Life onboard

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 height, an accidental gybe could be fatal. Although it’s not always useful, I am quite attached to my head. Necessity breeds invention and reluctantly we admit that one of our …

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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 check the requirements for the country you are visiting.)   Imperative Visas Passports The ship’s papers (original certificates) Crew lists – multiple copies at hand The original insurance certificate for …

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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 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 …

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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 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 …

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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 – 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 …

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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 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 …

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