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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 this episode, I’d like to take you on a journey by writer and Author Jane Jarratt. Jane’s story, Facing Your Fears, is published in our book Facing Fear Head On … Continue reading Fear and How to Face Your Fear Head On

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 are things to learn BEFORE stepping on board! Rules for Staying on Our Boat We briefed visitors with a short email or telephone conversation before they arrived.  But many boat … Continue reading Visitors On Board

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 recently, which got me thinking. In Australia, you can set off in your own boat (non-commercial) without any license or qualification at all (over a certain speed you do need … Continue reading Why do a course?

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 while at sea. Ensure everyone on board knows where it is and how it fits together and operates. A sea trial in a calm, relaxed situation is the time to … Continue reading Loss of Steering

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 - I understand what it is like. Here I look at it from both points of view - both will learn something from this story. (As well as a gem … Continue reading Sea Change

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 bag has several different names: ditch kit, jump and go bag, flee bag (sounds like my old dog), but whatever you prefer to call it when creating your bag, ask … Continue reading Ditch Bag, Grab Bag, Flee Bag

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 his peculiar answers to my, perhaps, naïve nautical questions left me bewildered. Back then, as a mere fledgling to sailing, my raw researching met brutal honesty head-on. With travel and … Continue reading Top Twenty Tips for Living on Board – Fun, but with some gems!

The Great Loop – America: 3

Mariah II Branches Out - Part 3 of 3 (You can listen to this via podcast here) Bidding a sad farewell to the dramatic Canadian scenery, we ease our way back into the States and pick our time to go south along Michigan Lake.  While the wind gathers spirit, Penguin Jack (our dinghy) has been … Continue reading The Great Loop – America: 3

The Great Loop – America: 2

Mariah II Branches Out Part 2 of 3 (You can listen to this via podcast here) Noel throws me a look as my loud sneeze bounces off the vast pink, glimmering rocks, the alien noise echoes around in our secluded, staggeringly quiet anchorage.  We would not be at all surprised if a salivating T-Rex crashes … Continue reading The Great Loop – America: 2