Lessons from the Haulout Yard

Isn’t it amazing that after 14 years, I am still learning things about my boat?! One day Andrew casually asked when the last time was that I replaced the water hoses on the motor. “Ummmmmm… hoses, what hoses?? Oh those black ones…? – nope never replaced them” I replied. “Well you do know that if…

Messing about in boats

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” “In or out of ’em it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or…

GPS Guided City Tours

I don’t know about you, but when I am planning a trip I like to do a bit of research about the place before I travel. I get a severe case of FOMO (fear of missing out) thinking that I could be just around the corner from something amazing without knowing it. Sometimes it is…

Exploring Tokyo

During the summer holidays in New Zealand we would usually be sailing our boat Wildwood up to the Marlborough Sounds and cruising around with our friends for a few weeks. This year however our friends James & Elisa asked us if we would like to join them in Japan for an adventure there instead. It…

Meteorology – Clouds

Clouds can give big clues about the weather, so it makes sense for sailors to be able to identify the different types of clouds, and what they might mean for the people sailing below them. While it is easy to focus on what the weather is happening at sea level, clouds give an indication of…

Basic Navigation

A special thanks to everyone who is still reading my numerous Coastal Skipper revision posts in preparation for the Ocean Yachtmaster exam. I have certainly dredged up some things from the depths of my brain that had long been forgotten. I am flitting around with topics all over the place, which is just typical of…

Abandon Ship!

For tonights Ocean Yachtmaster study I am looking at abandoning ship. I have already visited the Rescue Coordination Centre, and saw how these amazing people are able to muster assistance in the form of another boat or a helicopter to come and help you. I have learnt about EPIRB’s and how they work, what safety gear you…