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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 more experience on their Helias, but after picking up our boat…


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 to help the mainsail keep…

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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. Sailing Passage Summary The final day of the passage…


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 screws…