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Canning on board: papaya chutney

Some amount of eating from cans is a reality for most cruising boats. Between limited refrigeration, passage making (19 days at sea to the Marquesas!), and minimal resources available in some of our destinations- it’s necessary to keep our bodies happily fueled. Provisioning staples for six months – Mexico, 2010 Much better than buying commercially […]

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Sailor or Traveler?

There is a spectrum that exists between identifying as a sailor, and identifying as traveler. Who is cruising because living aboard a boat and voyaging are core to their being? And who is cruising via sailboat because it is a means to and end- a way to satisfy wanderlust, and just happens to be by […]

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Solstice! Winter Solstice…in June.

Just like it seems strange to have Christmas in summertime, it doesn’t feel right to have winter solstice in June. When I start to write a “J” for the month, I have to stop myself from finishing it with “…anuary.” But we know it’s winter. It’s often under starlight that I head off the boat […]

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What do cruisers do all day?

What do we do on board, to keep busy and have fun? Does this get boring? Well…no. Navadra Island, Fiji It’s an understandable question from someone who hasn’t yet had the chance to dip into the cruising life. The way spend our days shifted radically once we started living on the boat. There were a few brief months […]

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Sharing our knowledge

About a month ago, I started trading email with Dana. We haven’t met in person yet although it’s only a matter of time! She calls an Amel home and lives aboard with her husband and new baby… also from the US, and currently in Australia. She’s percolated a cool idea that I’ve dubbed The Raft-Up. […]

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Drawn to the Ocean

What is this irresistible pull we feel for the sea? Where does it come from? Going for an evening swim – Makemo atoll, Tuamotus, French Polynesia Half a lifetime ago, I lived for a while in Bali. My Balinese family was fascinated by the attraction of the coastline for all the tourists. For Balinese, it’s […]

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When bad things happen to good dinghies

As cruisers, our dinghies are a lifeline. So when we heard from our friends on Ceilydh this morning that yesterday’s beautiful day had ended on a sour note when their dinghy was stolen, we had an inkling of the kind of gut punch it probably felt like. Better days in the tender to Ceilydh As […]

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Integrity is for sale, and it is cheap

I recently received a solicitation for advertising on the blog. At first blush it was intriguing… flattering, even. I briefly imagined some of the great stuff we use on board Totem, and being approached by one of the manufacturers to share more about something I already use and love. So I asked for details. Hey, […]

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