Archive | August, 2013


Playing tourist in Brunei

Cruising gives us great opportunities to see the countries we visit, but we rarely play tourist. Given our short stay in Brunei, we splurged on a car and driver to get an interpretive tour. The duration of our stay falls within Ramadan, a month of spiritual reflection and fasting practiced by Muslims. This is not […]


Brunei stopover: because even sailboats like cheap diesel

We didn’t need to go to Brunei, but it was impossible to pass up this pint-sized country sandwiched inside the Malaysian state of Sabah. Why miss the chance to take a peek? Besides, they have ridiculously cheap fuel to top off our tanks- and even sailboats need diesel now and then. The kicker was when […]


Getting what you need, and getting off the dock

This is the goal: an anchorage in tropical paradise. Tuamotus, French Polynesia Anchored in clear turquoise waters of an idyllic atoll in the Tuamotus, we met a young Dutch family on a sabbatical cruise from Europe to Australia. Their home was a proven blue water boat which carried the couple and their  growing family across […]

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