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…

Cooking at Sea

I have just bought the Distant Shores DVD series and am now also following Paul and Sheryl Shard and their adventures on the internet as well. They have posted some great suggestions on cooking and eating at sea and I wanted to share. You can check out their website here On our recent coastal voyage…

Recreation and Entertainment

I think it is unlikely that we will be bored, however here are some things that we can do to keep ourselves occupied along the way! At Sea Learn to play the guitar – we are both keen to do this Study up on the language of the country we are about to visit Read…

Fitness On a Yacht

I am an active person, but would love to improve my fitness, and so I thought I would do some research on what other cruisers do to keep fit while at sea. I have found some great resources! Strength Plus – http://www.strengthplus.ca/ is a website that has got heaps of great ideas of exercises you can…

Travel Insurance

I think we will need to get some kind of travel insurance for while we are away. I will do some research on which company will be best and where we can get the best price. I have just done a quick quote on the Southern Cross website. It looks like a year policy would…

Vaccinations

Before we head off I think we should get a full health check and depending on our destinations then vaccinations might be required. I have found a great website which you can check to see what vaccinations are recommended or required depending on the country you are visiting. Here is the site: http://www.traveldoctor.com.au/TravelHealthPlanner I also found…

Yachting NZ Medical Stores List

When you are travelling offshore to destinations unknown, then you need to have a fully stocked medical kit on board to enable you to cope with any situation. You could be at sea for days or weeks – which makes getting to a pharmacy quite difficult. Then when you arrive at one of the deserted…