Making a Yacht Safety Diagram

Here in New Zealand, there are strict rules on the safety equipment that boats need to carry on board if they are competing in any yacht races, and also if they are intending on sailing offshore (both racing and cruising). Internationally registered vessels are exempt from these requirements, however I would imagine any prudent seafarer…

Spare Parts

You can almost guarantee that whenever something breaks on a boat, it will be the one thing that you are not carrying a spare part for… It is very cool though when something critical does break and you not only have got the bits but also the expertise to make a repair and carry on…

Boat Stability

Yes… I am back to study mode, ticking off the final few bits of my Ocean Yachtmaster course. Next week I am starting a Meteorology course with some friends, so hold on to your hats for those posts people! But for now you are going to have to deal with a post on yacht stability……

Visiting The Rescue Coordination Centre

After having recently studying all about EPIRB’s in my Ocean Yachtmaster course, I realised that I had learnt a lot about how the system works, but I was still in the dark as to what actually happens behind the scenes at the Rescue Coordination Centre once you press the button. Then came a chance email…

Wildwood – Young 88

My current yacht – Wildwood is a Young 88. She was built in 1985 and is one of about 140 boats made in this design. Wildwood is one of about five wooden boats that were built and the rest are made in fibreglass. Here is a bit of history about the Young 88 I have…

Boat Coat

Wildwood’s new Boat Wrap!

Wildwood has been needing a new paint job for about the last five years. We have been nursing it along by filling and patching up bits here and there, but ultimately that made her look like she had bright white shiny spots over the dull hull. As it is her 30th birthday next year, I…

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379

So as you may already know, we have had a look at a new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey yacht – as well as a few others, and so far we are pretty impressed. I have got a million bits of paper here with what is included and prices etc, so I wanted to get it all…

Boat Shopping!

We had a spare day in Auckland recently and so took the opportunity to have a look at a few yachts on display. Last year we happened to be in Barcelona while the boat show was on, and we saw the new Bavaria 38, and were surprised at the base cost! So that planted the…

The Head and Plumbing

The head – or for all you land-lubbers – the toilet/bathroom combined in to one tiny space similar to your broom cupboard! I like the keep it simple idea of not having electric toilets and too many complicated systems that might break or require lots of maintenance. However lets see what the yachts come with…