Catamarans & Sailing

Passage to Madagascar

We had waited oh-so patiently for this weather window: five days of calmer winds to get us from Seychelles to Madagascar. There had been a window in late July, which several of our friends took. We, however, were waiting on a package to come in, and would have to wait for the next window. It…

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The Cruiser’s Chartplotter

One of the most important pieces of equipment on a cruising boat, chartplotters aren’t often used to their full potential. What is a Chartplotter? It sounds simple enough – something that plots charts – but a chartplotter is a complicated and extremely valuable piece of equipment on the boat. In fact, the manufacturers would like…

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Australians Love Their Catamarans

Pretty much everywhere we have been, especially the Caribbean has been chock full of production catamarans.  Fountaine Pajots, like ours, mingle with Leopards and Lagoons.  Occasionally there’s an Antares, a Catana, or an Outremer thrown in for funsies.  For three years, I’ve pointed at a catamaran and said “what’s that?” to David.  95% of the…

Sailing Reports

Running Out of Fuel in the Indian Ocean

We knew that we needed to leave Gan, our last port in the Maldives, with as much fuel as possible. With temperatures so high, we were struggling to make it through the day without running the air conditioning, and being so close to the equator, winds were light or non-existent. We left Gan with a…

Route Planning

One Year Left: Plans for 2020

Years of planning, outfitting, and cruising around the world will come to a finale in less than one year.  That year is going to go by so fast, and before you know it, we will be in the Caribbean, crossing our wake.  We are estimating to be there in April of 2020. As the date approaches,…

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Radar Feature: MARPA Targets

Our AIS (Automatic Identification System) is one of our favorite electronics on the boat.  It helps us make better navigational decisions, especially in high traffic areas or ship channels.  However, while cruising through South East Asia, we encountered a lot of fishing boats that did not have AIS onboard.  That’s when the MARPA feature on…