Sailing Reports

Sailing Fiji to Vanuatu

Or…The Unofficial South Pacific FP Regatta Or…How We Ignored Bad Omens We had been hoping to leave Fiji Thursday to sail to Tanna Ialand, Vanuatu, but we opted to wait for Sandy Cheeks and Cheeky Monkey, both of whom were waiting on boat parts.  CM and SC are both Fountaine Pajot catamarans, just like us,…

Catamarans & Sailing

Our Second Pacific Crossing

After 15 days at sea (actually 15.16…) S/V Julia arrived in Hilo, Hawaii. Departing Oakland for the Pacific Ocean When we departed Oakland and headed out in San Francisco Bay, a thick fog hung over the Golden Gate Bridge. The fog was selective, above us and behind was clear blue sky, but the fog sat…

Catamarans & Sailing | Fountaine Pajot

Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Review

6,000nm Helia Review Well, technically we hit 6,002 nm on Starry Horizons as we pulled into Regatta Pointe Marina but that doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well, so for the purpose of this post, we will round down slightly. There are others out there with more experience on their Helias, but after picking up our boat…

Catamarans & Sailing

Passage Report: Opua NZ to Tonga

We spent 2016-2017 cyclone season in New Zealand. When it came time to make the decision about where to go for 2017, we couldn’t resist spending another season in the South Pacific. So, in April (pretty early) we got a window to leave Bay of Islands, New Zealand and sail to Tonga. Sailing Summary This…

Cruising Costs

Yearly Catamaran Cruising Costs

We (and every other blogger/vlogger/participant in online forums) see a ton of questions about cruising costs. Answers can vary so widely, but we thought we would at least share some basics of what our first year of cruising looked like financially. Tracking I’ve been a big fan of Mint for many, many years (longer than…