Leaving La Rochelle to Cross the Bay of Biscay

Post by Out Chasing Stars. We have arrived in A Coruña safe and sound, and are very pleased with our first crossing. It took us about 60 hours, and we have learned quite a lot. We had some plans and expectations, and really everything went out the window. Why is This Route So...

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...

Learn to Sail & Cruise

Before going cruising, we’d had a strong history with boating (more me, than David). We were lucky to have a lot of opportunities to learn to sail. We recognize that not everyone is as fortunate as we are. Here are some great ways EVERYONE can learn to sail without buying...
Helia 44 Under Full Sail - head on

Sail Trim for a Cruising Catamaran

Cruising catamaran sail trim can be a fairly technical issue with differing opinions about how to best trim the sails to optimize boat speed and balance.  I most certainly will not profess to be an expert in the subject, but I do feel I’ve come a long ways from when I first...

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...