podcast: Cast Off With Confidence

We love chatting about all things boating, so we’d like to welcome you to our first Video Podcast: Cast Off With Confidence. Viki Moore is …

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A Trip to Niue – A Jewel in the Pacific Ocean

Last jewel in the ornamental circumnavigation ring: A Trip to Niue – A Jewel in the Pacific Ocean If you’d like to listen to this …

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Find A Maritime Trainer YOU Are Comfortable With

Maritime training is a personal thing. It can also overwhelm, don’t you think? Especially at the beginning. The trick is to find a Maritime Trainer …

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

It’s amazing how five simple words really helped me in the early days of our cruising life: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Is it worth …

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What’s So Great About Cruising?

This was one of the first questions I asked Noel when we were searching for our first boat: What’s so great about cruising anyway? At …

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Maritime Training – Our Why

Why do we train maritime? How are we different?: Maritime Training – Our Why Is this you? Many women are thrust from a comfortable, static …

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Top Tips for Learning Quickly and Easily

With our Maritime Training Software – you can learn with ease. Here are our top tips for learning quickly and easily. Once you have enrolled …

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Futile Thoughts, Towing traumas and Exploding Toms

Futile Thoughts, Towing traumas and Exploding Toms is about our time in Mexico. If you’d like to listen to this story, click here. “Is it …

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The Full Moon – a delight when sailing at night

I came to love night sailing. The full moon – a delight when sailing at night. My body enjoyed the break from the relentless sun …

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Test Your Nautical Knowledge and Win!

Before and during cruising we invested in ourselves as well as the boat. As Noel puts it, “I didn’t want to go to sea without …

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Overdue vessel? or EPIRB Activation? What would you do?

Overdue vessel? or EPIRB Activation? What would you do? Who do you ring if a family member or friend is on a vessel that is …

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Angels, Goats, and Eloquence in Atitutaki

Sailing the world and the magic of Aitutaki If you’d like to listen to this on Podcast, click here. Noel’s briny brain has forgotten that …

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Everyone Should Read This – This Will Save Lives!

Why people are saying: Everyone Should Read This – This Will Save Lives! Recently I wrote an article as the Safety Partner for Pantaenius Yacht …

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Accredited Navigation Course Bundle – What You Get

Accredited Navigation Course Bundle – What You Get   You receive full support from someone who understands what it is like to enter the boating/cruising …

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Sailing the World – Panama Canal Performance

We were privileged to experience the Panama Canal Performance, while sailing the world. If you prefer to listen to this story, click here for Turning …

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Sailing the World – San Blas

In 2005, while sailing the world, we visited the San Blas Islands. If you prefer to listen to this story click here for Turning Your …

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How do I get my Marine Radio Licence?

How do I Get my Marine Radio Licence? If you have a VHF or a MF/HF radio on board you must have a licence to …

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Coastal Navigation Course FAQ

Coastal Navigation Course – FAQ What you get Unlimited support via phone or email Learning terminology and chart conventions Where on Earth are we? And …

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Your Boating Specialist Subject is…?

It’s a bit like Mastermind: Your Boating Specialist Subject is…? Mine would be along the nautical lines. For those who’ve never seen it Mastermind is …

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Boating Courses for Everyone

Maritime Courses It’s taken a year of videoing and writing quizzes, assignments, and material so we hope you find our courses interesting and our learning …

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Maritime Training Software Instructions

Brief video and instructions on how to use our training software (watch both videos they are short and will increase your enjoyment): Note: To expand …

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Flopper Stopper in a Flap

Flopper Stopper: the essential cruising peacemaker If you’d like to listen to this story, click here for our Podcast Show ‘Turning Your Cruising Dreams into …

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Precision Performance by Marine Police and Volunteers

As an (ex) Marine Rescue Skipper, we had some fun days…  but training is a serious business If you’d like to listen to this story, …

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Where West Wind Went

Sometimes a journey is not about the destination but about the decisions along the way. If you’d like to listen to this story, click here …

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Self Reliant Sailing – Taking the Helm

“At times like this, I was thankful I could manage the boat myself.” On social media recently I’ve seen some posts from people admitting they …

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SisterShip Training is Covid Safe

We want to keep everyone safe and healthy on the water. Digital registrations are now mandatory for businesses, venues, and events. From immediate effect you …

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Farewell Cruising Helmsman… and thanks…

Cruising Helmsman gave me my first break as a freelance writer. That was almost 25 years ago! Upon hearing the news that the magazine is …

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Tantalizing Tahiti

If you’d like to listen to this story on our podcast show, click here. All I need is the padded cell; the straightjacket is tightening.  …

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A Tender Moment in a house of Ill Repute

Building a Dinghy in Barbados   If you’d like to listen to this story on our podcast show, click here. (Caribbean music supplied by: http://www.freesfx.co.uk) …

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Refined Wayfarers

or… having good stuff on the boat! If you’d like to listen to this story, click here. “I refuse to go sailing unless I can …

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Five Capital Experiences

If you’d like to listen to this story click here for the podcasts. With a hankering for small villages, we still savor the animation big …

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Fear is a Funny Thing!

