Eleven Things We Learned Buying a New Boat

The following is a sponsored post in partnership with Atlantic Cruising Yachts. All opinions are 100% our own. For most boat owners, the process building up to untying the lines is a huge ordeal. We first got the idea to go cruising way back in 2009 when my dad took David out for...

Bigger or Faster? Choosing the Size of Your Cruising Catamaran

My friend Mary Grace from Let It Be posed a question a few months ago; if you had to choose between a bigger boat, or a faster boat, relative to your current boat, what would you go with? Of course, going bigger inherently gives you a bit more speed, so let’s say David and...

Our First Sail on Our New Boat

On Saturday, November 8th, we started Starry Horizons up and headed over to the fuel dock in Minimes.  The fuel dock is open 24/7, as it is a credit card machine, so no assistance is required.  There is a maximum of 300 euros, so we put as much gas in as we could, knowing that we...

Transport, Launch, and Handover of Our New Boat!

After spending a good portion of the day at the Fountaine Pajot factory yesterday, we got up early on October 29th excited to launch our new boat! We arrived at the factory at 8 am.  It was a bit like prom; we had four iPhones, one iPad, a camera, and a GoPro all snapping away...

Fountaine Pajot Factory Tour

382 Days…  That’s how long it took from the signing of our contract in Annapolis until today, when we saw Starry Horizons, our Helia 44, for the first time while taking a Fountaine Pajot factory tour.  “Patience” has been our word of...

Downsizing to Move Onto Our Boat

I kid you not, one of the to do items on my list was to “get rid of stuff”.  This was an ongoing project, started over a year before we moved aboard our boat. I never felt that we were packrats; our residences have been on the small side, with about 1,300 squar...

Moving Day: Shipping Stuff to Our Boat

As part of the process for buying our cruising boat, we had to divide up moving aboard the boat into two stages: “self-delivery” and “live-aboard”. Our new boat had to somehow get from the factory in La Rochelle, France, to the US.  There are three...

Miami Boat Show Overview

Behind the Annapolis Sailboat Show, the Miami Boat Show our second choice for favorite boat shows.  We’ve attended twice, once a few months after we placed the order for our boat, and once the year after that, when we sailed the boat to Miami in time to attend the...
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