Our goal here is to discuss our thoughts on various tips, tricks and techniques that we have found to work (or not) while cruising.
Feel free to ask us about any topics we haven’t posted here!
What we want to know when we are headed to a new destination are: What places are worth visiting? i.e. what is interesting to see or do at the destination, or should we just pass by and find a different place to stop. Most of the cruising guides don’t seem to say much about (click to read more...)
A storm is about to arrive. You want to secure your wind generator so that it doesn’t blow apart in the crazy winds. But just how do you do that, when it is way up there at the top of a pole? D-400 wind generator with addition to the tail, and our not-patented device for (click to read more...)
A year ago we replaced all our standing rigging with Dynex Dux. Often one sees recommendations to tension the rigging to 20% of its breaking strain. With a breaking strain for Dynex that is 3x that of steel, those types of calculations don’t mean a lot. So I went back to basics – and drew (click to read more...)
After experimenting with a number of recipes, we have finally found the Holy Grail: It takes only a minute to mix, works with different types of flour, makes a nice light loaf, and even seems to be pretty resilient to getting it wrong. The original source, complete with photos, is here: One-Minute Ciabatta Bread But (click to read more...)
In the Med there is a lot of bow-to or stern-to med mooring. That means there is a gap over which you have to jump in order to get ashore. The alternative is to have a gang-plank, otherwise known as a passarelle, across which you can nicely walk. Now, you could buy one for several (click to read more...)
See also this excellent article on getting bottles filled in UK and Europe. American style propane bottles can be filled up with butane in Sao Miguel, Azores. But once you get to Portugal and Spain you will have no such luck. You can almost always use all your appliances on either butane or propane without (click to read more...)
When you leave your boat in a marina for an extended stay simply dive down and put two plastic bags over the propeller. Tie them in place with a piece of string around the prop shaft. When you return to your boat, don’t forget to remove them before you start the engines up! You will find the bags covered with marine growth, but your props will be weed and barnacle free – especially if you cleaned your props nicely before putting on the plastic bags.
Did you know that a tiny bit of shade on your solar panel can reduce its power output considerably? Consider this: Bright sunshine mid-day in Portimao, Algarve, Portugal. Should be making heaps of power. Yet the instruments tell me that I am barely breaking even with the fridge. Why is that? The sun, and the (click to read more...)
You know the saying “If you want something to be done properly, do it yourself”? Well, it seems to me that applies more than ever when it comes to maintaining a yacht. On land, back in your home, if you have a problem with the roof, or the central heating, or a leak from the (click to read more...)
There doesn’t seem to be much written about spinnakers for cruising cats, so I thought I would put down a few insights that I have discovered from our limited experiences so far. I am by no means an expert, but perhaps that is a good thing, as these tips might be of help to other (click to read more...)