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7 days ago

Jackie Parry

X is for X-ray – Stop your intentions and watch for my signals.

Do you know your flags?

As we reach the end of the alphabet we'll start again at A concentrating on the International Regulations for Preventing Collision at Sea - aka Collision Regulations/Col Regs.

Test your knowledge starting next week...

#colregs #internationalregulationsforpreventingcollisionatsea #collisionregulations #colregs #safetyatsea #yourtheskipperyoureresonsible #sailingtips #cruisingtips #lifeatsea
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2 weeks ago

Jackie Parry

W is for Weather Watching

My scariest moments onboard were at anchor. Here's one story, I'll post another on www.sistershiptraining.com in the next few days - strap in!

Seconds to spare: A wind shift creating a lee shore accompanied by thousands of miles of swell is an ideal recipe for dragging anchor, which we did with just seconds to spare before disaster.

At 3 a.m. off the east coast of Barbados in an ‘open road’ anchorage, we dragged anchor. The wind had shifted at about 2.45 a.m. and we were instantly awake, feeling the boat move differently. Suddenly we had a lee shore, twenty- knot winds and several other boats around us to consider. We were holding at this time but didn’t like our chances, especially as we watched a nearby boat drag up onto the coral reef (shouting and horns by all other vessels failed to wake the occupants).

At that moment Noel said ‘I’ll put our engine on, just in case’ and as he did, we dragged and had only a few metres and seconds to spare until we collided with another vessel.

By this time our bow was pounding three metres up and down in the swell that had grown over thousands of miles of ocean. On the helm, Noel kept us steady. I sat on my bottom, looping one arm around a stanchion and pressed the anchor windlass button with my left hand, there was no way I could stand up. We had enough moonlight for hand signals and for me to know when the chain was slack enough to haul in. I didn’t want to pull against the chain when it had become bar-taut and I had to wait until the bow pounded down to create enough slack to pull some chain in.

Fortunately, we make an excellent team; we don’t panic and just get the job done. I felt like I was riding a bucking bronco, but never felt under pressure to rush. Taking time to get the job done right meant no injuries or broken equipment. We were soon in deeper water, which was much calmer. We puttered a few miles south to a better anchorage.

One boat ended up on the coral shelf, by some miracle only suffering superficial damage. However, it took two days and the services of the Bridgetown Tug Company to pull the stricken vessel over fifty metres of coral to get the boat back into deeper water. Note: In order to support the enormous loads for this tow, a strong 38mm line was wrapped around the gunwale line of the stricken vessel. The tow line was then tied to this ‘girdle’. The gunwale laid rope was held in place by a web of lines over the deck and under the boat to keep it in position – it worked.

#runningagroud #leeshore #anchorwatch #weather #sailingtips #cruisingtips #boatingtips #livingonboard #livingaboard
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2 weeks ago

Jackie Parry

V is for Visitors On Board

Before visitors arrive, give them as much information as possible about the boat and how you live. Here are some examples that might surprise visitors:

Doing the dishes in cold water.

Lack of freezer or fridge (or both).

Lack of washing machine onboard.

No continuous power.

Simple entertainment.

Not the most salubrious restaurants every night.

Holding tanks and toilet training.

Water rationing, no lengthy hot showers or leaving the tap running when cleaning teeth.

Lack of closet space.

Small beds.

Please share your best tips/advice!

Carole Erdman Grant (who's sailed on many boats and spent years on a beautiful barge (now for sale) - from the amazing group WOMEN ON BARGES created a document for visitors (Carole Erdman Grant would you mind sharing?)

#visitorsonboard #livingonboard #sailingtips #cruisingtips
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3 weeks ago

Jackie Parry

I think I missed L - We can't have that!

L is for Loss of Steering

An emergency rudder can be rigged by running a drogue* aft. The set up of this system will depend on the configuration of your stern. The diagram below shows a vessel towing a drogue from the aft port winch. Along the towing line, another line is hitched on (using a Prusik Hitch, or use a steel ring, or shackle with three lines leading from it), that leads to the starboard winch. To steer in a straight line, the starboard winch must be utilised until the drogue is towing amidships. To turn to starboard, pull the starboard line tighter until the drogue is on the starboard side. To turn your vessel to port, loosen the starboard line and allow the drogue to hang off the port winch. (When a Prusik hitch is under tension it does not slip. It is also known as the [Triple Sliding Hitch](www.animatedknots.com/prusik/index.php).

