Gift Ideas for Sailors

Do you have a sailor in your life? Are you planning on buying them a gift for a birthday, to say thank you, or for Christmas but not sure what to get? Well for goodness sake please do NOT go getting them a puppy or a new lawnmower…

Tax – VAT & GST

Ahhh tax, the thing we all love to hate. Seeing as I work for the Government, I guess I shouldn’t be so cynical as it pays my salary, however while everyone has to pay – the question is how to be smart and avoid paying more than you should!

Yacht Registration

I was born in the UK and now live in New Zealand and I also have New Zealand citizenship and am planning on buying a boat in Europe to sail back to New Zealand. Different nationalities have got options on which country you can register the boat in. Like all things there are benefits and…

Published!

I was super excited to have an article published in Boating NZ Magazine this month! Having written hundreds of newsletters, little articles on behalf of the yacht club in the local freebie paper, my blog, blogs for other organisations etc, it was a real thrill to see something published in print! (and get paid for…

The Downsizing Dilemma!

It seems that creating a more minimalistic lifestyle is all the rage these days. Even people who aren’t planning on living on a boat are seeing the benefits of downsizing, getting rid of the clutter in their lives, purchasing experiences instead of material things. Everywhere I look there are articles about how to spring clean…

Budget your Boating

  I have had another article published in Boating NZ Magazine this month! This one is about having a boating budget. I must admit it was a scary exercise adding everything up. But to be honest, I don’t regret a single cent I spend on the boat. Sailing brings me so much fun and enjoyment.…

How to set up a blog before you go sailing

I started writing this blog back in February 2014 and I have learnt so much in that time. If you are planning on having a blog for keeping track of your sailing adventures I would recommend that you start early to enable you to get your head around a few things before you head off. My…

Communications at Sea

In this day of being connected to our mobile phones and internet connections just about everywhere we go, it can feel like you are a bit cut off when you go to sea and suddenly that connectivity disappears! So what are the options? Well actually there are a few: SSB Radio Satellite Technology Some friends…

Sailing Books

If like me, you can’t yet be out there actually sailing around the world right now, there are plenty of books to help with your sailing plans and assist to build up your sailing knowledge or are just great armchair adventure sailing books to read while curled up somewhere warm and dry. Books are heavy…