There are lots of emotions onboard a sailing boat, excitement, seasickness, fear…  Fear is a Funny Thing! You can listen to this story here, on …

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Destination NSW: Greenwell Point

Anchoring by the axis of our desires we find a cure for wanderlust in the creation of a static voyage at Greenwell Point. You can …

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Selling a Boat? Buying a Boat?

Set Sail Along the Rocky Path of Selling You can listen to this story via our Podcast Show: Turning Your Cruising Dreams into Reality – …

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Good Captains Train

Are you a good skipper or a bad skipper?   I enjoy social media. Especially the boating groups – there is always such great information …

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Suwarrow – No Strangers Here

Today I’d like to take you on a journey to Suwarrow, an island in the northern group of the Cook Islands in the south Pacific …

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Do You Understand Storms?

Storm Preparation Guide: Part one If you are heading into a storm, you need to prepare. We’ll be providing checklists and considerations in the coming …

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Onboard Communication

Good communication is key in relationships, business, and on board your boat. Without good, solid communication relationships crumble, businesses fail, and boats, well it will …

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Life Onboard “What do you do all day?”

“What do you do all day?” It’s one of those questions that’s hard to answer. It’s tricky to know how to respond because no two …

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On Board Paperwork / Documentation

What documentation must I carry on board. I created this list some time ago and as time and regulations march on and gather momentum, I …

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Creative Way to Learn Navigation

Do you want to learn navigation – not just learn it but – but really understand and grasp it all thoroughly? Do you want to …

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Fire on board

Do you have your escape route planned should a fire onboard happen?   Terrible news today. This reminded me of an incident we had on …

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Boom Preventer / Boom Brake

We are often asked, ‘What’s the best boom brake or boom preventer?’ Here’s a simple solution that works well. What set up do you have? …

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Dragging Anchor

Dragging anchor is a bore at best, dangerous, and life-threatening, at worst. We’ve dragged anchor many times, in fierce conditions, and in calm water. We’ve …

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Top Ten Tips for buying a boat (+ 5 bonus tips!)

Buying a boat takes a lot of time and energy – it is also a lot of fun! I wrote this a few years back …

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Control that Boom!

Boom Boon From Generous Gent It had the potential to kill. The monster was sixteen feet long and solid. The aluminium boom swung at head …

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Navigation Course includes $174 worth of materials!

How? *Access to the self-paced online course (coming soon!) many videos and quizzes for great revision. *Step-by-Step manuals, from beginner to advanced. Click here to …

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Onboard Paperwork

What official paperwork do you need onboard your boat?   We’ve received requests for the following documentation at various times during our travels: (Ensure you …

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Weather Manual for Cruisers

Many years of combined knowledge, recreational and commercial sailing the world.   Weather – we can’t avoid it. Good or bad it’s always with us …

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Occluded Fronts and Associated Stunts

If you think G&Ts on the aft deck in a protected anchorage are part of life within the Pacific Ocean, you would not be alone. …

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Lightning storm at the Nicobars

Weather is fundamental to sailors. We used Weatherfax. Through our SSB (HF) radio (long-range) at certain times of the day and night, we could dial …

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Training Session

Good Seamanship = Safety = More Enjoyment

PartnerShip Training – soon to be launched!   Good seamanship translates to safety on the water, which means more enjoyment! Training is imperative, for everyone. …

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Melbourne to Hobart Race

FIRST DOUBLE-HANDED ALL-WOMEN CREW. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with Lisa Blair as the first double-handed all-women crew in the ORCV Melbourne to Hobart Yacht …

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Freedom is a moving boat and two bicycles

Our first trip on our 1920s Dutch Barge in France If you’d prefer to listen to this story, click here for the podcast. We’d done …

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Fear and How to Face Your Fear Head On

Today we are discussing Fear and how to face your fear head on.   If you’d like to listen to this story, click here. In …

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Buying a Dutch Barge in France

Let’s go on a journey – to find a Dutch Barge in France with an Aussie. If you’d like to listen to this story – Click …

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Visitors On Board

What’s it like to live aboard? Well, you could always visit a friend with a boat, but it’s not as simple as turning up, there …

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Why do a course?

What’s the point of a course when you can learn as you go and find information online? A similar question was asked in a forum …

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Loss of Steering

Top 5 Tips for Emergency Steering An emergency tiller is an important back up to have on board. Stow the tiller in an easy-to-grab spot …

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Sea Change

Are you just stepping into the cruising world? Or are you a seasoned salty? I’ve journeyed from newbie to professional mariner – I get it …

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Ditch Bag, Grab Bag, Flee Bag

Surviving is nice but getting rescued is better! If you’d like to listen to this story – click here for the podcast episode. The grab …

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Top Twenty Tips for Living on Board – Fun, but with some gems!

The Beginning of the End Reality Reflections (You can listen to this via podcast here) I didn’t talk to my husband for two days because …

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