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The Admiral did a post a little while back on some of her favorite blogs so I thought it was about time I did the same. There are definitely a few that we both share, such as Zero to Cruising and Field Trip, but I wanted to touch on a few of the blogs that I’ve been reading for years and really got me started about sailing as a means to explore more than just our own local coastline.
Bumfuzzle: These guys are the internet sailing blog pioneers. Pat and Ali bought their first boat, a 35′ catamaran in 2003 and then set off to sail around the world. They may not have had a lot of experience when they set out, and their preference for McDonalds may not quite match ours, but I love their adventurous spirit and ability to learn what they needed to. These days, they’re prepping an old RV to travel around the US with their kids, but if you want a great read about a young couple who dropped everything to sail around the world, this is where you need to start.
Honeymoon: As a couple of newlyweds, Seth and Elizabeth decided on a slightly different type of honeymoon, they bought a Lagoon 38 in Virginia and spent over a year sailing her to Australia. Seth wrote most of the updates, and put together some amazing video. Their video of their Pacific crossing has been viewed almost 650,000 times! They provided a great look into life on a catamaran and while they haven’t updated their blog in quite a while since they had their kids, this blog is another classic.
s/v two fish: Jason and Gail just picked up their new Antares 44 and are currently in the process of sailing it to the Caribbean from Argentina. This blog has been a great source of information about the boat buying process as a lot of things they were interested in for their boat are similar to what we’re considering. Plus this is a blog where they both post, so it’s interesting to get both perspectives on the boat buying/cruising world.
Scolamanzi: This blog looks like it’s falling a bit by the wayside, as Scolamanzi is for sale, but this is by far the best blog I’ve found for a Leopard 46 out cruising. I’ve previously mentioned my affinity for Leopards, so it was great for me to find a blog and get a bit more insight into the boat. The posts on this blog are primarily done by Henriette and she does a great job of talking about life on board and has taken some fantastic photographs of their travels.
Sailing Adventures of David & Kathy: These two are sailing around on an Chris White designed Atlantic 42 catamaran called ‘Lightspeed’. This is more of a performance boat than our Helia will be, but David and Kathy have a good mix of posts about life sailing, and life visiting some of the most remote, amazing locations our planet has to offer.
It certainly seems like everyone who owns a boat now has a blog to go with it, and we are certainly no exception. I think they’re a great way to gain insight into specific models and what life is like aboard. Having realistic expectations will be key for us to make sure we have fun and successful adventures with our own boat. I have only found a few blogs focused on the Helia, but they aren’t updated regularly or are in French (still need to work on my French skills!) so my hope is that this blog will become a helpful source of information about the Helia 44. If one person finds something we post about the buying/decision making process or about our eventual life aboard to be helpful, then I’ll consider this blog a great success!