Buying a Boat

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…

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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 the moment and we’re getting lots of practice at it. Constructions Pictures A week and…

Buying a Boat

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 square feet.  We…

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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 their own boat. Sailing Blogs…

Buying a Boat

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 options:  ship your boat, hire a delivery crew, or captain…

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Miami Boat Show Seminars

Miami Boat Show Seminars Marine Weather with Chris Parker – Chris Parker is a name cruisers run into on the internet quite often. He is the chief forecaster for the Marine Weather Center. I have read from several people who have depended on Chris’ forecasting to make sure their travels are safe. Chris’ seminar was…