Maintenance

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 4:30 pm and…

Sailing Reports

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 for a few seconds…

Maintenance

How to Change a Windlass Gypsy

As part of our outfitting process, we replaced our anchor chain with a longer, stronger, and lighter anchor chain. This meant we had to replace our windlass gypsy too so that it would work with the new size of the anchor chain. The anchor chain and windlass are all critical parts of our anchoring system,…

Maintenance

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 the boat!  …

Maintenance

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…

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,…