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,…

Catamarans & Sailing | Sailing Tips & Tricks

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…

Catamarans & Sailing | Sailing Tips & Tricks

Radar Feature: Rain

Rain and fog greatly reduce visibility and increase the risk of a collision while boating.  Thankfully, your radar has built-in features you can use to “see” through the rain better and avoid a deadly mistake. While sailing around in the Maldives, we were near our friends Slow Flight and approaching a pass into the North…

Catamarans & Sailing

Insurance for Cruising Boats

We frequently get asked about how insurance works out here.  How do we insure our boat? What restrictions do you have on your boat insurance? My boat insurance policy is going up 200%, help me! When we moved aboard Starry Horizons, we wanted to sail the boat across the Atlantic with just the two of…

Catamarans & Sailing

Sailing Phuket, Thailand to Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

After two months cruising the west coast of Thailand, we were ready to kick start our year crossing the Indian Ocean. Passage Summary Mileage: 1,017 (not including heaving to & final motor) 1,051 (including heaving to & final motor in) Speed:  6.5 knots (not including heaving to & final motor)  6.16 knots (including heaving to & final…