First Haul Out for a 44′ Catamaran

It’s been a year since Starry Horizons was launched, and that means it’s time for our first haul out!  We went to Nanny Cay on Tortola at the suggestion of our friends Frank and Mary Grace on the Helia ‘Let It Be’. Arrival at Nanny Cay We arrived at Nanny Cay at...

Sailing Through the Bermuda Triangle

So where to start?  Oh yes…  How about 5 AM about 100ish miles out from Bermuda in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean?  It was the middle of my first night watch when I noticed that the true wind speed and true wind angle numbers on our chart plotter would disappear...

How to Change a Windlass Gypsy

As part of our outfitting process, we replaced our anchor chain with longer, stronger, and lighter anchor chain. This meants we had to replace our windlass gypsy too so that it would work with the new size of anchor chain. Our windlass is a Quick Dylan electric windlass which...

Converting Heads to Flush with Freshwater

One of the projects we tackled when outfitting our boat for cruising was converting our heads from saltwater to freshwater. This was a project that I tackled on my own and I’m proud to say I completed the project with only about 4 trips to West Marine and no sewage leaks in...

Outfitting Our Catamaran with Solar Panels

In this post, we tackle a big project for our outfitting – solar panels.  Solar panels are the most popular method of gaining power for a cruising boat and on a catamaran, there’s tons of room for solar panels. First of all, massive thanks go out to another Helia...

Custom Enclosure and Hardtop for Cruising Catamaran

Pretty much the biggest reason we brought the boat all the way from France to Palmetto to do our outfitting was that we wanted to work with the guys that our boat guru Pat had lined up to create a custom hardtop and enclosure for the helm and cockpit. From the factory, the only...

Running Lines Through The Mast

Lines on boats are subject to lots of wear and tear over the years. Almost all of our running rigging has been replaced, some of them multiple times. If you simply pull an old line out, you will have a hell of a time getting your new line in! This is why it is best to bind the...

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....