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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 cities and their inhabitants offer.  These thoughts lead us back into a conglomerate of memories; here are a few, from deck level.   San Juan, Puerto Rico Our history lesson …

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Fear is a Funny Thing!

You can listen to this story here, on the podcast show Turning Your Cruising Dreams into Reality. Recently, in the midst of teeth grinding fear I realised it was not the event itself causing my sleepless nights it was the lead up to it. It was the ‘what ifs’ that stirred up those little fear …

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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 at hand. Negativity I scroll past the negativity but I do read about everything boating. You learn from the good advice as well as the bad – the trick is …

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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 become dangerous! Where are we? Our first foray into Moreton Bay, Noel and I checked each marker diligently. “Have you seen the green marker of the next channel?” I asked. …

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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 but with study and observation we can better prepare and, at times, choose the conditions we’d like to tackle. (For more details and full contents, scroll down: includes southern hemisphere/Australian …

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Log Book

A fantastic log book compiled with over 150 years worth of boating experience.   A ship’s log book is a great way to recreate your journey, keep records and later, look back at what you have achieved. Your log book is an ally, and a travel companion. Think of it as a ‘good-seamanship’ task. The …

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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 up a frequency, link the laptop to the radio, and receive synoptic charts. Simple software that we downloaded from the Internet decoded the signal. Receiving free twelve, twenty-four, thirty-six, forty-eight …

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