Cruising Lifestyle

Sun Protection While Sailing

Now that we’re back in Texas and living on land, we’ve been visiting friends (with social distance) and seeing our doctors. I’ve actually had two comments: Friend: Ya’ll don’t LOOK like you’ve spent six years out in the sun. My PCP: Your skin looks great. What sunscreen do you use? Tons of sunshine out on…

Sailing Tips & Tricks

Lazy Jacks for Your Sailboat: Tips & Tricks

Our boat is complex. There are lots of moving parts, standing parts, parts work pretty well or parts that could use improvement. While circumnavigating, we’ve learned so much about our boat, but one of our very early lessons was on lazy jacks. What are Lazy Jacks? Our boat, Starry Horizons, a Fountaine Pajot Helia 44,…

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….