Archive | March, 2012


What do you need to go cruising? Part 3: water games.

Continuing the theme: if you don’t have a boat yet, are there cruising essentials you can buy in advance? We covered books, and some ideas for personal gear. All very practical. But there’s more to cruising than pure practicality, so think about those things which will be part of your everyday enjoyment. For us, most of those […]


What do you need to go cruising? Part 2: personal gear.

Continuing the theme: what “stuff” makes sense to acquire before you even have a boat, but actively anticipate cruising? The last post on books was the most obvious one to me, because (as a committed bookworm) there’s so much to gain from them and feed the dream while you’re still in the early stages. Buying […]


What do you need to go cruising? Start with books.

In the theme of the last post: what “stuff” is helpful to acquire before you even have a boat, but actively anticipate cruising? One area that makes a lot of sense (and not just to us- thanks for the comment, Carolyn!) is to pick up the books that are staples of a cruising boat’s bookshelf. […]


What do you need to go cruising?

We got an email recently from a cruising buddy, who had been in touch with a family planning to go cruising. They don’t have a boat yet, but were actively looking and trying to get ahead in anticipating the cruising life. The fundamental question they wanted to ask was this: how can you start acquiring […]


Mementos from Marquesas

I can’t help revisiting the sailor’s tradition of picking up a tattoo in the South Pacific. Our friend from the former FlyAweigh (now “out there” as Water Music), Alison, shared more pictures on one of her trips to Sydney. Thanks to her, I’ve got an image of Hyo’s to post. This is on the inside […]


Managing surge with docklines and snubbers

Totem’s parking spot in the Brisbane river comes with lots of current and regular rolling from the wake of passing ferries. Both of these are quite unfriendly to docklines. Poor Totem springs back and forth in her slip, and snaps so hard against the docklines that it honestly hurts me a little inside. We clocked […]

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