More details and the Top 5 Tips here: [sistershiptraining.com/2019/11/01/loss-of-steering/](sistershiptraining.com/2019/11/01/loss-of-steering/)

What would you do?

#drogue #lossofsteering #emergencysteering #lostrudder #safetyatsea #cruisingtips #balancingyourboatwithyoursails #steeringwithbalancedsails
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3 weeks ago

Jackie Parry

U is for UV Protection

Sun is extremely damaging to the sail; you will add years to the life of your sails if you look after them. Dark sail covers are better, as they prevent the passage of light and therefore prevent damage more effectively than lighter coloured materials.

Under the sail cover, a layer of space-blanket material makes fantastic protection. At the very least, add an additional layer of heavy-duty material to your sail cover.

Sail-makers we spoke to said that one layer of ordinary material is not enough for proper protection.

#sails #sailingtips #cruisingtips #UVdamage #protectyoursails
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3 weeks ago

Jackie Parry

T is for Three Bearing Fix

(Explanatory video coming on this soon - so keep following us).

Three #bearing fix: This is a great way to double-check your position.

On your chart select three conspicuous landmarks to use, to avoid large errors when underway. Take a bearing with your hand compass of the landmark closest to your stern first, then closest to your bow, and finally, the one that is abeam (090° from your bow).

You must be 100% sure that you visually identify the correct landmarks and, ideally, the landmarks should be around sixty degrees apart.

You will need to apply #Compass error (#Variation), but no #Deviation if using a #handheld compass (Deviation is only applied if you are using the ship’s compass and you know the Deviation).

#threebearingfix #navigation #GPS #chartwork #safetyonthewater
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3 weeks ago

Jackie Parry

P is for Pre-Departure Checks

Pre-Departure Checklist

Week leading up to departure:

·Fill fuel tanks and jerry cans (rotate diesel from jerry cans into main tank and then refill jerry cans with new diesel).

·Check gas supply and purchase more if required.

·Purchase distilled water for batteries.

Engine Inspection:

·Coolant

·Oil level

·Belts, tension/wear

·Fuel and oil filters

·Hydraulic oil

·Transmission fluid

·Impeller, hoses, hose clamps

Navigation:

·Monitor weather over the week before leaving.

·Obtain long-range weather forecasts, study weather systems.

·Monitor the barometer reading.

·Inform friends and family of your plans.

·Log on with Coast Guard/Marine Rescue, if service provided.

·Plot course on paper charts and enter waypoints into GPS, crew to double check numbers.

·Check charts thoroughly for navigation hazards, highlight.

·Check tide tables and discuss/set departure time.

Other:

·Clean hull, especially the prop, using dive hookah. This is a good time to check the boat thoroughly underwater.

·Check bilge pump and pump float (manual and automatic).

·Check all electronics are operating properly: steering, radar, GPS, plotter, depth sounder, radios etc.

Day before departure:

·Top up water tanks.

·Check all items on deck are lashed down properly.

·All items below decks stowed properly, doors and floor locked/clipped in place.

·Rig jacklines.

·Take grab bag out of cupboard and store on bunk (or wherever easily accessed in emergency).

· Remove storm sails from sail locker and place under table in saloon (or accessible place).

·Tie up lee cloths.

·Remove sail covers.

·Uncover steering gear and affix paddle to Aries.

·Prepare a meal for first night out.

·Test all running lights.

·Last garbage run.

·Final check on weather.

·Oven gimballed.

·Put out life jackets, foul gear and torches, for the ready.

·Check out with officials (Immigration, Customs, Health, Port Captain).

·Safety briefing with crew.

·Secure and lash dinghy on or below deck.

Remember: before untying your lines check forward and astern propulsion.

#sailingtips #cruisingtips #predeparturechecks #oceansailinpreparation #boatingtips
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3 weeks ago

Jackie Parry

Smelling The Bottom/Water Pressure Phenomena

Smelling the bottom occurs when you are going too fast in shoal water. You can create a ‘suction’ effect, which can pull the boat towards the seabed and may cause you to run aground (usually only with flatter bottomed vessels).

