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Sailing Totem https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update a family sailing around the world Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:38:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.18 Canning on board: papaya chutney https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/07/canning-on-board-papaya-chutney.html https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/07/canning-on-board-papaya-chutney.html#comments Sat, 07 Jul 2012 11:57:00 +0000

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? https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/07/sailor-or-traveler.html https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/07/sailor-or-traveler.html#comments Wed, 04 Jul 2012 11:47:00 +0000

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. https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/06/solstice-winter-solsticein-june.html https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/06/solstice-winter-solsticein-june.html#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:05:00 +0000

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? https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/06/what-do-cruisers-do-all-day.html https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/06/what-do-cruisers-do-all-day.html#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000

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 https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/06/sharing-our-knowledge.html https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/06/sharing-our-knowledge.html#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2012 21:47:00 +0000

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 https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/05/drawn-to-ocean.html https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/05/drawn-to-ocean.html#comments Sat, 26 May 2012 00:23:00 +0000

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 https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/05/when-bad-things-happen-to-good-dinghies.html https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/05/when-bad-things-happen-to-good-dinghies.html#comments Sun, 13 May 2012 08:04:00 +0000

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 https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/05/integrity-is-for-sale-and-it-is-cheap.html https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/05/integrity-is-for-sale-and-it-is-cheap.html#comments Mon, 07 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000

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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What do you need to go cruising? Part 4: well… not Stuff. https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/05/what-do-you-need-to-go-cruising-part-4.html https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/05/what-do-you-need-to-go-cruising-part-4.html#comments Thu, 03 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000

It was fun putting together the series of posts about things you to think about sourcing in advance for your future cruising life. No question, there are some great economies when you can take the time to wait for sales or have the patience to troll for deals online. Most important: getting OUT THERE! CraigsList […]]]>
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Radio and Weather Guru Don Anderson https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/04/radio-and-weather-guru-don-anderson.html https://www.sailingtotem.com/theme-update/2012/04/radio-and-weather-guru-don-anderson.html#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:00:00 +0000

This weekend, Don Anderson’s ashes are being scattered in his home waters near Oxnard, California. Don analyzed weather data and shared the information via radio “nets” to cruisers around the north Pacific, particularly Mexico. Our introduction to Don was through the Amigo net, a daily marine maritime net we participated in for the better part of two years. We were dedicated […]]]>
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