Sailing Tips & Tricks

Sailing Quotes: 50+ Of Our Favorites

Whether you are just starting out and learning how to sail or have completed a world circumnavigation like us, sometimes it helps to be reminded why we do this. There are many benefits to the cruising life, and some inspirational words always help me get there. And at the moment, they make me miss cruising!…

Catamarans & Sailing

Sailing Circumnavigation Q&A

We finished our world sailing circumnavigation on March 26th, 2020. We were supposed to have a party in St Lucia; instead, we had to deal with the COVID pandemic, which we rode out very nicely in Antigua. Since we didn’t get to have our party, we had a digital one instead! Over two hundred people…

Maintenance

Taking Apart Our Forestay

On our sail from Saint Helena to Brazil, we noticed something quite troubling. The set screws that hold our forestay together were backing out, and some were already completely missing. This was causing misalignment between the luff extensions and was damaging our sail. A properly aligned luff extension: Our misaligned one. You can see the…

Boat Gear

Cruising Catamarans and Hydrogenerators

We tackled a slew of projects in Cape Town, and one of them was installing a new hydrogenerator. Since then, we’ve sailed over 6,000 nm on three long passages. Let’s talk about how our hydrogenerator has worked out. What is a Hydrogenerator? A hydrogenerator is a unit that sits on the back of our boat….

Cruising Lifestyle

Cruising Risk Management Assessment & Plan

This post is a collaborative effort between myself and ‘Hope’ from Covert Castaway.  I heard her podcast episode titled Getting a Risk Plan and was very intrigued by what exactly a risk management plan for a cruising boat would look like on paper.   Hope is familiar with risk management assessments through her job as a…

Maintenance

Goiot Escape Hatch Failures on Cruising Catamarans

Just what you don’t want: a very big hole in your boat. That’s what’s happened to a lot of catamaran owners over that past several years. And shockingly, this hole was designed to be in our boats for safety reasons. Here’s what happened. What are Escape Hatches? Escape hatches are a hatch installed towards the…