‘Sucking the bank’ is when the bow is repelled and therefore the stern attracted. So take care in narrow waterways. Passing a vessel too close can also create a repelling/sucking effect. Give other boats a wide berth and slow down.

#smellingthebotton #waterpressurephenomena #seasafety #seamanship #lifeatsea #cruisingtips #motorboats
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3 weeks ago

Jackie Parry

R is for Restricted in Ability to Manoeuvre

This vessel is Restricted in Ability to Manoeuvre (RAM) as it is dredging. It is safe to pass on the side of the two diamonds.

The black ball, black diamond, black ball in a vertical line tell us that the vessel is RAM.

The two black balls on one side tell us NOT to pass this side, this is where the area of danger exists.

The two black diamonds tell us that this is the side we must pass, i.e. it is the safe side to pass.

At night-time, or in restricted visibility, the RAM signal is a vertical line of lights: red-white-red.

The side to pass (black diamonds during the day) will be two vertical green lights.

The side of danger (not to pass), indicated by two black balls during the day, will be red vertical lights at night (or in restricted visibility).

How did you learn the Collision Regulations?

#restrictedinabilitytomanoeuvre #collisionregulation #colregs #safetyatsea #rulesoftheroad #cruisingtips
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3 weeks ago

Jackie Parry

Q is for Questions

As a shy twenty-something year old, when I first was introduced to the nautical world I became even shyer and withdrew. It was so daunting!

I wish I had been brave enough to ask more questions in the beginning.

But if you are a seasoned sailor, ask the questions too - especially from those who are starting their cruising life... you will find some real gems this way.

Sea Change is the story of how daunting I found the start of my cruising life, but also how that frustrating time had a surprising flip side...

Article: sistershiptraining.com/2019/10/28/833/
Podcast: share.transistor.fm/s/6348e8fc

#cruisingtips #newtocruising #newbloodnewideas #newtosailing #sailingadvice #boatingadvice
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4 weeks ago

Jackie Parry

O is for Ocean Miles & Passages

As with anything new, your confidence grows over time. Knowing you have a sound boat, systems, rigging, sails and an idea of what you are doing (because you have read lots and completed courses), certainly helps ease those fears and builds confidence with sound skills.

One of the best things for confidence is lots of sea miles. The sooner you leave, the sooner you can build on your confidence. Even after many years of sailing numerous international miles both recreationally and professionally on a vast array of boats, Noel and I always feel a little anxious before leaving on a voyage and settling into the travelling rhythm. It's a healthy respect for the ever-changing ocean and it keeps us on our toes. We believe that ocean miles are easier than coastal miles; there are fewer things to hit (and the weather is usually not as changeable!)!

#offshoresailing #boatingtips #cruisingtips #saiingtips #sailingconfidence #boatingconfidence #seamiles #oceansailing
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1 month ago

Jackie Parry

H is for Haul Out

· Haul the boat and power wash the bottom (hire a pressure washer and be careful not to take off too much antifoul) and scrape off barnacles.

· Inspect the hull and rudder for blisters, imperfections, or damage.

· Inspect rudder fittings, rudderstock and bearings.

· Inspect through-hulls for barnacles, integrity and corrosion.

· Inspect the rudder and operation.

· Check the propeller for any damage.

· Check the cutlass bearing by giving a good side-to-side shake of the prop shaft. Excessive play indicates that it’s time for a new one.

· Replace anodes. (All anodes should have a certain amount of wear. If they still look brand new, they are not working. If they are nearly gone, there is another problem.) (See ‘Anodes’ earlier in this section.)

· Prepare the bottom for a new coat of paint (after scraping off the barnacles and removing anodes). Lightly sand with 80-grit paper, wearing a face mask and eye protection. Different colour paints can show where the most recent antifoul has come off. If you are changing paints, carefully check compatibility.

· I usually work on the hull preparation and painting, while Noel checks the integrity of the through-hull fittings and other moving parts (and has a little nap in the shade!).

#haulingout #slippingyourboat #boatmaintenance #lookingafteryourboat #antifouling #anodes #barnacles #safetygear
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4 weeks ago

Jackie Parry

N is for New Year’s Resolutions!

What?!

Instead of writing a New Year’s Resolutions list, make a list of all your achievements during the past year.

