Category: STORIES

BOOKS, Cruising with Kids

Books to take your family cruising

Families12

There is no topic that we have covered as often and as thoroughly as going sailing with children aboard.

Why? The answer lies in the children that we have met living aboard boats with their families.

The cruising kids that we have known have been active and knowledgeable, curious about the sea, other people, and the great …Read more

Provisioning-Cooking Q&A, Sailing Green, TIPS & IDEAS

Slow Cooking (with a Solar Oven) on a Slow Boat

McCarthy-solar-cooking-thb

Heather McCarthy has been sailing with her husband, Dan, and their three daughters, the “McMermaids” since 2011. They are currently cruising the Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas, and the Bahamas onboard s/v Jullanar.

Here, Heather answers a few questions about how solar cooking has opened up a whole new suite of cruising food options for …Read more

Cruising with Kids, Life after cruising

Sailing Home Again

slavinski-sailing-home-thb

This article was first published on YachtPals.com.

Leaving land life behind to go cruising can seem like a big step, but coming home afterwards can be just as challenging.

We’ve completed two extended “seabatticals,” and the emotional process of transitioning back was very different each time. The physical process, on the other hand, …Read more

First Cruise/First passage

First-timer account of offshore sailing

first-timer-offshore

This article was first published on Sailing Phoenix, Marie Raney’s blog.

What’s it really like to go offshore?

A delight of dolphins!

I have been a sailor all my life, but only started cruising in 2001. I grew up racing in small open boats, windsurfing, and day sailing. Years later when my husband proposed …Read more

Sailing Green, TIPS & IDEAS

Cruiser Anne Patterson makes solar ovens ... And shares a recipe

Patterson-solar-oven-1-thb

Anne Patterson and her solar oven, in her ‘other galley’ (the SEA LADY foredeck)

Three years ago on the Women and Cruising blog, Anne Patterson of sv Sea Lady wrote about cooking aboard with a solar oven.

Her experience with the solar oven was so favorable, that when the company producing her …Read more

Lessons Learned

What we learned from our first cruising boat

first-boat-thb

This article was also published in 48° North (July 2015) – a great, free sailing magazine for the Pacific Northwest, and on Pacific Sailors, Verena Kellner’s blog.

It’s been nearly a year since we sold Camille and we’re starting to think about our next boat. We’ve had a nice break but …Read more

Fears and Worries, Finances Q&A, The Big Decision Q&A

Cruising kitty: Will I have enough money?

symbol money bank 2

My biggest fear and concern about dropping everything and taking my wife (who is more enthusiastic than I am) and three kids cruising is $.
•Will I have enough?
•How much is enough?
•Will I be able to earn anything underway with dive gear and being a licensed captain with systems …Read more

Cruisers give back

Birding Aboard “SeaBC” has sailors reporting unusual birds

doyle-birds-thb

In the Women and Cruising blog series “Take Your Passion Cruising” I wrote about my passion: birds.

When you’re cruising, you’re immersed in nature, and many of us enjoy watching the birds while underway or at anchor. But as a boater you’re also in a unique position to contribute to citizen science simply …Read more

Sailing Green, Take Your Passion Cruising

Marine Conservation is my passion

SCRodgers-MConservation-thb

Marine Conservation is my passion and I have worked on ocean issues for decades learning a great deal along the way.

Sally-Christine Rodgers with husband Randy Repass & their son, Kent-Harris.

The oceans are in crisis and we who love them need to step up and be vocal in support of sustainable seafood, reducing Co2 emissions, …Read more

Cruising with Kids

Girl Overboard

miller-overboard-thb

Author Ann Lee Miller shares an excerpt from her memoir, Boat Daze, due out in 2016 about growing up on a yawl.

Girl overboard! – Photo by Kristianne Koch

I stood on the bowsprit as we sailed Biscayne Bay.

The wind swept the swelter of the sun from my skin.

A bucket of Noon rain …Read more

Cruising with Kids, Life after cruising

Back to land: Choking on the anchor

choking-anchor-thb

When all your adult life you have dreamed of and planned for a life aboard and cruising, it is a disorientating stumble to face a turn-around back to land.

It is even more distressing to find that it is not an easy adjustment. For many reasons cruisers find themselves landlocked, whether by choice, or by …Read more

Cruising Life, STORIES, TIPS & IDEAS

A cruising wife’s A to Z - Part 2 (M to Z)

cruising-wife-2-thb

This is the second half of a 2-part article first published in the South African Sailing magazine of April and May 2014. You can read part 1 here.

Multitasking

I am never bored and always busy. Being able to multitask was for me a must and required good organisational skills.

I was sometimes …Read more