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Sailing Reports

Miami to Palmetto: Around the Keys

After five weeks in Miami commissioning our new boat with our broker and tackling a few other projects, we left the Miami River bound for Palmetto Florida. We departed Sunday, March 1st. Passing through the 75-foot fixed bridges and bascule bridges on the Miami River was uneventful, and we enjoyed saying goodbye to landmarks we’ve…

Boat Gear & Outfitting

Outfitting a boat to cruise – or circumnavigate – is really hard work. We finished our circumnavigation in 2020, and have learned what works on a cruising boat – and what doesn’t. The number of items you can order for your boat off Amazon is amazing.  Many of the best items on our boat are…

Maintenance

Replacing AGM Batteries with Lithium Ion on a Boat

After three and a half years of cruising, our AGM batteries weren’t holding a charge like they used to.  We did our research and decided to upgrade our house bank to Lithium-ion (LiFePO4) batteries. Our AGM Battery Set-Up Battery Setup from the Factory Here’s what our Helia 44 came with from the Fountaine Pajot factory:…

Boat Gear & Outfitting

Outfitting Our Cruising Catamaran

We purchased our boat new from the Fountaine Pajot factory. The boat buying process was long and challenging, and there were a variety of things we opted to do aftermarket instead of through the factory. Outfitting our boat to cruise around the world was done in several stages. Four Stages to Outfit our Boat First,…

Travel & Sailing Blog

A Weekend on the Manatee River

While we were living on our boat in Palmetto, Florida, my parents came to visit us! That was a cause for celebration, and a great reason to stop boat projects and take Starry Horizons out for a weekend in the Manatee River. Snead Island Anchorage David and I had done some research and scoped out…

Boat Gear | Boat Gear & Outfitting

Man Overboard Prevention

This is a topic no one particularly likes to contemplate.  It’s great to be prepared for a man overboard scenario, and Amy and I have been trained to handle the boat if one of us goes overboard, we do focus more on prevention. Years ago, I was captaining one of the dinner cruise boats out…