It can be tough living on a boat or doing a trip. All romantic visions of smooth water can be shattered in a moment with just wind over current!

Keeping a boat maintained is hard work. Things can go wrong.

Mariah was on the hard for a year and a half while we earned the next cruising fund in the UK, when we finally headed south towards Spain and Portugal, once a day something would break. We almost turned left into the Straits of Gibraltar and went back to friends and family, endless hot water, and a home that didn’t keep breaking!

It’s easy to become overwhelmed (once everything was back under control we did one job a day, big or small to keep on top of maintenance), so it is good to LOOK BACK. What have you achieved, how far have you come, emotionally, physically, boatiey(!), 😉

How many things have you repaired, improved, set up, changed? Take at least one moment in the year to pat yourself on the back and say, ‘we’re doing okay.’ Each successful voyage, big or small, is an achievement!

And BTW Christmas will come galloping up and slap us in the face before we know it, so you’ll just have time to figure this out before New Year!

#NewYearsResolutions #cruisingachievements #cruisingishard #smoothsailing #boatmaintenance #celebrateachievements
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4 weeks ago

Jackie Parry

M is for Mousing

Mousing is the tying up of the shackle pin to the shackle body. Shackle pins can unwind without mousing.

Regular checks of the mousing are important. The wire should be of the same material as the shackle, especially underwater, to reduce galvanic corrosion. Use two separate runs of wire for mousing shackles that are used on anchors and moorings.

#mousing #seamanship #safetyonboard #anchorshackle #mooringshackle
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4 weeks ago

Jackie Parry

K is for Knots

Knots reduce the strength of a line by around 50% (depending on the type of knot). Splicing reduces strength by around 20%.

Everyone on board should know the fundamental knots, especially the Bowline. A Bowline is a reasonably secure knot, however, no matter how tight it becomes the Bowline is easy to undo.

Purchase a good knot book and practice when underway. We have had to tie knots in emergency situations, very quickly. Learn some basic, useful knots by heart, as you may not have time to look in a book.

#knots #nauticalknots #tyingknots #bowline #liveaboardadvice
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1 month ago

Jackie Parry

E is for #Engine Care

On Start up EVERY TIME Always check your #engine’s oil and water prior to starting up.

Friends had an old motor which ran very well. They checked the oil and water every time they started up. The one time they did not check, the oil cooler had corroded and saltwater filled up their oil sump and made a real mess, which meant several days of repair and clean up. Luckily, they were in port at the time.

#boatmaintenance #donk #boatengines #motorboat #cruising
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1 month ago

Jackie Parry

F is for Fatigue

The first few days on passage are when we are most tired. Generally after three days, we become accustomed to the watches.

Our motto is: three hours, three days, three weeks. It takes about three hours after leaving port to get the boat and crew settled; three days to get the body used to the three-dimensional movement of the boat and (two to) three weeks to really enjoy living on board at sea. And three years to set the boat up just how you like it. After thirty years you will still be learning!

At sea your body is constantly moving and hanging on, even during sleep sometimes, so you will probably feel more tired.

Constant awareness of your fatigue is important before it becomes a serious safety issue. We discuss our sleep patterns and feelings regularly when underway, and make adjustments to our watches where necessary.

Fatigue is one of the major causes of marine incidents – pay attention to it!

#fatigueatsea #watchesonboard #sailingoceans #sleepingonboard #safetyatsea
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4 weeks ago

Jackie Parry

J is for Jacklines

Jacklines

Types: These are lines that run along the port and starboard deck to allow you to be harnessed on and roam freely up and down the length of your vessel. You can buy jacklines that lie flat on the deck. We use seatbelt webbing, which is very strong. You could use 16 mm halyard rope.

Use: We have a rule on board: the person on watch is always to be clipped on, in all but the most benign conditions (and is always clipped on during any deck work). One of us could fall overboard at any time and the other may be asleep and not find out about it for hours.

Maintenance: Check your jacklines have UV protection and regularly inspect the lines for wear. Once in port, wash the saltwater off your lines with fresh water to help preserve them. Dry them thoroughly before furling up and stowing out of the sun.

Set up: We have cruising buddies who use two lines from their harnesses to the jacklines. This means they are always clipped on with at least one line at all times. When they traverse equipment on the boat and it is necessary to unclip, they unclip one line at a time and clip that one back on again before unclipping the second line.

