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February 2012

Our Lifesling intended to help get a man overboard back on board.

Contingencies and doomsday scenarios

Like anything in life, things can go wrong.  Since we have more time to think (and less time to do projects) being approximately 3,278 nautical miles away from the boat right now, one of the projects on our plate is to do thought exercises on 1) what could go wrong …

The bright side of motoring - You can see dolphins underwater much easier when there is no wind.

If we must use the motor…

I dislike motoring a lot.  I don’t like the noise, it is boring, and I don’t like the pollution.  While there have been numerous boats that have circumnavigated without a motor, to go without now requires the utmost patience, and really you have to not need to be anywhere ALL …

Everyone in our household reads the sailing magazines!

Reading material nowadays

I think that living abroad really does make you think differently about things and expand your horizons a bit, in all aspects of your life.  Consider magazine subscriptions… Ten years ago, I don’t think it would have ever occurred to us to consider getting a subscription to a non-US magazine …

Water, water, everywhere...

Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink

It’s a funny thing being on a boat surrounded by water and having to wonder if we have enough freshwater to get by.  Alas, it is a concern, particularly if one plans to spends days away from shoreside facilities like while crossing an ocean, for instance.  For our purposes we …

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But why a J/120?

Good question.  Thanks for asking. It’s been almost 10 years since we were boat owners.  Our priorities have changed only slightly, with much of the change based on our experience with Earendil, our trusty 1977 Valiant 32 that we lived on for almost 5 years.  Prior to 2011, while living …

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Where are we?

Knowing where we are at all times on a boat is a big deal.  It is very helpful for avoiding running into things and for crossing oceans and actually arriving at the intended destination.  We’ll be carrying paper charts of all the areas we sail, and relying almost solely on …

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Decisions…bottom paint #2

For us, choosing an “environmentally-friendly” versus “traditional” paint really isn’t that hard of a choice.  We will do what we can to minimize our impact, and if that means we have to clean the bottom of our boat more often and/or haul out to repaint the bottom more frequently, then …