Out Chasing Stars Presentations

April 30, 2017 – Seattle, Washington This is the presentation we gave at my Grandma’s retirement community in Bellevue, WA on April 30, 2017, covering the first half of our sailing circumnavigation. We cover a lot of topics from how we got started and the basics of...

SAS Planet: How to Navigate Uncharted Reefs

We absolutely love cruising remote destinations. There’s a beautiful feeling about being all alone in nature. But, just because boats have sailed the oceans since the dawn of man doesn’t mean that our charts are accurate. And here’s where SAS Planet comes in....

Repairing Our Quick Chain Counter Sensor

A good anchoring system is crucial for a cruising sailboat.  We rely on our anchor system to keep our boat, our possessions, and our lives safe. Chain Counter Stopped Working While we were coming across the Pacific last year, the Quick anchor chain counter that’s...

Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Review

6,000nm Helia Review Well, technically we hit 6,002 nm on Starry Horizons as we pulled into Regatta Pointe Marina but that doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well, so for the purpose of this post, we will round down slightly. There are others out there with...

Resizing Battens for Our Mainsail

After about a year of sailing our boat, we noticed that the top two battens on our square-top mainsail were not popping to the right curvature of the sail. What are Battens? Battens are long thin strips of a hard material – in our case, fiberglass – that are designed...

Anchor Down: Panama to Galapagos

We have the anchor down in the Galapagos (and have 45 minutes of free internet!) so another successful passage is in the logbook!  Now waiting for our agent to come by to help us clear into the country. Despite ripping our spinnaker, we had a great time sailing over from...

We’re in Panama!!

We have arrived in Panama! Starry Horizons is safely tied up to the dock at Shelter Bay Marina, thanks to some excellent maneuvering in close quarters by the Admiral. There are lots of other cruisers here prepping for the Pacific so we’ve already started making friends....

Re-bedding Deck Hatches

Even straight from the factory, one of our deck hatches leaked. That meant that early into our cruising life, I learned how to pull out the hatch and re-bed it. Remove the screws in the frame. You might notice that the screws are not all the same. Be sure to keep track of what...