Some cruisers prefer their jacklines in the middle of the vessel, with the tether short enough to prevent them from going over the side. They run a line either side of the mast and presumably either side of the cockpit. Our jacklines are on either side of the boat. We always walk on the high side of the deck when heeling over.

Safety: Unless it is very calm, we let each other know when we are on deck and when we return to the cockpit, even if the other is asleep (yes, that means waking them up). Usually a call out of ‘I’m going on deck’ or ‘I’m back’ is enough for our sleepy bodies to absorb. If the conditions are not ideal we do sail adjustments together.

The best safety idea for harnesses is never to fall overboard! Prevention is better than cure. Test your jackline set up in calm water before tackling lumpy seas, and readjust as necessary.

If you are underway, how are yours set up?

Do you have any additional tips to share?

#jackline #lifeline #safetyatsea #falloverboard #sailingsafely #crossingoceans #tips #sailing #cruising #lifeonboard
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1 month ago

Jackie Parry

What happened to B?

B is for Binoculars

Configuration: Binoculars are described by two numbers. The first number refers to magnification: the higher the number, the more powerful the magnification. The second number refers to the diameter of the outer lens: the larger the number, the more light transmitted to the user’s eye which is very useful at dusk.

The greater the magnification the harder it is to hold the binoculars steady. This is especially true with over seven times magnification.

Recommended: We like the Steiner binoculars 7x50, made in Germany. They are sturdy, waterproof, have a rubber encasing and a compass that can be lit, which is very useful for taking bearings (oh there's another B - that will come up next time around!)

#bearings #binoculars #safetytips #sailingtips #boatingtips #cruisingtips
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1 month ago

Jackie Parry

It could cost millions or next-to-nothing to live a cruising lifestyle. Our daily tips will be pitched to the budget-conscious cruiser…

So here’s the first. A is for Advice:

There are thousands of great cruising books and websites to delve into. The problem is if we followed all the advice on what to have and how to do it, we would still be firmly anchored and working on land to create funding for the trip.
The point is to do the best with what you’ve got and get going.

#cruisingadvice #gosailingnow #retirenow #budgetcruiser #livingonboard #turningyourcruisingdreamsintorealityIt could cost millions or next-to-nothing to live a cruising lifestyle. Our daily tips will be pitched to the budget-conscious cruiser...

So here’s the first. A is for Advice:

There are thousands of great cruising books and websites to delve into. The problem is if we followed all the advice on what to have and how to do it, we would still be firmly anchored and working on land to create funding for the trip.
The point is to do the best with what you’ve got and get going.

#cruisingadvice #gosailingnow #retirenow #budgetcruiser #livingonboard #turningyourcruisingdreamsintoreality
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1 month ago

Jackie Parry

I is for Inspections:

Inspections: Full engine inspection and maintenance is just something we all have to learn to do. Regular inspection of hoses is imperative. Just a visual inspection is not always enough, run your hand along the pipes to feel for leaks and cracks (prior to starting and definitely before the engine reaches its running temperature).

Go up the mast prior to every passage to check rigging connections, lights and pulleys. Checking the top of the mast for chafing points and integrity of equipment is a must from time to time in port, especially prior to a lengthy voyage. Inspect sails, stitching, and halyards before leaving port.

How you go about inspections in port is dependent on your level of knowledge. It is great to have expert surveyors to check all your gear thoroughly, but who can afford that regularly? Becoming an expert on every aspect of your boat is imperative. When at sea there is no help and no shops . . . just you, your tools and spare parts and if you’re smart, maybe a detailed manual.
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1 month ago

Jackie Parry

Calculating your speed, distance, and time is easy and fun.

sistershiptraining.com/navigation-vids/

It's a really neat trick to help you decide if you'll make your desired port by dark.

It can tell you what speed you must maintain to reach your destination before a certain time.

You can calculate how far you've travelled.

Keep your brain active and have fun - AND be safe on the water. Don't keep totally relying on your electronics!
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1 month ago

Jackie Parry

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1 month ago

Jackie Parry

G is for Gimballed: The #boats #stove: #Gimballed Or Not Gimballed?

