Being Sun-Smart

Here in New Zealand we are constantly being reminded about the dangers of skin cancer and the importance of getting your moles checked. New ZealandĀ and Australia have the highest rates of melanoma in the world. As sailors who spend a lot of time outside and in the sun, we are particularly vulnerable, so Andrew and…

Folding Bikes

I remember the first time I saw a folding bike in real life, some people turned up to a cafe in Mt Maunganui with these strange looking bikes and carrying dry bags. “Cruisers” we thought, and we were right. We got chatting and they had sailed half way around the world to get to New…

Marina Mania

I have recently developed an allergy to marina’s… Wildwood normally lives on a mooring in lovely Corsair Bay. Aside from getting a bit shallow in very low tides, and not giving any shelter in a dreaded Southerly storm, Corsair Bay is a lovely place to keep your boat. However if you decide to head up…

The revolutionary fish bin system!

Ok picture this… 3 kids, 1 partner, fishing off the back of the boat, suddenly someone catches a fish, where is the net Viki?!? Where shall I put the fish!? fish flipping all over the deck, knocks over the hook container, hooks everywhere with bare footed children, partner needs a cloth to hold the fish…

How to make a cheap hot shower!

Wildwood is too small to have a shower inside, so I got this great idea on a hot outdoor shower from a friend of mine. Head down to your local hardware or gardening store and buy yourself a pressurised weed sprayer container – the one where you pump the handle to get the pressure up.…

Alaska

Watermakers

To have a water maker or not? On the down side they are really expensive, use lots of power and difficult to maintain. On the up side they can extend your cruising time – no need to be rationing your water, you can guarantee that it is potable, which might not be the case from…