Yacht Registration

I was born in the UK, Andrew was born in Australia, we both now live in New Zealand and also have New Zealand citizenship and are planning on buying a boat in Europe to sail back to New Zealand. With all these nationalities we have got options on which country we register our boat in.…

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…

Keeping Track – Maps

I want to get a page on the blog that will have a map to track our progress. The Navionics app that I had on the iPad for our last coastal trip had a function where I could post our track on to our facebook page – sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. I…

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…

Communication – Keeping in Touch

I love to keep in touch with people. What is going to be the best way to do this whilst at sea? Technology in this area has come so far in the last five years – think iPhones and iPads – so who knows what will become available over the next five years? I think…

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…

Trading in the Pacific

Many of the Islands in the Pacific don’t have shops, and therefore money isn’t of much use to them. So instead cruisers take various things along to trade with the locals for vegetables, fruit, meat etc. Here are some of the suggestions I have seen on what are valuable things to take to trade: Kids…