Gimballed: A gimballed stove pivots backwards and forwards, so when the boat heels, the stove top remains level and prevents the pots and pans from moving in most seas. In a violent motion, the pots can still slide unless they are fixed into place with pot holders.

We had gimballed stoves on our boats and never experienced a problem. Whether gimballed or not, problems can occur. Opening a gimballed oven door has to be done carefully to compensate for the change in the centre of gravity. With good shelves (that prevent your oven trays from sliding), this isn’t a problem. A pot on the top will only be a problem if it is not clamped in or is overfilled. A gimballed stove should have the facility to lock when in port.

Fixed: A fixed stove maybe better and easier when using the oven, but if boiling liquid is spilled on the top and the boat heels - guess where that liquid is going. Friends have a stove which is not gimballed. They use sturdy pot holders to keep the pots in one place, and use larger pots so nothing spills when they are heeling over. They are very happy with this set up.

Athwartships mounted: An athwartships mounted stove is another idea. An athwartships stove is mounted with its back facing directly forward or aft of the vessel, as opposed to port and starboard. Therefore, if it were gimballed, it would move more when the boat is pitching and be more secure when the boat is rolling. We have never used a stove that is mounted athwartships and have seen only one boat with the oven this way. Our friends have their stove athwartships and gimballed and are quite content with this set up. We have heard of some cruisers having an athwartships mounted stove that is not gimballed - again the user is perfectly happy. However, I can envisage the same problems if the stove does not have good clamps to keep the pots from moving. It seems that we all get used to what we have.

Either way, gimballed or not - they both have their pros and cons. It is like everything - there is an inherent danger in sailing. You just need to know your limits and the limits of your equipment.

#cookingonaboat #shipsgalley #galley #oven #stove #safetyonboard
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1 month ago

Jackie Parry

Welcome!
First rule: There is no such thing as a silly question - ask away.

This is your group to help you turn your cruising dreams into reality (or maintain them!)

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1 month ago

Jackie Parry

D is for Decisions

Whilst the #cruising life is filled with kindred spirits, you will always receive conflicting opinions on where you should go and how to do it.

Some people like to sail around the world slowly; some like to keep moving; some have no desire to circumnavigate. It just doesn’t matter.

Do what suits your time, budget and most importantly - desires. It is impossible to go everywhere and see everything.

#makingdecisions #sailingtheworld #coastalsailing #dayhops #yourlife #enjoyyourcruisinglifehowyouwantto
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1 month ago

Jackie Parry

C is for #Compromise

Compromise is a good word when #buying a #boat and with living on board too.

While #cruising is fantastic fun and marvellous freedom, don’t forget you will be leaving your regular friends and family behind. You will have fewer luxuries, private time can be harder to come by and there is always less space than your land home.

However, the rewards will be amazing...
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1 month ago

Jackie Parry

B is for #Boat #Building Materials

When looking for a boat, if you are undecided on which hull material you would like, ask yourself what you would like working on best.

#Timber

Pros: Light, strong, attractive

Cons: Rot, dents easily

#Ferro

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Undetected terminal damage a possibility, poor resale

#Fibreglass

Pros: Strong, light

Cons: Osmosis, UV deterioration

#Aluminium

Pros: Best strength to weight ratio

Cons: Electrolysis: constant monitoring of electrolysis is required (e.g. earth leakages in power circuit). Galvanic Corrosion: don’t drop a coin or sinker in the bilge, as it will corrode the aluminium

#Steel

Pros: Strong, easy to repair

Cons: Maintenance, rust
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6 months ago

Jackie Parry
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6 months ago

Jackie Parry

Turning Your Cruising Dreams into Reality is a community for sharing ideas/advice/tips, questions, and strategies about Boating. Sponsored by Partnership Training.

If you are a cruiser, boat owner, or just contemplating the watery way of life you will find likeminded people here at all different levels of experience.

This is a non-judgmental and inclusive learning group. It should cater to any question on the topic of Boating. The moderators will build up learning units over time, to give you the ability to develop your skills and lifestyle.

Your rights in this group are to have your thoughts and questions responded to with respect and insight, borne through some degree of experience.

Your responsibility in this group is to encourage questions, treat other with the same respect you'd hope for yourself, and to participate by offering your own answers and experiences where appropriate.

Please spend a moment to read our house rules.
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